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Four Things You Need to Understand Before You Rent out Property

Four Things You Need to Understand Before You Rent out Property

Whether you’re renting out a room in your apartment or purchasing a new property to generate rental income, there’s a bit of planning involved. Most people rent property for one reason — to make money. Whether you’re simply trying to reduce the burden of your basic living expenses or working toward financial independence, the process is basically the same. As long as you understand these four important concepts, anyone can learn to become a landlord.

1. The Rental Values in Your Area

Most people tend to overvalue their property a little bit. After all, it’s your home, and you’ve either spent a lot of time and money maintaining it, or at least a lot of time picking out the perfect investment property. We all want to maximize our return on these investments, but this will be challenging if your property is not priced appropriately. Do some research on local classified sites and see what comparable properties are renting for. Account for things like size, location, and upkeep. If you need help, you can follow a guide to pricing your rental.

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2. Your Tax Obligations

Don’t forget that you’ll be responsible to pay more than just the mortgage. You’ll need to pay income tax on the rental income you generate, and you’ll also be responsible for property tax on the real estate you own. These taxes can seem frustrating, but remember that this is how the city pays for its infrastructure. Spend some time so that you understand how property taxes work. This will help you maintain a clear idea of what your financial obligations are.

3. Your Net Operating Income

How much money do you actually have coming in every month? This is a question you’ll need to be able to answer in order to make positive business decisions. To put it simply, NOI is essentially all of the money you’ve collected in rental revenue, minus all of the direct operating expenses that were incurred in generating the income. Examples of operating expenses would be management fees, maintenance expenses, and property taxes.

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This is an important figure to have in mind because it is used by real estate investors all over the country. If you’re purchasing an investment property from someone, or even planning on selling your property in the future, NOI will be one of the most important figures used in determining profitability. This can seem a bit complicated at first, but after doing a quick Google search, you’ll see it is often explained in much more detail on a number of property management blogs.

4. Tenants’ Rights in Your Area

Every state has slightly different rules about what is or is not allowed. Some states don’t allow you to charge a damage deposit at all, while others have a limit on how much of a damage deposit is required. If you were planning on renting out a freshly renovated home, or a fully furnished apartment, you might not want to do so without a little bit of collateral that can help protect your investment. Even if you only charge half a month’s rent as a damage deposit, the incentive of getting that money back is enough to help keep most tenants mindful of caring for your home.

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Another important aspect of tenants’ rights are the factors that would allow a tenant to break or terminate a lease. If you live in a state that allows tenants to come and go with relatively little notice, you’ll want a property that is easy for you to rent out. Meanwhile, if you live in a state that requires tenants to give reasonable notice, you’ll have time to find a new tenant if your current one decides to leave.

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Last Updated on August 20, 2018

Quit Your Job If You Don’t Like It, No Matter What

Quit Your Job If You Don’t Like It, No Matter What

Do you know that feeling? The one where you have to wake up to go to your boring 9-5 job to work with the same boring colleagues who don’t appreciate what you do.

I do, and that’s why I’ve decided to quit my job and follow my passion. This, however, requires a solid plan and some guts.

The one who perseveres doesn’t always win. Sometimes life has more to offer when you quit your current job. Yes, I know. It’s overwhelming and scary.

People who quit are often seen as ‘losers’. They say: “You should finish what you’ve started”.

I know like no other that quitting your job can be very stressful. A dozen questions come up when you’re thinking about quitting your job, most starting with: What if?

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“What if I don’t find a job I love and regret quitting my current job?”
“What if I can’t find another job and I get in debt because I can’t pay my bills?”
“What if my family and friends judge me and disapprove of the decisions I make?”
“What if I quit my job to pursue my dream, but I fail?

After all, if you admit to the truth of your surroundings, you’re forced to acknowledge that you’ve made a wrong decision by choosing your current job. But don’t forget that quitting certain things in life can be the path to your success!

One of my favorite quotes by Henry Ford:

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.

Everything takes energy

Everything you do in life takes energy. It takes energy to participate in your weekly activities. It takes energy to commute to work every day. It takes energy to organize your sister’s big wedding.

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Each of the responsibilities we have take a little bit of our energy. We only have a certain amount of energy a day, so we have to spend it wisely.  Same goes for our time. The only things we can’t buy in this world are time and energy. Yes, you could buy an energy drink, but will it feel the same as eight hours of sleep? Will it be as healthy?

The more stress there is in your life, the less focus you have. This will weaken your results.

Find something that is worth doing

Do you have to quit every time the going gets touch? Absolutely not! You should quit when you’ve put everything you’ve got into something, but don’t see a bright future in it.

When you do something you love and that has purpose in your life, you should push through and give everything you have.

I find star athletes very inspiring. They don’t quit till they step on that stage to receive their hard earned gold medal. From the start, they know how much work its going to take and what they have to sacrifice.

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When you do something you’re really passionate about, you’re not in a downward spiral. Before you even start you can already see the finish line. The more focus you have for something, the faster you’ll reach the finish.

It is definitely possible to spend your valuable time on something you love and earn money doing it. You just have to find out how — by doing enough research.

Other excuses I often hear are:

“But I have my wife and kids, who is going to pay the bills?”
“I don’t have time for that, I’m too busy with… stuff” (Like watching TV for 2 hours every day.)
“At least I get the same paycheck every month if I work for a boss.”
“Quitting my job is too much risk with this crisis.”

I understand those points. But if you’ve never tried it, you’ll never know how it could be. The fear of failure keeps people from stepping out of their comfort zone.

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I’ve heard many people say, “I work to let my children make their dream come true”. I think they should rephrase that sentence to: “I pursue my dreams — to inspire and show my children anything is possible.” 

Conclusion

Think carefully about what you spend your time on. Don’t waste it on things that don’t brighten your future. Instead, search for opportunities. And come up with a solid plan before you take any impulsive actions.

Only good things happen outside of your comfort zone.

Do you dare to quit your job for more success in life?

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