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That’s Not Our Dream House Anymore

My Mom and her sisters used to take me and my cousins on house tours. We’d visit city mansions and historic homes that were preserved for viewing or opened to show off antiques and interior designs. I loved walking through the old homes. I remember exquisite stone exteriors and unique customizations like hidden doors, secret […]

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10 Passive Income Ideas To Start This Year

Money nerds all share a common goal each year… to become wealthier. The savviest of nerds build wealth not by exchanging their time for money, but by investing their time and money in schemes and investment vehicles that earn a return. To help motivate all you money nerds to achieve your wealth building goals, I’ve compiled a […]

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Annual Goals and Resolutions Review

2016 was a reset for my personal finances. In lieu of achieving epic goal reaching success, I focused on building a more solid foundation from which my wealth can grow. Not all the changes were easy, but the results have set the stage for the years ahead. A sneaky cash flow problem became apparent in […]

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A Winning Real Estate Investing Strategy For Independent Landlords

The following is a guest post from fellow blogger Joseph Hogue. He’s a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) who writes for numerous websites and blogs, including his own Peer Finance 101 and Crowd 101. He’s got some advice to help improve your real estate investing strategy. You can also find him on the Blogfeed and Dads […]

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How To Invest In Real Estate Without All The Hassle

Real estate investing is a tried and true method for building income streams and wealth. But learning how to invest in real estate is not easy. Finding a deal and managing the property (or paying someone to) is best learned through mentorship, but often learned through hard knocks. I learned how to invest in real estate […]

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Should I Refinance My Mortgage Again?

I’ve owned real estate for almost ten years. Over that period I’ve refinanced my rental property twice and our primary residence once so far (I found the lowest rate at LendingTree. Saved me a ton of money). I’ve been thinking, should I refinance my mortgage again? Refinancing is a hassle. But it has saved me tens of […]

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Not Everybody’s A Spreadsheet Wizard

Ever since I was a young boy, I’ve played the gridded sheet. From Lotus down to Excel, I know all embedded cheats. But I ain’t seen nothing like him, in any corporate suite… That deaf, dumb and blind kid sure types a mean spreadsheet! * Many RBD readers have an obsession with spreadsheets, often creating ridiculous ones at the office […]

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There’s Always Money In The Banana Stand

Arrested Development was an early 2000’s TV comedy loved by its fans. Despite critical acclaim, it failed to gain traction and the show was canceled after three seasons. Years later it was revamped as a Netflix series thanks to the enduring hilarity of the first three seasons and its grassroots fan base. Challenged with cast schedules, the […]

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6 Powerful (And Low-Risk) Financial Maneuvers That Put Extreme Frugality To Shame

I thought I was a frugal mastermind in college. The Subway restaurant near me had a different sandwich special every month. The owner picked one sandwich and sold it at a discounted price. The two cheapest Subway sandwiches have always been the Cold Cut Combo and the Meatball Marinara. Those were my go-to choices for […]

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Goals and Resolutions (Inspired By My Kids)

Happy New Year everyone! Did you accomplish your financial goals last year? Any resolutions for 2016? The goals I set last year were mostly a success. Setting firm and measurable financial goals kept me motivated throughout the year. I’ve made some exciting progress. My 2016 goals are similar but need to account for potential uncertainty during […]

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Rent Increase – An Easy Boost To Cash Flow

Nobody likes a rent increase. Except for the landlord. For too long, my rental property has been squeaking by on meager cash flow. Check out my monthly investment income updates and you’ll see the regular income it generates is about $70 per month. That’s a positive number so I can’t complain too much. But in the […]

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The Retire Before Dad Story

At age 27, I was broke, unemployed, and living at home with my parents. Not surprisingly, I was single too. Sounds depressing, right? Not so. I had recently returned from an epic 14-month backpacking trip to Asia and Latin America, spending just $10,000 on the entire journey, then completed a three-month, 8,000-mile road trip throughout the U.S and […]

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Is It Smart To Use A Home Equity Loan To Invest?

Update: I recently used Lending Tree to find the most competitive HELOC rates (you get multiple quotes by different lenders). Good choice for mortgage and car refinance rates are good too. Interest rates have been at low levels for quite some time now. Money is still cheap. The big banks are eager to lend money, but they’ve […]

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Should I Sell My Rental Property?

Should I sell my rental property? It’s a question I ask myself  every month. Maybe you do too. Update 10/12/2016: Still own the property. Wondering when the tenants will move out. Expected in the coming year. In the meantime, I’ve worked CPA to understand the exact tax consequences of selling. The equity in the condo is my […]

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What Can Go Wrong Buying Condo Rentals?

As I alluded to in my recent investment income update, my time and attention this past month was spent on a failed attempt to purchase a new condo rental. Five days before closing, I walked away from the deal. All told I lost about $1,000 due to associated costs leading up to the purchase, but […]

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Diversifying with Multiple Streams of Income

Track all of your multiple streams of income using Personal Capital. It’s the best way to track your net worth, income, spending and investment performance. Around my eighth birthday, my Mom took me to a bank to set up a passbook savings account for me. I used it to deposit birthday money I received from my […]

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