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The Power Of Real Estate Leverage February 11, 2009

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Do you want to know the best way to use your money? Would you like to learn the basics of MN real estate investment? Fret no more because you will discover valuable pointers in using leverage and OPM (other people’s money) that makes real estate an excellent tool in investing!

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.

The amount of appreciation for both properties ($100,000 and $200,000) obviously doubles itself year after year. All these and more, but you would not be spending any thereby saving yourself some serious bucks!

In a relatively shorter time, your gain will be sufficient to obtain equity and purchase another PROPERTY so you actually have doubled your properties and compounded their appreciation. On another hand, the cashflow might not be present in the $200,000 property and perhaps there will be times when you have to expend for maintenance costs but look at the greater appreciation and long-term benefits.

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!

With these in mind, its not surprising that you chose the better one. Start pooling your team of experts now and make the right choice!

Alexandria P. Anderson is a licensed Minnesota Realtor that uses the Minnetonka Listings to help her clients to find and purchase Minnetonka Realty and other Twin Cities properties.

Property Investing: Not As Hard As You Might Think January 26, 2009

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Many people think that Minnesota real estate investment is beyond them. It has such a mysterious sound. Surely, successful real estate investors like Donald Trump were born with a tip sheet in their hand and prospects in the back pocket of their baby jumpers. But the fact is, even those who were born into families of real estate moguls had to start from scratch to learn the family business. They just got an early start.

In fact, now is a great time to start investing in real estate.

Willingness to learn is the other key to success when it comes to real estate investing. In truth, it’s just like any other specialized task you must become familiar with in order to perform well at, but that anybody who is ready to devote time and mental energy can become proficient at. A good example is that of piloting an airplane; the process seems complex, but as long as your eyesight is decent and you don’t have an insurmountable fear of heights, you could learn to pilot an aircraft, and, given time, you could probably develop the skills necessary to work for a commercial airline.

Real estate investing is exactly like flying an airplane. In the beginning, it is a mysterious thing. You may look at the experts and be absolutely awed by what they have accomplished. But as you begin to learn the language of finance and as you begin to learn the markets, you start to understand what those guys are doing. If you make that sort of learning a habit, you will eventually be an expert yourself.

If you start investing in properties, and do it wisely (by learning as you go and by getting advice from the experts) you will soon find yourself making a little bit of money at it. Then you will find yourself making more money at it. Eventually you will make a lot of money from it and wonder when exactly you stopped being a novice and started being an expert. It is a gradual process, like anything else.

If you don’t believe it, take a look at the Rich Dad book series by Robert Kiyosaki. He explains just how easy it is to learn about real estate investing. His adviser and fellow Rich Dad author Ken McElroy, actually outlines a step-by-step process to follow in “The ABCs of Real Estate Investing.”

Investing is definitely easier than you think, if you follow one simple rule. That rule is simply to approach MN real estate investing as something you can learn, not as something you think you should have innate ability at. The moguls like Donalt Trump only seem to have an innate ability because they’ve spent so much time and energy learning the business. If you put the same time and energy into learning it, you can make money at it too.

After all, you wouldn’t want to climb into the cockpit of an airplane, fire it up and hope for the best, would you? Of course not. That would be suicide. On the other hand, you would expect to become a good pilot if you went through a prescribed program and logged enough hours behind the wheel. Approach real estate investing in the same way and the sky’s the limit.