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SO FAR, I have INVESTED ROUGHLY $756,000 OUT OF POCKET through down payments and renovations…and that made me a total of $2,158,800 in profit through home appreciation, rent, and mortgage payment. That works out to be just under $270,000 per year, ON AVERAGE, each and every year in profit.

That also works out to be an OVERALL return of 285% for my real estate investments between 2012 and 2020. Obviously, most of that money was invested between 2016 and 2019…but, still, that’s our average.

In terms of cashflow from this…my NET return between rent and mortgage equity is about $9400 per month, so on that $756,000 originally invested…that works out to be a 14.92% annual cash return on my money, NOT accounting for home appreciation.


One, real estate is a leveraged investment – meaning, I can BORROW most of the money I need from the bank at a low interest rate, and that will increase my returns. This is something that’s not as COMMON to do with the stock market, and you certainly don’t get the tax benefits of depreciation and a locked in interest rate like you do with owning a house.

Two, real estate is a lot of work – this was not a PASSIVE investment, BY ANY MEANS, until it gets rented out – and even then, it still requires a little work from time to time. These were all deals I spent a considerable amount of time finding and fixing up – so, it’s a little unfair to compare that with stock market investing which is nearly entirely passive if you just buy an index fund and hold it.

Three, I’m comparing this with an SP500 index fund…which, lets be real, is a safe and stable investment long term without much upfront work. But, had I picked individual stocks and gotten lucky….I would have made MORE money during that same timeframe.

So, at the end of the day…based on all of this, YES – picking individual stocks CAN make you more money, OR you could end up losing more money. But, real estate, CAN be a relatively safe and stable return compared to a broad index fund, IF you’re willing to put in the work, and ONLY buy properties with potential for IMMEDIATE upside.

Real estate investing can be absolutely phenomenal, and now that I’ve added up my total returns…it makes me want to continue buying just EVEN MORE REAL ESTATE…and smash the like button! 🙂

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