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November 2014

Thanksgiving Week (A Time for Reflection…)

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 [continue reading…]


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 [continue reading…]

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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 [continue reading…]


October 2014 Cash Flow Statement


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 [continue reading…]


October 2014 Net Worth Update

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 [continue reading…]