Even if you’re counting on rising property values to eventually make a profit on an investment property, it’s far more desirable to have a positive cash flow each month. If you’re losing money on a property every month, it may not take long until your future profits will have been lost. Owning investment property is much more enjoyable if you’re making money along the way.
Here are a couple of ideas for keeping your investment property cash flow in the black:
If you don’t already own your own home, your first goal should be to live in your first “investment” property. Interest rates and down payments are considerably lower for a primary residence, and you won’t have to deal with finding and managing tenants or absorbing the cost of an occasional vacancy.
Once you begin looking for your first “official” investment property, you’ll want to concentrate your search for less expensive homes, because they’re generally easier to rent for a profit than higher cost houses. You can also purchase two or three smaller homes for about the same cost as one larger one, thus giving you an even greater cash flow.
One of the easiest ways to achieve a positive cash flow is by obtaining a loan with a very low interest rate for the first several years. One example is known as a