Posted by Jim McClaflin, EA, NTPI Fellow

Investing in rental property

Investing in rental property

When it comes time to build up your portfolio, there are many options that you should consider. There are many ways that you can make money, and each of them are going to have benefits that you will enjoy, as well as some negatives. Investing in rental property is one of the most popular methods that people will use in order to make some investing money on the side, or as a full time income since it is unique and allows them to be in charge of their own money and investment.


While investing in rental properties can be a great way to make some money, you need to find a tax professional who can help you along the way. The professionals at Accounting and Tax Professionals will be able to help you out with everything you need. Whether you need help keeping track of all the accounting needs that come with investing in your rental properties or you would like to find out all the tax breaks that are available to you when you own rental properties, our professionals are there to help you along the way.

Benefits of Choosing Rental Property to Invest In

There are many benefits to choosing to invest in rental property. You are going to love all the freedom you can have with this kind of investing. You will be able to be in charge of the amount that you make, can take steps to make more money, and you won’t have to just hand over your money and hope that they are going to do a good job. Some of the other benefits you will enjoy include:

  • Choose your own properties—the first benefit is that you get to choose your own properties. Make wise decisions to make the most money.
  • Hands on experience—you can be as involved as you would like in this process. Want to just work on the buildings and not worry about accounting and other tax issues? Make sure to visit Accounting and Tax Professionals to get this taken care of.
  • No relying on other people to make money—with other investing opportunities, you have to worry about someone else getting to play with your money. You have no control and have to hope that they are doing a good job. When you invest in real estate, you are the one who is in control.
  • Choose your own tenants—you get to choose the tenants that you work with. This makes it easier to get good people who will pay you and stick around for a while without a lot of hassle.
  • Choose how much to make—you can even choose how much you would like to make. Whether you work on one property or ten, you are in control.
  • Low startup costs—purchasing a property does not require you to come up with all the money upfront. A low down payment is usually all and you can pay it back, while making a profit, as you go.

Choosing a Rental Property

When you are investing in rental properties, you must make sure you are picking them out in good areas. You want to attract families that are going to pay you and will stay in the buildings for a long time to make more money. Picking buildings that need a ton of work will take time to fix up and you will lose profit at the same time. So make sure that you are going through and finding the properties that will be the easiest to manage, will be able to turn around a profit pretty quickly, and will attract the kind of tenants that you are looking for. This will help you to make the most money possible out of this process.


Keeping Track of Accounting Records

While you are enjoying your new investment opportunity, you must take some time to keep track of the records of money in and money out. You will be bringing in money from the rent that your tenants give you, but you will also have to pay money out for the mortgage payment, repairs, and other things. Keeping good accounting records will help out a lot to show you how much you are making out of this investment as well as getting you prepared for tax time.

For some individuals, keeping track of all these accounting features can seem like a lot of work. Some individuals just aren’t good at keeping track of all these things and others may have too many buildings to do it on their own. If you are worried about keeping track of all your accounting issues or you would like some help getting prepared with taxes, make sure to contact the professionals at Accounting and Tax Professionals. They will be able to take over all your accounting needs while also taking care of the tax issues when it comes to your rental properties. Rather than worrying about it all on your own, you can hand it over to the professionals and know it is all taken care of the right way.


Whether you are investing in rental property or you need help with one of the many other tax questions that can come up, Jim McClaffin with Accounting and Tax Professionals from Grimes, IA is here to help. They have the experience needed to get you the best outcome on all your tax needs in no time. Make sure to contact them with any of your questions or to get started on your taxes today.

Jim McClaflin, EA, NTPI Fellow
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