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The Path to Property Ownership: Saving for Your Down Payment

A person saving money by putting coins into a jar. Investing in single-family rental properties can be a bit of a challenge as concerns saving up for the down payment. You’ll need at least 20% of the purchase price saved up, plus a little extra for closing costs, insurance, and repairs. Even so, don’t be worried; there are particularly effective strategies to make saving up for your next investment property faster and a whole lot easier, and I’m looking forward to help you look into those options more closely.

Quick Start to Saving for a Down Payment

One of the optimum solutions to begin saving money for your down payment is to prioritize saving over spending. While, in fact, it sounds like common sense, it can be rather tough in practice.


Saving money can be really trying, definitely when it indicates putting off some of the things you really seek to buy. But on the other hand, if you aspire to save up a significant amount of money, it’s critical to set specific goals, bring about a plan, and then set it in motion. Think about automating your savings to make this process not difficult at all. Have your paycheck split between accounts, or set up automatic transfers.


If you endeavor to increase your savings, paying off any debts you may have is a nice way to set off this process. Weigh it this way: Every month, you’re putting money towards paying off debts instead of saving for your future property. Once your debts are cleared, you’ll be taken aback and happily surprised at how much more money you have left over at the end of each month.


No more worrying about debt and interest payments using up your hard-earned income. If you do use credit cards, only spend what you can pay back each month. Particular credit cards offer cashback rewards that will help you save so much more; this can be a positive advantage for responsible credit card users.

Assess the Cost of the Desired Property

To get going with this process, research the real estate market in your singled-out location to understand current property prices. Take into consideration the type of property you want (similar to a single-family home, condominium, or multi-unit building) and what aspects matter most to you (size, amenities, and location).


Once you’ve found several potential properties, consider their listing prices and any extra costs that come with buying a home, for example, closing costs, taxes, and fees. Make sure to examine potential ups and downs in the market and any unthinkable expenses that might crop up during the buying process. Put in mind, it’s better to be actually prepared than surprised.

Set Reasonable Savings Goals

Developing short-term goals is one of the most effective ways to save up for a down payment. Instead of dwelling on the large sum of money you need to purchase your next investment property, setting smaller, obtainable goals is so much better.


By way of example, you can simply start by planning to save a specific amount each week or each paycheck, even if it is just $25 or $50. By focusing your attention on the short term, you can build your savings account and enhance your sense of accomplishment.


Whatever you do to keep your savings on track will only benefit you and your investment portfolio in the long run.


Whether you have one investment property or plenty, Real Property Management Hartford Metro/Greater New London has a solution that fits well with your budget in Stonington and nearby. Contact us online or call us at 860-436-9955 to discuss our flexible management contracts today!


Originally Published on March 27, 2020

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