May 2015 Net Worth Update

by FI Fighter on June 5, 2015

in Net Worth

We are now almost half way through 2015, and so far, it’s been mostly “slow and steady” as it pertains to overall portfolio growth. It does seem like the great bull run from 2009-present has mostly topped out, and any further gains from this point on are mostly incremental.

Nevertheless, we are going to keep at it, and as long as we stick to the plan, things should work out in the end. When it comes to my own strategy, I’m focusing mostly on defense and wealth preservation these days. I am not actively investing any new funds at this time, but I am still tracking and paying attention to the market’s movements. There will come another opportunity to heavily invest again; I am sure of it. Until then, patience is a virtue…

Let’s see how things are doing this month!

Net Worth

Here is where my Net Worth stands at the conclusion of May:

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Month-Over-Month: (+$17,925.68)

Here is a breakdown of assets:

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Here is a breakdown of debts:

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Cash and Credit Cards

I currently have $27,014.83 stashed away in my checking account ($7,942.11 previously). Cash increased greatly this month as I started liquidating my stock positions in my brokerage account. Upon transaction completion, I transferred a small portion of the proceeds back over to my primary checking account.

I owe $82.43 in credit card debt.

I have $75,990.12 hidden away for a rainy day, or for future investment opportunities. Similar to the checking account, the large increase in the emergency fund this month is attributed to heavy stock liquidation from my brokerage account.

Total: $102,922.52

Month-Over-Month: (+$54,286.84)

Loans

I owe the following loans:

Rental Property #1: $324,771.26
Rental Property #2: $328,212.19
Rental Property #3: $114,564.71
Rental Property #5: $123,650.30

Total: $891,198.46

Month-Over-Month: (+$1,112.11)

Rental Property #4 is owned outright and there is no loan associated with it.

Side Hustle Loans

Rental Property #SH 1 (25%): $387,490.33 ($96,872.58) 
Rental Property #SH 2 (25%): $385,989.96 ($96,497.49) 
Rental Property #SH 3 (50%): $404,495.45 ($202,247.73) 

Total: $1,177,975.74 ($395,617.80) 

Month-Over-Month: (+$277.64)

My portion of the Side Hustle loans are accounted for above. My partnership stake in each property is shown in the ( ).

Investments

I currently own stocks in my taxable brokerage account. My other investments are in 401k and Roth IRA.

Current 401k: $4,948.80
401k: $133,037.64
Roth IRA: $61,418.90
Brokerage: $63,781.97

Total: $263,187.31

Month-Over-Month: (-$37,750.91)

As mentioned previously, I began liquidating my stock holdings this month in my brokerage account. What remains is a combination of cash (not transferred out) and a few stocks that I am still holding.

I have a call option on Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD) set to expire in mid-June. Upon expiration, I will liquidate all remaining shares.

I am currently “trading”: Union Pacific (UNP), Norfolk Southern (NSC), and Walmart (WMT). Since those 3 stocks are heavily in the RED at the moment, I’m going to sit tight and simply collect the dividends in the process… I’m treating those stocks as dividend growth stocks, which is just fine with me. No one said trading was easy… 😉

Alibaba (BABA) is still my largest individual position, but I will look towards liquidating this position over the next few months…

Properties

Here are the values of each property, based on my own estimate:

Rental Property #1: $460,000
Rental Property #2: $450,000
Rental Property #3: $157,500
Rental Property #4: $95,000
Rental Property #5: $180,000

Total: $1,342,500.00

Month-Over-Month: (+$0)

For properties, I will refrain from updating the values each and every month. Instead, I will review and re-assess quarterly, to allow sufficient time for the market prices to stabilize.

My last re-assesment was March 2015. The next property assessment is scheduled for June 2015.

Side Hustle Properties

Rental Property Side Hustle #1 (25%): $520,000 ($130,000)
Rental Property Side Hustle #2 (25%): $560,000 ($140,000)
Rental Property Side Hustle #3 (50%): $490,000 ($245,000)

Total: $1,570,000.00 ($515,000.00)

Month-Over-Month: (+$0)

My portion of the Side Hustle equity is accounted for above. My partnership stake in each property is shown in the ( ).

Summary

The total value of all assets now checks in at $2,223,692.26, an increase from last month ($2,207,380.33). I also owe $1,286,898.69.

Net Worth saw a slight increase this month, as the market mostly traded sideways. In any case, we are slowly itching closer to the coveted $1,000,000 mark and I anticipate getting there next month (baring any major market corrections)! 🙂

$1MM sure doesn’t buy what it used too… But I won’t deny that getting there will be a huge psychological victory in my eyes. This is something that I’ve been dreaming about since high school… I never thought it would have been possible to get there at age 30, but thanks to the Fed’s efforts, my investments have soared over these last few years (I’m sure everyone else feels the same way).

So, regardless if the gains are artificial (or not), it’ll feel good to be able to cross this item off on the bucket list. With that said, building massive wealth has never been my primary objective in life — financial freedom is.

As long as we can keep making progress in the freedom department, that’s all that we can really ask for. These days, I’m just trying to do my best to protect the wealth that I’ve worked so hard to build up over the last 3 years.

It’s not easy shifting over to a defensive-minded philosophy after spending so much time and effort formulating an offensive gameplan… But I feel like the gravitation towards defense is absolutely necessary for me, especially given the current scortching-HOT market environment we are operating in.

What goes UP must come back DOWN, and I’m doing everything that I can to brace myself for impact.

 

Fight On!

 

2015 Net Worth Summary:

May 2015: $936,793.57

April 2015: $918,867.89

March 2015: $902,184.99

February 2015: $771,405.52

January 2015: $785,811.26

 

2014 Net Worth Summary:

December 2014: $781,996.44

November 2014: $763,680.73

October 2014: $716,124.37

September 2014: $702,618.90

August 2014: $724,476.61

July 2014: $718,780.24

June 2014: $693,514.01

May 2014: $665,115.97

April 2014: $633,456.43

March 2014: $598,435.05

February 2014: $557,154.47

January 2014: $586,137.08

 

2013 Net Worth Summary:

December 2013: $569,022.97

November 2013: $542,725.46

October 2013: $527,010.49

September 2013: $444,860.79

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1 Dividend HustlerNo Gravatar June 5, 2015 at 8:04 am

Awesome progress FIF. Thanks for sharing your journey with us. You’re almost there!! Then the 2nd Million will be easier for sure. Don’t ever stop hustling!! 🙂 Glad to see a post! Hope you’re enjoy the time off. Take care my friend.

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2 FI FighterNo Gravatar June 10, 2015 at 6:43 am

DH,

Thanks! It’s been quite a ride so far, and I definitely hope that the momentum will help make earning the 2nd million much easier.

Keep hustlin’!

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3 AmbertreeNo Gravatar June 5, 2015 at 9:58 am

Great progress towards your net worth. I read the progress report for the first time. It has been suite a ride since 2013 till now.
It seems your new game plan is almost in place. That is a great achievement
Enjoy the journey.

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4 FI FighterNo Gravatar June 10, 2015 at 6:45 am

Ambertree,

Thanks! The gameplan is always a work in progress, but so far so good. I’m going to work on stabilizing all the units and maximizing cash flow. The net worth is in a good place so I’m not too concerned with further capital gains at this point.

Take care!

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5 Midwestern LandlordNo Gravatar June 5, 2015 at 10:17 am

Nice job on the net worth frontier. You have a nice mix of properties and liquidity built up. As a fellow landlord, I am looking forward to the property cash flow updates when available.

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6 FI FighterNo Gravatar June 10, 2015 at 6:46 am

Midwestern Landlord,

Thanks! I’ve been behind on the cash flow updates but will look to get a new report out soon.

All the best!

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7 TawcanNo Gravatar June 5, 2015 at 1:48 pm

Awesome progress man. Getting quite close to that million dollar net worth. 🙂

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8 FI FighterNo Gravatar June 10, 2015 at 6:46 am

Tawcan,

Thanks! It’s a pretty exciting time right now.

Cheers!

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9 No Nonsense LandlordNo Gravatar June 5, 2015 at 2:20 pm

$1M in NW is a great start. Then work towards $1M in investable assets. Add to that some passive income, either the rentals or dividend income and you should be set.

It all takes time to compound. The turtle wins the race here, flashy investments typically do not pan out well unless you are ready to jump ship quickly. Then they skyrocket…

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10 FI FighterNo Gravatar June 10, 2015 at 6:49 am

Eric,

Thanks! $1MM is definitely just the starting point. Over time, I hope to grow the net worth and keep building up the real estate to increase passive income.

Definitely, slow and steady is the best approach to take. With that said, I will look into things like trading/flipping houses to further enhance returns in the future. Buy and Hold is the main strategy, but I’ll try and complement it with other active income generating strategies as well.

Take care!

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11 NunoNo Gravatar June 5, 2015 at 3:36 pm

Really awesome to read this post.
It must be unbelieveble the feeling of having a $1M NW!

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12 FI FighterNo Gravatar June 10, 2015 at 6:50 am

Nuno,

Thanks! It’s pretty surreal, I’ll admit… Sky’s the limit 😉

Take care!

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13 MartinNo Gravatar June 6, 2015 at 11:39 am

This is a nice review and a great financial balance. You have it well organized and make great leaps of progress FF. It is nice watching you growing so much. Keep up the good work.
Why are you liquidating your stock positions? Getting ready for another property purchase or expecting a market crash?

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14 BeSmartRichNo Gravatar June 6, 2015 at 7:42 pm

Wow. You are really close to $1M mark. Keep up the great work. I got some catch-up to do. Hahaha

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15 CashFlowDiariesNo Gravatar June 7, 2015 at 7:23 am

1MM is a huge accomplishment my friend. Hope you hit it next month. Im pulling for you. I am no where near that but im determined to get there.

Curious as to why our side hustle properties are different then your normal rental properties? Why are those side hustle?

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16 Retire29No Gravatar June 9, 2015 at 8:11 am

Awesome stuff. I remember first checking your blog out a year or two ago–seems like you’ve doubled the net worth in pretty short order. Amazing how real estate can juice net worth.

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17 mikeNo Gravatar June 14, 2015 at 2:35 am

Interesting stuff…. by the way, in a worst case scenario, are you liable for the entire loan if your partners default? I always like to estimate net worth in a worst case scenario just for kicks.

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