Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Cashflow Versus Appreciation

You want to invest in Minnesota real estate. What's the best way to use your money? The use of leverage and OPM (other people's money) is what makes real estate such a powerful investment tool. Different people have distinct viewpoints regarding how much leverage and OPM is good.

First of all, always make a qualified mortgage professional part of your team of experts; the examples that follow may not be appropriate or even possible for your particular situation. Some people have the goal of receiving cashflow every month to supplement their incomes while others want long-term financial success through investment appreciation.

To vitalize your financial goal, look closely into your options. What's amazing in the real estate market is the assurance that you are in control. For instance, you have $20,000 to start with. With this amount, you can have either a 10 percent down payment on a $20,000 worth of property or a 20 percent down payment on a $10,000 property. Of course, you will be the one to decide which is better.

There is no right or wrong answer; again, it depends on your goals, but let's look at the differences. Whenever you make a large down payment it is more likely that you will be able to get cashflow because your mortgage payments will be lower and at the 20% mark you do not need mortgage insurance. So if cashflow is what you desire, larger down payments help you achieve that.

Assuming that for the $100,000 and $200,000 properties, the appreciation is set at 6 percent (Please note that the appreciation rate actually varies depending on their locations, type of property, etc..but for this article, you can well disregard these differences). That translates to these figures: the $100,000 will be worth $106,000 after a year of appreciation and the $200,000 becomes $212,000.

You will have made double the amount of appreciation with the 10% down payment on $200K option, but you didn't have to spend one penny more! This effect will compound year after year and after awhile the difference will staggering.

Greater appreciation values mean a shorter time until you have enough to pull out some equity and use it to buy ANOTHER property and then have two properties working for you, again compounding the effects of appreciation. What are you sacrificing? Since you paid a lower percentage down payment, the cashflow might not be there on the $200K home, and maybe there are even months where you have to pay some maintenance expenses out of pocket, but look at the long term gain advantages.

Moreover, you get more advantage since debt payments and maintenance costs are tax deductions (using leverage or OPM and getting less monthly cashflow) unlike cashflow that is taxable. In the case of some people who needed monthly cashflow - the solution is simple, your approach can be modified to get what you really wanted. Besides, most people would agree that extra payment every month realizes wealth building benefits in the future!

Your choice to effectively use your money is important. Start now by building your team of experts and hit your mark!