How to Buy Santa Cruz Real Estate for Investment

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Friday, July 31st, 2009 at 2:21pm.

There are several important criteria to consider when buying Santa Cruz real estate for investment. Some of the items will vary depending on the reason you are buying and the type of investment you are looking to make.

Long term investments such as rental properties can take longer to pay off but the income is consistent.  Short term investments such as buying for quick flips may pay off larger but can be a less regular form of income.

When buying a home for either long or short term real estate investments, it is very important to know exactly what your costs will be compared to potential income. That should be your primary deciding factor when buying investment properties.

Short Term Santa Cruz Real Estate Investments

When you are looking at short term investments like re-sales and flipping, the potential profit needs to be larger to cover both the inconsistent nature of that type of investment and the slightly larger risk. Santa Cruz real estate purchased for short term investment also needs to be very appealing to ensure quick turnover. Languishing on the market once you have relisted it eats away at your profits.

Vacant Land as Real Estate Investment

Another type of investment property is vacant land you can subdivide and resell, or develop on your own. If you're considering that type of real estate venture, know that it requires quite a bit of homework.

• You will need to check out the zoning laws to be sure your plans are allowable without going through the hassle and possible failure of rezoning. 

• You also need to pay close attention to the initial and long term costs associated with developing your vacant land.

• You need to know exactly what is possible such as how many units can be placed on a given parcel to be sure the property can accommodate the number of resale units you require in order to make a profit.

If you would like more information on investing in real estate, please call me at 831.662.6522 or email me at



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