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The Obvious Alternative Investment

The demand for good rentals is strong and the rents continue to go up in most markets.  There are people who choose not to buy or cannot buy a home who would prefer to live in a single family home rather than an apartment. 
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Rental homes can be a natural alternative investment choice for homeowners.
Single family homes offer an investor high loan-to-value mortgages at fixed interest rates for long terms on appreciating assets with defined tax advantages and more control than other investments and as a homeowner, you are already familiar with how to maintain the property.

1. High loan-to- value mortgages – most investments require that you pay cash
but rental properties can be purchased with 20% down payment.
2. Fixed interest rates – most commercial loans are based on a floating rate
such as prime interest plus one or two percent compared to real estate loans
as fixed rates for the term.
3. Long terms – commercial loans are generally short-term such as six months
or a year with the possibility of being renewed for another six months or a
year unlike real estate where a 30-year mortgage is commonplace.
4. Appreciating assets – real estate has a long-term history of going up in value.
5. Defined tax advantages – many investments are taxed as ordinary income
but rental real estate enjoys a non-cash deduction called cost recovery, the
profits from sale are taxed at lower long-term capital gains rates or may be
​eligible for a tax-deferred exchange.
6. Control – rental homes don’t require partners and afford the investor more options than investing in mutual funds and other traditional investments.
7. Management – You also have the option of having the property managed if you don’t want to be involved in the day to day workings of the investment property. It is not as costly as you might think to have someone else manage things although maintenance on a rental is not that much different than on your personal home. The same plumbers, painters and other workmen can be used to make repairs.