Real Estate Investment Guide

by Aug 7, 2021Real Estate Investors, Real Estate Owners0 comments

Real Estate Investment Guide in South Africa:

Real estate investing in South Africa is one of the most sought-after ways to create long-term wealth. However, many people do not pursue this form of investment because they feel that it is too complex or risky.

This guidebook will cover all aspects and strategies for conducting personal real estate investing operations in a way that can be easily understood by beginners and even people who are completely new to investing in real estate in South Africa.

In The Beginning

Real Estate Investment Guide:

Before we delve into how to invest in real estate you should have a general idea of what exactly enterprise value means when it comes to personal property investing. Enterprise Value is defined as the total market value of a business or company based on its current equity valuation plus debt load which includes all liabilities.

This is a very broad term that covers everything from stocks and bonds to real estate. Of the primary forms of investment, it can be said that the one with the best return in relation to risk is that of personal property.

The reason for this high reward-to-risk ratio stems from several factors:

1) Personal properties can be bought below market value due to being illiquid assets, as well as having vacancy issues;

2) Personal properties are perfect for investors seeking leverage on their investments through mortgages or other financial instruments;

3) Real estate prices tend to increase at a steady rate over time while some stock markets have periods of stagnation and even decrease in value during recessions. Unlike other types of investments which require you to constantly be on the hunt for new information and securities to trade, real estate prices tend to remain stable over long periods of time.

Due to these factors, it is advised that any person looking to create wealth through investment should strive towards personal property when deciding how they will invest their money. That said, even though this form of investment does not require a constant investment of your time or energy like trading securities on the stock market does, it is still a good idea to make sure you know what you are doing before diving in headfirst. This guide will help give you all the information you need when it comes to investing in personal property.

If you want to get really rich, there is no question that you should be investing in personal property. The strategy outlined in this guidebook will ensure that you minimize your risk and maximize your long-term returns on investment through the use of a systematic approach for finding properties to invest in.

Real Estate Investment Guide

The Methods: 

There are three basic ways to invest in Property in South Africa —using cash, using equity and using debt. In every single case though it is recommended that an investor takes the time to learn about the properties they wish to buy before spending any money on them. This type of due diligence is not only necessary but can also save you from bad investments down the road by enabling you to avoid further costs after taking over ownership of a property such as renovation costs or eviction expenses.

Creating a Real Estate Investment Plan: 

If you want to invest in real estate, the first thing you should do is sit down and create an investment plan for yourself that outlines your goals and how you are going to get there step by step. When getting started with any type of investing it’s important that you have a clear idea of why exactly you are doing what you’re doing. Many bad investments happen when people make decisions based on emotions rather than logic, so if this is something that has happened in your past it’s something that must be avoided in the future. Your investment plan will obviously vary depending on whether or not you have access to cash, equity, or debt as well as the size of your initial investment.

The Real Estate Buying Process: 

When undertaking a real estate investment, there are several steps that you will have to follow in order to complete the process successfully. These steps are outlined below:

  1. Finding Your Target Property – This is where we start with defining your needs and wants in terms of the property when searching for properties based on these needs and wants;
  2. Check For Liens And Judgements – When doing this step it’s important to remember that you don’t want properties that have liens of any kind attached to them as it can greatly complicate the acquisition process later on. On top of that, you want to check and see if the property has been foreclosed upon recently or if it has had problems with unpaid property taxes in the past.
  3. Finding Ownership Information – You can find this information by using the county recorder office records to confirm that the owner of the home is correct, doing a title search, and looking at other public records;
  4. Contacting The Owner And Inspecting The Property – There are several ways you can go about contacting owners such as directly reaching out to them or going through a real estate agent. Whether or not you choose an agent depends on your situation as well as who owns the property in question (if they have one). Attempting contact directly with owners will allow for a quicker sale but depending on how difficult it is to reach out they may be less willing to work with you. In most cases though using an agent will be the best way to go.

When it comes time for an actual inspection of your target property, there are several things you should be doing on your end to make sure you’re getting a quality property. As with many other industries in life sometimes people can lie or exaggerate about something to make it seem better than it really is so finding out firsthand what type of condition the property is in will allow you to avoid wasting money later on by buying a poor investment. 

Taking Ownership: 

The process of taking ownership begins once all conditions of purchase have been met and end with the transfer of title from seller to buyer. You may also want to move forward with securing financing during this period after finalizing paperwork such as an appraisal or appraisal contingency.

The most common way to take ownership of a property is through the process of “due diligence” which involves looking over everything involved with the property such as fixing any problems it has and securing financing should you need it. You also want to make sure that all funds are transferred correctly and on time so be sure to check up on this as well as do your own financial due diligence by checking credit reports, title histories etc. 

If you have gone through all this correctly then assuming there weren’t any problems during acquisition transfer you will now officially be the owner of your new investment!

 Taking Your Real Estate Investment Further By Selling:

After you have completed the process of buying a property you may want to consider selling your investment for several reasons. There are many benefits to doing this including but not limited to getting a better rate of return, diversifying your investments, and being able to move on from any problems that could arise. In order to sell your investment, you will first need some form of equity in it which can occur through gains or up-front payments (i.e. down payment). Once you have decided what direction you’ll be taking then you can begin looking for potential buyers who may be interested in purchasing your property based on current market conditions and its condition/potential upside etc. You should also get an appraiser to evaluate the market for your area in case someone offers you a price that seems unreasonable.

When it comes time for an actual sale, there are many potential buyers out there so you may want to use an agent in order to present your property as best as possible and get the most money possible. In any situation, though whether or not you make a profit from selling will depend on how much work you put into finding and reaching out to potential buyers as well as getting financing should it be needed. If everything goes according to plan then congratulations! You’re now ready to move forward and invest in another new property (or sell this one further if doing this again).

Above all, buying real estate is one of the most fundamental aspects of attaining wealth and achieving financial independence which is why it’s so important to learn as much as you can about this topic before moving forward. This guide just goes over the basics in regard to getting started with your first investment property and will hopefully be a good starting point for someone new to investing. Feel free to save or print out this guide and use it for future reference whenever you are considering an investment! For any additional resources on the subject feel free to check out some other valuable information online such as podcasts, blogs, etc.


Overall real estate investing can be a great way to invest money for the future and should not be overlooked. Whether you want to learn more about investing in Real Estate or you just need help getting started, I will be happy to assist you. Feel free to message me with any questions/queries/concerns or make inquiries about my services. The information contained within this guide is only meant as an introduction so if you feel that it would benefit your needs further then specific professional advice or consulting is also available upon request. Good luck with all your future endeavors!

Real Estate Investment Guide: Your Personal South African Property Investment Guide… Happy investing!

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