For Nigerians in diaspora, investing in real estate can be tricky yet straight forward. While it’s true that anyone can invest in real estate, there’s a lot of ins and outs you would need to navigate to earn big. The key to staying on top of your game as a real estate investor is to stay informed. In real estate, information is key. If you’re a first-time investor seeking to diversify your investment portfolio or an investor considering the prospects of investing in real estate, consider the following factors:
Be Informed. Don’t Speculate
It’s easy to assume when investing in real estate. We assume a certain area is booming or another is declining without figures or projections to back it up. Sometimes, these assumptions might carry a bit of truth but too often the basis for them are weak. As a first-time real estate investor, before pouring income into any property research on the growth potential of the area you’re looking to invest in. All investments are risky. Limit your risk by being thoroughly informed about your chosen location. Talk to real-estate investment experts.
Too often you find first-time investors looking for a quick money fix in real estate. While there are different real-estate investments that can allow a short-term turnover, significant turnover in real estate takes years. Be realistic about the time frame required for value appreciation. You’ll likely not buy property at Lekki and sell in six months at a 30% profit; it’s possible but not likely. Keep your expectations in check and set realistic time frames for profitable ROIs.
Find Out Your Why
As with all things, it’s important to be clear of your “why” of investing in real estate. It could be one of many reasons:
Diversify your investment portfolio.
Build land equity.
Long-term investment plan.
Leaving something behind for your family
Sustainable, safe investment option
There are many reasons why people invest in real estate. Finding out what yours is will help in determining the type of property you need and where such a property should be located. It also identifies possible limitations and acts as a guide in deciding which option best fits your objectives.
Choose a credible and professional real-estate company
You can have great deals from buying real estate directly with a professional real-estate company, without needing to set foot on Nigeria. However, there are good eggs and there are bad ones. If you aren’t familiar with the real-estate market, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Find out as much as you can from the developer online.
- Request a video call to tour their office.
- Record every transaction including texts and voice calls.
- Verify that the estate is actually where it’s said to be located.
- A better option would be to get your family or friends to go for an inspection of the property and verify all property documents.
If you’re buying off the plan, you can ask to be updated regularly with process pictures of the project. Ensure you’re constantly communicating with the real-estate agent or company you’ve chosen to work with.
Look out for opportunities
The real-estate market is constantly changing. Certain places become more valuable while others become less desirable.The Real estate market requires quick action when opportunities come up. For instance, the Ibeju-Lekki region is showing prospects of becoming a booming real-estate hub. However, amidst all the rush, not all the lands there are viable. Some are government lands, others are along the coastlines and thus prone to flooding, while others are located in tricky locations that are prone to pollution. Investigate the region closely. Keep Your Eyes Open.
Think about security
Land security boils down to getting the right land title. Every other security concern can be resolved once you have the right land title in Nigeria. The ultimate land title that guarantees safety from omonile issues or litigation issues is the Certificate of Occupancy (C of O). Avoid lands with the ‘excision in process’ land title, irrespective of how juicy the deal might seem. Forget it! One of the advantages of dealing directly with a reputable real-estate company is the security of your land even after you’ve purchased it. You can be certain that the entire property would be fenced, thus preventing unlawful intrusion on your property in your absence.
Establish Your Budget
Investing in real estate costs money. Depending on the property you’re buying, you’re going to need a lot of it. Determine how much you willing to pay before even looking or deciding on the best place to buy. Once you’ve determined how much you can spend, stick to your budget. Avoid making hasty or emotional decisions when choosing the property to buy. Most real-estate companies give you the opportunity to spread payments over a period of time for up to 12 months. Ensure you choose a payment plan you can keep up with.
Know Your Exit Strategy
When looking to buy property, determine if you’re looking to hold the property and rent or seeking a land flip or fix to flip. Be specific.
If you’re looking to fix and flip for a quick profit, consider the additional cost required for the entire renovation and the cost of properties in the neighbourhood. This should help you in pricing the property for positive returns. If you’re buying land to hold (which is relatively cheap to maintain) look out for where the development is going and then, buy land and wait.
While the goal might be to make billions from investing in real estate, start small. If you’re a first-time real-estate investor, it’s ok to start with a plot of land and then two, and then five… make sure the property is easy to maintain.
As you take baby steps, learn the market, understand the trends. You don’t need to rely on agents to know what a good deal is. Take out time to know the market value of your property at any given time. It’s easy to go big in real estate once you’ve gotten the hang of it.
Find Out If It’s A Good Investment
Rule of thumb: don’t confuse where you would want to live with where you should invest. Most first-time investors tend to confuse where they would live personally with where they should invest. With Investments, all you need to concern yourself with is distinguishing between immediate income and future value.
There are properties located in transforming neighbourhoods that are currently showcasing lower returns but offer higher future returns for your money and others that look promising but might likely become less desirable in the future. Pay attention to growing areas like Ibeju-Lekki.
Don’t Skip the First Step
The biggest mistake new investors make is to jump into investing without taking the time to get educated on what strategy is best for them. Jumping in without the right investment tools can lead to bad investments, lower returns and much higher risk. The first question to ask yourself is, which resource do you have more of, time or money?
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