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Buy a home to live in or buy an investment property?
We're going to view this problem purely as a numbers game, so let's take a look at the excel spreadsheet below. The same principals would work for any currency.
Regardless of whether this house becomes a home or an investment property, the weekly mortgage repayments are still £185 a week, which in the case of a home is your total costs.
In the case of buying the house as an investment property you will obviously receive a weekly rental income. This is usually worked out at 4% of the total price of the property, in which case you receive £153 a week in rental income.
In the UK up to £4250 of tax free income can be claimed on rental income and so we write that as a tax refund, giving you a weekly refund of £82.
So far we are making £50 a week more than we're paying out on this investment property due to the weekly repayments and tax refund. However, you've got to live somewhere. You can now afford to rent somewhere even more expensive than your investment property, for example, paying £200 a week, so that your total weekly costs on housing are £150, which is £15 a week lower than had you just bought a home. Throw into the mix the obvious fact that other people are paying for your mortgage (ego boost!) and you're onto a winner.
Now I am very aware of the assumptions made here and I think I should outline them to you, just to be upfront and honest:
- Interest rates may be higher (or lower) than 6% and will fluctuate
- Rent received may be lower (or higher) depending on the area
- I have only included the £4250 tax free rental income in the 'Tax Refund' section, of course this could be a much larger number as you could write off landlord insurance and other business expenses
- It doesn't include the 'cost' of the hassle of having to deal with tenants
- It doesn't deal with the possibility that you may not have tenants for a period of time in which case you will have to pay the full mortgage interest repayment and your own rental income for those weeks
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