Podcast #93 – Fundamentals – 1031 Exchange tips with Russell Marsan of IPX1031

Lane’s note: I personally don’t like 1031 exchanges for sophisticated investors who will one day graduate to syndications because they are not “like kind” exchange. It just goes to show that understand where your advice is coming from. A lender will want you to get a portfolio loan, a lawyer will want you to get an elaborate entity structure, and a 1031 custodian will want you to do a 1031 exchange.
You get to list and buy a property from who ever
I bought 9 properties by selling 2 properties and delayed the taxes
Note: recorded in 2017 prior to 2018 tax changes
a 1031 exchange avoids capital gain and depreciation recapture
Drawbacks – you have to time the sale and purchase of the new asset
In a sellers market you can get a good price but have trouble finding a good asset
45 day rule – you have this time period begins at the close of escrow of the first property you have to identify a list of property that they would possibly close on
180 day rule – you have this time period begins at the close of escrow of the first property you have to close on the replacement property
Try to line up inventory in the pipeline
Delaware Statutory Trust – you close on relinquished property and park the money goes into the exchange account with intermediary
Reverse exchange – alleviates selling property and not finding anything – you can take all the time in the world to acquire the property and then sell your relinquished property, the problem is that it is costly, qualified intermediary else closes the new property, required cash to purchase new property and possibly need a L1 environmental
Section 721 – donate real estate to partnership interest
And exotic exchange ideas

Podcast#92 – #LaneHack – Coaching & Group Coaching Programs

Fill out this intake form and Email Lane@SimplePassiveCashflow.com

More details: SimplePassiveCashflow.com/coaching

 

Coaching packages including everything Lane knows and following elements:

Pick the path that is right for you:

    • Buy Hold Rentals
    • Remote Turnkey Rentals
    • Go big with Apartment Investing
    • Decoding Syndication as a Limited Partner
    • Raise money from others and Syndicate
    • Building a team

 

Find & Analyze deals

    • Be able to point out Sucker deals for “Californians”
    • Underwrite the property conservatively via cashflow analysis
    • Get every dollar on the table in the due-diligence period and punch list negotiation
    • Get the best financing option with Lane’s preferred lenders
    • Leverage Lane’s Deal-flow and Rolodex

 

Put it all together

    • How to setup your personal systems to not go crazy
    • Balance with your full-time job
    • Optimize taxes with my best practices and the proven professionals to advice you
    • Best technology to use
    • Learn the investor mindset and remove limiting beliefs
    • Future goal setting and clear 5-year plan after our program is over

 

Other possible scope of services

    • Growing your brand
    • Syndicate big and small deals
    • Start your own podcast
    • Internet marketing
    • Networking the right way

More details: SimplePassiveCashflow.com/coaching

Podcast #91 – 2017 Recap – Hui Deal Pipeline Club acquires $50M of real estate and raises $3.5M for syndications

Correction: Hui Deal Pipeline Club acquires $50M of real estate and raises $3.5M for syndications

2017 Recap

An amazing year which started on January 1 2017 me waking up in Atlanta after seeing my Washington Huskies getting destroyed by Alabama in the Peach Bowl and traveling to Birmingham to look at some turnkey rentals.

A year of changes & 2018 Preview

Let me know if you visit Honolulu! Let me pick you up from Honolulu Airport and have a consult for some tax savings.

  • The first change this year was that old website that looked like "Flubber blew up” is gone and replaced with a decent website. I was also looking back at some old email newsletter that I sent out with some funny Gifs which I will post on the email newsletter and website.

 PS THE BOOK IS COMING! EMAIL ME FOR A FREE COPY 😉

Here is video walkthrough of the new one: https://share.viewedit.com/iPBEYsNWW9uuvsZWJewFb3

  • I have been making additions to the YouTube Channel not found on the website so please Subscribe and Share: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3cIIsGKx3osVU5rt2P0HfQ
  • Personally I got up to 825 units… most of which in the second half of 2017 after a very quiet 2015-2016.
  • I am migrating to a new database that will support over 900 investors in the Hui Deal Pipeline Club. Please fill out the following form so I can keep you up to date on the latest deals I come across... The new database is pretty slick so based on your answers.
    1. Acquired $35M Total real estate, 589 units acquired, 2M raised for syndications (Coffee, apartments, RV parks, Private money lending)
  • With the success of our last four syndications and raising the following for the Hui Deal Pipeline club (https://simplepassivecashflow.activehosted.com/f/3) I will continue to expand the opportunities by continuing my membership in an Apartment mentoring group as well as a Syndication Mastermind to get access to higher quality deals. I spent $60,000 in 2016 and $30,000 in 2017 on expanding my network and knowledge and will continue to do this to produce the best deals and content. Going to goals seminar in January and will be thinking of where to take this. – The initiative not to “train my investors down” and improve my due-diligence. Help me help us!
"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."

Projects to come in 2018:

Action Items:

  • Let me know if you are interested in coaching, group coaching, or the Mastermind
  • Let me know what are you working on these days? What has got you blocked? I might have a contact or input that may help! Lane@simplepassivecashflow.com
  • Can you help me spread the word of the podcast? Can you make an email intro to me of anyone you think would like additional exposure on the SimplePassiveCashflow Podcast?

My goal is to help others escape the rat race. Please share it with your friends and family because after all, once you have left the day job you won't have anyone to have a lunch date with during the 'regular' work week.

We have all heard that you are the average of the 5 people you hang out with most but I would argue that the 5 people you keep in company, can be the end of you. Choose your supporting cast wisely and consciously. Be aware of unconscious mentors, ie podcasts, tv, radio, books you read. I'm all about automation and spending my time of things that are more important.

So you can just copy and paste the below:

Hey Man, I just checked out this blog with podcast where they actually show how to buy passive real estate investments to build streams of income to leave the day job.. They have this free 10 course "Think Outside the Cubicle" series with access to spreadsheets, mindset tips, networking offers, and deal-flow access.. Here is the sign-up for just the website updates: https://simplepassivecashflow.activehosted.com/f/1

 

Podcast links:

 

Google Android Phones: https://goo.gl/app/playmusic?ibi=com.google.PlayMusic&isi=691797987&ius=googleplaymusic&link=https://play.google.com/music/m/Iwlprtpxn4qim36w6buokzgg6ha?t%3DSimple_Passive_Cashflow_Podcast

 

Apple iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/simple-passive-cashflow-podcast/id1118795347?mt=2

 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3cIIsGKx3osVU5rt2P0HfQ

And if you want to cherry pick for specific investing topics here is the spreadsheet with a summary of every Simple Passive Cashflow Podcast: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1FJ8rBA-SxQ50KJpQP1lppHC9UNLGLS2mIQS899X8__A

With the year closing I urge you to take a time out and ponder the following.

Don’t just read the questions… set the timer for 10 minutes and just think.

  • In an ideal world, what would your upcoming year look like?
  • What do you wish for in the new year?
  • What dreams would you like to come true?
  • What goals would you like to pursue and achieve?
  • What new knowledge would you gain?
  • What new skills would you acquire?
  • How much money would you make?
  • How much money would you save?
  • How much would you weigh?
  • How many miles would you be able to run?
  • How fit would your muscles be?
  • What new, powerful relationships would you like to forge?
  • What exotic places would you travel to?
  • What new job would you have?
  • What promotion would you receive?
  • What fun things would you do?
  • How much time would you spend with your family?
  • What would your ideal, perfect day look like in the new year?

 

 

 

Defaulting on my mortgage & Credit Score Impacts

I recently attended a local real estate Meet-up and there was a talk from a lender. Instead of wasting your time traveling there and inevitable fluff in these meetings… here are my takeaways from Credit Score SME presentation… 

1) Previously 50% utilization on each credit card (not an aggregate of all cards) is now 30% to have an impact on the score. Things are getting stricter.

2) They now look at “payment acceleration” meaning paying the minimums every month is looked down upon. Might want to pay 50 bucks one month then 55 then 60 then 65…

I recently had the experience of missing the payments on two of my mortgages and went into default for 30-60 days and got register mail sent to me for being a naughty boy. My autopayments got backed up and the mail got sent to my old address in the move to Hawaii. Things are fine now and I got everything caught up. In the end, I saw my score take a 60 point hit, but I don’t really care because for commercial loans it does not really matter what your personal fico is. It just can’t be terrible. And by the way I got caught up and saw some of my credit card interest rates go up.

credit score

After

A lot of you guys who book a call with me are using HELOCs to purchase more properties. The optimum credit score for that is 620.

Also wanted to thank you all for the support this year and wanted to give people of big plans for 2018! 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. Please email the website and podcast to a friend. And remember If you or someone you refer invests at least $50K into one of my future deals you will be invited to my exclusive Ali’i Mastermind with other 12-20 other serious investors to discuss deals and our own portfolios.

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Podcast#083 – Fundamentals – Thinking Outside the Cubicle Poem

If you don’t want what everyone else is getting.

We are the hard working W2 employees who followed the competitive linear path. We were groomed to be employees/pawns not businessmen or investors who build passive streams of income/cash flow and value for others – and to the gain of a greedy for profit company.

Our path started by being a high performer in elementary school and high school. We were told to study hard, do extracurricular activities, get high SAT scores and GPAs in order to be admitted into a top college. At college, while other peers were playing frisbee in the Quad, we grinded it out to get a professional college degree that was “worth something”. By now the linear path was so ingrained in us that we went to the well again for higher level degrees and specializations. If that weren’t enough, we were faced with final professional tests to become certified at our jobs and faced the rigours of junior level employment… all as we further delayed gratification for our efforts. Let’s not even talk about the student loans… we still balanced our monthly budgets like good boys and girls. (If you can’t manage your personal finances then do not read on… money only magnifies your personal tendencies, good or bad)

Today, for some of us, we truly enjoy the profession we set out to achieve decades ago. Others are left unfulfilled and enslaved by the “golden handcuffs” where we find ourselves still running in the hamster wheel… just a bigger hamster. The dogma of the Wall Street “buy and pray” method just is not going to achieve our goals. We had the big house/nice car but along with that came the monthly payments that created this financial incarnation. In the end it was not about the money but freedom.

Real estate built on a foundation of cashflow is the quickest and most conservative way to build lasting wealth. “Wealth” is not necessarily how much money you have but it is defined as ‘how long’ you can live off your passive streams of income with your level of expenses if you stopped working. This can be achieved by two ways:

1) Increasing your passive income or

2) Decreasing your expenses

The SimplePassiveCashflow.com way is focus your finite energy on building passive streams of income rather than once again delaying gratification to decrease your expenses.

The “True Meaning of Wealth” is having the freedom to do what you want…with when you want to do it. Building cashflow via Real Estate is the ‘Simple’ part of it… finding happiness and fulfillment after you are free from the W2 day job and other obligations… that’s the difficult part.

Work with people that make it fun and ‘play’ along the journey. There is always going to be the next deal and the next plateau. You are always going to be thinking “I will be happy when I have…” so enjoy the ride and in the end, leave everyone and everything better than you found it.

#GoodProblem2Have #PayItForward #the4% #Value-Add #Add-Value

• Study hard

• Go to college and get a good job

• Save your money

• Live below your means

• Anti millionaire next door

• Get it by earning more not cutting back

• Play offense not defense

• Diversify your investment

• Get out of debt

• Retire at 65-70 and live off nest egg

• Good time/market/economy -excuses

Mark Ferguson interviews me on Investing in Out of State Properties

Hi guys, I figure you are tired of hearing my voice but I was recently on Mark Ferguson’s podcast. He is killing it in Denver as a home flipper and doing it right by putting part of his earnings to cashflowing rentals… Here is the post from Mark’s website below:

Lane Kawaoka is my guest on this week’s episode of the InvestFourMore Real Estate Podcast. Lane is a full-time engineer but also loves to invest in real estate. Lane has always worked on the west coast or Hawaii, where it is really hard to find cash-flowing rental properties. He has had to invest out-of-state to find deals that made sense to him. On this show, we talk about how he first got involved in real estate and how he both bought houses from turn-key companies and on his own. We also talk about what his current goals and how he is changing his investing strategy.

Click the green button below to listen to the podcast

How did Lane first get involved in real estate?

Lane graduated college and became a full-time engineer about ten years ago. He wanted to buy a primary residence but had to save up money to afford properties in his area. He finally bought a house for himself, but it was not as great as he thought it would be. He was always traveling for work and never had a chance to enjoy his home. He decided to rent out the property, and that became his first rental.

How to use house hacking to buy rental properties.

Lane realized he loved the passive income that his rental property provided, and he decided to keep buying rentals. He bought a duplex in Seattle for $250,000. That duplex rented for $3,000 per month and was also a great investment. The problem he ran into was the market exploded in Seattle much like it has in Colorado. His duplex was worth $400,000 a few years after he bought it, but rents had barely risen. Finding any good proprieties in the Seattle area was really hard.

How to invest in rentals when prices are high.

How did Lane start investing in out-of-state rental properties?

Lane knew he could not invest in the Seattle market any longer, so he looked into turn-key rentals. Turn-key rentals are properties that have already been repaired, rented out, and have property management in place so that investors can buy a property and start making money immediately.

Lane bought a property in Birmingham Alabama for $70,000 that he rented out for $850 per month. Lane bought a few more turn-key properties and then started to buy properties himself with the use of agents and property managers.

How did Lane make sure he bought good turn-key properties?

Lane has a number of tips for people looking to buy turn-key rental properties:

  • Get a 3rd party to check out the neighborhood and area if you are not familiar with it.
  • Don’t be afraid to find your own property management company.
  • Sometimes, buying properties with a loan can be a benefit because you need to get an appraisal that will confirm the value.

I also think people looking to buy a turn-key should not be afraid to get an inspection done on the house. You could even order a BPO to be done on the property.

How to complete due diligence on a turn-key property.

How has Lane bought out-of-state rental properties without a turn-key company?

If you want to buy out-of-state rental properties on your own, it can be tough, but it is possible. The problem with many turn-key companies is getting a good deal is very tough. If you can find deals yourself, you may be able to make more money. However, you need to find:

Lane has bought a number of properties outside of his areas without using a turn-key company. He said the key to pulling off the investment was finding a great property manager. If you can find a really good property manager, they can help you decide where to buy properties and what they will rent out for, and they can help you find contractors and agents.

How to invest in out-of-state rentals.

How can you contact Lane?

Lane loves to help others invest, and he is also working on syndicating large multifamily deals. Make sure you listen to the podcast to hear what his plans are with apartments and why they have become his focus over single-family rentals. You can find lane at simplepassivecashflow.com,where he has a podcast and many free resources for investors.

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Podcast#080 – Moving from Single Family to Multifamily Investing

Hey guys I’m about to get naked here… I am personally making a shift in my portfolio to MFH Investing and wanted to see if you could help me find a buyer for my stabilized 10 property 1.2M portfolio.. 10 B Class properties in Birmingham/Atlanta/Indy (rents $900+/month)

I have selected a few potential turnkey rental sellers, however, I wanted to leverage my network and see if we can cut the broker commissions out of it. I’ll give you details on how you can get the P&L for the past few years on every property but first…A few PSAs.

  1. National Save for Retirement Week: October 15 – 21, 2017
  2. Scam emails to get information from more and more wholesalers
  3. Insurance want 5% deductible

My story – bought a couple of rentals in Seattle and 1031 exchange those to 10 SFH essentially turnkey rentals out of state in Atlanta, Birmingham, Indianapolis.

The other day I asked the question on BP… did not get much of a response since BP is a platform for newbies or active investors who flip or wholesale homes. SPC is a platform with secret Facebook groups of profession W2 employees with some cash and little time on their hands.

https://www.biggerpockets.com/forums/223/topics/481347-crossover-point-for-turnkey-rentals-vs-syndication-as-a-passive

As I talked a few podcasts ago of a 10k repair, and multiple other headaches, my attitude for these SFHs are changing. Its kind of funny talking to the many of you that are setting up calls to get on the Hui Deal Pipeline Club to getting sent the deals I come across:

https://simplepassivecashflow.activehosted.com/f/3

Please go through the first 20 podcasts in early 2016 and love the story of this SFH buyer but then they are like WTF you are turning on us like a villain going to MFH.

“Find me an investor who has 50 SFHs and I will show you an investor who was invested under a rock and stoned himself to death with said rock” -Archimedes

After over a few hundred investor consultants over the past couple years here is what I tell W2 employees. For those who are able to save more than $30k a year or have substantial liquidity (over 200k), being a landlord and especially flipping is a lot of work. If you like it cool… but just remember why we got into this… To be free from a JOB. Directly investing in a turnkey rental or small MFH is a good way to start to learn and build up the war chest to go into my scaleable investments such as private placement syndications. Whatever you do, try to be as close to the investment as possible. This is the fundamental problem I have with Wall Street who takes too much fees off the hard working efforts of the middle class.

The straw that broke the camels back…

One of my Atlanta properties went over a changeover, tenant went MIA, went through process to evict – always start the time clock. Armed sheriff had to go and remove items on the street, dead cats were found, $5000 just to remove items, concern over the property could have been condemned. I got Proserve out of Atlanta to go in with radiation suits to clean it up, got a bill for $27K, wtf, some of the scope items were a little ridiculous like 500 dollars for gutters, 5000 for paint, and siding etc. I had them re-estimate it to give me the “dude I’m not a rich idiot price and got it lowered to 20K.

There is no such thing as turnkey. Check out these disaster photos… https://photos.app.goo.gl/R4PZLuOLGHONO5Rl2

Tony Robbins says “Things don’t happen to you but for you.”

This was a sign from above which many of you guys hear from me that I sort of believe in. I was already mentally making the shift to making the move. Going down the quote from the repair company it was clear that a lot of the scope items were a bit excessive and the pricing was inflated. This was to be expected, for example paint on rooms that did not really need painting for $5000 or new gutters cleaning for $500.

If you want to see this document. Please leave me an iTunes review or send me an email referral to a friend and i’ll send it over. Lane@SimplePassiveCashflow.com

Stages of trauma… denial, anger, sadness, motivation.

What I know now I am able to now only make a high yield but a fraction of the effort. None of this screwing around sending docs to my lender in the evenings for a couple months to get one dinky SFH to cash flow a couple hundred dollars a month then do it all over again 20-50 times… then to have it all taken away with a large capex or turnover repair.

Tony Robbins says “You destiny is shaped in your decisions.”

We waste so much time making decisions. A lot of people myself included get shiny object syndrome when really its an excuse.

This was my hero moment or burning of the boats moment to leave the security of a few thousand of passive cashflow a month to go liquid for a while. Hopefully Amazon will announce that Atlanta will be the new second HQ on their quest for world domination.

One drawback about selling is about repaying a lot of depreciation recapture and capital gains going back all the way from 2009. As you remember I traded my two Seattle properties for the majority of these rentals via a 1031 exchange. This is why I am not a fan of a 1031 exchange no matter what you hear on a surface level on other podcasts. Another reason to keep listening and please do me a favor and share it with friends because we go deep on this stuff because I’m learning everyday. I’ll repeat I don’t like 1031 exchanges because many of us are going to graduate in large syndications and that is not a like kind exchange. Executing a 1031 most likely means you are going into a lukewarm deal and lose all your negotiation power as a buyer. But i’ll expand on this at a later date.

Picture of my back of envelope tax hit

I want to be very clear… If you are not an accredited investor, sophisticated, or have a large sum of liquify… single family homes is the starting point for you. Too many call me with lofty goals and have list of pro’s/con’s of MFH vs SFH, but you need to know the basics before you screw up the big stuff. You have to pay your dues. Set that barrier to entry lower because most people won’t do anything.

That said for a limited time I invite you listeners to make offers on my portfolio of SFHs “Lane’s Pac-10”. List price is 1.2M right about 1% Rent-to-Value Ratio (More info –http://simplepassivecashflow.com/podcast-3-rent-to-value-ratio/)

I figure it was only fair if I showed you my naked photos… I mean P&Ls that you take a few minutes to complete a form with your investor profile on.

And if you are listening to this after 2017 and would like to see how frequency of rental checks, vacancy, late payments, repairs, cap ex across all my properties please leave me an iTunes review or send me an email referral to a friend and i’ll send it over.Lane@SimplePassiveCashflow.com

Mastermind Club: If you or someone you refer invests at least $50K into one of my future deals you will be invited to my exclusive Ali’i Mastermind with other 12-20 other serious investors to discuss deals and our own portfolios. SimplePassiveCashflow.com/mastermind

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Podcast #074 – My Journey Back Home to Hawaii

This is my Journey back home:

Up to this point, my life has followed a steady, linear trajectory. But today… I took my own advise that time is your most important asset and I am happy to announce that I am speaking to you from Honolulu, Hawaii the new home base of Simple Passive Cashflow!

As a teenager growing up on a small island in the middle of the Pacific, I was programmed to go to college on the mainland because the cost of living in Hawaii was too high and jobs compensation was pretty poor. With the cost of living in Hawaii being 10% more than Seattle or San Francisco and 20% less pay for equivalent jobs, living a comfortable life is no easy feat. I resolved to never return unless I was extremely well off financially – although I am not where I want to be – I have the knowledge and network to get me where I need in the next few years.

Looking back on my path as a wide-eyed college student living away from my family for the first time in Seattle. And then started my Engineering career working for blood money for my first employer. I am a little dumbfounded how all that work through the traditional educational system only prepared me for a life as a worker-bee to save more and hopefully have enough after I gave away all that time during a 40 year career. I do look back with gratitude since it gave me the means to save up for down payments and truly savour freedom when I achieve it.

I wanted to inspire others to “Burn The Boats”… to do what you want, where you want, and with whom you want – whether its buying that first rental, quitting a crappy job, getting away from a bad boss, starting a family, or just telling your mother in law to shut up.

Here are the 10 main reasons for my return to Hawaii and I hope you can find similarities to your journey:

1) It’s a seller’s market.

2) I don’t see many deals out in the market worthy of investing in. In fact, I can’t find many that will make money. I don’t believe in rent trends continuing upward. In my mind, that’s called speculation.

3) Hawaii is a great place to hide out and chill. Knowing when to “hold’em” and when to “fold’em” is half the battle.

4) Environment matters. I used to live in a really affluent area in Kirkland and my Mercedes is seriously the crappiest car on the block. Homes are filled with babysitters watching kids as their parents play Bejewelled on their I-Phones. I just don’t feel like I fit in. Seattle also gets dark at 3:30 PM in the Seattle winter and I dislike being cold all of the time. Talk about Kurt Cobain! Shoot yourself in the head!

5) Embrace minimalism. My homeboy FI Fighter took the path of Extreme Financial Independence to race to a point where his income exceeded his expenses. At that point the plan is to escape the rat race which not only includes your job but the environment that contributes to lifestyle creep. On paper, Hawaii is one of the if not most expensive States to live in as evident with the median home costs of $800,000 and 8 dollar gallon of milk. The truth is in order to survive, Hawaii’s locals have to live frugally, in multiple generational households, and the housing stock/amenities is much lower quality (B tenant lives in a C building by US Mainland standards)… it’s the price of paradise. From time to time we need to get back to basics and keep it simple.

Jon Jandai | TEDxDoiSuthep

6) A unique opportunity. One of my main goals is to create an investor network in Hawaii. People in Hawaii are very fiscally conservative and there is a lot of generational wealth passed on to younger generations. This creates a complex problem for people who have money and “don’t know how to fish.” My hope is to leverage the talents of others to create a non-profit financial education group based on the philanthropy of those who I will liberate from the rat race and will in turn help mentor others in basic personal financial education such as keeping a budget. If you are interested please reach out to me. The best companies are built on the foundations of culture and this is something I know everyone that comes to this website strongly believes in.

7) Technology bridges oceans. Some will say that I need to be close to the action, but I feel technology allows me to be everywhere at once. I travel to Texas and Atlanta a lot and they are major airport hubs which offer direct flights to HNL. I am also a cheap ass (which I am working to change :p), so I take the red-eye to avoid paying for a hotel that day. My situation will actually improve since instead of a 4 hour flight from Seattle to Texas, I now have a full 7 hour shut-eye flight from HNL to DFW.

8) Serve the people of Hawaii. You might be asking why am I still working? Check out this previous talk I gave explaining why you should not quit your job. I’ll be honest although, I work a few hours a day and times on the weekend on building SPC and my multi-family syndications I don’t have enough work to keep my busy all the time. I recently interviewed for a job and I told them that I was looking to work for good people who treated me fairly and with respect. For the past few years I only worked for non-private entities because I thought that they are one of those busy days at work… my efforts benefit at least the people and not a corporate entity. And now it’s great that my work benefits the place I grew up. But don’t get me wrong here… I still don’t really enjoy the work I do and it is not Ikigai or the alignment for four items: 1) What you are good at, 2) What you Love, 3) What the world needs, 4) What you can be paid for.

9) Passion+Lifestyle=Happiness. Tom Corley (from Rich Habits) identifies 2 ways self-made millionaires rose from poverty or the middle-class. Either you live below your means and wisely invest your savings or you pursue something you are passionate about. I am achieving the best of both worlds. Yes, Hawaii is more expensive on paper, but it is easier to live a simple life and not get caught up in the perpetual pissing contest that many working professionals subconsciously partake in.

10) Retirement is a state of being. People wear Hawaiian Shirts on a vacation to feel relaxed. Why not make everyday like that? I am nowhere where I want to be but on my way. With a little Shave Ice too. I want my everyday life to feel like an indefinite vacation. #LuckyYouLiveHawaii

Live in the moment. Life is short… pull your head out off your butt before the years fly by. Don’t you see those Facebook memories posts and think where did the years go? The day is long and the years are short. Get up get out and get some. WUKAR! Lanikai Sunrise 😁 Check out the youTube Channel.

 

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Using Life Insurance to be your own bank

Video: Using Life Insurance to be your own bank

Find more videos in the video section. And please share the podcast by emailing it (I know you guys don’t want to share on social media because you are scared of others knowing that you are going to quit your job. I just want to get the word out that there is something other than the stock market!

The inspiration behind this:

I got really upset the other day. A friend of mine was talking to a so called financial planner and was getting sold Whole Life Insurance. To set the stage, the subject client did not have investments or much cashflow. Why the heck was Whole Life Insurance was being prescribed?!? Oh because Whole Life has some fat commissions and the ding-dong financial planner does not know enough to get themself out the rat-race.

I have been doing a lot of thinking lately… about what I really want to do with myself. One realization I have discovered is when something gets you so upset or passionate (like a financial planner screwing regular people… people who don’t have the cashflow or liquidity and being sold on the BS line of “conservative investing”) you have found a higher calling.

My rant is now over… As we covered very briefly on this past podcast. We are not talking about buying these types of policies for “insurance” or death payout, we are doing it for liquidity (to invest) and shield assets from creditors or lawsuits. I spoke to a couple other life insurance guys (smart guys) but they don’t get this either. They just tried to sell EIULs which do have higher yields but don’t have the liquidity component we are looking for so we can take out a loan from ourselves to invest and make a spread on the difference.