Investing in Real Estate from Afar: Pros and Cons for Out-of-State Property Investment


Investing in a new real estate market can be a tough nut to crack. Sometimes you find it hard to buy a profitable rental in the exact location as your residence. But, many real estate investors purchase property out of state, which is often a more advantageous option. However, when buying out of state, you need to be careful. There are many pros and cons that should influence your decision. In this article, we’ll discuss the benefits and shortcomings of buying real property out of state to understand whether or not it’s the best decision for you. 

Reasons to Invest in Properties Out of State

Not every locality is equally strong. Qualitative factors affect the price and demand of properties in that area. To increase profits, one should seek out regions with job growth, better populations, and a stable real estate market. Doing so will increase cash flow and present you with greater appreciation. Buying out of state also adds diversity to your real estate portfolio. Be sure to select properties in markets that will help you grow and add value to your portfolio. Seek out markets with lower property tax, more lenient regulations, and laws that favor landlords over tenants. Such areas are known to have fewer operating expenses and less red tape.

Pros of Investing in Properties Out of State

Rental property is more affordable


How does one become a successful real estate investor? By buying properties when property prices are down and renting rather than selling them. Many investors make the mistake of rushing towards a market that is reaching its peak pricing. This mistake is a rookie one. Experts know that when a market is increasing by a hefty percentage year after year, it will soon  trend downward. Call it being a pessimist, but this is how real estate typically works. So, as a new real estate investor, many experts highly recommend investing in secondary markets. This allows you access to cheaper properties, maximize your profit and a equity cushion. Even when the prices go down, you will be less affected

Broaden your horizons


Exploring out-of-state properties helps provide a more perfect match for your investment strategy. Yes, it can be a hassle and a gamble, but big-shot investors have proved that the hassle pays off well. We all know that real estate locations play a huge role, it also has a significant impact on your investment strategy. 

Save money (potentially)


Being in an area with high maintenance costs may not get you the most profitable options. It’s an excellent strategy to explore more cost-effective areas that are easier to fix and put on the market.  

When you spend less on repairs, you earn better on returns. Investing out of state gives you more options, i.e., better properties, lower costs, and better cash flow. But it’s important to do your homework beforehand. 

Cons of Investing in Properties Out of State

Understanding an Alien Market


The biggest drawback is how different the market is from what you are used to. Things might be a bit slow when you first enter the new market, but it doesn’t take much time to learn the ropes if you are keen enough. Entering a new market means going through a tough learning curve. However, a little learning won’t hurt if the profit is excellent. 

A new market, a new state, and cheap property are some pointers that blind people and buy property without seeing it. Skipping due diligence can cost you a lot. 

It’s pretty easy to avoid such a grave mistake. All you need is thorough online and in-person research and hire a local real estate agent. Apart from that, you can also get a management company to help you with property inspection. 

Finding tenants can be a struggle


Having a property away from home means a lot of struggle in terms of keeping a check on tenants as well as finding them in the first place. 

Uncharted Waters: Laws and regulations


All markets are different, and all states have different laws and rules regarding real estate. Some states highly favor the landlord, while others provide more favor to the tenant. Entering a new market also means understanding the local laws, rules, and regulations and realizing how to minimize your tax obligations by means of capital gains and recapture tax.

It also means that the demand for rental property is higher in areas where laws favor the tenants. This means lesser ROI and cash flow. So, be careful and research or hire a local agent to better understand the laws and whether or not they are in your favor. 

Investing or buying a property out of state is common and is often done with great success. However, wherever there is potential profit, there is also risk. Make sure you perform your due diligence and understand the market you are entering before investing in any property. 

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Richard Bourgault

Graduating from Georgia Tech with a degree in Electrical Engineering, Richard has gained over a decade of expereince in Cost Segregation coupled with software UX.

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