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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.