Real estate is the most common investment for the layman. Not only is the profit margin large, but it isn’t as complex as other investments. Just imagine trying to trade on the stock exchange, for example. Still, you won’t just start printing cash when you invest in a property. To make it work, you have to be aware of the pros and cons. Only then can you make informed decisions and avoid the most common mistakes. As luck would have it, a list of the advantages and disadvantages is detailed below.


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Constant Cash Flow

You can buy a property and then sell it for a big profit. That is the most basic and easiest way to make money out of real estate. The astute investors among you will realize that payment is only a one-time payment. Even though it is quite large, it pales in comparison to how much you can make from monthly payments. As long as you find a person that is willing to rent, their money will pay off the investment in steady increments. It is always a good idea to consider a constant flow of cash rather than a one-off payment.

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It Is Expense

On the flip side of that, it is hard to get hold of property in the first place. As you will have noticed from the last paragraph, you might need a mortgage to secure the finances. Without a mortgage or loan, it is unlikely that you will have the cash lying around. Houses and buildings cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in some cases, and that makes them an unrealistic investment.


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But You Can Find Cheap Ones

To combat that point, it is worth noting that every piece of real estate isn’t going to break the bank. Are you going to find a property for less than $20,000? No, that is very unlikely. But, you might be able to find cheap houses for less than $50,000. In that case, you can invest and renovate it for a cheap amount. Then, when you sell it, you are bound to make a lot of money. Investors that find cheap houses are the ones that tend to make money from real estate. The trick is to find them and beat off the competition.

There Is A Lot Of Competition

Regardless of the property, you will have to deal with a lot of rival bidders. Straight away, that will hike the price of property higher than you would like. To be honest, there is nothing you can do about this other than wait for your opportunity. That is why real estate can be a negative thing from time to time – you have to play the cards they deal you.


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Demand Is Always High

The odds are high that you will always have someone to fill a vacancy. Why? They are high because everyone needs a place to live. It doesn’t matter what situation they are in as they will need a place to call home. As such, you will always have people looking to move in for the right price. Okay, they might drive a hard bargain, but it is better than wasting your money on the mortgage. As long as the rent covers the monthly repayments, you are fine.  

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Emmy @ Club Thrifty - May 4, 2016

I’m considering buying an investment property as there are just not enough rentals in our area, so you can potentially make a lot. I just worry about the logistics of having to maintain a property I do not live at. Not to mention the risk of having horrible tenants.


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