Ideally, your financial plan includes real estate, which offers the kind of attributes that will often take the pressure off the rest of your portfolio to perform. Having the right allocation of real estate in your portfolio provides enhanced diversification and non-correlation, (assets behaving in different ways, not related to the general markets at large) not to mention certain tax advantages, cash flow, and equity appreciation.
For many people already in retirement, Social Security benefits and home equity constitute their biggest assets in retirement. In recent years, professional journals have shown articles by leading experts recommending strategies using the home’s equity in producing needed income, not just as a last resort when all other sources have been extinguished. In fact, one could argue that your home equity should be creatively utilized in a retirement income plan that is sensible and tax-efficient. (more…)