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by Neil Fjellestad and Chris De Marco, FBS Property Management

Rental ownership has a long history of satisfying the primary investment priorities of personal financial independence: safety of capital, inflation hedge and tax-favored income. Traditionally, if the detailed financial statements of the wealthy are available for review it becomes apparent that long-term income producing real estate assets directly or indirectly contribute substantially to their net worth.

Certainly there are exceptions that get the notoriety. There are the entrepreneurs that hit the jackpot with a new invention, the right innovation at the right time and/or the market control of a needed commodity. Then there are the speculators that successfully capture the benefits of leveraged capital, cheap labor or some windfall in the short-term that cannot be repeated with consistency.

However, forget the outliers and the top one-percent and concentrate on the basics of what has worked for the top twenty-percent. Locally understood and available rental properties purchased carefully one at a time consistently becomes the safest real asset to own. Note that a small share in a national real estate investment trust may seem like a safe way to get the benefits of real estate ownership but in fact, this is just another financial asset with the same characteristics and historically similar results as any other stock market investment.

Well-located, rental-producing real estate has usually fared better as a long-term hedge against inflation when compared to financial investments. The closer your investment resembles a small business serving customers with an essential part of daily life the more likely that its operations and value are going to keep up with the cost of living.

Though assets may hold value no reliable income is produced. Equity in your personal residence is its own goal providing a sense of financial well-being, a source of emergency funds and a reduction of household expense as you approach retirement; but no income. However, a well maintained and managed rental (house, condo, duplex, and apartments, commercial) that is held free of debt produces tax-favored income on a consistent basis. Smart long-term rental ownership applied to San Diego real estate will allow you a comfortable retirement here or anywhere of your choice.

Finally, providing ongoing rental housing for households and/or businesses within your community is socially responsible and should be a greater source of personal satisfaction and connection compared to institutional financial investments.

Rent Sense is an informative article for rental owners or those looking to become investment property owners, brought to you courtesy of Neil Fjellestad and Chris De Marco, President and Vice President of FBS Property Management in San Diego, CA. In business for over 40 years, covering 65 zip codes, with over 700 single family homes and over 1,200 clients, Neil, Chris and the rest of the FBS team are available at 619-286-7600 or www.fbs-pm.com

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  • Janis

    I totally agree. I have a few paid off rental units and Im not driving a Mercedes , but Im living off of my rentals.
    I dont know of any other investment as sure as well-located rental real estate.
    The main thing I tell people is location, location, location.
    If you wont live in your rentals, you wont get any decent people who want to rent it.
    Of course if you have rentals in a slum, then Section 8 is the only way to go.

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