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  • Profile photo of Chris-SydChris-Syd
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    Hello everyone,

    I am looking at getting into purchase some postive cashflow properties.

    So has anyone got a list of questions to ask a vendor/estate agent about a property you are looking at to buy?

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    quote:


    Hello everyone,

    I am looking at getting into purchase some postive cashflow properties.

    So has anyone got a list of questions to ask a vendor/estate agent about a property you are looking at to buy?


    Profile photo of NessieNessie
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    Hi fz7hny

    Welcome to the forum.

    Some simple Questions to ask :
    How long has the property been on the market?
    Why is the Vendor selling?
    What are the rates and outgoings on the property?
    How long as the Vendor owned the property?

    Get the answers to these questions and then more questions will arise from the answers.

    Also read some of the various books about property investing, such as Jan Somers etc. – they will give you lots of tips.
    If you search this forum you will find several other books listed. Also check out Sooshie’s Useful Links posts.

    Cheers
    Nessie

    Profile photo of Chris-SydChris-Syd
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    Thanks for the start.

    Anyone else got some useful question to ask about property?

    Profile photo of HaroldHarold
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    Have a look at Neil Jenman’s “Real Estate Mistakes”. It has some doozy questions to give bad real estate agents when buying. One question, namely “Why is the seller selling at that price” can get a bad agent to tell everything like:

    a)I think its too high
    b) You could get the house instead for ….
    c) They will take a low offer because they need to move somewhere else

    Because Jenman advicing how to be a good agent, he is well informed at how to take advantage of a bad agent, which would be the majority

    Profile photo of deauziedeauzie
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    1 very good thing to do , ring all the realestates in the area you plan to buy in ask for the rental property manager and ask whats available
    I found if they know you are looking for investment properties , they only have 4 or 5 but
    if you want to rent they have 20 to 30

    Profile photo of RonulasRonulas
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    I think the obvious answer to your question would be to ask questions pertaining to the income and expenditures of the property.

    You mentioned that you wanted cashflow properties right?

    For a house to be cashflow positive the property costs and income must be of a certain amount.

    When you look at a property, fall in love with the numbers not the property.

    After the first month or so of constantly emailing agents about properties and asking very similar questions each time,I decided to do up a word document containg all the general questions I asked every time. Here is my example:

    1. How old is property?
    2. What are the rates on property?
    3. If leased, when does current lease expire?
    4. How long has tenant been living in premises?
    5. What street in ? is property located?
    6. Why is vendor selling?
    7. What is vacancy rate on property?
    8. Does property have a rent roll or rent reciepts that I can see?
    9. What is population like in ?
    10. What is the current rent if rented?
    11. What immediate work needs doing?
    12. Can I see some more pictures of the inside?
    13. Does your agency manage properties like this one?

    This list is not exhaustive but a guide line only.

    I particularly like to entice the agent with the last question. If an agent knows that there is a chance that you will allow them to manage the property then perhaps they may be a little forth coming with the other questions.

    Also take the answers they give you with a grain of salt. Guide only. It’s common for agents to tell you a place is tenated and achieving x ammout of $ but is overinflated to make the numbers look better. That is why I ask to see a rent role or rent reciepts. To back up thier statements.

    Hope this is helpful[:)]

    You will always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take!

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    Hi Chris

    Why sure the property is only half the equasion. Surely the purchaser and his ability to make repayments are just as important. Let’s face it, as you are never likely to live in the property (and as long as its a saleable or rentable asset if all else fails)and are probably just looking for positive cash flow the suitability of your purchaser is probably a big consideration. If you want some ideas on how to ascertain whether you have a good purchaser or not feel free to email [email protected] and i will help you crunch the numbers.

    Cheers

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