How to successfully manage a property portfolio

Published on 22 July 2015

How to successfully manage a property portfolio: the long-term benefits of delegating day-to-day control

How to successfully manage a property portfolio

Property investment is an incredibly rewarding way to build a secondary income, provide a comfortable retirement, or simply see a more reliable return than that offered by traditional investment packages. Property investment tends to be more stable than stocks and shares, leading to few overnight millionaires, but plenty of individuals with a solid income on which they can base their lifestyles and expenditures. There is a knack to building a successful buy to let property portfolio, however, and that begins with a management strategy.

How to create a buy to let growth plan

Property investment is a long-term game and requires a long-term plan for success. Although there are a number of very successful self-managers, they all note mistakes made through lack of experience. Rather than risking a financial hit through lack of knowledge, a new investor can only benefit from the experience offered by the wealth of professionals offering their consultancy services. By using their advice to craft a growth plan, an investor can be assured that all contingencies are covered, and make sure that their trigger points are appropriately and adequately documented: at what point to buy, at what point to expand, and at what point to sell.

Rental property management strategy

Again, there are a number of anecdotal examples of self-managers, but all have required professional services at some point, and wisdom dictates that delegating the more specialised aspects at the very start can only have a positive effect. Indeed, if an investor is a complete novice, it could be argued that any potential saving suggested by self-management could actually lead to higher costs as mistakes will need to be covered from the scarce start-up resource. Alternatively, an investor could delegate all aspects of the day-to-day management to a professional service provider. This will ensure steady, reliable growth, as well as regular payments that are guaranteed by industry knowledge and experience.

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