How to Optimize Your Real Estate Investments

Sophisticated real estate investors know that there is a lot of background research to fully understand the market value–and potential–of any given property. Even if all of your investments are located in the same city, there are variance in neighborhoods and even certain streets, that can affect your ability to get a solid return on your investment.  Here are some of the top ways to assess a location’s potential and whether a listing would make a good addition to your real estate investment portfolio:

  1. Mortgage Interest Rates
    When interest rates are low, there will be fewer renters and more first time home buyers. This often–but not always–means that prices will move up, especially in areas that tend to attract that type of buyer.
  2. Up and Coming NeighborhoodsLook closely at the type of homes in a potential area. Is there a mix of run-down homes and well-kept, recently updated houses? This is a sure sign that the neighborhood is ready for a boost in property values.
  3. Sweat Equity
    If you are choosing between two investment properties, pick the house that is more solid, with regular maintenance updates, and requires more cosmetic, rather than structural work or big-ticket repairs. You are much more likely to get a better return on your kitchen upgrade or new hardwood flooring than replacing a roof.
  4. Understand the Value of Good Marketing
    Whether renting out or selling your investment property, knowing how to market your property well will give you a much better return. Staging, lighting, good photography, well-written descriptions and strategic use of online marketing channels are all essential for getting the word out there to the renter or buying who is willing to give you the most bang for your buck.

We work closely with many real estate investors to make sure that their portfolio is properly financed and positioned for growth. Once we’ve laid out all your options, all you have left to do to grow your wealth is choose which house will be your next investment!

Is Now the Time to Fix?

A lot has happened in the mortgage market over the last couple of months, with several lenders lifting the interest rates.

Moving forward, many economists believe rates will rise further this year, with the Reserve Bank widely expected to lift rates at some point within the next 12 months.

With this in mind, it is clear that the bottom of the rate cycle may soon be behind us. As such, now really is the perfect time to review your current financial situation and make sure you are still in the right product for your needs.

Whether you’ve been in your mortgage for a few months or a few years, the start of a new year is always the ideal time to compare lenders and investigate what deals are available.

With some lenders offering fixed rates below 4% p.a., you may find that now is the perfect time to fix part or all of your mortgage.

I’m as proud of many of the things we haven’t done as the things we have done.JOHN DOE, Company CEO

A fixed rate will not only help you to avoid any future rate rises, but it will also provide you with some surety around your regular mortgage repayments.

Over the past few months, we’ve seen an increase in the number of people locking into a fixed rate mortgage. According to the latest data from Mortgage Choice, 19.5% of all home loans written in November were fixed – up from 17.4% the month prior.

A Big Time Saver

A lot has happened in the mortgage market over the last couple of months, with several lenders lifting the interest rates.

Moving forward, many economists believe rates will rise further this year, with the Reserve Bank widely expected to lift rates at some point within the next 12 months.

With this in mind, it is clear that the bottom of the rate cycle may soon be behind us. As such, now really is the perfect time to review your current financial situation and make sure you are still in the right product for your needs.

Whether you’ve been in your mortgage for a few months or a few years, the start of a new year is always the ideal time to compare lenders and investigate what deals are available.

With some lenders offering fixed rates below 4% p.a., you may find that now is the perfect time to fix part or all of your mortgage.

I’m as proud of many of the things we haven’t done as the things we have done. – JOHN DOE, Company CEO

A fixed rate will not only help you to avoid any future rate rises, but it will also provide you with some surety around your regular mortgage repayments.

Over the past few months, we’ve seen an increase in the number of people locking into a fixed rate mortgage. According to the latest data from Mortgage Choice, 19.5% of all home loans written in November were fixed – up from 17.4% the month prior.

7 Smart Moving Tips

A lot has happened in the mortgage market over the last couple of months, with several lenders lifting the interest rates.

Moving forward, many economists believe rates will rise further this year, with the Reserve Bank widely expected to lift rates at some point within the next 12 months.

With this in mind, it is clear that the bottom of the rate cycle may soon be behind us. As such, now really is the perfect time to review your current financial situation and make sure you are still in the right product for your needs.

Whether you’ve been in your mortgage for a few months or a few years, the start of a new year is always the ideal time to compare lenders and investigate what deals are available.

With some lenders offering fixed rates below 4% p.a., you may find that now is the perfect time to fix part or all of your mortgage.

I’m as proud of many of the things we haven’t done as the things we have done. – JOHN DOE, Company CEO

A fixed rate will not only help you to avoid any future rate rises, but it will also provide you with some surety around your regular mortgage repayments.

Over the past few months, we’ve seen an increase in the number of people locking into a fixed rate mortgage. According to the latest data from Mortgage Choice, 19.5% of all home loans written in November were fixed – up from 17.4% the month prior.