There's one thing about the property you buy that you can never change, so consider it carefully


What I'm about to share with you might seem like a statement of the obvious, but it's remarkable, to me, how few people really give this the consideration that it deserves when they're purchasing real estate.

So, first of all, what is real estate?

Well, real estate is the land and the improvements on the land. If you were buying real estate to farm, you'd look for a property that has rich, fertile soil and an appropriate level of moisture, so that you could grow good crops. If you wanted to buy land for a commercial space, you might look for something with good drive-by traffic. When it comes to residential real estate, only you can decide what utility you expect to get from your property. But it's important to understand that land and improvements on the land, that the land really is the only permanent part, right?

Houses will come and go, and a good house that's well built and well maintained can last for centuries, but your land is forever. It'll be here as long as we are. So it's important to be thinking about it in that context.

As you look forward, what utility do you need that land to provide for you? And, for residential real estate, it's primarily going to be location, right? The one thing about the property you purchase that you cannot change, it's permanent. It's always going to be in that location. So be thinking forward. How is your life going to change over the next five or 10 years? And does the location that you require change with that? Because, again, you know, you can throw an addition onto your house. You can change out the kitchen. You can do lots of things to improve it and adapt it to your changing needs over time, but you can not change the location.

And if the location no longer serves you, you will have no choice but to sell and move somewhere else.


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Norm Fisher

Royal LePage Vidorra


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