Assuming your child is five years old and you start putting $250 a month in a savings account earning 2%, in 13 years you would have $44,497.41 to pay for their college education. Anticipating that isn’t going to be enough, you’d have to save $500 a month to end up with $88,995.
Another way would be to make a lump sum contribution of $20,000 today in a mutual fund earning 5% that would be worth $37,713 in 13 years. You’d have to make a $47,196 initial contribution to end up with the same $88,995.
An alternative to savings would be to invest in a $100,000 home in a good area. Assuming a three percent appreciation and rent of $1,000 a month, an initial investment of $23,500 could have a future wealth position of $83,838 at the end of 13 years.
Obviously, this is just an example of why rental homes are an IDEAL investment... They can provide Income, Depreciation, Equity build-up, Appreciation, and Leverage. While rentals certainly have more risk and management than a savings account, they do provide an opportunity for a higher rate of return.
If you’re concerned about paying for college tuition in the future, it is certainly worth investigating the possibility of investing in rental homes today.