How to Buy a Rental Property

Before you buy any rental property, you should carefully consider a few things so that you know what you are getting into.  Things to think about include what you expect to collect in rental income, the annual expenses you will incur, and the risks that may come along with owning a rental property.

You also need to make sure you are ready with financing unless you plan on paying cash for your rental property because finding a good rental property isn’t as simple as it sounds, and neither is getting financing to buy it.  If you do need to obtain a mortgage, be prepared to put down a larger down payment and pay higher interest rates.

With that said, buying a rental property can be rewarding and valuable.  Here are tips on how to buy a rental property:

Gain Knowledge – Ask other investors and real estate agents about the market.  Read books or articles about what it’s like to be a landlord/investor.  Being prepared will assist you in deciding if buying and managing property is right for you.

Run the Numbers – You will want your property to not only appreciate in value but also cash flow. Run the data and make sure you are making a wise business decision.  You will also want to make sure you also have enough cash on hand to cover any unexpected repairs and to cover maintenance.

Plan for Management – You’ll need to consider if you plan on being a hands-on manager or hire a property manager to help run things.  Being a landlord includes screening and dealing with tenants, handling repairs, maintaining the property, collecting rent, etc.

If you do decide to hire a property manager, we would love the chance to earn your business.  TCP Property Group will market your property, work directly with tenants, collect rent, handle maintenance and repair issues, and much more! We eliminate the hassles so you can enjoy your investment.  Contact us today! 512-420-9222 or

Posted by: tcppropertygroup on September 21, 2016