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Investing in Real Estate After the Great Recession

real estate investingReal estate investing can be a great way to build wealth and to earn passive income. They are many programs or gurus that claim real estate investing is so, so easy and you can did without any effort. I’m not saying it is brain surgery but you must perform proper research before you buy rental property. There are a few items that I deem very important before you invest post great recession. Buying real estate is much more than just finding a place to call home. Investing in real estate has become increasingly popular over the last fifty years and has become a common investment vehicle. Although the real estate market has plenty of opportunities for obtaining huge gains, buying and owning real estate is a lot more complicated than investing in stocks and bonds. This article will discuss the elements of owing rental property.

People have been investing in rental property for many years. A person will buy a property and rent it out to a tenant. The owner, the landlord, is responsible for paying the mortgage, taxes and costs of maintaining the property. Preferably, the landlord charges enough rent to cover all of the above-mentioned costs. A landlord may also charge more in order to produce a monthly profit, but the most common strategy is to be patient and only charge enough rent to cover expenses until the mortgage has been paid, at which time the majority of the rent becomes profit. Additionally, the property may also have appreciated in value over the course of the mortgage, leaving the landlord with a more valuable asset. Since the Great Recession, investors have modified their strategy to make a profit after mortgage payments because of the low home prices. It is important to note that according to the U.S. Census Bureau, real estate has consistently increased in value from 1940 to 2006. This supports the fact that investing real estate can be a way to build wealth.

Here are some things to consider before your make your real estate investment. You can end up with a bad tenant who damages the property or no tenant at all. This leaves you with a negative monthly cash flow, meaning that you might have to struggle to cover your mortgage payments. There is also the difficulty of finding the right property; you will want to select an area where vacancy rates are low and choose a place that people will want to rent.

The biggest difference between a rental property and other investments is the amount time work you have to allocate to maintaining your investment. When you buy a stock, it simply sits in your brokerage account and, hopefully, increases in value. If you invest in a rental property, there are many responsibilities that come along with being a landlord. If the plumbing stops working in the middle of the night, it’s you who gets the call. If you don’t mind handyman work, this may not inconvenience you; otherwise, a professional property manager would gladly take the problem off your hands, for a price, of course!

Komichel Johnson has been a full-time real estate investor and land developer for over a decade. He has built, renovated and sold hundreds of homes in the United States while assisting other real estate investors in accomplishing their goals. His business was named IC Top 100 by the Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter, ICIC Organization.




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