Houses: to build or to buy

Many people fancy the idea of dabbling in property and making their money through investing and selling at a profit. It is quite a romantic idea, but it is also one that is fuelled by the success stories of people who have done it in the past. But how easy is it really and what is the best way to go about achieving the dream. The key is that you need to play to your strengths. There is no one way to make success in the property industry, there are plenty of ways to get it right. Here are a few things that you might want to consider.

Know as much as possible

Knowledge is power so learn and take on board as many relevant skills as possible. There are plenty of institutions that offer building and construction courses online and investigating some of these would be a good place to start. If you are just hoping for the best, then you are on a hiding to nothing. You will encounter spiralling costs and you will soon find that your investment is costing you more than you could ever hope to gain as a return. And remember, you don’t have to be knowledgeable in every area of the project, but the more you understand each component part of the puzzle the better it will be.

Have a strategy

There is money to be made in the short-term and long-term. There is money to be made from capital appreciation and from rental. There are opportunities in building from scratch just as there are in repairs. There are options all over the place, but to make a success you need to have a strategy and you need to stick to it. If rental incomes are your game, then find properties that will offer good returns. If you are looking for capital appreciation, then look for neighbourhoods that are on the rise. The point is, you need to be an expert in one field not average in lots. Devise a strategy and go all out to implement it.

Find the right people

Regardless of whether you are building from scratch or fixing up existing properties, it is important to surround yourself with a good team of people. It is very unlikely that you will be able to do all the work yourself, so you need to develop a network of contacts and confidantes. These might be lawyers or architects, plumbers or electricians. There will be many areas of expertise that you will have to draw on, but you need to ensure that you are not always looking for new helpers. Once you have found the right professional, somebody who you like and who gets the job done, then stick with that person and build the relationship. Surrounding yourself with the best is one of the keys to succeeding in business.

Know the market

It is very important to know the property market that you are operating in. If you can get that right, you will be making informed decisions and operating strategically. You should try at all costs to avoid chasing the latest thing. Rather you should create a situation where you see something coming so that you can be waiting for it, ready to capitalize, as soon as it arrives.