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Today, we’re tackling your questions about achieving financial freedom through real estate. Remember, you can leave your questions at morrisinvest.com/clayton. Let’s dive in!

Real Estate vs. Stock Market: A Hypothetical Comparison

Corey asked about comparing a $200,000 investment in real estate to the same amount in mutual funds or a Roth IRA. Here’s the breakdown:

Real Estate Investment:

  • With $200,000, you could buy about four rental properties (assuming $45,000 as a down payment for each).
  • The bank finances the rest, leveraging your investment 5:1.
  • Real estate generates monthly cash flow and offers tax benefits like depreciation.
  • Property values typically increase over time, boosting your net worth.

Stock Market Investment:

  • Investing $200,000 in mutual funds or stocks is a straightforward exchange with no leveraging.
  • Returns are generally 2-4% annually, with high fees to money managers.
  • The stock market is volatile, and you have little control over your investments.

Real estate offers cash flow, leverage, and tax benefits that stocks and mutual funds can’t match.

Financing Real Estate with a Self-Directed IRA

Terry asked about using a self-directed IRA for real estate investments. Here’s the gist:

  • Use the IRA for the down payment and get non-recourse financing for the rest.
  • Buy the property through an LLC, ensuring the loan isn’t personally tied to you.
  • Income and expenses go directly through the IRA, offering tax advantages.

Our team can help set up a self-directed IRA and guide you through the process. Book a call with us at morrisinvest.com for personalized assistance.

Starting Young in Real Estate

Leo, a high school freshman, asked about setting rental prices and advice for getting started in real estate. Here’s my advice:

Setting Rental Prices:

  • Rent is market-driven. Compare similar properties in your area to set a competitive rate.
  • Work with a property management company to determine the best rental price.

Getting Started:

  • Focus on learning. Read books like Rich Dad Poor Dad, Tax-Free Wealth, and The Loopholes of Real Estate Investing.
  • Avoid spreading yourself too thin. Stick to one type of investment, like single-family homes or duplexes.
  • Leverage partnerships and find deals. Even without a lot of capital, you can start building your portfolio.


Thanks for the great questions! If you have more, leave them at morrisinvest.com/clayton. For those ready to start their real estate journey, book a call with our team at morrisinvest.com. Real estate is the best way to build wealth and achieve financial freedom.

Take action and start investing today! See you next time.

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