Thursday, September 25, 2008

Investing in Rochester

With all the turbulence in the stock market the past few weeks, I'm starting to hear from investors again! As one client put it yesterday, he's losing money in his 401K but seeing a 20% return on his city of Rochester rental properties. He wants to buy at least one more property before the end of the year.

What is nice about this particular client is that he knows that rental properties do not take care of themselves. When he purchases property, he budgets for both improvements and repairs and he collects his rents in person so that the maintenance stays top-of-mind. On his days off, he cleaning gutters, making roof repairs, painting trip or doing landscaping. As a result, not only is he collecting good rents but his properties are appreciating at above average rates.

All to often, landlords believe their biggest chore is to go to the bank and cash rent checks. It is refreshing to work with a landlord that understands the responsibility (and rewards) of taking care of their property.
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