Real Estate Investing in Barrie. In 2005, prior to the Real Estate downturn, real estate investors accounted for 23 percent of all the properties sold in the US. These statistics were gathered in a profile by the National Association of Realtors.

As an investor it is important to buy your own home first, prior to investing in other properties. Buying a home will not only put a roof over your head, but teach you the true cost of property ownership beyond the monthly mortgage payment, give you a primer on financing, school you on how location and changing market conditions affect property values, give you the angle on tax and other home owning benefits, help you learn about property maintenance, introduce you to a host of professionals who could prove invaluable when you really get into investments and otherwise act as a prerequisite foundation for higher studies in real estate investments.

After you invest in real estate, a big part about profiting from it is making sure that the financing is in place. Real estate is not like operating a retail store where you buy something wholesale for $10 and sell it for $20. First, you must identify your goals and determine if you want to rent the house and ultimately, once paid off, have a nice annuity or if you want to flip the property for a more short-term profit. If you are looking to flip and you’re confident that you can find a buyer, consider an adjustable mortgage with a very low temporary interest rate.

Most rental properties will have the tenants making mortgage payments, water bills and rental payments on hot water tanks included as part of their lease agreement. As part of your investment strategy you can sit back and allow the principle to be paid down on your mortgage and watch your equity increase. There are some good tax benefits to a rental property which you can utilize to increase your profits. Ask your accountant how to set up your property for the greatest benefit.

Learn your investment market. One market’s bubble could be one investor’s boom and another investor’s bust. A home in one market could give you vacation rental income in a half year sufficient to cover the cost of principal, interest, taxes, insurance, home owner association dues, upkeep and other costs, but not appreciate, while another home in another market won’t bring you enough rent to cover your expenses but appreciate more than enough to make up for it over the long term. The variables are endless.

After investing in some rental properties you may realize you do not have adequate time to actually maintain and look after the day to day issues involved in managing rental properties. Ask some rental property investors who they use for property managers and be prepared to ask them some tough questions. Here is a sample list of questions:
1. What are your management fees (% of rents, new tenant fees, lease renewal, etc)?
2. What services does that fee cover?
3. What does your company charge for other services(evictions, finding new tenants, lease-options exercised)?
4. Is the maintenance you use in-house, or just a contractor frequently used? Do they charge by the hour, or the job? How much?
5. Do you manage properties in the (area you own property) area? If so, how many?
6. How many property managers do you have?
7. How many units does each manage on average?
8. How long has your company been in business?
9. What is the average length you’ve managed the client’s properties for?
10. Do you manage any lease-options/rent-to-own properties? (if you have any or plan on having any)
11. What info do you provide the owner with on a monthly basis? What do you need the owner to do on a monthly basis? How many phone calls to the owner per month on average?
12. How do you advertise and market the properties?
13. Could you email me references right now? (Make sure you call their references