Although there are many options for investing, property investment is one of the favorites. There are at least 9 reasons why we should invest in property and not other types of investments:
- The power of “Leverage”
To invest in our properties have the option to not use 100% of our money, but by using other people’s money (OPM). One of the most common source is the money the bank loans. Depending on the country where we are, we usually can get a loan from banks ranging from 70% to 95%. In this case we only need to spend down payment of 5% to 30% of property price. This also means that leverage is approximately 3.3 to 20 times.
- Relatively low risk
In general, investment in property is not like investing in the stock market where prices in one day can go down and up quite significantly. Only in certain situations where the economy was bad, property investments may be affected slightly. When compared with other investment types, such as opening a business, saving money on deposit or invested in stocks, property investment has a lower risk than those investments. If we look at the risk compared with income potential, the property has a relatively low risk with good potential income from rents and capital gains.
- Two sources of income: rental and capital gains
Property investment offers a combination of rental income and capital gains. Investing in property is not only going to give us a positive cash flow but also the potential capital gains depends on property price increment
- Full control to increase the value of property
If you have a property, you have full control of how you will increase the value of the property. There are many ways that can be done to increase the value of property, ranging from very simple things like painting the property. Other ways are to buy a few accessories or cosmetics, and renovations. These activities are very important especially when we want to rent or sell property. Some people do small renovations to increase the value of the property so that owners can sell at prices much higher.
- Safe and sure investment in the long term
Property prices usually will not fluctuate so much. In general, it may take some time for property prices change over time. This is different from the stock market for example where prices can change dramatically in the evening.
- Protection against inflation
Unlike a savings or deposits where interest is given is usually much lower than the rate of inflation, property prices usually follow at least the inflation rate. In this case, investing in property is still a better option to protect them from inflation.
- A good vehicle to achieve financial freedom
Using rental income to generate positive cash flow, it is possible to achieve financial independence after a few years depending on the level of success of each person in the property investment. For example, if a person has income of $3,000 per month, that person can be financially free by making cash $3,000 per month with 5 properties with each property generate positive cash flow of $600 per property per month. Consider it a small house or row house, $600 rent would be very reasonable and quite conservative in this regard.
- Can reduce the tax burden
Founded the company and buy property using the name of the company can save taxes. Rental property can be considered as income taxes and usually will apply only after deduction of all expenses charged. Buying property on behalf of the company will be more profitable than buying on behalf of individuals.
- Become rich through property
Property investment can bring people to become truly wealthy. The key to wealth in property is through capital gains. For example, someone is investing in an apartment for $500K price with a down payment of $50K. Monthly rent of the property sufficient to pay the bank monthly installments, so automatically, financed by a bank installment monthly rent. After 20 years, the property has been paid in full and the price has been appreciated for example, to $1M (this is conservative, because the property prices in general will increase triple or even quadruple in 20 years). In this case the net profit from investment ($1 M – $50K) = $950K. If this person has 3 apartments and a total net profit would be almost $3M in 20 years. This guy really has become a millionaire with property investment.