Monthly Financial Update

Debt Balances as of the End of October 2011:

  1. *Credit Card Transfer: $0
  2. Vegas Rental Property:  $103,177.03
  3. Ohio Rental Property: $167,070.74

Total Debt: $270,247.77

This is a difference of -$569.22 owed since last month.

*The credit card transfer used to be our second mortgage for the Ohio rental. Back when the rental was still our primary residence.

Breakdown of Regular Payments:

  1. Vegas Rental Mortgage: $647.00
  2. Ohio Rental Mortgage: $1653.87

Total Monthly Payments: $2,300.87

($1,731.65 of those payments went toward interest alone.)

Since all of our debt is now for rental properties, our monthly debt payments are now directly tied to whether or not we have tenants in those properties.

Speaking of tenants, we had one move out just last month. From the Vegas house. Just as we reached a snowball milestone. *sigh* You win some, you lose some.

At least we can cash-flow that house. We just don’t like it.

And we’re having all kinds of headaches with the Ohio house and a roof replacement from a storm that hit five months ago. Five months ago.

In so many ways I think, how has it only been five months since we left Ohio? And in others… well. This roofing issue (a bunch of he-said she-said between our tenant and the roofing contractor) is making me feel like we’re trying to crack an egg on the moon with our eyes closed. And if that doesn’t make any sense and leaves you scratching your head then you sort of know how we feel.

Suffice to say, long-distance landlording is not for the faint of heart. (Where have I heard that before?) And this heart has had about all it can take.

We Did Look Into Selling Our Vegas House

I have contacted realtors in the Vegas house the last two times we had tenants move out. When the one realtor called me back this time, he greeted me with, “How pissed are you going to be when I tell you the numbers?”

I like that guy.

The property value of our Vegas house has plummeted even further than the number I sort of had in the back of my head when I contemplated just putting the house on the market instead of in the rental pool even if it meant selling at a loss just to be done with the whole dang thing.

But when I thought “loss,” I was thinking along the lines of $20,000 — not $35,000 and some change.

The problem is not so much that they’re not getting the offers: the problems come with the financing. According to this realtor, houses like ours are getting offers of $80,000 or even higher (the number I had in my mind) but the appraisals are coming in at $65,000 or less. Foreclosures and sales from the courthouse steps still inundate the market. As he put it, “You could buy one of these things with a credit card.” (Think $30,000 homes.)

Oh, and just when you thought the news couldn’t get less cheery, he regaled me with the latest criminal activity to sweep the Vegas Valley. Apparently, setting up shop in abandoned, foreclosed homes wasn’t enough — now people are renting out these empty homes to unsuspecting tenants as well. And you thought the degradation of American society couldn’t go any lower…

I hope you’re all still trekking along with your own debt snowball (or networth build-up!). Don’t forget to link to the post itself and not just your blog. As always, if you’re reading this by email, you’ll need to click through to view the links and to add your own.


11 thoughts on “Monthly Financial Update

  1. Sounds like it can be really challenging being a landlord. In your cost analysis how profitable are your rental properties? Do you find it challenging to find new tenants? We (my wife and I) are looking at getting into owning rental property and would love to learned from those more experienced than us.


  2. I try to save I really do! Its not like I have a lot to buy…I congradulate you on your sucess here and def will keep your tips in the back of my head. Im lucky my debt is under 10,000 and only medical. I’ll be back to see your progress! and seeing now its 2 years ago i guess i have a lot to read!


  3. Hi Jolyn, interested to see how your debt situation panned out. Are your still holding both these houses?


    jolyn Reply:

    No, Fred. Quite a lot has changed actually since you commented here over two years ago.

    I am thinking of reviving this blog with a new theme and emphasis. Stay tuned.


  4. Ah the famous debt snowball. Keep at it and you will eventually crush it all! I’m currently focused on drip feeding cash into high dividend paying stocks, in an effort to gain longterm future income. £4000 drip fed in so far over 2 years. Slow and steady.


  5. Wow! I just have to say that I am so impressed at your tenacity and determination in paying off your debt. You are truly an inspiration to me. My husband and I recently paid off our debt (not our home) and we have had a hard time staying committed to building up a 3 to 6 month emergency fund. I am a horrrrrrrrrible saver. For some reason, it was easier to tackle the debt than it is for me to save. I have always wanted to just sit with someone who was a “saver” and just pick their brains on how they think and what they do…they surely must deal with the temptations and problems I have, but still manage to save. Anyway, I digress…. :-)

    I am just so impressed at how you have just worked hard to stay true to paying off your mortgage debt. My husband and I are in a Pay Option ARM (horrible choice, I know…), but we have a hard time just walking away…we owe WAAAAAAAY more than the house is worth…like $130,000 more…actually, probably more than that. It is a little depressing, but for some reason God has allowed us to have the income to continue to make the payments so we believe we need to honor our commitment.

    Thank you for your posts and for your blog!


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