The business savvy required to own and/or operate multifamily residential properties is, we admit, not complicated. This is because, over any reasonably long period of time (say 6 months or more), the cash flow for a given property is actually highly predictable. Income (rents) is generally predictable (it certainly won’t surprise to the upside!), and barring the advent of unexpected major repairs, so are costs. But here’s the thing: over an even longer period (say 5+ years), even major unexpected repairs and dips in income (due to vacancies or delinquent tenants) should be very easily weathered, so long as reasonable assumptions are made.
But the risks and uncertainties, we’d argue, are nothing compared to many business models. For example, there isn’t really any product t