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The Two Pillars of Real Estate Investing While In the Military

Dec 17, 2017

Do you ever wonder about your life and your financial situation after the military? Have you ever thought to yourself, "I wish I had another stream of income"?

People come up to me all the time and say things like, “Well, you are lucky because you know what you want to do after the military.” Not true. But I’ll tell what I do know: I know that I never want to be scrambling to find a “job” when I start the transition process.

Transitioning from a military career to civilian career is not easy. Even with all the help we get, the process is often not as successful as we dream it up to be. So what’s my solution?

Create as many streams of passive income as I can before I transition from military life to civilian life.

How? Buy and Hold real estate investing with a focus on cash flow.

Two Pillars of Real Estate Investing While in the Military

Cash Flow

Cash flow is essentially anything that is left over from your investment...

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6 Ways to Stack Tax Savings on Real Estate Investments

Nov 10, 2017

I love taxes!

That's right... I said it.  I love taxes.  Taxes are our government's way of shaping the way Americans invest their money.  Our government wants to invest in green energy and oil.  How do they do it?  Offer tax credits for green energy and oil investing.  Our government wants to promote small business and entrepreneurship.  How do they do it?  Provide tax advantages for small business and entrepreneurs (did you know you can claim up to $5,000 in start-up costs without a statement? IRS).  Our government wants to build quality housing for the lower and middle class to meet the demand of population growth.  How do they do it?  Tax credits for low-income housing development and unbelievable tax benefits for real estate investing.

If you're asking yourself "If the government wants to build low-income housing, why don't they just do it themselves?" Consider ventures such as Hooverville during the great...

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8 Things to Do Before Talking to a Turn-Key Provider

Nov 10, 2017

Firstly, What is Turn-Key Investing?

Different real estate professionals will describe turn-key investments differently.  We have four stipulations for turn-key providers:

  •  A property is purchased and rehabbed
  • Tenants are in place
  • A projected cashflow statement is preparred 
  • A team is put together (lender, escrow company, title company, insurance company, property management)

Why Turn-Key Investments?

Simply put, investing in turn-key real estate is the BEST way for active duty military to create passive income.  Quality turn-key investments are low risk, minimally time consuming, and have excellent rates of return.  And - you guess it........ all of the investments we refer you to are Quality! 

What to Look for in a Turn-Key Investment

  • Excellent track record for the provider and property management team
  • Located in Top-notch markets
    • Increasing Economy
    • Resiliency against a crash
    • Increasing rental market
    • Restricted ability to build (proximity to...
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5 Ways to Finance Your First Turn-Key Investment

Nov 09, 2017

Financing your first turn-key investment can seem like a daunting task.  Amongst the array of financial white noise it is difficult to decide how much you need to save for a turn-key investment and how to finance the down payment.  This article will answer those questions and lay the financial groundwork for how to financially posture yourself to invest with a turn-key provider.

How much do I need to save for a turn-key investment?

This number is going to depend on the purchase price and the type of financing.  For the sake of brevity I will focus on the most common deals that our turn-key providers offer, which are properties with a purchase price between $90,000 and $150,000 with 20% down on a conventional bank loan.  For these types of investments, you should target to save between $20k - $30k.

Our providers can also assist you with finding an investment through a self-directed Individual Retirement Account (IRA).  This deal will look a little...

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5 Real Estate Investing Strategies Service Members Need To Know

Sep 09, 2017

In the military, we lead super busy lives and are not always privileged with the time to study and learn the secrets of the most of the most successful real estate investors. This causes us to go with the status quo and think that the only way we can make major purchases, or investments, is to go through a bank. However, this could not be further from the truth, and it is time for someone to shed light on the "tips and tricks" other real estate investors have used for decades to leverage funds from different investments to fund future ones. That's why ADPI was born, and we've got your six!

#1 HELOC: Home Equity Line Of Credit
Investing with a HELOC is one of the most powerful ways to invest in Real Estate; especially if you bought your home during your first tour. Owning a home can be like owning your own bank. You have access to almost all the equity you have built up into your home, whether through projects, extra payments, or from the market rising in your area. Much different...

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The 5 Red Flags From My First Turn-Key Real Estate Investment Failure

Sep 01, 2017

I learned a painful but crucial lesson from my first shot at Real Estate Investing.

After I learned the basics of Real Estate Investing, I thought I was ready to jump right into a deal. I got ahold of a turn-key provider and immediately started looking at deals. The only kind of analysis I did was subtract the mortgage from the rent and tried to see if that made any sense.

By the way, a turn-key investment property is simply a fully renovated, tenanted, managed, and ready to go investment.

Red Flag #1: Communication with the turn-key provider was terrible. They didn't seem to have their shit together and they dragged out every step.

Red Flag #2: They wanted me to buy with cash only. The reason this is a problem, especially since I was NOT able to see the property, is because a cash purchase would not require any inspections or appraisals. Therefore, I would never really know if my property was actually worth what I was planning on paying for it.

Red Flag #3: The purchase contract...

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Veterans Make Millions from the VA Home Loan

Aug 28, 2017

Today I would like to focus on the VA Home Loan and how you can maximize this benefit to make yourself a multi-millionaire! This is a process I have done and know from experience that it works! I have outlined the process in detail below so that you may also become rich!

It is good to read a book like Larry Loftis book here to establish an understanding in residential real estate investing. This book has helped me tremendously.

Every Combat Veteran has the benefit of $417,000 (there is a slight fluctuation based on the where you live) in home buying power backed by the Government. The VA Home Loan allows you to purchase Real Estate with $0 out of pocket and negates the expense of mortgage insurance.

Now, I like to make as much money as possible with as little time and effort as possible and one way to do that is with other people’s money. In this case the governments. Now your job is to MAX OUT YOUR BENEFIT so that the total value of the VA Home Loan is working FOR you.

Some...

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How I Built a $1.2M Portfolio While Active Duty With the Help of VA Loans

Aug 11, 2017

 

I proudly served 22 exciting years in the Air Force as a calibration technician and laboratory auditor. It provided some of the best experiences in my life. Still, halfway through my career, real estate became more attractive than my military education and training. I began to purchase homes as I moved through assignments and always enjoyed talking about real estate investments. While I loved my country and was proud of my military service, it was easy to see that I had a second agenda in real estate. The military and real estate investments have provided security for my family, and I hope this article will teach other veterans of the opportunities to provide additional security for their families.  

Growing Wealth Through VA Loans

After approximately 10 years in the Air Force, I bought my first home with a VA loan and became intrigued by the success and growth of the housing market. After a divorce, I needed financial help and began renting (house hacking) my...

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The 3 Reasons to Own Rental Properties Within an LLC

Jun 25, 2017

If you want to be a military real estate investor, you need to protect yourself. Most people never think about investing within an Limited Liability Company (LLC). Years ago, I definitely thought it was not necessary. In my imagination, it was an incredibly difficult process that was something that only big companies had to do. This is simply not true. 

LLCs are a fairly new legal business entity created in Wyoming in 1977. The unique aspect of an LLC is that it provides a combination of liability protection and also acts as a “pass through entity” for tax purposes. It is the perfect entity for real estate investing.

LLCs have exploded in popularity since their beginning and are the new standard for Real Estate investing.

The three big reasons for owning a rental property within an LLC are: Tax Benefits, Privacy, and Liability Protection.

Tax Benefits:

This is one of the biggest reasons why Real Estate Investing is such an incredible wealth builder.

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Automobile Univesity

Jun 11, 2017

Automobile University - The way I learn

The number one question is always, "where do you find the time?"

I have almost completely stopped listening to music in the car. I treat my commute every day as if it was a college course. Listening to the news or some other dramatic time-wasting content does not cut it anymore. I have become highly selective about how I spend that precious daily hour.

The funny thing is, I always thought that the only way for me to learn something is by taking notes. Something I realized about myself during flight school is that everyone can learn through repetition. For example, for a while it was difficult for me to understand all the details of owning a rental property within a Limited Liability Company (LLC). But after listening to several podcasts explaining why it is important, the concept and all of its supporting arguments began to sink in.

The following list of three podcasts are my "go-to" for real estate investing information.

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