Three Challenges With Multifamily Real Estate

April 14, 2022
● Written by
Weeks

While multifamily real estate investing comes with many benefits, it can also often be hectic if you're unprepared. It is important to do your research and understand the risks before investing because, as with many things in life, there are pros and cons. I will highlight a few challenges multifamily investors may encounter.

Affordability

The cost of multifamily real estate has been rising steadily for years, and this trend is likely to continue. Affordability becomes an even bigger issue for most investors if the rental income from the property is not enough to cover the mortgage payments, taxes, and other expenses associated with owning and operating the property. If the property is not generating enough income to cover these costs, the investor will eventually have to dip into their own personal finances to make up the difference, and this can quickly lead to financial ruin.

Availability

The number of available units is not keeping up with population growth, especially in urban areas. There’s a severe shortage of new multifamily units being built. This is due in part to the decrease in funding for new construction projects, as well as the increased difficulty of obtaining zoning approvals and permits. The current availability issue is likely to continue in the near future.

Maintenance

Particularly in multifamily investing, maintenance can pose to be a challenge.

  1. Multifamily buildings require regular maintenance and repairs, which can be costly. This can be a challenge for landlords and property managers as each party must balance the need to keep their buildings in good condition while responding to tenant requests in a timely fashion. It can be difficult to keep up with the sheer volume of maintenance requests, leading to a potential backlog of work and a feeling of being overwhelmed.
  2. Maintenance requests can be disruptive to the daily operations of multifamily real estate property. This can be frustrating for tenants and owners alike.
  3. Lastly, turnover rates in multifamily real estate can be high, which means that there is a constant need for repairs and maintenance.

In short, multifamily real estate can be a great investment, but it also comes with its own set of challenges. Before making the decision to invest in multifamily real estate, be sure to do your research and understand the potential risks and rewards. When you're ready to invest, our team is on standby ready to help.

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Please note: Nothing above should be construed as legal, investment, tax, nor financial advice. This content is for informational purposes only. Consult a lawyer and/or an accountant if the above is right for your personal situation.

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