Podcast #111 – Interview – Brent Kawakami – Saying NO to a measly $300 a month & Networking on Facebook

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Pardon the grammar – I’m an Engeneer, Enginere, Engenere… I’m good with math!

________Here are the Show Notes________

1) How much CF are you making today and how are you doing it?
Generally I’ve fluctuate based on buying/selling of real estate. Right now it’s all from passive investments in apartments. My peak was couple thousand a month.
So as I started investigating other investment activities I dabbled in:
P2P investing – Returns were decent (I think I made like 18%), extremely passive once you funded loans. I was fortunate that none of the ones i lended on defaulted so that’s real risk. While you are earning interest payments, it goes back to account so extremely illiquid. You wait out the loan term which can be long. No control. I’d rather do private lending that’s backed by a physical asset.
Dividend stocks – Lot of research, reading investment newsletters, etc. You’re still at the whimsy of the stock market. I could see doing this in future maybe if there’s a crash and you can pick up trophy companies cheap. Again no control.
Gold/silver – I got caught up by the Gold bug rhetoric of “the dollar not backed by anything” “ the crash is coming” “ look how much debt we have” blah blah . A lot of similar stuff you see some Cryptocurrencies saying now. To me you need treat as a store of value and something you don’t care about price. And you need to hold physically. It’s a chaos hedge. But it doesn’t cash flow. And if shit really did hit the fan, you’re not going to need gold, you’re going to need guns, lol.
Internet business (I did sell it later for a small gain). A lot of work…it’s a business. You can get caught up in the 4-hour work week thing, sell your ebook, etc but this takes consistent cultivating like any other business. I had an instance where a change in Google algorithm killed my profit.
Infinite banking (which i’m all in on still) – You’ve had podcasts before on this topic about all the benefits but it’s an amazing vehicle that complements real estate. Personally I don’t think of this as a true investment, it is a savings vehicle. I treat it as my cash war chest and foundation. Downsides to me are that you have to understand and treat as a system otherwise you’ll fail miserably. It’s also literally a lifetime commitment.
Ultimately I settled on real estate starting the single family route in Dallas area (buy, rehab, rent, self manage, etc). I eventually saw the light (What was the light) of multifamily and started investing passively, sold off my single family houses and now a new aspiring sponsor/operator. There’s all the typical things people say (econmies of scale, non-recourse, etc) but my a-ha moment (my 2nd Han Solo moment I guess you could say) was when I started looking for another rental house. I realized adding another $300/mo cashflow wasn’t going to drastically change my life. If I wanted to level up faster, I needed scale faster. Multifamily can do that. When you get a large check for hundreds of thousands from a disposition event on an apartment complex, that’s life changing and can get you places.

(So now you are in the stage where you are doing all the hard work before the success… lets go through this list of things that you are doing… this add value to the listener and maybe we can have a discussion about best practices – Just think in the future when a future investor listens to all the shit you did to get into this)

1) Joined mentorship program (I would rather not say who they were) No problem. Main best practice to me is it’s almost a requirement for MFH. This is a must in addition to all the other education (reading, podcasts, etc)
2) Regularly Contacting brokers/Signing up for lists
3) Evaluating deals
4) Scheduling in-person meetings with with brokers to connect (what did you do). My partner and I specifically reach out to have a meetings at a broker’s office. We’d talk about what we’re doing, looking for, etc and it gave us an opportunity to meet other associates. I’ve tried to do in-person at their office or if I can take them to coffee. For out of town brokers we’d do over phone or if we travel to see a deal (leveraging a current listing of theirs as a talking point to get convo started).
5) Making regular LoopNet rounds
6) Going on property tours
7) Networking on BiggerPockets/LinkedIn/Facebook, etc
8) Going to Meetups, events, and conferences
9) Partnered up with another new sponsor/operator to duplicate efforts, fill gaps, etc (What do you do well and what does he compliment).
My partner is better at making connections and relationships than I am. I’m more analytical and investigative. He’s an eternal optimist, while i’m Mr. Engineer worst case scenario. He can get shiny object syndrome whereas I’m much better at keepings things on task. We’re both at the same level/point in our investing so we have a good synergy with the perspective we’re coming from. One of the things we like is if it takes looking at 100 deals to get 1, maybe us both looking cuts that in half lol.

2) What is your Han Solo moment…

I had two.

1- One was a couple years into my career and i started think there was more than this for 30-40 yrs and began exploring other stuff (as mentioned before)

2- Shift from single family to multifamily. My a-ha moment mentioned before.

3) Worst life/business moment what did you do a er? Lesson learned?

I’ve had those crappy issues that come up with rentals, like plumbing issues, tenant issues, foundation issues, etc which sucked. Although one big one was not listening to my wife about a single family house. I had a tenant turnover in one of my rentals and I had been mulling about selling and focusing on multifamily. Instead of listening to my wife who encouraged that, I did the easy thing which was find a new tenant. I had gotten so in the routine and it was the easy option even though I knew I was ready to step into next thing. It ended up being my worst tenant ever (she paid but was really needy) and a headache. I ultimately sold it a few months later.

Lesson learned: Listen to your wife more. While she isn’t involved directly in the nuts and bolts, she is a better judge of character and intangibles in both myself and others.

4) Current 2‐week experiment and 6‐month project? (90‐180 day goal) A mark of a high performer is to put your ego aside and accept the help of others and mastermind maybe folks can help you by you asking.

2-week: Let’s see when we get there. Lot of personal type things likely going on (not sure if that’s valuable for your audience?)

6-month: Sponsor a 75+ unit, class b/c apartment. That’s my one thing.

5) What is your simple passive Cashflow number? Now imagine you had 2x that amount… Describe your ideal day, detailed rou ne, and what projects you are working on.

6) Something that you have recently or thought about “burning your cash” on for me savings or an improvement in quality of life.

Meal service, not the recipe in the box but the fully prepared, proportioned individual meals. I enjoy cooking but not thinking about what I have to eat is something that I find makes my day easier, especially now that I have a baby. It’s just fuel, i can eat the same thing everyday and be fine. Plus it helps me stay on the straight line nutrition wise.

There’s a good book on this topic called Happy Money I recommend.

7) Something that you changed your mind on? Our ego o en gets in the way of greatness.

2 Things:

1. I used to think of insurance for the financial aspects only but now I think about the riders, disability kickers, etc. Having a kid changes your thought process so now i’m more thoughtful about things like insurance, estate planning, etc. I’m still behind on that stuff, but now these long term planning things are in my thoughts.

2) Owning a house isn’t a big deal. We recently sold our house and moved to an apartment for a number of reasons…yada yada yada. I’m not full Grant Cardone though.

8) In this sellers market… what are you inves ng in? What should a someone who does not have a substan al level of cashflow yet be inves ng in?

My cash value life insurance/infinite banking strategy is my core foundation. I see that as the warchest and can let me sit on “cash” without losing too much. I’m obviously still actively pursuing multifamily, it’s harder of course with the current market, but deals can be found in all markets.

Nothing wrong with being patient if you think things are frothy. 100% of nothing is better than any percent of a bad deal. Being patient is the hardest thing.

brent@hellomultifamily.com

Podcast #108 – Rocky Lalvani recalls 2000 & 2008 corrections and regrets not getting started earlier with a little marriage family advice

YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/v0fB-e3579E

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Pardon the grammar – I’m an Engeneer, Enginere, Engenere… I’m good with math! Here are the Show Notes:
Currently have 5 rentals and 80k of income and trying to paying off rentals because near retirement
Also flips properties where the goal is 20k profit
He outsources much of the work
Got rentals in 2011 and regret not doing it earlier
Got hammered in 2008
Got out of the market in 2000
Interest rates are very low which is different that past times which means a good time to lock in loans, stocks are pretty high
Real estate is not for everyone and might have a wrong skill set
If you don’t want to do the work be a hard money flipper but only make 10% (you need to have the money)
Don’t lend to someone doing their first flip
Need to hire a virtual assistant – 5 properties can manage by self
Let go of politics
Marriage advice
Begin with the end in mind – He already knows his legacy and just lives it
Teaching kids financial principals – mindsets and habits
To teach a 12-year-old – give them money
To teach a 30-year-old – they need to want to fix the money problem
Letting go to be happy
richersoul.com

Financial Planners & the Death of the “Fiduciary Rule”

This topic really fires me up! Here is a little humorous video to lighten the mood. Warning its going to be 20 minutes so better put the sign on your desk saying you are “away at the toilet” or “away at lunch.”

I’m not a fan of Suze Orman/Dave Ramsey because of their scarcity/fugal money saving ideas but for some people who can’t seem to save two pennies to save their life, I guess it is better than nothing. 

Suze’s WTF face @4:41 when the caller says their financial planner recommended buying an annuity. (that would net a 5% commission!)

@4:00 – Financial advisors make commissions and often put you in investments that are best for them.

Obama tried to do a good thing and pass a law where all financial professionals (like brokers and insurance agents) had to adhere to the “fiduciary” standards—meaning they’d have to work in your best interest if they were advising you on your retirement investments. But this died recently and there is no more fiduciary rule – https://www.wsj.com/articles/fiduciary-rule-dealt-blow-by-circuit-court-ruling-1521164915

Federal Department of Licencing discussion on conflicts of interest or kickbacks to the tune of $17 billion – https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/ebsa/ebsa20160406-0

I don’t recommend any financial planner because I don’t take financial advice who is still working for a paycheck and not out of the rat race (lives in their parent’s basement) but if you must go with one of my friends or a flat-fee one – http://www.fpany.org/

I have heard of these guys/gals do their sales pitch and use fear-based words like “diversity”, “security” and “risk” where the 25-year-old kid is trying to sell random investments to me. And don’t get me started when I tried to tell them about the being your own bank concept. #FacePalm They just tried to sell a higher return (6% whoop-ti-doo) with no liquidity. Totally not what I was going for. Not saying these guys are bad people, they just don’t know and products of the Wall Street institutions.

“It’s like a lawyer who only sets you up with only a will (and not a living trust) because they know you will come to them for probate which will cost on average 10-30k for most people. Talk about BS!”

Note: When I call out financial planners I am also calling out brokers and insurance salespeople. Repeat never listen to a broker!

Share this with your co-workers & friends/family that still believe in the Easter Bunny (happy pre-Easter!) and have a false sense of security in what this financial planner says.

Who took all my money?!? We are living in the best time to be alive with all this information at our fingertips.

Why do people still choose to follow the advice from financial planners working for a commission or so-called low-cost index funds that have about a million middlemen taking the majority of your returns? Who knows, probably why 10% of people in this test are still using the “pull out method” as their form of birth control?

A little off topic but just making sure you are still awake there because financial education is very important.

Speaking of less know tricks… Last year I learned this cool financial hack utilized by the smart money. By being your own bank and using the “Infinite Banking Concept” you can create a dividend-paying whole life insurance. Its called life insurance but its just a tax code loophole to make a tax free yield in an account that is sheltered from lawsuits and creditors. I can assure you this is another thing you financial advisor or life insurance sales guys just does not get… likely because they are still working for a paycheck and it actually decreases their commissions.

Go to SimplePassiveCashflow.com/banking for more info.

And for you high net worth folks still dabbling in paper assets you won’t want to miss this other trick that I will reveal on there too.

Podcast #105 – Jordan Goodman – Affiliate connections + mortgage rate optimization + Dolphin mentality

Here is the download link for Jordan’s text on the mortgage rate optimization strategy: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1XajKX3Otl9egfIbTnPBsr49wf7pDZHsO

Cash our or Refi – http://simplepassivecashflow.com/cash-refi-question/

Webinar  – How to pay your 30-year mortgage in 4 to 8 years with Mortgage Rate Arbitrage – https://youtu.be/fwcY79AKkMA

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Pardon the grammar – I’m an Engeneer, Enginere, Engenere… I’m good with math! Here are the Show Notes:

Gets a piece of the action by leveraging your time, knowledge, and connections.

Download a free chapter in the Hui Files

Get a heloc, keep your income in the heloc and pay down your home mortgage
People depend on traditional sources
Don’t quit your job until you have the next thing going
Dolphin culture – help people without any return

Jordan Goodman has spent the past 40 years focused on one mission: to help Americans do better with their money. In a career spanning newspapers, magazines, books, radio, television, live events, teleseminars, and the Internet (www.moneyanswers.com), he has helped millions of people to solve their financial problems and realize their financial dreams.

An honors graduate of Amherst College, Jordan had just received his masters degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism in 1977 when he launched an award-winning, consumer-oriented newspaper insert, INFO, which reached 4 million readers every week. That early foray into consumer journalism soon led to an 18-year stint at MONEY, the foremost personal-finance magazine in the U.S., where Jordan reported and wrote on every aspect of personal finance. During his tenure at MONEY, he also became a regular presence on radio and television programs around the country. When Jane Pauley and Bryant Gumbel of the “Today Show” wanted to refute some of the more dubious strategies of financial guru Charles Givens in 1986, it was Jordan they asked to face down Givens. When Ted Koppel needed a financial expert to explain to “Nightline” viewers the implications of the stock-market crash of October 19, 1987, it was Jordan to whom he turned.

While at MONEY, Jordan also began to write the first of his 14 highly acclaimed books on personal finance. The Barron’s Dictionary of Finance and Investment Terms (1984), which Jordan co-authored with John Downes, has been translated into Spanish, German, Russian, Japanese, and Chinese, and has sold over 3 million copies worldwide. Now in its ninth edition, it is considered a classic in its field and a staple on the syllabi of college personal-finance and business courses, MBA classes, and securities training seminars.

In the 33 years since the dictionary was first released, Jordan has also written:
• Barron’s Finance and Investment Handbook (1986, co-authored with Downes) that provides a comprehensive analysis of every form of investment, plus a multitude of important investment resources. (The ninth edition came out in 2014.)
• Everyone’s Money Book (Dearborn, 1993, 1998 and 2001) a 970-page comprehensive financial reference that included over 6,000 resources and sold over 250,000 copies.
• The Everyone’s Money Book Series (Dearborn, 2003)
(including six separate volumes on Credit; Stocks, Bonds, and Mutual Funds; Real
Estate; College Financing; Retirement Planning; and Financial Planning)
• Reading Between the Lies: How to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Wall Street’s Next Scandal (Dearborn, 2004) aimed to educate consumers shaken by Enron-era debacles.
• Master Your Money Type (Warner Business Books, 2006) about the different psychological styles with which people relate to their finances, and how to minimize their weaknesses and maximize their strengths to build financial well-being.
• Fast Profits in Hard Times (Grand Central Publishing, 2008) that anticipated the current financial downturn and provides readers with investment strategies that allow them to make money even in a down market.
• Master Your Debt (John Wiley, 2010) which explains the many changes in the world of debt and offers specific resources to help readers pay off their mortgages in 5-7 years instead of 30 years, get control of their credit card debt, student loans and all other kinds of debt.
• The Ultimate Guide to Student Loans (CreateSpace, 2014) which explains how to save and invest before a child goes to college, how to get the best student loans when they get to college, and how to pay them off as quickly as possible after graduation.

It’s been 20 years since Jordan, in such demand as a keynote speaker, author, and guest expert on radio and television, left MONEY to focus on independent projects. He is the host of the weekly national Money Answers Radio Show which appears on the online VoiceAmerica Business Radio Network at www.voiceamerica.com. Once or more each week, he appears as a commentator on major TV news networks such as CNN, CBS, ABC, Fox News Network and Fox Business Network. During frequent trips around the country, he is a guest on local and regional radio and TV stations as well as a keynote speaker for such diverse audiences as the military, corporate employees, college students, and trade association members. He also participates in non-profit personal-finance-literacy programs such as those sponsored by the Jump$tart Coalition. And virtually every day, often several times a day, from a microphone on the desk in his home office, he speaks to millions of listeners through his regular guest appearances on countless radio shows. These include such prominent programs as “Sunday Morning Magazine” on KMOX that reaches numerous Midwestern states; KOA’s Money Monday hour with Mandy Connell in Denver, WCCO in Minneapolis with Jordana Green, WGN in Chicago with Steve Cochran.
Along the way, Jordan also has reached vast national audiences as a weekly commentator on CNN’s “Business Day” for 3 years; on Public Radio International’s “Marketplace Morning Report” weekly for 6 years; on the Mutual Broadcasting System’s “America in the Morning” daily for 8 years; and as a guest expert on NBC-TV’s “News at Sunrise” weekly for 9 years.

The son of a father who was a political-science professor for 32 years at the Ivy League’s Brown University, and a mother who was a dedicated community-service leader in Providence, Rhode Island, Jordan early on melded his father’s focus on world events with his mother’s emphasis on serving others. His parents’ formative influences, combined with his firsthand experience of a traumatic family financial crisis when he was a teenager, in large measure explain both the career path he has pursued with such passion and the reasons why he is today widely known as “America’s Money Answers Man.”

In all he does — in his books, his media appearances, his live speeches, his teleseminars, and even in the hundreds of email replies he crafts each month in response to listeners who write to ask for his advice, Jordan:
• teaches the underlying principles of responsible personal finance.
• makes clear the impact of current events on the consumer’s wallet.
• provides outstanding resources that can help the consumer to take the next smart step.

Podcast #104 – Interview – Brad Tacia – Mechanical Engineer transitions from SFH to MFH

YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/Z0SM21dLsCc

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Pardon the grammar – I’m an Engeneer, Enginere, Engenere… I’m good with math! Here are the Show Notes:

Doing one house gets you started to gain momentum
Han solo moment was went when into MFH
At first wife was nervous in the beginning but with success came on board
Moved to MFH when had 5 units and 2k in cashflow
SFH is the way to go to learn to rent and pick out a property manager but its a personal question
Worse moment was seeing 2008
A pain point that forces people to make a change
Working up to expenses plus 20k
Do a little bit each day
Set goes every year – 40-50 goals – review once a week
Personal Background
Grew up in Oxford, Michigan
Graduated from General Motors Institute/Kettering University in Flint, Michigan in 2000 with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering
Married to wife, Lindsay and have 3 kids together
Started engineering career in 2000 and progressively moved up in position and responsibility to an engineering manager
Currently a program manager for automotive supplier Brembo

Real Estate Projects
Purchased primary residence in White Lake in 2008 as a foreclosure and rented out old primary residence in Madison Heights – “accidental landlord”
First intentional rental was a 3 bed 2 bath house in Waterford in 2011, added 3 more in Waterford from 2012-2014
Bought 12 apartment units in Monroe, Michigan in 2015
Bought 12 more apartment units in Monroe, Michigan in May 2016
In due diligence on a 63 unit apartment building in Lansing, Michigan
Goal is to retire my day job 2 years from now. From there, options I am looking into are real estate syndication and home inspecting

Success Habits
Keep a quarterly finance sheet to keep track of Net Worth, Assets, Liabilities, Income, & Expenses
List out yearly goals for family, finance, health, learning and track each week
Make sure to do things daily to get closer to goals
Dave Ramsey
Lifestyles Unlimited
REIs for networking
Checklists
Books
Millionaire Real Estate Investor – Gary Keller
Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki
The Complete Guide to Buying and Selling Apartments – Steve Berges
48 Days to the Work You Love – Dan Miller
What Color is Your Parachute – Richard Bolles
The Slightest Edge – Jeff Olson
Compound Effect – Darren Hardy
Quotes
“Leverage is key to wealth” – In regards to money, time, knowledge
“Money is on the other side of fear”
“Most people overestimate what can be done in the short term and underestimate what can be done in the long term”
“If you give a house a cookie…”
“What gets measured gets done”
“Spectacular achievement is always preceded by spectacular preparation”
“Those who say it can’t be done should get out of the way of those doing it”
“Go as far as you can see, once you get there, you will see farther”
“Play the game of money to win, don’t play not to lose”
“Don’t quit when you are tired, quit when you are done”
“Make sure your ladder to success is on the correct wall”

Contact Info
Email: bradtacia@gmail.com
Facebook & Linked In – Brad Tacia
Facebook Page – Apartment Investors of Michigan

Podcast #103 – My Story – Money Savings Ideas Before the Simple Passive Cashflow (Scarcity Mentality)

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Pardon the grammar – I’m an Engeneer, Enginere, Engenere… I’m good with math! Here are the Show Notes:

I started to a hobby to make Mead or fermented honey wine. It’s pretty healthy because of the good bacteria cultures.

I started it because I needed to diversify from my Kombucha hobby because moving to Hawaii I was worried that there was going to be a fruit fly infestation that would wipe me out.

Got to be diversified with multiple streams of income!

It’s been a busy month after wrapping up the closing on these two latest deals. If you are interested in the deal flow, make sure you are a part of our Hui Deal Pipeline Club.

I recently met George Ross who came to speak to my Syndication Mastermind for a private dinner. If you have need the movie “The Founder” you know the lawyer had a very big impact to Ray Kroch.  George was the legal counsel to Donald Trump during his rise and “retired” once he hard Trump was running for presidency. George He held court to the remaining 15 of us for 3 hours after dinner until midnight telling stories for the past. Very insightful to know that this man shaped the Trumps business sense.

He is known as a master negotiator and he gave us the following relationship advice:

“In marriage, I tell my wife that I make all the Major decisions and she can have the Minor decisions… In all my years of marriage, we have not had one Major decision come up.”

The recently launched YouTube Channel just clocked in at 17,577 minutes or 293 hours or 36 working days. So there much be one person watching my content around the clock which on the clock.

I need a little bit of a break and took the time to reflect back on how far I have come from 2009 and buying that first rental property. By the way remember to incorporate “play” into your day.

The first twenty tips came from myself but after sharing the list and finding the other ex-cheapskates out there we have been slowly syndicating more and more bad ideas. Note: they are not in any particular order.

Our parents will be so proud of us!

If you want to add more, please email me and I will keep growing the list. And if you like I can add you initials at the end to cement your legacy.

If you call me collect, I will not pick up!

Money saving ideas for the shameless…

 

  1. Stack Mr. Rebates shopping portal and Groupon discount codes with gift cards purchased from eBay or Safeway with more gift cards and Mr Rebates shopping portal. To sign up go here: http://www.mrrebates.com?refid=413597
  2. Take a shower at work to save on utilities, water, and electricity – as a side benefit you go to the gym more often (do your 3S’s there, shit, shower, shave)
  3. If you work in a startup company that caters food, it’s a no brainer— eat at work and bring food home. Maybe you can even befriend someone that works there and join them for lunch from time to time. For extra credit consider a life of “intermittent fasting” and totally binge at these free meals.
  4. Wash your car in the rain. No mineral deposits left while it dries. Video of me demonstrating this: https://youtu.be/kZkYnkXOI7Q
  5. Costco leasing to own program
  6. Buy an Anker powerbank and charge it at work.
  7. Always take a pee before leaving for the day.
  8. Try to poop at the same time every day while at work… get paid to poop. Time is money and flushes cost 10 cents.
  9. There are soft drinks available at restaurants?
  10. Why are you eating at a sit down restaurant, you have to pay tip?
  11. If you must, order food to go and eat on the premises. Best of both worlds!
  12. Wear clothes with the tag on it and return it.
  13. Buy a snorkel from Costco to go to Hanama bay while visiting Hawaii to return it. Another Hui member cautions that on many electronics there is a 90-day return policy. Lady who returned a dead Christmas tree on Jan 4th.
  14. Use an app like GasBuddy to find the cheapest gasoline station, better yet, double stack your Costco credit card (4% cash back on gasoline) and buy Costco gas.
  15. Cash flow, cash flow, cash flow. Also, see uncle Kohlers team for tax optimization (easily the single largest expense in your life) http://keystonecpa.com/~keystone/images/5_Cash_Flow_Strategies_for_RE_Investors_eBook.pdf
  16. This one is a bit morbid, but an important one. Set up a revocable living trust with your lawyer to avoid probate expenses following the death of your family members\
  17. Susie Orman’s advice – make coffee at home and save yourself the $5 Starbucks Vente frappucino
  18. FAST (intermittently, not forever)! Skip breakfast daily (work yourself up gradually) and when you’re ready to get to the big leagues, attempt to fast for an entire day (no breakfast, lunch or dinner)
  19. Solar panels (maybe?)
  20. Free (coffee) money, this one’s really easy ($25/quarter or $100/yr) w/ BofA and Amazon http://www.magnifymoney.com/blog/consumer-watchdog/better-balance-rewards-card
  21. Maximize and optimize what you’ve got BankPurely has a 1.30% APY since April (not sure if promo rate?) but most banks have 1.0+% (which is 10x the 0.1% APY rate given by most conventional brick and mortar banks like BofA, Chase, WellsFargo)
  22. https://www.depositaccounts.com/savings/
  23. Become an Uber driver or deliver post maters? (not a big fan)
  24. If you have a spare room not in use, AirBnB it from time to time
  25. Check out EventBrite or other social event platforms for free lunch/dinner/drinks
  26. InvestinAHP.com        or email me for a few Burnzone book with your mailing address
  27. Buy Mod Pizza’s mega salad for $11.27. Dinner for days!
  28. Paid online surveys (not a good use of time)
  29. Coupons (think http://www.freestufffinder.com/)
  30. Use www.bensbargains.com or slickdeals.net before buying anything online
  31. Use Honey or Ebates or other discount portals for Amazon/eBay or other internet purchases to save a few %
  32. Certain credit cards provide 5x bonuses (Chase Freedom has rotating categories) and Chase Business cards are good for auto-pay things like internet with extra bonus categories
  33. Make a Ghetto Latte at Starbucks and other fun
  34. Charging up your electronics/ph0nes/Gameboys at work before you leave for the weekend
  35. The things we do to save money…

Growing up in Hawaii where a gallon of milk is $8, I was taught to save money in strange ways. (I don’t drink milk)

Some of those were pretty bad which develop into unhealthy money mindsets.

Some downright unethical but hey if you are a cheapskate, own it!

I don’t condone any of these tactics but look, it is no coincidence why you folks continuously have so much money to invest and pay your bills on time unlike 4 out 5 of my Birmingham rentals every month.

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Podcast #102 – Starting from nothing + Losing an Apartment + Transitioning from Active to Passive Income with Pat Hiban

YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/dSNwXUhxpLE

 

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Pardon the grammar – I’m an Engeneer, Enginere, Engenere… I’m good with math! Here are the Show Notes:

$480k horizontal income
Podcast is not simple passive cashflow
Used commissions to invest into real estate
Started out trading tome for money, working 40 hours a week, and was left with a $100 every week
Sold timeshare presentations
Danny got 3-4 of these a day and was the leader at the time and Pat beat him
Went to college and went to real estate sales where he is making commissions
Discovered horizontal lines – bought SFHs and moved to apartments and other buildings/businesses
Lost 2/3 of initial investment
LTI – After you pay your bills – currently $200K a year
Moving around current investments
18% lawyer loan, some private equity notes, apartment building syndication
Crossed over at age 46 to financial freedom number
Works 3 days a week (Tuesday-Thursday)
Chose to not work as much in 40s
Look where the poor creative lives because that is where the transitioning area is
Robert Kiyosaki says don’t buy where there are crane
Alchemist talks about the beginner’s luck – Pat started investing in non-real estate investments in 2008 – 50-100K here and there and 50% of them failed
Rip and duplicate things that are working
Real estate rockstar podcast!

Podcast #100 – My Story – The 100th (Drunken) Episode with Abhi Golhar – Who is Lane 2.0

VIDEO VERSION: https://youtu.be/azbjx9fhVbU

 

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Pardon the grammar… I’m an Engeneer, Enginere, Engenere… I’m good with math! Here are the Show Notes:

Lane is dringing Maui Brewing Company Makawao beer and POG IPA and homemade mead (honey wine), Abhi – Whiskey

Hi, I’m Abhi!

How old are you? 1985

How much simple passive cash flow do you have coming in and from what investments?

At this point my cashflow is a little lower because some of sfhs are offline because I’m trying to sell them and my syndications are in the ramp up stage but I’m around 3k. more importantly I have very low expenses and essentially financially free. My salary from my paycheck is 4k at the-end if taxes and that’s what I use to put right back into my business. That’s 3k not including my day job.

– What are your healthiest habits? How do these help contribute to being your best, most productive self?
Intermittent fasting.
Used to do paleo but has evolved to keto
I used to do crossfit but the 225 lb deadlifts twenty one times for three rounds really got old. Its for people in their twenties
Got a trainer who won the hawaiian iron classic
Keep changing goals

– What do you attribute your ability to be prolific and productive to?

I don’t have that many distraction
I got lucky with initial positive feedback

I work really hard/consistent
Make tweaks frequently. If you follow me around I do weird things. or going to the restroom put coffee in microwave and then take a call like a machine

– Looking back what do you wish you had done differently along your journey so far?

I wish I would have gotten a personal mentor to call me out on my and minimize the hours of mental planning and scenario

Q1) You mentioned that you have spent close to $60K last year in coaching & mentoring programs/events, can you share some insights on how do you determine which ones worth investing your time & money into, which aren’t, and how to avoid the scammers/pitfalls? Are there ones that you recommend trying out or avoiding?

Get feedback from actual students. Make sure there is no referral fee going on.

Allocate a development allowance. 10 percent of your income.

A mentor taught me never to speak bad of others so I won’t here publicly. But if you guys get to know me I tell you what I think. Another example of going an inch wide mile deep.

Q2) I’ve listened to most of your podcasts (and yes I did leave reviews :-)) but can’t say every single one so apologize if I missed it if you shared already – how do you manage employer/manager after they learnt you were doing this REI “side gig” with the eye of quitting your day-job? I am sure quite a handful of your listens work for companies that have requirement of disclosing outside business activities that require either company/manager approval, or Compliance clearance, varying level of scrutiny , or maybe just a disclosure. What would be your words of advice or caution on how best to navigate this when one cannot fully launch into investing full-time?

I have a humorous article of what to do in a day job.

But honestly people don’t rreally know what I do. I am a government worker who drives a mercedes at work and smiles a lot. It does not make sense. Its good that my parking lot is really big so no one really sees me.

I work in a non profit so I try to respect that they are paying me for my time.

Honestly if they find out I bet the “clock watchers” will become whistle-blowers. my mindset is that it won’t be a bad thing. It will just pressure me to work my ass off and get out of day job and take that leap.

I just like how authentic I can be in the way I work with people… In the I interviews for the this last job they asked why should we hire you?

No one else has a masters degree and real world experience that I do and willing to be paid the salary level and will be happy there.

If people give you a hard time this is all about lifestyle creation. Financial freedom gives you the freedom to do what you want. a recommended real is Mark Madsen “How to not give a fuck”. Its not about living life like a cavalier but opting into a conscious life of people and projects that are aligned with you.

 

Podcast #99 – #LaneHack – Pessimist 2×2 Matrix, Hacking Airport Baggage

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Optimist/Pessimist 2×2 Matrix – (My friend and his IPA Beer engineered the following idea…)

Good Outcome Bad Outcome
Optimist + +
Pessimist – –

Psychology Today, the average person has 50,000 thoughts a day.

The Rich Are Optimists – 67% of (Tom Corley study) the self-made millionaires in my study forged the habit of being positive and upbeat. A positive, mental outlook is critical to overcoming problems, obstacles, pitfalls, mistakes and failures. Staying positive is a critical component to becoming wealthy. Positivity is like a radar in search of solutions to intractable problems. Thus, positive thinkers are able to see opportunities, where others see only negative consequences.

The Poor Are Pessimists – 70% of the thoughts of the average person are negative (Psychology Today). Negative thinkers are unable to see solutions to problems. Thus, they are unable to overcome obstacles, pitfalls, their mistakes and their failures. Opportunities pass them by because they are not looking for opportunities. They are too focused on the negative consequences.

The Rich Are Decision-Makers – 91% of the rich in my study were decision-makers. Forging the habit of making decisions is critical to success. Those who develop the habit of making decisions are sought after as leaders, by others. Decision-makers have forged the habit of overcoming the fear of making decisions along with the paralysis of analysis associated with those unable to make decisions. The rich do not over think, which is a form of procrastination. It is impossible to know everything you need to know before making a decision. The rich forge the habit of being comfortable being uncomfortable about making decisions.

The Poor Let Others Make Decisions – 98% of the poor in my study were not decision-makers. They succumb to the fear of making a decision. They get lost in analysis and over thinking, which is a form of procrastination. The poor feel uncomfortable about making decisions, so they defer to others.

Don’t examine the roots just eat the fruit!

https://mymorningroutine.com/

Hacking Baggage at the Airport:
Getting your checked baggage off first before everyone else
1) Gate checked because luggage is queued on a First on last out order (FOLO) similar to an elevator. Downside you will have to lug your luggage through security.
2) Have them mark it as fragile

Also you don’t have to pay to gate check a bag, just be nice and ask the counter at the gate.