Our military oriented real estate investing blog.
Hey freedom fighters, welcome to the active duty passive income podcast. The only place where military members, veterans and their families learn how to build wealth through real estate investing. I'm your host Mike Foster and I'm here to show you how to stop wasting your benefits. Now get off your ass, step up to the firing line and make ready for today's lesson. Shooter stand by.
What's going on guys, how are you doing out there and welcome to the active duty passive income podcast? This is our first episode and we are super excited. Why? Because we are going to show you how to leverage your benefits, how to take advantage of tax free deployments, how to make the most out of your empty space at home. But most importantly how to build wealth through real estate investing. So, you can stop depending on Uncle Sam's 20-year benefit.
Guys there are so many ways that you can use your benefits to make money, even while you're on deployment right....
Last week I was travelling across Europe with my wife and kids flying first class from country to country. We went from Germany where we spent time getting served by folks in lederhosen and over to Scotland where I went to a few Scotch distilleries testing some various choice Highlands and Speysides… what an amazing trip! We passed through Paris and took a helicopter tour of the city and had an amazing view of the Eifel Tower. We went to Poland and visited Auschwitz (amazing!) where my 8-year-old son asked, “what happened here, daddy?” Right then I knew we needed to continue travelling the world and showing our kids what really matters in life: time with your family while learning and experiencing the world while sharing the blessings we have with as many people as we can.
Now, I have a confession, I didn't actually make that trip… last week I was stuck working a lot of hours on a TDY away from my family. I worked about 95 hours and I barely even talked to...
Going to college is extremely expensive these days.
In general, having children is an expensive 18+ years. It is something my wife and I are about to face with complete joy and overwhelming anxiety. Once senior year rolls around, most parents have to figure out a way to pay a massive college tuition bill, not to mention many other expenses that come along with sending a young adult off into the real world. After all, your college student is going to want to have some spending money in their pocket.
Rather than telling them to find a part-time job, which will most likely hurt their extracurricular activities, study time, and social life, why not invest in their future early on? Help them be smart about money and give them a legacy of financial freedom and literacy.
Here is what you do: In the year that you have a baby, buy him or her a turnkey investment property with a 30-year loan. Have any cash flow go directly towards the principal. If you do this...
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.
Cash flow is essentially anything that is left over from your investment...
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...
Firstly, What is Turn-Key Investing?
Different real estate professionals will describe turn-key investments differently. We have four stipulations for turn-key providers:
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
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...
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...
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...