Is Real Estate Better Than Stock?

Investing is a big decision! Traditionally when people hear the word investing, they think of the stock market. However, in recent years all the rage is now becoming real estate investing! You may be wondering, is this a better option? So here are the pros and cons to real estate investments and investing in stock.


Pros of real estate investing:

1.Straight forward process: although real estate investing requires more time and learning the process is easily understood. Typically, investors find undervalued properties, make repairs and rent them at a profit.

2. Tax advantages: owning a rental property means the owners are able to write off things like interest, depreciation, travel expenses and insurance.

3. Unlike the stock market you can more often than not rely on return on your investment monthly.

4. Protection from inflation: generally, rent goes up as inflation increases so investing in real estate is viewed as a hedge against inflation


Cons of real estate investing:

1.Hard to diversify: Unlike the stock market where you can choose multiple investment, the only way to do that in real estate is buying different properties types in different areas.

2. Cost of liquidity: After the initial investment required to buy real estate, it is also an illiquid venture. Therefore, if the neighborhood goes downhill, interest rates skyrocket, getting rid of the property could become difficult.

3. Unless you choose to hire a property management company you would be looking at a lot of time spent managing you property. You know have responsibilities such as application screening and approval, rent collection, maintenance issues and so on. Or you can hire an amazing property management company to do the work for you!


Pros of investing in stock:

1. Easily Diversified: Using stocks, investors can quickly assemble a diverse portfolio across many industries on any budget.

2. Liquidity:  Investors enjoy that with stocks; they can see the true value of their investment at any given time. Also, if they wish to change aspects of their investment, it is easily done through trades or selling.

3. Low fees: The benefit of stock investments is there is little to no fees for simple trades.

4. Tax advantages: Many employers now sponsor retirement accounts like a 401k where people can grow their contributions.


Cons of investing in stock: 

1. Unstable: If you are at all familiar with the stock market you know that prices can change rapidly. Therefore, navigating without a professional can be a challenge. Which can also be hard if you don’t intend on participating long term.

2. Emotional charge: You have to have a cool head and can’t be emotionally driven in your decisions. for example, if an investment starts to take a turn many investors will run the other way, however this is part of the process and you need to be able to see the bigger picture.

3. Capital Gains: In some instances, selling stocks could cause the investor to pay capital gains tax. Furthermore, investors must pay tax on the dividends they earn throughout the year.


As you can see there are a lot of factors when determining which rout is the best one for your investment goals. If earning a passive income through rental properties sounds like the best choice for you, please call our team of experts so we can help you with the process!

How to Prepare Your Rental Property for the Texas Summer

It’s that time of year again property owners! Its time to get your rental properties ready for the HOT Texas summers! Why? Well, we want to protect your investment from unnecessary damage caused by the heat, sun and dry conditions. Our goal is to prevent maintenance problems from arising! Not sure where to start? Here is a helpful guide.


Get your AC inspected

• Clean and replace your air filters, such as when they begin to look clogged with dust
• Clean the A/C condenser coils from leaves, yard debris and dirt
• Cut and remove weeds or plants that may obstruct airflow through the condenser unit
• Check the coolant lines
• Repair or replace any damaged pipe insulation
• Replaced areas where the insulation is frayed or missing

Test the A/C unit:
• Let unit dry thoroughly after cleaning
• Turn the thermostat to OFF
• Turn ON the power at the disconnect box
• Turn ON the power at the main panel
• Switch the thermostat to COOL and set temperature

Interior and Exterior

• Replace cracked/ damaged glass in all windows and doors
• Add weather stripping where necessary
• Check seals on doors and windows
• Clean and reseal outdoor concrete and wood
• Look for rot or termites on wood floorboards, replace if necessary
• Fix broken or loose railings
• Have a professional inspect the structural support of porches, patios, decks, etc.
• Inspect siding for any loose or missing panels
• Repair wall joints and any minor cracks
• Replace any missing roof tiles or shingles
• Clean and repair all gutters
• Install gutter guards where necessary


• Inspect sprinkler system and drip feeds for leaks, make repairs where necessary
• Verify drip emitters are firmly in place
• Check and repair sprinkler heads that are not working properly, such as spraying in the wrong area
• Reconnect any hoses that were removed during the winter months
• Adjust watering schedules
• Make sure timers are properly working
• Replace dead plants that did not make it through the winter season



If you have any questions about protecting your property please give us a call so our team can best assist you with this process!

The 7 Types of Rental Property Investors

There are typically seven types of property investors! Which one are you? Each one has their own set of traits and all have the ability to make money on their investments.

The International Investor:
Are the people that choose to purchase rental property in a different country. These type of investor are getting into the business to make money and potentially to grow their portfolio of properties.
Most of these property owners have multiple rentals or plan to. You often see their properties in urban neighborhoods or cities. 

The Accidental Landlords:
These individuals came to owning a rental property for circumstantial reasons. This could include situations such as inherited properties. These people don’t generally consider themselves investors. They are not as likely to grow their portfolios by purchasing new investment properties. These people may even be planning to move into the property in the future so only intend to lease it short term

The 5 sub types of traditional rental property investors and landlords

The Growth Focused Investor: These investors, similar to the international investors, have a  main goal to acquire new properties and continue to grow their revenue stream.

The Single Unit Owner: Also similar to the accidental landlord, they have a single property that they are focused on and don’t have plans or intend to grow the number of investments that they do have.

The DIY Landlord: These are individuals that feel they can handle managing their property without the assistants of a property manager. They will often do their own maintenance as well.

The Absent Landlord: These are the people that have the help of a property manager so they are able to be very hands off with their property while still making money on their investment.

The Profit Conscious Investor: This group of people want a property managers help in increasing their properties profitability. These people see the benefit of all that property management companies have to offer.


If you fall under one of these categories and do not currently have a property management company helping you out and would like more information on our services please reach out to us!