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Small investments can make for big changes in your life when it comes to finances. There are a number of ways that you can still offset the risks of getting into the rental business, while still grabbing ahold of the chances it provides for success.
Those who watch the market are predicting that consumer confidence in the economic recovery combined with actions of the Federal Reserve are pushing interest rates back up. How is this? To put it simply, the Federal Reserve buys mortgage related bonds, as well as other long-dated government bonds. That forces down long term interest rates. However, even just expecting the Federal Reserve to start the taper of the bond buying has shown some yields to rise and as a result, bond prices to decline. This is only part of why interest rates may yet again go up, and why if you’re considering financing a rental property, now may be a good time to do it.
In the wake of the 2008 Financial/Housing Crisis, the real estate industry was dealt a series of direct blows (as could be expected), and indirect effects continue to exacerbate the pummeling; at ground zero the dust has not settled, but what can be deciphered is a re-assignment of equity and the subsequent paradigm shift within the real estate industry. Over a million new or “converted” American renters have expanded the market since the housing meltdown, and demand for “property managers” to facilitate the rental process has provided a much needed outlet for struggling real estate agents, as “income-producing properties” now provide much needed cashflows for property vendors in this stagnant sales market.
This creates an alternative for many companies and individuals who are pressed for cash but wish to hold on to their undervalued properties until prices eventually rise. The cash accumulated from collecting rents can provide the money needed to pay bills and expenses that would otherwise render them bankrupt.
The folks at RentPost predicted this transition from the “era of the agent,” and surmised that the ultimate profitability of the emerging property management industry would be contingent upon technology. We have created a user-friendly yet highly sophisticated, automated “system’s” approach to facilitating the rental process in the 21st Century.
The speed and efficiency of the Internet Age is breathing new life into an industry overdue for a makeover. Our user-interface connects tenants and landlords on a mobile, digital platform where information is more easily collected, organized, stored, and communicated. Accounting functions take this further, providing effortless assimilation of such information so that you and your employees can maximize efficiency, allocating newfound time and energy to the expansion of your company and/or services, rather than tedious number crunching and record keeping. Furthermore, accounting features help property managers (and/or landlords) to reduce the time and money they spend on record keeping and costly accountants by automatically providing up to date balance sheets, cost analysis, and a variety of ledgers, providing managers a constant calculation of their bottom line.
As a member of the “Facebook/On-Demand” Generation, I know all too well of the ever-shortening attention spans and expectations of immediate gratification that are currently entering our job markets and economy.
I’ll concede the possibility that balancing a checkbook is an invaluable learning experience…but aren’t those just the little slips of paper you pay your rent with? You know, the little book that looks like I.O.U. stationary? Yeah, it seems like I see that little book everyday in some part of the house, but I swear it runs off and hides when the rent is due!” But alas! Online Rent Payment with RentPost.com.
Online rent payment is an invaluable service that our software provides, allowing tenants to initiate timely rental payment without the use of paper. The global economy is accelerating away from paper checks, and to many young adults, including students, rent payments (and sometimes bills) are just about the only use for a checkbook. Allow your tenants the ability to safely and effortlessly pay their rent online with RentPost…save yourself much of the hassle associated with collecting it!
When recession seems imminent and your livelihood as a landlord is in an apparent state of limbo, it is unwise to lethargically stand by and wait for for disaster to strike, armed only with crossed fingers of hope – be proactive! Do not let your fear of worsening the situation prevent you from improving it; prepare for action, and turn the change in economic climate into opportunity. It’s simple, yet overlooked – your tools for tackling the recession are of preparation and treatment.
What are the problems?
1. Old tenants leave
2. It becomes difficult to find new tenants
3. It becomes difficult to collect rent
Solving any of the three starts with the fundamentals, and intimately knowing your operating expenses provides you with many avenues of attack. Meticulously breaking down your expected costs into category, organized by appropriate time segments (monthly) gives you an accurate idea of what expenses you can expect to incur in a given month.