Let’s plant two â€œmoney treesâ€ and watch their growth. We’ll plant the first by placing $20,000 in a savings account earning 5% interest, and leave it there for five years. After five years, we’ll withdraw our initial investment ($20,000) plus the interest ($5,525). We invested $20,000 and received back $25,525, a 5% yield.Now, let’s plant the second tree. We’ll buy a home for $100,000 and invest $20,000 (as the down payment). For the sake of argument, we’ll assume that the home appreciates at 5% each year, just as the savings account earned 5% interest. At the end of five years, the home will be worth about $128,335, a $28,335 gain (that’s at an annual rate of 5%).
We invested the same $20,000, and received back our $20,000 investment plus another $28,335 (the increase in value) for a total of $48,335. The rate of return is a sizable 19.3 percent! By purchasing the home, we were able to earn 5% appreciation on the entire $100,000, whereas on the savings account we earned 5% only on the $20,000 investment.
Incidentally, if we had invested only $10,000 in the same $100,000 home ($10,000 down payment – $90,000 loan), we would have received the same $48,335 in return for only a $10,000 investment – a whopping 37.04 percent return! Now you can see the obvious benefits of home ownership!
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