There are many questions that you should ask yourself before embarking upon a career of real estate investment. The first and most important question should be whether or not you are truly committed to making real estate work for you. Real Estate is not a business for the lazy or faint of heart. In order to truly turn a profit you must always be ethical but also not give they baby away with the bath water. You at times must be ruthless when dealing with buyers and sellers to ensure you will have a profit when the whole deal is said and done.
The number one reason you must make a serious commitment in order to make real estate work for you is simple. There will be ups and downs throughout your real estate career. The stock market experiences rises and falls on a regular basis. You would not dump all of your stock over one bad day, the same holds true even more so in the realm of real estate investing. Property values in general rise gradually over time. Over the course of ten years, you will statistically see real estate double in value. This means that even if the values in a community tend to regress chances are that they will eventually recover.
The investors that invest with the philosophy of focusing on the slow and steady growth in value are referred to as buy and hold investors. These investors are truly committed to their investment. Some of these investors elect to hold the property as a vacation property. Others, I believe the smarter, opt to earn an income on the property by renting it out to other families or vacationers, this is where you get cash flow along with long term growth.
Those who own rental properties must also be committed to making their investments work for them. True rental properties are not a hands off type of investment. You must keep them maintained in order to remain in demand by tenants. You must also make constant efforts to keep these properties managed and filled along with remaining certain that you are collecting your rent each month. It is important that you ensure the properties are not falling into a state of disrepair or abuse by tenants.
Many investors retain the services of property management agencies in order to handle the day to day operation and the month-to-month details and collections. This is a great idea whether you have just one rental property or a large portfolio of rental properties. What is great about rental property is the fact that if you keep your rental properties in reasonable repair throughout the years they can become liquid assets in time. In other words, they may actually pay for themselves a few times over if you invest for the long-term rather than focusing on the moment.
It is important that you are prepared to make the commitment to profit or profitability that is necessary in order for your venture to be deemed a success no matter what type of real estate investment you intend to have.