A potential life change - guidance appreciated

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I've had an interest in real estate for years now, but because of "life" I just haven't pulled the trigger on ... anything.  Finding a house for my folks has given me the bug again, and I'm using this as a jump off point to really seriously consider getting into real estate investing.  

In the past 2 years, I've gone from being busy running a fairly successful computer related business (and burned/stressed out about it) to taking that part time and doing other odds and ends like buying/selling/trading things.  It seems like I'm on autopilot.  While our net worth is growing, it is slow.  

I currently find myself debt free, with our primary residence (worth about 125k)  paid off, 215k in the bank and 20k in mutual funds.  My initial thought was going to be to purchase a 100k or so house for my folks with cash, (and have them pay me a reduced rate for rent) but now I'm not so sure that is the best way to go about it.  

If you were in my shoes, and you wanted real estate to be the bulk of the income producer for you, what would you do?  I am in the Houston area, by the way - apparently the housing market is hot right now.  Thanks so much in advance!

Originally posted by @Jason Schmidt:

I've had an interest in real estate for years now, but because of "life" I just haven't pulled the trigger on ... anything.  Finding a house for my folks has given me the bug again, and I'm using this as a jump off point to really seriously consider getting into real estate investing.  

Step #1....DO SOMETHING!  Get out of Analysis Paralysis and DO SOMETHING.

Go 40 - 50% leverage on 2 properties with the $100k.  Make sure they cash flow.  Rent one to your parents, if that's what you feel is right.  I'm guessing you have a good income from your business and other activities.  Save everything you can from your job and the cash flowing properties.  Buy another property as soon as you can get to the 40 - 50% level.  It will allow you to grow your portfolio reasonably quickly without over leveraging yourself.


Thanks Hattie!  I really appreciate the advice.  Someone else was telling me to stick with multi-family properties, and not the single family properties.  I would like for my folks to have their own place to not worry about neighbors, but maybe the multi is the best route to go from an investment standpoint? 

There are BP members who are getting it done both ways. The question is what is your goal. What does your life model look like? Plus, this isn't an either or equation. There are also plenty of investors who trade up into MFR from SFR &/or hold a mix of property types.

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