Benefits and Risks of Purchasing Investment Property

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Benefits and Risks of Purchasing Investment Property

by Jillian Gaietto on Jun 20, 2019

Benefits and Risks of Purchasing Investment Property

If you’re currently considering purchasing investment property, there are an equal measure of risks and rewards. Like any investment, risk can be managed, but you want to be aware of the risks prior to investing in property. And like any investment, there can be rewards, some quite large. The following is a breakdown of both the risks and the rewards of purchasing investment property:

Risks:

  • If you’re purchasing investment property to serve as a rental, you’ll have to run the risk of dealing with tenants. And while finding a good tenant is possible, you’ll also run the risk of having the property damaged or destroyed by your renters, or tenants simply skipping out on their lease. Also remember that the time between tenants can cost you a lot of money, as you’ll be paying all the expenses without rental income to help offset those expenses.
  • If you’re purchasing investment property to flip for a profit, you run the risk of buying a money pit; uncovering more and more that needs to be repaired or replaced. Having to put more money into a property than expected cuts into any profit that can be made when selling the property, leaving you with a breakeven property, or worse, a loss.  
  • Property is much less fluid than other forms of investment. Depending on market trends, you can find yourself saddled with a property much longer than you planned. And even if you purchase a home to rehab and flip, there is no guarantee that the home will sell quickly, or at all.
  • If you purchase property with a partner, you may end up with differing ideas on what to do with the property, whether to sell it or rent it.
  • Because of the cost of purchasing real estate as an investment, a lot of your money is tied up in a single investment, and a quick sale should market conditions drop is typically not an option.

Rewards:

  • Real estate is tangible, so you can see or touch your investment any time you wish. 
  • If you have done your due diligence, you can typically make a healthy profit on real estate investing, whether as a landlord or by rehabbing and flipping a home. And if you’ve purchased in a transitional area, holding on to your properties for a few years and then selling can bring in a healthy profit.
  • Property values tend to be much steadier than other investments, so the likelihood of losing money on property is much lower than other, riskier investments. In fact, the longer you hold onto your income properties, the more your risk decreases.
  • Investing in rental income can provide you with an income stream during retirement. 
  • While enjoying passive income, you’ll also be able to enjoy the tax benefits that come from owning investment property, since many of the costs of owning rental property are tax deductible

If you do decide to invest in property, spend some time researching trends, the area you are looking to purchase in, and start looking for a property or two to add to your portfolio. 

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