Property investment opportunities can provide a great way to expand a portfolio. They are often used to secure somewhere to reside for a long period of time, a holiday home in a foreign country while generating some income, or simply a way to increase your wealth in the long term.
But how do you spot a good property investment opportunity? Well, if you are looking to buy in a foreign country or a specific part of a country, such as a city or town or a particular region, there are many factors which can contribute to whether or not the opportunity will turn out to be a good investment.
As with any type of investment, research is crucial and your decision to purchase must not be made without careful consideration of the location and legalities before taking the plunge.
First of all, you should find out whether the area you want to buy in is experiencing a rise in tourism. If it is, it’s likely that the area will experience steady growth too – like, for example, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil is seeing at present. The 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics are set to give the country’s economy a further boost and attract even more interest.
Opportunities to invest in property should always be approached with caution. Think about how you want to make a profit from the investment. Are you looking for a long term gain or an instant return? And if you’re thinking of renting out your property, be sure to consider the type of property a potential tenant might be attracted to in the area you are considering.
Tenants are much more likely to be attracted to central locations, such as in the middle of a town or city, where transport links and amenities are in abundance, as opposed to rural locations with a not yet developed infrastructure and fewer amenities. It’s also worth bearing in mind that capital cities are far more likely to outperform the rest of their respective country when it comes to location, therefore city suburbs are also good locations to invest in.
Keep your finger on the property pulse – keep a look out for areas where house prices are cheap but set to rise, as well as areas where house prices are increasing but with room for further growth. Some of the best property opportunities may also present themselves in developing countries, countries which are experiencing an increase in wealth, areas with a high level of employment and well established hotspots.
Finally, those seeking property investment advice and opportunities should always remember that the fundamental basis to any successful property investment is to find the right property to suit their needs, in the best location at the lowest possible price.