My journey of becoming financial independence by 35 years old
Last week, I posted about another rental in the work when I didn’t know which one to go for. But after looking at all the option. I finally made my decision on Option # 4 – Mix-used commercial and residential property. Here are some of the details how I came up with the decisions:
Option 1 – it was no longer an option as the duplex was already under contract. Yikes!
Option 2 – boy oh boy! The 4-plex was a total redone. I was lucky to go see it on a rainy day. After I saw several bucket of water at several different location, plus the awkward layout making it difficult for to rent. On top of the mountains of trash. When I say mountains, they were in every single room all the way to the ceiling. I mean missing window and wall. I look at it, and I was thinking of at least 2-6 months before I can get any money out of any of the units.
More over, no bank would lend me the money at the listing price $200K per duplex $400K for the 4-plex. I think they were way over prized, and it looked like they weren’t willing to come down on the price. (I take that back, there is some rehab loan I could get, but I don’t want to get involve in properties that required extensive work.)
Option 3 – to keep the cash and wait for the crash. I truly believe a big correct is over due. But the market has been behaving differently. So, I don’t know how much the stock market would go up before crashing. And bond is not as lucrative. So, expanding other options is in order. That is why I’ve decided to buy another property.
Option 4 – This is a 5857 SqFt building. Right now it has 3 units.
Worst case scenario. No tenant. I will be paying taxes of $3000/year. If I couldn’t find any tenant within 2 months, I’ll think about opening my own restaurant. It will be a lot of work, but my first business was a catering business. I didn’t lose money out of the whole thing. I know it’s a lot of hardwork is involved when owning a restaurant, that’s why I opt to be a landlord instead. I’ll see if anything will happen.
More pictures will come on the up coming post.
What does it mean to my dividend portfolio? Well I had to raid it the 2nd time, taking profit. Consider $300K investment and the return is $4400/mo or $52.8K/year. I don’t think a dividend account would give me 17.5% in return, just talking about cash flow only. Compare to dividend income going at 4% or $12K/year. This is almost 5 times higher. (My dividend return was around 2-3%). With that said, dividend is still my favorite income source.
What does it mean to my income? Well, if everything goes as planned, I’ve just replace 100% of my income again with this property. That will added extra security to my already financial independence life. That means, more money to give away to family, charities, and possibly travel to other parts of the world.
So far, this year I’ve bought 2 properties paid in full. So, I’m have not brought on more debt. But taking on this property leaves me no emergency fund. I could use my husband as leverage, but I’m an independence woman, I can get through this cash crunch period. If it means I had to stay on working until the cash pile is back up, I’ll do so.
Which brings to my real estate portfolio to 11 units. I probably I don’t to buy anymore after this.
Anyways, these are rough numbers, but they are reasonable numbers, not wishful thinking. I’m excited about the opportunity. That is why I couldn’t wait to share with you guys.
I will continue to post my passive income number. And I will post the number regarding this property on this website.