Many people want to get into real estate investing. Although some people do make a hefty profit from it, it is important that a person knows what they are getting into.
Below are a few merits and demerits of property investing.
The first advantage with property investing is that they are easy to run. In the beginning, it may be a bit hectic, as you will have to look for a great house that is in a demanding market. If you are building from scratch, it will be even more tedious as you will have to deal with contractors and make sure that things are moving well. Once you actually have the building, you will also have to look for tenants. However, once you’ve done all this, the rest is easy. In fact, you can opt to get a property manager to take care of any real estate you may own. This will relieve any pressure from, as you will only have to go pick up your checks.
Furthermore, property investing offers high leverage. This means that you will only have to raise a small amount of capital in order to purchase the property. Most banks will easily give you a mortgage loan to buy a house, especially if you have a good credit rating. What’s more, you can organize your payments to suit you as most banks will usually give you a maximum of 25 years to repay the loan. Alternatively, you could also use the money you receive from rent to pay back the loan.
Property investing also offers high returns for its investors. Most people say that it is expensive to invest in real estate. Whereas this may be true, the higher the cost of the property the higher the returns. Consider a house that was being sold for $250,000. If the market is good, the value could rise by about 10 percent. This means that the investor has earned $25,000 in passive income.
Property investors are also offered great tax benefits. All expenses for the house are tax deductible. Furthermore, if you are unable to get a tenant and your house was bought on loan, meaning you have to make mortgage payments, your property will not be taxed for that year. Moreover, if the value o maintenance and repairs exceed the amount the property is bringing in, then you are also exempt from paying taxes for that year.
However, an investor is not guaranteed to get a good return by investing in real estate. Let’s look at the 2008 financial crisis. Some unfortunate investors purchased property just before the crisis hit. They probably observed the housing market and believed that prices would continue to increase. Unfortunately, most of them lost out.
Another disadvantage of real estate investing is the low liquidity property investments offer. Unlike other investments, you are not always guaranteed to have a buyer for your property when you want to offload. This makes it unsuitable for long-term investors.
Lastly, the cost of maintaining real estate can be expensive. Generally, houses don’t need a lot of repairs done. However, there are times when you may be required to do major repairs on the property and this may send your budget into disarray.