Discovering Real Estate as an Investment
The most appealing part of investing in real estate is the secure long term return; real estate rarely loses long term value.
There are various ways of making money off real estate, such as:
- Buying and selling properties
- Buying and renting properties
- Buying land and developing it
Buying and selling real estate can be done in various ways:
Buying properties, renovating, and reselling at a higher price.
This is a great way to make some money. The main risk here, is that the cost of renovations could be higher than the difference between the buying price and the selling price. Usually the more money invested, the higher the risk.
Buying properties, enjoying them for a while, and then reselling them at a higher price when the value goes up.
This isn’t likely to have the greatest return on investment (ROI) because the interest paid on the mortgage will erase much of the profit earned from the increase in the value of the house. The main return on this type of real estate investment is the utility of the house. The investor must determine if the utility of the home is worth the investment.
Investing in real estate you enjoy vacationing in.
Often people will rent out their property while they are away, and then enjoy it when they want to take a vacation. In Ottawa, the most popular real estate investments for vacation purposes are in Florida, Mexico, Europe and the Caribbean.
Buying property that has been repossessed by the bank or lender.
This type of real estate investment is often highly sought after amongst real estate investors. Usually the banks or mortgage lenders are eager to get rid of these properties at a discount.
Once you have determined the type of real estate investment you are most interested in, consider the potential ROI of your potential Ottawa property purchase.
ROI is a simple calculation, but can have a huge impact on the choices you make in your real estate investments. ROI is calculated by taking the projected yearly earnings on a property and subtracting the year’s maintenance costs and taxes on the property. Then take the total yearly profit of the real estate investment and divide it by the total amount invested.