Are you thinking about buying a house or an apartment complex as an investment property? Have you been trying to figure out how to decide which property or properties you should buy and which ones you should ignore? Although there is no set standard for exactly what makes a property "good" or not, there are definitely things that tend to be more desirable than others. If you look for properties with these qualities, you're more likely to be successful in making money with the property that you purchased. Some things that you might want to look for include:
School district: If you don't have kids of your own, you've probably given little thought to what schools serve the real estate for sale that you've been looking at. But the better the schools, the more likely it is that you'll be able to rent out or flip the property quickly. Parents are always looking for homes in good school districts. While you'll still be able to rent out or sell a property that happens to be in a poorly-performing school area, you won't necessarily be able to ask quite as much for the property and it may take longer to locate a renter or buyer.
Public transportation: For cities that have decent transportation networks, it can be essential that you look for real estate for sale in easily-accessible locations. Not everyone has a vehicle or is even medically able to drive one. For these people, having to walk for long distances just to get to the nearest stop means that they will likely pass on such a property and look elsewhere. This ultimately leads to potential tenants or buyers for the property, lowering its value. When purchasing properties in areas with poor transportation networks, this consideration is much less important but you may still want to favor buying a property on a bus or a train line whenever possible.
Roof condition: Replacing a roof can be an expensive undertaking, especially when you're trying to make as much money off of your investment as quickly as possible. This is why you should always look for real estate for sale that has a good roof. Since it can be difficult for the average person to tell what condition the roof is in, it's important to have the roof thoroughly inspected by a professional before you ever make an offer. A deteriorating roof may not be a deal breaker, but you should know how much money you'll have to put into the property before you can start seeing a return on that investment.
Talk to an agent for more help with looking for real estate for sale.