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Things to consider before you buy a rental property

Leah Spencer

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Buying a rental property is a great idea but the number of factors involved in investing in a property can leave you dizzy. You may be convinced that buying a rental property can do wonders for your financial state in the years to come. However, buying a rental property can be a lot of work. There are a lot of things you need to understand before making an investment to get maximum dividends.

Having the promise of regular monthly cash flow is very appealing. However, there are a few expenses, both visible and hidden that may surprise you. You have to research, analyze and understand about the property market before making an investment. If you are looking for an income property, here are the things you should know before buying it.

How to start?

Start researching about the investment you are planning to make at the earliest. Even when you are hiring a real estate agent, it is good have information about rental properties. A real estate agent may coerce you into properties you are not really interested in or pressurize you to make decisions. Decide whether you will be managing the property or will be hiring someone else to do it. This can play an important role in choosing the location of your rental home. It is important for your residence to be not too far away the rental property you buy, so that you can regularly visit and manage the home.


So, we already discussed that proximity of your home to the rental property is a factor to be considered, in case you have decided to manage your home. You need to choose a location that will increase the pool of your tenants. Get to know the area, talk to the locals and get a general idea about the neighborhood.

Check the amenities available in the neighborhood. Is it close to mall or movie theatre? When the locality you are buying your house has a right blend of commercial, entertainment and private properties, it has the potential to increase the pool of tenants.

What type of home?

Deciding upon the type of home you want to buy is vital. There are certain factors to be considered while deciding upon the type of home. Think about the amount of time you will be able to give for maintaining your property and offering regular visits. The kind of tenants you want to attract will also have a say in the type of home you should buy. The location of home will also affect the type of home you want to buy. For example, if your potential rental home is a residential area, you can buy family homes.

Rent and expenses

There are more expenses you will incur other than the regular mortgage cost for your rental property. You will have to incur the regular costs for maintenance, insurance and property tax. Additionally, there may be surprises once in a while with replacing electric equipment, painting the home or plumbing. You must also keep in mind that there is a possibility of vacancies you may have to face in between tenants where you will not get your monthly rents but still have to incur taxes and mortgage costs.

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