When it comes to residential property investment, there are three main options available to you. You can buy and sell properties, perhaps renovating them to increase their value in between. You can rent properties out for the long term, taking up the position of the landlord and receiving regular monthly earnings from a portfolio of properties. Alternatively, you could simply finance someone else’s purchase as a private mortgage provider. All three methods have something to say for them, and you need to consider each one carefully along with your personal circumstances and preferences.
Buying and selling homes has the potential to realise substantial profits in a short space of time. That is particularly true if you happen to have the magic touch that lets you spot the potential in a run down property, fix it up, and sell it on for far more than you originally paid. It’s the stuff that dreams, or at least irritating reality television series, are made of.
What they don’t usually tell you is the sheer scale of some of the costs involved. Yes, you have the purchase price, but you also have stamp duty, land taxes, legal fees, estate agents’ fees, builders’ wages, the cost of materials, and half a dozen other things. It will probably take time to turn things around, and even then, you’re a hostage to the housing market. If you want to get completely involved, and you happen to have the special touch, then it might be for you, but this is not an option you can just invest in and forget.
Renting is a slightly more secure option, and can even serve as a good interim measure while you are waiting for the market to pick up. You can get enough back from tenants each month to cover the mortgages on properties, with a view to selling them on much further down the line.
Again though, this is a very involved option. You are a landlord, and you have obligations to both the property and tenants as a result. You will be the one they call in the middle of the night because half the roof has blown away. You will be the one who has to arrange for rent collection or measures to deal with troublesome tenants. It’s not an option if you just want a quiet life.
For that, try the vendor finance side of things. You put up the money to either allow someone to purchase their dream home, or to allow them to meet the deposit required by a bank or other institution. In return, you get a guaranteed return over a set period, backed by the security of the new home. Yes there is a danger of defaulters, but with proper vetting, you quickly find that what you get are not those rejected by the banks for an inability to pay, but those who simply don’t want to scrimp and save to put down a deposit. As an approach to residential property investment, it’s a great option.