With housing prices, mortgage rates and mortgage interest rates so low, many real estate investors are looking into buying homes and turning them into rental properties. This can be a good idea, but there are some things to consider before investing in real estate.
If you want to buy a home or property and turn it into a rental property you will want to look at the costs associated with doing so. If you are able to find an affordable home or piece of property, be sure it is well within your budget to make the payments on that property, without relying on a tenant to either help or make the payment.
Many real estate investors make this mistake and assume that a renter will be able to afford the rent price the property owner sets and thus that rent will pay on the mortgage of the property, but there is no sure thing in real estate investing.
However, if you are in the financial position to do so, you may profit from buying and renting a home. Some real estate investors will buy a home and, along with the tenant’s rent, pay off the mortgage over time and when the renter vacates the home, the owner can sell, hopefully for a profit.
While real estate can be a good investment, before proceeding, be sure you are able to make the payments and afford the requirements and costs associated with buying real estate to create a rental property. Again, since there is no sure thing in investing, do the research, look at your financial situation, and then make the decision as to if it is in your best interest to proceed.