That is right, if I decided to hold all my current investments and not pay another cent into my retirement, I could retire comfortably at 65. What is my secret you may wonder? Well, it isn’t a secret, this is a proven wealth building strategy that has been used for a very long time. The only difference from then to now is it is easier to get into the game.
Here it is: I have someone else investing in my retirement for me.
I am a real estate investor. In particular a buy and hold rental property investor. What this means is, I buy properties with the intention of keeping it forever, and renting it out to others. Not only are my renters paying my mortgage, giving me more net worth every month by paying my principle down. They are also giving me extra to set aside for rental management, repairs, and cash flow which can be used now for life or to get to that retirement faster.
If we just held everything we have now at our current rents we would have $3,700 dollars of monthly income at 64 which is when our longest mortgage finishes at. This is a conservative estimate, paying for property management, capital expenses (big repairs averaged over time), and vacancies. The best part, rent keeps up with inflation. So $3,700 today will be the equivalent in the market in 2047. Which for us would be a very comfortable lifestyle for us.
So how did a family on a 30,000 salary start real estate investing? Houses are expensive!
Our six-part strategy to fast tracking our retirement:
1. Finding a property that needed fixing up and getting a good deal.
4. We lived in the unit we were renovating doing as much of the work ourselves as possible.
5. We went slow. This is not a story of buying four properties in one year. We have been at this for six years and have three multi-unit properties.
Lessons from our first rental property:
-Don’t over improve the property for the area. When you are living in something you tend to fix it up for you, don’t improve it to your standards, improve it to just above the average standard for a rental in your area. You will be more worried about what renters will do to your property, and you just don’t get the money back.
-Rental properties are a numbers game. Make sure you get all the data and give yourself a conservative cushion to make sure it will be a profitable rental after renovations.
-Separate the electricity between the units if it is not already done. It is just so much more hassle to provide utilities included!
-It is better to jump in on something you think is good, than wait for perfect. Even though our first purchase was not the ideal purchase, it still built us wealth and taught us an innumerable amount of things. It was better to jump in with some basic knowledge than procrastinating finding the perfect property.
Now, I don’t have to invest another penny in my retirement, but I am going to! A retirement age of 65 seems so far off and I think with dedication I am going to try to retire before my husband hits 40, which gives us….. just less than 2 years. Think we can do it?
Do you have rental properties? Or are you wanting to get in the game?