The real estate marketplace can fluctuate dramatically and unpredictably leaving as many stories of failure as there are stories of success. The best way to help stack the odds in your favor is to have a solid real estate investment business plan. A business plan is a detailed outline that includes a clearly stated objective and a how you are going to achieve that objective – in this case real estate. It should contain methods of securing financial support, either through partners or loans, and be able to describe ways of limiting fiscal risks. It should also list certain criteria that will distinguish between investments that are likely to provide a profit and those that are likely to create a loss. Finally, it should delineate clear methods of procuring a steady stream of buyers.
The first step to success is to find potential investments. The basic principle to follow is to buy low and sell high. Situations that depress a property’s asking price include foreclosure, owner death, IRS issues, illness, divorce, relocation and job transfer. In a number of these cases, a bank or financial institution assumes ownership over the asset. Hoping to reclaim some of their financial losses, they sell off as much of these assets as possible. This typically happens to houses that have come under bank ownership. The asking price for these houses is generally much lower than market value. These types of situations are advantageous to an investor because a lower asking price ensures a higher profit margin. A successful real estate investment business plan should include as many of these beneficial opportunities as possible, thus increasing the likelihood of a greater profit margin.
The next principle of any business plan is to secure the funding needed to get started and keep the process going. When dealing with real estate, this part is usually straight forward and easy. Ideally the money for the initial investment would come from your own savings or a trusted partner. In this way, while you are risking your own money, failure would not harm your ability to garner future loans from banks or mortgage lenders. However, not everyone has enough personal capital to begin buying real estate. This is where proven time tested techniques are utilized to secure the funds needed from joint venture partners or private lenders. Both of these groups are mainly interested in two items; One – how secure is their money and Two – How much will they be paid. As long as it is a truly good deal you should have no problem finding the money. Do not be afraid to share some of your profits to your money partner, better to share some than not be able to do the deal and make nothing. The idea is to secure the loan, purchase the property, sell the property, and then pay off the investor. Using this method you can buy real estate without any personal financial commitment.
Finally, a real estate investment business plan should include a stable method to facilitate a deal with your exit strategy. This should consist of a manner to procure buyers, in the marketplace. There is no shortage of these, and it is a way to close the deals that ensures the highest possible profit margin possible. It may be a good idea to hire an advisor at this point if you are not confident with your own experience. In the beginning it is a good idea to re-invest the profit. In this way you can create more opportunities to earn more money, thus securing the ultimate goal: financial success.