July 2015 Net Worth Update

by FI Fighter on August 4, 2015

in Net Worth

This year is now half over and we are entering what should be some very exciting times! The fall season is typically more eventful, so I’m getting myself prepared as the summer season slowly wanes away.

Up to this point, the net worth has progressed rapidly, but I have a strong feeling that progress will slow down greatly in the upcoming months… More details outlined below!

Net Worth

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


Month-Over-Month: (+$5,818.87)

Here is a breakdown of assets:


Here is a breakdown of debts:


Cash and Credit Cards

I currently have $117,574.34 stashed away in cash and emergency fund accounts ($118,993.62 previously). For this month, I decided to lump the two categories together, in an attempt to make accounting easier.

I owe $71.70 in credit card debt.

Total: $117,502.64

Month-Over-Month: (-$1,490.98)


I owe the following loans:

Rental Property #1: $323,777.71
Rental Property #2: $327,308.48
Rental Property #3: $114,226.27
Rental Property #5: $123,000.46

Total: $888,312.92

Month-Over-Month: (+$326.27)

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%): $403,331.26 ($201,665.63) 

Total: $1,177,975.74 ($395,035.70) 

Month-Over-Month: (+$0)

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


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

Current 401k: $5,139.22
401k: $129,248.70
Roth IRA: $57,349.63
Brokerage: $59,021.72

Total: $250,759.27

Month-Over-Month: (+$6,983.58)

I decided to liquidate out of my 401k ($129,248.70) this month; I am now sitting in cash-equivalent accounts. I realized this month that my preference is to wait on the sidelines as we ride out the upcoming fall and winter seasons. If nothing too crazy happens in the markets, I may look into re-deploying the funds back into stocks next year (or at a later date).

My current 401k ($5,139.22) is still invested in stocks, so this account value will still be subjected to changes from month-to-month. The same applies to my Roth IRA account.

The brokerage account is up this month as I deployed some fresh capital into this account. Currently, the new funds are sitting idle, waiting for a good opportunity. As I mentioned previously, I am keeping a close eye on oil and energy stocks, as well as on some beaten down mining stocks.

Most likely, I won’t be making any more investment moves until the market settles out and these sectors find a hard bottom. Patience will be key…


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

Rental Property #1: $490,000
Rental Property #2: $490,000
Rental Property #3: $157,500
Rental Property #4: $95,000
Rental Property #5: $180,000

Total: $1,412,500.00

Month-Over-Month: (+$0)

Properties were reassessed last month and the property values remain unchanged this month.

For Rental Property #3-5, I elected to stick with the original purchase price. These properties are located in the Midwest, and the neighborhoods I invested in don’t appreciate quite so rapidly as the Bay Area. Again, to err on the side of conservative, I’ve decided it’s best to just stick to the original purchase price.

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 reassessment was June 2015. The next property assessment is scheduled for September 2015.

Side Hustle Properties

Rental Property Side Hustle #1 (25%): $550,000 ($137,500)
Rental Property Side Hustle #2 (25%): $580,000 ($145,000)
Rental Property Side Hustle #3 (50%): $520,000 ($260,000)

Total: $1,570,000.00 ($542,500.00)

Month-Over-Month: (+$0)

The side hustle properties were also reassessed last month.

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


The total value of all assets now checks in at $2,323,333.61, an increase from last month ($2,317,769.31). I also owe $1,283,420.32.

Gains were minimal this month, as investments were mostly held static and not much fresh capital was injected into any accounts.

I realize that I’m taking somewhat of an extreme measure by cashing out of my 401k, but we live in some crazy times right now and I just want to err on the side of caution. My plan is to ride out the second half of this year in cash, and if nothing dramatic happens in the markets, then that would be wonderful news!

Down the road, I can always re-enter into the markets and convert the cash funds back into investments. I might miss out on some subtle gains, but at this point I’m willing to sacrifice some returns for peace of mind. 🙂

Other than that, it’s just business as usual. Overall, I’m pleased with the Net Worth progress made this year and really couldn’t ask for anything more. Moving forward (and into the future), my main focus will be to again work on bumping up the monthly cash flow.

Now that I’m mostly sitting on cash (and a bunch of rental properties), I’m in a comfortable position as we continue our march towards early FI!


Fight On!


2015 Net Worth Summary:

July 2015: $1,039,913.29

June 2015: $1,034,094.42

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

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Dominic @ Gen Y Finance GuyNo Gravatar August 4, 2015 at 9:49 am

I am right there with you FI Fighter.

I am sitting on a lot of cash in my retirement accounts and my checking/savings accounts. To me the risk/reward favors the downside. You have to ask yourself if your willing to risk 10-30% of your portfolio for a potential 3-5% of upside.

I like asymmetrical risk, but when it’s the other way around, where I can risk 3-5% of my portfolio for 10-30% gains.

We have all witnessed the markets failing to maintain any gains. We have been up as much as 4% this year (looking at SPY etf), and down as much as 4%. We are in this range that I think is eventually going to break to the downside.

But we will see. In the meantime we may be leaving a couple hundred basis points on the table. But you can more than make up for that after a decent sized correction comes.



2 FI FighterNo Gravatar August 4, 2015 at 11:43 am


I’m with you 100%. The major indices look range bound and like you I’m pretty confident that they will break towards the downside.

Exactly — there’s too much risk for not enough reward. And there’s far too much in the news these days to promote confidence in the markets. Just look at the commodities crash in oil, copper, gold, silver, etc. as an indicator of where we are headed. Further, earnings reports have been dismal and economic growth (worldwide) is anemic at best right now. And one begs the question (with declining revenues): How much of that earnings growth is organic and not due to excessive shares buyback with cheap (free) debt?

In the past, market unwinds typically occur during the fall season. So, I’m just about wrapping up on my defensive moves and getting ready to watch from the sidelines. If nothing happens, no problem at all. We will leave a couple hundred basis points on the table, like you said, and carry on.

But if something big is heading our way, let’s be ready to pounce!

The greatest gains are made in times of fear… This is something I’m constantly reminding myself. Patience is key.

Best wishes!


3 joeNo Gravatar August 4, 2015 at 11:54 am

do you account for taxes and transaction costs in your real estate equity? I.e. after depreciation and selling costs you may not actually be in the millionaire range right now if you liquidated everything.. just a thought..


4 FI FighterNo Gravatar August 4, 2015 at 12:07 pm


No, the accounting on these reports is “as is”. No taxes, fees, commissions or anything like that is taken into account.

These reports are for bookkeeping purposes and as far as I’m concerned just paper gains that are subject to vanishing overnight.

If I sold everything now, I wouldn’t net $1MM… That’s too bad but not my focus in any case, since it’s cash flow that I need to get me to early FI.



5 TawcanNo Gravatar August 4, 2015 at 12:54 pm

We don’t have that much cash stashed away. I like putting money to work so they can work hard for us. I do see reasons why you’d want to have that much cash stashed away though.


6 FI FighterNo Gravatar August 4, 2015 at 1:11 pm


Certainly, you just have to do what works best for your own situation. In my case, I have plenty of “skin in the game” with my rentals, so I wanted to diversify a bit and hold mostly cash with any remaining funds.

There are many ways to get to early FI… I’m rolling the dice a bit here and calling for a market top and ensuing crash coming soon.

We’ll see…

Best wishes!


7 No Nonsense LandlordNo Gravatar August 5, 2015 at 8:26 pm

That is a bit of cash, but not really too much when you consider your expenses. I am aggressively paying down a rental property mortgage so that I am only stuck with two mortgages, and less than $400K on ~2.4M in RE.

Keep working, keep saving, keep looking for deals. I am winding down, and look forward to cash flowing my retirement.


8 MauijNo Gravatar February 24, 2016 at 9:38 am

I love to see your net worth breakdown. And asset and liability breakdown.


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