“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt
I was sitting in the Engineering Control Center (Maneuvering) underwater onboard my submarine the USS Albany (SSN-753) when one of my sailors walked in. Maneuvering, while underway, is usually a boring place with little to do but stare at screens or dials that barely move. Time is spent talking about cars or women or, more often than not, video games. Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon is also a popular game.
As a result, when the sailor walks in and tells us his story, we are all ears. He had recently checked his email (yes, we do get email underwater and sometimes even Facebook) and had received a message from his wife talking about their lives back on shore and providing updates on his 3-month-old baby. He paused in his story and I caught a glimpse of a tear in his eye....
The first deal you do is absolutely terrifying. The whole process is filled with fear, doubt, and anxiety. But, once you get proof of concept and start to receive the almighty cash flow all of that begins to subside.
Those emotions never disappear, they are always lapping against the shore of our mind like a gentle wave even in the best of times. Eventually, you will do whatever it takes to get that next deal under contract. There is a definitive psychological as well as physiological response from closing that deal and getting closer to the goals that you have set.
Most people begin the journey for financial independence for the right reasons. They want to take back control of their time and experience life to the fullest with those they hold most dear....
Kevin Brenner, ADPI Hero, Capt, USAF / @investorkev
Everyone loves a blog to begin with the phrase, “My Daddy used to say, [insert cheesy life advice tagline here].” Well, strap in everyone, because this next cheesy tagline could be the anecdote that motivates you to get off the couch and into the real estate game.
My Daddy, a fantastic entrepreneur and business owner, used to (and still does) say, “You can hope in one hand and piss in the other, guess which one you’re going to have more of.” Before you run off to the lab to experimentally prove this Dadism (I don’t recommend it, but if you must, wear latex gloves), hear me out. What I mean is that at some point in your investing career, whether you a newbie, or an experienced commercial real estate investor, you will hit a plateau. For a lot of Buy and Hold investors out there, this plateau...
As part of our commitment to reaching veterans facing PTSD and addiction issues, we are hosting a blog series for vets during and after treatment to share their stories. Our hope is that these stories will help veterans express themselves in a therapeutic way, connect veterans within the community with others who are or have walked through the same experiences, and reach the greater public in a truthful and meaningful way.
Many of these stories will be anonymous. Many of these stories will be intense. They are truthful, they are gritty, and they are hard. They are a real reflection of life as an American soldier, for better or for worse. They are also a beacon of hope and a call to reach out to your fellow humans and create community. If you would like to contribute or connect please feel free to reach out to ADPI Helps HERE.
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by Travis Cripps
Whether you are commonly reading financial blog posts or catching the occasional Grant Cardone video, you have probably heard the debate about home ownership. Some, like Warren Buffett, think buying with a 30-year mortgage can be an attractive option for many American families. Others, such as Grant Cardone, think buying your personal residence, especially a single family home, is a ridiculous proposition. Why is there such widespread disagreement? Who is right?
Like all things, it depends!
But let's dive deeper into this and why I think your home is an investment.
To begin, let's determine what an investment is. Merriam-Webster defines investment as, " the outlay of money usually for income or profit." The definition of profit is, "a valuable return," or "net income usually for a given period of time." To state that another way, using money in a meaningful way to increase NET...
There are a lot of good strategies that work well for military families. VA house-hacking is on the top of most people’s lists – and was on mine too. For some people, hacking into a few investments is enough; but many active duty members are driven with a big, burning “why” that leads them into bigger and better investments. [Feel free to share your "why" in Start the Spark] In my case, my "why" led me from house-hacking to 55-units in Spartanburg, SC, and will soon have many more. Along the way, I hope to highlight some of the benefits of multifamily investments.
I hacked into my first investment property before house-hacking was even a thing. While I was a young Devil Dog stationed in Okinawa, I read Rich Dad, Poor Dad. I know, cliché, right? I figured it would be difficult to invest from Japan (I now realize this is a limiting belief), so we decided to wait until...
To cash flow or to appreciate? This is the million-dollar question of rental property investing. And one that has been examined, debated, and studied six ways to Sunday. These two different schools of thought on how to make money on rental properties have often been argued as a matter of preference. At ADPI, however, we’ve got our own reasons why one is better than the other, and we’re here to tell you about them.
First, though, here’s a quick introduction to each of these money-making options:
If you’re getting into the rental property market, you’re in it to make money, right?! Well, let’s hope so.
One of the most popular ways to do that is by collecting monthly rent from tenants that exceeds the property’s monthly expenses. This leftover profit is called cash flow. Though cash flow on a single property averages a couple hundred per month,...
Kevin Brenner, Capt, USAF
Well, you’ve reached the top. You spent months, maybe even years, educating yourself about all the wealth-building power of REI. You’ve spent late nights scouring online forums and reading every REI book you could get your hands on. You’ve asked all the right questions to all the right people at all the right meetups. And finally, you were rewarded with the ever elusive opportunity that all true investors chase - the Deal. Because you are educated in the ways of the Deal, you instantly recognized its value and wrapped it up under contract. After spending weeks working with lenders, lawyers, title companies, and real estate agents, you finally closed. Now what? Well, that’s easy - it’s about time you got yourself fired.
This is a true life, it happened to me, precautionary tale. I want to share my Tidewater story with future home sellers as well as buyers. Tidewater is happening more often in the current market than ever before. I want more people to become aware of the possibility of a Tidewater situation, in case it happens to them. My husband and I have purchased and sold a handful of homes during his military career. We’ve used both conventional and VA loans to mortgage our houses. In this example, we were the seller and the buyer was shopping with a VA loan.
Until a few weeks ago, I had never heard of the term, “Tidewater” as it relates to real estate. I was pretty familiar with both VA and conventional appraisal processes, but I never thought too hard about it. Every appraisal for each house we had ever purchased came in at the contract price or slightly above it. Convenient, huh?
As we were preparing to PCS...