My other problem with them is most cost so much to buy, but return so little on the investment. By the end of the game you can have upwards of $30,000,000 so for example if you buy the Hen House for $80,000,00 you only make $920 a week. Not only will it take a long time to break even, but are you going to notice that $920 when you're a multimillionare?
The properties in VC and SA returned profits daily so it was a good way of making money, but in GTA V it's barely noticeable as it takes too long to get.
All I think is I think it could've/should've been done much better than it is. It's a great concept, but it's poorly done in GTA V IMO.
That was one of biggest flaws in GTA V's property system. By the time you were able to afford a bunch of these businesses you were already a multimillionaire - and the relatively paltry amounts of cash profit returns was small drop into the ocean of money sitting in your bank account. To make things worse, the time the cash returns took come by were so long that it was enough to make you not bother with it. Very poorly implemented.
I loved the way Vice City allowed you to be able to buy business early on in the game, and make regular profit from it straight away (once the asset missions unlocked the regular profits). And by regular, I mean each in-game day, money was rolling in gradually. I was able to keep keep money coming in, especially in times of need when my funds were low - to make things more interesting, I'd supplement my income by doing taxi and delivery jobs, as well as crime. I'd buy my first safehouse, and then buy another business to make quick profit to buy even more properties and more business. It was these chain of actions from early on in the game that gave me that feel of a real grinding, hardworking path to prosperity in a life of crime.
I don't get the people saying San Andreas did it better. I remember San Andreas properties sucking pretty hardcore. There was like...the auto dealership and a supermarket? That's all I can remember.
To be fair, CJ's main preoccupation in business was gaining more territory for his gang for drug sales. The more territory he gained for his gang, the more money he made. He also had a pimping enterprise too. Besides, he also owned the studio and a share in the casino, and yeah he did not quite buy those interests, but they were substantial enough to the point that CJ did not really need a great deal of his own personal businesses. The auto store and the supermarket were just to add a bit of legitimacy to his more street-based gangster empire.
And at least he could also buy a wide range of safehouse properties too.