How Investing in Real Estate Made Me a Young Millionaire

Lots of people want to know: stock market or real estate? Real estate or stock market? Anyone who knows me – an under market value property investor in San Antonio TX who owner finances everything – knows that I always will prefer real estate investing over the stock market.

Investing in real estate made me a millionaire at a young age. More specifically, investing in under market value real estate made me a millionaire at a young age!

However, early on in my early 20s, I did invest in the stock market, and ended up with approximately $100,000. Then, the market crashed after 9/11, and I lost about $50,000 in the stock market. This made me look at investing in real estate instead of the stock market.

Many people think that if we put enough cash into the stock market, we will be able to retire and not incur a great deal of risk. The problem is that it often takes 30 years to invest enough, and you never know when you are going to be about to retire, and suddenly the market dives. When that happens, many would be retirees end up having to work another 10 years or more.

The low interest rates in the last few years mean that elderly people often have 50% of their money or more in stocks. This is often because they took such a hit in the big economic downturn in 2008. Now they have to take a lot more risk with stocks.

For me, once I got out of the stock market with my $50,000 and invested in real estate, I become wealthier much faster. I began in 2001 and had 40k of college debt, but by investing in below market value properties, I was able to be essentially retired at age 28 with 20k+ per month of cash flow.

I find that investing in under market value property just produces more steady cash flow than any other vehicle. I never have to ask invest in stock market or real estate, invest in real estate or stock market. It’s 100% under market value real estate for me.

I always choose real estate over the stock market because my returns are like this property below:

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$65,000 cash price, $15,000 rehab, resold for $99,900 owner finance, $1041 per month, 7 DOM, 12.9% ROI.

This under market value property was purchased by a CA cash buyer in July 2015 at 1622 Alametos St. This house is in 78201, and is north of downtown. This region is seeing rapid growth and appreciation.

The out of state investment property investor bought cash on this below market value property, and we completed $10,000 in repairs in 3 weeks:

  • $65,000 cash price
  • $1500 carpet removal and adding wood vinyl in 3 bedrooms
  • $3500 HVAC
  • $750 for third bedroom conversion.
  • $750 for dumpster – clean out
  • $1500 two tone interior paint
  • $500 update five light fixtures
  • $1500 level front bedroom
  • $1500 closing costs

Total Investment: $76,500

Repairs were complete on July 31, 2015 and out of state investment property was put on MLS. By Aug. 3, we had two full owner finance, price offers as follows:

  • $1041 per month
  • 30 year note
  • 10% interest rate
  • $5000 down payment
  • $99,900 final price
  • $216/mo. taxes/insurance

Investor’s total monthly income after taxes/insurance is $825.

Final ROI: 12.9%

I will make nearly 13% per year without repairs on this under market value property until the buyer decides to refinance. Most stock portfolios cannot produce that type of steady return. That is why I always recommend investing in real estate instead of the stock market. Invest in real estate or stock market? For me it is not a choice at all.