Real estate has always attracted investors who wished to invest in tangible, solid assets, in a strong geopolitical and economic context.
But if you reside in a country where the economy and the geopolitics show regular signs of instability, it might be preferable to consider investing in real estate abroad. This also applies if your neighboring countries are faced with some crisis that could quickly affect you.
Indeed, investing in real estate abroad, in a stable environment, remains one of the most popular investment choices, especially because it allows you to at least preserve your capital and, at best, to cash in monthly proceeds and get actual return on investment.
Here are 3 steps to follow to insure the success of your real estate investment:
Step 1: Find a region that offers plenty of real estate opportunities
The current world instability will prompt you to consider regions that are more stable. Think of countries that are economically strong and that provide many interesting real estate opportunities.
When considering North America for the geographical diversification of your assets, you might want to know that Western Canada currently presents some very promising real estate investment opportunities, thus drawing in many investors.
Step 2: Choose the type of investment that best suits you
Knowing what type of investment to choose is paramount; there are many different options:
- You can choose, buy and manage properties on your own;
- You can invest with a company that is publicly traded, but there are fluctuation risks;
- Or, you can invest in an alternative private fund.
The last option is undoubtedly the most attractive if you do not wish to choose your foreign properties by yourself or to deal with them personally.
Investing with a private real estate fund will save you time and will allow you to receive returns on investment without you having to worry about the management of the properties. Depending on their objectives, some private funds are also aimed at making monthly distributions of proceeds in cash, which might suit your needs.
Step 3: Invest in a trusted property/fund
Finally, you will have to choose a trustworthy real estate investment.
Whether it’s a real estate property or a real estate fund, you should learn about the history of the issuing company or the building manager, the performance history of the investment, and the team behind its success. Also, try to get information about the managers’ investment strategy and their vision for the future.
It is also important to know if the top management invests in the company’s own funds, thus aligning their interests with the ones of their investors. Don’t hesitate to ask your private Consultant about this.
In summary, the success of your investments in real estate depends on the choices you make in terms of geographic diversification, type of investment and investment funds. By following the 3 steps described above, you will be able to preserve your capital in the long run and to receive potential monthly payments, without having to concern yourself with the management of your properties.