Real Estate Investing: Considering Your Risk Tolerance

One of the fundamental principles in real estate investing, as with any investment type, is recognizing that it involves risk. Understanding your risk tolerance
and aligning it with your financial goals is crucial to making prudent investment decisions. While it doesn’t need to be a barrier, it does warrant further

Assess Your Risk Tolerance: Start by evaluating your personal risk tolerance. Are you aware and ready to handlesome variability in property values or rental
income? Do unexpected expenses or periods of vacancy stress you out? Understanding how you react to various levels of risk is essential and can help you to
make a plan for mitigating them. Some individuals are naturally more risk-averse, while others are more comfortable with taking on higher levels of risk. Your
risk tolerance should reflect your financial situation, temperament, and long-term objectives.

Set Clear Financial Goals: Real estate investments should align with your financial goals. Whether your objectives are short-term, like generating additional
income, or long-term, such as building wealth for retirement, your risk tolerance should be in harmony with these goals. For instance, if your primary goal is
to create a steady stream of income to supplement your current earnings, you might focus on stable, cash-flowing properties with lower risk profiles.

Start Small and Scale Up: It’s quite acceptable to start your real estate investment journey with less risky opportunities. In fact, it’s often recommended for
newcomers to gain some experience with single family, or small multi-family homes. This allows you to gain valuable experience and become more
comfortable with the intricacies of real estate investing without exposing yourself to excessive risk. As you gain confidence, you can gradually expand your
real estate portfolio by adding more properties to your portfolio each year, or by taking on larger or more complex investments.

Diversify Your Portfolio: Diversification is a risk management strategy that involves spreading your investments across different types of properties, rental
strategies (long-term, medium-term, or short-term rentals), types of renters, and/or geographic areas. By diversifying your portfolio, you can mitigate risk
because the performance of one property is less likely to have a significant impact on your overall investment success. As you become more experienced,
consider diversifying to enhance your risk-adjusted returns.

Continuing Education: Your risk tolerance willevolve as you become more knowledgeable and experienced in real estate. By consistently educating yourself
about the market, property management, and investment strategies, you can enhance your ability to assess and manage risk effectively. This ongoing learning
process will empower you to make more informed decisions and adapt your investment approach.

Embracing your risk tolerance and aligning it with your financial goals is a fundamental step in real estate investing. It’s perfectly reasonable to start with
something more familiar and gradually expand your real estate portfolio as your comfort level and expertise grow. Don’t forget that risk is inherent in any
investment, but with careful planning and a clear understanding of your risk tolerance, you can navigate the real estate market with confidence and achieve
your financial objectives.

Traci de Wid is the Broker & Chief Wealth Builder at Residential Wealth Partners. Traci founded
Residential Wealth Partners aiming to transform the real estate landscape and get more people thinking
about their homes and investments from a long-term perspective. For more information, visit: