How Does Real Estate Fit into Your Financial Plan?
For many, real estate investing plays a significant role in achieving personal financial goals—and can be a crucial component of one's long-term financial strategies. This considered, real estate is likely a factor you’ve considered when developing your financial plan.
So, how might real estate fit into your financial plan? Let’s discuss.
How Can Real Estate Be a Form of Financial Investment?
Real estate can include both residential and commercial property, including homes, offices, retail, parking lots, apartments, warehouses, multi-family homes, and more.
While owning your own home may be part of your financial plan, it is not necessarily an investment. Why? Primary residences are assets and their value can have a significant impact on retirement or estate plans.
However, real estate investments are defined by their ability to produce passive income for their owners. Some common examples of this real estate income include rental properties or earnings made from investment portfolios.
The Most Important Factors for Real Estate Investing
When looking into real estate, investors may start with questions such as: “What should I look for?” Here’s a shorthand list of factors to consider.
“Location, location, location” remains the most important factor for profitability in real estate investing. For example, proximity to the following can affect the value of a property:
- Market Retails
- Transport hubs
- Tax-exempt areas
- Green space, and
- Scenic areas
According to Investopedia, property valuation is “important for financing during the purchase, listing price, investment analysis, insurance, and taxation—they all depend on real estate valuation.”
Expected Cash Flows and Profit Opportunities
Cash flow refers to how much money is left after expenses. With this in mind, positive cash flow is essential to a good rate of return on an investment property.
Investors can look for:
- “Expected cash flow from rental income (inflation favors landlords for rental income)
- “Expected increase in intrinsic value due to long-term price appreciation
- “Benefits of depreciation (and available tax benefits)
- “Cost-benefit analysis of renovation before sale to get a better price
- “Cost-benefit analysis of mortgaged loans vs. value appreciation”
Active vs Passive Real Estate Investments
Real estate investments can serve as both passive and active investments. Let’s review the difference between these two forms of investment.
Active Real Estate Investments
An active real estate investment is one where an individual or group of individuals comes together to purchase a property directly. The investor is “actively” involved in the process of finding, purchasing, and managing the property.
Passive Real Estate Investments
In a passive real estate investment, an investor receives periodic distributions, but otherwise has no involvement in the day-to-day operations of the property. Passive real estate investments are an excellent option for investors who are looking for passive income.
For more information on passive real estate investing, here.
Why Should You Invest in Real Estate? What Are the Benefits of Investing in Real Estate?
With the right assets, real estate investors can:
- Diversify their portfolios
- Leverage their properties to build wealth
- Create stable income streams, and
- Enjoy tax benefits
Additionally, real estate can appreciate with inflation long-term.
According to Forbes, "real estate investments have the characteristic of performing well in a rising rate environment. In particular, income-generating real property and multifamily have historically… Shown a greater ability to grow net income during expansionary periods than securities and other assets."
Let’s take a look at some other benefits of investing in real estate.
Real Estate Investments Can Diversify Your Portfolio
Real estate investments are known to help increase a portfolio’s overall returns while reducing risk.
Real Estate Investments Can Provide a Stable Income Stream
A key benefit of real estate investing is its ability to generate passive income. For instance, investors who play their cards right can create a steady revenue from rental income while building equity through making improvements to the property.
Real Estate Investments Can Provide Tax Benefits
Tax benefits depend upon the type of real estate investment. For example, rental properties can include the deductions of:
- Mortgage interest payments
- Property taxes
- Ongoing property maintenance
- Property insurance, and
- Independent contractors
Real Estate Can Serve as a Hedge Against Inflation
Real estate can provide opportunities for investors to protect themselves against their declining purchasing power.
Real estate can serve as a hedge against inflation and be an attractive option for investors for several reasons, including that real estate:
- Has intrinsic value
- Recovers quickly, and
- Demand for real estate is rising, while supply is not
Read on to learn how to use multifamily real estate as a hedge against inflation.
Tune Into Our Podcast to Learn More
In Episode 57, Chris Osmond speaks with Paul Kaseburg, Chief Investment Officer of MG Properties, about investment opportunities in the multifamily real estate market and how they help you cope with rising inflation rates.
- How real estate, in general, responds to inflationary pressures
- The advantages of multifamily over other types of real estate investments
- Latest trends in cap rates and cost of debt that real estate investors should know about, and
- How inflation is impacting the affordability gap between single-family homes and apartment renting
What Else Can Fit Into Your Financial Plan?
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One of our goals is to help our clients navigate and understand challenging economic changes, such as the current rising interest rate environment and inflation.
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