Are you looking for some sort of investment so that you can hopefully retire early? Have you been told that there is no such thing and that you must simply keep putting money into a retirement account if you wish to retire? While there are no 100% guarantees in life, the closest thing would be buying investment property so that you can have an income without needing to go to work for someone else. Being a good landlord isn't too difficult, but it does mean more than simply collecting checks every month. The first step is to buy the right properties to invest in. Some things that you should be taking into consideration include the following.
School district: When you want to buy homes to invest in, it's a good idea to research the school district and how well the schools in the area perform. Not only will better school districts be more popular to move into, meaning that you won't be lacking in prospective tenants, but this can also be a great indication of how much crime is in the area. If there is a lot of crime, you could wind up spending a substantial percentage of your profits on fixing up issues caused by vandalism, burglary, and so forth.
Necessary repairs: Before you buy homes for investment purposes, it's essential to get a full inspection report from not just a standard home inspection but also from specialized reports by a plumber, an electrician, and possibly a pest control professional. A property that needs a lot of repairs to bring it up to date is not necessarily a better choice than one that just needs a few small repairs or paint, even if the first property is significantly cheaper to purchase. Before making any buying decisions, it might be a good idea to consult with a professional who will be able to help you decide which property is best for your investment needs.
Flood zone: In some cities, you can't help living in a flood zone. In other places, the flood zone isn't as obvious. In either case, you're going to want to buy homes on ground that is as high as possible. Even if there isn't a river that can flood, a heavy storm could leave enough rain that properties in low-lying areas see significant flooding. Depending on the elevation of the surrounding ground, this could just be basement flooding or the flooding could be several inches to feet high so that damage is caused to the main structure.
For more information and help buying property, work with a local real estate agent.