Investment in So.Cal area (75-100k)

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Hey everyone. Just purchased my first investment property out in La Quinta area for STR. Due to covid we havent been able to rent anything out.


— I’m currently renting in LA and was considering my 100k saved towards my own home purchase here (800k limit for my prop) or putting the 100k towards an investment and using that cash flow to pay my mortgage/rent for now.   Realestate here in LA is pricey and not too sure how much cash flow it would produce. Anyone in/was in a similar situation that can give me some insight. 

I think if I buy my own property with 100k down and collect rent from my stepbrother who’d live there (approx 1700 a month) I’d be paying the same I do in rent which is (2k) + his rent and I’d have my mortgage covered and have equity but would be a lower tier home for 800k here in LA and would eventually wanna move.. 


If I purchase another investment property, I’d have equity paying the mortgage off (with little out of pocket monthly if rented) and possibly even cash flow. Could sell in a few years and get my 100k + what property is worth for an actual home I’d like to live in. 


if anyone is looking to do a duplex or some sort of Realestate investment in LA area I’m super open to it.  

@Jordan Medwin You may need to reset your expectations for location $800k should not be a low tier home even in LA assuming you are willing to have a bit of a commute.  I wouldn't count on SoCal cash flow, to pay your rent if you went for an investment property.  However it doesn't make sense to buy an expensive "luxury" house that would not make a good investment in an area that you don't want to live in long term.

@Aaron K.

Well for 800k I could find something in Noho, Woodland Hills or elsewhere in SFV that’s smaller then 2k sq feet. My point is, if I could make more income or sell my investment property for a good return in a few years I could just keep renting (2k a month) while gaining equity in the investment property and ultimately be able to afford a more expensive personal property.

@Jordan Medwin unless you have a family 2k sqft is completely unnecessary for most people, and if you are renting someplace that has 2k sqft now for $2k you're doing pretty good, heck even for a 2 bedroom $2k is pretty good in LA.  I wouldn't buy a primary in LA unless you want to live there long term 5-7 years+.

Originally posted by @Aaron K. :

@Jordan Medwin unless you have a family 2k sqft is completely unnecessary for most people, and if you are renting someplace that has 2k sqft now for $2k you're doing pretty good, heck even for a 2 bedroom $2k is pretty good in LA.  I wouldn't buy a primary in LA unless you want to live there long term 5-7 years+.

 Exactly, that’s where I’m at. I would buy a home that I wouldn’t really wanna be in but the concern is .. I can spend 2500 a month + my rent I’m charging my step brother and pay the mortgage and have some sort of value and equity for when I want to sell.. instead of paying rent for a better home/place that I don’t own or have equity in. I’m torn that’s why I’d like to invest the $ somewhere and possibly afford a better place or pay my rent while gaining equity.

What other areas are you open to? How has the search been going? Just viewing it from what other Clients have done, the opportunities are there, it is just a matter of how long you are planning to hold onto it where it can make sense. 

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