Pros and Cons of Holding On To Land in Houston

Holding On To Land

Are you holding on to land in Houston? Instead of just letting it sit there, consider what it is really doing to help you! We can help you go over the pros and cons so you can decide if selling is the right choice for your situation!

Pros:

Low Purchasing Costs

Acquiring your first land investment can be quite simple. You can start with only a few thousand dollars, buying low and selling high!

It May Increase In Value

It’s possible that the value of your land could go up, but this is difficult to predict and impossible to guarantee. Always keep up with what’s going on in your area and capitalize on anything that can increase the value of your land when you can!

Low Maintenance

Land requires little to no upkeep. You don’t have to worry about repairs, bad tenants, or utility costs. In addition, your property taxes will be substantially lower and are usually one of your only expenses.

Cons:

It Might Decrease In Value

The value of land doesn’t always rise. If an area cools off, there can be much less demand for the property. It all depends on your timing, but don’t expect land to automatically increase.

Not Producing Income

If your land isn’t generating income, consider your reasons for holding on to it. If you might build on it someday but don’t have any concrete plans, the taxes may not be worth paying. It may be wiser to sell the land now and then purchase land later when you are ready to build.

Zoning Conflict

If you intend to obtain a zoning change, be prepared for a challenge. Neighbors may create backlash or you could be buried in red-tape to make it happen. If you own a large parcel of land, you may not be able to subdivide it the way you want.

Environmental Changes

Environmental protections can restrict your ability to develop a piece of land. If you live in an area where there are many protected species, don’t be surprised if one takes up residence on your inviting, vacant lot, prohibiting all building.

Miss Out On Other Investments

One of the biggest downsides of investing in land is that you may miss out on profitable investments down the road. It’s possible to make money from land, but it can be difficult to liquidate quickly should something come up.

Make sure you have an exit strategy in place when investing in Houston land. Become acquainted with top buyers in the area and keep up with the local real estate market. You don’t want to be stuck with a worthless piece of land and nobody to buy it.

Are you ready to sell your land in Houston? We can help! Send us a message or give us a call today! (281) 738-3898

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