Choosing Rentals that Make Sense: 3 No-Nonsense Tips

by Jacqui Zuzgo 11/14/2021

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For many investors, purchasing a property to rent out just makes sense. But finding properties that'll help you meet your long-term goals can be tricky. Whether you're considering a turnkey property or a property to rehab and rent yourself, keeping these tips in mind will help you weed out low-performers while you're hunting for a solid investment.

Tip 1: Run the Numbers 

For experienced investors, this is probably a no-brainer. For beginners, it's a smart reminder. When you're seriously considering any property, you need a solid expectation of the expenses associated with the property:

  • How much your mortgage will cost 
  • How much you'll pay in property tax and insurance 
  • Fees charged by a property management firm, if applicable 
  • HOA fees, if applicable 
  • Vacancy and repair costs 

Compare those numbers with the amount you can expect to receive in rental income each month. Ideally, you'll receive more each month than you'll be spending on the property. In some cases, a property might be worth purchasing even if you aren't going to pocket money each month. That comes down to your long-term goals and the market where you live. 

Tip 2: Buy in A Market You Know 

Though sometimes the best markets are far from home, and we'll the last to discourage investors from looking outside their own county, it's vital to understand the area. Some examples: 

  • College alumni might choose to buy near their alma mater
  • Retired or active duty military might choose to buy an investment property near a military base
  • Nurses might purchase an investment property catering to short-term nurses near their hospital 

If you're able to land an investment property in an area that caters to your niche, you'll already have valuable insight and an "in" when it comes to renting it out and understanding the real estate market in the area. Use your insight to give you an edge. 

Tip 3: Consider a Small Multi-Unit Property 

By purchasing a duplex, triplex, or quad you can live in, you can take advantage of an FHA mortgage--with its low down payment and interest rates--and secure a primary residence as well as a rental property (or two, or three). Although this type of investment can require more hassle, more tenant screenings, and more time in managing tenants and repairs, it can be a solid place to begin an investment portfolio. 

About the Author
Author

Jacqui Zuzgo

I have been a REALTOR® in Massachusetts since 1984 and hold both a salesman and broker license. I am currently affiliated with Five College REALTORS® located at 190 University Drive, Amherst, MA. Over my career, I have consistently been a Top Producer in the Pioneer Valley and have gained a reputation for being a strong-minded, no-nonsense negotiator in the industry. I also frequently rank highly on Boston’s Top 20 for sales in Western Massachusetts. Some of my best qualities include my listening and communication skills. I have time and again proven to work well under pressure with exceptional attention to detail. My commitment to my clients and professionalism is obvious in every transaction.

Representing both buyers and sellers in Hampshire and Franklin Counties, as well as assisting in relocations throughout the United States and globally has helped me embrace the need for quality performance and develop an acute and sincere sensitivity to people's needs. Honing in on what matters most is almost a sixth sense. Communication and awareness of the situation at hand produce a final result that has undoubtedly led to the large referral business I maintain.

Education has been a theme throughout my 30 years of experience. Well versed in technology and holding key designations have proven to be assets to my performance and dedication to the Real Estate field. My never-ending enthusiasm, availability, knowledge and drive make for a seamless transaction every client, every time.

I am a native of the Pioneer Valley. I am committed to sharing all the area has to offer in making your transition, whether long distance or short, a satisfying experience.

Education:

  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst - Bachelor of Science 1983
  • Top Individual Seller for Residential Sales in the Pioneer Valley since 2006.
  • #1#1 Realtor in the entire Franklin/Hampshire Counties for Millions Sold since 1999.
  • Highest producer in sales since 2004 in Franklin/Hampshire Counties.
  • ABR®– Accredited Buyer's Representative
  • CRS – Certified Residential Specialist (only 3% of REALTORS® hold a CRS)
  • e-PRO – Digital Marketing, Certified e-PRO Realtor®
  • GRI – Graduate, Realtors® Institute
  • SRES– Seniors Real Estate Specialist®

Biographical Highlights:

Life long, active member of the community, born & raised in the Pioneer Valley. Graduate of University of Massachusetts, Amherst, BS 1983.

Current Committee Involvement:

Member of the local Chamber of Commerce - Post Board of Director's member Volunteer for the Road to Recovery.

Greenfield Community College Foundation Board Member 

Greenfield Savings Bank Corporator

MLS Professional Standards Committee Member

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