New to BiggerPockets forums but have been lurking and learning for the past year or so. I'm currently in Jacksonville, FL, and am toying with the idea of long-distance real estate investing, at least to start out. I currently do not own any properties and I am moving to the Boston area towards the end of the year and everything I've seen tells me that properties there do not cash flow, at least not in the immediate area. I understand there are some towns farther out that will likely work out but I am ready to get into the game now.
I would feel comfortable buying a property that cash flows in an area I am familiar with, even if it's long-distance if the numbers make sense. I am thinking about the town I went to college in, Gainesville, to be exact. It's a bigger name University and I have seen plenty of properties that cash flow and I would bet appreciation will work out in the long run too, but of course, I am not counting on that part. Would this be a bad idea? If the numbers make sense I don't see why it wouldn't work out. With that being said, I would love to be educated as to things to look out for or even reasons that would suggest this is a bad idea. Thanks for the help!
I would recommend reading "Long Distance Real Estate Investing" by David Greene just to think through the process, learn how to develop a team, evaluate a market or neighborhood, etc. It makes sense to invest in a market you are already partially familiar with.
Thank you Nathan. That is on my list to read next. I'll definitely give it a read and do my due diligence in an area I'm familair with.
Jacksonville is a good investor market. I would start there, while you are still there, so you can get some hands-on experience looking, estimating, and landlording, rather than focusing somewhere else. If you were in L.A., that'd be a different story, but Jax has a lot of opportunity or toward St. Augustine.