Risk Management in Property Investment

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When it comes to investing, the cardinal rule for an investor to avoid overlooking is a risk management plan. Regardless of the assets, an investor should have a researched risk management strategy at play. Generally, investing in property is considered a low-risk investment, and often investors manage the risk only by researching the location. This leads to a risky business. For a successful investment plan, especially for someone who has just stepped into the property market, having a structured, comprehensive risk management strategy is essential.

The very first thing to do is plan a portfolio that addresses aspects of property purchasing ranging from loan to value ratios to expected cash flow and even the timing of the property purchase. You’ll also need to take into account the increase in interest rate with a plan to cope with it. Also, keep in mind to have a yearly review of your strategy. Apart from this, here are a few risk management tools to have up your sleeve while investing in property.

Keep Track of Your Numbers

Investing is all about knowing your numbers. You need to have a proper understanding of your numbers and build a property portfolio accordingly. Keeping track of the numbers will allow you to weigh the risk and rewards. Once you have a clear understanding of your numbers, you can assess risks as investors in monetary terms.

Choosing the Location

The location of a property is the core of the property market. Investing in a property located in an economically diverse area is the key. Look for a property in locations with balanced cash flow and capital growth. While sorting out the location, it is also necessary to look for a property having a price range in the middle.

Understanding Property Cycle

Understanding the property cycle is another essential risk management tool. Studying the proper balance between the number of properties for sale and the number of people looking for and buying the property will keep you a step ahead in managing the risk involved in property investment. It is also necessary to diversify your investments. You know the axiom, “do not put all your eggs in the same basket.”

Insurance and Hedging

In general, insurance is a risk management tool used broadly not only in property investment but also in other aspects of life. As a property investor, you should have landlord insurance. Apart from this, having income protection insurance followed by life insurance proves to be an essential risk management tool. With homeowner’s insurance, you are hedging yourself from unforeseen disasters such as break-ins and fire. Hedging is a form of insurance against the impact of adverse events that might have on finances. With hedge funds, the impact of negative events is reduced. Investors use hedging techniques to mitigate exposure to various risks.

Proper Research

In any circumstances, thorough research will always give you an upper hand. Research the location you are looking forward to buying the investment property at. The population base in the area, various industries, and infrastructures available play a significant role. The target property needs to fall in the most-wanted bracket being neither too expensive nor too cheap. While investing, you should have an eye for the long-term picture so that when the time comes to sell, you have a large population to sell it to. As an investor, you need to study the market and how it may change in the next 15-20 years instead of focusing on how the market is now. The cities have a sharp increase in demand due to the presence of essential infrastructures in the area, in turn increasing the price and the profit.

Listen to Experts

While these elements need to be taken into consideration while investing in property, it is always best to seek advice from the experts. The best risk management tool is always to listen to knowledgeable experts and avoid costly mistakes that “trying it alone” investors tend to make.

If you need a hand, you can always reach out to us. Hear from our Nepali Mortgage Brokers and make a purposeful investment decision.

Author:

Kiran Thapa

Ushma Shrestha

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