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Pros and Cons of Single-Family Investment Properties in Columbia

Single-family investment properties are the most common type of real estate investment. However, there are some pros and cons to consider before buying. To learn more about it and to find out if it is the right niche for you, check out our latest post below!

If you are thinking about making a real estate investment, you might automatically think of buying a single-family home. While this is an excellent choice, there might be a few things you haven’t thought about. As buyers and sellers of Columbia real estate, we have put together a list of things you may not have considered. If you have any questions about investing in Columbia, please reach out to us any time!


Resale Value

Single-family properties will likely appreciate over time, they will hold their value as opposed to rentals which tend to fluctuate a bit more. There is always a demand for single-family homes as opposed to other types of real estate. If you decide one day that you want to sell, the odds are you will make a profit and have a much easier time selling than you would with other types of properties. If you want to walk away from the property at any time, you can. Or, if you decide you want to live their yourself, that option is always there for you too!

Lower Taxes

Single-family homes typically have lower property taxes than their multi-family counterparts. This will allow you to keep more cash in your pocket each month, without having to worry about excessive tax bills.

High-Quality Tenants

People renting a house as opposed to an apartment tend to stay a bit longer. They might be saving up for a home of their own or they have a family they don’t want to move around. Having tenants in place, without any vacancy will greatly improve your ROI. When you have good ones living in your home, it makes your job as a landlord easy. Be sure not to give them any reason to move!

Low Maintenance

There isn’t much maintenance of the standard single-family property. So long as things are all in working order when you rent out the house, the tenants you have in place should take good care of it if they want to see their deposit back. And if they don’t, it can be a violation of their lease, resulting in eviction.


Vacancy Hurts

If you lose your tenant and aren’t able to find another one, your income from the property will be zero. Plus, you will have to pay the expenses the tenant usually pays for such as power, water, and other utilities. After all, the lights need to be on if you are going to show the property to other prospective tenants. This is the risky park of only owning one rental property. However, it shouldn’t dissuade you from buying, just make finding great tenants your #1 priority.

HOA Fees

Depending on the community, there might be HOA fees to contend with. These can rise over time, so make sure you have a true understanding of the costs and what the HOA will cover. There can be special assessments added as well, so be sure to keep up with what is going on if you do not live within the HOA’s jurisdiction. Your tenants will also need to abide by the rules of the HOA. If they are in violation, it can come back to bite you.

Single-family homes in Columbia are a wonderful way to add value to an investment portfolio. Cash Home Buyers can help with your questions as well as show you some of the best rentals in town!

Interested in single-family investment properties in Columbia? We can help! Get in touch with us today!

Ben Lovro

Ben Lovro is an entrepreneur with a vision to improve neighborhoods and revitalize the communities that we live in. He has a clear passion for people and has developed effective strategies and real estate solutions in todays rapidly changing market. He is committed to being a lifelong student of Success Strategies and Leadership. Knowing what you want is perhaps the most important step in self-development; this takes much persistence and self examination. Once your desire to serve God overwhelms all other desires, you begin to step into your purpose and your mission in life changes. To be fulfilled in life you have to grow. The art of fulfillment is what develops our life into an expression for others to follow. Some of our greatest moments come from facing our fears and doing the things that scare us the most. You have been given one life, and one chance to tell your story. It's never too late to become the person that want to be.

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