What to Consider About Location When Buying Real Estate


When looking to go ahead and buy real estate for an investment property, it is important to be aware that it isn’t just the property that you are scoping out. 

You’ll hear a lot about choosing the right location and why this is so important. 

What Makes Location So Important

When buying a house so many aspects can be changed. You can redecorate, change the layout or build an extension. 

What you cannot change is where your property is situated. Giving the location consideration can play an important role as neighborhoods can change quite quickly and certain locations can become seemingly more popular overnight. 

When investing in property you’re looking at what the investment will potential returns will be in the future.

Fundamentally this is why location is so important. There are only so many houses in any given location. If the location is good, this creates the desirability to own real estate there, creating demand and an increase in the housing market in this location. 

Look For Up and Coming Locations

Neighborhoods will always change and develop. Buying in a good desirable neighborhood now does not guarantee it will remain that way and the premium price you paid now will continue to skyrocket. 

So when looking at properties, don’t consider whether are located in a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ location.

Look at if there is potential and if so what timescales are really attached to that. Do your research. Making a good investment takes due diligence. 

By buying in a less than desirable neighborhood now will only benefit you in the long run when the location becomes desirable. You’ll find that when you buy the price is less likely to ever fall as it already is deemed ‘undesirable’ by location and that when the location takes off your levels of profit will be significantly greater. 

Local Schools

Although you’re buying for investment purposes does not mean your buyer will be doing the same. For this reason, it is important to consider the school district as this will influence the desirability, and future buyers available to you.

Especially now, as millennials and first-time buyers are on the rise. 

When considering if the location is up and coming it is important to look at the schools. Do they plan on being developed? Are any new ones opening? This will all influence if the neighborhood’s status rises. If you can invest in a good school district you’ll tend to find your real estate will do well. 

Good Transport Links

Having a good commute to and from work will play a massive role in how desirable a property is to its future occupants.

Therefore, properties will good transport options such as main roads, trains and buses are desirable. However, this is only true when they are close by. If you find that property overlooks a busy rail line it is a different story. This is the same with local amenities. Having a local grocery store is super handy.

You’ll find people will pay more for the convenience of not having to travel or go far. 

Jeff Campbell

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