The Challenges of Managing Your Own Real Estate Investment Property

Addressing the Roadblocks in Self-Owned Property Investment


Investing in real estate can be a lucrative venture, offering the potential for passive income and long-term wealth accumulation. However, managing your own real estate investment property comes with its fair share of challenges and responsibilities. While it may seem appealing to be your own landlord and property manager, it’s essential to be aware of the potential pitfalls that can arise when you are your own property manager. 

Tenant Management

One of the most significant challenges of managing your own investment property is dealing with tenants. Finding reliable and responsible tenants can be a time-consuming and challenging task. Once you’ve found tenants, you must handle rent collection, lease agreements, and maintenance requests. Tenant turnover can also disrupt your cash flow and require additional time and resources to find new renters.

Navigating the complex web of landlord-tenant laws and regulations can be daunting for inexperienced property owners. Failing to comply with local, state, and federal laws can result in legal issues and financial penalties. Understanding fair housing laws, eviction procedures, and property safety codes is crucial for managing your investment property legally and responsibly.

Property Maintenance

Property maintenance is another significant headache for DIY landlords. Regular maintenance and repairs are essential to keep your property in good condition and retain its value. Failing to address maintenance issues promptly can lead to more significant and costly problems down the line. Managing maintenance and repairs yourself or finding reliable contractors can be a demanding task.

Deferred maintenance also can significantly erode your cash flow from investment real estate. When necessary repairs and upkeep are postponed, the property’s condition tends to deteriorate over time, leading to larger, more expensive problems down the road. These deferred issues can result in higher maintenance costs, decreased tenant satisfaction, and potentially prolonged vacancies. As a property owner, you may find yourself allocating a substantial portion of your rental income to address these neglected maintenance tasks.

Financial and Time Commitments

Successful real estate investment requires careful financial planning and management. DIY landlords must handle budgeting, accounting, and tax responsibilities. Keeping accurate financial records, tracking expenses, and handling tax implications can be overwhelming for those without a background in finance or real estate.

Additionally, many people underestimate the time commitment required to manage a real estate investment property effectively. Beyond the initial investment and property acquisition, you’ll need to dedicate significant time to tenant screening, property maintenance, and administrative tasks. Managing your property can quickly become overwhelming.


While managing your own real estate investment property can be rewarding, it’s essential to understand and prepare for the challenges it presents. Dealing with tenant issues, property damage, or financial setbacks can be emotionally taxing. Managing your own investment property can lead to stress and burnout, affecting your overall well-being. It’s essential to consider how you will handle the emotional challenges that can arise from property management.

Voss Real Estate Advisors

September 18, 2023

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