How to Invest in Rental Properties in by Real Estate Expert, Craig Summers Investing in longer term rental properties can be a very profitable strategy for the savvy investor in the market. Unfortunately, inexperienced investors often jump into this market without knowing what to expect. In this article, we’ll go over what you can expect if you go into rental property investment, as well as some key things you ought to keep in mind if you do decide to go this route. What Can a Rental Property Investor in Expect? Depending on what kind of property you’re purchasing, it’s important to know what kind of time and financial committment you’re making when you make your investment. If it’s a small house or building, you’ll most likely be the landlord. Most people overlook the amount of time and energy it takes to manage the building. You have to take care of the building when it needs repairs. You have to collect and insure the rent is paid on time. If the house is vacant, you have to put time and energy into getting a renter into the house. All this requires both physical and mental energy. The rewards may be well worth it, but it’s important to realize what you’re committing before you make your investment. What to Consider Before You Make Your Investment Before you make an investment, it’s important to do extremely thorough due diligence on the property. Double check all the books for at least 24 months. Check for any unexpectedly high or low swings in the rents or expenses. Estimate how much vacancies and maintenance will cost on a monthly basis. Based on this number, how much will you need to make from rent on a minimum in order to support this property? Check the market rate and see what prices the market will support right now. If you won’t have at least some padding cash, it’s generally not a smart idea to make the investment. You should always have some padding, both in cashflow and in cash, in case of unexpected maintenance or vacancies. Rental properties often aren’t the passive, workless income stream people hope for it to be. That said, one or several rental properties bringing you a constant stream of income, the rewards are well worth the effort. There is a lot of free information available to you about buying, selling or investing in real estate. For complete information about the real estate market including current homes for sale, property values and more please visit the most complete website online dedicated to everything real estate at www.pauldingandpolk.com. Please feel free to contact me with any of your real estate or mortgage related questions and I will be more than glad to answer your questions. Call me on my cell at 404 374 1620 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org For a FREE List of 3 Plus Bedroom Paulding County Homes under $150,000 with prices, addresses, and descriptions click the link or fill out the form below.