How to set up your new $200,000 house for $1,000,000 with an online payment platform
The man behind a $200 million online homebuyer’s account, the $1.9 billion pioneer dDJ 1000, is no stranger to the big bucks.
In 2013, he and his wife, a former accountant, bought a $1 million house in the upscale neighborhood of Greenwich Village for $250,000.
The couple paid off the $200.4 million mortgage, paid the $400,000 down payment and sold the rest of their possessions.
The couple’s financial success was no surprise to them, says Jeffrey Bader, founder of online payment processor Venmo.
The company helped pioneer the idea of credit cards, which allowed a person to spend more than their credit limit.
But the Bader’s didn’t expect the same kind of scale they saw in the $500,000 home that would eventually be purchased by their daughter, who is now their firstborn.
“Our financial situation was pretty normal at that point, but it was like, ‘OK, we’re a household now,'” says Bader.
“It’s not uncommon for a family to spend a million dollars, but then to find that the next year you’re spending less than you had planned.”
The Baders, who have a house near their daughter’s birth, had hoped to live out their retirement, but their credit cards ran out after two years.
When the Baders bought the house in January 2017, it cost them $1 billion.
That means they spent more than $300,000 a month.
For Bader and his partner, they were able to tap into the wealth they had created with the online payments platform Venmo by buying the house.
But there were several things that set them apart from other homebuyers.
The first was the Bades had set up their own online payment account, Venmo, to use.
For $100 a month, Veno customers could pay for most of their home purchases.
But they also got access to the company’s vast database of customer credit histories, and they could see when their credit scores had fallen below five stars, a rating that indicates poor creditworthiness.
“It was like this amazing data set that would let you know when you were a bit over-indebted, how bad your credit is, and when you could go in and fix it,” Bader says.
The Bades set up a Venmo account for their daughter in June 2018.
She enrolled in the program in November 2018 and had a $500 monthly payment, but she wasn’t eligible for other savings or credit card offers.
“We had no idea that [Venmo] was going to be so valuable,” says Bada.
The company’s ability to give people access to credit information and help them buy homes and other properties quickly became a trend.
Venmo’s CEO, Jeff Bader of Venmo parent company PayPal, says the company is working to expand the service to other markets.
“The first time I heard about this was in Europe,” he says.
“The next thing I heard is we’re adding more countries to the list.
We’re expanding our footprint.”
The number of Venimos launched around the world doubled between 2020 and 2021, and it has now surpassed $1 trillion.
Venimous has over 5.5 million customers in the United States alone, and Venmo is available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
“People are using Venmo to buy homes, to rent cars, to get loans, and to make small loans and to purchase homes,” Bada says.
“You can have a Venimoom in a home for $200 a month and it’s really easy to set it up and manage.
You just tap your phone, put it in your wallet, and your payments are processed immediately.”
The next step for the Bads was to take advantage of the company at the end of 2018, when the company started selling the new $1-million home they had purchased.
“I’m just really happy with our decision to take the home out of the hands of the bank and put it into the hands, like, of a credit union,” says Jennifer Bader as she prepares to sign a credit card.
“I’m so grateful for the support.”
Bader says the Baddies are thrilled to have gotten the home back and are looking forward to enjoying their new home and their daughter.
The home is now on their credit report.
Bader estimates the family has saved around $1 and a half million, and he says they’re ready to open up their credit card accounts.
The Bads say they’re considering taking advantage of another company that offers credit monitoring services, such as TransUnion.
“As the numbers get bigger and bigger, you start to feel like there’s a lot more options,” Bade says.
He says he has no doubt the Bids will come back and purchase another home