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Rental Real Estate Investing – Expectations vs. Reality

A Lacey Rental Property Investor Sitting Pensively at a Desk When it comes to Lacey real estate investing, there is a considerable amount of information out there on the open on what to expect. Unfortunately, though, this information is not accurate. This blog post will talk about the expectations versus the reality of rental property ownership. We’ll bust some of the more general misconceptions and give you an insider’s perspective on an accurate depiction of what to expect when you become a rental property owner!

Expectation: Get yourself a rental property that you would live in yourself.

Reality:  It’s best to focus on a property that offers the highest return on your investment.

While you may want to purchase a property because you’re thinking about living there yourself, some downsides may occur. Potentially, the first outcome is that you will pay too much for the property if you are emotionally attached to it. Second, it’s conceivable you’re less willing to put in the hard work to maintain and manage your investment property.

If you want to buy a rental property, it is important to do your research first. Consider investing in a property situated within an area with good rental demand, and make sure you can afford the property and any maintenance costs, taxes, and Lacey property management. Also, keep in mind that in rental real estate investing, it is always best to work with a local rental market expert to help you make the best decision for your investment needs.

Expectation: Buying a property for cash is better than taking out a loan.

Reality: Taking out a loan can increase your returns and ensure strong cash flow.

When it comes to rental real estate investing, many factors come into play when deciding whether or not to buy a property outright with cash or take out a loan to finance your purchase. While it may seem like the best option is to buy a property outright with cash, this is only sometimes the case.

Whenever you acquire a property with cash, you have tied up the entire value of your investment for an unspecified number of years. A contrast to this is that, if you take out a loan to finance your rental real estate investment, to a larger extent, you have the growth as well as a greater capacity to weather market fluctuations. With financing, you will have more cash on hand, letting you, in other words, increase your investment portfolio at a faster rate and, by extension, grow your monthly income and future returns.

Expectation: You need money to make money investing in rental properties.

Reality: There are many creative ways to structure your investment plan.

When it comes to rental real estate investing, so many people think they have to have substantial amounts of money on hand to be successful. However, there are many different ways to structure your investment plan. For example, you could partner with a friend or family member and pool your resources or invest through an online platform that offers automated options.

Then there is the matter of investing in rental real estate in your financial situation. Considering you have an adequate amount of cash on hand, invest in a more expensive property that can offer higher returns. However, if you have less cash on hand, look for lower-cost properties and work with a local real estate agent or broker who can help you find the right investment.


Overall, when it comes to rental real estate investing, having a distinct goal in mind is the only plan, approach the market thoroughly, and surround yourself with experienced professionals like those at Real Property Management Imagine who can help you make smart investment decisions. Knowing what to expect – and whom to call – will help ensure that your investment pays off in the long run! Contact us online to get started on your real estate investment plan today!

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