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What To Look for When you Purchase a Rental House

The first key to any area is that people need to have a reason to want to live there

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If you find yourself looking to capitalise on the housing market, then this could be one of the best times to get into the real estate game. However, instead of trying to flip a home like many other people, why not lock in your cash flows for a long period of time and still guarantee that your asset will appreciate over many years? If you are thinking about purchasing a rental house, then consider the following items as the top characteristics for a rental property, according to Investopedia.

Amenities

The first key to any area is that people need to have a reason to want to live there. Some people will always be able to find a reason, and certain quirks in buyers will make even the worst characteristics of a home seem appealing. That being said, if you want to cast the widest net when it comes to finding qualified renters, then you need to think about who will be in the area and who will want to be in the area as well.

Amenities can be anything under the sun, but there needs to be a reason to attract buyers in the first place. This could be wildlife, parks, malls, colleges, entertainment, and other such things because the list just keeps on going. It is important to simply remember that when there are things to do and enjoy, that is when you have found an area that others will want to be a part of as well. If you can find investment, then people will come and will want to live in that place.

For rent. Image source: indianpropertylawyers.com
For rent. Image source: indianpropertylawyers.com

Job Market

The general job market is going to be important because you will want to have qualified renters to rent from you. However, you also don’t want to have a flat-lining pool of possible tenants. Instead, you want it to be growing. You also want to have your potential candidates continue to increase their wages so that they can continue to afford to rent from you (and possibly even affording an increase in other dues as well). The key is that you cannot neglect the other side of the equation, which is thinking about where you will be for the long term.

Assuming that you have a twenty or thirty-year mortgage (if not one that is even longer), then you could be locked into that property for a long time. So, instead of going to an area that is volatile with respect to jobs and the future economy, you want to find something that will keep growing and will continue to attract people in the long haul as well. Knowing the job market means you will know if your product will have enough demand to even succeed as a viable business plan in the long run.

Rents

Paying attention to the rents themselves is one key that you cannot forget, according to an article by Business Insider. It isn’t all about making immediate money as you will be able to make it in the long run if you have a solid property. That being said, you also want to be able to know you are not only clearing your mortgage payments and other obligations but that you are also able to afford anything else that comes up.

When you are pricing an area in general then you will also be able to tell a lot more about the area with respect to the class of people and the types of tenants you will be dealing with. That is just one of the reasons that it is so important to consider searching for properties with top tools such as DDProperty when it comes to actually seeking out the best properties.

Schools

While most people think that a school district is nice just for small families, the reality is a strong school district leads to a lot more. Having a strong school district in a general area means that people who live there are able to afford the taxes, the local government runs the area efficiently, and in general there isn’t a lot of volatility or crime. When you think about an area that you want to open a leasing property operation in, that is pretty much the exact summary of where you want to go.

Furthermore, even if the area suffers some lows for a certain period of time, the areas that get hit the hardest are typically the worse off neighbourhoods, which only means that the areas with nicer schools and a more solid economic base will continue to be sought after.

When it is all said and done there are always opportunities out there to open properties and find good investments in the real estate game. What you want to do is to find the places that give you the best chance at being successful and yielding the best profit for the least hassle and stress.

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Indian Economy Passing through A Phase of Economic Slowdown

In simple words, a cyclical economic slowdown is a part of the business cycle having its peaks and troughs

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While there is a consensus that the economy is slowing down, the debate is still going on whether the slowdown is structural or cyclical. Pixabay

The Indian economy is passing through a phase of economic slowdown, with the GDP growth registering one of the lowest rates of 5.8 per cent in the last quarter of FY19. The GDP growth rate for the first quarter of FY20 is feared to be lower than 5.8 per cent. While there is a consensus that the economy is slowing down, the debate is still going on whether the slowdown is structural or cyclical.

In simple words, a cyclical economic slowdown is a part of the business cycle having its peaks and troughs. The economy will be moving in cycles with periods of peak performance followed by a downturn and then a trough of low activity. These are expected to be short-term problems that could be addressed with an adequate mix of fiscal and monetary policies.

On the other hand, sometimes the problems of the economy can go deeper, impeding the efficient and fair production of goods and services. In such a scenario, a monetary and fiscal stimulus won’t be enough to revive the economy. Fixing such problems would require the government to undertake some structural policies. The best example in this regard would be the reforms that were carried out to address the crisis in 1991.

Now, the question is whether the Indian economy requires structural policies or a stimulus package through monetary and fiscal policy. We can analyse the performance of various indicators that would help us in assessing whether the slowdown is cyclical or structural. The economic growth of any country is driven by a virtuous cycle of savings, investment and exports. Of all the three, investment is considered to be the key driver of growth. To quote the Economic Survey (2019), investment, especially private investment, is the ‘key driver’ that drives demand, creates capacity, increases labour productivity, introduces new technology, allows creative destruction, and generates jobs.

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The Indian economy is passing through a phase of economic slowdown, with the GDP growth registering one of the lowest rates of 5.8 per cent in the last quarter of FY19. Pixabay

The investment rate as measured by Gross Fixed Capital Formation (GFCF) as a per cent of GDP is showing a declining trend. GFCF as a per cent of GDP has declined from 34.3 per cent in 2011 to 28.8 per cent in 2018. Similarly, if we consider the GFCF in the private sector, it declined from 26.9 per cent in 2011 to 21.4 per cent in 2018. Likewise, the new investment projects that were announced in 2011 stood at 5,882, whereas it declined to 3,708 in 2018. On the other hand, the investment projects that were dropped off in 2011 were 945 and it increased to 2,142 in 2018.

A similar declining trend is also evident in the case of gross domestic savings as a per cent of GDP. It declined from 32.7 per cent in 2011 to 29.3 per cent in 2018. During the same period, exports as a per cent of GDP also declined from 24.5 per cent to 19.6 per cent. Thus, the performance of all the three indicators considered to be the major ingredients of a growth story was not satisfactory.

Another major area of concern that is also contributing to the declining savings in the economy is wage growth. The economy is experiencing a declining wage growth (both rural and urban wages). Rural wage growth has declined from 27.7 per cent in FY14 to less than 5 per cent in FY19. The corporate wages have also exhibited a single-digit growth in FY19 compared to a double-digit growth a few years back. The declining wages could also lead to a slowdown in consumption, which is what the economy is experiencing now.

All the sectors, especially the auto sector, is passing through a crisis like situation due to the declining sales. The declining sales and piling inventories are forcing companies to cut down production. The cutting down of production can have repercussions in the job market. For instance, the unemployment rate was 5.6 per cent in July 2018, whereas in July 2019 it was 7.5 per cent.

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Further, the inflation rate in the economy has declined from 10.03 per cent in FY13 to 3.41 per cent in FY19. The low inflation rate would be a relief to the consumers, but a prolonged period of falling prices is not good news for the economy. Low inflation rate depicts weakening of demand that would discourage fresh investments and job creation.

The slowdown in the economy was further aggravated by the NBFC crisis triggered by the IL&FS default. The NBFC crisis led to a liquidity crunch that further worsened the situation in the economy. Liquidity crisis negatively affected the companies that were plaguing with lower sales. For instance, according to the letter written by the SIAM to the Finance Ministry, 70 per cent of two-wheeler sales and 60 per cent of commercial vehicles sales are financed by the NBFCs.

Considering the performance of the above indicators, it could be inferred that the slowdown in the economy is more than a cyclical one. The structural factors contributing to the slowdown is evident from the fact that the successive rate cuts by the Central Bank have not yielded the desired results. The limited fiscal space prevented the government from announcing any stimulus package in the budget. However, even if the government had gone for a fiscal stimulus it could have only a limited impact in addressing the present crisis.

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The GDP growth rate for the first quarter of FY20 is feared to be lower than 5.8 per cent. Pixabay

The liquidity crisis in the economy could be a cyclical issue, and the policy response from the RBI and the government would help in addressing the issue. Nevertheless, the IL&FS default was also a result of the delay in the rolling out of various infrastructure projects. The situation calls for simplification of the land acquisition laws in the country. The IL&FS crisis indicates that the country requires more reforms.

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Though the present situation in India is not similar to that in 1991, the slowdown is indeed worrying. There is a need to unleash a fresh set of reforms that would help India to achieve the target of a $5 trillion economy. (IANS)