1) Cash Flow
The returns I have been able to generate from rental properties are significantly higher than what I could get through other investment vehicles including stocks, bonds, etc. If purchased properly you can see hundreds and hundreds of extra cash flow each month from just one rental property. Even after deducting all expenses and future expenses. (Vacancy, repairs, etc.)
Real estate by nature is an appreciating asset. Even with the bubble we went through awhile back it is clear that real estate is back on the rise. Appreciation to me is icing on the cake as I typically don’t run my numbers speculating on appreciation however deep inside, I know it’s there and being able to tap in to equity via HELOCs or equity loans can be a great strategy to leverage that money and buy more investments. It can be a great way to rapidly build net worth.
3) Principle pay down
While you’re sitting pretty making cash flow each month from your properties and possibly gaining equity through appreciation, other people (your tenants) are paying down your principal balance for you also. (Assuming you are financing your properties). That is just amazing! What other investments exist out there where you can get other people to pay off your leveraged loans you are using to buy investments. It really is a beautiful thing. And speaking of leverage…
If you read Rich Dad Poor Dad, or countless other books on real estate investing you will see how some of the richest people in the world built their wealth by leveraging other people’s money (Banks, private money, etc..) to buy income producing assets. Having the ability to purchase rental properties with someone else’s money gives you the ability to grow substantially and provide higher returns to your COC (Cash on Cash) returns.
5) Tax Benefits
There are numerous tax advantages to having real estate. Many write-offs that help you come tax day. Some of these deductions include depreciation on each property you own, mortgage interest, repair expenses, travel expenses (mileage to and from your rentals), Home office (provided your meet certain requirements), Insurance premiums and legal and professional services (accountants, property mgmt., etc.)
6) Retire early
This is my favorite of course. Having rental properties is a means to financial freedom. It’s one of the best ways to build passive income and retire early. You can have a never-ending flow of monthly income all while your assets appreciate. Its gold!!
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