As real estate professionals, we are often asked is real estate is such a good investment as compared to, say, the stock market, or bonds, or perhaps certificates of deposit. Just what makes real estate so special?
Most agents just don't know, so they fumble and ramble and hope the question goes away. But for the savvy agent, this question is an opportunity to open the eyes of our clients to an investment tool that has no match.
The news media has begun to turn on the real estate market with stories touting the burst of the so-called real estate bubble.
Wrong! The fact is the investments gurus making these predictions have a vested interest in turning people away from real estate - they sell stocks. The same stocks that have over the last three years cost people their life savings, their retirements, their kids' college education and their sense of security.
I have yet to see a real estate investment drop in value by 50% within six weeks. Yet how many stocks have done exactly this?
Here are Some of the The Advantages to Purchasing Investment Real Estate:
1. This is a tangible asset.
It is something you can feel, touch and see. It is Real. You can point at it and say "that's mind" You can drive by it every day if you want!
2. This is a unique asset.
As the old saying goes, they don't make land anymore. Your real estate investment is one of a kind!
3. Passive Loss Rules.
Your real estate investment can create a passive loss, even when you are making a positive cash flow. Think of it as a paper loss, which can offset ordinary income and lower your taxes!
4. Your investment may appreciate over time.
In one study of recorded real estate history, real estate had gone up on average 5.5% a year for the last 100 years!
5. Your investment may provide a monthly cash flow.
Many investments will provide a monthly income that you can use to fund more investments.
6. Your investment can grow equity.
Every payment you make on a mortgage decreases your principal balance, which means when you sell you will be getting that money back in equity!
7. Your investments when sold may be tax deferred.
If you follow 1031 exchange rules, you can roll your gain into a new investment and defer your tax!
8. Your investment may become tax free!
How? Imagine that you own a rental for several years and then move into the home yourself. As long as you meet the new IRS guidelines for a principal residence, when you sell this home you may be able have a tax- free gain. See www.IRS.gov
9. The Power of Leverage is a huge advantage with real estate.
By using a relatively small portion of cash you can readily acquire all kinds of investment real estate with leverage - bank or owner financing. This can multiple your return dramatically!
10. You may find a bargain!
Bargain real estate is all around us if we just begin to look! A great new source of REO and bank foreclosure real estate is www.ebay.com, and www.goldenfeather.com.
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