Helping Frustrated Renters Become HAPPY Homeowners
February 15, 2018
                          No. 208

Forced Downtime

Should I feel guilty? Or not? That was my dilemma.

Just back from a long weekend of downtime, I faced a pile of work. But, two hours into the day I realized how little
energy I had, that I couldn’t stop shivering, that I was feeling a bit of a headache, and even a bit of nausea. I faced the truth: I was sick!

I hit the couch for a rest. I mostly work from my home office, so that was easy.The work was not getting done. An hour and a half later, I got up for a scheduled appointment that, fortunately, was just across the street from me. Back home an hour later, I was done! Back to the couch.

And that’s how it went. All day.

Now my work pile is even bigger. Somehow I couldn’t totally shake a bit of guilt for not getting more done yesterday. But, I knew I should (try to shake the guilt, that is). Rest is the remedy for the 24-hour flu. My health is important.

Oh, the dilemmas we face when we are our own boss.

And the one-day delay you all face in receiving this blog post.

Real Estate Profit Centre #4: Equity

As you pay down the mortgage on your home, and as your home appreciates in value you are gradually increasing the equity in your home. Equity is simply the value of the home, minus the liabilities (mortgage) registered against it.

But savvy investors don’t depend simply on those two factors. They accelerate the equity by ensuring they make a purchase that already has some equity in it.

“How do you do that?” You may wonder. 

Well, it requires being aware, street smart, hard-nosed in negotiation and patient. That is, of course, tough in a market that’s so hot that most properties get multiple offers within a week of being listed. But just because non-savvy investors get taken in by bidding wars doesn’t mean you need to.

There are always Sellers whose sale is urgent. They don’t need top dollar; they need a clean, quick deal. They will be happy to take your offer, even if they leave a few dollars on the table. Those dollars are pure equity for you, ultimately ending up in your pocket. And those dollars add to your financial bottom-line over the long-run.

Let’s look at an example. Let’s say you get a home valued at $350,000 for $340,000. That’s $10,000 instant equity. And it will only grow. Let’s say you have 10% available for a down payment, and get a 90% mortgage on the property with a 25-year amortization. Let’s say the property appreciates 4% per year.

After five years, that property will be worth $425,828.52. If you had bought it for $350,000, your mortgage would have been written down to $278,755, and your equity would now be $147,073.52. But, since you bought it for $340,000, your mortgage is now only $270,790 and your total equity is $155,038.52, a whopping $7965 more. Plus, you’ve saved about $3120 in monthly mortgage payments (depending on interest rates), for a total of $11,085. Add to that the $1000 less that you coughed up for your 10% down payment ($34,000 vs. $35,000) and the $200 you saved in Property Transfer Tax, and you’re $12,285 ahead in only five years. And, if you’re really savvy and have invested that original $1200 saving so that it has also grown at 4% annually, your total equity is $12,545.

Think what you could do with an extra $12,545!

Of course, nothing comes entirely without effort. It takes work to find those properties that will get you instant equity. The “rule of thumb” is 100:1. You will look at 100 properties, and put in about 10 offers, before you will get the gem you want. But when you consider the value of that instant equity, combined with other profit centres, you’ll conclude that the effort was worth it.

 
 
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