Our military oriented real estate investing blog.
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...
Before we talk about residual income, I would like to start by telling you a quick little story...
Years ago, I remember deciding, that I did not want my wife to feel like she "had to" go to work if she didn’t want to.
Then, thinking it was my only option, I tried to figure out how I would cut down our family expenses if we had a baby. After all, I wanted to start saving for his or her college.
This meant living more frugally.
It meant cutting down our expenses and saving more.
I quickly realized that my future day-to-day lifestyle would most likely struggle.
Don't forget saving for retirement! My wife and I wanted to make sure we could tell all the other military families that we had a solid TSP and Roth IRA for our future old-selves. We didn't want to seem financially uneducated.
But something did not feel right. My thought process seemed counterintuitive and it was forcing some difficult...
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...
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...
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.
Real Estate Investing in the United States is magic. Investors from other countries often disregard any additional resulting taxes and invest in our real estate market. It boggles their mind that our system is so profitable. If you or your parents were caught up in the 2008 crash, you are probably on edge about real estate and that is completely understandable. However, all it takes is arming yourself with knowledge of the system to be ready to capitalize on the next market crash instead of simply surviving or even drowning amidst all the hysteria.
There are FIVE specific aspects of real estate that show why it is a fantastic way to build wealth. Each aspect is reason enough to take the plunge, but when properly combined, the results cannot be overlooked.