Is It Worth Investing In Low-Income Housing?

By: James Klobasa

In fact, investing in real estate is serious business, and for a prudent real estate investor, it is worth investing in low-income housing. It can be quite fruitful and can earn you a good capital and cash flow. Look around and you will find many real estate investors who are not only investing in low-income housing but they have even become full-time housing entrepreneurs.

In fact, every wise investor is involved in some form of low-income housing in one way or another. The reason is that real estate investing in low-income housing carries tremendous profit potential and it can certainly be a good addition to your portfolio.

Myths and Reality
Myth # 1
Many real estate investors have this perception that very few investors are involved in low-income housing and this number is not even more than hundred.

Reality
If you look around, you will find a good portion of professional landlords involved in at least some form of lower-income housing.
Myth # 2
People also perceive that low-income housing is a kind of slum land lording. It means, as per them, when you make real estate investing in low-income housing, you only invest in deplorable and bombed out ghettos where few dare to tread.

Reality
In fact, there are various levels in low-income housing. Blighted, war-zone property is just one of those levels. However, you should defiantly avoid real estate investing at this level. The prudent way is to invest in the upper level of lower-income areas, which is marginally desirable. Thus, it is all about finding the right area that is acceptable and relatively safe.

Myth # 3
Finding good tenants in low-income housing is impossible. All the tenants are bad, who not only trash the property but they also do not pay the rent.
Reality
True, chances of finding bad tenants are higher in low-income housing. But, it is not true that finding a good real estate investing tenant is impossible. In fact, there is a solid core of folks in the lower-income areas who, when managed properly, will pay their rent and even remain in a house or apartment for several years, maintaining a good relationship with their landlord. Thus, it all depends on your ability to make the right tenant selection.

No doubt, there are some risks involved with real estate investing in low-income housing, but this risk is moderate and not substantial. Once you have found the right area, right property and right tenants, you can enjoy the long-term benefits, such as a better capital and a better cash flow.

Again, any type of land lording is not a rapid one or two year process that will liberate you from all of your money troubles or cares of the world. Professional land lording is very similar to being in business. It requires constant vigilance. And so does the real estate investing in low-income housing.

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