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Myths and Fallacies That Limit Financial Liberation

Financial liberation is beyond most people’s reach because of the following four myths and destructive mind-sets:

1. The Retirement Myth
2. The Financial Freedom Myth
3. The Entitlement Mentality
4. The Fallacy of “Someday”

The Retirement Myth

The retirement myth is the idea that the purpose of life is to work for thirty years, save enough money, and then stop working and live off one’s savings. This destructive myth causes many people to stay in jobs they don’t like and that don’t allow them full expression of their best talents. It makes us sell our “birthright” for a “mess of pottage” in the form of golden handcuffs and benefits. It often leads to small lives built around limited dreams.

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Owning Property “Free and Clear”

For some investors, the goal is to own properties “free and clear,” that is, with no mortgage debt.  While this is a worthy goal, it does not necessarily make financial sense.

For example, consider a $100,000 property that brings in $9,600 per year in net income (net means gross rents collected, less expenses, such as property taxes, insurance, maintenance, and property management).  The $100,000 in equity thus yields a 9.6 percent annual return on investment ($9,600, the annual net cash flow, divided by $100,000, the cash invested).

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21 Ways to Escape the Rat Race Faster

Here are 21 ways to compress the distance from where you are now to financial freedom:

  1. Earn more, and save more.
  2. Spend less – thus reducing the amount of passive income you need to become financially free.
  3. Leverage other people’s time, other people’s knowledge, other people’s relationships, other people’s money, other people’s deal flow.
  4. Use leverage to create positive arbitrage.
  5. Start a business in parallel to your W-2 job so you can earn – spend – tax,  rather than the job trap of earn – tax – spend. Read more »

50 Best Success Quotes of All Time

1. “Identify your problems but give your power and energy to solutions.” — Tony Robbins

2. “You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted.” — Ruth E. Renkl

3. “The only true wisdom is knowing that you know nothing.” — Socrates

4. “If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary.” — Jim Rohn

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How Real Estate Investors Get Paid

With real estate, people often don’t understand how an investor is paid.  I mean, stocks historically provide an annual rate of return of about 10% and are low hassle.  Comparatively, real estate values historically only return about 5% annual appreciation…and with more hassle!  Right?  So then how can real estate be a good investment?  Once you know the answer to this question and act, wealth creation begins.  I’ll start showing you how right now.

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5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Flip Homes

When I tell people that I am a real estate investor, or that I work at a real estate investing firm, one of the first questions they ask me is: “oh, do you flip houses?”

The question gets a little annoying after a while but I understand why people ask it – it’s because most people’s knowledge of real estate investing comes from what you see on television, and flipping shows are everywhere on TV.

So when I tell people what kind of investing I really do, I get a lot of blank stares as they try to fit what I do into their paradigm of “real estate investing”.

 

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29 Pieces of Advice from a Seasoned Real Estate Investor

29 Pieces of Advice from a Seasoned Real Estate Investor

1. It’s not how much money you make that matters, it’s how much you keep.

2. Don’t let friends, family, or co-workers talk you out of real estate investing unless they have more money than they know what to do with. If that’s the case, do what they’re doing.

3. Free contracts are worth what you pay for them. Have your contracts approved by an attorney who will defend them in court. If you have to ask why, you’re new to the business.

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The Reasons to Buy Single Family Homes

Single-family homes have the widest market appeal.

In a softening marketplace, real estate that houses jobs (retail, office, etc.) will generally show rental weakness before the real estate that houses people (single family homes).  Changes in job indicators give investors in single-family homes opportunities to re-position faster than investors in commercial property can.

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Identifying and Leveraging Hidden Assets

A minister once gave a lecture titled “Acres of Diamonds.”  He related the story of an Arab man who wanted to become rich.  Informed by an old priest that he would find diamonds in “a river that runs through white sands, between high mountains,” the man sold his farm and set off on his quest to find diamonds.

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A Balanced Life – Part 2

Please read part 1 of A Balanced Life.

Most people are time wasters.  They waste their own time, and they waste your time as well.  To be successful and happy, you must discipline yourself to work all the time you work.  The average employee works at about 50 percent of capacity.  Fully 80 percent of people working today are underemployed in that their jobs do not really demand their full capacities.  Only 5 percent of workers surveyed recently felt that they were working at the outside limits of their potentials.

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A Balanced Life – Part 1

I just returned from a long-overdue two-week family vacation in Thailand.  It was amazing!  I recommend adding it to your bucket list.

Being there gave me some time to think about life’s priorities and how to better balance my life.  So this week I want to share something a little different with you in our newsletter…

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Neighborhood Features That Lower Property Values

Declining-Property-ValuesWhen it comes to real estate clichés, “Location, location, location” has all other contenders (including “Not a drive-by!”; “Cash is king!”; “Is that your checkbook or are you just glad to see me?”; and “Worst house, best street”) beat by a mile.

Not only has it been in use since at least 1926 (according to the New York Times), but it’s utterly and in-arguably true.

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Why Investing in Real Estate is Better Than Investing in Gold

Gold has been in demand for many years.  It has been associated with affluence and is usually represented as ostentatious jewelry.  And unlike other precious metals, gold remains assessed at a high value.  A regular Apple Smart Watch will cost you $349 to $399.  But an 18 karat gold edition Apple Smart Watch will set you back $10,000 (USD)!

Many people would probably say gold is the best investment in the market.  Those who do are not aware that investing in real estate is better than investing in gold!

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Different Markets, Different Strategies

Once you learn how to analyze where your market is and the direction it’s probably going, then you can plan your investment attack.

Certain strategies work well in a rising market, others work better in a flat or falling market.  Many strategies work in any market, as long as you know your market and adjust your investing accordingly.

Here are some of your options:

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Using Leverage in Real Estate

Archimedes made the comment, “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum strong enough, and I can move the world.”  Leverage is a method that allows you to control properties with little cash.

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