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Learning, Sharing, and Teaching => Real Estate and Landlording => Topic started by: Albatross on May 21, 2018, 05:22:46 AM

Title: LCOL Rental Income to pay HCOL Rental expense?
Post by: Albatross on May 21, 2018, 05:22:46 AM
I live in a HCOL where very basic apartments go for about US$1m.

Instead of being tied down to living in one of these expensive shoe-boxes, I was considering buying one in a relatively LCOL overseas as an investment, renting it out to some yuppy family, and using the rent to pay the rent of wherever I wanted to live in HCOL. The net effect of this could mean I use the whole rental income to pay off my rental expense (unlikely I'll be able to cover the full rent in HCOL, but it could help).

Advantages: I can live wherever I want and if I don't like the neighbours I can move, buying overseas will mean diversification away from a HCOL which is now the most expensive residential market 7 years running.

Disadvantages: hidden costs (?), added complication / having to manage a property, renting a property won't feel like home.

Has anyone done this? Thoughts?