Factors to Consider Before Buying a Property

Everybody dreams of owning a house at one point of time. But possessing a house is no joke. It requires careful consideration and planning to make such a heavy investment. A lot many things have to be kept in mind before buying any property. The main concern is finance but there are so many other things that are directly related to it.

Here are some factors that should be considered before buying a property:

1) Stability of income: Doing well in your work and earning good money may excite you to buy property at the moment. But it is very important to analyze your financial condition before making any big purchase. How stable your job is at the moment, will your salary increase in some time, what are your other expenses and how safe is it to invest in an asset are some of the most important questions to answer. If you’re uncertain of your future income situation, then picking up a mortgage isn’t a really good idea at the moment. Wait for some time and save more money for down payment.

2) Credit Score: A credit score is a statistical number that depicts a person’s creditworthiness. Lenders use a credit score to evaluate the possibility of a person to repay his debts. It also determines the rate of interest at which the mortgage will be given if it gets approved by the bank or creditors.

3) Personal commitments: What are your personal goals? What expenses do you see in the near future? Are you getting married or planning a baby? What are the expenses that may delay your mortgage buying? All these events will incur heavy expenses and may delay your property buying task. Ask these questions to yourself and consult your dear ones before planning to take such a major step.

4) Real Estate scenario: What is the real estate trend in your area? Are the property prices going upwards or are in a stable state. If the prices have gone up, will your finances allow you to make that purchase? Some area of your city may be attracting a lot many builders hence the rate of property might be on an upsurge. If the prices are going down, you may be lucky in buying your desired property at affordable rate.

5) Expectations from the property: Buying a home may be for different purposes- it could be for your own use or may be your second home i.e. investment. Since investing in real estate is considered to be the safest bet, a lot many people buy homes and put it on rent to get returns. If you are buying it for your own purpose, you may prefer a specific locality or a specific area, but if buying for investment, you may overlook such points and just concentrate on buying a property that may suit your budget.

We are sure that once you have considered all these points, you will make the best deal. Property related issues are critical and sensitive and should be dealt with great concern.

Buying Real Estate In Nicaragua

The first step to shopping for real estate in Nicaragua is to forget everything you know about the process back home… no matter where home may be.

Let me make one thing clear from the start. There are incredible bargains to be had buying property in Nicaragua. In fact, there is no other market in the Americas where insisting upon a 40% return on investment or better is reasonable. However, there are few similarities between the rules and regulations governing the real estate industries in North America or Europe, and Nicaragua. It’s because of this lack of similarities that foreign investors often get into trouble. There is a preconceived notion on the part of foreigners that the Nicaragua real estate industry is as carefully regulated as it is elsewhere, and it is this incorrect assumption that sets foreign investors up to be cheated. The only universal real estate investing rule that applies as equally in Nicaragua as it does anyway else is Caveat emptor, buyer beware.

Real Estate Brokers

Basically there’s no such thing in Nicaragua as a real estate brokerage that a Canadian, American or European would assume the term represents. There are real estate brokerage offices. Some even have familiar franchise names, but that’s where the similarity ends.

There is no mandated, formal training of real estate sales people, nor are there specific licensing requirements. Anyone can become a “realtor” by paying for a merchant license or incorporating a Nicaraguan company. I’m not suggesting this means “all” real estate sales people are incompetent or untrained… many are. In fact, there are a number of retired realtors who relocated to Nicaragua and maintain successful, upstanding businesses. However, there are many more who are not at all competent, and operate on the razor edge between honest business and outright fraud. Caveat emptor again!

There are no district or federal regulatory boards governing the real estate industry in place. Real estate sales are no more regulated than a vehicle sale transacted by a street vendor. Outright criminality is not ignored by authorities, but having the perpetrator jailed is unlikely to result in recovery of any money lost. The revenge should make a fleeced buyer feel better though. Nicaraguan jails exist to punish criminals, not rehabilitate, and they are Hell on Earth. Unfortunately though, most issues that can arise in a real estate transaction are considered civil matters by law enforcement and have to be treated as such. In short, whatever money you think you were cheated out of… consider it lost. Even with a judgement in the plaintiff’s favor, collecting money owed in a judgement rarely happens. So again, caveat emptor.

A serious shortcoming in the Nicaragua real estate market is that there is nothing similar to a Multi Listing Service (MLS). The lack of any form of MLS means there is no central registry of properties for sale, nor any information as to what a property sold for. The result is that it’s very difficult to decide what a house or commercial building in a particular neighbourhood is worth since there are no comparable property transactions to use as a guide. Appraisers base their appraisals on replacement cost mostly, and whatever else they provide is pure guess work. Ironically, banks require appraisals created by licensed Nicaraguan appraisers if mortgage funding is being requested.

There’s no such thing in Nicaragua as a listing similar to what most foreigners would understand the term to mean. Real estate shoppers will hear a realtor say that he or she has a listing, but it’s common to see two or more real estate signs on a single property. Likewise, the same property may appear on multiple real estate company websites and be advertised online by numerous different people. More confusing, the prices advertised may vary for the same house, sometimes by tens of thousands of dollars. Nicaraguans selling their homes rarely lock themselves into an agreement with one party wanting to sell their land, house or commercial building. If you want to sell something, the assumption is the more people trying to sell it the better. And by more people that can be realtors, the owner themselves, their family and friends, a neighbor, or a horse drawn carriage driver. This seems chaotic to a foreigner shopping for a retirement or vacation home, but it makes perfect sense to Nicaraguans. Without an MLS service that allows numerous realtors to show prospective buyers a listed property, letting everyone try to sell a property seems to be the best way to get exposure.

Another misconception foreign purchasers have when buying real estate in Nicaragua is that the seller is paying the real estate agent. This is sometimes the case, but even when it is the buyer may be asked to pay the commission. Yes, this is legal in Nicaragua. In fact, not only could there be a commission paid by the seller and buyer, but the real estate agent may have added an amount to what the seller actually wants in his or her hand. This too is legal. The worst case scenario is that the seller wants US$50,000 for his or her home. The sellers offers anyone selling the home US$1000 or a percentage. The real estate selling agent advertises the home for US$59,900, allowing for negotiating room. A buyer settles on US$55,000 but is told that in Nicaraguan the buyer pays the commission. Not actually the truth, but common enough that people think it’s a rule. The requested commission can be anything up to as much as 10%, or it can be a flat fee. Once all is said and done and the buyer agrees to purchase the property for US$55,000. In a case such as this, the ‘agent’ will insist on a nonrefundable US$5000 down payment. At closing the seller receives the US$50,000 that he or she wanted and the selling agent pockets the rest.

I know of a purchasers who handed a ‘realtor’ US$65.000 to purchase a 3 acre farm with a small house on the property. The ‘realtor’ then went to the owner of the property and paid him US$20,000 to buy the land. It gets worse… the ‘realtor’ never bothered to make the title transfer until the buyer discovered he was not the owner when he tried to pay long overdue taxes. In the end the property was purchased by a developer for little more than the original US$65,000, but 8 years of appreciation later. In another case Europeans purchase a home and overpaid US$85,000. Of course basing their offer on the European real estate values they knew, it was assumed they were getting a bargain. The ‘realtor’ pocketed the US$85,000 and a commission he charged the buy as well. Again, perfectly legal in Nicaragua… so caveat emptor.

The way to navigate through what foreigners view as market chaos is to use a knowledgeable real estate consultant to find a property you want, negotiate the price, terms and conditions, conduct the necessary due diligence, validate the title and survey, and so on. This is a fee based service but far less expensive than a percentage sales commission, and far, far less than a costly mistake would be. One such service is Nica Investments, a real estate consultancy that assists foreign investors purchasing real estate or businesses in Nicaragua.

What You Should Know Before Flipping A House

Many individuals believe they can flip properties effortlessly, however it is likely they will be dissatisfied with the preliminary outcomes. A profitable flip is one that you generate income and there are many steps you must follow to help you to become successful.

For house flippers, there’s recently been a great deal of news of late, since houses flipped throughout the first half of 2016 produced a median gross revenue of around sixty thousand, the greatest median gross flipping revenue since 2005, the highest it has been in 10 years.

However gross revenue does not contain the expenses to rehab the home, which generally contributes an additional 20% to 30% on top of whatever the preliminary purchase price of the house for the flipper is. Flippers are competing for business with not just additional flippers, but additional homeowners who would like to renovate their residences that they plan to reside within as well.

Although it appears backwards to believe the money is created on the front end of the offer instead of the backend, that’s merely how an experienced home flipper tackles it.

You should fully understand precisely what the home will sell for once it’s fixed up, the expense of enhancing it, as well as the permits, contingencies in addition to your lowest profit so you may proceed to the next offer. The moment you have that worked out, only then may you recognize exactly what to offer the seller..

Capital for home flipping is available, however you may pay much more as an investor

Presently there are a great deal of loan providers available which focus in home flipping. The crucial factor to keep in mind is, you’ll be an investor, not necessarily a home buyer. As a consequence, your interest charges, even if you possess the finest credit rating, will certainly be many percentage points above even the greatest rates, at times towards double numbers. You furthermore may only be capable to finance merely 60% of the property, although many loan companies may finance as much as 130% of the purchase price in order to assure there are funds with regard to the renovating.

Get your team together

In order to be a profitable house flipper, you’ll require plenty of close friends, specifically friends who are building contractors, house inspectors, accountants as well as attorneys and real estate agents. It normally takes a crew to construct a home, and it requires a crew to flip a house. Simply because you have purchased a house, sold a house or even painted a house, does not suggest the expertise to flip a house is there.

You’ll require to operate with a reliable builder to be an effective flipper, as well as a qualified home inspector which can point out items which will need to be repaired that you’ll expect to talk down into the sale price, or it will cut into your gains once you sell. You will also need a competent Realtor which can price the residence appropriately when you depart.

Location is important

It doesn’t matter how great the offer you make on the purchase end of the home if the location isn’t a sensible one. Nonetheless, even a 10% to 20% revenue margin on a flipping offer is an effective one. There tend to be far better markets than others with regards to flipping.

You’re an investor, not a homeowner

With regards to the essentials of home flipping, it’s crucial to select a house which demands only cosmetic modifications, such as kitchen cabinetry or a fresh paint job, which may be completed comparatively swiftly as well as somewhat avoidable. Furthermore, if the house is a foreclosure, discover how long it’s been empty and if it has encountered considerable structural damage while vacant. It’s very probable the previous property owners removed everything worthwhile from the house prior to leaving, such as kitchen appliances, electrical wiring and possibly copper piping. Select a house that’s structurally sound and will not call for significant renovations such as a brand new roof or electrical and plumbing.

Also, whenever pricing the flip, it’s vital that you remain inside the conforming loan restrictions established by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac throughout the market region. Or else you’re constraining your retail customers who won’t be approved for a massive mortgage or need to put 20% down.

In the event that you remain beneath the conforming loan limitations, you’re raising your buyer pool. If not, you are escalating the probability that the house will remain in the marketplace and you will need to carry the loan for a longer period of time.