Aloha, my name is Lane!
I am 61
59.5 years old… just kidding, that’s a personal finance joke. (Hint: Retirement age is ~62-65)
I still work as a Project Engineer and Licensed Professional (PE) Civil/Industrial Engineer. In 2009, I was able to save for an A-class rental in Seattle. After discovering the difference between 'Cashflow Investing' and 'appreciation investing (gambling/speculating)'... I moved my portfolio into 11 single family rentals in Birmingham, Atlanta, Indianapolis, and Pennsylvania. Today, I am laser focused on Class C & B Multi-Family Apartment investing because of this Nation's demand for affordable housing. I created this website and podcast for YOU the shrinking middle-class to dispel the Wall-Street dogma of traditional wealth-building and offer an alternative to "garbage" investments in the 401K that only make the insiders rich. Get ready to change your life...(Sound Effects) and I am sorry you are about to see the Matrix.
Today I still working as a City Project Engineer and Licensed Professional (PE) Civil/Industrial Engineer (LinkedIn Profile), thus the reason for the graphs and numbers. Shortly after college graduation, I spent my first 5 years of my career working for a For-Profit Private company. I supervised a traveling, union-based crew that required 100% travel away from home. In my mid-twenties, it was cool being on expenses all the time and all the airline/hotel points I collected, but then I realized how dumb it was... the only people who cared of my Platinum Status was the other suckers in first class who did not have any other family, no hobbies, no life. Although I am grateful that I had a well-paying job post-2008 recession, I traded the most important resource, time for money.
My Professional Resume
BS Industrial Engineering (University of Washington)
MS Civil Engineering (University of Washington)
Professional Engineer (PE)
2007-2012 Supervisor of 100% traveling Union Capital / Maintenance Crew
2013-2015 Project Engineer - Design/Permit/Construct $185M
2015 - Current Year City Engineer - Sidewalk, Signal, Streets, Drainage, Erosion Control
In 2009, after doing these silly things…I was able to save for an A-class rental that rented for $2200/a month in the Pacific Northwest (how embarrassing a Rent-to-Value Ratio of 0.5% – see a video). After my 2nd acquisition of a duplex in 2012, I was looking to make a 3rd but the market was appreciating and I saw the numbers would yield negative cashflow.
With this realization, I converted my portfolio to markets with stable multifaceted job markets and Rent-to-Value Ratios that would yield healthy $250-$400/month spreads between the rents and expenses (mortgage, vacancy, professional management, repairs, and capital expenses).
Today my portfolio consists of 11 single family homes in Birmingham, Atlanta, Indianapolis, and Pennsylvania.
Networking with other Buy-Hold investors I discovered two things:
1) Passive investors are hard to spot out among the typically ‘active’ RE crowd, therefore trading best practices was very difficult and 2) Passive investing is often boring since this is not a get rich quick method of building wealth and uneventful (if things are going well there aren’t too many cool stories).
This podcast and blog are meant to distill content just to the golden nuggets for the passive Real Estate investor. I plan to go beyond the newbie tips that clutter the internet and cocktail parties because lets’ face it, as a passive investor your time should be spent on things that you love to do and those who are important to you (not trolling real estate internet forums or making makeshift plumbing repairs on your property).
As I get more experienced, I recognize that there are a lot quicker ways to make a lot of money in Real Estate such as apartment investing, flipping high-end properties, or development but for the time being I have a full-time job that is alright and until that changes this is the path that I have zeroed in on. So if you are like me, join me on this train and if you don’t like your job and want to quit you can get on board too we will wake you up when it’s your time to escape the rat-race.
Real Estate has empowered me financially I wanted to give back to the investor community.
My Motivation For Creating this Site:
1) Begin with the end in mind and decide now what you want your obituary to read. We are only here on this earth for a finite period. I like this picture because this is what will probably be on the welcome table at my funeral. I hope you can make it! Rich Cohen wrote that there are four rungs of being remembered after death: “newly dead; dead but remembered; dead and all those who knew you dead; dead and all those who knew those who knew you dead.” In terms of YOU…All that matters is what happens when you’re alive. Your legacy will offer you no pleasure after you’ve passed so live how you dream but know that there are some unconventional paths that you have to take (like buying cashflowing rentals not in your home state). And for myself…fame will do you no favors for me once I die but at least people can use SimplePassiveCashflow.com to get out of the rat race. And if that does not get your going listen to the wisdom of Frank Ostaseski.
2) Create a repository of information where my unborn children or others can reference with some context into what I was thinking. Similar to Seattle Seahawk, Marshawn Lynch’s “Beast-Mode”, I have tried to live my life in “Legacy-Mode”. And I really want to have a real book!
3) While I am alive I want to teach/empower others to fish for themselves. In real estate, we use leverage and by teaching others, I am leveraging other people to achieve their financial goals in hopes that they will pay it forward. I poke fun at MLMs a lot but I would like to create a pyramid scheme of philanthropy.
I was baptized on Easter 2016 and searched for a way to give back. I want to help others but I struggle with giving money away because I know I can grow my money much faster and I am much more frugal than any philanthropic organization. Bill Gates gave back only after he amassed a fortune. Tithing as you go along has a smaller cumulative impact. My end game is to give away my wealth to rightful causes via a Charitable Remainder Trust.
4) I hope my blog/podcast will help families realize the powerful wealth building effects of real estate so they can spend their time on more important, instead of working long hours and worrying about their financial troubles. There are a lot of successful families with good jobs (teachers/engineers/programmers/finance) yet they struggle to make ends meet financially. It is their kiddos who ultimately get the short end of the stick. (Cool graphs on this subject) Being a Latch-Key Child growing up, both my parents had to work and I was left home alone after school to fiddle with my thumbs.
With Real Estate you are able to grow your wealth exponentially faster than the conventional 401K’s and stock investing, therefore you are able to escape the dogma of working 50+ hour weeks at a job that is unfulfilling. And if you are one of the lucky ones who happen to do what you enjoy... well good for you 😛
Money is not everything but it is important because it gives you the freedom to live life on your terms.
SPC GET ‘ER DONE PLAN:
- Email me any feedback or questions at Lane@SimplePassiveCashflow.com.
- Hopefully, you will rate me 5-stars on Itunes… but if not email me how I can improve. For a limited time, if you leave me a 5-star review on Itunes please send me an email and click here to schedule a complimentary 15 minute think tank/coaching session.
- Check out the Podcasts and Blog articles I recommend starting here. If you are want to know the day-to-day things I manage to keep my portfolio progressing see the “My Story” posts.
- Help me get a book deal and finally make my parents proud of me by signing-up for email alerts (since the book publishers look at my number of interested people! Plus that way you don’t miss the latest and greatest posts. Let me tell you how I screw up before you make the same mistake.
- “You can get everything in life if you just help others,” said Zig Zigler. Are you always asking for and taking? If you have a scarcity mindset, you need start living with an abundance mindset.