The Pros and Cons of Investing in Land
There are many things you should way up before you invest in land. Here are few things you should think about before taking the plunge
By: Slater Forbes
With cities filled to bursting, investing in land and building has drawn the attention of many. Not only could you be setting-up your future home in your dream location, but savvy resells can end up earning you quite a financial gain.
Look into where is the best location to buy. This is generally an area that is expected to be in market demand in the near future. Monitor the market and determine when you can obtain it for the lowest possible price. Talk to experts and those in the industry to find out what legal loops you will need to jump through, including obtaining planning permission. This is a very important step in the process, and can dramatically increase the property's value should you wish to resell - or build for yourself.
Developing the property of reselling it at a later date is another major benefit of investing in land. Once an area is deemed to be attractive to the market, you may find yourself with competing and enticing offers from potential buyers.
However, as with any endeavour, there are downsides to investing in land.
You are unlikely to break even or make a profit if you end up choosing the wrong piece of land to purchase. If people are not in the market for property in the area, or perhaps the land costs too much in maintenance, it can turn out to be a costly mistake. This can also occur if planning permission is denied.
It is always best to cross your t's and dot your i's before taking that first big step.
One of the biggest risks that comes with attempting to flip your purchased land is that those on the market will not be interested. This can be a big loss if you have developed and built on the land, or a smaller loss if you are simply selling the land with planning permission.
You also have to take into account that investing in land is not going to pay any dividends in the short term from your capital, which you could achieve with other, safer investments.
As with any financial endeavour, investing in land holds a mix of pros and cons - or risks and rewards.
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