Investing in Out-Of-State Property

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Buying real estate has been proven to be a proven and reliable investment strategy for individuals, households, and companies. Compared to other investment assets, property is stable and offers reliability, good returns, consistency in income, and serves as a shock absorber from inflation. 

While it may be a good idea to purchase your next property investment somewhere close to your home, there might be a few extraneous circumstances that prevent you from doing that.

An out-of-state option is a very viable option. Since you might be a few hundred or thousand miles away, you may have a lot of concerns. Bigham Associates seeks to calm your nerves as you consider this next move.

In this article, our reliable and expert team seeks to outline the concerns that you have and how to go about them. Keep reading to learn more! 

Why Would You Be Considering Buying out of State?

There could be several reasons why one would be considering buying in another state. The first and foremost issue is the average asking price. 

In an established property market such as New York or Los Angeles, prices could be unaffordable for most of the local populace. In such markets, there are also few new estates or developments. And if any, the price is still the issue. 

Similar to investing in your local area, you will first have to analyze the return on investment, also called the ROI. ROI analysis requires you to critically analyze the potential income and outgoings of the property. 

Regarding the income, you will need information on rental rates, reviews, appreciations, and tenant turnover. To calculate outgoings, you will need mortgage repayment info, management costs, maintenance expenses, and taxes. 

Purchasing in a different geographical location doesn’t mean that you can forget about real estate investment fundamentals. You still need to identify a location where the rental demand is good, the economy is thriving, and the local authorities are supporting property owners. 

Since you may lack certain information, it’s advisable to consult a local property partner. They can provide essential information and advise you on the best course of action if you encounter difficulties.

Challenges in Out-Of-State Property Investment

It’s important to recognize that you are new to this market. To make informed decisions, you’ll need a deep understanding of how the property market operates. Where can you find this crucial information?

Connect and build relationships with local property owners in your prospective neighborhood. Attend HOA meetings or participate in local community forums. This way, you can gather firsthand, unbiased information that can benefit you.

Seek out insights from local professionals as well. Property experts often have a thorough understanding of each neighborhood’s past performance and potential future trends. Additionally, trust your intuition.

Another crucial aspect of real estate is understanding the laws and regulations that govern it. Property is one of the most heavily regulated sectors of the economy, with county, state, and federal laws dictating its operations. 

As a property owner and prospective landlord, compliance with these regulations is essential.

While some information may be available on official websites, it can sometimes be outdated or not entirely reflective of real-world scenarios. It’s advisable to consult with a local expert who can provide a more accurate understanding of relevant regulations.

As a long-distance landlord, residing hundreds or even thousands of miles away, you may face delays in addressing tenant issues or urgent concerns, often taking hours.

It’s crucial to have local representatives who can promptly address tenant needs and maintenance issues, ideally within minutes. Essential team members include a property manager, a dependable contractor, and a maintenance worker.

Having a property manager is crucial for efficient management. They handle tasks such as tenant screening, rent collection, property maintenance, and accounting, allowing you to focus on other aspects of property ownership. 

It’s important to carefully select the right property manager for your specific needs during the property selection process.

While you might have entrusted property management to a top company in the area, it’s wise to visit your property occasionally for property inspections. This allows you to personally assess the condition of your investment.

Although the property management team can provide detailed descriptions of the property’s condition and performance, firsthand information is invaluable. While visiting your property may incur travel and accommodation expenses, these costs can often be offset through property tax assessments.


Owning and leasing out your investment property can have its challenges; this rule applies to both local and out-of-state investments. When done right, these investments have the potential to earn you consistent income and appreciating in value.

As an alien to the State, you will need all the information you need to get the best possible return from your investment. You will need a reliable and professional local property partner. For those looking to invest in Austin, we recommend that you get in touch with Bigham Associates

Since 1987, our company has been a major player in real estate services and solutions. We have helped our clients make the best decisions possible when it comes to starting or bolstering their property journey.

Get in touch with Bigham Associates and take advantage of our over 30 years in the local property industry.