All of the entrepreneurs I’ve interviewed on my podcast (or really any other podcast for that matter) have taken Mr. Buffett’s words to heart. If you’re going to create some serious wealth for you and your family, diversifying your income streams is the key to success.
My wife and I are approaching a big milestone in our financial journey. Our mortgage will be completely paid off by the end of the year. That exciting financial hurdle has gotten us thinking about the next steps on our quest for financial freedom. Over and over again, owning rental real estate continues to rise to the top of that list.
In an effort to build up our savings lately, I’ve been researching a lot about how we can cut back our annual expenses. I’ve found that there’s a fine balance between reducing our overall spending and maintaining our current level of family happiness. After all, we could save 100% of our income, but that would leave us with no food, no home and no fun. (Insert sad face emoji here).
When I read the Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey in 2011, I knew going through all of the 7 baby steps could take quite a while. The book’s structure of saving money, paying off debt and investing was simple and easy to understand, but it definitely had some years attached to it. This was not a “get rich quick book” for sure. Nevertheless, I was intrigued and inspired to follow Dave’s 7 steps and see where it took me and my new family.
You have been persistent, you’ve become best friends with Zillow and your hard work has paid off. You have finally found your dream home. Now, it’s time for the important next step of choosing your mortgage.