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Article by Private Property Reporter 1 Mar 2011

How To Assess The Value Of Your Property Rentals

Investing in property to earn an income is something worthwhile considering, should you be in the market for a smart way to make your money work for you. To assess the current property market, call on the experts, and do as much research as possible before embarking on this particular venture. There are so many options available as well as property companies to point you in the right direction. An excellent point of entry would be to search the internet for advice.

The best way, therefore, to assess your property rentals, would be to seek advice from people in the know. With property being a rather unpredictable animal, always look at the bottom line when taking on a challenge of this nature. Comparing other properties that are similar, in the same area, adding expenses such as insurance etc, and also if your pocket will hold out if you are unable to let your investment property out immediately, are all valid points to consider.

Buy to let home loans from most of the major banking houses are available, enabling investors to buy residential properties with the sole purpose of letting them out to tenants.

Investing your capital in properties to earn an income is by no means a new concept. Buying to let is a strong place to be when the economy falters, so why not make your money work for you?

Take note, though, it is not always that simple. Buying to let takes commitment, and is very much a hands-on situation. Maintaining your property and keeping it in mint condition is imperative.

As a property investor and landlord, you should take into consideration that a certain percentage of your profit from your rental income should be subtracted for repairs as well as the wear and tear on your property on a monthly basis. A good margin to allow for unforeseen circumstances is to subtract at least 25% for emergencies, including a period to safeguard against your property being vacant at any point in time.

It would therefore be prudent to seek the advice from the experts, assess the growth of your rental property, be realistic whilst simultaneously examining all factors prior to embarking on this project; after all, you would like to make money and not make a loss on your project. 

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