Why Buying Section 8 Rental Property With Cash Is a Great Buy and Hold Strategy

The new wholesale property investor in San Antonio needs to decide if he wants to flip property or buy and hold property. My business is set up primarily to buy and hold property; for the last five years or so, I have especially focused on San Antonio buy and hold property with owner financing.

Owner financing San Antonio properties has the following advantages for the out of state property investor:

  • There are no maintenance problems as with regular buy and hold investing
  • The owner of the under market value property maintains it
  • You simply enjoy the cash flow of the investment property.
  • You help to beautify the community and put a hard working family into a home they own.

Now that is has been my bread and butter way of buying and holding real estate in San Antonio over time with 13% or so returns.

However, there are times where you may want to do buy and hold rental property in San Antonio TX. Some of the most common reasons that we see with our out of state property investors is:

  • They have a high income of $200,000 or more and they want to reduce their taxable income.
  • With rental property they are able to enjoy depreciation and tax write offs.
  • You cannot do this with owner financed property.

When I decide that I want to buy and hold rental property, one of the things that I often do is section 8 rentals. Now, some San Antonio real estate investors may recoil from Section 8 rentals, but to me, there is hardly anything better in rental properties! Section 8 is managed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and can be a good deal for the rental property investor. Here is why:

  • Payments are always on time and very convenient: Rents are received every month on time via direct deposit.
  • Protection from financial hardship: No more worries about your renter losing his job. Most section 8 tenants get a  voucher that covers most or all of their rent.
  • Rent is higher: In my houses, I often will get a section 8 rent for $1200 when I might have only gotten $1100 from a conventional renter.
  • Easy marketing: Section 8 uses GoSection8.com which allows me to post San Antonio rental properties and to review applicants for no cost.
  • Minimal vacancies: There is a large demand for section 8 in SA TX.

Oh, there is one other major advantage of section 8 – attention flippers in San Antonio!

Flipping houses is fine and can be profitable, but what if it does not sell? Then you have a rehabbed property and you have trouble getting your profits.

So rent it section 8! When you rent it out with section 8, after it is occupied for at least 6 months, you can do a cash out refinance on it and pull out as much as 80%! Then you can do more San Antonio rental properties. Not a bad deal, huh?


How To Build Wealth Through San Antonio Real Estate Investments

If you are a potential out of state property investor and want to build wealth through San Antonio real estate investments, there are a few things that I think might give you some guidance and reassurance:

#1 San Antonio Is a Great Market for Under Market Value Real Estate Investing

This is a pretty unique market:

  • Real estate is still inexpensive, with San Antonio real estate investments in my areas going for $40,000 or $50,000 wholesale.
  • The economy is strong, with annual job growth in the 3-4% range.
  • The local market is not oil dependent, so San Antonio real estate investors do not have to worry about a boom/bust cycle.
  • The population is growing here year after year as is the number of jobs.


All in all, San Antonio is really good for real estate investors. It is a stable, growing market, and I did very well here in the last downturn.

#2 There Are Still Many Excellent San Antonio Real Estate Investment Deals

Another unique thing about San Antonio for real estate investors is that it is an old city, with a large stock of older homes built in the 1920s to 1940s. I have been investing here for 15 years, and I still drive down streets in my area that I have never been down before.

If you are a new San Antonio real estate investor, you may have trouble finding deals in all the normal places new investors look. One advantage of working with me is that I am at the level where I hire wholesaling companies to work for me and to find potential deals for me. My job is pretty easy when I have people send me San Antonio wholesale property. I just have to inspect the best deals and make offers.

You could spend hours and hours on your own trying to find your own San Antonio wholesale deals, or you could just buy mine.

I also have other real estate investors in San Antonio and agents send me deals because they know who I am, and they also know I close with cash in 10 days.

#3 I Recommend Flipping Properties to Build Capital and Then Buy and Hold

Some people like to flip and some like to buy and hold. My personal portfolio is mostly San Antonio buy and hold properties with owner financing, and a few rentals.

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However, I do believe in this model for people who have limited capital:

  • Buy a $50,000 San Antonio wholesale property either cash or with hard money; do $25,000 or so in rehab, and flip it for a $10,000 to $12,000 profit. You will need to have $20,000 to $30,000 cash to get rolling in this plan.
  • Do 3-4 of those per year, or more if you can.
  • After two years, you could have $100,000 or more. Use that money to buy San Antonio real estate investments to buy and hold – either buy in cash or do 20% down conventional finance.

This is a great, basic blueprint to build wealth in San Antonio real estate investing.

#4 San Antonio Wholesale Property Deals Are Profitable But…

I see many San Antonio real estate investors never do more than a deal a year because they are trying to make too much money on a single deal.

I have made millions of dollars in my San Antonio wholesale property career by doing San Antonio property flips for $5000 or $7000. I never understand why so many real estate investors get greedy and want to make $20,000 or $30,000 on a flip. I do 50 San Antoniio property flips per year and make $7000 each. That’s $350,000! Works for me!

Or, I do San Antonio buy and hold deals for $600 per month. When I do 10 more of those per year, that’s another $70,000 of income. I have no problem with that.

You have to have realistic expectations when you are buying and selling San Antonio investment properties. The prices are low, but you only are going to make so much money on one $60,000 house. Don’t get greedy, and you can do very well.

I have had several out of state property investors walk away from this fantastic San Antonio flip or buy and hold deal. They want to make too much money. You can make $15,000 on this flip in 60 days. Or, 13% per year on a San Antonio buy and hold.


    • Address: 1723 W Ashby Pl  San Antonio, TX 78201,
    • Year Built: 1925
    • Description:  Under market value property, investors dream north of downtown, 3 beds 1 bath, 1000 sqft, built: 1925, lot size: .19 acres, yearly taxes: $1,700.00, estimated yearly insurance: $800.00; estimated repairs: 35K, includes new HVAC, updated kitchen/bath, flooring, paint in/out, exterior skirt, appliances, plumbing/electric up to code, paint out door storage exterior, trash, lawn maintenance.
    • Max After Repair Value: $129,000.00
    • Cash Price: $65,900 firm.