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Smart Real Estate Investing Tips for Retirees

By Tiffany Raiford

Many retirees across the country are looking for tips that will help them enter the realm of real estate investment. While it might seem like an easy way to make some money (buy a property, flip it, hold onto it, and finally list and sell it for more than you purchased it for) it's not always that cut and dried, especially in Texas. The real estate market is constantly changing. The ebb and flow of real estate trends in Texas is unpredictable, making real estate investment a somewhat bold choice for retirees. If you're a retiree considering investing in real estate, take note of this smart tips before you make an offer.

Assess Your Goals

What is it that you want to do with your investment property? If you're looking to purchase a cheap property to quickly flip and sell for a profit, you're going to have to consider the real estate market in Texas. The days of cheap houses and quick profits from flips are behind us. The best real estate investment in Texas at the moment is rental income. If you're not prepared or equipped to handle the strenuous demands of a rental property, this might not be the time for you to begin your real estate investment career.

Consider Location

One of the mistakes many retirees make is not considering location when buying investment property. Whether this home will eventually be your primary residence or not, you need to consider its location. Rental homes and flip houses require good location. Buying a cheap home in an unappealing neighborhood and turning it into a desirable home is not going to bode well. A nice home in a not-so-nice location is not going to make for a good investment. Consider the upgrades you plan on making; they need to fit in well with the community and the location. Consider buying property in a good neighborhood close to entertainment, good schools, water, parks, and other appealing amenities.

Consider Your Finances

Investing in real estate often comes with unexpected expenses. Your rental home suffers a broken air conditioner. Your flip house is infested with termites someone missed during the initial inspection and now you have to remove a few walls and deal with structural damage; the possibilities are endless. If you're going to invest in real estate, you can't do it on a fixed income. You'll need a cash reserve and adequate finances to make this endeavor work well for you.

Investing in real estate is a gamble, no matter how much money you already have or how many times you've invested in land or houses. At the retirement age, you might not be willing or interested in flipping houses on your own. You might have to consider at this point that you have to hire professional contractors, which will cost more. There are a lot of factors to consider, which is why buying investment property in Texas is not something you should enter into lightly.

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