6 tips on buying, renting a home for extra income

6 tips on buying, renting a home for extra income
News from Houma Courier:

Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 11:57 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 11:57 a.m.

Throughout the downturn in the housing market, average investors, sometimes pooling their money, have bought foreclosures at a sharp discount and turned them into rentals. Many homeowners also have purchased a second home and rented out their first property.

Although the housing market is showing signs of recovery, demand for rental housing is expected to remain strong. The national unemployment rate remains high at 7.9 percent, banks are still working through a backlog of foreclosures and tight lending requirements prevent many renters from becoming homeowners.

And the Fed has said it will keep its short-term interest rate, the federal funds rate, at a record low until U.S. unemployment falls below 6.5 percent, something many economists don’t expect to happen until late 2015 at the earliest.

“In this market, at this point, it’s a sweet spot,” says Chris Princis, a senior executive at financial advisory firm Brook-Hollow Financial and owner of two rental properties in Chicago. “You’re getting the market where it’s just starting to rebound, but still at the bottom, with what’s looking to be a great recovery.”

Here are six tips on becoming a landlord or investor in rental property:

1. UNDERSTAND W…………… continues on Houma Courier

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