Top tips for real estate investing in South Africa

Top tips for real estate investing in South Africa

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Real estate investing in South Africa remains a profitable endeavour and a relatively safe way to build passive income streams. This is particularly true in the luxury property market, where rentals are increasingly a popular choice for families and individuals. Long-term value is the goal with investments like rental real estate, and once you get a knack for it, it can become incredibly rewarding. Whether you are a first-time investor, or if real estate investing is something you have been doing for years, we at Fine & Country South Africa are here to assist. Here, we explore a few tips for anyone seeking buy-to-let investments.

 

Extensive research before buying

 

As you would with a home you wish to stay in, you will need to do your homework before investing in real estate to rent out. You will first need to look at locations, and which areas are depreciating and appreciating. Many factors will impact the value of certain properties on the market, such as crime statistics and accessibility to schools, everyday services, and employment. Partnering with us at Fine & Country South Africa means that we can assist you in investing in real estate in the right kind of area.

 

Ensure that your choices are made with a clear head

 

When it comes to your financial goals, you want to take as much emotion out of the equation as possible. This is difficult for some people, as they are passionate about potential and are idealistic when making choices. Remaining practical and objective is essential and having a professional real estate agency like us to assist in your decision-making process is helpful too.

 

Calculating all the costs

 

Purchasing a property is not just paying for the upfront costs or the bond deposit – many first-time investors forget about other expenses too. Levies, rates, and taxes are also involved, as well as registration fees, transfer costs, maintenance costs, and even sprucing up the property before renting it out.

 

Secure the necessary funding

 

Before investing in real estate, you will need funding. Most often, this is a home loan provided by your bank. Different banks have their own lending criteria, and finding the right one means a loan with favourable interest rates. Interest rates are not all you should be shopping around for, either. Seek a bank known for top-notch services and transparent communication all the way.

 

Vetting prospective tenants is vital

 

Real estate investing can be tricky, but the challenge does not stop once the property is purchased. You will need to find tenants to fill the property and start paying you, which gives you the opportunity to build a property portfolio over time. First, however, you will need to find and vet the right tenants and draft a comprehensive lease that will protect both you and them. It is always recommended that you seek the assistance of a professional rental agent to handle the rigmarole for you.

 

Growing with your rental income

 

Monthly rental payments will allow you to pay off the loan as soon as possible, and the property may appreciate in value as time passes. The goal is that your monthly income from the investment soon exceeds your expenses. This difference can then be used towards another real estate investment. Eventually, you may be able to diversify to other kinds of properties and investing opportunities.

 

Why partner with Fine & Country South Africa?

 

Enlisting the services of a specialist agency like Fine & Country South Africa offers you several advantages. Time spent shopping for the right property on the market, administrative tasks, and legal paperwork are all minimised and streamlined. We will also pair you with exceptional tenants that meet your standards and ensure a superb rental experience.

 

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