Best Tool for Agents Wanting Buyers - What You Pay In Rent

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This 'rent calculation' card was why I bought my first home back in 1985.

When anyone sees how much they spend in rent, it's depressing and alarming to see how much it adds up to over time. In my scenario, I was spending $850.00 per month to live in a 2 bdrm Condominium in Martinez, CA. I rented that place from Vince Manzarri for more than 3+ years while working at First American Title in Concord, CA. 

When I saw how much this totaled over time and how much of his mortgage I had been paying, it really made me upset with "myself" for throwing the better part of my salary into someone else's homeownership.

Try it yourself:

1. Write down how much you spend/spent on monthly rent?
2. How long on average do/did you rent?
3. Lookup your monthly rent, then go to the yearly row 

This should be enough to open the door to "ANY" renter for a conversation about the potential of buying a home vs renting someone else's. Remind your prospects and clients that money spent on rent has no tax benefit, can't be recouped, you're paying off someone else's home and for a few bucks more or less, you can own your own!

I created this using Google Drive and a spreadsheet. I didn't factor in equity or interest on money spent, just the raw total of what it costs over time to rent. You would want to make sure you add your branding and contact information to a piece like this, I guaranty renters and first-time buyers will be knocking your door down to buy a home. 

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Rainer
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Anita S. Zahn
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Awesome post!  Thank you so much!!  I will use this.

 

Mar 28, 2019 07:09 AM #23
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Lottie Kendall
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Hi Brad -- you've given me a GREAT idea for a handout at a buyer's information night we're holding next month. Nice to see you back here on the Rain.

Mar 28, 2019 08:16 AM #24
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Jonathan Hall
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Thanks for sharing, average closed rental in MLS in the main town in my market is just over $1800/month, a lot of these people should be buying

Mar 28, 2019 08:37 AM #25
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Jerry Newman
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What a great tool to show renters and first time home buyers, Brad. That's a niche market that I need to spend more time on. 

Mar 28, 2019 09:09 AM #26
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Hannah Williams
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What a fantastic Post Brad Andersohn so miss your amazing tools. Can not thank you enough for sharing this video. Brilliant shared it on Facebook. My heart is happy to see a high tech post from ActiveBrad again surreal   

Mar 28, 2019 10:55 AM #27
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
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Hi Brad,
It's amazing how fast it adds up.  When you consider the tax advantages of financing a home and the fact that someday you will be mortgage free, it's pretty much a no-brainer, isn't it?   Rent is gone forever.  A mortgage is a path to a rent-free life, which I've been enjoying for 18 years now. 

Mar 28, 2019 11:07 AM #28
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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Hi Brad! SOOOOO good to see you here and what a great post to share! Most people understand better, something that is right in front of them, demonstrating the exact point that we try to make verbally! Thanks for sharing!

Mar 28, 2019 11:30 AM #29
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Jon Boyd
Home Buyer's Agent of Ann Arbor - Ann Arbor, MI
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Thanks for the idea Brad. The whole conversation gets a bit more complicated, but this is a great idea to start a discussion!

Mar 28, 2019 11:59 AM #30
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Michael Jacobs
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Hi Brad - when it's there in black and white, the facts are difficult to dispute.  

Mar 28, 2019 12:48 PM #31
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Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
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Great post Brad Andersohn ... I will put something together to share online and with Renters!  We need the FACTS ... Thank you!

Mar 28, 2019 01:10 PM #32
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Ken & Velma | The Rohn Group, REALTORS®, GRI®
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Great idea, Brad! I'm going to use this for sure. I don't even have to change the branding. 

Mar 28, 2019 02:13 PM #33
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Krista Jenkins, REALTOR®
Egenbacher Real Estate - Lubbock, TX
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Brad Andersohn , this is a great idea. I like how Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 put it,"cash in the trash". It is eye-opening when you look at the aggregated numbers. Thank you for sharing.

Mar 28, 2019 04:43 PM #34
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
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I understood this concept a long time ago and was happy to buy a home and stop paying rent.

Mar 28, 2019 10:02 PM #35
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John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Brad, thanks for sharing. The visual is quick and easy to follow and does not require a lot of talk.

Very helpful.

Thanks

Mar 29, 2019 11:41 AM #36
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
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Hey Brad:

Thanks for sharing this. The visuals - the video and the chart - are pretty compelling. And I think the average rent is higher than $1800 here so the amount tenants are spending per year can become pretty staggering over time, with little to show for it other than having a place to live.

Have a great weekend!

Jeff

Mar 29, 2019 12:26 PM #37
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
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I agree with you in principal. The numbers favor home ownership, esp if you can make extra payments.  However, so many pp want to own but can't find decent inventory in their price range,--or, difficult to save up for down payment, closing costs with all the other obligations they have (student loans for one). The middle class is shrinking b/c wages do not keep up with inflation

Mar 30, 2019 11:52 AM #38
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Brad Andersohn
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Thanks for all the great feedback and comments. Mary also makes a great point regarding cost of living, inflation, and income. I agree.

It’s good to know we have many programs out there to assist buyers who have student loans, lower income, bad credit etc. Relocation is sometimes inevitable in life’s journey but can also be a blessing in disguise.

Mar 31, 2019 07:29 AM #39
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Dave Rosenmarkle
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Great reminder! Sometimes I involve a lender to help further crunch the numbers to show possible tax advantages.

Apr 04, 2019 08:41 AM #40
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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This is a great idea, Brad. I'm going to emulate your idea. It's a good peice to include in marketing materials, or for use at Opens. Thanks much. 

May 23, 2019 11:52 AM #41
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Brad time to right another post it feels like it has been years:))Endre

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