Our first question of the month comes in from Christie from Cincinnati:
I love the podcast. I have two questions.
How long have you been on Dave Ramsey’s Baby Step 7?
We are on Baby Step 7 with 1 paid-for rental. We are considering selling the rental property and just investing in a mutual fund instead.
I know you keep talking about buying a rental, but after 8-10 years we are finding it really isn’t making as much money as we think the stock market could. And we won’t have to worry about tenants calling with a problem.
For our Fintech Spotlight segment this month, we are featuring our sponsor Roofstock. A company that makes investing in single-family rental properties radically simple.
I’ve invited the Director of Retail at Roofstock, Zach Evanish to tell us a little bit more about this online real estate marketplace and how it’s helping new and seasoned investors build wealth. We’re also going to discuss long-distance real estate investing and why it’s not as scary as it sounds.
Some people choose to take out loans to buy their rental properties and others choose to pay cash. Today, we’re going to explore why you might want to consider buying in cash and how to do it.
I’ve invited someone on the show who owns 20 rental properties free and clear. No mortgage, no debt, and he doesn’t owe a dime to anyone.
Rich Carey is my guest today. He’s married, has two children, and currently serves in the military. He has a passion for real estate investing and teaching others how to pursue financial independence. His story of investing success has been featured in Bigger Pockets, MarketWatch and Business Insider.
Lately, I’ve been sharing our family’s interest in buying our first rental property. I’ve written articles, done at least a dozen podcast interviews on the subject and I’ve even looked at some houses with my wife Nicole.
I’ve learned 1% rule, the 50% rule and how to analyze a deal. It’s been fun!
During this whole time, I’ve been asking for people’s feedback, experience, and advice because I’m a complete newbie with real estate investing.
One person who reached out to me recently was my friend Deniz. He shared his difficulty with real estate investing over the past 13 years. He’s had tenant issues, rent competition and overall, it’s been difficult as he’s moved out of DC and into the suburbs as a new father.
Our conversation made me want to get more perspectives, pros and cons of real estate investing. We’re considering making a $100,000+ investment. I want to make sure our family is making a smart move.
With that said, here are 13 additional pros and cons from former and current real estate investors:
As Nicole and I save up for our first rental property, I’m trying to look at all angles before we proceed. We’ve talked about taking out a mortgage again. We’ve talked about saving up to buy all in cash. One method that’s super intriguing for us is the BRRRR Method of real estate investing. We’re going to discuss what that is and how it works today.
My new manager called me into his office to inform me that there would be some changes with my position. A position that I had grown to enjoy. I was proud to have built a team of 3 based on some solid sales wins that I had lead during the previous three years.
It was an honor to see the growth there really. I would win a piece of business and someone would get a full-time job. And then another and then another … It was really cool. I liked the fact that when I worked hard and earned the company money, someone got a job. That made me feel good.
So when my manager told me that I would no longer be managing those three people anymore, I was pretty devastated. Furthermore, my role of leadership on those accounts was no longer required either. I wasn’t being fired or demoted. I was being shifted.
Looking back, I understand why management made these decisions. Overall, the move has been good for the company and I’ve been able to help with growth in other areas.
But that day when I got home from work, I was pretty bummed.
After paying off our mortgage in 2017, we have a lot more cash available to us as a family. We’ve used that extra dough to save up for our first rental property and we’re pumped to make it a reality this fall!
A big question that we’ve been struggling with is whether we should buy in cash or take out another mortgage. After much debate, we’ve decided it makes the most sense for us to go all cash.
Investing in real estate can feel intimidating when you’re just getting started. You hear stories of people who’ve amassed their wealth by investing in dozens or hundreds of rental properties. The prospect of owning so many properties can feel more stressful than hopeful.
Our guest today, Doc G, shares why we don’t need countless rentals to feel financially comfortable. As a physician, he’s been able to invest his day job income in just a few rentals that provide his family with consistent cash flow.
My quest for rental property knowledge continues my friends. While Nicole and I continue to save up our money to buy our first rental, I figured I would speak with someone who’s had massive real estate success to keep me motivated.
Our guest today is Joel Florek. At 25 years old, he owns 31 units in both Michigan and Indiana. These properties provide him so much cash flow that recently he’s been able to leave his 9-5 job and pursue his passion for sailing and family.
Joel’s story of real estate success has been featured in BiggerPockets and on multiple 5-star rated podcasts. As a husband, father and Michigan native, I’m honored to have him on the show today.
Young millionaire status and financial independence can both be attained by building up your passive income through real estate and lowering your cost of living. That’s what has worked well for the blogger known as the Financial Gladiator!
By investing early and growing his portfolio, the Financial Gladiator achieved financial independence in his early 30’s and now enjoys life traveling the globe as a scuba instructor. Now, that’s the life!