Pros and Cons of Real Estate As An Investment in the Lawrence KS Area

As the owner of a variety of investment properties (4-plex, office building, single family, townhouse, etc.), Rob Lang, At Home Kansas, 785-393-2274 has discovered the pros and cons of real estate as an investment.  Ask Rob Lang to sit down with you to discuss how you can increase/build your wealth, make more money, have plenty of retirement income, have properties to pass on to your descendants, and more.  It is a free discussion, you won’t be asked to sign anything, and you will be under no obligation to buy anything.  What more could you ask for?

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The pros of owning real estate as an investment:

  • Rental income. Sometimes before properties are paid off and definitely after they are paid off, extra steady income comes in for each investment property you own. One of the keys of real estate is to make sure you have a balanced investment approach. While most people start with a single family property, it is usually best to advance to multi-family unit investment properties as soon as you can.
  • Rental income increases. Whereas you can keep your mortgage payment the same, rental income increases over time.
  • Investment properties keep pace with inflation. Rental income should actually exceed inflation.
  • Real estate appreciates with time. Appreciation occurs with most investment properties but over time, Lawrence Kansas investment properties are virtually a guaranteed appreciation increase. While I never advocate selling your properties, appreciation comes in handy when taking out a loan on your investment properties with no mortgage to collateralize the purchase of one or more additional investment properties.
  • Tax benefits. After tax savings is the most accurate way of analyzing the pros of investment properties. Special tax-free write offs and benefits can double your tax savings. When selling the property, the profit gets treated as capital gains so again, this is why you should never sell unless you can purchase two or more rental properties to take its place. Ask Rob Lang, At Home Kansas, at 785-393-2274 for information about bifurcation to double your tax savings.
  • Leveraging the bank’s money. With a small down payment and a mortgage, you can buy a property. This is one of very few investments that allow you to take out a loan to purchase it.
  • Seller financing. While seller financing is rarely available during an extreme sellers’ market like we have right now, seller financing quite often is available during an extreme buyers’ market. Much better seller financing terms are available during an extreme buyers’ market as well.

The cons of owning real estate as an investment:

  • Owning a home is not liquid. Normally it takes at least a week to sell a home and will usually require about 30 to 45 days.
  • You must have liquid money. Make sure that you have enough reserve money outside of your real estate properties for maintenance/repairs.
  • Being a landlord is difficult. You have to deal with renters, collect rent money, make deposits, perform inspections, and more. Ask Rob Lang, At Home Kansas, at 785-393-2274 for information about how he makes being a landlord much easier through tenant screening, research, and more.
  • Real estate is expensive. You will have a lot of your personal funds tied up in a single asset.
  • Vacancies are expensive. This is why multi-family unit investment properties are better than single family properties. When you have a single family property vacant you have zero income but when a duplex has one side empty, you still have 50% of your income coming in.

Again, ask Rob Lang to sit down with you to discuss how you can increase/build your wealth, make more money, have plenty of retirement income, have properties to pass on to your descendants, and more. It is a free discussion, you won’t be asked to sign anything, and you will be under no obligation to buy anything.

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