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If you're new to property development and are trying to make cash by either selling or renting then you actually want to do some analysis particularly during this economic climate. Location, location, location as the TV show says is terribly vital particularly if this is your first property development. You need to have a good plan about the house market in the area you are thinking of buying. Buying locally may be wise for a first time Property Developer as you ought to have a good idea of what areas are being developed and if there is a need for rented properties within the area.

If you are unsure of what is happening in an area you will need to do some research. You could ask Estate Agents in the area, scan local papers and just generally ask individuals in the area. For example, if there is a university in the town and you're planning on renting out the development then find out where it is and check the properties in that area. Also examine local transport and facilities.


A nice way to get ahead of everybody else is to know where the up coming areas are within the town. Many cities have regeneration areas where heaps of local government cash are being spent on. A helpful tip is to be cautious of what Estate Agents say. Bear in mind they will be wanting to make a sale so they may describe an area as up and coming when essentially that might not be the case. Ask them what kind of properties have sold recently and for how much.


Another useful tip is to remember to keep your business head on and always follow your business plan. It's terribly easy to fall in love with a property that is not going to get you the best return. Just because you like a property doesn't mean it can be the correct property to develop to either sell or rent. You must have a list at hand with what you require from the property and stick to it. Once you have chosen the proper property you're then going to need to look for the right builder to do the development. This part might make or break your development so it is vital to look for the right building company.


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Hiring a builder will only give you skilled workers, that suggests that you will be acting as your own contractor which means that you may have to prepare any planning permission needed for the project. This can be fine if you have got the time to do the research necessary. You will also need to coordinate all aspects of the development which is fine for an experienced developer however not for a first timer. Coordinating the architect, designer, electrician plumber etc may be a daunting task if not done correctly. It is a little bit of a balancing act and shouldn't be taken on lightly.

First time developers almost certainly ought to hire a contractor and let the consultants deal with all of the above. But like the property, you need to do a bit of research to find the best one. Check on-line for building contractors and ask for references.

Like everything we do in life, preparation is the key to a successful project. The more time spent researching each aspect of your property development, the more likely your development can turn out well. At the end of the day you want to make the most quantity of profit, and you will not do that if you jump in head first without looking at every detail.






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