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Walker Real Estate Group’s Advice for Buying Investment Properties

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Investment properties are great opportunities for everyone, as long as they’re prepared to take on the responsibility it involves. Some people dive in head first without relevant knowledge of the process. Before you make the move to invest in a property, here are some tips that can guide you:

Set Your Goals

Before buying your first investment property, make sure to create concrete goals and realistic expectations. Some people jump on the opportunity to take on an investment property without knowing what this would entail and therefore don’t plan accordingly. Buying investment properties without a plan will not end well for the investor and might traumatize them from buying another investment property in the future.

Do the Numbers

There’s so much more to consider when acquiring an investment property compared to a regular home. Depending on the type of investment property you are going to buy, you have to factor in the following; operating expenses, return of investment, landlord insurance, property taxes, and the costs of having a property fixed or renovated. If you don’t plan for these expenses, then your investment property could end up becoming a burden.

Know the Neighborhood

When buying any sort of property, it’s important to know what kind of neighborhood it is in. The number of restaurants, stores, parks, and the school district in the neighborhood can help you understand what kind of renters are in that particular market. When you know what kind of neighborhood your property is in, you’ll be able to cater to your prospective renters accordingly.

Consider the Options

We can provide you with the current rental rates and help you assess a realistic value on any property you might choose.

You should always consider your options before buying an investment property. There are a lot of available investment properties in Chicago from residential to commercial which makes it easy for potential investors to find the type of property they’re looking for. There are different sets of expectations and possible expenses with different investment types. If your investment property type is residential you have to ask yourself if you’re ready to be a landlord and shoulder all the responsibilities it entails. If you’re interested in buying a commercial property, think about future waste problems and how you can solve these.

Be Patient

Looking for the best investment property out there could take a long time. It’s best to be patient. While you’re searching for an investment property, we will guide you through the market and what it means to be a real estate investor in Chicago. The payout for investment properties won’t always be immediate, so you have to be patient in that respect as well.

Investment properties enable wealth accumulation over time and often open up opportunities for you in the future.

They are ideal for those looking to provide themselves with more financial stability and flexibility in the long run.

Interested in your investment property options in Chicago? Don’t hesitate to give me a call at 312.342.0078 or send an email to cwalker(at)koenigrubloff(dotted)com.