I was curious on what the rate of return would be on real estate from nothing more than principal paydown alone. Turns out it's not that shabby. Using my trusty CCIM Institute financial calculator, if you get a 80% LTV loan with a 20 year amortization, then break even for 20 years while the property gains nothing in value (which never happens over 20 years), the rate of return is still 7.18%.
Yes, it's not a "cash return," it's just "equity and no, it's not incredible by any means, but nothing to sneeze at. The historical average for the stock market is about 10%. And this is just principal paydown. It doesn't include the appreciation (like the insanity we're seeing now), tax advantages cash flow or the other advantages of buy and hold:
It would also be a lower return if you paid it off early as the early payments are mostly interest, but it still shows the power of buy and hold real estate.
Overall, another reason to love real estate.
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