Financial guru Grant Cardone says too many Americans are chasing after the dream of homeownership. Here’s what he thinks you should do instead

Financial guru Grant Cardone says too many Americans are chasing after the dream of homeownership. Here’s what he thinks you should do instead

‘The worst investment you’ll ever make’: Financial guru Grant Cardone says too many Americans are chasing after the dream of homeownership. Here’s what he thinks you should do insteadHomeownership has long been a cornerstone of the American dream. It symbolizes independence, financial security and prosperity — (things we all yearn for) — but is it a dream worth chasing?Not if you ask real estate investment guru Grant Cardone.Don’t miss“Buying a home without a doubt is the WORST investment people can make, yet it’s also the most common one,” he wrote in an Instagram post earlier this month.“Is it because [of] the lack of knowledge people have when it comes to financial education? Or is it just because too many people are trying to fulfill their American dream?”Whatever the reason, Cardone — who goes by the nickname Uncle G — is on a mission to “change the trajectory.” Here’s what he thinks you should do instead of sinking deep into debt to buy a home.What Uncle G says is wrong with buying a homeDissing homeownership is bold coming from a man who made his millions by investing in real estate — but Cardone has his reasons, which he shared in that Instagram post.He gave the example of spending $576,000 on a home that you keep for 10 years. On top of that huge total, Cardone said you’d also have to pay the following fees over a decade:12%, or $69,120, in broker fees;10%, or $57,600, in maintenance fees;20%, or $115,200, in property taxes; and70%, or $403,200, to the bankThose additional costs add up to $645,120 — and when added to the original price of the home ($576,000), brings the total to a staggering $1,221,120.“A $576,000 home will have to be sold for $1.2 million in 10 years,” said Uncle G. “You’re not going to sell it for that, to break even.”Story continuesHe described the exercise as “dead money” — a term used for an investment that has shown little increase in value or is locked up for a long time with little yield.“And you had to put $100,000 down to do this deal,” he adds — referring to a 20% down payment (the percentage lenders historically required for you to buy a home without mortgage insurance, but many have since relaxed that stance.“They’re serving a master,” said Uncle G. “They’ll borrow money from the Bank of America. And then if they can get some more money, they’ll have a little retirement account — [and] that funds Wall Street. This is a big game.”Read more: How to check your credit score for freeWhat Cardone thinks you should do insteadInstead of buying a house, the real estate investment guru says you should rent where you live and use the $100,000 you saved for a down payment to instead invest in real estate that generates passive income.He advocates for residential real estate, which has managed to maintain its strong fundamentals through the economic turmoil of recent years, while other parts of the commercial real estate sector — like offices, hotels and retail — have struggled.These days, you don’t even need to buy a rental property outright or deal with the hassles of being a landlord to invest in real estate. Instead you can invest in a residential real estate investment trust (REIT), which are publicly-traded companies that collect rent from tenants and pass that rent to shareholders in the form of regular dividend payments.You may also consider crowdfunding platforms — a process championed by Cardone — that allow everyday investors to pool their money to purchase property (or a share of property) as a group.Whichever route you take, Uncle G said the priority is to generate cash flow — which you can invest and grow over time, until you have enough money to get on the housing ladder without all the financial challenges.“I just don’t need to own a home on the way up. I need to own assets that pay me on the way up,” he said. “And once I have enough cash flow from the assets, then if I want to go buy a house or a watch or a car, I buy it out of the passive income.”What to read nextThis article provides information only and should not be construed as advice. It is provided without warranty of any kind.

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