You Can Buy It With Someone Else's Money

I will let you in on a little secret.

The return you get on real estate if you pay for your purchase using all cash (without getting a loan) isn't much higher than what you can achieve with other types of investments.

Of course, with real estate you usually don't pay using raw cash; instead, you use someone else's money to buy your properties.

That is, you put down a small deposit, often 20%, and the bank finances the rest.

This is called leverage.

Archimedes said, "Give me a lever and I'll move the earth."

As investors we don't want to move the earth, we just want to buy as much of it as we can!

The ability to use leverage with real estate significantly increases the amount of profit you can make and, importantly, it allows you to purchase a significantly larger investment than you would normally be able to.

Because of its history of security, stable income and proven capital growth, residential real estate is regarded as prime security or collateral for loans, which means that banks may lend you as high as 90% of the value of your property.

They won't lend this proportion to other types of investments.

If you buy shares in the banks themselves, the banks may only lend you 65% of the value of their own shares, and they only lend 70% or so of the value of commercial properties.

This makes the residential property an appealing vehicle for building wealth.

In the technical sense leveraging, or gearing as it is also known, means using a small effort to move a large object, like the gears on your bicycle where you have to pedal a small rotation to turn the large back wheel.

In the financial sense, leveraging is using a small amount of money to control a large asset.

You do this by borrowing money and mortgaging your property and using this borrowed money to invest in a larger asset.

The more highly you are geared, the more money you have borrowed, and the lower your invested capital in relation to your borrowings.

As you can see from the examples in the table above, the higher the degree of gearing, the more leverage you achieve, and the more your returns are magnified.

But be warned, gearing not only magnifies your profits, if the value of your investment falls, but your losses are also magnified as well.

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Jason Gwerder
Friday, 2 February 2024

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