When I was a stock broker in California – one of the hottest housing markets in the US – real-estate was my competition. “Everyone” was making money in real-estate so why would they invest in the stock market?
I needed an angle
I went to the Board of Realtors and got prices for 2, 3 and 4-bedroom homes in the area, both at the current price and for 10 years prior. I did the math to calculate what annual return these houses were creating for that ten year span, and then compared that to the S&P 500 Index for the same time period.
The index clearly beat all three home styles without the hassles of ownership, like painting, plumbing problems, yard work, or replacing a roof. Now I had my argument to help people invest in the market.
Ok, that was then and this is now
Using Zillow.com I looked up what the home we used to own was now worth. It was listed at $862K. Again I did the math and found that over the last 31 years since we bought it, that house has appreciated 6.4% annually. Sounds OK, except that there were property taxes, maintenance and repairs that would need to be deducted lowering that annual return.
Then I wondered, what if we had put the money to buy our home into the S&P 500? So I calculated that figure also.
Are you ready?
It would be worth 3 million Dollars today! Over three times the current value of the home as the Index produced a 10.46% annual return during those 31 years.
Even the down payment alone, had we invested it, would have grown to $765K, about the cost of the home today. Amazing.
What about you?
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their popular website RetireEarlyLifestyle.com, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible.