Being neck-deep in debt can make you feel like all the odds are stacked against you, especially when you reach almost the seven figures!
Today, Andy talks to Wendy Mays on how her family is climbing out of nearly $1,000,000 of student loans, home mortgages, car loans, and other consumer debt. Wendy is the host of the House of FI podcast, a part-time work-from-home lawyer and a mother to six children.
We talk about how she and her husband accumulated their debt, the turning point that led them to fix their situation and their progress on their journey to financial independence so far.
A lot of us have had this moment in our lives: we become parents and we want less time working and more time with family, but the income is just not there to support it.
Today, we talk with someone who has developed enough passive income to spend less time on work and more time raising his son. Sam Dogen is the writer behind Financial Samurai, a blog and podcast dedicated to slicing through money’s mysteries.
He is a regular contributor to CNBC and he’s been featured in major publications like MarketWatch, Business Insider, and Forbes. When he’s not writing or talking about money, he likes coaching and playing tennis and enjoying delicious food in San Francisco with his wife and young son.
We dive deep into why he got into passive income, the methods he used to get started and his life as a stay at home Dad.
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.