Increase your Cash Flow. Invest in a Rental Property

Landlord. Landlady. Lessor. Owner.

Landlord. Landlady. Lessor. Owner.  These are the common names to label the main point of contact for a rental property.  The rental market in Denver and surrounding areas has barely budged during the pandemic as properties are still renting at good rates and in good time. Now is the perfect time to add one of these titles to your repertoire.

In November 2020, a new low record was set for active home sale listings on the market. The average listings for November are just above 14K, but this year we hit just below 3,500. With this limited inventory for homes on the sale market, many residents or prospective residents are finding that renting is the best option due to being outbid or not finding the perfect home quite yet.  

What should you know to understand why investing in a rental property is such a great idea?  Well, here is a fresh and abridged look at our market trends that will shed some light on the subject:

  • For TJC Real Estate and Management Services, even with a pandemic, the current average time (over the last year) a home sat on the rental market was 29 days (which is great since we typically schedule 60 days of rental marketing in order to push for better rents).
  • Though rents have overall decreased or flattened this year, TJC currently holds a $2435 average rent for the year which is an increase over last year’s $2345.
  • Mortgage rates are still at a record low so though home prices have increased due to supply and demand, it all evens out. And don’t forget about the option of building an investment home! The numbers still work!

Rental Property Investments

Still looking for the perfect sign?  Maybe you would rather have your investments work for you rather than the other way around?  Read on…. Like any investment, buying a rental property or converting your current home into a rental, may seem like a leap of faith.  In this market, given the low interest rates and high rental rates, it is the perfect way to diversify your investments. 

Rental properties are versatile; you can have them for short-term or long-term investments.  Either way, one way to take the guess work and hassle out of being a landlord is to hire a reputable property management company.  Going this route allows you to instantly hand over the stress, hassle and many challenges of owning investment property:

  • Time on market and/or vacancy
  • Rent pool and advertising reach
  • Screen prospective tenants
  • Getting prime rent
  • Having a professional lease
  • Legal services and possible evictions
  • Handling tenant challenges and maintenance requests
  • On-going property upkeep
  • Collecting rents and security deposits
  • Returning security deposits upon assessing possible damages
  • Accounting/Taxes

It’s Time to Buy a Rental Property

So how do you start?  If you will be purchasing or building a home to rent, you will want to meet with your mortgage broker to see what you will qualify for.  Once you get a good idea of your budget, your best bet is to meet with an experienced Realtor that is well-versed in acquiring investment properties.  Remember that not all Realtors are created equal. Having an agent that has a successful background and great knowledge in this corner of the industry is a must.

Next… Location, location, location!  A Realtor can assist you in knowing which neighborhoods will be the best return on your investment.  This is just as important when buying an investment property as it is when purchasing a home to occupy for you and your family. 

When you finally find a place to purchase, you will want to assess what it will take to get the property ready.  No one wants to be a slumlord (this is the name you don’t want to add to your repertoire) and the better shape the home is in, the higher rent you will be able to get.  Taking care of the property ahead of time will help to eliminate and/or lessen hassles you will have with the new tenants.  

To Be a Landlord or Hire Professionals?

A property management company will be able to assist you with the balance of being rent ready without eating too much into the bottom line. 

If you live or are looking to invest in the Denver area, contact TJC Real Estate and Management Services at 303-324-6988 for a complimentary consultation.  We are unique in the industry since we are a one stop shop for real estate investors. TJC can help with the acquisition, property management, and asset management. Our goal is to create a long-term relationship that helps your asset(s) grow, as well as, provide stable, long-term ROI. We are happy to assist you on your journey to become a real estate entrepreneur!

***Like most investments, there are no guaranties in investing in real estate. There are a variety of factors involved in the success of your investment and TJC Real Estate & Property Management does not guaranty that you will have a positive cash flow, a positive return on investment, or that your asset will appreciate. Any real estate investment is made solely at the investors risk without any guaranteed results.***


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