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Condo expert Jai Wadhwani reveals six key things investors should research before purchasing a condo unit

Dec 16, 2009 – Buying a condo unit as an investment property can be tricky, but if you consider several key fundamentals, you are more likely to end up with a winner. As always, each of these areas should be carefully examined and the more information you can gather, the better.

1. LOCATION

With location comes all factors that define an area, including amenities that are close to the development. For example, investors should check out the local neighbourhood’s transit, retail stores and restaurants, entertainment centres and offices or places of employment. You will be able to sell or rent your unit based on a potential buyer’s and renter’s desire to be close to work or shopping facilities. You will then have an advantage over another property, which may be a safe location, but doesn’t offer anything extra or meet the specific needs of a client.

2. LAYOUT

The layout of a condo can allow you to increase the selling price between $20,000 and $50,000. You can do this by paying close attention to the details of a project. For example, if there is a one-bedroom plus den and the den is large enough to convert to another bedroom, this increases revenue because now your unit is in the two-bedroom price range. Before buying, always look for ways to make improvements on any given unit.

3. POTENTIAL PROFIT MARGIN

Look at several similar units and determine an average price per square foot. Once you have this figure, you can look at what the current market value is and compare it to nearby developments. If yours is higher or lower in value than others with the same projected occupancy dates, then you may want to compare such factors as what finishes or features are being offered in your project. This is also where your agents’ expertise comes in handy. For example, project one has granite counters and offers stainless-steel appliances with hardwood floors. Project two does not come with granite, has white appliances and carpet versus hardwood floors. Some buyers may pay between $8,000 and $10,000 more on the purchase price for project one. You may even be able to increase the rent based on a market that would pay extra for these features.

4. FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS

It is important to know about future developments like what residential and commercial buildings will be coming up near your investment. For example, if you are aware of a future condominium being built within proximity to your investment, find out what they may have to offer compared to your development. An agent will be an excellent tool as they may be in contact with certain builders in the area. Look at both advantages and disadvantages. This will help you determine what factors to point out to a potential buyer or renter and make your unit stand out amongst the masses.

You will also want to look at any upcoming commercial developments such as a grocery store or a coffee shop. These are great selling points to a potential buyer or renter and point to economic growth in any given area.

5. BUILDING AMENITIES

Being aware of what amenities your condominium offers over other buildings will help determine the price point. For example, you can look at a building with high-end amenities. While the amenities are excellent and better than any other building nearby, will your buyer or renter be willing to pay for it? There must be a price tag attached, either in the purchase price or in the maintenance. Some people, for example, may prefer location over amenities as they may not use the gym or pool. Find out what renters in the area prefer, as this will help you determine which development is the right one for you.

6. WHAT IF SCENERIO

If you’re buying off the plan, consider what will happen by the time the project is complete. What will happen to the market in two, four, 10 years? Make sure you look at all aspects and plan for the long term. What if you can’t sell the unit? Will you be able to afford to carry it and for how long? What will your carrying costs be and how will that compare to the rent you receive? What if the unit sits vacant; how long can you last if there is no one to rent it? Be sure to go over all factors to ensure that you can handle a condo as an investment property.

Jai Wadhwani is a sales representative at Royal Lepage Meadowtowne Realty in Mississauga, Ont. For more condo information, visit www.findmeacondo.ca.

From the October 2009 issue of CRE

source: http://www.canadianrealestatemagazine.ca/Features/39334/details.aspx

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This is an article from real estate investing for beginners dot com

The first step to real estate wealth starts with your mindset.

So how do you know if you’ve got the mindset of a wealthy person or if you’re traveling the path of the poverty-stricken? Let’s see if your brain is in the right place with a simple test…

The Situation:

Even though you may know nothing about real estate investing, I walk up to you and say “I’ve got a real estate deal that needs $20,000. What do you say?”

What would be your response?

Poor mindset response: “I don’t have that kind of money, Jarom.”

99% of the American population would come up with some version of that statement–”sorry, I don’t have the money so I can’t do it.” That is why 99% of the people in this country are not wealthy and never will be.

Do you think Donald Trump ever says “I don’t have the money”? Does Warren Buffet every say “I don’t have the money”? Did Henry Ford, Charles Schwab, or John D Rockerfeller ever say “I don’t have the money”?

No! And it’s not because they have the money either.

They’re wealthy because even if they were dirt poor, they wouldn’t respond “I don’t have the money.”

So how would they respond? If you’ve read Think and Grow Rich (pick up your free copy on our recommended reading list if you haven’t), this is how you would respond:

Wealthy mindset response:

“What would this deal make me?”

People in a wealthy mindset don’t ask how much it costs, they ask how much it will make them.

This is important–let me put it another way.

Wealthy people (or those who are on their way to being wealthy) don’t look at opportunities based on price. They look at the benefits and then decide if the price is worth it.

You see, the wealthy know that if the deal is right then they can find the money. It doesn’t have to be their money.

If you asked me “What would the deal make me?” and I replied “$30,000 in six months” do you think that, if you didn’t have the $20,000, you could find someone who did and offer them $27,000 in six months to borrow their $20,000? And you’d make $3,000 in the middle for doing a little money-finding leg work.

The whole reason I’m asking you for $20,000 in the first place is because the deal will make me $40,000 and I’m willing to give up $30,000 of that so I don’t have to use my own money.

If I use my own money, the number of deals I can do is limited to how much money I have. If I tap into other people’s money, I can do as many of those deals as I can handle.

Donald Trump and Warren Buffet know this, so when a new investment crosses their desk that makes sense to them, they don’t look at their bank account to see if they have the money. They grab the deal and then find the money to make it happen.

After all, if your first response is “I don’t have the money” how would you ever know if the deal was a good one? You wouldn’t.

The whole point of this exercise is that big opportunities are going to cross your path. If you’re in the mindset of poverty and scarcity then you’re going to miss them. But if you prepare yourself by learning how the wealthy think and work, you’ll be in the mindset of abundance and wealth.

Then you’ll recognize opportunity when it knocks, and you’ll be ready to take action.

-Jarom Adair
Real Estate Investing for Beginners