Just because a property is listed for sale doesn’t mean you should buy it, even if the price is right. Before you purchase anything in today’s fickle and erratic marketplace, you need to read the tips listed below to ensure that you’re making the most informed decision possible. If you don’t, you may just get burned.

If you are considering buying a home, hold off on any major purchases for at least six months. Your credit profile needs to be as clean as possible. If a lender sees that you make timely payments and don’t have a lot of debt, they are more likely to loan you the money you need to buy your home.

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.

Some would-be buyers think that the only way they can avoid getting burned is to avoid buying real estate in the first place. This doesn’t have to be the case, though. If you can use what you’ve just acquired here to help you, you can make the right decision when it’s time to purchase property.