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Analyzing the Return on Investment for Your Southwest Michigan Rental

Analyzing the ROI on InvestmentInvesting in Southwest Michigan real estate is an excellent way to earn some short-term rental income and long-term returns. You’ll need to know how to analyze your returns and determine the success of your investment. This will help you make good decisions that drive profits and protect your portfolio. 

Evaluate ROI on Rental Homes

The amount of ROI you’re able to earn will depend largely on the market strength. On average, most investment professionals agree that anything above an 8 percent gain is considered a good return on investment, and earning as much as 10 or 12 percent is a great return. In Southwest Michigan, the amount you earn will depend on your property’s location and the way you structured your purchase.  

Every investor is as unique as each rental property. Your scale of success will depend on your investment goals, the money you put down, and the way you’re leveraging your investments. Any time your real estate investment is making money and not losing money, you can feel pretty good about renting out a home that is earning cash flow and growing in value. 

How do I Determine my Return on Investment?

Trying calculate your ROI seems like it should be simple math, but it’s more complex than a single equation. It starts with determining your annual rental income. Perhaps you’re renting out a property for $1,500 per month or $18,000 annually. That’s your income. 

Then, you have to subtract all the expenditures associated with your rental property. This would include your fixed expenses like mortgage payments, taxes, insurance, and any HOA or condo fees. Then, there are other variable costs to consider like maintenance and vacancy. The number that remains gives you a general idea of what you’re earning in cash flow. That’s going to contribute to your ROI but remember what really matters is that you’re gaining equity from year to year and at the same time, your asset is appreciating in value.

Increasing ROI for Better Investment Income

PaintingYou’re going to focus on increasing your ROI when you rent out a property. That means avoiding vacancy and turnover costs whenever possible. When your property is unoccupied, you aren’t earning any rent and you’re also spending money to keep the home clean and maintained. You’re the one paying to keep the lights on. These things hurt your ROI, so a good way to maximize what you earn is to keep your property occupied.  

Also important is preventative maintenance. If you want to save money on repairs and increase your ROI, make sure you are paying attention to the way your property functions and to its current and potential needs. Preventative maintenance saves you money and eliminates a lot of headaches. 

Remodeling your home won’t necessarily earn you more in the short term; it will take a while to earn back the money you invest in a brand new kitchen or an extra bedroom. But, making small and inexpensive changes will have an immediate impact, and it won’t cost you a lot. A fresh coat of paint, for example, will make your home look and smell new and modern. Update the lighting and the flooring. Even buying and installing new drawer pulls or cabinet knobs will have an impact on how tenants see your home. 

Finally, working with a professional property management company can positively affect your ROI. Property managers know how to help you earn more and spend less. We’d be happy to talk more about your investment plans and potential. Contact us at Real Property Management Southwest Michigan.

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