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Wise Financial Investments to Consider

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

/ by Nurdin Budi Mustofa
Sure, your nine to five job might tide you over. But there are so many opportunities for investment out there that could rake you in a little extra cash on the side. Here are just a couple for the ambitious amongst us to consider!

Wise Financial Investments to Consider

Paying Off High-Interest Debts

Sure, clearing off standard debts isn’t really an investment. It’s merely paying back what you owe. But if you consider the sheer amount of interest that you may be paying on high-interest debts such as payday loans and credit cards, an “investment” really does become the right term to use when it comes to putting them behind you. Why? Well, if your debt is accruing a whole lot of interest, then you’ll never really get rid of it. You will simply meet minimum repayments and your balance will remain the same. You will soon come to see that you are merely paying a lender for not a whole lot. So, work out what you owe and the fastest way to clear the full balance. This may mean living frugally for a while to pay larger sums at once, but it will be worth it in the end!

Wise Financial Investments to Consider

Real Estate

Generally speaking, people with a higher net worth tend to have real estate to their name and when people win large sums of money or inherit large amounts of cash they are advised to invest in real estate. Why? Well, it’s one of the most profitable investment options out there! Getting into real estate isn’t all that hard to do. However, you might not be able to get started right away. The first step to consider is to purchase a property of your own. This will secure your first step onto the property ladder and familiarise you with the basics of property ownership. Plus it means that you can stop frittering your cash away on rent (which is essentially paying others’ mortgage for them). To do this, you need to save up a deposit. Generally speaking, you will need 20% of the property’s overall value. However, the appearance of 90%, 95%, 100% mortgages on the market is becoming more regular. This means that you will only have to provide a 10%, 5%, or 0% deposit. Once you’ve secured the property, you just need to pay back monthly mortgage payments which (by the end of the agreement) will cover the cost of the house plus interest. Once you’ve settled into this, you’ll have a pretty clear idea of how the market works, a foot on the first rung of the property ladder and a secure home to live in. The fact that you’ve kept to your mortgage payment agreements will also be a good indicator for those who will be considering offering you a buy-to-let mortgage. Once your preparation is out of the way, it’s time to get involved with proper engagement in real estate. First things first, you need to accept that if you’re going to be going into real estate, it is business and you should treat it as such. You’ll be offering out both a product and service to your market: a good of a place to call home and the service of a reliable landlord. You need to maintain a professional front and profit driven mindset throughout the entire process.You also need to ensure that you have enough time to dedicate to your real estate project. Even if you only purchase one property to let, it will take up a significant amount of your time. Next, you need to build up a book of contacts. Start networking with other landlords or real estate investment professional. They will be able to help you out with any immediate queries or problems that you need an answer to or fix for. There are certain tricks of the trade that will really help you out down the line. So invite a few people in the know out to dinner, create connections, and maintain them. They can serve as your security blanket if you’re ever left feeling lost. You can also take the time to read more articles like this, specialist books on the field, and even short courses. The more you know, the better choices you will make! So, by this point you have experience in how the property market works, a professional and positive outlook, and a strong network of knowledge and support behind you. It’s time to get started! When searching for your first to-let property, go for a niche rather than trying to make your intended property appeal to everyone. At the end of the day, this is impossible. So, choose a target audience. If you intend to let to students, search for properties near universities or close to convenient transport links. Opt for large houses with plenty of rooms (as students don’t tend to be all too fussy about sharing and you can make more profit this way). If you want to appeal to families, scout out properties near to nurseries, creches, and schools with good reputations, as well as local activities centres or parks. For young professionals, look into studio apartments and one or two bedroom apartments that form a part of complexes. Again, research here is key! Once you have chosen a property, bear in mind whether you need to do work on it, how much it will cost, and whether you can charge enough rent to make the sum back. Some properties require too much work and should be avoided by first time investors. Instead, try to find something that is pretty much good to go! You can then give the property a quick lick of paint and clean up and it’ll be ready to go on the market. Once your property is ready, it's time to settle on a rental price. Generally speaking, you're best asking an estate agent for a valuation. They will take the value of your property and the rental prices of similar properties in the area into account to come up with a fair price. You don't have to stick to this, but it is advised that you keep your final price tags somewhere within the vicinity of the figure. Once you’ve let your property, remember that your job isn’t done. Sure, the monthly rent payments will be coming in. But you need to ensure that the property remains in good working order and that your tenants are happy. Ensure they have a direct contact number for you and have problems rectified and repairs carried out as quickly and efficiently as possible. This will keep your tenants in place for as long as possible, meaning you can avoid the fuss and financial loss of trying to find new tenants.

Wise Financial Investments to Consider

Stocks and Shares

Many people feel a little intimidated by the thought of stocks and shares. We generally conjure up images of businesspeople in suits shouting figures at one another, or even simply to themselves. But you may be surprised to realise that if you understand the basics of the stock market, you could easily get involved and start trying out this simple way of making cash yourself. To put things simply, stocks are an intangible purchase that gives you ownership of a company. This can, in theory, entitle you to a given share of the company’s earnings and assets if your stocks are dividend stocks. But why would a company offer shares of themselves out to anyone who’s willing to pay? Most of the time, stocks are put on the market as a means of making quick cash which will allow the company to progress, taking major steps that would have otherwise been unachievable. Once you’ve purchased a stock, its value will change in accordance with the company’s worth. For buyers, this is attractive, as companies often offer out stocks because they’re taking big steps and when these steps pay off, your stocks will increase in value. If you have standard stocks, you can simply sell off the stock while it is valued at a high price, making a profit on what you originally paid for it. If you keep an constant eye on your stocks and sell at the right time, you could find yourself making significant profits. If you feel a little wary about diving straight in the deep end and investing large sums in companies, you can try out penny stocks. These generally cost around one to two dollars, which means you won't be in for such a loss if things don't work out, but can still make impressive gains. Alternatively, you could try out stock simulators. These allow you to invest hypothetical cash in the current market and see how things work out. Sure, you might be a little disheartened if things go well and you've made no real profit, but it’s a good playing field for practice and you will feel a whole lot more confident heading into the real arena.

These are just three different areas where you can invest your cash wisely, but they're not the only options available. Take a wide spanning look at all of the options available to you before investing your money and remember that no one investment is necessarily better than any other: your success will largely fall down to what suits you best as an individual. So, take your time and practice patience. You will be raking in the profits before you know it!

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