2024 Real Estate Investing: 5 Key Steps to Succeed
Today we are going to discuss the 5 key things that real estate investors need to do in 2024 in order to succeed. It is going to be a different market this year compared to years past. Rates are going to flatten out and everything that we have seen in red from the National Association of Realtors, the Mortgage Brokers, and Fannie Mae will be changing. They are expecting rates to hover between 6% and 7% this year. Predictions indicate that the Fed is going to lower their rates starting in May 2024. However, the first quarter is going to be a little tougher for the consumer until we see that shift in rates. Just to clarify, consumers are those who are renting or buying. 2024 is the year that you are going to succeed and get better deals! Let’s take a closer look at the 5 key steps.
1. Build a cushion
Over the past 6 months, we have seen that for the mid to higher level properties you are going to have to build a 15% to 20% cushion. Due to affordability, you will need to build a cushion to make sure that you aren’t overpaying. Here at The Cash Flow Company, we are advising people to go back and look at the last 3 months of sales to see where they are heading. Make sure to watch what price you’re buying things at. This will ensure your success when you sell, refinance, or even if you keep the property as a rental.
2. Look at more homes and do more research.
If you are going to be investing in this market, then you need to be willing to look at more properties. It is important to remember that you will need a 15% to 20% discount from where you were buying it a year ago. You will need to put in a little more effort and work. Those who look at 100 homes compared to 10 homes will find good properties. By spending 2 to 3 hours a day looking at properties, you will be successful in 2024.
3. Go smaller
In this market there is a shortage of homes compared to the number of people looking for properties. In order to find the more affordable properties, you will have to go smaller. What do we mean by smaller? The property would be less square footage or a smaller price point. In some cases both the square footage and the price point will be significantly less than they would have been a few years ago. By expanding your search area, you will find greater affordability. This might mean that you are looking into smaller communities in other states to find the best deals.
4. Don’t buy bad properties
When the market is going, then every property sells. This includes properties on corners, busy streets, overlooking commercial properties, and ones that are next to big apartment complexes. These are the properties that are normally going to take a hit and sit on the market longer. As the market changes, buyers will have more choices. They also become more selective because of the cost. In order to be successful, you need to buy good properties that are in good areas.
5. Open up where you are getting your funding from
Investors need to start looking for peer to peer lenders to help fund their next deal. Here at The Cash Flow Company we have been using peer to peer lending since 2008. There are a lot of people right now who have money and are looking for something to do with it. As an investor you can make 2024 easier, better, and more profitable than ever before. A peer to peer lender provides an easy and cheap funding source no matter what amount is needed. These lenders can help with a down payment, fix and flip project, or even fund repairs for rental properties.
Contact us at The Cash Flow Company if you have any questions or would like to find out more about investing in 2024.
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