Real Estate Investment: 4 Properties You’ll Never Struggle To Find A Tenant For

As attractive as the idea of property investment may be, many people find themselves put off by one huge concern: the ability to find tenants. Tenants, after all, are crucial to your ability to generate a profit from your property portfolio— but there’s no denying that landlords often  have huge problems relating to consistent tenant occupation rates.

Tenants are, to an extent, inherently transitory. This is one of the major benefits of only renting a home; it offers a flexibility that allows people to move from place-to-place with relative ease. As attractive as this ability may be to tenants, it can make prospective landlords rather edgy about the viability of property investment as a whole.

If you have contemplated real estate investment and then pulled back over concerns regarding finding tenants, then the properties below are well worth considering…

#1 – Student accommodation

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Student accommodation is always difficult to find. Simply put, there are more students than there are student-friendly properties. Thus, thanks to the eternal rules of supply and demand, choosing an investment property that can be rented to students is a surefire way of ensuring consistent occupation.

There are many decisions you will have to make if you investigate this kind of property. Are you going to let to a single student, who occupies a single apartment? Or are you going to let a single multi-room dwelling to a number of different students, who may or may not know one another? The second option is by far the most common, as few students have the funds available to live completely independently of one another.

If you let a property to a number of different students, then you will need to satisfy the rules and regulations involved in the process. You will be letting a property under a “house in multiple occupation” (commonly abbreviated to HMO) designation, which does require compliance with extra conditions. However, if you find a property close to a campus and contact HMO specialists to ensure you meet all the necessary requirements, you should be able to expect a high occupancy rate— which helps to protect both your initial investment and your profits.

#2 – Properties close to a beach

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As with student accommodation, this option is a different form to the standard “buy to let” that most prospective property investors imagine. However, again like student accommodation, buying properties close to a beach can be an incredibly savvy move.

First and foremost, you’ll be able to consider letting a beach-adjacent property in the conventional way; to one individual or family group, and renewing the tenancy on a monthly basis. Properties close to a beach will always be popular, but you are still going to be subject to the need to find consistent tenants. This, as discussed, can be difficult.

So buck the norm and opt for a different method of generating an income with your property investment. Rather than letting your property on a standard basis, offer your property for holiday rentals and AirBnB listings. These rentals might be short, but the close proximity to the beach should help ensure a continual stream of tenants, and those tenants will be easier to manage than conventional renters. Renting to holidaymakers gives you flexibility to reclaim and use the property whenever you want, allowing your investment a sense of freedom without all the red tape involved in managing a conventional tenant.

#3 – City centre apartments

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It doesn’t matter what city it is; city centre apartments will always be a great choice for rental properties. These properties are so in demand for one simple reason: everyone hates commuting.

If you find a property close to a business or financial district, there’s no doubt it will be an excellent investment. Dedicated workers in these areas will love the idea of a short commute combined with great access to the city’s nightlife, or you may find tenants who prefer to use the property as a pied-à-terre during the working week. Either way, a great city centre location is a reliable choice for any property investor.

While you may naturally be drawn to family homes in beautiful locations as a property investment, ultimately, you have to follow the people. City centres will always be bustling hubs, so you can expect a constant stream of city-centre workers wanting to rent from you. You’ll also be able to charge higher prices per square foot than you would on a family home. The one downside is that you will also pay more for the property itself, but you should be able to earn this investment back in consistent rental income.

#4 – A property with nearby transport connections

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It’s not just a nice neighbourhood or close proximity to a good shopping mall that you need to keep an eye out for when buying properties; transport connections matter too. Ideally, you want to find a property that offers at least two of the following:

  • Easy access to any railway or underground stations, preferably within less than 10 minutes walking time.
  • Easy access to bus stops.
  • Good road connections; less than 10 minutes drive away from a connection to a major highway.

Transport is often a key decision for tenants, especially those who are going to be commuting. You could have the nicest investment property in the world, but if it’s in the middle of nowhere and only serviced by a few buses a day, then tenants just aren’t going to want to live there. Tenants will accept smaller properties with excellent transport connections, so don’t think that the property itself is the only consideration you have to make. Your chosen property has to be as nice as possible, but its location — and particularly its proximity to transport links — is just as, if not more, important.

In conclusion

So if you have always wanted to try property investment but have worried about obtaining tenants, choosing one of the options above could be the perfect solution for you. While you will inevitably occasionally have gaps between tenants, the four property types above can help to ensure those gaps are relatively short.

 

Moving House: The Affordable Approach

If you and your little ones are planning a big move this year; it’s important to keep things as stress-free and as affordable as possible during each step of the way. Your kids are like sponges, and they will no doubt be absorbing your approach to spending and saving as you navigate through the property selling and buying process. There will be far more than simply exchanging the money needed for your next home, and receiving whatever you can for your current abode, so it’s worth a little extra effort when it comes to preparing and planning ahead.

A happy and straightforward moving process is something that you can get the whole family involved in. They’ll learn a little about each stage of selling and buying, and the work that goes into a successful moving day, so don’t be fearful of explaining what is happening to them. If there are particular financial consequences to certain actions, especially positive ones; share and explain them so that you can instil some great values and knowledge surrounding the cost of moving house, property, and real estate in general. Who knows; you might just spark an interest in a budding property tycoon of the future! The following are some things to consider if you’re about to pop up the for sale sign and want to save cash where you can as you’re heading out on your exciting property adventure together.

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Research And Sourcing

If you head towards the first estate agent or property legal team that you see; you’re unlikely to be able to save much money at the beginning of the process. However, doing some thorough online research, and sourcing more affordable options to suit your family, will ensure that the process doesn’t leave you broke. Therefore, it’s worth checking out some conveyancing quotes online as a starting point, and you can figure out the extra cash you’ll need to put aside to pay for everything. There are also options to sell your own home now, which will get rid of hefty agent fees, so that’s another area to consider if you’re willing to put in the work. You’ll need to balance what’s most important to you and your family in regards to time, money, and effort along the way, so the sooner you get started, the better.

A Bit Of DIY

The do it yourself approach will save you money throughout selling and buying a home, and the process of moving along the way. Therefore, it’s worth figuring out what you’ll be able to do without hiring anyone to help. If a survey comes back on a house that needs crucial renovation, rewiring, or a multitude of other work; work out if you’d be able to fix any problems yourself before moving day rolled around or as soon as you all moved in. In regards to removal costs; you could consider the packing process as soon as you know you’re moving and renting a storage unit near your new home so that you can do the majority yourself. Again, it’s about weighing up what will cost more time, money, and effort than you’re willing to spend, and going from there.

6 Great Tips When Moving House

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Undoubtedly, one of the more stressful experiences we go through in life is when we need to move home. To make your life easier, these are some of the things you need to consider before the big day.

Throw away things you don’t need

Now is the perfect time to declutter your house. To save on packing, get rid of those things you don’t need anymore. That magazine subscription you have collected for years? Ask yourself, how often do you flick through back copies. Still have toys that your children played with ten years ago? They probably aren’t collector’s items if they are covered in scuff marks. Get rid of them. Of course, you don’t need to throw unwanted items in the trash. Give them to charity shops so somebody else can make use of your once cherished possession.

Pack early

Packing takes time, and you will be amazed at what you have collected over the years. Begin with the rooms you don’t use frequently and start packing the items that are not needed on a daily basis. By starting to get ready early, you will be able to collect all the packaging you need for your precious items. Be sure to label them all as well, for easy access when you get to your new home. So what if you live in a house of boxes for a few days? It will only add to the excitement of your pending move.

Hire a removal company

You could just hire a van, or make a hundred trips back and forth in your car. However, you can save yourself a lot of work, and back breaking pain, by hiring the professionals to do it for you. Whether you are crossing over to the next town, or moving interstate, the cost of getting somebody to help you will cross one extra chore from your list.

Keep hold of the essentials

There are a few things you will always need to hand, so be sure to pack them in a separate container. There will be items necessary for the car journey, and on your arrival at your new home, so don’t give them to the removal men. Items such as the kettle, mugs, tea bags, bottled water, paper towels and toilet rolls, are just some of the things you might deem important.

Tell everybody

Unless you are planning to move away in the shadow of night, so nobody can find you, it is probably a good idea to let your friends and neighbors know you are moving. They may be able to help you on the day you leave, and it would be good to exchange contact information so you can keep in touch. You could even ask a neighbor to keep an eye out on any mail you receive, so leave a forwarding address.

Stay positive

You may be feeling emotional at the prospect of leaving your home, but you can still take those memories with you. It’s time for a new start, keep it together and get ready for the next chapter.

Selling Property? Read This First

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Selling a property isn’t quite as simple as a lot of people make out. It can be a complex and daunting task. After all, there’s a good reason why so many people hire outside help during the process!

If you’ve decided to sell a property, be it the home you’re living in currently or another property, then guides like this are pretty essential. Read on to make sure the process is smooth and gives you the best return. These are the things you must take into consideration.

The reason

Why are you selling the home? This may dictate how you’re going to sell it. You need to consider how fast you need to sell it and how much you need to sell it for. Let’s say you’re an investor. If you have the time on your side, then you can afford to wait to ensure you get the best price possible.

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Now let’s say you’re a family who are looking to move home. This, of course, is very different and even more sensitive. You’ll want to sell the place fairly quickly. But you need the best price you can get so you can afford the best house possible for your move! All this is to highlight that the reason for selling a property will determine how you go about the sale – and what results you should expect.

Getting the word out

Most people will choose to work with real estate agents in order to get the marketing done correctly for their house sale. But it’s not a process you should be completely divorced from. There are several steps you can take in order to be more proactive.

For example, writing up an in-depth introduction and description of the property will be appreciated by many customers. Using floor plans software to provide detailed floor plans along with the listing will help give people a clearer vision of the house. And you can even use social media to help advertise the property you’re trying to sell. The more proactive you get during this process, the more you may end up getting out of it!

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Value

This can be the most sensitive part of this process. Some would say it’s the simplest; it can’t be that hard to find out the home’s monetary value, right? Well, don’t jump to any conclusions. Do your best to get to a close estimate. You should do this from a few angles. Getting a valuation by a professional home value assessor is the obvious and best step, but you can also judge the value by other means. If possible, find out the values of some of the other homes in your neighborhood. Check out crime rates and the proximity from valuable amenities, too.

Let’s say you want a good mix of a fast sale and a good price. Try this popular (but slightly risky!) tactic: find out the value, then take 15% or so off that price. It should be a tasty-looking price that brings all the potential buyers to the yard, much like the famed milkshake of Kelis. The desired outcome? These people bidding against each other. This results in the value increasing to the original value, and perhaps even further.

4 Ways To Own Real Estate

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Getting on the property ladder is becoming increasingly more difficult. Before taking the dive into real estate, it’s important to consider all your options. Here are the four major ways that you can own property.

Traditional Buying

Traditional buying is still the main route into property. This is where you buy both the building and the land. Many choose to go through real estate brokers to find property. Finding a seller direct can sometimes be cheaper, but limits options. Some agents may charge buying fees, but this is generally reserved only for sellers. In either case, negotiating the price is recommended – you should aim to haggle of 5% of the value if you can.

You can also buy property off of an auction. Auctions are also a great opportunity for flipping property – discussed later on.

Leasing

In most cases, leasing property involved renting for a fixed term. This could be anything from a year or more. Some lease opportunities are more flexible than other – you may own the property, just not the land. In this instance, you may be able to make minor adjustments to the house as if it were you own. When it comes to traditional renting, hammering a nail in the wall might need permission from your landlord. Leasing is only half owning property, but is a cheaper alternative to buying and a more fixed alternative to renting. In many major cities around the world, the bulk of property is leased.

Self-building

Can’t find a property that meets your criteria? You can always build your own. It can cost up to a third of the price of buying (building and buying the land included), with the option of a self-build mortgage preventing you from having to pay outright. However, it can be a lengthier and more complex procedure. Whilst hiring architects, solicitors and builders isn’t too difficult a task, buying the land is a complex procedure. Land may be environmentally protected, may have limiting restrictions set by a local planning committee or may be physically unbuildable due to the ground. Before buying always check with the current landowner as to what the current restrictions are. In most cases you may negotiate prices.

Flipping

Flipping involves swapping one property directly for another, and so requires you to already own some form of property. By doing it effectively, you can earn a lot of money. Fail to flip correctly and you’ll lose a lot of money, making it a risky venture. Many who get involved in flipping property will buy property off an auction, possibly renovate it and then sell it for a profit. You can flip property without being worried about the profits however – if you want to directly swap with someone to a property that is less value but may be in a better location, you can do this.