Alright, so real estate investing may have risks, what business doesn’t have? A lot of entrepreneurs are somewhat undecided and apprehensive with making investments on real estate. This should not be the case. In fact, real estate investing is one of the safest and most practical ways of making something out of your money. This venture can go in more ways than one.
An investment property generates income or cash flow to its investor generally in four ways: build-up of equity, NOI (net operating income), capital appreciation, and tax shelter.
Building up equity is an increase on the part of the investor’s ratio as portion of its debt payments dedicated to principal accumulation in a matter of time. This equates to a positive generation of cash flow taken from the asset itself wherein the debt payment is formed out of income taken from the property instead of struggling it out from an independent source of income.
Net operating income or NOI is regarded as the sum of the entire cash flow taken from rents and several sources of a person’s daily income spawned from properties, deducting the sum of current expenses like utilities, taxes, maintenance, fees, and debt service payments including other minimal expenses having the same nature. Capitalization rate in percentage is the term given to the ratio of the net operating income to the purchase price. This is a frequent measure of an investment’s performance.
Capital appreciation is an increase in the market value of an investor’s asset over a period of time. When sold, this will be realized as a positive cash flow. A capital appreciation’s nature can be very much unpredictable due to the revolving status of the world market and the continuous fight over inflation and deflation of resources in certain fields concerning real estate. Unless it is a major part of an improvement and development strategy, it is uncertain. Speculation is known as purchasing a property wherein majority of the cash flow being projected are expected from influences of capital appreciation (process where prices go up) rather than coming from other different sources.
Offsets in tax shelter happen in three different ways: tax credits, carryover losses and depreciation. The mentioned ways has the capacity to reduce forms of tax liability that is charged against cash flow from other maintaining resources. Depreciation can sometimes become accelerated. There are tax shelter benefits that people can transfer. This will depend on the tax governing law concerned with liability of jurisdiction specified within the area of the property’s location. These are sold to either achieving a cash return or being granted with other benefits.
Management of Risks
The sources of different incomes are tallied to have multiple risks at stake. Through the evaluation of these risks and thorough management, strategies in real estate investing is a sure hit. Risks can be unpredictable and comes in many forms. In more ways than one, it can come from any angle of the investment. If that’s the case, it is best that an entrepreneur is prepared on the chances that a particular risk may occur on a certain period of time.
By effectively identifying the risks which may partake, solutions can be readily applied. There might be strategies that can effectively outweigh the risks and some can just mitigate it.
Attorney William ("Bill") Bronchick, host of Legalwiz.com, has authored six best-selling books and is sought nationwide for his 25+ years of real estate and legal knowledge. He has been interviewed by numerous media outlets, such as CNBC, TIME Magazine, USA Today, Investor Business Daily, Forbes, and the LA Times, to name a few. William Bronchick is the co-founder and past President of the Colorado Association of Real Estate Investors and the Executive Director and founder of the College of American Real Estate Investors. Click on the "About" link above for more information on William Bronchick.