The property development industry is highly appealing to any prospective entrepreneur or investor, so it’s no wonder that you want a slice of the pie too. Of course, it’s not quite as simple as diving in head first. As with any investment, you need a plan of action if you want to ensure that you’ll be getting the returns you need for the whole venture to even be profitable.
Investing in the buy-to-let industry is not a decision you should take lightly; especially not on the basis of the success enjoyed by other property developers. In this current economic climate, judging real estate value and the returns on any investment, no matter how good the property, is a difficult task. It’s worth it when the investment turns out to be a wise one, but you’ve got to enter into this with a clear head.
- Don’t be tempted by low rates without thinking it through.
Eventually, all rates must rise again. If you purchase a property on the merits of it simply boasting a low rate. It might seem good for you on the investment side, but sometimes spending less today doesn’t necessarily mean more tomorrow. There were so many investors who bought during the growth period before the recession and were left in an awful situation by 2008 when mortgage rates skyrocketed and the property they thought they could afford a few years ago was now eating away at their investment, leaving them very little wiggle room and very little hope of a sizeable return any time in the future.
- A credit tenant lease is a fair way of borrowing money.
As with any investment, you get out what you put into it. That, for the majority of new property developers in the buy-to-let trade, involves borrowing money. Of course, the best method of financing real estate can seem impossible to figure out, because you don’t want to take risks and you don’t want a lender to turn you away if they think you’re ‘high risk’.
If you’ve got a plan, however, and you know how to turn your property into a lucrative development business opportunity, then borrowing might not be as hard as it seems on the surface. There are credit tenants who help new landlords to finance their properties on the condition that the rent is used as a form of security payment. This lease is one of the best ways to finance the real estate development on which you’ve had your eye for a long time, so it’s a great place to start if you’ve been wondering how to fund this venture.
- Marketing is key, because you’re letting and not selling the property permanently.
Once you have the ideal property and the funding to get it going, it seems like you’ve got everything figured out. Right? Well, not quite. Renting a property to a tenant is not a permanent deal. Once one or a group of tenants leaves, you have to be ready to fill the property with the next viable candidates; especially if you’ve got a lease which depends on the rent from tenants acting as a form of security payment.
Marketing your property properly will ensure that you’ve always got potential tenants interested in renting, should a tenant ever decide to move out. The key is to ensure that you have enough time during your notice period to find the next tenant; or, if it’s a new property, to find your very FIRST tenant. Whether you use a site like Rightmove or a letting agent, ensure that your property is getting viewed in some way or another.