In summary, the end result in making a decision to own a house
that is too expensive in lieu of starting an investment portfolio impacts
an individual in at least the following three ways:
Loss of time, during which other assets could have grown
Loss of additional capital, which could have been invested
instead of paying for high-maintenance expenses related
directly to the home.
Loss of education. Too often, people count their house
and savings and retirement plans as all they have in their
asset column. Because they have no money to invest, they
simply don’t invest. This costs them investment experience.
Most never become what the investment world calls “a
sophisticated investor.” And the best investments are usually
first sold to sophisticated investors, who then turn around
and sell them to the people playing it safe.
I am not saying don’t buy a house. What I am saying is that you
should understand the difference between an asset and a liability.
When I want a bigger house, I first buy assets that will generate the
cash flow to pay for the house.
My educated dad’s personal financial statement best demonstrates the life of someone caught in the Rat Race. His expenses match his income, never allowing him enough left over to invest in assets. As a result, his liabilities are larger than his assets.