Location, Location, Location!
There is a common mantra among real estate professionals and investors which is simply the word “location” repeated three times. The thinking behind this is that, when it comes to making money in the world of real estate, the most important thing is where the property is located. The second most important thing is, also, where the property is located. This is also the third most important thing. Essentially, location is important when it comes to making a success of real estate investments.
Of course, most people already know that, so why does the business make such a big fuss about location? It’s like making a big issue out of breathing, isn’t it? Well, not quite, because many people do not realize just how important location is, how fine the margins are and how big the difference can be between two houses which are in plain sight of one another. It’s not just about what town the house is in, it’s about what street, the exact position within that street, and what you can see from there.
It may be tempting when listening to a friend talking about the great deal they got on a house in a certain area, to think “well, I know for a fact that there is another one up for sale there – I can buy it for that price and raise a significant profit”. This may not actually be the case, however. The position of a solitary tree, church tower or bend in the road can have a pronounced effect on what you can expect to pay and what you can expect to receive for any real estate – so do your homework.