You are not the only one who is considering real estate investing if you have a constant fear that the market will crash and you will lose your entire investment.
Every new investor is afflicted by fear. No one who has succeeded in investing in real estate would disagree. Potential investors are more likely to miss incredible metaverse real estate investing opportunities because of overwhelming fear.
Let’s talk about some common fears, and then let’s see if we can help you become less anxious and perhaps even make the leap into investing in real estate.
Negative Cash Flow
The idea behind renting property is to make enough money for operating expenses, loan payments and some to deposit in the bank. It won’t be enough to provide for the property; investors don’t want to pay for it out of pocket.
This fear is, despite what you might think, the easiest to manage. Simply run the numbers before buying. To determine cash flow, take the property’s income and expenses for the last 12 months. Next, you can calculate a mortgage payment and then plug them into a spreadsheet. Negative cash flow should be ignored.
Be realistic about rents, vacancy rates (even if full occupancy is claimed by the owner), operating expenses (don’t forget replacement reserves) and loan payments to calculate your annual cash flow.
Don’t let the negative cash flow dictate that you should abandon the property. Look deeper to find ways to manage cash flow. Poor property management is a major reason why many rental income properties go bankrupt. You might be able to raise rents or cut operating expenses. You never know, the owner might overlook a great opportunity.
This is not the right time
Yes. Potential investors feel that it is a good idea to wait until better times before investing in real estate.
Real estate investment is not affected by the economic climate at the moment you purchase. Consider the long-term. There are economic depressions that come and go. But how will your investment property affect your future rate of returns? This is what matters.
Real estate has a strong track record of steadily increasing in value, unlike the stock market’s fluctuating markets. Although it may not happen overnight and there are always bumps, historically real estate values have risen over time.
Losing Your Money
You wouldn’t want your savings to be used to make the biggest financial investment of your lifetime only to lose it all.
However, the key is to research and study. Research the location and property that you are interested in investing. You can find information from seminars, colleges, real-estate software, and books on investing in real estate. An investment real estate professional can provide an expert appraisal. Real estate investing is not without risk, but a plan that includes knowledge and planning will minimize most of those risks.
Tenant and Management Problems
Okay, it’s true. It’s true. No one wants to deal with the hassle of a broken fridge or a noisy tenant. This is why many people avoid investing in real estate. However, life is a series of tradeoffs and sometimes a migraine is worth the risk for future wealth.
It is also true that you will eventually learn how to manage and deal with most problems in your sleep. You can hire a professional property manager to handle it. A property manager will manage your rental income for about 10%. This will save you time, stress, and money.