Simply defined, assets put money into your pocket and liabilities take money out of your pocket. Your primary residence is not an ATM machine, does not put money into your pocket and requires large capital contributions to keep and maintain. It is a roof over your head for you and your loved ones, not a business or investment.
Real estate investments have seasons when they are assets and seasons when they are liabilities. That is why it is critical to understand the numbers before purchasing what you think is an investment. Whether single or multi-family, short-term or long-term rentals, learn to run the numbers.
Wes Fikes is the owner of North Forty Realty, North Forty Property Management and North Forty Construction located in Bentonville, Arkansas. Mr. Fikes is a well-diversified real estate Broker, and cash flow investor with a portfolio of single and multi-family properties and Limited Partner interests in 1,200+ doors located in Arkansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas.
Prior to his real estate career, Mr. Fikes spent 10 years with Pepsi-Cola Company in small and large format sales. Mr. Fikes was first licensed as a realtor in 1999 in California and acquired his first rental property in the same year. Mr. Fikes holds a Bachelor of Science: Business Administration degree - Magna Cum Laude from Liberty University and is a Certified Retail Analyst.
Over the past 20+ years in the real estate industry, Mr. Fikes has personally participated in 1031 like-kind exchanges and assisted fellow investors with selling and locating real estate investment opportunities, as well as traditional home sales.
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