When the pyramids were built, woolly mammoths still roamed the earth – an odd fact that reminds us that time isn’t always what we think it is. People want money – fast, and that’s why get rich quick schemes snare so many would-be investors. But in real estate, time, as the song goes, is on an investor’s side. And it offers the best opportunity to create wealth over time from the one stable commodity that’s always in demand. Here’s why re-thinking your relationship with time can lead to successful investing:
Investment properties offer a regular, predictable income from the steady collection of rents. Because, as Jason Hartman says, everybody always needs a place to live, rental properties with good tenants are a stable investment that takes advantage of the current explosion in demand for rental housing. Because of the enduring nature of real estate, property investment can ride out the ups and downs of economic shifts and keep cash flowing over the long term.
Long term fixed rate mortgages keep an investor’s own assets safe. Equity isn’t always as safe as it may appear. Working against time by paying off a mortgage – or worse, paying it off early – leaves an investor with few protections if disaster strikes or expenses mount. The old standby, the 30-year fixed rate mortgage that locks in interest rates for the life of the loan, is a key piece of investing success.
Time is also on an investor’s side thanks to the numerous tax breaks for investment properties, which allow deductions for depreciation over time and for interest carried on those long term fixed rate mortgages, among other things. There are even deductions for periods when a property remains unrented for a certain period of time.
House flipping and making money from short sales can put quick money into an investor’s pocket. But the yield from these quick purchases and sales disappears quickly, and there’s no chance of a long term return since the turnover is quick – a perception about time that doesn’t always work in an investor’s favor.
If it seems that it takes too long to see results from income property investing, consider this: if Earth’s history were compressed to a single year, modern human beings wouldn’t have appeared on the scene till December 31st at 11 pm. In some ways, whether the clock races or crawls depends on how we perceive it– and for building lifelong wealth, income property investing, with its long term returns, really does stand the test of time. (Top image:Flickr/denharsh)
“14 Mind-Blowing Facts That Will Completely Change Your Perception of Time.” 9Gag Trending. 9Gag.com 6 Mar 2014
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