The Best Properties to Buy in GTA V Online
When you first start out in GTA V, only one of your characters has a particularly impressive house: Michael. Trevor, on the other hand, lives in a dirty trailer out in the desert, while Franklin is crashing at his aunt’s Grove Street abode. However, as the game progresses – and especially after you’ve beaten it – all three characters will have considerably more cash to throw around. As has traditionally been the case in real life, a property is a pretty smart investment in GTA V, and Los Santos has some prime real estate up for grabs. Today, we’re going to take you on a tour of some of the Best Properties to Buy in GTA V Online.
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Types of Property
Worth mentioning at the outset is the fact that different properties in GTA V have different purposes. For example, some properties provide storage areas for vehicles that you purchase (or steal) that you’d like to hold onto. Other properties are simply sources of passive weekly income. However, keep in mind that many properties require certain missions to be completed before they become available to buy, and others require you to complete missions in order to make money from them.
You should also be aware of the fact that some properties can only be purchased by certain characters. For example, Tivioli Cinema can only be purchased by Michael, so you’d never see that it’s available if you spend all of your time playing Franklin. Be sure to switch amongst the different characters now and then to check for new real estate.
Now that we’ve gotten these little caveats out of the way, let’s discuss the best properties to invest in while playing GTA V!
7 Best Properties to Purchase
There are technically more than one way to view which properties are “best.” For example, if you have a big collection of custom cars, you might highly value the lockup garages. If you want easy access to planes, then buying a hangar may be your top priority. However, for the purposes of today’s discussion, we’re going to focus on the financial aspect. Therefore, which properties are the best investment can be determined by how quickly they return your initial investment and start producing a profit. Based on this, the best properties to buy are:
- Smoke on the Water: This is easily the best property in the game in terms of how quickly you see a return on your investment. However, it can only be purchased by Franklin. Smoke on the Water costs a cool $204,000, but it earns you $9,300 every week. This means it will have paid for itself in only 22 weeks, and from that point forward you get to pocket that nine grand.
- Ten Cent Theatre: This property can be purchased by any character, but costs a whopping $20,000,000. However, it produces a similarly impressive $264,000 per week, meaning you’ll have paid it off after just 75 in-game weeks. Beginning with the 76th week, that weekly $264,000 will be pure profit.
- Cinema Doppler: This theater can be purchased by any character, and is basically Ten Cent Theatre light. It only costs $10,000,000, but it also only produces $132,000 in weekly income. In case you haven’t noticed, that makes it half the cost of Ten Cent Theatre, but also with have the revenue output, so it’ll still take 75 weeks to pay off. Still, once you make back your investment you’ll be glad to have the $132,000 every week, and this property is much easier to save up for.
- The Hen House: This one isn’t the most impressive in terms of revenue, but because it’s cheap and doesn’t take long to pay off, it’s a smart choice for a starter property. Any of your characters can buy the Hen House at the very low (in-game) price of $80,000. However, the weekly payout is a measly $920. Still, the low purchase price means that you’ll get our investment back in only 87 weeks, and after that, you’ll get to enjoy a bit of weekly spending money!
- Tequi La La: This is a great middle-of-the-road property to invest in. Any of your characters can purchase it for the respectable, but not unreasonable, amount of $2,000,000. It will then produce $16,500 every week, thereby paying for itself after 121 weeks. Once it’s paid off, you get to add a neat $16,500 to your bankroll.
3 Properties to Avoid
We know the purpose of this article is to point out the best properties to buy in GTA V, but we’ve already included the essential investment properties, and we feel as though we’d be doing you a disservice if we didn’t point out some of the properties that are just plain money pits. Below are some properties that you SHOULD NOT bother buying.
- Los Santos Golf Club: you might be tempted by this property’s $150,000,000 price tag into thinking that it must be the best property in the game and will make you fabulously wealthy if you can manage to save up for it. Unfortunately, the only thing this property is best at is being the most expensive and the biggest rip-off. The golf club will take 567 weeks to pay for your initial investment because it only pays out $264,500 per week. Does that weekly revenue look familiar? It should – it’s $500 more per week than the revenue of the Ten Cent Theatre, which is less expensive by $130,000,000. Therefore, you should avoid this one and buy the theatre instead – unless you’ve got more money than you know what to do with.
- Car Scrapyard: this property is fairly cheap at $275,000 and can be bought by anyone. However, it produces no passive income. Instead, the player will have to manually supply wrecked cars in order to make any money from the property at all. As if this weren’t tedious enough, each wrecked car is worth only $150. This comes out to 1833 cars that need to be delivered before this investment pays for itself, and you’ll then need to continue wrecking even more cars if you want to see any kind of profit. If you want your full-time job in GTA V to be delivering cars to the scrapyard, then this is your dream property. Otherwise, skip it.
- Tivioli Cinema: this isn’t necessarily the worst property to invest in, but it’s definitely the least worthwhile investment among the movie theatres of Los Santos, so we wanted to be sure you didn’t rush out and buy just because there are two theatres on our “must buy” list. For starters, this property can only be purchased by Michael, which isn’t a big deal but is certainly a restriction. Next, it costs $30,000,000 – more than either of the other two theaters. However, this hefty price tag only comes with $142,300 per week in revenue – barely more than that produced by Cinema Doppler which costs only $10,000,000. This means you’ll be waiting 211 weeks for this one to pay for itself.
We hope you found this guide helpful. Although it can take a while to start seeing the payoff, real estate investment can be an excellent source of passive income in GTA V. After all, what could be better than walking around doing nothing and suddenly see a few hundred thousand dollars appear in your bank account?
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