What You Need To Know When Buying Cheap Real Estate

Buying cheap real estate might seem like an excellent opportunity to invest in property without spending a fortune! There are several important reasons why you should reconsider making such a purchase. Here are seven key reasons why buying cheap real estate might not be the best idea:

  1. Location: In many cases, cheap properties are located in less desirable areas far from city centers, amenities, or good transportation links. This can lower appreciation rates and rental demand, hurting your investment return.
  2. Quality: Cheap properties often need more renovations as the original construction quality may result in more frequent repairs and maintenance issues. This can be time-consuming and costly in the long run, negating any initial savings you may have enjoyed.
  3. Hidden costs: Low-priced real estate can sometimes come with hidden costs, such as unpaid taxes, liens, or legal disputes. These additional expenses can quickly add up and may exceed the initial property price, making your investment far less appealing.
  4. Difficulty in reselling: In the future, if you decide to sell the property, a cheap real estate investment might be more challenging to sell, mainly if it is located in a less desirable area. This could leave you stuck with a property that you cannot sell for the price you want, or worse, cannot sell at all.
  5. Lower rental income potential: If you plan to rent out the property, cheap real estate might lead to lower rental income due to the property’s location, condition, or lack of amenities. This could make it more challenging to cover your mortgage payments, taxes, and maintenance costs, putting financial strain on your investment.
  6. Opportunity cost: By investing in cheap real estate, you might miss out on better investment opportunities with higher potential returns. Instead of focusing on the cheapest options, consider looking for properties that balance price and potential return on investment.
  7. All in all, if the price is too cheap and it looks too good to be true, chances are it is. Do your research before buying any property.

If You Don’t Know The Area

Run down old Florida home
The exterior of an abandoned foreclosed home in rural Florida with overgrown vegetation

Hire a good realtor and visit every area where you intend to buy an investment property. If you don’t know one, hire us, and we’ll help you. https://renterschoicehomes.com/about/ Looking for an investment property may be time-consuming, but you’ll get first-hand knowledge of where your investment funds are going. If you feel good about buying a rental property in that location, consider the following factors. Ask the realtor to show you what other homes in the same neighborhood have recently sold for. You can always look them up on Zillow. Look at google earth and see some of the other homes on the street and how it looks. If this above home is in the middle of nowhere, it’s probably a bad investment. If it’s located in Winter Park, you may be able to demolish it and build a new home because you would be paying for the lot, and it’s still a good investment. That’s why it pays you to know the area. Check out the crime reports, some neighborhoods may seem reasonable to invest in, but the criminal activity can tell you differently. Good schools are essential in any area. This is a link to a website that will tell you about the schools in Osceola County https://www.greatschools.org/florida/kissimmee/osceola/. Since many families move in and out of Osceola County each year, some schools struggle in the transient neighborhoods.

Call us at 407-933-2367 or our satellite UK office at 0161-300-9595 or email broker@renterschoicehomes.com. McCormack Realty & Renters Choice Homes is a licensed real estate brokerage, and we work as a team!

About the author, Anne-Marie McCormack

Anne-Marie McCormack has been a Florida licensed Real Estate Broker since 1996. She has worked as a realtor in property management, rentals and sales in Kissimmee, Davenport, and Orlando, Florida since 1991.

She heads the team at McCormack Realty & Renters Choice Homes and has lots of experience with long-term and short-term rentals and sales. . Anne-Marie owned and operated a short-term-rental, property management company from 1994-2004. Since then McCormack Realty & Renters Choice Homes has focused on long-term rentals and sales of residential, investment homes and vacation homes also known as holiday lets.

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