Is Real Estate a Good Investment Right Now?

In 2016 when I bought my first buy-and-hold rental property, the US was experiencing a balanced housing market and healthy economy – it was possible to build a rental portfolio of cash-flowing properties.

Over the past few years, with rising home prices, it was harder to acquire rental properties without overpaying**. But what’s often overlooked is that those higher prices were offset by low interest rates, which reduced buyers’ mortgage payments.** The housing market was actually more balanced than it might appear for investors using leverage to acquire properties.

Now rent prices are increasing while mortgage payments hold steady at low interest rates. Many investors are now reaping the benefits of their decision to buy — even though they may have paid more than they wanted to.

Only part that I can relate to :slight_smile: I can’t see how author arrived at conclusion below:

A combination of adjusted housing prices, relatively low fixed interest rates and rising rents makes now a promising time for investors to buy.

House prices merely adjusted 5-10% downward whereas house prices should be decreased by 18-20% because of the increased mortgage payment (for a 20% down 30-yr fixed). Rising rents? Is only good for existing landlords. Doesn’t make sense to buy a rental now. I did an analysis on a potential in Austin.

Price: $450k
For 20% down 30-yr fixed at 5.26%, PITI + HOA = $3065.
Market rent = $2350.
I would be subsidizing the tenant, notwithstanding I have to pay for PM, maintenance & repairs, and account for vacancy and reserve for future appliance replacement and renovations.

I bought a condo last yea for $280k. Rent is $2100. Hoa is $325. About a 4.5cap. Now worth $350k but only to a homeowner not an investor. $450k seems like a poor investment for $2350/m rent.

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Condo in Tahoe?

Yes South Lake Tahoe 2/1 1000sf. Older building but one block from the beach and surrounded by bars and restaurants. Plus it has a pool

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