****UPDATED 2/2018 w/ Quick Start List!!!****
Welcome if you are new! And welcome back… here is what I have been working on…
1 ) Just closed my second syndication in my own name. If you want access to these opportunities they are only available to folks with a pre-existing relationship. So sign up for my Hui Deal Pipeline Club and setup a time to chat.
Hui Deal Pipe Club acquisition stats (Estate-2016)- Acquired over $55M dollars of total real esate and $5 million dollars of funds raised.
4) Analyzing just 5 MFH deals a month for my own deals (quality over quality). Finding another deal I can partner with.
Goal: Turn “C” and “B” class properties, 60-300 units (stabilized with value-add opportunity) with at least 75% LTV/25 year amortization. We plan to hold 3-6 years and sell when we have doubled our investors’ money. Utilize Non-Recourse debt for extra security.
Seeking MFH at least 60 – 250 units.
1. Value-add component: typically 85-90% occupancy for non-recourse loan & discount based on condition or motivated seller
2. Price: $1,500,000 – $9,000,000, per unit cost under $55K.
3. Location: secondary and tertiary markets across
4. Class: D/C/B Property in a B/A neighborhood
Previous experience as of co-owner of MFPE Investments LLC (825 units in OK, LA, IA, TX, and WA):
San Antonio, Texas – 253-unit Class B Apartment (pending)
Des Moines, Iowa – 52-unit C+ Class Apartment (pending)
Lake Charles LA – 199-unit RV / Mobile home development (2018)
San Antonio, Texas – 192-unit Class B Apartment (2017)
Houston, TX – 125 Unit Class C Apartment Building (2017)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – 170-unit C-class apartment (2017)
Oklahoma City, OK – 110 Unit Class C Apartment Building (2017)
Panama – Half acre of Coffee Farm (2017)
Indianapolis, Indiana – 1 B- Class Single family home (2015)
Atlanta, Georgia – 5 C+/B- Class Single family home (2015)
Birmingham, Alabama – 1 B- Class Single family home (2014)
Montesano. WA – 18 Unit Class C Apartment Building (2004) Previously held assets (acquired-sold)
New Castle, Pennsylvania – 1 Single family home (2013-2017) [Failed syndication as an LP]
Seattle, Washington – 1 B+ Class Duplex (2011-2014)
Seattle, Washington – 1 A Class single family home (2009-2013)
Atlanta, GA – Shopping Mall (Failed Syndication as LP, 2010-2011)
Oak Harbor, WA – 4 Unit Class B Apartment Building (2003-2016)
Port Ludlow, WA – 1 Class A Home General Contactor (2005-2006)
Seattle, WA – 1 Class A Home (2004) Seattle, WA – 1 Class A home (1998-2006)
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!
Why a Podcast?
I jumped on the podcast ban-wagon in 2007 while I was working on the road when I did not have a friend near me. It got me into Crossfit in 2008, Paleo in 2009, Real estate investing in 2010, intermittent fasting in 2013, internet marketing in 2015, and led to meeting and creating friendships with a lot of you because we are aligned on the same wavelength. Yes… The phrase “we met on the internet” is totally acceptable! Obviously, a few of these interests have come and gone but in the macro sense, podcasts have instilled a lifelong interest and ability to learn.
Vinney Chopra calls it Automobile University.
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.
What is the change that you want to make in the world even if its a 1% move in the needle? Financial education – people have such struggle so much to make ends meet.
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.
As a great time in history to be alive with general peace and technological convinced, I see a silent war being waged upon the shrinking Middle Class. This is the Civil Rights movement of my time. In a way, people are having a Stockholm Syndrome with Wall Street profiteers being the captors. Let’s work together to redirect money from the Wall-Street casinos and corrupt financial institutions…To help the endangered ‘Middle Class’ savers find safer, more profitable investments in Main Street opportunities benefiting local communities.
Why this podcast/website/syndicating deals is the perfect storm:
1) I don’t have kids. After learning about hundreds of listens situations via free calls I hear that this sorta complicates things… 😛
2) I am an ISTJ (introversion, sensing, thinking, judgment abbreviation used in the publications of the Myers–Briggs Type Indicator). I don’t really know what the last three manifest in my life but I am a recovering introvert – a side hobby is this group I started to help others get out of their shell. I believe an introvert has nothing to do if you like people or if you are loud and annoying. Your affinity is determined where you derive your energy. Going to the day job and working with you know “others” was really tiring for me. The weirdest thing is that when I talk to others over the phone or in-person I get so excited and sometimes a little too passionate. That’s how I knew I was on to something. I’ll say it many times but what really fires me up is redirecting money from the Wall-Street casinos and corrupt financial institutions…To help the endangered ‘Middle Class’ savers find safer, more profitable investments in Main Street opportunities benefiting local communities. And it would be awesome to help out people in Hawaii where I now live where so many struggles with finances. I’m not looking to change the world just a portion of it.
“I started the Hui Deal Pipeline Club because I want to see each of you get to your goals financially so you can focus on what is really important to you. There are other fundraisers out there that will train their investors down to 10-15% IRRs on crappy deals and do “deals to do deals” or to pick up acquisition fees. Between investing alongside you folks and wanted to grow my track record the right way with the best product I know you guys will keep coming back and bring your friends.”
- Recommended posts:
- The Basics
- The Rent-To-Value Ratio
- How much is wall street (Stocks/Mutual Fund) stealing from you
- Hidden Ways You Make Money in Real Estate
- Video – How I make 35% on rental real estate
- Why Rental Real Estate and not the Stock Market
- Podcast #5 – How Mom & Pop Investors Fail – ROE – Return On Equity Metric
- Podcast #9 – Essential Real Estate Books And Business Books
- TurnKey Rentals
- About Me
- Best Podcasts:
- Podcast #17 – Serial Entrepreneur: Dr. Buck Joffery of ‘WealthFormula Podcast’
- Podcast#31 – Hacking Life Insurance for Tax Free Double Dipping
- Podcast #34 – Jorge Newbery goes $28 million into the hole and the fight to get back to even
- I would recommend using the Command-F button and seaching in this spreadsheet to find what you like: Master Spreadsheet of Every Simplepassivecashflow Podcast Link
- The Basics
- Recommended posts:
- Click here to be added to my deal flow list and be put on alert when good deals come our way.
- MOSTLY PLEASE SHOW YOUR ALOHA WITH AN ITUNES REVIEW!!! Subscribe to the Podcasts: itunes – GooglePlay – Stitcher
- And new Youtube Channel!
- Please do me a favour and share with your friends. Because you can change someone’s life.
“I started the Hui Deal Pipeline Club because I want to see each of you get to your goals financially so you can focus on what is really important to you. There are other fundraisers out there that will train their investors down to 10-15% IRRs on crappy deals and do “deals to do deals” or to pick up acquisition fees. Between investing alongside you folks and wanted to grow my track record the right way with the best product I know you guys will keep coming back and bring your friends.
SimplePassiveCashflow.com is for working professionals who are looking for diversification and better returns outside of traditional investments such as mutual funds and stocks. The Hui Deal Pipeline Club is a free investor club where I filter investments and underwrite the numbers and partners myself. Unlike other investor lists and groups, my investors have personal access to me and know that I personally have skin in the game investing alongside with my investors.
Let’s work together to redirect money from the Wall-Street casinos and corrupt financial institutions…To help the endangered ‘Middle Class’ savers find safer, more profitable investments in Main Street opportunities benefiting local communities.”
This site is just my method to make passive income via real estate. It’s a N=1 kind of thing for you statisticians out there. This is my path and does not mean it’s for you or your situation. This website is not the bible for real estate and not even the model for buy and hold investing, but at the very least use this site as another data point and get some of my lessons learned.
My three rules of investing:
1) evaluate income and expenses for positive cashflow – Good Rent-to-Value Ratios (More info – http://simplepassivecashflow.com/podcast-3-rent-to-value-ratio/)
2) leverage with favourable debt terms so you maximze the leverage while still cashflowing (we are becoming a nation of renters. The new tax laws are putting the W2 employee even farther behind) – Insomniacs report of homeowner rates
*gold is a hard asset but does not produce (1) cashflow or (2) leveragable… Of course you could leverage it via Mining Stocks but then you would not be (3) hard asset. Don’t get me started on Crypto but it does not produce income and not leveraged.
Warning: If you are broke or financially irresponsible this site is not for you. You need to learn from Dave Ramsey, Suze Orman, or the hundreds of personal finance blogs out there that preach frugal lifestyles and delaying gratification. The content contained herein is for the hardworking middle-class who have been misled by the conventional dogma of study hard, get a job, work until you are old, and only then you can retire and live the remainder of what life you have.
As you can tell I’m going to tell it straight. Yes, I raise money for deals but I am going to do it my way and being authentic. And as you can tell when I interview someone for my podcast you are not going to hear the same old boring (limp) interviews of “make your bed in the morning to set the day” then “Blah blah mindfulness thing” and fluff.
My articles will also not suck like some articles just made for search engine optimization (SEO) on their website.
This site is not for those looking for the quick handout or magic pill. There are dozens of other gurus that plague your local Reia that show you how to buy real estate with little to no money. There are a lot of tricks out there and like the cereal cartoon bunny says, “Trix are for kids.”
If you are not financially mature, when you find wealth with real estate, you will not be a good steward of that wealth and leave a meaning legacy. Think I’m kidding… Here is the real version of the above video:
The Real Estate Universe
The Real Estate universe as you know is pretty big… you got flippers, wholesalers, rehabbers, bird-dogs, tire kickers, buy hold, all sorts of strategies that take up various places on the “Passive-Active Spectrum.
I have a pretty busy W-2 job being an Engineer staring at my Microsoft Outlook Inbox most of the day. I don’t flip, wholesale, or do any other active real estate activities. (What’s the deal with flippers and wholesaler calling themselves “Investor”. In my opinion, these are jobs and should be called real estate “traders.” We don’t call stock “day-traders” – “day-investors” do we?) (BiggerPockets seems to be mostly active people rant)
ERRR, anyway I guess I’m a tab jealous of active real estate guys since some of them are pretty awesome and very experienced at their craft, however, I don’t have the patience or time to do what they do.
Hi, my name is Lane, and I am a lazy, passive investor because it fits my personality, current lifestyle, and in the future, I don’t want to replace my current job with another one licking the stamps on my wholesale letters or swindling buyers who don’t know any better.
Ok OK, I know I’m being a little harsh but just saying.
On another level, my big beef with the Wholesaling/bird-dogging model is how it is reliant on the three D’s: Divorce, Despair, or Death. I personally take exception to the ethical validity of this type of business. I see it as taking advantage of those in a bad situation. And I see it as a scorch the earth mentality for profit. The active camp will say that your are solving “their problem” and “providing a means out of their situation”… I call that justification BS. Call it like it is and take the righteousness junk out it. Now I don’t think that these people are bad its just not something I would feel right doing.
On the other hand, buy and hold rentals are about improving properties and providing fair housing – the key is being a responsible investor and always remembering that you need to provide good living conditions for your tenant. If you can improve neighborhoods in the process, then great!
Who This Site Is For
As I mentioned I am fortunate to have a full-time job, and I don’t have the time to find those amazing deals that you hear about that allow you to source… 100% ROI, no money down, this weekend only for a limited time!
I want to introduce this concept of the “Time-Money-Experience Triangle”. (Triangle, not to be mistaken by the triangle that ‘Link’ from the ‘Legend of Zelda’ is always searching for or the “Scope-Schedule-Budget Triangle” that I manage at my day job that I search every day for on my computer screen… man it seems like the Legend of Zelda guy has a lot more going for him, he’s always on some adventure. But back to the “Time-Money-Experience Triangle”, you have to recognize what skills you have, your resources, and what you lack. If you have another job, there is no way you are going to do it all by yourself. Leverage your time and money. Don’t be that so-called “investor” who works in your business not on it, in other words, the guy who spends his weekend painting and fixing toilets when he should be finding deals and working with banks for lending. If you are that guy, “when are you going to be an ‘investor’ and stop being a landlord”.
Yes, I’m that 4-hour work week, outsource the most you can person. At the same time, I am also that guy who believes in achieving my best and highest use and spends time on what is most important outside of real estate.
You can read more about me in my “about me” section.
This site is for three types of people:
1) Folks who have pretty well-paid jobs. Let’s face it, the reason you came here instead of googling W-2 work ideas on you free time is saying something. You are not the guy googling “How can I increase my leadership qualities to manage diverse employees with different backgrounds” or “How to talk my employee to giving me a raise” or “How can I better network at my year end Christmas work party”.
2) Another group that should read on and subscribe to free articles are straight up rich people who are tired of getting those paltry return on bond and mutual funds.
3) If you’re a government conspirator who believes the mutual fund and stock market is a big Ponzi scheme, you can join too, just be on your best behavior.
Whatever category you fall under come on and join the party! We all share a vision as being financially free as Uncle Tony (Tony Robbins) defines financial freedom as having the “freedom to do what you want where you want”. What is fundamental to achieving that goal is that passive cashflow is the end game.
You should “start any journey with the end in mind”. <insert corny metaphor of plane knowing where the destination is but not knowing what the exact path is, complete with a diagram of not to scale airplane and a dotted line illustrating a wavy flight path>
I would like to introduce a term called FYM which stands for “F- You Money”. Have you ever seen that commercial with the creepy orange number following the man or woman around supposedly representing the amount of money that person needs to acquire to retire? It’s sort of like that but under the SimplePassiveCashflow definition of FYM, the “number” is more of a “cashflow number” that sustains your lifestyle and the “F- You” part comes in when that day where you get pissed off at work and be like “F- You, I don’t need to be here”. You know at work there is one last samurai-ish 65-year-old co-worker who has 50 years of service (illegally working when he was like 15 years old) with the grumpy attitude who says that he could retire at any time and does not help anyone. That guy obviously wasted his life away with traditional wealth-building methods but he is at a point in his life where do does not care, and you can be like that guy (except without all the wrinkles and the fact that people might actually like you).
Imagine coming in to work because you want to, because you choose to, and actually want to hang out with your co-workers. For some, you might just merely tolerate the day job for the stated W-2 income to qualify for bank loans and the fact that you get free coffee and you get to use the toilet for free because every flush is approximately 10 cents worth (trust me I did the math I’m an Industrial Engineer, I took into account the water and lifecycle cost analysis of the crapper and your time to clean the thing). In all seriousness, you might like your job, and that’s great for you, the important thing is to do what you want, on your terms because of your financial freedom.
And while we are on this subject of working with who you want… Never trust a broker (life insurance, agent, lender). The reason why is the same reason I try to partner with people who are financially free and don’t need the money. They are not about “putting food on the table.” And for some reason, they just are more fun to work with.
The “Cross-Over Point” is the point at which your investments begin to earn more money than the cost of your living expenses. At this stage, one has the freedom to leave their full-time job for other meaningful ventures. Now that you have had 2 seconds to digest that concept, I would like to introduce to you the 2.0 version which includes two new factors: 1) Decreasing motivation (a negative exponential equation contingent to an increasing investment return) and 2) Constantly increasing expectations or also know as the “the boss be getting on my nerves” (a linear climb).
This graph of the “Cross-Over Point 2.0” that describes your work-life struggle:
Application of These Concepts
Look I’m not saying that I don’t like my job, but I cannot see myself being there forever such as 20-30 years.
Age discrimination does exist and even though you are now a high performing yuppie, some folks won’t want to hire you after the age of 50. Life is too short. I do know a lot of people hate their job not to mention their commute.
I was in a job where the company was very conservative and “that bus” came around and ran people over continuously. It sucked. But little did my boss and my bosses know was that I quietly made more money (salary plus passive income) than both of them at the age of 28. The epiphany occurred one day, why the heck would I want to work 50% harder (deal with 100% more BS working for jerks) and get paid just 8% more (12% if I negotiated my strengths or sucked up to my boss). As a result, I transitioned jobs, took a small pay cut, and started drinking Simple Passive Cashflow Lattes every morning.
I’m not advocating getting a bunch of rentals, quit your job, and then spend every minute drinking Margaritas/Pina Coladas on the beach. Now when you have the freedom (after spending a few unfulfilling days with Margaritas/Pina Coladas), I hope you devote your time doing good the greater good.
When I don’t have to work, I plan to teach young people about real estate and personal finance. I am thinking of going around to high schools, but no one in their right mind would hire a grown man to teach young people especially for free (I mean take a moment – that’s creepy – like Jared the Subway guy creepy – for those of you what don’t know who Jared the Subway guy was, he was this 3000 pound guy who ate Subway a lot and lost like 2000 pounds, however he still looked like he weighed 1000 pounds but everyone liked him as a celebrity and he used this celebrity status to lure young boy and girls and yeah I’ll leave it at that…another Pied Piper story of luring little boys and girls into a cave). But anyway to get around this barrier I need to write a book – not only any book – but a New York Times bestseller (but I guess I will settle for that crappy e-kindle version). So schools will be like (hey this guy has a book) and then bang… life mission to help others accomplished. To write a book is a daunting task, so I figure with each blog post I am slowly getting better at writing and chipping away my target page count.
The more subscribers (it’s free people!) to this blog helps me prove my point to publishers that people actually read this stuff.
So this is the point where I wrap things up and bring this full circle so you get off your computer, raise your hands in the air, and mimic Mel Gibson in the 1995 movie ‘Braveheart’ by screaming “Lets get rich” )
Here is more about me!
I’m going to try and leave you proudly lazy people with an action plan in each article so you just don’t go about your day as normal but take gradual steps every day. As Arnold Schwarzenegger says “Just do it!” well he does not really say that he says things like “Don’t Be Economic Girlie Men” so please take action. It drives me crazy how everyone reads so much and doesn’t do diddly squat. I host a local Meet-Up and someone will be like (that is a fascinating spreadsheet you are sharing…would you please give it to me”. And I say, “Sure, why don’t you send me an email to remind me”. You know no own ever freaking emails me!
So your homework is to sign-up for the email podcast/website updates.
*Update: 1/30/2017 I’m sorry for those who have been listening to the podcast since early 2016. Its been a bit of a Korean-drama going from turnkey rentals to MFH and other syndications but thanks for coming on the journey with me.
Also, sign up for my Hui Deal Pipeline Club to get sent the deals I come across. Or if you just want access to the Google Drive freebies: