The term leverage in the world of finance is defined as borrowing money to purchase a company and relying on it to produce enough capital to cover the interest payable on the loan. This is the type of leverage that investing in real estate property.
You do not have to be rich to invest. The goal, of course, is to make money for the long term. The principle is rather simple: spend a little to make a lot. Take the $10,000 you have accumulated in equity, use it as a down payment on an investment property that has a positive cash flow, use the cash flow to pay the mortgage and your investment will appreciate into ten times the original amount over time.
It is interesting to note that after you have invested in a property; your net worth has increased substantially from your initial investment. Let’s take that $10,000 and buy a piece of property with a fair market value of $100,000. The $10,000 is 10% of the value and makes a nice down payment. The mortgage is now $90,000 and you have equity of $10,000. Your net worth has increased by $90,000.
Let’s say the property produces a cash flow of $900 per month. The monthly note on a 30-year loan at 7% is only $598. Your positive cash flow is $302. If you paid all the cash flow into the monthly payment, and if you bought the property in 2006, you would have the property paid off in 2019 – 13 years – and the interest you save would be over $121,000.
There are two directions you could go. One is to buy and hold. This means that you buy this property and you hold on to it with everything you have. It absolutely should increase in fair market value. You should see increases in cash flow. You could add these increases to your note and then you could be realizing in a short period of time a nice, regular income from this piece of property. That retirement nest egg would be actively working for you over numerous years until retirement and through retirement.
If you think you do not have the time between now and when you want to retire, think again. The other direction may be for you. You could build some equity in the property we talked about above. Then you could trade up using the equity you built in making double payments and investment tax incentives. You should always trade up in value or equal in value in order to benefit from the tax savings. When you take this route, you will actually be raising your net worth by much more than equity because you will be steadily increasing your net worth by more than just the cash flow from your investment. If you were to take the fast-track accumulated equity you have built by paying double or triple the principle each month and trade up to a property worth $200,000 rather than $100,000, you could double your cash flow and pay off the mortgage in 16 years. That would give you a hefty cash flow at retirement with a very small initial investment.
These examples are for illustration, but it is a powerful illustration. The beauty of these strategies is that you do not have to lock yourself into making double payments. If an emergency arises, you can always make a single payment. Of course this is very simplified and there are many variables that are not touched on here.
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