PRUDENCE & DIVERSIFICATION: KEYS TO SAFE, PROFITABLE INVESTING

Apartment For Rent Sign

Well, it finally happened.  I had to evict a tenant at one of my duplexes due to their violation of their lease terms.  As a result, I now have a vacant unit in the real estate component of my Pay Me Plan. Because I typically buy my investment properties occupied so I receive cash flow from the moment I take ownership, this is the first time I’ve had a vacancy.  This gives me an opportunity to secure some new, long-term, quality tenants and gauge my property manager’s proficiency at renting a vacant unit.  To be honest, I’m actually pretty excited Continue reading

HOW TO AVOID RUNNING OUT OF MONEY IN RETIREMENT

How to Avoid Running Out of Money in Retirement

I’m warning you now: don’t jeopardize your retirement with this flawed (but popular) piece of financial advice.  The 4% Rule that’s frequently espoused by financial planners and pundits can carry with it substantial risk. The 4% Rule is a financial concept that states that as you enter into your retirement years, you should plan on deducting roughly 4% of your retirement portfolio’s value every year in order to meet your living expenses.  The plan is that the structured withdrawals from your nest egg should provide financial support for at least a couple of decades, and possibly as high as 30 Continue reading

HOW TO BEAT THE 1% AT THEIR OWN GAME (LEGALLY AND ETHICALLY)

The One Percent

Is it just me, or is vilifying affluent members of society really in style right now?  The media would have us believe that the economy is a finite pie and if one person has a bit more, then that means someone else has to settle for less.  I’m sorry, but that’s economically backward. If Larry Ellison (founder of Oracle and multi-billionaire) moves into your town, is your town in better shape or worse shape?  It’s in better shape by a long shot.  Just the drippings from his proverbial plate would greatly benefit numerous aspects of your community’s economy.  It could Continue reading

WHAT THE HECK… IS A CAP RATE?

Commercial Real Estate Buildings

“WHAT THE HECK…” is an ongoing series within The Pay Me Plan Blog for Investing Novices where I dissect a financial concept or principle, and explain how it can apply to your investing activities.  In this post, we’ll be covering cap rates. A couple weeks ago, I was speaking with the Vice President of Acquisitions at a large, publicly traded real estate company with a national presence.  He’s a tenured employee with a respected track record in the industry, and he’s played a key role in some massive transactions over the years.  We were engrossed in a discussion regarding some Continue reading

INVESTING IN LAS VEGAS? NOPE.

LasVegasNevada

On a recent flight back to California, I struck up a conversation with a fellow traveler.  Turns out we actually went to the same middle school even though we were a few years apart in age.  Small world, huh?  Eventually we started chatting about why we were on a flight.  He told me that he was heading out to a friend’s wedding, and I explained that I had just spent a few days in the Midwest visiting some of my rental properties.   That captured his interest, and he asked if I was planning to invest in Las Vegas since it’s Continue reading

THE THREE APPROACHES TO INVESTING

Investing for Capital Appreciation

As you begin exploring the investment landscape, you’ll quickly realize that there are plenty of investment choices to select from.  There’s no shortage of available options.  Nevertheless, when you break down all the various financial strategies and techniques, there are really only three primary approaches to investing that we can pursue as self-directed stewards of our money: 1)   Investing for Tax Reduction 2)   Investing for Capital Appreciation 3)   Investing for Income Let’s take a look at these three approaches individually: INVESTING FOR TAX REDUCTION With this approach, you’re investing to reduce your tax exposure.  Taxes are right up there with Continue reading