What to Know About Buying Your First Investment Property in Pennsylvania

Making a property investment can be an exciting time in a person’s life. However, investing is a very serious business that should be treated as such. It is important to go into the process with as much knowledge as possible about the proper steps and investing basics. This allows you to be sure you are getting the most out of your investment. 

How Do I Know I’m Ready to Buy an Investment Property?

Before jumping into buying an investment property, it is important to determine whether you are both financially and emotionally ready. There are many factors to consider in order to determine if the time is right for you. This can include the cost of the mortgage, the operating costs, tenant issues, your ability to tolerate risk, and more. 

How Do I Know if a Property is a Good Investment?

People make investments hoping to make a return on their money. So, an important question to ask when looking for a property is: Does it have the potential to make money? This can be determined by calculating the return on investment (ROI) of the property. To do this, you must establish the net annual return of the property. This includes the rent that would be paid to you, minus taxes, repair, insurance, utilities, and property management costs. Once the net annual return is determined, you can divide it by the amount you spent on the property to determine the cost-benefit analysis.

What Should I Look for in an Investment Property?

There are other criteria to keep in mind when looking at investment properties. This can include:

  • Is it a fixer-upper? For those with experience in this, it can be beneficial for your investment portfolio. 
  • What are the vacancy rates? A lack of tenants makes it difficult to have a return on investment. 
  • Are there demographic/psychographic shifts to know about? This can be important to know if any kind of campus is being built or pulling out of your market. These trends can cause either positive or negative impacts.
  • Will the market support my rent? The 1% rule states that a property should be rented each month for at least 1% of the value of a property.

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