Should I convert my primary residence to a rental?

There is a lot to consider when determining whether you should rent out your primary residence. I have been getting this question more frequently of late, so let’s look at some things I discuss with my clients. First on the list is to determine the market rental rate for your property. Use Realtor.com, Zillow, contactContinue reading “Should I convert my primary residence to a rental?”

Breaking the 5 for 2 for life thinking

What is the rat race, the matrix, the trap, the deception? Simply exchanging 5 for 2 for life. Work for 5 days to get 2 days if you’re lucky. We are trained from school age to exchange 5 days for 2 days. T.G.I.F. But, how does this happen? Most people are enticed into school debtContinue reading “Breaking the 5 for 2 for life thinking”

Is real estate really passive investing?

In short, “No.” Similar to driving, you have to steer, accelerate, brake when necessary and so on, but do you really need to lay the asphalt or paint the lane markers? Both are involved and interacting with the road, but from very different roles. Ultimately you have to decide how much work you are goingContinue reading “Is real estate really passive investing?”

How inflation affects real interest rates and investment returns

Let’s discuss an interest rate of 3.4% and an inflation rate of 6.8% (according to BLS.gov/cpi for December of 2021) and look at the outcome. Inflation eats away at the future purchasing power of a dollar. In other words, it buys less because it has been devalued. The same $1M today, will not buy $1MContinue reading “How inflation affects real interest rates and investment returns”

What is Cash on Cash and how I calculate it?

Cash-on-cash (CoC) is a way to measure the cash flow percentage derived from an investment that you made. Generally, cash flow investors will look at cash on cash returns, as a starting point when considering an investment or comparing multiple investments. Cap rates, IRR and ROI do not always rule the day, they are justContinue reading “What is Cash on Cash and how I calculate it?”

Fireplaces done right.

Fireplaces can be a wonderful focal point, or in some areas, a needed source of warmth. If you are remodeling a home or considering a custom build. Think about getting your stove up off the floor by raising it up 12 to 18” for a better view from your sofa or bear skin rug. InContinue reading “Fireplaces done right.”

Bathroom renovation or custom build considerations.

When building a custom home or simply renovating to update or add desirable creature comforts to a master bathroom, consider splurging on some items and pulling back on others. For example, ask a person if they would rather have a deep soaking tub or a jetted whirlpool tub (don’t forget to ask about cleaning thoseContinue reading “Bathroom renovation or custom build considerations.”

My recommended reading list for real estate and personal growth.

These are in no particular order. Whether you are just getting started as a first time home buyer, investor or seasoned in the real estate space, I have found these to be great books to expand my knowledge and understanding of real estate, finance and personal growth. Buy, Rehab, Rent, Refinance, Repeat: The BRRRR RentalContinue reading “My recommended reading list for real estate and personal growth.”

Your home is NOT an asset.

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 aContinue reading “Your home is NOT an asset.”

Why invest in Real Estate

Investing in real estate is not a scary as you have been thinking, and with a little bit of understanding and planning it can become a path to wealth. Over 20+ years ago my father-in-law, a real estate broker, gave me the basic vision for investing in real estate (or as I like to callContinue reading “Why invest in Real Estate”

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