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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 difficult challenge with regards to 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, don’t be alarmed; there are proven effective ways to make saving up for your next investment property faster and more effortless, and I’m elated to help you study those options more closely.

Quick Start to Saving for a Down Payment

One of the ideal ways to set in motion saving money for your down payment is to prioritize saving over spending. Even though it sounds like common sense, it can be really challenging in practice.


Saving money can be burdensome, chiefly when it also means putting off some of the things you certainly wish to buy. But, on the other hand, if you intend to save up a significant amount of money, it’s advisable to set specific goals, map out a plan, and then implement it consistently. Seriously consider automating your savings to make this process a lot easier. Have your paycheck split between accounts, or set up automatic transfers.


If you prefer to increase your savings, paying off any debts you may have is an effective way to start. Think about 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 quite amazed at how much more money you have left over at the end of each month.


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

Assess the Cost of the Desired Property

To get started, research the real estate market in your chosen location to understand current property prices. Clarify and study the type of property you want (by way of example a single-family home, condominium, or multi-unit building) and what essential aspects matter most to you (size, amenities, and location).


Once you’ve found plenty of potential properties, pay particular attention to their listing prices and any extra costs that come with buying a home like for example closing costs, taxes, and fees. Take careful note of potential ups and downs in the market and any unthought-of expenses that might come into existence during the buying process. Take note, it’s better to be attentively prepared than surprised.

Set Reasonable Savings Goals

Formulating short-term goals is one of the ideal means to save up for a down payment. Instead of being totally focused on the large sum of money you need to purchase your next investment property, setting up smaller, attainable goals is better.


Like for instance, you can set off by planning to save a specific amount each week or each paycheck, even if it is just $25 or $50. By keeping your attention on the short term, you can build your savings account and greatly boost your sense of accomplishment.

Whatever you do to keep your savings on track will only benefit you and your investment portfolio over time.


Whether you have one investment property or numerous, Real Property Management Diamond has a solution that perfectly fits your budget in Bridgeville and nearby. Contact us online or call us at 302-313-7700 to discuss our flexible management contracts today!


Originally Published on March 27, 2020

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