Actualy, if you do a good job of selecting tenants, landlording is not bad. I have had single family homes and appartment complexes. I would say that about 5% were “Problem” tenants. Some were doozies, but most were just a poor fit to the rental that I had put them in…my mistake. We all have to learn by doing, so I don’t often make the same mistake twice…usualy.
The long term tax benefits, the apreciation and the financial strength that income property produces make it well worth getting good at. In my opinion, investing in flips as opposed to holding is like the diference between a glider and an aeroplane. The glider has to keep looking for an updraft. The aeroplane has power of it’s own. But they both fly!
As for financing, some lenders will not let you have more than 5 or 6 mortgages, but no limit on contracts. Others don’t care. It’s not a big issue in my opinion. If you show positive cash flow and/or income suficient to service your debt and stay within their ratios, they will keep making you loans. If your ratios don’t meet their guidelines they won’t. Hope that answeres your questions.
I have been looking around this forum and see almost everyone is interested in flipping, Lease Options, Options etc. Do any of you guys buy good deals and keep them as rentals? That is what I am interested in doing. If not could you recommend a forum for the real estate accumulators. Also since I am on the subject how many of you own rentals, how many and how long did it take you to accumulate them? Thank you in advance. Nick
I have 19 SFR and it took me 4 years,but I also flip houses to other investors and do one retail flip a year.I live off the cashflow from the rentals and keep the money from the one retail flip each year for any problems that come up and bite me.
I like to point out to others who are buying a property, what is their exit stategy; and what is their backup when they answer.
Example: Purchase a duplex on L/O, then sell it to another within 30-60 days. Ok, but what if you don’t sell in 3 months? My stock answer is that you will now become a landlord by default. Either the tenants are still in the duplex and you are technically the landlord, or you need to get tenants so that you are not making the payments on an empty duplex.
If you have tenants, or get tenants, you are now a landlord even though it was not your original game plan.
There are some that do buy/hold as a strategy, but I bet there are also some who turn into landlords by accident.
There are plenty of landlords on this site. I agree, there is a lot of emphasis on the “quick buck” here. But there are many people who post that own rentals, and many who do both short term deals and long term holdings. If you ask rental questions, I am sure you will get responses.
I have mentioned to some of the successful long term landlords that they should post their “success” stories just like those who made $10,000 in a few weeks. It would be helpful to many who are considering the long road of financial independence via rentals to hear of peple who have been down that road other than the "Guru"s who are selling products. If noone has done it by the time mine are paid off, I will do it then. Give me about 5 more years.
yes, I have 6 units and am growing them. Like most aspects of the real estate, I have been looking for motivated sellers. In my opinion, If you buy as a rental, as long as the cash flow is sufficient to meet expences and allow for some positive, then it is a good buy. I don’t neccessarily look for the steal of the millenium because I confine myself to a small area. As I grow, maybe I’ll expand my range.
Yes, Nick there are some landlords out here! I buy, sell, option and keep some for rental income. The whole works. Some propertys lend themselves to renting for long term income and some don’t. I try to keep about 20 units for income and rotate them by selling a few each year. I get the tax shelter and price appreciation as well as cash flow. It took me about five years to become self sustaining, and Ive been doing it for about 30 now.