There are three main repayment plans for most student loans: graduated, extended, and income-based repayment. Each of these plans offers different features that will cater to different needs. If you believe your salary is going to increase rapidly then a graduated plan may be best for you. If you are not able to make the recommended payments, an extended or income-based plan may be best. Learn about the different options available to you, and choose the one that puts you in the best financial position going forward.
Make sure your financial statements are put together correctly – balance sheet balances, cash flow ties in with the balance sheet and the income statement. This is a skill just like fixing your car. If you don’t know how to do it, do bluff – hire someone to build the statements for you. This does not have to be an expensive accountant or consultant. You can probably find a local MBA finance student who can do it for you as long as you provide the appropriate numbers.
When using P&L to determine rent, there are three different ways to achieve this. Cash flow is one option, which uses the actual rent paid to create the rent costs. GAAP rent can be used to determine P&L, as well, if the property experiences decreases or increases. However, when using GAAP rent it is important to only do so if the changes are a fixed. The third way is referred to as Effective rent. It is calculated by taking the the base rent and averaging it with any free rent units or properties. The useful thing about using Effective rent is it is reflected on the P&L with increased add, so the bottom line can appear higher.
Journalist Scott Burns, in his article titled, “Take a look at Returns” did an analysis of the amount of money you would need to save in order to not run out of money by the time we die, assuming we retired at age 65. The conclusion was that we would have to save 34 percent of our income if we planned on living another 20 years after we retired. The analysis assumed that we would earn no return on our investments.
However, if you’re like most people and don’t have the time to read through a mountain of books, magazines and web-sites (or have the inclination to do so), then this article is for you. It will list out the main “rules of thumb” for financial planning.
If you’re planning to get financed by a bank for rehab projects, you will likely need to contact at least ten in your area until you find ones, so don’t be discouraged at first. Don’t waste your time with big banks. Instead focus on the small community banks. If you plan to get financing for rehab projects and real estate investing in general, you will first need to assemble a loan package which lenders will request. It should consist of your last two years personal tax returns, personal financial statement (that shows all your assets & liabilities), a business plan, a cash flow examples (if you currently own property), & a brief description about yourself and the project you are applying for financing on as a real estate investment.
The formula is based on two centuries worth of returns in the stock market and the real rate of return (5% annually) you can expect to earn after taxes, expenses and inflation.