Real Estate Transactions - Safe Finance For Property Investors

When it comes to real estate, you have several financing options. We explore some of the most popular and secure method.

Investment Strategy

Real estate can be very lucrative, but doing research and practicing due diligence at each step is essential if you want your investment to achieve your long-term financial gains. 

Obtaining knowledge about safe finance methods will help you avoid fraud and hassles. You can use these methods to secure capital for the purchase and renovation of properties. From the safe methods of obtaining finance, the final choice depends upon its suitability for the property in question and your needs as an investor.

When it comes to real estate, you have several financing options. Some of the most popular but secure methods are listed below. 

Auction Finance

Auction finance can be your best option if you wish to purchase a property at an auction but your working capital is limited. Or, perhaps you have a good amount of working capital but you want to increase your real estate holdings significantly. 

It does not matter if the majority of your capital is locked in other properties; Thanks to auction financing you can still expand your real estate portfolio. You just need to get the approval of the lender beforehand. Once you win the bid for your desired property at the auction, you pay the deposit and the lender forwards the rest within the required time. Auction finance allows you to secure good properties at less than market value. 

Bridging Finance

Bridging loans are a short-term option for financing your property investment. This option essentially "bridges" the gap between securing a property and acquiring a long-term loan. If you have set your eyes on a property, and need more time to secure sufficient funds, bridging finance will help you lock that property before someone else acquires it. 

These are usually short-term loans, lasting only a few months, but they deliver the funds promptly (in comparison to other options). If you are buying intending to flip the property, this option might be optimal. 

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Commercial Mortgages

As the name suggests, this financing method consists of mortgages for commercial property. You can use this option to help you purchase real estate such as office buildings, shops, and warehouses. You can get a commercial mortgage for properties other than private residential properties. 

This financing option is fairly simple and easy to understand. Commercial property mortgages, like traditional private mortgages, divide payments over several years to suit your needs (as the investor). 

Although the common assumption is that it is more difficult for startups to secure commercial mortgages as compared to other more established businesses, it is not necessarily true. The lenders usually study each case, determine the risks and make the final decision. 

Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)

REITs aggregate funds from numerous investors to buy and operate properties that generate income. Without actually owning and managing properties, you can still safely take part in the real estate market by investing in REITs. A REIT is an entity that owns and manages income-generating properties. 

With REITs, you get to have a highly liquid stake in real estate.  This option offers security, regular income, portfolio diversification, and long-term capital growth to all types of investors (big and small). Returns frequently surpass Consumer Price Inflation (CPI), so time and again, this option has proved to be a natural inflation hedge. Real estate investment trusts are very advantageous for the growth of investors as well as the economy since they facilitate the channeling of dormant funds into viable projects. 

Using Home Equity

This approach involves financing a new investment property based on your existing properties. You can draw on the equity in your home through a home equity line of credit (HELOC), home equity loan, or cash-out refinance. For the most part, you can borrow up to 80% of the equity in your existing properties to go towards the cost of buying, renovating, and maintaining an investment property.

Depending on the sort of loan you select, using equity to finance a real estate transaction offers several advantages. For instance, with a HELOC, you will be able to borrow money against the equity just like you would with a credit card, and usually, the required payment each month is only the amount of interest. The rate of interest varies. 

A cash-out refinance could make your current mortgage last longer. However, it does come with a fixed rate. 

You might also like The Landlord's Guide to Cash-Out Refinance

Wrapping Up

These finance methods will allow you to expand your property investment portfolio safely and swiftly. However, in order to achieve the long-term growth you desire you need to focus on short term metrics like cash flow, as well as longer term appreciation.

If you self-manage your properties, you have to tackle various responsibilities like collecting rent, managing accounts, finding tenants, and scheduling property maintenance on your own. Landlord Studio can assist you with the tasks involved in and related to property management. With this specialised software, you will be able to run your business in a professional, organised, and scalable way. 

You can maximise your ROI with accurate accounting and your ITSA with the HMRC will become a breeze! By making your tasks easier, Landlord Studio will ensure that you can focus on your growth as an investor. 

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