Tips for Buying Investment Properties

Tips for Buying Investment Properties

Real estate is one of the most surefire investment options out there. Except for in extreme circumstances, the value of the real estate will continue to increase regardless of external economic factors. Homes appreciate in value, and it’s easy to maximize a home’s value either by renovating, redecorating, purchasing new furniture, or even doing something as simple as making the yard more presentable. It’s important to know where the ideal place to buy is. Location is always the most critical factor when assessing where to invest in real estate, and Santa Monica is an excellent location with rising home values.

Buying Santa Monica real estate

Located west of Los Angeles on the Pacific Coast, Santa Monica is home to some of the most sought-after luxury real estate anywhere. Santa Monica properties for sale range from condominiums for a few hundred thousand dollars to mega-mansions worth tens of millions of dollars. Because of its ideal location, close to a major city, and a convenient distance from the Los Angeles International Airport but still right on the beach, these properties will always be valuable.

At the moment, there is a slight seller’s market in Santa Monica, but that just means the properties are in high demand. The reason for this is Santa Monica real estate is a fantastic investment. The median selling price is currently at a 5-year high at between 1.75-$1.8 million. The year-on-year growth rate is four times the national average. With Santa Monica real estate skyrocketing in value, you still have an opportunity to get in on the ground floor.

Buy when the market is in your favor

Although in recent months the values of Santa Monica real estate and year-on-year growth rates have increased significantly, there has actually been some fluctuation in the Santa Monica housing market. Santa Monica real estate has been trending up in value, as one would expect, but there have been some dips in the median selling prices of homes. It’s entirely possible that although it is a seller’s market right now, it could be a buyer’s market soon. This is something to consider if you’re interested in purchasing a property here. You’d ideally like to buy low and sell high. Fortunately, because real estate in this location is always in demand, even if you purchase now and prices dip, most likely the property will still be more valuable by the time you’re ready to sell. Whether you’re trying to flip Santa Monica real estate in the next couple of years or enjoy the house yourself and sell it in 30 years, you still stand to earn a nice profit. So regardless of the current median selling prices, with a location as good as Santa Monica’s, the market will always be in your favor.

Santa Monica mortgage rates

Another factor to consider when deciding if now is the right time to buy Santa Monica real estate is today’s mortgage interest rates. It may be a seller’s market, but mortgage rates are currently low and the sooner you purchase, the better chance you’ll have to take advantage of them. Thirty-year fixed mortgage rates in Santa Monica are as low as 2.875%, depending on the lender, which is well below the statewide average of 3.57%. If you’re thinking about investing in Santa Monica real estate, decide quickly as these rates likely won’t last forever.

Renting out property with intent to flip

If buying Santa Monica real estate is purely a money-making proposition for you and you don’t intend to live in the home you purchase, one option is to rent it out. This is where today’s seller’s market and buyer demand work to your benefit. The area is sought after by buyers and renters alike. The rents for even a modest home in Santa Monica are upwards of $2,000, and you would be able to charge more if you bought more expensive real estate. You could invest in Santa Monica real estate with the intent to flip it when prices go up and, in the meantime, rent out your property. The mortgage would practically pay for itself.

Renting out your property is easier than ever now with home-sharing apps like Airbnb. Not interested in renting out your property long-term? Worried about all the work that being a landlord entails? Fear not. You can rent out your property short-term to people who would likely only stay several days. This would cut down on maintenance, and you would probably be able to make even more per night. People who stay in Airbnbs are often on vacation and willing to spend a little more when it’s only for a few days. Santa Monica rentals on Airbnb range from $34 to $450 per night. You could buy a property that you could rent out for $2,000 per month. Or you could charge $100 per night on Airbnb and make $3,000 dollars in a month. The point is, you don’t have to wait until you sell your Santa Monica real estate to start making money. The investment will pay for itself until you’re ready to sell.

If you’re ready to start the buying process for Santa Monica real estate, reach out to trusted agent Alena Lehrer. Don’t miss out on this investment opportunity. The area is always in demand, and the properties will continue to appreciate in value. Today’s low mortgage rates mean that now is the right time to purchase.

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