Real estate investment is often seen as a singular transaction: you decide that investing in real estate is the best choice for your future, you buy a property, you find tenants for that property, and everything flows smoothly from there. While it’s certainly possible to limit your investment to a single property, it may also be worth thinking about expanding further, and opting to invest in a second property in due course.
The benefits of buying a second investment property
Property is always a good investment choice; buildings are a stable and tangible asset, can help you hedge against inflation, and will generate a (relatively) passive income. By choosing to invest in a second property, you are doubling down on all of these benefits. What’s more, you should find the process all the simpler second time around - you know what to expect, what challenges you may face and how these challenges will be overcome, so everything should be far more straightforward than it was with your first property.
In addition, a second property can help to avoid an “eggs all in one basket” scenario; essentially, two properties will always be better than one, as explained in the points below:
Local market forces. While economic downturns can impact the national property market as a whole, some areas tend to be more adversely affected than others. If your first investment property is in an area that has been particularly badly hit, then this will negatively impact your financial prospects. However, if you choose to buy your second real estate investment property in a completely different location to your first, then your interests are more widely spread.
Physical property damage. With a single investment property, any issues with that property can severely harm your finances - for example, if your property is damaged in a storm or experiences structural issues, then your tenants may need to leave until the damage is repaired. In such a scenario, your income from the property would vanish, but your expenses would increase as you have to finance the repairs - which is obviously a very difficult situation. With a second property, however, you’d still have at least one stream of continued income while the other property was repaired, which better protects your finances.
What factors should I consider when deciding if I should buy a second investment property?
Existing property performance. Ideally, your first property should be performing well and generating a stable income before you consider moving onto your second.
Financial health. Assess your overall finances to check if you can meet costs (such as the need for repairs and maintenance) on two properties.
Time availability. Go through your existing schedule and try to estimate how much time you have spent on your existing property and ask if you have the same amount of time again available to manage a second purchase.
Buying a second property can be a truly fantastic choice, and if you decide to give it a try, we hope the information above will prove to be useful.