Friday, April 21, 2017

Real Estate 101

Real estate investment is a great way to make money provided you know the game and how it works. It is better than stocks and bonds because you actually have something tangible to show for your money, whereas with other investment it seems to just disappear into nothingness, leaving you waiting for a return. With real estate you can see it, touch it, and ensure you get your return on investment by making the changes needed to increase the home’s value. The following tips can help you succeed in increasing value on your newly acquired investment. Some are particular to certain properties, others can be used wide in a wide ranging way. Even if you think you know how to increase a home’s value, read on, because there could be something you have missed. 

One of the key things to remember is that value is increased in different ways depending on what area or country you are in. For example, if you are in a hot country, building a pool will add more value that doing the same somewhere cold. If going to foreign shores, you are best off trying to speak to a local estate agent, they can help talk to you about the scope of real estate in their area. You can get some valuable information. It is better to do this than guess, and end up investing a load of money into improvements that have no bearing on the home’s value. Be smart and use local expertise. 


In terms of increasing the value of a home, in this day and age you could go down the route of green energy. It is on the minds of most people. If you use this you can save them more money on energy when they moved in and also give them a clear conscious, helping them think they are making a difference to the environment. Sometimes the increases are minimal, but you’ll certainly get something for them. Consider loft insulation and cavity wall insulation. You can also look into solar power, remember to get the solar panels installed to the rear so it doesn’t look bad. Wind turbines can be placed on too, you can get them really small these days so they won’t make a difference to the properties appearance. Just ensure the area has enough wind to make use of.

The biggest raises in value come from extensions. This can be something small like a conservatory, or maybe something bigger like a general building extension, removing the attached garage, and adding a few more rooms. These require planning permission but add a huge amount of value. If you wanted to keep it simple, then you need to totally revamp the kitchen and the bathroom. Doing this can ensure you get a decent return as they are the two places that cost the most to renovate. Bedrooms need only a lick of paint and maybe new flooring. The same applies for the living room. Of course you can add unique aspects as you go, giving the home something special. But on the face of things this is what will give you the most return.

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