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How to Make Investment Properties Go Positive

With the new increases in interest rates and the national credit control act, property investors must start to look at how to make more money from their current investment properties. Optimising the portfolio has never been more important than in the current economic climate. Property investments after all are supposed to make you money.

Many property investors will agree that cash flow is the secret to successful investing. Whether it is a property or business, the key to success is to have a strong grip on your cash flow situation. Interest rate increases, like the ones we have recently experienced, can significantly eat into the cash flow. Many people think that one needs to amass great sums of money to build wealth, but building a strong inflow of cash can also bring about financial freedom without having piles of cash.

The trick is not to focus on all the debt, but to build your strategies around cash flow. It is highly evident that many property investors don’t know what to do in order to generate positive cash flow from an investment property. By asking yourself “How do I make money from an investment property I already own?” you will come to the conclusion that you need to generate more income or you need to reduce your expenses on that particular property.

How to Reduce Expenses on an Investment Property

  • Your biggest expense will be the monthly instalment that you have to pay the bank. By extending the bond over a longer period (like 30 years), you will reduce your monthly instalment. Don’t focus on the extra interest that you have to repay, it is the tenant that repay’s it for you.
  • Negotiate a better interest rate with your bank. Normally when you extend the bond period to 30 years they are more than willing to drop the rate. In the process, negotiate a discount with the lawyer (up to 20% is normal, some investors get no less than 30%).
  • Do your own management on your rental properties. It is a simple exercise of monitoring your bank account to see that the money has been deposited. Especially if you only starting out with a few properties. Once you have a strong, positive cash flow and enough properties, consider using an agent.

How to Increase Income on an Investment Property

  • The easiest is to have a rental escalation clause in your lease contract. Normal escalations are 8 - 10% p.a.
  • Consider converting a storeroom or double garage into a granny flat. Having more than one tenant on one property can generate substantial cash flow.
  • Considering adding a granny flat if possible. It can be far cheaper than buying a new small flat.
  • See if you can subdivide the land.  Either to sell the divided part or to build a second unit on.
  • Have you ever bothered to ask your tenant what he would like? A second carport or security gate can generate more income.
  • Look at the security of the property. Can you add more security to increase the rent (e.g. burglar bars, alarms, etc)? If you don’t know, ask the tenant if such additions would add value.
  • You can change the nature of the property? Rezone farming land for residential use or changing residential to business rights can be most rewarding.
  • By adding additional businesses to you student housing like a Laundromat facility, games room with coin operated pool tables or put vending machines that sell sodas or sweets you can generate additional income. This will also make your property more appealing in comparison with the one next door.
  • Convert a 4 bed 2 bath house into two 2 bed apartments. Not only will it generate more income but you reduce your risk as well.

By combining some of these ideas can easily make you property go positive. Also take note of what to look for when you buy your next investment property. The more space you have, the more options to consider. Each property has unique opportunities like extra space, additional buildings or it might be the ideal location. It is your job as a property investor to identify the opportunities that others don’t see. Use your imagination to see with your mind and not only with your eye’s. In the mean time, with all the interest rate increases, exercise your imagination on your current property investments.

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Copyright (C) 2007 Alain Georgette / Copyright (C) 2006 Frantisek Hliva. All rights reserved.





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I would like to thank you for the Calculating Residential Investment Deals, I have also done the Letting Workshop and now that I think of it, I should have done the Calculating Residential Investment Deals first. For me it was a huge eye opener in residential buy to let. I have attended other seminars and what I found is that this course was the only one that was very helpful and full of actionable information to make the right decision when buying a residential property for investment. Michaela Nubert - JHB




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In life you come across all sorts of people offering to help you out, at a fee. Most offers just aren’t worth it and you leave feeling cheated. But once in a while someone comes along with something that’s value for money and exceeds your expectations; I found that in Karen and Sean Wheller when I did their Investor Letting Workshop. Their combined knowledge on the subject is extensive, current and PRACTICAL, they are passionate about property and teaching. I would not dream of getting a tenant in place without using their rental agreement.  - David Shadford

 

I consider this course to be, easy to understand and to the point. Everyone should know this information when considering buying property. The information in the course is vitally important for any property investor, whether it is your own home or property for investment purposes. The voice used is clear and easy to follow. Okkie van Greunen - JHB





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Having recently completed the above course at home, I enjoyed being able to do the course at one's own pace. The audio and visual impact of the presentation was effective, improving my concentration. Manipulation of the variables entered as lumpsums and additional monthly payments was most insightful. Generally there were many useful tips and facts given by the tutor and this was also enlightening and helpful. Richard Fouracres - Ladysmith KZN





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I have had 4 tenants over a period of 10 years. I was very fortunate in that they were all good, reliable tenants. I had however seen a few of my colleagues go through absolute hell with bad tenants. I’m talking about really BAD tenants. While searching the internet for a lease agreement I stumbled upon the PINN webpage and signed up for their “Investor Letting Workshop “

It was the best choice that I have made in a long time. At the end of the day I was more confident in my role as a landlord as I had just learnt. Don’t end up like my colleagues whose experience was so stressful that they sold their properties. Rather arm yourself with knowledge that will make letting a win – win situation. Take the opportunity to learn, I am truly grateful that I did - Elaine Fike

 

I found the rental workshop very informative. I am a registered real estate agent with a franchise group and I was amazed how many legally protective clauses were inserted in your agreement. I have used many rental agreements before and not one of these agreements was adequate in this respect. Karen I find your agreement 100 % complete and your knowledge on the subject is unsurpassable. Your lease agreement is in daily use in my property rental portfolio. Thank you. Alex Nicolaou - Registered Estate agent in Edenvale.

 




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