Real Estate Thoughts

When it comes to early financial independence, most everyone who starts on the journey wants to focus on passive income/cash flow. It is understandable why too — When you receive a periodic payment/distribution of income it is psychologically rewarding (you feel all warm and fuzzy inside). Although it is never the case, it essentially feels like you are earning “free” money. And that is precisely the reason why I believe most everyone out there is actively chasing for yield, with little or [click to continue…]

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Hey everyone! Although I arrived back in the Bay Area late last Tuesday (March 14), it took me a bit longer than expected to get settled, so hence the lack of updates as of late…

Anyway, I’m happy to report to you all that I’ve gotten most things squared away and should be back to ranting and raving now! And I assure you, I’ve got a ton of [click to continue…]

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Franco-Nevada

Buy and Hold Forever is by far the most popular and talked about strategy being utilized by the retail investor to reach early FI. It has been repeated ad nauseum across the blogosphere, especially among the most [click to continue…]

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As I peruse through many of the early FI blogs across the blogosphere, I am somewhat struck to see the number of sell orders that have started to pop up. In years past, most everyone was aggressively hitting the “BUY MOAR!” button, enjoying this wonderful bull market that first took flight in 2009.

Well, as fun as the ride has been, in life, as we all [click to continue…]

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blackburne

In an era of Zero Interest Rate Policy (ZIRP) and Negative Interest Rate Policy (NIRP), it’s no wonder that everyone and their grandma is starved for yield these days… Unlike years (decades) past, saving money and putting it in the bank is just extremely unrewarding… The returns are so anemic, that unless you were depositing millions of dollars in principal to your savings account, there’s just no [click to continue…]

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Well, I’m sure the last post I wrote is bound to ruffle a few feathers… Obviously, what I said will never be popular or generally accepted by the mainstream of investors, but hey, that’s not my problem… You might have sensed it from my tone, but I really did my best to just tell it like it is… I didn’t want to pull any punches and I felt like it was necessary for me to [click to continue…]

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December 2012 Dividends

When I first started this blog in February 2012, I was on a mission to get to early financial independence by the age of 37.5. Little did I know it at the time, but I would soon be participating in one of the greatest bull market runs in recent memory…

From around 2009 until present day, any investor could have bought [click to continue…]

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Santa Clara Home

I like to give credit where credit is due — In my own case, early financial freedom at age 31 would not have been possible for me had I not decided to invest in real estate back in 2012. I am absolutely certain of that, which is why I’m fine with making such a declarative statement.

Yes, it’s true that there are many paths to early FI, and through the many  [click to continue…]

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The most frequent question that I get from readers since I converted over to the “doom and gloom” camp is this: “Why don’t you sell one of your Bay Area rental properties if you think the markets will crash?

There’s no doubt that I think we are due for an upcoming market crash/correction…

But the order of magnitude?

I have no earthly idea…

The reason I’ve [click to continue…]

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Looking back, the last post I put out was obviously emotionally charged. In hindsight, I probably should have just held back from releasing it altogether since I didn’t allocate much more than 5-10 minutes to write it up… Many of my thoughts were disjointed and not many details were shared…

It was rushed…

But I am human, I make [click to continue…]

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