Property Management Financial Reporting for Stronger Property Investments
Here’s all you need to know about Property Management Financial Reporting — Oprah signs her own checks. Business Insider reports “Oprah always signs all of her checks. That might not sound like a big deal if you’re a sole proprietor or run a typical small business of 10 or fewer people. But this was Oprah! She didn’t let anyone else sign her checks; she knew every single nickel and dime that went out the door.”
Bill Gates, Madonna and Warren Buffett share Oprah’s obsession for financial reporting details. Why? Because at its core, commercial success depends on knowing the details. It is the habit of monitoring those details that made these entertainers and entrepreneurs wealthy. Check signing and attention to financial reporting is only the vehicle they used. They hover over their assets like nervous soccer moms.
Property Management Financial Reporting
Purchasing your first property is a huge investment. You may be buying for several reasons, be it a long-term or short-term investment, you need to do your research. It’s easy to “fall in love” with a property based on appearances, neighborhood, or maybe your childhood home is up for sale. You may have fond memories, but is this really the best property for the income stream you want? In conclusion, thinking with your head vs. your heart is a smarter perspective.
Now is the time to do a proper pro forma on any property you are considering. A pro forma is an estimate of how well you think the property will perform over a given period of time. It’s crucial that this task is done properly because all aspects of future financial reports are built upon this step. How much risk are you willing to take? This will take the guesswork out of it so you can decide whether this investment is right for you. We can assist with this step and offer insight to assure you have a good viable investment property. Put our leadership teams’ 55 years of combined experience to work for you!
Once the purchase is made and you have one or more investment properties, it’s crucial to track the financial performance. A range of property management financial reporting options is available for you to choose from. While some investors dig into the details of their properties independently, others enjoy a little help. We’re able to produce reports based on your needs at a high level and as detailed or basic as you like. Bottom Line Property Management wants to help you succeed with your property investment!
The Rent Roll Report
The Rent Roll report is essentially a ‘snapshot’ on how the property is performing at a certain moment in time. The report can be customized to pull together the data most helpful to your needs. Most rent roll reports contain the following: unit address, resident name, amount of rent, amount of security deposit, amount of rent past due, and the lease end date. It’s a lot of data but it’s essential to have all metrics to analyze the financial health of your investment. A quick review of the data will tell you how much income you are scheduled to receive in a month, the overall occupancy rate, current residents who owe any back rent and lets you keep an eye on lease expiration dates.
The Profit and Loss Report
A Profit and Loss Report is just that, it’s a report that will show you the income and expenses from a property over a period of time. This report will show the owner whether this property is making money or not. While it is tempting to judge the profitability (or lack of) over a short period of time (say, 1-6 months), the best way to track properties is by looking at historical data over a course of a year or several. Short term profit and loss statements should not be disregarded entirely. Please keep these in the context of your long-term financial goals of ownership.
We want to help you! Bottom Line Property Management has several different owner reports available. These owner reports help our clients understand their finances. We know that not everyone interprets data the same, so we’ve put together report options to help you know where you stand. From simple reports to a more detailed report-we want you comfortable with the details. As our client, you will receive a monthly owner statement that is posted on your personal Owner Portal every beginning month. You’ll get 24/7 easy access to your online portal to prior months statements as well as information like accounts payable invoices and your live portfolio balance.
Creating a Budget
Yes, financial reporting can seem overwhelming at times! It’s essential to be properly informed and know how to act with that information. Then you can make the best-informed decisions. Before you purchased your property, you did a Pro Forma. Now that you have the property, it’s crucial you create a budget.
A budget will help you track your income and expenses. It will also forecast what you can expect to make or lose each year based on your assumptions. You can adjust these assumptions annually so they remain accurate.
With any investment, there is a time to buy and a time to sell. Consider your exit strategy before you invest. How long are you planning to own this property? Are you going to sell it and buy others? Sell it and retire? Sell it while prices are high? While it’s important to acquire a property at the right time and the right price, you should also plan your exit accordingly.
The market cycle in any given market can supply good indicators on a good time to buy and sell. How do you know where your investment lies in this cycle? We can help take the guesswork out of this as well. Our team is well versed in market conditions and can advise you.
Our core values are customer focus, dedication, and excellence. Call us today to see how we live these values in our Bottom Line Process. Learn more about how this process has helped us to serve our clients and streamline the complicated world of property management.
Whether you have an Oprah-sized budget or starting with your first investment, we know that your investment is unique to your vision. Our Property Management team is here to help you on this journey and protect your bottom line.
Your investment-our priority!