If you're thinking about investing in a rental property, experts say low home prices combined with low interest rates make this the best time in years to become a real-estate investor.  Couple this with the increase in potential renters housesdue to foreclosures and the recent shaky economy, and you may well decide to become a first-time investor in South Florida real estate

It isn’t difficult to get into the real estate investing world. In fact, it’s rather easy. But it does require being smart and dedicated—and avoiding easy-to-make mistakes. These tips for a first time real estate investor should be beneficial in helping you become more knowledgeable and competent in sidestepping common pitfalls.

  • Tip 1:  Educate yourself:  Visit numerous online sites, consult with seasoned investors of South Florida real estate, become familiar with terms and jargon, investigate lending procedures, explore possible locations, and analyze your personal financial situation.  Carefully researched knowledge will keep unpleasant surprises at bay.
     
  • Tip 2:  Formulate a plan:  Most experts advise first-timers to limit their initial investments to residential South Florida real estate (many recommend concentrating on foreclosures) and to know in advance how much of a “fixer-upper” they want to take on.  Predetermining preferred locations (think in terms of schools, insurance rates, job availability, taxes, amenities, etc.) is also essential, as is deciding whether you will manage the property yourself.
     
  • Tip 3:  Get your ducks in a row:  Speak to potential lenders or even a financial planner about whether you have enough assets to handle the ups and downs that could come with investing. Even if you plan to rent out the property, count on paying the mortgage whenever there's a vacancy.  It’s certainly a good idea to get pre-approved for an investment property loan.  It’s also useful to line up individuals/companies who can take care of various maintenance needs before you need their services for your South Florida investment real estate.
     
  • Tip 4:  Be patient, but persevere:  As the market recovers, finding the “perfect” property is becoming more difficult, but it is not impossible.  Once you figure out where to look, you’ll be able to find them more easily, and you’ll start making money!  Be forewarned: there will be numerous high and low points in your stint as an investor, but if you are confident about your plan and are determined to work towards it, odds are you’ll succeed!

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