Choosing a new investment property in Raleigh NC can be an exciting, yet frightening, challenge. If you choose wisely, your investment will be likely to pay off in the long-term; if you choose poorly, you might find yourself with something that’s more trouble than it’s worth. Not to worry, though: our experienced Raleigh NC property managers know exactly what you should look for. Here are a few of our tried-and-tested tips.
The quality of the neighborhood will determine the type of tenants you attract. If you purchase investment property near a university, for example, it is likely that students will dominate your pool of potential tenants. Some landlords prefer leasing in these areas, because the steady flow of students means the units will always be in high demand. However, there are also many downsides of renting to students, too. Wherever you are considering purchasing investment property, study the area carefully and try to get a “feel” for the type of residents living there.
Property taxes tend to vary widely, especially in Raleigh. High property taxes are not always a bad thing if they’re applied to a great neighborhood that attracts long-term tenants, but be aware that there are less-desirable places with high taxes, too. The municipality’s assessment office will have all the tax information you need on file, and if you need help understanding what to look for, a realtor or property management company can help.
Nearby schools are generally a good thing for homeowners and landlords, regardless of whether or not you personally have children. Families with children will always want to live near a reputable school, and this means that the property will be more valuable. If you are planning to live in or near the property and manage it yourself, however, be sure to factor in the hassle of the morning and afternoon school rush, which might become a nuisance as you travel to and from the area.
Obviously, you will want a property that is low on crime. This will both make it easier to attract and retain quality tenants, and reduce the risk of vandalism, theft, and break-ins on the property itself. To determine the area’s crime statistics, you can contact the local police or public library. Try to note whether the recent crimes are petty, or serious, and whether the felony crimes are frequent, or scattered outliers. One other good tip for both landlords and renters scouting out a property: ask the local pizza delivery drivers what they think of the area. They will have personally interacted with many of the residents, and probably have a “No Delivery” list for high-danger areas.
When you’re considering purchasing rental property in Raleigh, an experienced property management company can help you make the best decision! After you have made your investment, we can help you manage tenants, rent, property maintenance, and more. If you’re ready to become a Raleigh landlord, call Barker Realty today.
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