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I wanted to take the time to write a little about my experiences with real estate. As you can see on the sidebar to the left, I own a few houses and have another in the works. I actually closed on my third house today. If you have read The Millionaire Fastlane, one of the paths to wealth is through intentional iteration, and more specifically, through real estate. Basically you build yourself a stream of income through the rents you will collect. You can refinance and pull out the equity you build in the houses in order to get more houses. Wash, rinse, repeat. You can also “flip” houses, but I am following the buy, hold, rent strategy for now.
While I eventually plan on getting into a business of some sort, I plan to buy enough houses to sustain myself without having to get a “job” per se. My goal is 10 houses by 2016, and I am well on my way thus far.
If you are thinking about getting into real estate, I highly recommend the book, The Weekend Millionaire’s Secrets to Investing in Real Estate by Mike Summey and Roger Dawson. The title sounds cheesy, but it has very good advice, and even an action plan so you get out there and do something. The NOI spreadsheet I use is basically identical to the one in the book.
Also, I had literally ZERO construction experience before purchasing my first house. You learn things pretty quickly and if you can even work alongside the people you hire, you will learn so much and become quite handy.
I hope to write many more articles on RE with tips, tricks, and advice in a simple format and get you to take action if you are serious about getting into it. One of the tips in The Weekend Millionaire that I haven’t been following is to hire a property manager. It emphasizes the fact that you should not be doing the little things like unclog a toilet because your time can be better spent elsewhere. I am using somewhat of a hybrid approach; I get the properties rented myself, but have a maintenance guy I can call to take care of all the little things. I like this approach so far as it still saves me a significant sum of money (10% of the gross rents!) while freeing me up so I don’t have to do every single little thing. Once I get many more houses, I may have to hire a property manager, but for now this system is working out since I am on a budget.