Investing in real estate properties is a great way to make money and build your portfolio, but it can also end badly if you don’t see the red flags. The last thing you want to do is overlook potential issues, purchase the property, and find out down the road that there are bigger issues than you originally thought.
Before purchasing a property, do your due diligence and avoid these four red flags.
Bad Location/School District
Homes located in less-than-ideal locations with high crime rates tend to be avoided by potential renters. They don’t want to be concerned for their safety or worry about their property being destroyed. When renters are looking for properties, they usually look within the school district where their children go for the ease of getting them on the bus or to school in the morning. If they can’t find anything in their school district, they will look in highly-acclaimed school districts, which could mean they would miss your property altogether.
No Interior Pictures Online
When looking for properties to purchase online, keep an eye out for properties with beautiful exterior pictures and no interior pictures. This is a huge red flag because it makes it seem like they’re hiding something. Even if you know the property has a great floor plan and awesome amenities nearby, it suggests the inside of the home isn’t in good condition or wasn’t well taken care of.
Renters want their property to feel like a home, and having to walk through a maze to get around is a huge red flag. When looking at properties, renters like to see open floor plans and layouts that make sense. If you can only get to your bedroom by walking through the kitchen, or the only bathroom is on the main level when the bedrooms are upstairs, it’s not a good choice.
If you look up the property and see multiple owners have owned it over the past few years, this could imply it’s difficult to keep occupied or has underlying issues. In addition, if the disclosure sheet doesn’t provide much information on the property or the repairs that were made, it could mean more repairs for you in the future.
At the end of the day, make sure to do your research before purchasing your rental property. It will save you time and money in the long run! If you have any questions or need recommendations, reach out to us! We are always here to help.