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How to Get The Most From Your Investment Property

By: Christine Whitfield BA (hons) - Updated: 29 Sep 2012 | comments*Discuss
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It’s pretty obvious that the economic climate isn’t exactly good right now. House prices are falling, mortgages are hard to come buy, fuel prices have risen and inflation is higher than it has been for years. Those people thinking of buying a property for investment might not be so keen anymore. However with the right advice and timing it could be that you could make a sound return on your investments.

Take Advantage Of Cheaper House Prices

At the moment house prices are lower than they have been for years. New investors should not get involved in the property market simply because with the volatility out there at the moment banks will be unwilling to lend to them. However if you are an experienced investor and want to add to your portfolio now might be the time to snap up a bargain.

Don’t Buy To Sell

While it may be wise to take advantage of the falling house prices at the moment now is not a good time to sell. There is no point getting a property with the intention of a quick turnaround. If you choose to buy now or if you already have properties in your portfolio now is not the time to sell. Keep hold of your property until the market picks up. Just hang tight for now.

Get The Most From Renting

Since you are holding on to the property for some time then you should get the most of it by renting. The struggle first time buyers are experiencing when trying to get a mortgage means many are renting for longer than they wanted or expected to. This is good news for landlords. If you want to make the most out of your rental income then you should make sure the property is in great condition. If necessary make some improvements to it be it a new kitchen or bathroom suite. This way you will be able to command a higher rent from your tenants.

Sell When The Time Is Right

Of course there will come a time when you do want to sell the property and perhaps by a better one. When you sell you will want to make a profit so it is vital that you sell at the right time in the market. Seek advice from estate agents and brokers. Keep yourself as up-to-date with financial news as possible. Do not jump into anything. If you sell at just the right time you could make a healthy profit but timing is crucial. Don't be tempted to offload your portfolio now just because things seem worrying. Don't panic and instead try to keep your investment property in great condition until the time is right to sell.

Although things are not great in the housing market at the moment things are not as desperate as they may seem. Don’t panic sell. The market will pick up and you will soon be able to sell the property and make the kind of profit you intended to make.

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