Real estate investment specialist have long recognized that by focusing on a small niche it’s much easier to evaluate an opportunity. This series will gradually expose you to a variety of niche options for investing in real estate.
Now here is a real estate investment strategy that is not for the faint of heart. Buy a triplex, move into one of the units and let the tenants (your new neighbors) pay your mortgage.
I call it the Living for Free Plan!
But…Be Warned, the Living for Free Plan has a high emotional cost and a higher upfront cost that traditional living arrangements.
Let’s start by examining the upfront cost and benefits.
This strategy is an excellent choice for your first foray into real estate investment;
- it allows you to keep your investment (very) close giving you security and regular contact with the building and your tenants.
- the right property could pay a high percentage if not all of your mortgage.
- you will need a higher down payment, upwards of 25%
- most banks will only consider 50% of rental income when calculating how much mortgage you qualify for. (eg. if you qualify for a home up to $370K based on your income, typically an increase of $1,000 a month income would increase the home you could afford to $450K, but if you found a property that makes $1,000 a month the bank would only qualify you up to $410K)
- Managing a real estate investment, especially one your are living is like a second job…a job that never leaves.
- Hiring a property management company can ease the pressure of emergencies and rent collection but adds cost & reduced your profit.
- even still if the tenants know you own the property they are likely to come to you anyways.
- a missed rent payment could cost you big time so you need to maintain a reserve fund
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Hope this helps you understand real estate a little better.
Income Real Estate: Option #3 the Living for Free Plan, Move into a Triplex and have Your Mortgage Paid by Tenants by Dave Williams