Real Estate Investing vs Investing For Cash Flows

Diverse investors invest in real property for different reasons. The most common reasons for investing in real estate tulum mx are to generate steady income and cash flows. Cash flows and investing to make quick bucks due to the rise in market prices are two of the most common reasons. This article will compare both of these options and discuss the risks and benefits.

Investing for Capital Gains vs. Investing for Cash Flow

  • Predictability: Cash flow investing has the advantage that it is more predictable than capital gain. Buyers who are looking for capital gains have little to no way of knowing what profits they will make. Many of these buyers believe that the macroeconomic fundamentals of an economy will continue to drive prices up. This isn’t true for any economy. The real estate industry is just like every other industry that experiences cycles of falling and escalating housing prices. Others believe in the greater fool theory. They expect to find another buyer willing to purchase the property at a higher price, hoping to achieve the same feat as they did. Capital gains investing is mostly a buy-and-hold strategy. 

    Cash flow investing, on the other side, has the element of predictability. Capital gain investors have a good idea of what is coming next. They can therefore predict with some certainty the expected amount of profit on both a short-term and long-term basis.


  • Sustainability Investing in cash flows is more viable than investing for capital gains. Because a cash flow-based strategy is grounded in reality, this is why it is so popular. Every month, cash is coming in. Cash may come in at a higher or lower level than anticipated. In a well-structured deal, the cash is sufficient to cover at least the operating costs. The property can operate independently without financial support, making it self-sustaining. Investors have more control over managing these properties, even if the market is in bearish. 

    Property purchased with the intention of capital gains are very different. These properties are prone to bleeding red ink as soon as they are purchased. During the tenure of the property investment, investors can expect to bring in more money. Cash inflows are only available when the investment is ended, i.e. When the property is sold. Investors may not have the cash to sustain their profits if there is no exit point. They may need to sell the property at the current market price. Investing for capital gains is not feasible due to such distressed sales.


  • Tax Efficient: Cash flows are far more tax-efficient than capital gains investments. Most countries have capital gains laws that make it difficult to flip properties without causing a significant loss in taxation. 

    The tax benefits of rental income, which is the heart of any strategy that relies on cash flow, are significant. The rental income can be used to offset a variety of expenses for investors. Investors can reduce their income and pay lower taxes due to their decreased income. Rental income is also taxed lower because it accumulates over many years.

    Capital gains, on the other hand, are taxable as income in one go. Investors who have higher income are subject to higher taxes. When investors make capital gains on a property, there are certain deductions that they can take. These deductions do not reduce income as efficiently as those available when the property is rented.


  • Riskiness If risk is simply defined as an amount of deviation from the norm, capital gains investing is much more risky than cash flow investing. Real estate is prone to fluctuations in capital values. But, the rental value shows a predictable appreciation between 8%-10% each year. The rental market is therefore less volatile. An investment that is based on cash flow projections for the rental market is less risky than investments that are based on future capital value. 

    Investors also have greater control over rental values than they do on capital values. Investors have the ability to make improvements to property and improve rental prospects. This is not true for the capital value of a property.

Opportunities in Bear Markets

It is difficult to find properties that generate positive cash flows. These properties are not often advertised in the newspaper’s first pages. These properties can be found by spending a considerable amount of time searching for bargains. These bargains can also be found in bear markets, such as that which existed during the 2008 sub prime crisis. This period saw an increase in foreclosures. These people are now without homes because their homes are being sold on the market at a bargain price. These families, on the other hand want to rent apartments so they can live there. The rental value of apartments continues to rise despite falling capital values.

In such difficult times, sophisticated real estate investors make sure they have enough cash to buy properties and make deals.