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Why You Should Limit Risk In Your Property Empire

Investors often believe that property is always a game that people win. The more you invest in it, the more money you make. 

But that’s not how it necessarily has to work. Property values are rising today, but the same needn’t apply in the future. 

The trouble with property is that it is hard to sell and get out quickly. If prices are falling, the risk of taking a loss is much higher than if they are rising. We’ve been lucky so far living in a Goldilocks economy. But it doesn’t necessarily have to stay that way. 

In this post, we examine why you should limit risk in your property empire. It’ll keep you safe and help protect your personal wealth. 

Interest Rate Fluctuations

Limiting your risk exposure is important in your property empire primarily because of interest rate fluctuations. When rates rise, the risk of property prices falling increases. 

In the past, investors struggled when interest rates rose because the amount people could borrow to purchase a home also fell. This, in turn, caused house prices to fall relative to inflation, leaving investors out of pocket. 

Interest rate fluctuations are the most severe in an economic downturn. If the economy is failing at the same time, it can make the situation even worse. 

Unexpected Repairs

Another problem is the cost of unexpected repairs. These can eat into your profits and chip away at your expected returns. 

Ideally, you want a healthy cash reserve you can dip into when you run into these problems. While most investors still make money long-term, it always helps to have a safety net

Economic Problems

You also want to limit risk in property businesses because of economic problems. When the economy starts to falter, property prices often fall with it. 

Knowing how LLCs work can help you limit risk in this area. Even if your business loses money, you can still protect what you own personally. Your business is the entity that takes the hit, not you. 

Economic problems are hard to predict because they can arise from so many sources. It could be anything, from rising oil prices to government policy failures. Therefore, most investors do some hedging, even if the economy seems like it is booming. 

Of course, if you think you know when downturns will happen, you can take more risk. But most people don’t. 

High Vacancy Rates

Finally, high vacancy rates are another reason you might want to take risks off the table. This problem is particularly pronounced for investors who focus on specific areas. Local issues can lead to people moving away or being unable to rent. 

Ideally, you want to target areas with rising demographics. In this respect, Dallas is better than Detroit. 

You also want to spread your investments around. Putting money into the Bay Area probably made you money 20 years ago. But there’s no guarantee that it will continue. Therefore, investing in new markets, particularly underserved areas of the country, makes sense in today’s economic climate.

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About the Author

Kaya Wittenburg

Blog Author and CEO

Kaya Wittenburg is the Founder and CEO of Sky Five Properties. Since the age of 10, real estate has been deeply ingrained into his thoughts. With world-class negotiation and deal-making skills, he brings a highly impactful presence into every transaction that he touches.

He is here to help you use real estate as a vehicle to develop your own personal empire and feel deeply satisfied along the way. If you have an interest in buying, selling or renting property in South Florida, contact Kaya today.

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