@Aja Leafe-Hall I'll assume you know what a good investment is, that it makes sense to keep your house in WA as a rental, and that your question is limited to the HELOC.
What you are missing is that cash flow is not paying down your HELOC. Cash flow is what is left after. It means the cash you can expect to put in your pocket on average after paying the mortgage (your HELOC in this case), taxes, insurance, maintenance, capital expenditures (expensive repairs like a new roof), management, and vacancy/non-payment.
People who invest for appreciation may not care about cash flow. Your net worth can increase even if you have negative cash flow. But even if you are investing for appreciation, if don't have other money to take care of those other things, you'll want to make sure your cash flow is not less than zero.
Thanks @Larry T.
Sorry for my ignorance here, should I be factoring in the HELOC down payment for my original property income, or the one I buy with it?
I mean expenses
If you want to make it really easy, just calculate total living costs (heloc/mortages/insurance/taxes) and then total rents. That should give you a rough idea if it's worth it.
Thanks. That is my plan. I'm thinking the beauty of the HELOC is we can make interest only or convert to a fixed loan at any time. Plus, no new fees to refinance and we get to keep our low rate on the first mortgage. I'm going to look for a 2-4 unit multi family that we can live in in the Northeast. That should more than pay for it!
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