Income Property by: Erich Roden

Income Property by: Erich Roden

April 21, 2021


By Saeed Ghaffari

Erich Roden

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Income Property

Purchasing an income property in this current market can definitely be a challenge, however, it is not impossible. I just closed escrow on my own purchase of an income property just a couple of weeks ago.

What makes a solid income purchase? This depends on several things… 1) What type of investor is buying the property? Is it a someone purchasing an income property for the first time wanting to get their feet wet in investing or is it a seasoned investor that purchases income property frequently? 2) The type of property, condition and location may very well also impact a decision in purchasing an income property. 3) What is the goal or financial objective in purchasing the income property? These and many more reasons may determine what makes a solid income property purchase.

Income Property

So, how do you go about finding an Income Property in a market with very low inventory of homes available to purchase? Working with an experienced Realtor that is familiar with investment purchases is the first step to being successful in this process. This Realtor will know how to best guide you in what to look for. Such as, identifying properties that would provide opportunities that favor the Buyer. One way to identify a property with an opportunity is a property that requires some renovation or better known as “TLC”. Another way is finding properties that have just been put back on the market due to a cancellation of a previous escrow. Finally, the ability to identify a home that has great rental potential. This would require a rental market analysis to determine how much rent can be reasonably charged for the home in its location. Also, determining the needs of a potential renter and researching if the location meets those needs. Such as, quality of the School District, proximity to freeways for the commuter, proximity of grocery stores, restaurants, entertainment and other popular amenities.

Once you identify the property what’s next? How will you get your offer accepted? Was I lucky to be able to purchase an income property in this high demand market? Well, I believe luck has a part in everything that I accomplish, however, there was much more than just luck that made it possible. For example, your experienced Realtor will need to be able to openly communicate with the Listing Agent and determine what needs and wants the Sellers have to be able to consider in putting together your offer. They will also be able to conduct a market analysis to best guide you on what price range you should consider when submitting your offer. Also, remember, as an investment purchase you will be required to put 20-25% down on the purchase with most mortgage lenders. This will set yourself apart from many other offers you may be competing with because most may only have 3.5% or 5% Down. Finding leverage when putting together your offer is the key to make sure your offer is not just another stack of papers amongst the rest.

What I believe allowed me the opportunity to purchase my most recent income property was the combination of identifying the opportunity of a property that just came back on the market from a cancellation of escrow, speaking directly to the Listing Agent and discussing the needs and wants of the Sellers and having the 20% down financing which from the beginning was something that the Listing Agent felt was what set me apart from the other offers.

Again, using an experienced Realtor is the key to being successful in purchasing your next income property and I wish you the best in accomplishing this goal. It is one of the best investments you will ever make.

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