Want To Earn More Income From Your Portfolio? Try “Renting” It Out…
“Residential housing is a tough business.”
These were the words told to me by two extremely wealthy real estate moguls from New York… right after I bought my first rental property.
I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I knew several people who were making a killing buying, renting, and flipping houses. And I figured I would get my piece of the pie.
I was guiding these wealthy New Yorkers and a handful of other successful businessmen down a 100-mile stretch of whitewater rapids. We were going through the largest wilderness area in the lower 48.
I grew up doing this. And I can tell you with certainty, six days in the middle of nowhere with no connection to the outside world is a great way to get to know and pick the brains of some of America’s elite. I took self-made millionaires, CEOs, hedge funders, and top executives down the river. My mother even once took Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush down the river.
In short, it was a great way to meet interesting people and receive great advice.
Learning The Hard Way…
So one night in camp I was curious. Why did these two New Yorkers think residential housing was such a tough business — especially when it contradicted with pretty much everything I had heard before?
Their logic was simple. Residential housing, done on a small scale, is a pain in the ass. You’re constantly repairing things, dealing with tenants, hoping they keep the yard nice, and praying that they haven’t completely trashed your house at the end of the lease. And in the end, you have to fix it up and start over again.
They said for the capital outlay and the cash flow I was making, it wouldn’t be worth it.
Turned out they were right.
Soon my investment property became more of a money pit than the golden goose I originally envisioned. Sure I was earning some extra cash each month. But just like my New York friends told me on the river, it wasn’t worth it.
Now don’t get me wrong. If done correctly, investment properties can be a wonderful thing. I was just learning through trial by fire. But it was a tremendous learning experience. Now I can evaluate properties and investments, and have a better idea of which ones will throw off cash and which ones will suck every penny out of you.
But even with this knowledge and experience, venturing into real estate is still a capital-intensive (and time-intensive) undertaking. It’s not for everyone.
There’s A Better Way…
I was reminded of this a few years ago when my colleagues and I were having a discussion about the challenging environment for income-seeking investors in today’s market.
We went over the same things. If you’re active in the market at all you’re probably already familiar with the challenge… The Federal Reserve’s actions over the past few years have led to historically low interest rates. This leaves next to nothing for investors to earn income from CDs, bonds, high-yield stocks, and other traditional investments.
But thankfully, you don’t have to settle for this. And you don’t have to commit massive amounts of time or capital to get a good return on your money.
You see, my colleague Robert Rapier has found a solution to this problem.
In short, he’s figured out a way to earn a high amount of income from the stock market in a short amount of time.
And it’s really simple.
Rather than settling for paltry yields from traditional income strategies — or venturing into the headaches of rental properties — why not rent shares of the stocks you already own to collect income?
How To “Rent Out” Your Stocks
Tenants (people you can rent your shares to) are in abundance. I don’t have to call a plumber to unclog the toilet, an electrician to change out a light bulb, or even pay insurance. I can simply rent shares for as little as a few weeks to 26 weeks at a time, and the income I pocket is oftentimes more than the cash I used to get for renting out my home.
You see most investors just buy stocks, sit on them, and collect any dividends and/or capital gains that come along with it. That’s great, but with this strategy, you can also pocket a little extra cash in the process.
Take General Mills (NYSE: GIS) for example. Right now you can rent out shares of GIS for six months and pocket $220 for every 100 shares you own. If you own 500 shares you can pocket $1,100… just for renting your shares. All you have to do is be willing to sell the stock at $72.50 in return. Sounds like a pretty good deal, right?
There are a few more details to learn, of course. But Robert’s technique has been helping readers pocket on-demand income — from a few hundred bucks a month to a few thousand dollars a month. Unlocking your stocks to collect this extra income is a simple, conservative strategy that you can do with a few clicks of your mouse.
Remember, we’re not talking about anything difficult or complicated. It’s something any investor can do in their own regular portfolio. There are usually no special permissions required — and it can even be done in a tax-deferred account like an IRA or 401(k).
There’s a lot more to say about this… But suffice it to say, if you’re frustrated by the limited choices of income in today’s market, then you should consider renting out your shares.