Active Duty Passive Income Blog

Our military oriented real estate investing blog.



Investor Profile: Resourcefulness in Real Estate with Anthony Pinto

Jul 24, 2019

Carpe-ing the Diem

“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....

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Myths BUSTED about investing in Mobile Homes

Jul 21, 2019

I want to bust some myths about investing in a mobile home park!

 by Tim Kelly


One misconception about Mobile Home Park ownership is that Mobile Home residents frequently move compared to a traditional multi-family property or a single family residence.
This misconception came about because of the term "Mobile Home."
However, these properties should be understood as "Manufactured Homes."
What other images come to mind when you think of the phrases "trailer park" or "mobile home park?"
Another massive misconception people have on this highly productive market is the generalization our society has (and most likely what your initial thoughts were) when they think about the tenant-type or demographic who would occupy these units.
"Low-income," "dirty," "drugs," "loud," disrespectful," "alcoholic’s," "redneck’s…" are just a few that come to mind.
Our team has found that most of that is simply...
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Control or Speed on the Path to Financial Freedom

Jul 13, 2019

Control or Speed on the Path to Financial Freedom

As a real estate investor who is just getting started, it’s easy to be consumed by the idea of financial freedom.


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.  


Curating your life Path

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....

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5 Keys to Raising Private Capital

Jul 06, 2019

5 Keys to Raising Private Capital


Kevin Brenner, ADPI Hero, Capt, USAF / @investorkev


The Dadism That Got Me Off My Butt

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...

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ADPI Saves One Life Blog Series #1

Jul 04, 2019

Welcome to the ADPI Saves One Life Blog Series

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.  


We also support the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. Join us!



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Anatomy of a Multi-Family Deal: 55 Unit Breakdown

Jun 29, 2019

Anatomy of a Multi-Family Deal: 55 Unit Breakdown


In a previous blog, How I House Hacked Into Multifamily, I announced that we’re under contract on a 55-unit multifamily (MF) deal in Spartanburg, SC. A few have asked about the process of purchasing multifamily properties from beginning to end, so here’s my path from beginning to present. I’ll note that a few months ago, I teamed up with a like-minded partner that I met through a forum similar to ADPI, and it’s been extremely beneficial. Multifamily begins and ends as a TEAM SPORT!



Up front, a key step in the process is actually committing to make MF investing work. I will retire in 2021 and am not making any other plans for a j-o-b afterwards.  No plan B, just this. I also put some money where my mouth is and took $25k out of my financial freedom account and bought in to a mentoring program through the Michael Blank network. Finally, to get the ultimate partner on...

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How To BRRRR Your Way to Financial Freedom

Jun 22, 2019

How To BRRRR Your Way to Financial Freedom

by Kevin Brenner, Capt, USAF


Bro, Do You Even BRRRR?

By now I’m sure most of you have heard the term BRRRR which stands for Buy, Rehab, Rent, Refinance, Repeat.  Famously coined by BiggerPockets’ Brandon Turner a few years back, the strategy itself has been around forever.  Remember, buy low and sell high. It’s kind of like that, except in this case, the end buyer is actually the bank.  


Investors from all walks of life love to BRRRR because it offers a lot of flexibility, as opposed to standard fix and flip or buy and hold deals, and a significant marketplace competitive advantage (more on this in another blog).   Like most real estate investing (REI) strategies, a profitable BRRRR hinges on the After Repair Value (ARV) and your Estimated Rehab Costs (ERC). If you can master evaluating these figures, then you are one step ahead of your competition and well on your way to some solid...

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Why Your House Is An Investment

Jun 15, 2019

Why Your House Is An Investment

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...

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How I House-Hacked Into Multifamily

Jun 08, 2019

How I House-Hacked Into Multifamily


Investing Strategies for Military Families

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...

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