By startingpoint February 17, 2014

Investing in out of state property can be a risky yet, rewarding investment if done correctly. There are many factors to consider before making such a decision. It’s important to weigh out the pros and cons before jumping ahead of your self and purchasing real estate without researching.

Pros

  • Housing can be more affordable in another state.
  • Buying out of state diversifies your holdings.
  • Your return on investment (ROI) can be greater.
  • Purchase prices, appreciation rates, mortgage expenses, taxes, housing regulations, rental market conditions and more are all factors that might be more favorable in another state and will contribute to a property’s potential ROI.

Cons

  • The current housing market is not sound.
  • Chances are you won’t fully be familiar with the city’s market or neighborhoods as well as local regulations.
  • You will more than likely need a professional property manager. However, you will still need to visit frequently to ensure they’re keeping up with maintenance as well as establish a trusting relationship.
  • Homeowners insurance is likely to be higher as well as your mortgage interest rates and down payment requirements. This is because lenders will think of you as a riskier borrower than an occupant.

If you are considering buying real estate out of town, it would be ideal to keep the property closer to your current residence. You’ll be more familiar with the laws, area, and close enough to visit frequently, not costing you an arm and a leg. As long as there is a well thought out plan, out of town real estate investment can be quite profitable.