Assuming you've got your first investment property, in today's video I share 7 property investing tips on how to buy your second property investment, because it can be really difficult to maintain momentum in today's property market (Real Estate Market).
First of all I must just say... a BIG congratulations on getting your first buy to let... that in itself is a great achievement.
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But if you've got your first property - and you're wanting to build a portfolio - here are 7 property investment tips to help you get past property number 2 and on to property 3 & 4.
1. Can you find a genuinely discounted property, often referred to as being below market value? If you can buy property number two at a genuine discount, you can generally refinance fairly quickly and pull some of that deposit back out of the deal, which you can then use to go and buy property number three.
Now I'm going to hold my hand up here and say I personally didn't believe it was possible to buy a property at, say, I don't know, 20-25% below market value. But if you look in the right areas, and work with the right type of sellers, and create win/win solutions for those sellers, it is possible, and I've now done it many times.
2. Next, is there a way to add real tangible value to property number two? If you can add sufficient value, again you can refinance and pull a percentage of your money back out of the deal and use this to go and buy property number three.
3. Can you buy property number two in an area where there's a better chance of capital growth? Now, I appreciate that this one's just a little bit speculative, but I also believe that it's possible. For example, could property number two be located on or near a new transport link? Perhaps a new train station or tube line. Is the area about to undergo some serious regeneration? Has a big new employer just announced that they're about to move into an area and create a lot more jobs? These are all good examples of where you might get a better chance of capital growth, potentially. Accelerated capital growth means you can refinance property two sooner, and then use these funds to go out and buy property number three.
4. When you refurbish property number two, document everything. Now, I've talked about this before, so I'm referring to before and after photos, video walkthroughs, floor plans, etc. because this material might be just what's needed to convince a joint venture partner to help you fund property number three.
5. Can I suggest some investment in your property education might help you to finance property number two without needing to use your own cash. So you can then use this cash to go out and buy property number three. Now there's lots of places to get this training, and dare I say you might want to check out the online property masterclass, where we cover this subject in a lot of detail.
6. If you don't need the income from property number one right now, because you've got a well paid job, could you save this income and use this to finance property number two? If property one was a rent to rent, for example, cash flowing say, I don't know, £800 a month, that's £9600 a year, which is potentially enough to get you into two rent to rents, and perhaps one of them might have an option on it.
7. Lastly, could you perhaps pull your resources with someone else, and go in together to buy property number two? And perhaps do the same with property number three, and maybe the same with property number four. This might be a good friend or family member, but it's a great way to gain real momentum, especially if part of the deal is that you're going to hold each other accountable. But if you're going to do this, please, please, please make sure you have a formal contract in place, even if it's a family member.
Now, if you could think of any other way to structure a deal number two so that it helps you flow on to deal number three and four, I would love it if you could take a moment to help others by commenting below, that would be absolutely wonderful.
I hope you found that helpful... Tony Law - Your First Four Houses
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