But how do you ensure that your property portfolio consistently and continually builds wealth for you? Here are our top five tips for getting the best returns on your property investments:
1) LOOK AT THE CAPITAL GROWTH POTENTIAL OF YOUR PROPERTY
Most people underestimate the power of capital appreciation of a property. This side of your return on investment can often dwarf the positive cash flow generated from an investment property. So, always look at the capital growth potential.
2) CONSIDER THE CASH FLOW OF YOUR PROPERTY
You have limited resources (monthly cash flow to subsidise shortfalls), so the more significant your monthly shortfall is, the fewer properties you can own. It is, of course, great if there is no shortfall on the property and even better if there is a positive cash flow on your property.
3) KEEP VACANCY TO A MINIMUM
You want to make sure that you keep the vacancy to a minimum. Be quick to advertise your property once a tenant has cancelled the lease.
4) KEEP YOUR PROPERTY IN A GOOD CONDITION
Look after your properties. Have a budget to manage the upkeep of your properties. This will ensure that your properties remain in good condition and that you can enjoy the capital growth and rental escalations on the property.
5) BE PATIENT
To practice patience is probably the most challenging point of all. It isn’t easy, but please don’t be obsessed with what the market (capital growth, rental escalations, vacancies, etc.) is doing now. Take a step back and look at the bigger picture.
Aristotle said, “Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet”.