Best investment opportunity of 2023? Investing in your First Property

Author: Laura Coughlin - Managing Director & Property Professional

Posted: Mar 10, 2023

The year 2023 could be a good time to invest in your first property for several reasons…

Firstly, the current economic climate may present opportunities for property investors due to interest rates starting to slump and property prices dropping to normal (pre-pandemic) conditions.  Additionally, there may be increased demand for rental properties as more people choose to rent rather than buy, so if you have the capital to deploy – there’s no point leaving it sitting in the bank gathering dust (and losing value) – property could be a safe bet and likely the best Investment Opportunity for 2023.

Investing in property can be an excellent way to build wealth and secure your financial future. However, it can also be a risky venture, especially if you are not familiar with the property market. As a time-served property expert, I have gathered some valuable insights over the years that can help you make smart investment decisions. Here are five property investment tips to consider:

Location is Key
Choosing the right location is critical when it comes to property investment, as we all know, you could be looking at the “nicest house in on the street” but if the street has a reputation, it could be sitting as dead stock for a long time. However, interestingly and to the contrary – the most expensive area may not necessarily yield the best returns. Consider investing in up-and-coming areas with good transport links and reputable schools. Negotiation is also key when it comes to property investment. Paying a high price for a property can limit your profit margin when it comes time to sell – so try to remove the emotion from the transaction, and focus on the margin!

Conduct Thorough Research
Research is essential before buying any property. Check out the average sale price in the area and understand the fees associated with property development and refurbishment. Also, take into account stamp duty, legal fees, and other costs associated with buying and owning property – it soon stacks up. Being aware of these expenses can help you budget accordingly and avoid any unforeseen expenses.

Know Your Buyers and Sellers
When purchasing a property, consider buying from a seller who is motivated to sell quickly. Often, these sellers are more likely to accept a lower offer in exchange for a quick and hassle-free sale. Also, think about who you will be renting or selling the property to. Understanding your target market is key to choosing the right fixtures, fittings, and overall aesthetic for the property.

Be Patient and Calculated
Rushing into property investment can lead to costly mistakes. Take your time to identify the right property for you and be aware of any potential issues that may arise. Consider what improvements will add value to the property and stick to your plan. Being patient and proactive can save you money in the long run.

Take the First Step
Starting a property investment portfolio can seem overwhelming. However, taking the first step is essential. Start with a small investment and work your way up as you gain more experience and confidence in the real estate market. Remember, every successful investor starts somewhere.

In conclusion, property investment can be a lucrative venture if approached with the right mindset and strategy. At Marshall Tonks, we are here to help you on your investment journey. Contact us today to learn more about property investment and how we can assist you in achieving off-market deals tailored to your investment goals.

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