Congratulations, you have finally found one buy limit of information that is both invaluable and easily applicable for your future investment decisions.
We have read many books, reports and various articles on investments, property investment in particular. The majority of them contain great information, some of them even give you instructions on how to implement that information. However, none of them seem to provide the missing ingredient to convert the intent of the article into the actual result. Their “how to” information is never complete, too complicated or overly simplified.
What is the point of investment if you do not have a very specific goal in mind? And if you do have an outcome in mind, how do you know that a particular investment will achieve your desired goal?
We hear many times that people wanting to purchase an investment property, without necessarily knowing why they are buying an investment property in the first place. We have probed for the answer only to receive blank looks, vague statements and complete incomprehension of the questions.
If you cannot measure your return, you will never be able to achieve any of your objectives, or you will achieve them through luck and not objective, measured approach. Luck will not let you repeat your investment strategies. Luck is only good in casinos!
So how do you measure returns?
Let’s step back and discuss what is a return on your investment. When people talk about percentage returns or dollar returns on investment, they usually define these returns by time and the baseline investment.
So for example if you purchased a property for $200,000, after 1 year that property might be worth $210,000. Therefore your return on investment is $10,000 in one year or 5% in one year. This example has a specific period of time within which a return is measured.
However, when you measure a return on investment, do you need to measure the return on the whole price of the investment? When you purchase an investment property, do you purchase the property with CASH? Granted, some people in very exceptional and sometimes suspicious circumstances do buy property with cash! You would agree with us when we say that this is extremely rare. In most cases the investment property is purchased with a combination of your money and the bank’s money.