Learn the Benefits of Rental Property Investing

Rental property investing has many great benefits. Some are subtle, like the idea of creating financial security. Others are very concrete in dollars and cents. But most are concrete that turn dollars into your bank account.  

The most obvious benefit is that someone else is paying your mortgage and building equity for you. If you buy a property that has a positive cash flow and use a good strategy to make sure your vacancy rates are very low, the income from the property will cover your mortgage payments. Over a period of time you build equity with little effort on your part as the loan pays down the principle. This is the easiest method in the world of building wealth and why owning rental property is the number one strategy of most of the worlds wealthiest investors.  

A second benefit is that of rental property tax deductions. Owning real estate investments as a business venture allows you to treat many items as business expenses. Shifting some of your expenses for your cell phone, Internet service, auto and even your home is possible with a real estate business. Depreciation “expense” usually allows you to show a “loss” of value when in fact your property may be increasing in value. When you sell, capital gains taxes are often at a lower rate than comparable wage income. Overall, the tax benefits of owning real estate may allow you to live a better lifestyle while showing a lower income.  

A third benefit of rental property investing is that it is not very liquid. Now some people see this as a flaw. However, this can be looked at from a different perspective. When stock prices fall rapidly investors are often spooked into selling assets. This is easy to do and stock investors will sell at lowest prices rather than having a long term strategy. If you have a property that is providing positive cash flow, you are not usually tempted to sell if some prices fall. You usually wait it out. Unless you are going through a divorce, you can usually sell your property on your terms.  

On the other hand this lack of liquidity often puts desperate people in a bad situation. If a seller has a personal circumstance that forces them to sell, they are often willing to sell properties below market value. This gives you an opportunity to make a large profit at the moment of purchase. Many real estate investors say that “you make your money when you buy” and this is true. Buy property only from motivated sellers and you will surely build your net worth.