In many ways, getting the most from your property portfolio is really a matter of good administration. This is particularly true when it comes to tracking your finances, which can directly impact the returns you receive. But keeping across all your incomings and outgoings takes work, especially if you own multiple investment properties.
This begs a few important questions – like, which numbers do you really need to record? How much detail do you need to go into? And what are the best ways to keep track of this information?
Tracking your income
Generally speaking, recording the income produced by your investments should be fairly easy. For most properties, you will only receive one regular payment, which represents the entirety of the ongoing income it produces. And, if you engage a professional property manager, they should track this for you and provide a regular summary statement.
All going well, you should also see some additional income when you sell a property. This is the realisation of the capital growth achieved and needs to be recorded for tax purposes. This data is also crucial for calculating the total returns you received and could help you refine your investment approach.
Income tracking gets a little more complicated if you own multiple investment properties, as you will have multiple income sources. While you can easily roll this into one “total income” figure, you should also track your income from each property. This will allow you to assess the performance of individual investments and monitor the balance of your whole property portfolio.
Tracking your expenses
Recording all the expenses incurred by your properties is a little harder, as they tend to be quite varied. To get a full picture of what you are regularly spending on your investments, you need to account for your:
If you use a professional property manager, they may look after several key expenses for you. For example, many property managers deduct their fees, as well as most maintenance costs, directly from the rent they collect. If they do, their regular statements should include an itemised list of the amounts they have paid on your behalf.
Expense tracking tips and tricks
If you are administratively minded, keeping on top of your income and expenses should not be too difficult. If you are not, here are a few simple things you can do to make this process easier:
Want to discuss this further?
If you need help getting, and staying, on top of your finances, contact Search Party Property. As property investment specialists, we understand what you need to track and can recommend ways to make this easier. We also regularly work with a range of financial experts and can connect you with the professional support you require.