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New York City’s rental market is one of the most expensive in the world, and for good reason. The competition is steep and the cost of living is high. With NYC offering some of the best career opportunities and salaries that are uncommon elsewhere, residents are prepared to pay for the convenience of living close to everything. For investors, the appeal of NYC rental properties is timeless. As people continue to flock to New York for its lucrative opportunities and lifestyle, owning rental properties and collecting rent from tenants allows you to profit from a passive stream of dependable income.
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It Is Not About Getting Rich Quick
Unlike house flipping, where one often sees dramatic profits that come in lump sums, rental investment requires endurance and patience. Your gains are likely to be small at first, but as you pay off the loans that went toward your units and acquire more properties to lease, your income will increase. Rental investment is a long game that can even go into overtime (thanks to years of acquiring properties and paying down loans), but if your goal is a comfortable retirement, then you need to stay the course. Collecting rent from multiple paid-off units creates an extremely comfortable lifestyle that gives you the freedom to fulfill more of your goals and dreams. In addition, if you hire a property manager, you can also be free from making maintenance calls and collecting the rent, making for a stress-free and enjoyable retirement.
Let Your Tenants Pay Off Your Loans
If you took out a loan to buy your first property, you can use the rent you collect to pay off your debt. Since rent is priced higher than a typical mortgage, the difference between what you receive in rent and the installments you pay toward your loan will be your profit. You can also use the money you receive as emergency savings or for extra payments toward the loan’s principal. Having other people pay off your loans and investments is one way to work smarter, not harder. This process requires patience, but once your loans are paid off, you will see noticeable profits that continue to grow.
Rental Prices Go Up With Costs of Living and Market Demand
Even if you own properties that adhere to rent stabilization regulations, rent payments in New York have traditionally experienced an upward trend. As the cost of living inevitably rises, salaries will need to keep pace and rent should rise accordingly. As a landlord, you will need to charge the right amount in order to make the appropriate maintenance to your units and profit appropriately.
Let a Real Estate Agent Help You Find the Perfect Investment
If you need help finding the right investment property, then getting the expertise of a real estate agent who knows New York is essential. Not only can an agent help you gain a property located in an area that is desirable and likely to grow in value, he or she can negotiate the best deal and conditions for sale.