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My Rental Retirement Strategy

This article was inspired by a series of posts by fellow early retirement bloggers about how to live off your wealth during retirement.  They called this a retirement draw-down or withdrawal strategy, which, by the way, could be very different than your strategy to build wealth.  I touched on my withdrawal strategy in How to Retire Early & Confidently Using Real Estate, but I will go into more depth in this article.

For me, a good retirement withdrawal strategy has two primary goals:

  1. Pay for all your current living expenses
  2. Not run out of money in the future

It turns out that rental income and other real estate investing strategies work great to achieve these goals.  And real estate can make a big difference whether it’s a small or large portion of your overall portfolio.

So, in the rest of the article I’ll share ideas on how to use rentals for a retirement withdrawal strategy.

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What Are The Benefits of Investing In Real Estate

Real estate has long been viewed as a sound investment.  Benefits of Investing in real estate are directly related to substantial increase in wealth of an individual.  Wholesaling and buying a turnkey rental property are just a couple of the ways investors can benefit from real estateThe important benefits of investing in real estate are increase in property value due to appreciation as well as good cash flow in the form of rental income.  Education and networking are very important to become successful in real estate investing.

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Why Cheap People Will Never Get Rich

The other day a friend of mine approached me excitedly, saying, “I found the house of my dreams. It’s in foreclosure and the bank will sell it to me for a great price.”

“How good is the price?” I asked.

“Just before the real estate market crashed, the seller was asking $780,000 for the property. Today, I can buy it from the bank for $215,000. What do you think?” she asked.

“How would I know?” I replied. “All you’ve given me is the price.”

“Yes!” she squealed. “Now my husband and I can afford it.”

“Only cheap people buy on price,” I replied. “Just because something is cheap doesn’t mean it’s worth the cost.”

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7 Ways to Determine Your Property’s Value

Real estate values estimation has several uses ranging from sale listings of real estate and analysis of investments to property taxes and insurances. However, it’s particularly necessary when it comes to real estate sales and passive investing. After all, the value of a property is not just based on the initial payment made or the expenses for property upkeep and modifications. Instead, a property’s worth is also based on comparing recently sold neighboring properties’ prices. With this in mind, below are ways to find out property values, including home value estimator tools and methods.

7 Ways to Determine Real Estate Values

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2017 Think Realty Honors Winners

Each year, Think Realty honors the leaders and change-makers of real estate who represent the best the industry has to offer.  These individuals are nominated by their peers, and the finalists are determined by an independent panel of judges who are former Think Realty Honors recipients themselves.

Their stories range from new investors just beginning (and exponentially growing) to true industry veterans with decades of experience, from single-family investors focused on just a few neighborhoods to multifamily moguls buying millions of dollars’ worth of real estate at a time, and from major industry players employing hundreds of real estate experts to one-man (or -woman) operations making a difference with just the energy of the CEO alone.

This year, Norada Real Estate’s very own founder and CEO, Marco Santarelli, was awarded Think Realty’s highest honor of Master Investor of the Year.
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Single-Family vs Multi-Family Renters

Single-family home renters earn more money, have more kids, and are more likely to be married than multifamily renters.

Comparing the 16 million single-family renter households to the 28 million multifamily rental households:
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6 Reasons Why Money Doesn’t Make You Rich

If you made $108 million dollars, would all your money problems be solved?

If you answered yes to this question, there’s a chance you don’t understand that having more money doesn’t solve your money problems.  It just brings new ones.

Take for instance the story of Antoine Walker. In 1996, he was drafted by the Boston Celtics and had a storied career.

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4 Real Estate Investment Strategies For New Investors

What are the best ways for beginner investors to get started in real estate? There is more than one way to invest in real estate. What you choose may depend on your immediate needs, long term goals, your aptitudes, and resources.

The following info-graphic by Offer Climb Houston and Offer Climb Phoenix breaks down these options in an easy to analyze way, followed by more in-depth examples, and sources for empowering new property investors to get started.

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Why Professional Stock Traders are Terrified

According to the VIX index — which is known as the “Fear Gauge” — investors are feeling calmer about the stock market than they have in 25 years.

This “Fear Gauge” is at it’s lowest since 1993.

And professional traders are scared out of their mind.

Why would that be?

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Retiring on $1 Million is Not Enough

When it comes to getting rich, so-called experts are full of advice on how to save your way there.  There’s no shortage of articles about couples who saved their way to $1 million or “expert” tips on how to save more money.

And these articles are true.  You can save more money following their advice.  But you have to consider the cost.  Because the saver mindset is a very different and dangerous mindset about money than how the rich think about money.

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Decide If You Want to Be Secure, Comfortable, or Rich

Before you can become rich, you must decide whether you want to be secure, comfortable, or rich.  These are called core values, or the reasons you want to invest.

The first reason most people invest is because they want to feel more secure.  That’s why Social Security or a retirement plan is very popular with people whose core value is the need for security.  Security is a very important aspect of investing.  You don’t want to be a destitute out on the streets with nobody taking care of you.

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Where to Start with a Fixer-Upper

When you buy a fixer-upper, you know that there will be hours of work ahead. But it can be hard to know where to start. Not everyone is born a Joanna Gaines — the design mastermind behind HGTV’s Fixer Upper — but that doesn’t mean you’re doomed to a dilapidated dwelling. Here’s a handy list of initial steps to ensure that your DIY approach to home-ownership is a success.

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3 Business Structure Mistakes Real Estate Investors Make

Let’s start with: Why have an LLC?

There are mainly two reasons why you want any kind of business structure:

Pay less tax, and protect your assets.

Before you jump into creating your LLCs for your real estate holdings, there are a few things to consider.  Do NOT make these three mistakes.

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17 Things Very Successful People Never Stop Doing

Think about the most successful people you know.  Here are 17 things I’ll bet they’re constantly doing.

Think of the most successful person you know.  Maybe we’re talking about a work colleague or a mentor.  Maybe this is someone you knew growing up or in school — and you can’t believe how much he or she has achieved since then.

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The Greatest Real Estate Advantage

Ignoring the fact that stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and other investments are either over-valued or providing negative real returns, real estate has almost always been the best use of capital specifically because of your ability to leverage your investment.

If used properly, leverage will significantly enhance your return on investment.  This is easy to do if you invest in income-producing real estate but much more difficult, if not impossible, if you’re investing in stocks or mutual funds.

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