We usually maintain a pretty tight focus with this website, devoting our time and energy to motivating speakers, writers, and publishers towards innovative ways to expand their businesses. What some readers may not know is that Speaking of Wealth was founded by income property investing expert, Jason Hartman, and he would be the first to tell you that many of the wonderful things in his life have been a direct result of an investment portfolio based in real estate.

Looking for a way to generate great returns conservatively? Here’s an example of how Jason does it.

Memphis is an interesting city for income property investors right now. When we say interesting we mean great for investment! The foreclosure crisis of the past few years hit this mid-south area particularly hard, leaving a healthy selection of properties still in pretty good condition for sale. Add to that reality the fact that prices in the nation’s interior (away from the east and west coast) tend to be lower anyway, and you’ve got yourself the makings of a pretty good deal.

Frequently, we like to mix in cold, hard facts with our more general articles about income property investing. Nothing quite makes the case for why this investing style beats Wall Street to heck and back like looking at real world numbers. If you have cash sitting on the sidelines, pay attention. We’re going to show you a way to earn a 28% total return on investment and a positive cash flow of $251 monthly. The great thing is this isn’t a one shot deal. We see numbers like this all the time.

Today’s property is a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, two story, red brick construction, built in 1983. Square footage is 2,331. The purchase price is $98,000. For $26,307 cash it could be yours, which includes the downpayment, loan origination fees, and depreciable closing costs. Rents in that area (the Hickory Hills neighborhood) run about $1,195, a level of operating income that nicely covers all expenses, including the mortgage payment and leaves a $251 positive cash flow in your pocket each month. This adds up to an 11% cash-on-cash return and a 28% return on your investment.

If you or anyone you know on Wall Street who is not named Bernie Madoff can generate those kinds of returns year in and year out from stocks, we’d like to know about it. The reality is that the Jason Hartman style of real estate investing is more conservative and more profitable than anything else you’re going to find. Why? The secret lies in a little thing called leverage. Some stock traders use a form of leverage called margin, but unseasoned investors can get into trouble REALLY fast with a margin call.

Leverage, the way it is used in real estate investing, is an entirely different animal. If you’re interested into delving into our Memphis example a little more deeply, the link to all the property information is here.

While a single $250 monthly cash flow might not be cause for celebration, consider the ramifications once you increase your portfolio to five properties, or ten, or more…

The Speaking of Wealth Team