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How To Buy A Pre-Construction Townhome

How To Buy A Pre-Construction Townhome

There are benefits of purchasing a pre-construction townhome. It’s an interesting way to be part of a project, like a totally new condo in a residential district, or have the initial claim on the penthouse in the most recent building.  Most times you also have the option of capitalizing on a couple of discounted early phase pricing.

Should I Purchase a Pre-Construction Townhome?

Is the real estate business right for me? This thought may cross your mind a few times. It is sometimes hard to reckon how a Townhome will look just staring at the blueprint. Not to worry, your developer will offer you a computer simulation model that is close to the real thing to aid your decision making. By implication, you won’t be purchasing blindly.

There are strings of benefits you gain when you buy a pre-construction home. The most appealing is the low price you can access when purchasing this property. Often, these pre-construction properties are sold in “buying phases”.  The value is increased after a particular amount of units have been sold. In certain instances, it could be after a 25 percent sale while for properties in high demand, the value may be raised after only 10 percent of the units have been sold

You may ask yourself, how do I buy an apartment that I have neither seen, touched nor even walked through?  Or how do I know what the views from a particular floor would be like?

Let’s guide you:

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1. Let the offering plan guide you

The offering plan is your de facto guide when purchasing. It contains all you need, from the selected appliances, opinions on taxes that tax lawyers have deemed as best after assessment of the completed building by the city. It will also have a “special risks” section, which will include things like whether or not the developer has the right to rent any unsold units.

Be informed that the developer is only bound by law to render the contents within the offering plan, not the content of the brochure or what’s in the offering.

2. Choose an experienced developer

Carefully study the track record and the reputation of the developer. A developer having a strong customer/client base means you will not be disappointed. The presence of issues or other forms of problems may require you to verify before you purchase.

Checking out discussion forums using Google about the developer is not a bad idea, any estate attorney with years of experience can also make recommendations,   on whom or who not to deal with.

Allowing your broker advice you is the best way of finding an experienced developer. Get the counsel of an informed broker on antecedent of the developer, level of past developments, resale history, information on his success in past construction and development.

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3. Make sure you secure Phase 1 pricing

Pre-construction apartments are sold in stages of pricing, buying in the first phase, helps you save 5 to 10 percent off the final listing price. However, the best units are sold last because prices are highest then.

4. Confirm the quality of the materials

Contained in the offering plan are the materials, you must be meticulous when inquiring about them. At times engineered floor is used to mask a light sheet of oak floor. In this way, you have engineered floors in place of the oak floor in contrast to what was originally assured in the offering plan. You will need to get precise details on the type of floor by asking the sponsor, for instance, the percentage of oak used on the floor.

Construction variations seem normal to sponsors and so they are allowed to make changes in everything, from materials to ceiling height contained in the offering plan. For this reason, it is advisable for your attorney to inquire about the standards for variations for the construction company and get details of the contract.

Though sponsors do not like people inspecting the apartment under construction but you should try to negotiate this. It will be less difficult to get them to allow you inspect the apartment if you are purchasing a signature apartment.

Importance of Purchasing Pre-Construction

You can get involved in real estate in numerous ways, however, pre-construction real estate happens to be the fastest growing with some of the quickest and highest returns.

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Pre-construction real estate should be given serious consideration because pre-construction condominiums have the best pre-construction real estate on the market presently. They are found everywhere, but some locations are going through a preconstruction real estate increase because of increased demand for accommodation in these areas.

Lower starting prices are the primary reason why investing pre-construction estate is a sure bet. Buying at the commencement of a sales launch is the best because the builder presents the lowest prices at this time. This is the best time to make appreciable returns on investment.

When you buy early, you purchase a home with better future value at the current price; you also have freedom to choose from different options. There is a wide selection of floor plans to choose from, so you can make changes to your own unit. This makes your home unique because it stands out of the crowd.

Because people demand condos in hot locations, you won’t wait long to see a return on your investment compared to if you bought a home or property before construction, which yields faster returns. Selling or renting a never lived in condominium or home is much easier to sell than an older one.

The opportunity of instant equity provides the best perk of investing into pre-construction real estate. Meaning you don’t wait for investment return to come up in years, it does so right away as soon as you sign the agreement of purchase & sale.

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Numerous incentives come with a pre-construction real estate investment market. Developers offer extras because they want to retain investors or woo investors initially. These benefits often increase the worth of the real estate that you are looking to invest in immensely. Examples of these benefits include upgrades, appliances, furnish or direct credits off the purchase price. Every benefit increases the worth of the property.

After making a purchase and investing now comes the waiting game. It will take years to close out, moreover construction setbacks is fairly common. The condo’s worth will still, appreciate at a higher than average rate, giving you a handsome income on your 15-20% down payment.

Presently, preconstruction condos are the in-thing in the real estate market. If you have been thinking of investing in a pre-construction condo or home, then feel free to contact us. We provide free research to help you make that decision, define your investment goals and bring you to the pre-construction project of you dream.

Featured photo credit: Pre-construction Home via pre-constructionhomes.com

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Published on May 7, 2019

How to Invest for Retirement (The Smart and Stress-Free Way)

How to Invest for Retirement (The Smart and Stress-Free Way)

When it comes to stocks, I bet you feel like you have no idea what you’re doing.

Everyone who’s not a financial expert has been there. I’ve been there. But, time is passing and you need to be crystal clear with how you’re investing for your retirement.

Otherwise, it’s back to work until you can afford not to. So, how can you invest for retirement when you’re not a financial expert?

You take the time to learn the fundamentals well. If you do, you can grow your wealth and retire happy. The best part is that you don’t need to be a financial expert to make smart investment decisions.

Here’s how to invest for retirement the smart and stress-free way:

1. Know Clearly Why You Invest

Odds are you already know why should invest for retirement.

But, maybe you know the wrong reasons. It’s time you get clear on why you’d like to retire. Here are some questions to help you get started:

  • Will you spend more time with your family?
  • What does retirement mean to you?
  • Are you looking to launch that business you’ve been holding off for years?

Everyone wants to retire but not for the same reasons. Once you’re clear for why retirement is important for you, you’ll focus on making it happen.

Investing in the stock market allows you to take advantage of compound interest.[1] All this means is that your money earns money on top of its interest. A reason why investment in the stock market is one of the best ways to plan for retirement.

2. Figure out When to Invest

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”– Chinese Proverb

It’s true if you’d had started investing when you were 10 years old, you’d have a lot more money than you do today.

The reality is that most people don’t start investing until it’s too late. So, if you’re currently waiting for the perfect time to start an investment, it would be today. Open your calendar and block out 2 to 3 hours to choose how you’ll invest for retirement.

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A quick way to get a snapshot of where you stand is to use Personal Capital. Input all your personal information and spend some time setting your retirement goals. Once completed, you’ll know where you stand with your retirement.

Having a savings account for retirement isn’t planning for retirement. Why? Your money loses value when you factor in US inflation.[2]

3. Evaluate Your Risk Tolerance to Create the Perfect Portfolio

Investing your money well depends on your emotions.

Why?

Because when the market drops most people panic and withdraw their money. On average, the US stock market yields an annual 6% to 7% ROI (return on your investment.) But, this won’t happen if you’re worried about short-term loses.

Before you invest your next dollar, know your risk tolerance.[3] Your risk tolerance determines the number of risky and safe investments you’d have.

Regardless of your investing style, you need to view investing for retirement as a long term game. Know that some years you’ll lose money but recoup this in the long-term.

Avoid watching market-related new. Also, create a double authentication to log in your investment account. This way you’re less likely to withdraw your money.

4. Open a Reliable Retirement Account

Depending on your circumstance, you may need to open a new brokerage account. This is the account is where you’ll invest your money.

If you’re currently working for a company, odds are that they offer a 410K investing account. If so, here’s where you’ll invest most of your money. The only problem with this is that you’re limited to the stock options that are available.

You do have the option to open a separate IRA (individual retirement account.) Here are some of the best brokers:

  1. Vanguard
  2. TD Ameritrade
  3. Charles Schwab

5. Challenge Yourself to Invest Consistently

Committing to invest for retirement is hard, but continuing to do so is harder.

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Once you’ve started investment for your retirement, you run at risk from stopping. Often you’ll want to contribute less, so you’d have more money in your pocket.

That’s why it’s important that you create a budget that allows you to invest each month. If you’re working for a company, you can set a percentage for the amount you’d like to contribute each month. Most people by default contribute 1% but aim to contribute 10% to 15%.

Be the judge for how much you can afford to contribute after covering important expenses. To stay motivated, use Personal Capital to view your net worth.

A benefit to contributing money to your retirement account is not taxed. For example, if you earn $100 and invest 10%, you’d contribute $10, then get taxed on the remaining $90. As of 2019, the most you’re able to contribute towards your 401K is 19K but this can change.

6. Consider Where to Invest Your Money

The most common way to invest your money is in stocks, but it’s not the only way. Here are other ways to invest:

Robo Advisors

Robo-advisors[4] are fancy algorithms that’ll choose the best investments for you. Sites like Wealthfront make it easy for first-time investors to invest their money. You’d input information about yourself and set your risk tolerance.

Then, set your monthly contribution amount and your robo-advisor would do the rest. Robo-advisors charge a fee to manage your money, but less than regular advisors.

Bonds

Think of bonds as “IOUs” to whomever you buy them from.

Essentially, you’re lending money and charging interest. Like stocks, not all bonds are equal. Some will be riskier than others depending on their rating.

Here are the different types of bond categories:[5]

  1. Treasury bonds
  2. Government bonds
  3. Corporate bonds
  4. Foreign bonds
  5. Mortgage-backed bonds
  6. Municipal bonds

Mutual Funds

Picture a group of people dumping all their money in a jar that’s managed by a professional. This is how mutual funds work. The fund manager manages the money looking to earn capital gains (interest.)

One of the best types of mutual funds is index funds. Since these funds don’t try to beat the market and instead follow it, they need less research. Because of this they often charge the lowest fees and yield the best long-term results.

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Real Estate

Yes, buying a home is an investment when done correctly.

Imagine buying a home and using it as a rental property. After repairing it, you receive a monthly surplus check of $100 to $200.

This may not sound like a lot, but repeat this process enough times and you’d earn a large amount of passive income. That’s why real estate is one of the best investments to not only retire but become wealthy.

But, it requires a lot of money to start and you should expect losing money along the way as you learn the process.

Savings Accounts

Your money can still grow in a savings account. Nowadays most online banks offer a 2% annual return. Although the average inflation is higher your money will be available when you need it.

7. Master Disincline to Dodge Short Success

Investing for retirement is a long-term strategy. That’s why you need to master delayed gratification. All this means is delaying short-term pleasure for something bigger in the future. Research shows that those who have delayed gratification are more successful.[6]

So how can you master delayed gratification?

By building your discipline.

Think back to what retirement means to you. A clear purpose will help you avoid withdrawing your money during a market downturn. It’ll help you contribute more towards retirement when you’d want to waste it instead.

Your journey towards retirement will be long, so reward yourself along the way. Choose a reward that’s relevant and meaningful, so that you reinforce positive behavior. For example, after contributing more towards retirement, treat yourself to dinner.

8. Aggressively Invest on This One Investment

I’ve mentioned several types of investments but haven’t covered the most important one.

It sounds cliche but here’s why you’re your best investment towards retirement. The more you know, the more money you’ll be able to make. The more good habits you adopt, the more secure your retirement will be.

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More importantly, investing in yourself is an investment that no one can take away. There’s no market downturn nor tragic circumstance that’ll wipe your knowledge and experience.

But, how can you invest yourself?

Reading books, blogs, and anything that’ll help you learn new topics daily. Listen to podcasts and audiobooks on your commute to/from work.

Save money to buy courses and hire coaches. I used to believe hiring coaches was a waste of money when I could learn the subject alone.

But, coaches see your blind spots and hold you accountable. Hiring the right coach will help you achieve your goals faster than you would’ve alone.

Retire Happy with Excess Money

The key to a secure financial future doesn’t only belong to financial experts.

It’s possible for you and I. What if you were able to retire earlier than most people and weren’t a financial planner? What if you were able to focus on what you enjoy doing the most while your money was working hard for you?

I know this sounds impossible now, but the truth is you’re capable of taking charge of your retirement. I’m not a financial expert but I’ve learned how to invest my money by reading books and learning from others.

Investing your money is scary. So start small and invest a small amount of your money with a robo-advisor. Feel your money drop and rise for a month or two. Then, invest more and keep this up until you’re aggressively saving for retirement.

One day, you’ll wake up with a net worth you’re proud of – confident about your retirement. You now know a few strategies you can use to invest in your retirement. Will you take action to retire happy?

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