What a contradiction….
Last time I gave you all the reasons of why buying a house (in India especially) did not make sense.
I have a friend Sanjay, who almost 27 years back had given me a very nice philosophy, which I did not heed. But the older I have grown the more I have realised, his was a better thought process.
He used to say ‘ pehle dukaan phir makaan’. For those of you who don’t understand Hindi, it means….if you have some money, first buy a shop (invest in a business), because once the business succeeds it will generate so much money that you can buy many more houses or larger houses. The fundamental issue over here being that if you have money and can invest in a productive asset which can supplement your cashflow then building assets and creating wealth become even more easy.
A real life example of this was the landlord of our office in Gurgaon. He had 7-8 properties which he had rented out to offices. Each of those properties was getting him a passive income which he was utilising to buy even more properties and he did not need to work.
I would strongly recommend reading Robert Kiyosaki’s book “Rich Dad Poor Dad”. It talks of a similar philosophy where cash flow (passive income) is important if you want to create wealth.
So coming to the topic of this blog….you Should buy a house if you can give it on rent and get passive income. You Should buy a house in a locality where businesses and a young migrant population are growing. From that income you could buy more houses.
Most young people in the technology and services industry today carry home huge bonuses if their company succeeds. Utilise a portion of that money to put in an asset which can give you passive income. Once the passive income starts you get the opportunity to start thinking in ways of growing your wealth.
Till next time then…think your way to financial freedom through Passive Income!!!