As an investor makes plans for Retirement Freedom, they should keep in mind where they are in the wealth building process.
Investors, generally, can be put into one of two phases depending upon their financial needs and their employment status. I will call these the Accumulation and Income Phases.
During the Accumulation Phase an investor is not trying to live off of their investments. Usually, the investor has a source of employment that generates their investing capital and supports their daily needs.
At this point it vital that the investor attempt to gather and grow assets. These assets need to be as large as possible to create as large an income as possible.
Appreciation is a key ingredient in a successful Accumulation Phase. Appreciation is the growth in value of real estate.
Imagine that you will earn a return of 7% on your assets once you retire. Would you rather retire with assets worth $500,000 or $5,000,000 ?
Once you have quit your day job, retirees need their investments to support their lifestyle. Consequently, income is more important than growth during this phase.
A transition to properties that will generate regular cash flow should be executed prior to your transition from 9-5 to retirement. Hopefully, much of this income is sheltered from the IRS through depreciation.
Why Accumulation and Income Matter
So what? Why should you care?
Your investing phase will determine the types of real estate investments you should consider.
An apartment building that will appreciate slowly over the next 5-10 years and throws off tons of cash flow may not be the best investment if you need to accumulate wealth. It may be the perfect investment for someone in the income phase of their wealth planning.
A four-plex that is break even on cash flow, but will appreciate by 15% in the next 5-10 years isn’t a great fit for someone who needs to survive off of their investment income. It may fit well into the accumulation plans of someone starting out on their journey to Retirement Freedom.
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