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#459786 - 11/15/17 04:41 PM Re: Is buying a home still the best first investment? [Re: Mayra Kelley]
Long Walk Offline
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Registered: 06/27/08
Posts: 309
Loc: New Hampshire
To Vermont's point above, the OP was asking about the best first investment.

Some would argue that your primary residence would not be classed as an investment because of your motivation to buy it. Naturally, others would vocally disagree and they would debate endlessly.

To answer the OP's question, I think a savings account is the very best first investment. The discipline and habit of saving are indispensable and best learned when young.

But, to houses, everybody seems to be in agreement that buying a house with an eye toward the likelihood of future appreciation is the best approach. That sounds right to me, as well.

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#460217 - 01/04/18 04:09 AM Re: Is buying a home still the best first investment? [Re: sakshidhawan]
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Registered: 01/04/18
Posts: 5
Loc: San Francisco
Look,

Whether you're buying a home as a first investment or as the last investment, the thing that will truly determine whether it is worth your money or not is an investment analysis.

The beauty of real estate is that it is much easier to predict and to assess than stocks. If you're considering buying a home, you can easily conduct an investment analysis to determine exactly what that home is worth, and how much profit it can generate when managed correctly!



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#460220 - 01/04/18 08:19 AM Re: Is buying a home still the best first investment? [Re: Nasser]
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Originally Posted By: Nasser
The beauty of real estate is that it is much easier to predict and to assess than stocks. If you're considering buying a home, you can easily conduct an investment analysis to determine exactly what that home is worth, and how much profit it can generate when managed correctly!

I am guessing that you are referring here to the income value of the property. And that might be true if only looking at cash profits from rental operations.

The accuracy of the prediction would only be as good as the underlying predictions on vacancy, rental rates, capital improvements, and operating expenses. It doesn't apply to many properties, but the threat of taking by eminent domain must also be considered.

I would be very careful to distinguish the value of future cash profits from future value of the real estate. Like stocks, it is next to impossible to predict the future value of real estate with any degree of certainty.

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#460279 - 01/08/18 07:15 PM Re: Is buying a home still the best first investment? [Re: sakshidhawan]
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Registered: 11/02/10
Posts: 1093
Loc: Virginia
I think it all depends on individual circumstances.

As Longwalk says, a savings account is always the first step. I am shocked that the average, middle-class American only has $1,000 (or less) in savings. Can this actually be? My nephew who is a Junior in college has mentioned he wants to talk about real estate some time and his uncle and I have told him the first thing he is to do when he gets a job out of college is start a savings and a retirement account. Compounding over his lifetime would do more wonders than trying to catch up in your 50s. As Suze Ormann always said, "Pay yourself first!"

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#460321 - 01/11/18 02:32 AM Re: Is buying a home still the best first investment? [Re: sakshidhawan]
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Registered: 01/11/18
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Well, I believe that it depends on your level of experience in real estate investment. Buying a home is indeed the best first investment as it entails less risks and it naturally has additional benefits from any other property that you may buy as you simply can use it for yourself if no buyers ever wanted your property or if the economy of the country suddenly collapsed. Buying a home will always be a valuable asset for you to use. Yet, I believe that the house become more valuable if the location of the house and its surrounding environment are constantly increasing in value with special facilities and services to make it more attractive.

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#462174 - 08/21/18 06:33 AM Re: Is buying a home still the best first investment? [Re: sakshidhawan]
Ananthi Mathur Offline
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Registered: 07/23/18
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Buying a home is always best investment someone can make. As every year property rates are increasing day by day. So if we buy a property now and it will surely make a good impact on our future.

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#462955 - 11/25/18 07:15 PM Re: Is buying a home still the best first investment? [Re: sakshidhawan]
TheGodson Offline
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Registered: 11/24/18
Posts: 4
Loc: Michigan, USA
Houses match inflation, so no it isn't the best investment unless you are renting it out and getting a bunch of money. If you buy a house to live in for yourself you will actually lose buying power due to expenses. The S&P500 is a better investment than a house if you are only living in it and not renting it out.

Buying a house to live in will beat keeping money in a savings account though.

This is all assuming you have no mortgage payment. With a mortgage payment you lose even more money.

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