- Financing Your Investment
- So You Want to Be a Landlord?
- Is Professional Management Right for You?
- Buying the Right Type of Property
- Finding the Right Property in the Right Location
- It's Number Crunching Time
- Uncle Sam: Your Partner in the Deal
- Other Real Estate Investments
- Converting Your Principal Residence
- Some Helpful Hints
If you are buying investment property or a vacation home, chances are you've purchased real estate before, so you know what a fiasco it can turn out to be. Formulating a strategy before you even begin to look for a place is the ideal situation. So if you've already begun your search, take a step back and make sure your strategy meets your personal and financial objectives.
- Location is key. Remember that old adage "Location, location, location?" Well, it is true any time you buy real estate. If the location isn't favorable to you, then it likely won't be attractive to someone else either.
- Compare what you want to what you really need. Most of us would love to get everything we always wanted, but it may not be practical, especially in a home that we won't be using frequently or at all. See the section Choosing a Home and complete the Wants and Needs Checklist.
- Analyze what you can afford and explore financing alternatives. It is important to determine how much you can afford to invest in the property and the different options available to pay for it. You also want to factor in any rental income and expenses you might incur.
*Non-deposit investment products and services are offered through CUSO Financial Services, L.P. ("CFS"), a Registered Broker-dealer (Member FINRA/SIPC) and SEC-registered Investment Advisor. Products offered through CFS: are not NCUA/NCUSIF or otherwise federally insured, are not guarantees or obligations of the credit union, and may involve investment risk including possible loss of principal. Investment Representatives are registered through CFS. General Electric Credit Union has contracted with CFS to make non-deposit investment products and services available to credit union members.