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The Best Ways to Include Real Estate in Your Retirement Plan

by Guest on Jul 29, 2012 Real Estate 1345 Views

Retirement planning is one of the biggest challenges you face in life, especially as you get older. There is a lot of information you need to understand and a lot of decisions that need to be made. In many cases, the right or wrong decision is not the same for everyone. Some people like to take risks while others prefer to invest conservatively. How you invest will also be affected by your age and your status in the workplace. There is one type of investment that is smart for everyone, no matter where you are in life and when you plan to retire. Buying property is a wise investment, as long as you make smart choices. If you think property is the right investment for you, shop someplace smart, like the real estate market. You want something that is going to increase in value over time and homes have consistently risen over the years. You can hire an agent to help you find investment property.

When buying a house as an investment, pick one you would live in. The fact is you might have to live in it one day, even if it is just temporarily. Some retirees sell their main home and move into their investment property full-time, depending on the location. Others use the property as a transition space. Plus, buying a house that seems livable to you means it will probably seem that way to move homebuyers on the market.

During the times you are not living or staying in the house, consider using it as a rental property to offset the mortgage payments. This is a smart way to make some extra income, long before you begin to seriously think about retirement. Renting is a smart move, if you rent to people you can trust. Those living far away from their investment property can hire a property manager to handle maintenance and renter issues. You might even consider renting to someone who is interested in handling these tasks themselves. For reduced rent, they will deal with the maintenance so you do not have to worry about it. You are getting some extra income and still seeing the value of your investment rise.

If you are thinking investment property is right for you, do not just rush out and buy something right away. Smart investors buy when the market is slow, so you get the lowest price possible. This means when things pick up again, you will gain equity faster and the house will be worth more.

Finally, once you have made the purchase, consider upgrading and renovating. If you do not plan to sell the property for several years, you will have to update it as time goes by. Upgrades increase the value and make the property easier to sell when the time comes to let it go. If you end up moving into the house once you retire, you will not be overwhelmed by all the upgrades needed at that time because you have done the gradually.

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