Personal Use Real Estate: How Much Is Too Much?
Welcome to the Wealth Curve Talk Podcast. In this episode, John continues his series on the Wealth Curve Blueprint. This time he talks about personal use real estate and what portion of your gross income it should consume.
John is the author of 5 Ways Your Wealth is Under Attack. He has lectured on financial planning at various faculties. He has also received the Five StarSM Wealth Manager Award for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
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This episode’s key points:
- Personal use real estate refers to your primary home, your second home, timeshares, and any real estate items that are for your personal use on an ongoing basis. These are not rental properties.
- You should cap your real estate spending (mortgage principal, mortgage interest, and real estate taxes) at 25% of gross annual income as long as you are in the wealth accumulation phase of life.
- If more than 25% is allocated for these things—across all of your properties—your odds of saving enough are too low.
- Don’t buy more house than you can furnish and maintain—inside and out—and pay your taxes on.
- Also, the new tax law won’t help you—the deduction for combined state and local income taxes (SALT) is now capped at $10,000.
- Lastly, you have options. You may need to sell a property, or you may need to make adjustments in your financing. Your solution will be unique to you.
Personal use real estate has a profound effect on your liquid asset rate, savings rate, savings rate balance, and tax rate. For more, listen above. Then schedule a time to come in and make your Wealth Curve Blueprint and Scorecard.
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