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You’ve heard the stories and you’ve seen the shows—real estate investing appears to be a great investment opportunity. But as you’ve researched and looked into the process, you may not be aware of every twist and turn throughout. You can certainly build streams of cash flow through real estate investment. It’s absolutely possible. However, it’s not as simple as buying a few stocks and sitting back to watch your investment grow.
Here we have five incredibly important ways to secure true real estate cash flow through investment. This isn’t an exhaustive list of everything you need to know, but these are cornerstones for navigating the process as best as you can.
Just remember, with any investment, there are certain risks. If it was a sure-bet, then everyone would be doing it and you wouldn’t see the same amount of returns.
Let’s jump into these five ways:
As with anything in life, experience teaches you tremendous lessons. The same is true for real estate investing. If you’re new to this type of investment, it’s best to seek experience from someone, or a group, who has been there and done it. In this case, we’re your group of help and experience here at Memphis Cashflow!
We guide and assist many investors looking into properties here in the Memphis market. We have experience in this market and know each location within the Memphis metro. It’s extremely difficult to jump into an unknown market and invest, hoping for a positive outcome. This is where we can assist you. Not only our team here at Memphis Cashflow, but you can network with other investors within our group to learn from them.
Real estate investing isn’t a short-term investment. While it is important to have short-term goals, you need to have a plan for the long-term. Your desire is to develop passive income streams from your property or properties, but how much income? How long do you need to have those streams? How much do you want to be saved from your streams?
Before you look at any properties, we highly recommend writing a plan that fits your financial goals. This will be your roadmap throughout your investing journey. If you’re not sure how to start, take these questions into consideration and starting creating a detailed plan:
Creating a plan will also speed up your process and allow you to make quicker decisions because you already have a plan and know what you need, rather than going into everything blindly.
If you have friends or know of anyone who has invested in real estate, take a moment to ask them what their plan is or how they developed a plan before they began investing. This goes back to the “experience” described above. Always be willing to ask someone who has experience.
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Real estate investing comes with risk. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take the leap; it just means you need to understand the risks. So, what are the risks of real estate investing?
Of course, there is a multitude of risks and it’s important to consider them while also developing a plan to address the risks.
How can you address and reduce the risks?
One of the best ways you can reduce risk is by keeping a sizable amount of cash on hand within an emergency fund. This emergency fund is your safety net when something needs to be replaced or you lose a tenant and go a few months without a tenant.
You don’t want to be so in debt because of the investment property that unexpected costs could financially ruin you. For this reason, you need to consistently put money back into your emergency.
Remember, there will be swings in the market, and you are likely to experience a few poor months without a good cash flow stream. That’s part of the investment and risk. But if you’re prepared with an emergency fund and a plan, you won’t have any trouble navigating those months.
For most first-time real estate investors, you’re not looking to complete a total facelift for a property. So if you buy cheap, then you must rent cheap. And if your rent is cheap, that means your margins are also low and you reduce the amount of cash flow you receive.
If you’re willing to invest more, especially in an area where rent is competitive, then you’re likely to have higher profit margins. To build true cash flow from your property, you must have higher margins.
The few times it makes sense to purchase cheap are when you have the ability to rehab the home and raise the rent price, and when the cheap property is within a competitive neighborhood with solid rent prices. If you can rehab the cheap house in a nice neighborhood, then you can absolutely discover great margins.
Beyond that scenario, don’t look to buy cheap because it won’t end well for you and you will be frustrated with your investment.
Unless you happened upon a large sum of cash, you’re going to need to make room for your investment within your current budget. This means you’re going to need to revisit your budget and cut excess spending to make room for your investment. It’s tough to maintain your current lifestyle and invest in real estate at first. It’s a trade-off. You cut back and become more frugal now so you can invest.
As time goes on and your income streams grow and are steady, you can enjoy more and live the lifestyle you want. But if you don’t make room at the beginning, you’re only going to be left with stress, little cash, lots of debt, and fewer returns on your investments.
Again, everything else we’ve explained comes into play here — in order to make room for your investment, you need to consider the risks and reduce them. We recommend building up an emergency fund. You can also learn to make room for your investment by asking how others got started and what they did to maximize their potential.
Remember, Memphis Cashflow exists to provide you with professionals who can guide you through this process, provide helpful insight and experience, while also addressing some of the greatest frustrations—property management. This is why we are a turnkey property investment company. We want to make real estate investing in Memphis a great option for anyone looking to invest.
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