Don’t get me wrong. Cash flow is good (assuming it’s positive), but absolutely NO one has ever become rich from cash flow alone. Think about that for a minute.
Let’s look at a quick example. Let’s say you have a $100,000 property that generates $200 per month in positive cash flow. That’s $200 per month after all your expenses and debt service. That would give you $2,400 per year or $12,000 over five years in cash flow.
Assuming you follow our advice of maintaining a reserve account for each of your properties to cover future maintenance and repairs, you will have made $12,000 in net profit over those five years. This assumes that nothing unforeseen happens along the way such as a hot water tank or leaky roof requiring replacement, or a long-term vacancy.
If you’re going to put your investment capital, credit, and possibly your income at “risk” for $12,000, then you’ll need more than just cash flow to make it worthwhile. You need to be investing in markets that offer good appreciation potential. That is how you become rich!