Real Estate Investing 101-How To Avoid Buying Overpriced Houses

Real estate investing 101-How to Find Profitable rental Properties

One of the mistakes you can make in real estate investing is buying overpriced houses

When you buy lesser-priced items like shoes, cars, and a service you can get a refund in less than 24 hours.

It’s not easy to get a refund when you buy overpriced houses.

Why? It’s difficult to get your purchase money for a house because it takes time and expense to complete a real estate transaction.


To avoid falling into the trap of buying an overpriced house that may cost you financial pain, you must know how to spot an overpriced home before you start looking to purchase property.


Here are the search tools you need:


Outline your real estate investing objective.

You have to be clear about why you want to invest in a real estate market before you buy a property

Do you plan to buy and hold residential property?

Do you plan to buy and flip?

Why? Because your real estate investing goals will affect…. how you are going to buy property.


For example, a buy and hold investor’s top priority is buying cash flow-positive properties that can be rented easily


When you take the time to clarify why you are investing, you’ll not fall into the trap of buying the wrong type of property


Make a budget and stick to it.  

You need to draw a budget for how much you can afford to pay for a property. Once you have a budget, make sure you stick to it, so you don’t overstretch your finances


Know your market cold.

I think it’s worth mentioning that you must do your market research before investing in your potential real estate market.

When you do your research, you’ll know if a market is hot, or in a downturn, the neighborhoods, property taxes, and any new developments that may influence the real estate market.


Assess the rental market.

You want to know that people are renting in the real estate market you intend to invest.

You don’t want to invest in a market where there is no demand for rentals.

The other thing you want to know about the rental market is

how affordable are the rents.

What’s the average number of days it takes to rent a property?


Use the Gross rental multiplier as your buyer’s guide.  

The value of an investment property depends on the rental income it can fetch.

Anyone who tells you otherwise is trying to deceive you.

The gross rent multiplier is the tool you can use to assess the actual value of a potential value.

The formula for calculating the GRM is the rent price per month times 12 months.


For example a 3 bed 2 bathhouse that rents for $1500 per month has a GRM value of $18000 ($1500 x 12)


Assuming the same house list at $200000 for sale. This means it’s selling at 11 times its GRM


As a guide, you want to buy a house at a GRM lower than ten times the value. The lower the value of the GRM, the higher the chance of buying right


Estimate the dollar per square foot.

 The dollar per square foot of a property is  a useful measure of whether you are paying a fair market price for a property.

It’s easy to estimate the price per square foot in your local real estate market. Just look up the zip code on websites like, and, and then download the average price per square foot.

For example, if a property is  1500 sq. ft. and is selling for $300,000, this means its price per square foot is $200


You should next find out the local real estate market’s average dollar per square foot and see if it’s below or above market value.

You should try to buy at a below market value for a house.



The bottom line is you can avoid overpriced houses when you have the necessary tools to assess the property values in a real estate market…you intend to invest.


When you use these tools I have listed above…you are less likely to go wrong.

Useful resources for rent value for local real estate values  is  the largest social networking site for real estate investors you’ll find tons of useful contact, tools and network with investors in your area for rental prices, house prices and housing trends for finding mortgage rates    for property listings the housing and urban development department publishes  a guide to the rental values in a local real estate market.   and Freddie mac  provide affordable loans to homeowners and investors