Many investors often ask me – ‘Is it better to invest in apartments or houses?’ In my personal experience it has been better to invest in houses. However, the true answer to this question depends on your business model and personal requirements for the investment. There are many benefits of investing in houses and apartments. There can also be downsides to both.
Benefits of investing in houses
Financial Security over-time
The benefits of real estate investments offer investors long-term financial security. The rewards of this investment will pay you financially for a long time if you have a constant cash flow. Owning a rental property can give investors a sense of security due to the property’s increase in value over time. As land and buildings appreciate, the value of your property will almost definitely rise. There is no guarantee, however, that the value will continue to climb continuously. That is why, before signing a contract on the home of your dreams, it is usually a good idea to do extensive research on the neighbourhood.
One of the perks of investing in real estate is the tax savings of owning a rental property. This is one of the main reasons why so many individuals want to invest in real estate. Depreciation, insurance, maintenance repairs, travel expenses, legal fees, and property taxes, among other things, are all eligible for tax benefits. Real estate investors are also entitled to lower tax rates on their long-term investments. Remember that if you invest in UK property that you always need to declare your income to HMRC even if you are a non-resident landlord.
Generating passive income
You can produce practically a good passive income by investing in real estate. Your rental properties are earning for you even when you’re napping. You can do what you enjoy instead of spending all your time at work if you acquire many rental homes that create enough revenue to support your expenditures.
You can purchase the property at market value, convert it into many flats, generate leases, and either sell or re-mortgage the property, or a combination of the two.
Build equity/cash flow/net worth
One of the advantages of real estate investing is the possibility to develop equity. A financial asset that is included in your net worth is equity. You’ll be able to use your equity to buy other rental properties and increase your cash flow as your equity develops.
Benefits of investing in apartments
Apartment investing is one of the most appealing investment options available today. It can be a great way to make money if done responsibly and with an understanding of the dangers and rewards.
Mass buyer appeal
Apartments appeal to a diverse group of buyers, including first-time buyers, downsizers, and other investors. As a result, when it comes time to sell your investment, your buyer pool is larger, offering you more opportunities to appeal to the public, resulting in increased competition for your property and a higher price.
Another benefit of owning a unit is that the expense of building repairs, upkeep, and insurance is shared by everyone. Keep in mind that the higher the fees are, the more services and amenities your building has. However, this also means a higher potential for future value and the ability to raise your rent.
Another advantage of apartment investing is the opportunity to compel appreciation.
The value of an apartment is determined by the rental income it generates. Rents can be increased by performing the following:
- Adding value to a property by providing essential services like laundry, security, and parking.
- Non-residents will have access to services like reserved parking, cafes, vending machines, ATMs, and a gym.
- Increasing the rental charge to save money by eliminating inefficiencies in daily maintenance.
- Adding new appliances to the building, upgrading living spaces, and giving other facilities in apartment communities.
Short-term rentals can be extremely profitable. Property managers can establish prices based on demand, time of year, property type, and other factors. Based on these characteristics, there is alot of room for rewarding earnings.
Less wear and tear on apartment
The property is rarely used daily because renters move in and out regularly, resulting in less wear and tear. Furthermore, you may take advantage of the moments when it is not occupied to perform any necessary repairs and maintenance work, preventing any damage from escalating.
Drawbacks of investing in apartments
Competition in the area
Unlike the housing market, the vacation rental or short-term rental market has much more homes advertised than travellers looking. Because competition for vacation rentals may be fierce in your area, this may put some owners at a disadvantage (again, depending on location and availability).
Ground Rent charges
If you own a leasehold property, you’ll have to pay ground rent and/or service charges on a regular basis to the freeholder which can be quite expensive. The freeholder is responsible for this fee, which may be collected by a management services company. Because the freeholder owns the land and you pay them to ‘lease’ the land that your property is on, you must pay ground rent.
Tenant and Maintenance Concerns
You’ll may have to deal with unstable tenants as a landlord. You may face challenges even after a full screening. Rent may be paid late or not at all by a tenant. While eviction is a possibility, it is not a simple procedure. You must also keep the apartment in good repair and be available to deal with any major issues that arise during a tenant’s stay. risk losing money invested on expensive apartment modifications because tenants often don’t care for a property as much as owners do.
If you’re buying an apartment, keep in mind that it’s unlikely you’ll be on the ground floor and will have to take the elevator or the stairs. You also incur the risk of having frequently changing neighbours, which means you could have your ideal neighbours one minute and your worst neighbours the next. Because apartment walls can be thin, you must be more conscious of noise levels and risk having noisy neighbours. These little things can cause havoc so take every necessary step that will help you cut out issues in the future.
House instead of apartment
- Outdoor space is included in most houses, which can be a key draw for tenants.
- You don’t have to pay any common ground fees because you own the entire house.
- For a property, lenders offer additional mortgage discounts and concessions.
- People who rent a house are more likely to sign a long-term lease, ensuring you a consistent rental income over time.
- The value of the land on which your home is built may increase, resulting in a higher property price. This will result in a profit when you sell the residence.
Apartment instead of house
- It’s more difficult to sell a house than it is to sell an apartment.
- Houses in the same location are more expensive than apartments.
- A house’s net rental revenue is usually lower.
- The value of the land on which your home is built might deteriorate, affecting the overall property value and perhaps resulting in a loss when you sell.
Things to consider when owning an apartment
Burst pipes, leaking showers, and leaking washing machines from above all cause damage to apartments. If tenants have been subjected to noise or other disruptive behaviour from their neighbours living above or below them, they are more inclined to leave rather than renew their tenancy. Some flats do not have full gas central heating and instead rely on storage heaters, which some renters will find inconvenient. Gardens, a stairwell, and a hallway are all common features in apartments. Tenants may have to ‘put up with’ other people’s clutter, untidiness, or disruptive behaviour because of this.
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