Becoming the Millionaire Next Door
Ten years ago my husband and I hired an electrician to fix a simple problem in our home. He was a nice, unassuming guy in his late 50’s, and the more we talked with him, the more we liked him. It was during this conversation that he told us a story about his life that has inspired me to this day.
When “John” was a young man of 28, he bought his first DC property. It was a small home in a decent area. He got a roommate who paid ½ of the mortgage and he was able to save quite a bit of money. The next year, he stumbled upon a good deal on another house. He bought it, found good tenants who paid the mortgage each month, and even had a little positive cash flow. After giving the situation some thought, he came up with a plan that he followed to the letter.
Each year for the next 29 years he purchased a small, affordable home in a decent neighborhood and rented it out. His plan was to begin selling the homes once they were paid off – that was how he would fund his retirement. When we met John, he had just sold the first home he had bought thirty years before. He owned it free and clear and it was worth four times what he had paid for it. He planned to repeat this process over the next 29 years, selling his properties one by one. Wow! What a simple plan – but one that would provide him with financial freedom for the rest of his life.
I’m not suggesting that buying 30 houses is possible for most people in today’s financing environment. But this is a fantastic time to buy an investment property if you qualify, as interest rates are extremely low and the DC area has homes in every price point. After an initial investment, the tenant pays for the property, while you reap the benefits. It doesn’t get any better than that!
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