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How Much Money Should I Keep in an Emergency Fund?

Mason Jar with Several Dollar Bills Stuffed Inside as an Emergency FundAs a South Roanoke investor, you must know that you need to keep your cash flow moving in the right direction. To accomplish this, most investors try to keep most of their business funds engaged in as many profitable ways as they can. But it could also make sense to create an emergency fund for your investing business. Much like a personal emergency fund, this will be a sum of cash set aside to cover unexpected expenses. This fund must be separate from down payment savings, security deposits, and operating capital. But how much money should you keep in your emergency fund? The solution will depend on your current circumstances and future investment goals.

Most financial experts agree that individuals should have an emergency fund saved up. Personal finance guru Dave Ramsey recommends keeping a sum of money equal to three to six months of expenses; on the other hand, Suze Orman suggests eight months is ideal. The idea behind an emergency fund is to have a minimum equal to several months’ expenses on hand to defend yourself against financial disaster. In the case of a medical emergency, a job loss, or other unexpected (and expensive) life events, having an emergency fund can help you keep your bills paid until the rainy day’s end.

The same concept applies to real estate investors as well, with a few differences. Let’s say having enough cash on hand to pay eight months of expenses for all of your properties might be too much. Why? Because any amount of cash sitting in a regular savings account is not helping you grow your business. At the same time though, it is critical to be able to have enough cash on hand to cover unexpected expenses such as large repairs, sudden vacancies, and specific other issues. A general rule of thumb for real estate investors is to have between three and six months of operating capital put aside.

Simultaneously, however, each investor’s circumstances will be different, so the size of your emergency fund may even vary. In case you are just beginning in single-family rental property investing, a smaller emergency fund may be all you will need. But when you own multiple properties or high-priced rental homes, surprise expenses could create some serious cash flow problems. Therefore, regardless of your actual condition, an amount equal to at least three months of operating capital is a good goal to keep in mind.

Having an emergency fund is an essential part of long-term real estate investing success. While no investor plans to experience financial difficulties, there may be no way to anticipate every costly repair or market downturn. As s result, the most successful investors prepare for the unexpected with an emergency fund.

You can save an emergency fund more efficiently if your investment property revenue is optimized by Real Property Management Colonial. Call our South Roanoke property managers at 540-595-7411 or contact us online to acquire more information about our flexible property management plans.

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