So you want to buy a house? Chances are you are not sure where to start, and you may even be very overwhelmed by the possibilities and choices. This article will start to put your mind at rest and will help you wade through all the information out there by giving you some good, solid advice on home buying.

Investing in real estate in this market can still make you money. With prices well below the cost to replace the building it has shifted to a buy & hold strategy rather than the fast flipping of previous years. But there are some fantastic bargains available now from their peak prices of 2006.

Commercial Real Estate

One important tip to remember when investing in commercial real estate is to try to avoid the most common first purchase – apartments. This is important because of over saturation as well as the possibility for a much higher profit elsewhere. Try to pick a specialty property that is unique to you.

One important tip to remember when investing in commercial real estate is to make sure you establish a good network of agents and investors before attempting to enter the market. This is important because you need people on the inside to help you get funding, the latest tips and trends, and first notice for property availability.

For Sale By Owner

If you’re an experienced investor, consider “for sale by owner” properties. For sale by owner properties often present an excellent investment opportunity for investors who are familiar with the purchase process, and who would prefer to save on agent commissions. There are many different ways to structure a FSBO deal; it’s a matter of finding the one that works best for you.

First time investors need to be aware of some challenges associated with properties that are listed as ‘for sale by owner’. Many times, investors have purchased these properties (or want to purchase additional properties in the area) and they are simply testing the market to see how much they are actually offered. Dealing with ‘for sale by owner, property may be complicated, and the process of settling on a contract can get fairly lengthy. Therefore, you might want to consider these properties down the road, after you are a more experienced investor.

Foreclosed Homes

For both sellers and buyers make sure that you always gather data about things. Look at the newspaper in that area for things like foreclosed homes, current and historic median selling prices and also how long homes are staying on the market. Also look up things like unemployment rate and crime rates for the area.

To avoid committing to more than you can handle, it is advisable to have an appraiser take a look at any properties you intend to purchase, especially fixer-uppers or foreclosed homes. This can save you from purchasing a house that has non-visible damage, such as a problematic foundation or a HVAC system that requires replacing.

Now that you have some direction regarding what you should be thinking about, doing, and avoiding when buying your new home, you can start the process with your head on straight and a clear goal in mind. Now that you have the necessary knowledge, you are ready to start the house-buying process.