5 Things to Look for When Investing in Luxury Real Estate

5 Things to Look for When Investing in Luxury Real Estate

  • North Texas Team
  • 06/16/23

Real estate is one of the best investments for your money. It can positively influence your financial portfolio, providing a lucrative return you can count on for the future. To harness the benefits of investing in luxury real estate, making wise decisions before closing on a property is essential. Before purchasing luxury real estate, it pays to research and invest the time required to ensure you are making a wise and profitable investment. Consider these five factors when looking to invest in Canyon Falls luxury homes.

Research the neighborhood

Like all real estate investments, location is the key to success, even more so for luxury homes. Before researching a neighborhood, do your due diligence and explore the area. Luxury real estate is only as valuable as its location. Look around the area for nearby amenities, outdoor opportunities, enviable views, community prominence and status, and public and private school options. You’ll also want to ensure the property is conveniently located close to high-end shopping, upscale restaurants, highways, and desirable entertainment venues.

Additionally, you should look into the neighborhood’s zones and plans. If the ideal property comes on the market with a spacious and inviting backyard, make sure the land adjacent to the property is not zoned or slated for a large and loud manufacturing plant or a highway expansion that could be in your backyard in a few years. These future developments could seriously lower the value of your property and make it difficult to sell down the road. Contact the local town hall or planning agency and see if you can access the long-term plans for the area to see if the investment will hold its value or diminish over time due to unfavorable development.

Hire the right real estate agent

While it may be appealing to invest in luxury real estate without an agent's input, a qualified real estate agent will provide vital support when making a significant investment decision. Their experience negotiating complex real estate deals will help you achieve your goals and save you money in the long run. They understand the market conditions and can help you navigate the luxury investment space to ensure you make the best possible decision and reap the financial rewards you seek by buying a premier property.

Ensure your finances are in order

Before investing in a high-end property, you must understand where you are financially before signing a contract. With the help of your bank or financial advisor, you can analyze your financial situation and ensure you can afford the property you are looking to purchase.

If you are buying luxury real estate as an investment property, research the area’s current rental market, the number of rental vacancies in the area, and the level of property management that may be required. Be sure the rent you intend to gather will more than cover the monthly costs to maintain the property.

If the luxury property is for you and your family, consider your investment timeline. Is this a long-term purchase or a legacy purchase? If so, you may have different requirements and financial needs than those for a short-term investment.

As with all real estate transactions, having a mortgage pre-approved before signing a contract is best. With a pre-approval letter, the seller will seriously consider your offer.

If you intend to purchase the luxury property with cash, ensure the funds can be easily accessed or available within 30-60 days after signing the contract. If the funds you plan to use are difficult to liquefy, be sure to contact your financial advisor immediately so they can assist you with disbursement.

Stay focused on your goals

Buying a luxury property is an exciting milestone, and getting carried away in the hunt for the perfect home is easy. With the assistance of a real estate agent, you will be able to stay focused on your investment goals and objectives. Be sure to stay on budget and create a list of must-haves and nice-to-haves to ensure you find a property that suits your needs and wants.

If you’re interested in a home, be sure to visit it in person. While online photos provide an excellent peek into a luxury property, they only tell part of the story. Larger, more impressive homes can fall flat when not adequately captured. When viewing the home, make sure to look at areas and spaces not captured in the listing photos. 

Factor in additional expenses and future maintenance

While it is easy to simply focus on the list price of a luxury property, it is vital to discuss and determine the other expenses and fees associated with purchasing a luxury property. For example, the home’s closing will include the closing costs, appraisal fees, title insurance, taxes, and more. Talk to your real estate agent if you have any questions about closing fees.
You should also remember that ongoing expenses are a part of owning a luxury home. For example, you must pay property taxes and homeowners insurance yearly. With a more expansive home comes larger utility bills. Ask to see the seller’s utility bills to better understand what you’ll likely be paying each month, and make sure to factor these costs into your budget.

Every home requires maintenance, and luxury homes are no exception. While a home inspection will uncover significant issues, you can’t predict when the HVAC system may need replacement or the water heater may need repairing. Plumbing and appliance issues can also occur without warning. It is best to have an emergency fund in place after purchasing your property to ensure you can cover any unexpected expenses that may arise after closing.

Become a luxury homeowner 

Are you ready to take the plunge into luxury homeownership? If so, contact the North Texas Team for all of your Canyon Falls luxury real estate needs. The team’s attention to detail, expert market knowledge, and experience negotiating complex luxury real estate contracts make them the perfect real estate partner for you and your family. They will be delighted to help you find current luxury properties for sale in the Canyon Falls area.

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