How to Own Multiple Properties: A Guide

May 13, 2024 | Investing | By: The Goodhart Group

Owning multiple properties can be exciting and financially rewarding, but it also comes with challenges and considerations. Whether you’re a seasoned real estate investor or a first-time buyer looking to expand your portfolio, understanding the legalities and implications of owning multiple properties is crucial. This guide will explore the key factors you need to know about owning numerous properties.

Tax Implications:

Owning multiple properties can have significant tax implications. It’s essential to consult with a qualified tax professional to understand the tax implications of owning various properties in your specific situation. Some common tax considerations for numerous property owners include:

  1. Property Taxes: Owning multiple properties means paying property taxes on each one. Budgeting for these expenses and staying informed about any changes in tax rates or assessments is essential.
  2. Rental Income: If you plan to rent out any properties, you must report rental income on your tax return. You may also be eligible for deductions related to rental expenses, such as maintenance, repairs, and property management fees.
  3. Capital Gains Tax: When you sell a property, you may be subject to capital gains tax on any profit. Understanding the tax implications of property selling is crucial for long-term financial planning.

Are Second-Home Expenses Tax Deductible? (Can I Avoid Capital Gains Tax)?

Yes, but it depends on how you use the home. A few options to legally avoid paying capital gains tax on investment property include: 

  1. Buying your property with a retirement account.
  2. Utilizing a 1031 Exchange to defer taxes. Check out our article on everything you need to know about a 1031 Exchange here).
  3. Converting the property from an investment property to a primary residence. If the home counts as a personal residence, you can generally deduct your mortgage interest on loans up to $750,000 and up to $10,000 in state and local taxes. For the IRS to consider an investment property or second home a personal residence for the tax year, you need to use the home for more than 14 days or 10% of the days you rent it out, whichever is greater. So if you rented the house for 40 weeks (280 days), you would need to use the home for more than 28 days.

Understanding the tax implications of owning and using a second home is crucial for maximizing potential deductions and ensuring compliance with IRS regulations. Consult with a tax professional to determine the tax implications of your second home and ensure that you are taking advantage of all available deductions while staying in compliance with tax laws.

Thinking about buying a second home? Here’s why DC condos make excellent secondary residences. 

Financial Management:

Managing multiple properties also requires careful financial planning and management. Maintaining detailed records of income and expenses for each property is essential, including mortgage payments, maintenance costs, and rental income. Consider working with a professional property management company to help streamline the process and ensure that all properties are well-maintained and compliant with local regulations.

Risk Management:

Owning multiple properties also increases risk. It’s important to have adequate insurance coverage for each property to protect against potential liabilities, such as property damage, natural disasters, or tenant lawsuits. Additionally, consider forming a legal entity, such as a limited liability company (LLC), to help shield your assets from potential legal claims related to your properties.

The Bottom Line:

Owning multiple properties can be a rewarding investment strategy, but it requires careful consideration of legalities, tax implications, financial management, and risk factors. By staying informed and seeking professional guidance, you can navigate the complexities of this strategy and build a successful real estate portfolio.

Do you have questions about owning multiple properties? Call us directly 703-362-3221, email us at or


We’re realtors serving the DMV who love sharing everything about where we live and the neighborhoods we explore. Follow along by signing up for our weekly newsletter with local favorites and the latest and greatest in real estate.  

Newsletter Signup

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.


If you’re looking to buy or sell in Northern Virginia, we’d love to help. Contact us today!

Contact Us

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.