I’ve finally saved up enough to have a shot at getting in the door in the Denver real estate market. I found a place in the SW corner near Ken Caryl.
I know this property won’t cash flow on day 1 but it should save me some cash compared to my current rent. Here’s the numbers:
Purchase price $480k
Down payment: 5%
5 bed 3 bath
So my girlfriend in will occupy the master bedroom and keep 1 other bedroom in the basement as a guest room. The other 3 rooms are large and should rent around $700 each easily.
I've estimated my monthly expenses to include mortgage, PMI, taxes, insurance, vacancy, and reserves at $2470/mo
Our current rent is $1200 for so assuming we rent all 3 rooms at 700 that would put us at negative $370 CF (2470-(3(700))) which is rent savings of $830.
I’m sure some of you are cringing at negative cash flow but I’m hoping some people who understand the competition in the Denver market give their input. Any tips or opinions would be great!
Also houses in that neighborhood with similar floor plans have been barely updated and are selling at $550k! Could be a nice secondary exit plan. Lastly the whole house should rent for $2500 including property management so we should be free to move out after the first 2 years.
@Justin O'Malley without seeing the property details, your numbers look good. If you can secure a 5BR in Denver for under $500k, good on you! For house hacks, I wouldn't see it as a negative cash flow, but I like how you called it rent savings and someone else is paying a lot of your mortgage. I do think that SW Denver has room for appreciation as well, so I like your idea of a short term and a long term strategy.
@Justin O'Malley I'd say that's pretty good for a house hack in Denver! Living for $370 per month in a $500k house that you own is pretty awesome actually.
When COVID is done with, you can also AirBNB the rooms or do shorter-term winter rentals to snow birds and probably get a heck of a lot more than $700/month on the rooms.
Not to get into your business, but is your GF on 100% board? My wife and I did it with our first place, but it got old after a while. Just something to make sure you are thinking about in terms of a risk.
Also, everything is getting overbid now, so make sure you have your ceiling in place and stick to it. Don't get emotional. I see it happening every weekend now.
So its actually a pretty decent house. You can tell the previous owners did a few things themselves like the kitchen back splash and paint but the foundation and building systems all appear to be in great shape.
Finger crossed for this one!
Totally agree that it saves some cash but the real value is in the equity. Hoping to meticulously track every dollar in and out and provide a full report on a year or so!
Great point, we’ve been trying to figure out the numbers for Airbnb especially since it’s not too far from restocks and the front range. Could be a great short term rental!
Totally agree! So this plan has been in the works for the last 3 years with both of us saving up every dollar we can for this purchase. My GF even started listening to RE podcasts so I think we are in a great spot.
And up until now we’ve been renting with roommates so we’re accustomed to living with folks. Our plan is to house hack for 2 years to take advantage of the tax free capital gains when/if we ever sell.
Having a $300 mortgage on a nearly half a million dollar primary residence is a phenomenal success. Count that fact that you’re only paying $300 to live in your bedroom, and in actuality, you’re cash flowing about $400 a month.
Housing is the largest part of the average American’s budget, and its money that you absolutely have to spend, regardless of where you live, so think of it like taxes. You have just succeeded in virtually eliminating that expense. Also, your ‘rent savings’ is better than real cash flow, because you don’t get taxed on money you save. Throw in your loan pay down (about $800/month in the first 3 years), tax advantages, and the potential for modest appreciation and you’ve got yourself a HUGE win.
My wife and I did almost exactly that same thing you’ve done, except we went with a 6bed 2bath and we rent out all 5 other bedrooms. It’s been a year and with the money we’ve saved and the chunk that it’s taken out of our monthly living costs, we’ve been able leave our jobs and start a business together. The house has also appreciated significantly. Don’t let nay sayers tell you otherwise, what you’re doing is going to have a huge impact on your financial future, and that’s something you can be very proud of, kudos!