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The Path to Property Ownership: Saving for Your Down Payment

A person saving money by putting coins into a jar. Investing in single-family rental properties can be a bit of a tough challenge concerning saving up for the down payment. You’ll need at least 20% of the purchase price saved up, plus a little extra for closing costs, insurance, and repairs. But, on the other hand, don’t worry; there are a whole lot of proven methods to make saving up for your next investment property faster and simpler, and I’m pleased to help you examine those options.

Quick Start to Saving for a Down Payment

One of the proven practices to begin saving money for your down payment is to prioritize saving over spending. Even while it sounds like common sense, it can be tricky in practice.


Saving money can be quite difficult, more particularly when it spells out putting off some of the things you actually desire to buy. But really, if you want to save up a significant amount of money, it’s critical to put in place specific goals, draft a plan, and then do it consistently. Weigh automating your savings to make this process a whole lot easier. Have your paycheck split between accounts, or set up automatic transfers.


If you choose to increase your savings, paying off any debts you may have is a great way to begin. Look into it this way: Every month, you’re putting money towards paying off debts instead of saving for your future property. Once your debts are cleared, you’ll be in awe at how much more money you have left over at the end of each month.


No more worrying about debt and interest payments sucking dry your hard-earned income. If you do use credit cards, only spend what you can pay back each month. Various credit cards offer cashback rewards that will help you save significantly more; this can be the best advantage for responsible credit card users.

Assess the Cost of the Desired Property

To start up this process, research the real estate market in your selected location to understand current property prices. Study the type of property you want (for illustration, a single-family home, condominium, or multi-unit building) and what facets matter most to you (size, amenities, and location).


Once you’ve found multiple potential properties, take note attentively of their listing prices and any extra costs that come with buying a home, for instance, closing costs, taxes, and fees. Evaluate potential ups and downs in the market and any unexpected expenses that might occur during the buying process. Always bear in mind, it’s better to be carefully prepared than surprised.

Set Reasonable Savings Goals

Developing short-term goals is one of the most ideal ways to save up for a down payment. Instead of being engrossed in the large sum of money you need to purchase your next investment property, going after smaller, doable goals is better.


For instance, you can simply start by planning to save a specific amount each week or each paycheck, even if it is just $25 or $50. By emphasizing the short term, you can build your savings account and enhance your sense of accomplishment.

Whatever you do to keep your savings on track will only benefit you and your investment portfolio in due course.


Whether you have one investment property or quite a lot, Real Property Management Associates has a solution that accommodates your budget in Milton and nearby. Contact us online or reach us at 508-509-4485 to talk to our flexible management contracts today!


Originally Published on March 27, 2020

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