November 2014

Thanksgiving Week (A Time for Reflection…)

by FI Fighter on November 26, 2014

in Progress

The week of Thanksgiving has got to be my favorite time of year. Although I don’t partake much in Black Friday shopping, it’s all the other things about Thanksgiving week that I love: getting away from work, spending time with family, eating well, relaxing, watching football, and finding time to reflect back on everything that’s happened this year.

It was 3 years ago when my journey to early FI first began! During Thanksgiving week of 2011, I stumbled upon the Early Retirement Extreme website for the first time, and things have never been the same since. I gobbled up [click to continue…]



As readers may know, I’ve been trying to get money out of my rentals (unsuccessfully) for a little over a year now. I have quite a bit of equity built up into my Bay Area rentals, and have wanted to tap into it for the longest time…

One thing I failed to account for when I was loading up on rental properties is just how much more difficult I was making things for myself by taking on more loans. Getting a cash out refi using a big name bank is [click to continue…]


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One thing I’ve been realizing as of late is that buying shares of stocks is a whole heck of a lot easier than buying rental property. 🙂 As such, I used today as another opportunity to pick up some more shares of Alibaba (BABA).

Payday is not until this upcoming Friday, but I thought I would jump the gun and buy some [click to continue…]


October 2014 Cash Flow Statement

by FI Fighter on November 16, 2014

in Cash Flow


The holiday season is now just around the corner, so I will start having to think about what gifts to give my tenants this year. Overall, it’s been a pretty solid year for cash flow, as each rental has managed to stay in the green. For that, I am most thankful! At the conclusion of the year, I will tally up all the numbers and calculate the total return for the year.

Not everything is peachy though, as I am currently battling an eviction and will have to [click to continue…]


October 2014 Net Worth Update

by FI Fighter on November 15, 2014

in Net Worth

This year is just about over which seems really crazy to me. It feels like only yesterday that I was lying on the beach in Maui, contemplating my next moves in life. At that time, I was getting very much acclimated to the lifestyle I envisioned early FI would look like, and kind of figured that I would just need to grind it out at [click to continue…]


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Now that Rental Property Side Hustle #1 and #2 have closed and been leased out, I’ve afforded myself a little bit more breathing room. It wasn’t easy, but I finally paid off all my debts this month (courtesy of my signing bonus posting)! 🙂

Well, not quite all my debts, as I still have mortgages for [click to continue…]


My Rental House Dilemma

by FI Fighter on November 5, 2014

in Guest Post


I got started in real estate investing back in summer of 2012. Since that time, there have been many highs and lows, which have been documented on this blog. But that’s just one person’s perspective… and there are millions of other stories out there.

At this time, I would like to welcome Jon from Money Smart Guides for a guest post today on his own rental property experience!

Growing up, I knew that one of the keys to wealth was through investing. As a result of this, I began to invest in the stock market before I was 18 years old. Since I couldn’t invest directly because of [click to continue…]


September 2014 Cash Flow Statement

by FI Fighter on November 3, 2014

in Cash Flow


I’m falling behind on the updates again, and for that I apologize (again!). Ever since I started the new job, I am finding that my free time is now more limited than ever before. And after staring at a computer screen for 10-12 hours each day, it’s been a challenge finding a way to fit in more computer time for blogging. Usually by the end of the work [click to continue…]


LH 747-8i (12 of 16)

The 747-8i (Intercontinental) is a variant of the widely popular “Queen of the Skies” 747-400, and is the largest commercial aircraft built in the United States. In addition, it is the longest passenger aircraft in the world, and Lufthansa was the first airline to operate the 747-8i on June, 2012.

But more importantly, Lufthansa is consistently regarded as the premiere standard in 1st Class service and luxury. And because of these industry wide accolades, Lufthansa 1st Class comes attached with a hefty price tag. For example, the retail price on this one way flight cost just south of $10,000, which is the same cost as a brand new Nissan Versa!

Needless to say, my curiosity was killing me, and I needed to know if a 1st Class ticket could be worth the price of a small automobile!???!

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