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Building a Real Estate Portfolio: 5 Questions to Ask

Pie chart showing a real estate investment portfolioThe real estate market is seeing increased demand, and since it is so tempting, many are rushing in to try to build their own real estate portfolio to get a piece of the action. However, research shows that the majority of novice investors abandon the venture within the first five years. The reason for their exit is not far-fetched; it is due to poor preparation. Investing in real estate, like any other business, requires due diligence and research. To understand and become familiar with the market, you must ask the appropriate questions and pay attention to the answers.

A thorough understanding of the real estate market can help you make the right decisions, implement proper tactics, and avoid costly mistakes that might jeopardize your investments.

Five questions to ask before building a real estate portfolio

1. Why do I want to invest in real estate?

Investing in real estate clearly has appealing benefits, the most notable of which are passive income and tax deductions, and many people are already benefiting. However, that should not be your only consideration. It is best to have financial and personal goals before building a real estate portfolio. Your objectives may differ from those of other investors. As a result, you will employ an appropriate strategy.

Close up of calculator and two people's hands pointing to it and some papers.Some questions that can help you set your goals are:

  • Is this an investment that will generate passive income?
  • Will I utilize it to help fund my retirement?
  • Will I buy and hold it to appreciate or buy and flip it for a quick profit?
  • How much income do I intend to generate in six months, one year, three years, and five years?
  • When will I make a profit?

Your answers will be valuable when setting individual and financial goals.

2. How will I pay for the property?

You can fund your real estate investment in two ways. You can either pay with your own money or obtain a loan. If the property you want to purchase is within your financial means, you can pay the down payment upfront. Instead of paying interest on loans, you will enjoy big reductions and save more money. A slight disadvantage is that you miss out on investing a percentage of that money while still reaping the benefits.

Close up of laptop and persons hands browsing the web.The alternative is to obtain a loan. You can receive funds through traditional bank loans, hard money loans, or private lenders. Each of these routes has advantages and disadvantages. It is up to you to analyze the options and select the most convenient one.

3. Which location will be suitable for my real estate investment?

It is essential to remember that the location of your property, or properties, impacts the returns you receive from your real estate portfolio. Some cities are considered “hot.” Because of the great demand, practically everyone wants to purchase investment properties in that area.

Property ownership in such areas can be lucrative because it appreciates rapidly. However, such areas are more expensive. Some investors choose a location without doing adequate research. It is recommended that you research your target areas. Investors that choose emerging markets with higher real estate indices benefit the most.

When researching a location, consider the availability of facilities, infrastructures, quality road networks, vacant buildings, the rate of new structures, new companies/industries in the area, and so on. All of these will help you evaluate the neighborhood’s potential. You can invest in property in an emerging market for a low price and then sell it for a higher price later.

4. How do I intend to manage the property?

Close up focus on small house model with man handwriting notes in paper organizer in background.Property management is a broad topic. Particularly if you own a rental home, you are responsible for a lot of things. Routine inspection, maintenance, repairs, marketing, staging, cleaning, lease agreement, tenant screening, evictions, pest control, accounting, and so on are all part of your job. If you fail to meet these obligations, you may have a negative cash flow or lose your investment.

Some landlords try to save money by performing these tasks themselves. As a result, they have reduced productivity and lower returns. We recommend that you hire a property management company to assist you in managing your property. They have the knowledge, staff, tools, and contacts to successfully manage your property. A property management company will assist you in maximizing your income and extending the life of your property.

5. What level of risk can I handle?

Like any investment, real estate has its own set of risks, and each type of property has risks specific to them. Knowing these risks and the limits you are willing to handle is better. Your answers to the previous questions will help you decide on your risk tolerance as well. If you seek the advice of a property management company, you can mitigate avoidable threats and more easily enjoy the benefits of real estate investment.

 

No venture is risk-free. However, you can take precautions against them. We recommend that you seek the services of a property management company to assist you in maintaining a successful real estate investment.

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