Assess risk before making a purchase

When investing in residential property you will need to ask yourself whether you are an investor or a speculator.

5th February, 2005

When investing in residential property you will need to ask yourself whether you are an investor or a speculator. True investors will purchase in a proven market for usually steady, but unremarkable, returns.

The ability to repay a reasonable mortgage or a good portion of it, plus an acceptable level of appreciation, is the height of most investor's ambition.

Many will purchase second-hand properties, where the price can often be negotiated in their favour, in...

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