Updated 11-03-07 This information is to be used as merely an example. Figures must be adjusted to reflect current market conditions.
Use other people's money$$$ Let's say you purchase a home in the North Georgia mountains for $300,000 with a 10% down payment of $30,000. Homes in Fannin county are appreciating between 10 to 15% per year (even in this market change). Appreciation rates have been as high as 18% to 37% even though the market is adjusting and prices are leveling off, appreciation rates are still incrasing. Using a conservative middle range of 13% annual appreciation, your home will go up in value $39,000 in one year. Take this $39,000 and deduct the down payment that you made of $30,000 and this means that you have gained $9000 in worth that year! Gained!!! This is referred to as a cash on cash return.
What about the interest on the loan? Well, that's where rental income can pay off. Let other people pay the mortgage! A typical example of the cost to maintain a 2nd home based on a home purchase of $300,000 with a 10% down payment using 6.5% APR (APR is the true interest rate). An approximate average of expenses incurred are: mortgage payment $1710 / month (rounded); taxes and insurance $250 / month and utilities $250 / month equals $2210 / month.
So, how can it pay for itself? The average cabin in this price range rents for approximately $135.00 to $175.00 per night. Let's be conservative and use $155 / night. Most property management companies in the area charge 30% or $46.50 / night. Leaving a net income of $108.50 / night. If you rent your cabin 21 nights per month, you will make $2278.50 for the month covering your expenses in the example above. You are left with 7 to 10 days depending on the month, to enjoy your own cabin.
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The information in this post is deemed reliable and accurate but is not guaranteed. This is a typical example that will certainly vary based on current market conditions.