To quote Edgar Allen Poe -It was the worst of times, It was the best of Times-. The worst of times is painfully apparent. An economic downturn fueled by the housing crisis has resulted in historically low interest rates and declines in home values. Even has been drastically affected by economic downturn. However this has made it the best of times as far as real estate income competing with Certificate of Deposits or other fixed rate investments.
As you see, currently all over the country home values are lower cause of economic crisis around the world and also media reports done some damage too. But in the long term it’ll again continue to rise up at least same level it was. And it’ll result an appreciation of 5 to 6% profit on investment on real estate in a calendar year. Thus, it is now the crucial time to get a real estate property. The old rule of thumb for residential investing was to search for property that would rent for one per cent of the purchase price per month. In other words, a home purchased for $70,000 would need to rent for $700 per month. Rarely do these numbers come together these days. However, with interest rates so low, that formula can be modified and still achieve a healthy return on investment. For instance a house purchased for $65,000 rented for $550 per month would give a gross return of 10%. Allowing for maintenance, taxes, and insurance one should still be able to achieve a 7% net return. There are also tax advantages to consider and should you decide to leverage (use some borrowed money) results could be even better. There is no guarantee of course and management is required. Harp and Associates does have a property management service if you want to only be an investor. To avoid costly surprises I recommend a maintenance fund be set up and funded each month. This fund is used to cover repairs and protect against a month when the property is vacant. We are always glad to discuss . Whether it is about rentals, purchasing, selling, or investing, we are here to assist you in any way we can.
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