Early FI – Owning “Nicer” Properties (And Not Living in Them)

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For long-term readers of this blog, you guys know my history/track record and probably recall many years back when I was aggressively buying rental properties, striving so hard for early FI. At the time, it made more sense for me to NOT live in those units, though, because the numbers

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Personal Residence #1 – Kitchen Decisions (April 14, 2019)

As I mentioned in previous posts, I might elect to save the kitchen remodel until later this year, possibly in the fall season, since I have plans to return to California soon. In any case, I allocated a portion of time over the last few days to

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Personal Residence #1 – Another Renovation Update (April 13, 2019)

Renovation work continues on! Today, a big step was taken (in my opinion) when the new bathroom sink/cabinet/mirror were installed successfully. Now, I realize a lot of the stuff I’m doing here with my personal residence is nothing more than

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Personal Residence #1 – Renovation Spending Update (April 11, 2019)

Prior to completing the purchase of Personal Residence #1, I really had no idea how much a full-blown renovation would cost, but in the back of my mind, I was already budgeting around ~$15,000 USD. I thought the aforementioned figure would be

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Personal Residence #1 – First Week of Renovations (April 10, 2019)

Well, it’s been roughly 1 week now since I obtained the keys to my new personal residence in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Manila. I’ve still got plenty of work to do, but as the saying goes, slow and steady wins the race.

Here’s an update to some of what’s been going on

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Day 1 – Living in BGC

After closing the deal on my first personal residence ever (up to now, I’ve only previously owned rental properties), I wasted no time in getting started on rehab/renovation work (which I am familiar with, having undertaken this rather fun assignment a few times before in the past).

I arrived to BGC early in the morning, but before

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