Author: Craig Stephens

Craig is a former IT professional who left his 19-year career to be a full-time finance writer. A DIY investor since 1995, he started Retire Before Dad in 2013 as a creative outlet to share his investment portfolios. Craig studied Finance at Michigan State University and lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and three children. Read more.
EquityMultiple Review 2024: Real Estate Investing Made Simple

EquityMultiple Review 2024: Real Estate Investing Made Simple

This EquityMultiple review was last updated on 01/01/2024. EquityMultiple is a real estate crowdfunding platform that connects accredited investors to high-quality, pre-vetted commercial real estate investment opportunities. The company partners with experienced lenders and real estate companies around the United States to source deals for its platform investors. It thoroughly vets each sponsor and proposed…

Hidden Cash Value in Your Stock Portfolio: Shareholder Voting Rights

Hidden Cash Value in Your Stock Portfolio: Shareholder Voting Rights

Today’s article is a guest post from a young entrepreneur named Preston Yadegar. Preston has built an online platform called the Shareholder Vote Exchange (SVE) to empower individual investors to generate additional income from their existing stock holdings by selling their shareholder voting rights. When you own a stock, each share represents a vote during…

The 50-Year Home

The 50-Year Home

My parents were born and raised in the south hills of Pittsburgh. They attended the same high school but didn’t start dating until five years after graduation when they were in a wedding party together.  Dad was a high school teacher on the other side of town. He wanted a shorter commute, a big yard,…

The Noise We Don’t Ignore

The Noise We Don’t Ignore

Inflation is destroying wealth and making food so expensive. The Fed keeps raising interest rates — how can the housing market survive it? The 16th largest U.S. bank failed a few months back. Then the 14th largest bank failed! The COVID-19 pandemic happened. That sucked. Now there’s a stupid war in Eastern Europe.  The stock…

Arrived Homes Review: Invest in Rental Homes Hassle-Free

Arrived Homes Review: Invest in Rental Homes Hassle-Free

This Arrived Homes review was last updated on 02/17/2023.  Arrived Homes is a real estate crowdfunding platform allowing non-accredited investors (all U.S.-based investors 18 and up) to own shares of single-family and vacation rentals. Arrived uses real estate crowdfunding laws to simplify the investor experience and broaden access to a Buffett-approved asset class with no…