A lot of people think that real-estate business guarantees that winning moment when it comes to profit. However, like all business, there are risks that linger around the corner and some of them can actually throw us off on our comfort zone.
With that said, the best way to minimize the associated risk is through a calculative plan that will make our business more stable. Once we understand the risk and the best way to deal with it, we will have no fear and we can easily overcome it.
Let’s first take a look at the obvious risk and we’ll also do a rundown of risks that can be easily overlooked by anyone. Knowing this can equip us with an early plan for mitigating these risks and come up with a strategy that can help us control these unwanted risks.
Basically, investing in a real-estate means dealing with two main factors. The first one would the tenants and the other one would be the building or the property that we are dealing with.
- Dealing with the Tenants
Dealing with tenants is one of the biggest risks in real-estate. Sure they bring us the profit we get from the property. However, they can also damage that beloved property.
Aside from the physical damage, there are times that tenants can’t pay their rent on time. Probably because of an emergency or other reason, they can delay their payments. However, this can be controlled by being a great landlord.
Screening your tenants is a great start especially if we wanted to have a reliable resident in one of our properties. We also suggest collecting penalties such as late fees and other legal charges. Doing this means that you’re implementing some sort of punishments for bad behavior that can lead to bad paying habits for our tenants.
Also, document every transaction we have between us and our tenants. In any case that there is a need for court action, every piece of evidence is in our hands.
- Dealing with the Property
Building and maintaining a solid structure is not an easy task. Most of the time, it is time-consuming and in worst cases, can burn our bank accounts. Aside from the structural damages, we also have to consider design flaws of our property if we are looking to get good money out of the monthly rent our tenants pay to us.
We’ll have to look for signs that will be coming from the properties’ drywall, floors, ceilings and other connections for our utilities. If we do regularly check all of the possible cause of a structural problem in our property, it will save us a lot since the possible damage will be addressed right away.
Asking help from someone with a high degree of knowledge in property inspection is a great way to start with this. If you’re not yet familiar with inspecting a property, try hiring an expert and learn from them all the trades and what to look for.
After doing a rundown of the obvious risks, we go down to the hidden risk for a real-estate investment. We have to pay close attention to these as this can be easily overlooked by most people. This is more applicable if we are looking to sell the property.
This is probably one of the reasons why many people are struggling with real-estate investments. Many investors fear that their money will just stagnate inside their investment.
Some are actually struggling especially if the property that they wanted to sell has been on the listing for quite some time. When this happens, owners resort to lowering the price and losing some of the possible profit that they could get from the deal.
This can be minimized by maintaining the property that appeals to your target buyer. Also, invest in a property that is situated or near a place where there’s a high demand. If this didn’t fall in your properties’ category, just patiently wait for it because some buyers only wait for the prices to become stable.
A good neighborhood today can sometimes turn into a bad one in just a few years. Same can be said the other way around. Why this is important, the neighborhood where our property is situated can affect the price that we will get out of our investment.
With that said, we have to take into consideration few factors like the average income rate of the area. We also need to look for the crime rates and other possible projects within the community. From the information that you gathered from these categories, we can decide whether the property is worth investing or not.
It is also worth looking at the city plan for the next couple of years. You don’t want to get a residential property situated near a possible industrial site that was planned by the local government. Make sure we consider these and it will help us get the most out of our investment.
- Local and State Regulations and Laws
Knowing what is right and what can’t be done in a property is very essential if we are aiming for a real-estate investment. We’ll have to take a deeper look at the local and state regulations and weigh them if this can affect the overall price of the property.
The things that we need to consider for this would be the taxes associated with the property. Same can be said about environmental regulations and other laws that cover the safety of the people inside the property.
With all of these in mind, you are all set for venturing into real-estate investment. Just have to remember that the best way to be successful in this trade is to plan ahead thinking wisely about the situation that we’re in.