Analyzing a Commercial Property helps you make the right decision. Buying real estate in Ohio is a big commitment, and it’s important to really understand it before you dive in. At Perfect RealEstate Investments, we bring the power and insights you need to invest the right way. When investing in real estate, the goal is to put money to work today and allow it to increase so that you have more money in the future. The profit, or “return,” you make on your real estate investments must be enough to cover the risk you take, taxes you pay, and the costs of owning the real estate investment such as utilities, regular maintenance, and insurance.

There are many ways to make money investing in real estate. “Flipping” a property means that you buy it, fix it up quickly, and resell it for a profit. Foreclosures are another way to get an investment property, which is when a homeowner defaults on a loan and the mortgage holder then puts it up for auction. With abandoned property, it’s often unclear who holds the title to the property, so there’s extensive title research and legal work that occurs with these properties. Paper investments, or non-property real estate investments, are when you invest in mutual funds or bond that is directly related to the real estate market, but not the actual property. These investments should be made with the advice of a professional broker.

Manage Your Exposure
Managing the risk associated with investing in real estate is the key to protecting yourself from loss. The most important aspect of risk management in real estate is to know the law. It’s essential that you have a working knowledge of the real estate legal structure and requirements.
After you’ve researched property availability, cost, and buyer interest, you’ll need to hypothesize about what the future holds for your market. Will prices go up or down?

When considering your risk, keep the following points in mind:

1. Think about the local economy. Are there jobs available or are most companies in the area losing jobs? Are new homes being built more or less than over the past 5 years?

2. Make wise financing choices. When picking your funding source, think about how long you plan to keep the property. Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARMs) are attractive because of their lower down payments and lower rates. You can pick the duration of the loan – typically either 1,5, or 7-year ARMs – and your rate will be adjusted to the prevailing rates after this period of time. If you plan to hold onto a property longer than the ARM, ARMs can cost you more because of the higher interest rates. It may be more prudent to opt for a fixed-rate mortgage with the shortest length you can handle financially.

3. Pay a large down payment to reduce your risk. If you can put down 10%, you’ll have instant equity in the property, and most likely get a better interest rate.

4. Be creative with your mortgage payments. Make larger monthly payments then require, or make one extra payment a year you’ll reduce your principle.