One of the goal posts for what we have accomplished in this life is the ability to enjoy a long, happy retirement. But as the years go by and the horizon gets closer we look at what we have in cash and assets, and discover that we may not be able to retire comfortably and independently, if at all. If you add up your annual living expenses – including personal care, mortgage, groceries, car notes and insurance, all of your fixed and variable costs – you will likely find that if you retire at 67 years old and live another 20 to 30 years beyond that, you will need over $1million in today’s money to maintain your current lifestyle throughout your retirement.
Most Americans are looking for ways to supplement their income to try to make up for the shortfall. We max out our contributions to retirement plans at work. We hold 401K’s, IRA’s, money markets and other investments, hoping that the market will keep going up (which it won’t) and we don’t lose significant value in our accounts; the closer you are to retirement the less time you will have to make up for any losses. You may even try to adjust your lifestyle downward to conserve cash to save and invest but would you be able to make enough of an adjustment to make a real difference? Many approaching retirement age have to be concerned about which direction the market is headed in the next few years. In the stock market the investor has no control.
Mutual funds have for decades been heralded as the best way to benefit from the financial markets without a lot of knowledge about investing and without taking on too much risk. This investment vehicle is touted as the best way to earn double-digit returns on your money, but OVER THE LONG TERM. If you look at CD rates at bankrate.com you will see that the highest-yielding CD will return 2.3% compounded over a 5-year period. As for money markets, for a deposit of $5,000 one bank will pay a grand total of 1.11% interest for the first year only; then the rate drops to 0.61%. Meanwhile, what are banks doing with your money? They’re lending it back to you and your neighbors at higher interest rates; they’re investing it in multiple ways, including lending to other banks overnight, to earn a higher rate of interest than they’re paying you, and profiting massively from the difference.
Did you know that you have the power to do the same thing? It’s called Private Lending, and you can use the equity in your property to do it. Private lending a vital lifeline for real estate investors. And as a private lender you can participate in real estate investing without “getting your hands dirty” while earning a much higher rate of return than you ever will with banks or likely will in the stock market.
Since the market crash of 2008 real estate has picked up speed, and certain markets, like Philadelphia, are moving at a feverish pace. If you are in that region I am sure you have noticed and even been inconvenienced by the deluge of construction going on in and around the city. Somebody is getting very rich! Do you ever wonder how they do it? Do you ever wonder how YOU could get in on the action, without having “important’ friends and millions in the bank?
As a homeowner you are potentially sitting in a bank of your very own. If you have significant equity built up from years of paying down your mortgage you can access it through a home equity line of credit (HELOC). You use the proceeds to help real estate investors like fix-and-flippers, for example, fund deals while you earn returns in your sleep, often well into the double digits! It is perfectly legal and perfectly legitimate. Moreover, you will be paid back your investment plus interest in four to six months. It is as simple as agreeing on a contract that explicitly lays out the terms on each side. You hold either the first or second mortgage, and if for any reason the deal goes south the house is your collateral – just like a bank. Private investing can provide virtually limitless financial growth, as you are able to compound your returns by continually lending. Did you ever dream you’d grow up to own your own bank??
Sextant Financial Solutions, LLC (www.sextantfinancials.com) is a company positioned to take advantage of investment opportunities in some of the hottest areas of Greater Philadelphia, including Delaware County and Philadelphia County West and Southwest. If you would like to learn more about ways to earn significant returns using your home’s equity or cash sitting in low interest-earning instruments such as a 401K, IRA and CD’s call 484-461-0114 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.