Navigating the Real Estate Market with a Heart: My Take on Investment Properties

Recently, I stumbled upon a post on Facebook that resonated with me deeply, and I thought it deserved more than just a quick reply. It's about the delicate balance between business acumen and human empathy in real estate.

A soon-to-be landlord in California shared her excitement and dilemma over a potential investment property. It's a two-unit property with tenants paying 20% below market rent. She's torn between the logical aspects of real estate investment and her empathetic nature, questioning whether increasing the rent is the right step.

This scenario is more common than you might think, especially in today's market. The clash between the numbers and our morals can be challenging. As someone who once wore a lab coat and aimed to heal as a pediatrician, I understand the importance of nurturing and caring. My pivot to real estate didn't change that; it only broadened the canvas on which I could paint my empathy.

We're amid an affordable housing crisis, a fact that cannot and should not be ignored. As a Realtor and an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, I firmly believe in inclusivity and support in all aspects of life, including housing.

When it comes to investment properties, it's essential to find a balance. It's not just about the financials; it's about the community and the people who make it vibrant. My stance? If the numbers don't add up for the median rental income of the neighborhood, I'm stepping back. I refuse to contribute to the problem.

To the budding landlord in California and others in similar situations, I say this: Real estate is as much about building communities as it is about buildings. Your heart and your head need to work in tandem. It's not just about 'out-logic-ing' your feelings. It's about integrating them into your business decisions to create a positive impact.

As we journey through the dynamic landscape of Chicagoland real estate, let's remember to keep our humanity at the forefront. After all, homes are more than just structures; they are the foundations of people's lives.

Ready to join me in making some magic, with both heart and mind? Let's dive in!

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Laurie Christofano,
Passionate Realtor, Lifelong Chicagoan, Community Advocate