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Self-made millionaire: ‘Don’t buy a home—unless you can afford to waste money’ – CNBC

I love investing in real estate, and it’s a major reason why I was able to become a self-made millionaire. But I’ve learned that buying a single-family home to live in isn’t always a great investment. 

I realized this in 2003…….

I love investing in real estate, and it’s a major reason why I was able to become a self-made millionaire. But I’ve learned that buying a single-family home to live in isn’t always a great investment. 

I realized this in 2003, when I was a newlywed with a newborn, and bought my dream home in Los Angeles. But as time went by, I wasn’t seeing a return on the money or time I put into my house. So I sold it and used the equity to purchase a few rental properties. Then my family became renters again.

Don’t get me wrong: I still support homeownership. Today, I own three homes — two of which I rent out, and the third is my primary residence. But at the end of the day, for many people, owning a home takes money out of their pockets.

Here’s why I believe buying a house isn’t a wise investment, especially right now with rising inflation and high home prices:

1. Costs eat up profits

Let’s say you bought a home for $100,000 and put a $5,000 down payment. Then 10 years later you sell the house for $200,000.

It looks like you killed it: You turned $5,000 into $100,000, after you pay your mortgage. But you forgot to calculate the cost incurred to own that house:

  • 10 years of interest at 6% each year: $60,000
  • 10 years of property taxes at 2% each year: $20,000
  • Real estate fees of 6%: $6,000

Total cost before maintenance: $86,000

That leaves you with a net return of $24,000 (or 24%) of that $100,000. Over 10 years, your investment returned 2.4% per year, and we didn’t even include the cost of roof, plumbing, paint and other maintenance fees.

A good general rule to keep in mind is that you will spend about 1% of your home’s purchase price on maintenance each year, but those fees can be more expensive during times of high inflation.

Tip: Don’t buy a house expecting to make a true profit. Instead, only buy when you have enough income, whether it is passive or active, to fund the cost of mortgage, property taxes and upkeep.

2. No cash flow makes you dependent on the market

True real estate investments provide you with monthly passive income — or cash flow — after all the mortgage payments, property taxes and maintenance.

When your home doesn’t provide monthly cash flow, its value is always tied to having a homebuyer who is qualified to buy and who likes your home. You pay to live in it while you wait to maybe make a profit. 

Tough times …….

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/08/11/millionaire-and-real-estate-expert-dont-buy-a-home-unless-you-can-afford-to-waste-money.html

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