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How I Achieved Maximum Success with Tips

Acquire Retirement Income through Real Estate Investment

In the rental property business, where there are tenants, there is money coming in every month, therefore, if you’re diverting some of your retirement fund into other investments, one such investment can be the real estate rental business, which can be a source of income for your retirement, but before doing so, take time to study the market and learn the trade so you’ll have a good idea of what are the upsides and the downsides of the business.

Study and learn the real estate investment market

Know what you are doing, if you plan to use a portion of your retirement money for investment in real estate rental properties, such that take time to get knowledge on this business by reading good books about it, attend seminars from a recognized real estate company, consult with a friend lawyer who has had experience in real estate cases.

The advantages and disadvantages of rental properties

The pros and cons of income-producing properties or rental properties (commercial office space, apartments or duplexes, or residential homes) are the following: rental property does not guarantee a 365 days rental, which means there are lean months that the space is vacant; this business requires record keeping, which entails regular examination of rent payment; while there is the advantage of a rental real estate tax deduction but you will have to recapture the depreciation value when you resell the property; rental will definitely rise over the years, but you also have to spend on maintenance and upkeep; the cost of investment is high and ROI will take some time, so be prepared to wait but because you’re retired, make necessary computation when you’ll be getting the real income; if you plan to let a property management company handle the management of your rental property, you have to pay between 7 to 10% of the total monthly rent.

Elements to look for in a rental property

Elements to look for when buying a rental property are: a single-family home or space that is located in a good school district; buy a property large enough to accommodate future additions or renovations; see to it that the property can generate positive cash flow of at least 6% above cost; and, if possible, a property that is close to your home.

Examine well a potential rental property

Carefully weigh down a potential rental property by using these approaches: hire an experienced building inspector to rule out repairs and problems like the building foundation, roof and home structure; determine monthly costs of insurance, taxes, mortgage fees, maintenance fees; consult a tax adviser for any tax implications; consult a real estate agent on comparable rentals in the area, how long properties stay vacant.

Risk of having bad tenants

Follow these approaches to avoid the risk of having bad tenants: go through the process of carefully selecting tenants; ask for recommendations from previous landlords or employers; ask a real estate lawyer to write a lease agreement; and get a landlord insurance if case of damage to property by a bad tenant.