Why Investing In Real Estate Makes Sense

Investing in real estate makes sense for several reasons and those were explained to me many years ago by my father. His words of wisdom echo in my ears today and I see how right he was.

Purchasing a home is for many the largest purchase they will ever make. With an acceptable credit score you can, at this point in time, purchase a home, townhome or condo at a relatively low interest rate. I can remember back in the late 1980's, when I moved back to the States, my father held several mortgages on homes he sold and the interest rates were just under 20%! 

Owning a home is for most people less expensive than renting. Rental rates are once again increasing, making the goal of home ownership all the more attractive. Owning a home is a form of retirement security. Owning several rentals in addition to owning your own home is your very own retirement plan.

Many smart investors start off with a small home which they live in for a few years, at which point they purchase a somewhat larger home to move into and rather than selling that original home, they rent it out. If you do not have adequate funds to simply purchase investment properties, the idea of 'upsizing' over time might be the way you can become both a landlord and a homeowner. When we look at the stock market and the money people have lost there, I remember the wise words of my father and my maternal grandmother: "The smartest way to invest your money is in real estate." They were both right and they both owned many homes and pieces of undeveloped land. 

When is the right time to begin? Right now! If you don't already own a home, there is no better time than now to begin. Give me a call today so we can discuss your goals and I can assist you in making that dream a reality! Investing in real estate does indeed make sense.

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Barbara-Jo -- beyond the financial reasons, most people enjoy the idea of paying their own mortgage rather than pay somebody's else when they pay their landlord each month.  

There is a certain freedom that's nice as well. You can do what you want in your own home without fear of an increase in your rent or to paint a room the color of your choosing.   

Mar 23, 2014 05:01 AM #1
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Yes, including planting what you want around your own home!

Mar 23, 2014 06:24 AM #2
Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

Real estate. They aren't making any more of it!

Mar 23, 2014 07:35 AM #3
Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage
Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona - Orlando, FL
Keller Williams Land Division Specialist

We show the rental versus buying comparison daily and when median sale price here is $144,000 and rent is $1400 it just makes sense to buy it and stop paying rent. 

Mar 23, 2014 11:56 AM #4
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

This is wise advice for many people to follow. Thank goodness real estate continues to be a smart investment for many buyers.

Mar 23, 2014 01:13 PM #5
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Barbara-Jo. Outstanding message that should shared and promoted by all of us. When prospective home buyers are coached correctly, home ownership is a smart investment.

Make it a great week!

Mar 23, 2014 07:13 PM #6
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

thanks for all of the comments - it has never been easier to own your own home than now.

Mar 24, 2014 09:08 AM #7
Charles Stallions Property Manager
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pace, FL
Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management

Hi Barbara Jo and as always you break it down in it's simplest form, all the best to you 

Mar 24, 2014 12:41 PM #8
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Real estate ownership is the basis for family wealth for many families. Investments in real estate can provide financial security for future generations.

Mar 27, 2014 09:50 AM #9
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Barbara Jo, 

Good post and loaded with excellent comments about home ownership. Here in Katy owning is cheaper than reanting. 

Mar 29, 2014 02:44 AM #10
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I hope you are having an outstanding weekend. We've had a rainy day and had to modify our plans.

Mar 29, 2014 07:05 AM #11
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Anyone looking to buy an investment property in your area should call you to be their agent.

Mar 29, 2014 08:57 PM #12
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