Investing in residential real estate is a significant financial commitment. At the same time, becoming a landlord also means you’ll need to take care of responsibilities to ensure your investments stay profitable.
Managing your property investment portfolio may sound like an arduous task. However, with a little help from a property manager and a little bit of research on your part, you’ll be sure to stay on top of your investments.
One factor that may spark a fear in the hearts of landlords is the thought of their tenants vacating the property without notice. But did you know there is a way to help fund some of the shortfall of this occurring?
This can be done through landlord insurance – an added cost that is well worth it in the long run.
Depending on the provider and the policies you select, your insurance can help you to cover missing rent from tenants abandoning the property, malicious damage from tenants and harm to your home from natural disasters.
Landlord insurance can also cover the loss of rental income that may arise from the property becoming uninhabitable due to an insured event.
One aspect of your investment portfolio you’ll need to carefully think about is finance. Before taking out investment home loans, ask yourself whether you’ll be able to cope financially if interest rates rise.
Try to plan in advance for the worst-case scenario so your investment portfolio can withstand changes in the financial markets.
Although interest rates are currently at a low, they may begin to rise in the future. Talk to a mortgage broker to see how much you can borrow and try to leave a bit of wiggle room in your loan to act as a buffer.
While some investors prefer to go it alone for their portfolios, a little extra help from a property manager can go a long way. This person can take care of the day-to-day running of your property, while also providing you with financial updates on how your investment is tracking over time.
They’ll also be the person in charge of finding tenants and keeping them happy, so they are an essential part of ensuring your home stays tenanted for as long as possible!
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