dcsimg The Get Rich Slowly Forums • View topic - Am I on track for retirement? Investing 200K?

  GRS Home  Forum Home
Bank Rates Center
   Savings Account Rates
   Money Market Rates
   Highest CD Rates
Insurance Rates Center
  Auto           Health
   Life              Home
Mortgage Rates Center
  Mortgage Rates
  Mortgage Quotes

Last visit was:
A place for Get Rich Slowly readers to ask questions
and exchange ideas
It is currently Sat Nov 29, 2014 12:26 am




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 3 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Am I on track for retirement? Investing 200K?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 4:57 pm 

Joined: Sun Feb 03, 2013 11:01 am
Posts: 3
Hello GRS Forum Members,

I am seeking advice on what to do with cash that I have accumulated and if I need to be saving more.

First my profile -

I am 46 y.o. married with 2 young children. I am the sole income earner.
$250K in cash languishing in a low-interest account.
$155K in a 401K. I contribute the maximum I am allowed. I first seeded my 401K in early 2007 and was surprised to see how much has accumulated to date.
No debt except for mortgages.
Primary residence purchased for $550K with $135K down. Currently owe $400K @ 3.375% for 30 years fixed. Mtg Payment $2200.00 per month (incl. taxes)
Rental property purchased for $220K. Currently owe $148K. Property generates a small positive cash flow and has been fully occupied for the last 60 months. On a side note, this is why I am a big advocate of real estate investment. Over the last 60 months my tenants have paid down my loan from 177K to 148K building my equity each and every day. I'll admit though that I got lucky with my occupancy rates and that is another topic.

Outside of my 401K contributions, I participate in an employee stock program which gives me about 20K per year. This program is supposed to be a savings but I end up spending it on home improvements as we are still in renovation mode.

On yet another side note, I often wonder If I am putting too much cash into my house? This is a topic my friends and I discuss endlessly. Is there a ratio people follow? Spending $250K on a $550K house would be foolish. I am close to 100K on a 550K house and still have another 50K to go. However, a house in neighborhood sold for above asking with 22 bids so I feel a bit better about this.

Questions -

I don't save any additional income from my bi-weekly paycheck. Should I be saving more on top of my 401K?
Am I relying too much on my 401K?
Am I being stupid for counting my primary and rental towards my retirement? Meaning I assume they will appreciate and I will sell them after having accumulated equity.
What should I do with my 250K? I want to keep a chunk of that in cash for a rainy day fund but the rest I'd like to invest.
Should I pay off my rental which would create a $1K monthly income stream.

Thank you all for your time.

--uncleGarage


Top
Offline Profile E-mail   
 Post subject: Re: Am I on track for retirement? Investing 200K?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 7:55 pm 

Joined: Sun May 29, 2011 4:50 am
Posts: 182
How much do you anticipate you'll need in retirement?


Top
Offline Profile E-mail   
 Post subject: Re: Am I on track for retirement? Investing 200K?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 4:13 pm 

Joined: Thu Feb 07, 2013 3:34 pm
Posts: 2
-I don't save any additional income from my bi-weekly paycheck. Should I be saving more on top of my 401K?
>yes, definitely yes!!

-Am I relying too much on my 401K?
>yes

-Am I being stupid for counting my primary and rental towards my retirement? Meaning I assume they will appreciate and I will sell them after having accumulated equity.
>From a professional standpoint, yes, but it depends on how you look at your life and your goals. Going by the book, your net worth does not include the home that you live in, your furniture, or the vehicles you drive. (I am sure many will want to dispute this.) It does include investment property, investment vehicles (an antique car), other investments such as stocks, bonds, etc. When you decide to retire, you may sell your home and put that cash with your retirement funds, but you will still need a comparable place to live. You may like you house and neighbors so much that you may choose to retire there, if so what would do about that component of your retirement plan?

-What should I do with my 250K? I want to keep a chunk of that in cash for a rainy day fund but the rest I'd like to invest.
>Put a minimum of 6 months worth of your income into an emergency fund, which is to be kept in cash or as close to cash as possible (t-bills, money market, etc.). If your job is "iffy", you should keep more in the emergency fund. The rest should be invested. I cannot tell you what it should be invested in as I do not know if you are comfortable with the stock market or real estate, your risk tolerance, or many other factors.

-Should I pay off my rental which would create a $1K monthly income stream?
>It depends on how you look at life. Most accountants and investors will tell you not to pay it off. I would pay it off if it was my primary residence, but not if it is a rental; just my view. Just make sure you have an excellent insurance policy on that rental property, including lots of liability coverage, and make sure you have a cash reserve fund for it in case anything goes wrong.

As for how much to put into your primary residence and your remodeling projects, discuss it with your significant other, not with your friends. You should have a reasonable limit, yet the wants and needs of both of you should be met. How long you plan to live there should figure heavily into the equation.


Top
Offline Profile E-mail   
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 3 posts ]  Moderators: bpgui, JerichoHill


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google [Bot] and 16 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group
Theme created StylerBB.net & kodeki