Real Estate vs. Index Fund Investing

Real Estate vs. Index Fund Investing for FIRE

Currently, most of the focus within the FIRE community seems to be on maximizing pre-tax investments through 401k, IRA and HSA contributions, dumping everything into index funds, then sitting back and waiting. Once a line on a chart crosses an imaginary threshold where you can withdraw 4% per year and hypothetically never run out of money,… Read more »

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My 8 Year Saga to Open a HELOC for Real Estate Investing

Even before I purchased my first bit of real estate, I knew exactly what my plan was: Buy a duplex beat up condo. live in one side and rent out the other  Fix it up, and then rent it out. Get a HELOC cash out refinance. Buy a multi-family Irresponsibly quit my job during the biggest… Read more »

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Closing to Leased in 5 Days!

I closed on my third rental property last Friday!  (You can read about the first & second here.) Less than 5 days later the rehab was complete, we had the lease signed and a great tenant was moving in. I met my real estate agent at the property to do my final walk through around 9am on… Read more »

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    July 2016 Net Worth Update

    I have tracked my net worth for the past 2.5 years on a google spreadsheet. I recently decided to make this information public so that I can remain accountable. June 2016 marked my first official Net Worth Update on the blog. Below are my actual numbers for all of my investments and liabilities as of 07/30/2016…. Read more »

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    June 2016 Net Worth Update

    I have tracked my net worth for the past 2.5 years on a google spreadsheet. I was recently inspired by Alexander over at  Cashflow Diaries to make this information public so that I can remain accountable. June 2016 marks my first official Net Worth Update on the blog. Below are my actual numbers for all of… Read more »

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    Quitting my Job (The First Time)

    It was August 2009, and it had been one year since I purchased my first condo. I had an excellent job working with someone whom I really respected. I had recently completed a cash-out refinance on the condo and was flush with savings I intended to use as a down payment on a multi-unit apartment building. I was moving… Read more »

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    Using Streak CRM for Rental Property Marketing

    My tenants for Rental Property 2 have notified me that they will be moving out. So I am setting myself up to get back into “marketing mode”.  Even though I only have 3 properties, I’ve always made it a point to focus on process and think about how to scale.  Even back when I only… Read more »

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    Moved to Blue Host

    After a bit of research, and being completely fed up with my old web host.  I’ve recently decided to move to a new provider.  I’ve gone with BlueHost for it’s sparkling reviews, performance, cost and uptime guarantee.  I’m super excited I don’t have to deal with the awful web hosting provider I’ve put up with for the… Read more »

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    Closing on my second Rental Property!

    Last month, I closed on investment property #2, a 2/2 condo in Rogers Park, Chicago. This property is only a couple blocks away from my first property, that I purchased as a primary residence 2008-2009, and converted to a rental in 2010. My retirement plan is to purchase at least one rental property every five years. Since I purchased… Read more »

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    25 Steps to Starting a Successful Blog

    $100 may not sound like a lot of money, but making it quickly is a different story.   If you want to make money with your blog, follow the steps below and you will be well on your way to making your first $100 in 30 days. First Things First 1. What Is Your Passion?… Read more »

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    Blogging Photographer A New Project

    I have just begun work on a new project, a blog, Blogging Photographer. It is just what it sounds like, a website about blogging and photography it will specifically focus on the benefits of combining the two by using blogging to supercharge your photography efforts online.

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    2009 A Year Revisited – The Journey Continues

    The title of this post used to be 2008 A Year Revisited, that is how bad good a procrastinator I am.  In a previous post I discussed my original intent for this site along with my goal of becoming self sufficient by 2009.  Meaning I would be sustainably self employed with multiple streams of income, posessing… Read more »