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By Peter Vekselman
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When looking into real estate investing, home foreclosures and bargain properties are typically the place to look at first. While you do want to save money on a home and possibly fix it up, you also do not want to purchase a home that is irreparable. Here are a few essential principles to keep in mind when buying real estate bargain properties.

The first thing you want to look at is the overall price. You want to make sure to never buy for less than the market price until you know why it is at the price it is. Find out what the sellers motivation was for cutting the price. If it is not because they are in financial problems or are moving, chance are there may be something wrong with the property.

The next thing you want to focus on when buying real estate is the terms and conditions. If you know what you are doing, you can pay full price and use this to negotiate lower interest rates or a smaller down payment as an investor. What you will find is that over time the rental cash flow will far outweigh the initial payment due to the generous terms given.

Something that every investor must know is the local market. If you can learn the local market and understand it better than the seller, bargains are bound to emerge. You want to know from research that upgrades, enhanced security, or location next to a park can up the price and a lack thereof can decrease the price.

As mentioned above, fixer-uppers and foreclosures are something many investors start with. These are the houses that are going to need repairs to some degree. What you need to do is discount the costs of the repairs so they are still profitable in the end.

With some small repairs like painting, basic flooring and minor landscaping, profits may be there. However, profits are more significant with homes that are extremely distressed. The reason for this is because the home will be selling for far less than it would if it were in decent shape. You will find that the seller may ask for 50 percent of the market value so that you can take over and repair it as much as you want.

Buying real estate bargain properties can be a great way to make a large profit. If you take the time to do your research and select the property carefully, you can make a great deal of money.

Peter Vekselman has been successfully investing in real estate since 1996. He has completed over 1000 real estate deals, owned a construction company, been a private lender, and owned a property management company. Peter currently works with clients all over the US helping them achieve riches in real estate
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