Real Estate Tips: The Different Types Of Properties And How To Choose


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Many real estate investors would agree that there is a bottom dollar when it comes to buying properties. Some do not mind spending more money on the perfect property, while others try to stretch their dollar as far as possible before deciding on a property. This article will detail the types of properties and give some tips on how to choose which one best suits your needs.


Abandoned Houses (Vacant Homes)

An abandoned house is a home that has been left empty for months, or years. These homes have usually been foreclosed or have been through a natural disaster which left the home in need of major repairs. If you take over one of these properties it could be a great opportunity to fix up and sell. The cost of take-over can vary greatly, but it is usually cheaper than buying a property that is already repaired.

It is important to know the laws regarding abandoned houses in your area. You should always check with your local officials to see how to buy an abandoned house, what are the risks, and what you are allowed to do with the property once you have taken it over. Some cities take abandoned houses very seriously so be sure to get informed before trying this type of investment strategy. However, if you do your homework and follow the law, this type of investment could be very lucrative.


Single Family Residence

Residential properties have been the traditional investments. If you are just starting, this is usually the first type of investment property that people start with. These properties are generally considered the best ones to buy because they tend to appreciate over time and hold their prices better than other types of investments. They also provide excellent cash flow which any investor looks for when buying a rental property. The downside is that it usually requires a larger initial investment making it less ideal for new investors. However, single-family residences offer great cash flow and a stable market. It is also easier to find and manage than multifamily properties which makes it ideal for investors who prefer to take the hands-off approach with their investments.


Multi-Family Residences

This type of property is normally more difficult to purchase than the others mentioned above, primarily due to its "risky" nature. One rule that it follows is that higher risk means higher reward. Properties with 2 or more units are more likely to have better rental returns because this kind of property attracts a wide array of potential tenants - from professionals who need short-term accommodations while they job search to young families on a budget looking for roomy accommodations. However, this type of investment requires a lot of hard work and knowledge to be successful and profitable at the same time, including finding good quality tenants and managing your properties properly so you can maximize your profits without having to find yourself in a major (expensive) fix.


Investment Condos

Another consideration for those looking to buy properties is the fact that there are numerous types of condos out there as well as the different factors which will affect their value such as floor plans, amenities, location and so forth. You can also opt for loft conversions rather than buying a condo from scratch. Just like residential investment properties, condos appreciate over time if they are managed properly. The amount of money that you will pay to own a condo can vary greatly depending on age, size, and whether it is furnished or not. To know how much you will have to pay for each square foot, use online tools to calculate the amount you can invest in a condo. Investment condos purchased directly from an owner are usually purchased using cash because this is negotiable and may be priced lower than other types of properties because you are not required to pay any commissions or fees which are normally added to the final price tag by real estate agents.


Commercial Properties

This includes retail and office space, strip malls, and larger warehouses. This kind of property is not suggested for beginners so it would be wise to decide on the other types discussed above before considering this kind. Commercial properties are ideal only for experienced investors who know how to properly manage their investments - meaning they should also have good management skills to ensure that all tenants meet the standards set by the owner or else face eviction proceedings if they continually violate any rules or regulations put up in terms of tenancy agreements.

This type of investment has its risks and rewards, just like multi-family residences mentioned. It also becomes more difficult when the location is undesirable so it might take longer for your tenant to find a business or company that needs their space. However, there are more benefits since commercial properties often attract high income/revenue producing investors such as doctors, lawyers, etc., because clients are normally readily available.


Land Investments

This is the most popular type of real estate investment, which can result in large returns if handled properly. Lots come in different shapes and sizes depending on your purpose for purchasing one (i.e., residential, commercial, or industrial). You also have to take into account that there are certain laws governing land usage - especially when it comes to zoning ordinances. Before you even think about buying any property you should find out whether it falls under government regulations or not. For example, if you want to purchase land located near an airport, chances are you will need special permission before doing so because the law prohibits homes from being built within a 1-mile radius of airports. After all, it poses a threat since it can create problems with air traffic.

However, if you go through the right channels and follow all rules set by the state, you can successfully build housing or other projects on your land investments. You will find that many people invest in land as opposed to any other type of real estate because it is a tangible asset that cannot be destroyed or evaluated over time.



The trick to finding the best type of property for your needs and budget is knowing what you want and how much you're willing to spend on it. With these tips, you will be able to narrow down your choices and find yourself in a position where you can take advantage of whatever opportunity presents itself at the right time. Just keep in mind that if something sounds too good to be true or too easy then it probably is one or both.