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Property types for first time investors

Liza Bataieva
Digital Media Manager at RE/MAX Europe

Entry level investment properties on RE/MAX throughout Europe

Real estate investment is often sighted by todays modern millionaires as one of the wisest and safest investments a person can make. It allows you to diversify your investments and not put all your eggs in one basket, whilst historically being one of the most lucrative return on investments available.

That’s all well and good for those with millions already in the bank, but what kind of properties are out there for someone just getting started?

Be aware, there are many moving parts to the real estate investment space, and you will have to do your own research before getting involved. This article will not teach you how to get started with property investing, rather show you the kind of properties available to a more modest investment budget.

Long term residential

This is the jumping in point for most people and with good reason. Having lived in a residential property your whole life you will already have an intuition of how a good property should feel on the surface. When it comes to digging deeper into a property to find its investment potential it’s best to do three things: Set clear investment goals, measure the property against those goals and hire a trusted real estate agent who can connect you with hundreds of similar properties.

Once you have a well-connected agent on your side, you are much more likely to find a tenant for this kind of property quicker than trying to do everything yourself.

Short tearm leases

An up and coming style of property investment is buying for a short term lease. This model is favored by many property investors as it allows them to collect on multiple short term occupants whilst not having to deal with the administrative side of being their full-time landlord. Short term leases can include holiday properties, month-by-month renters (such as overseas business visitors), or even health/creative retreats.

Diy projects

Depending on your budget and resources you may find that turning an unsightly property into a gorgeous renovation work is a rewarding and lucrative way to grow your investment. While ‘fixer uppers’ tend to have a smaller initial financial outlay, this could be a false economy if you don’t have the budget, resources or contacts to make the renovation work.

That being said, RE/MAX Agents are in a unique position to not only find the perfect renovation property but also tap into a network of reliable tradespeople when you need a job doing right.

New builds

One of the best ways to avoid any risky renovations or hidden surprises to a property is to invest in a new build. Whether this is a unit planned to be built within an apartment complex or a house on an emerging residential estate, construction firms are actively looking for investors and investment groups to register interest early on. In some cases construction companies will even set a lower asking price for investors.

Find the right partner

Taking your first steps in the world of property investing can seem daunting, whilst at the same time feel like an exciting opportunity. However, the buzz doesn’t last long if you don’t have a strategy in place and a trusted agent by your side. 

Your local RE/MAX Agent can connect you with hundreds of properties in your area and across Europe, help you find your first tenants and even make recommendations for builders, tradesmen and other essential services. With a RE/MAX Agent you will have a solid contact and a one-stop-shop for your future property needs.

Please Note: While RE/MAX Europe has compiled the information on this page diligently and to the best of its knowledge, RE/MAX Europe does not assume any liability for the accuracy of the information or for any damages resulting from the use of the information.

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