We recommend that you plan carefully for the purchase of a home, especially if this will be your first home purchase. This planning will include consulting with a lender or mortgage professional.
Keep in mind that the purchase of a home would not primarily be an investment, but rather for a place for you and your family to live for the next at least three years. The investment characteristics about this purchase will be considered over a longer period of time and at least three years.
Best wishes to you.
Harrison K. Long, Realtor agent and broker, Coldwell Banker Previews, Irvine, CA.
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Our recommendation is for you to take some time developing two lists....one that accounts for advantages and the other for disadvantages for each option.
This is very basis but it's suprising the difference a simple activity like this can make.
You get to write off the depreciation each year too. I believe the benefits will outweigh any negatives. Good luck and good thinking!!
Diane Wheatley, Broker
1. i assume we can't deduct interest payments on the rental property, and i'm assuming interest for the first 5 years on a 500K mortage will be about $36K a year, so we'd pay about a third of that less in taxes. so we'd save $12K by paying $36K, but its $12K we won't save with a rental.
2. since houses in la puente/west covina are about half what they were a year ago, they can potentially be that amount again. whereas houses in west la have maybe dropped about 10%, so they can potentially go up that amount. i'm thinking, for a home, we'll pay about $3K each month for 5 years, and reduce the principle by about 20K, then if it goes up about 10%, i'd be able to sell for about 70K more than i payed (assuming 700K house with 100K down) then i'd actually end up losing money - i'm paying 24K interest each year that isn't saved in taxes, for 5 years thats 120, so i'd lose $50K.
for the case of a rentals, i'd put in 100K down, maybe 50K for maintaining both houses for 5 years and maybe 10K for covering mortage when i'm not getting rental income. the rest of the mortage would be covered by rent. since these houses were twice their current value, there is a higher chance(?) that they can double again. so 2 houses at 250K, doubling would be 500K in profit, but then subtract the 160K, thay leaves about 340K in actual profit.
am i missing something? or is this a no brainer?
the only thing i think i'm missing is the extra time/effort that the rentals will cost me. i suppose i can't really put a price on that. then there's the price of owning the house i live in.
but quite frankly, it seems like in west la, you get a fairly crappy house for 600K or you get a really nice house in the ghetto.