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Security in Retirement with Fixer-Uppers

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Are you like me and never socked much money away for retirement? We are not alone. The Employee Benefit Research Institute’s Annual Retirement Confidence Survey found that pre-retirees (Americans between the ages of 55 and 65) greatly underestimate how long they are likely to live and how much money they will need in retirement.

Experts say that we need to change our mindset from “assets” to “income” in retirement planning. It’s not enough to know how much money we have in savings; we need to know how much income our savings can generate over time.

There is no better way to change our mindset and our portfolio from “assets” to “income” than by investing in real estate. If we invest wisely before we retire, and can have a stable of reliable rental properties that generate steady monthly income. We can look forward to a retirement that provides security instead of uncertainty.

Don’t rely on politicians to provide you with retirement security. If you want it done right, you must do it yourself.

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Owning a rental house is better than having a pension

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Owning rental houses far exceeds the benefit of the pension that you may receive from your job. I worked for the state of Arizona for 13 years, and I will one day receive a pension of around $1,000 a month.

But, does that really provide security?

Each year the value of my pension will go down because it is not tied to inflation. So, after 10 years I’ll still receive $1,000 a month but because of inflation, it may be actually only worth $100 dollars a month because the cost of my groceries, my clothes, health care, and other costs have all gone up each year.

Rental houses provide a better pension. If I get $1,000 a month in rent profits, it not only keeps up with inflation, but it exceeds inflation.

Which pension program would your rather have? One that increases in value with the passing years, or one that decreases in value?

Staying motivated to make investment house repairs and finding Serenity

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Setting up a reward system has worked for me to help me stay on-track for making house repairs. I promise myself that I’ll do something I really enjoy, if I first complete a task. When my wife and I were working furiously on our last fixer-upper house project, we told ourselves that we would go out to dinner at a nice restaurant when we sold the house. That gave us little more of a boost to stay motivated. A few weeks later, someone made a firm offer on the house, and we went out to dinner and celebrated, as planned.

As it turned out we were a little premature in our celebration, as the deal fell through, and eventually we wound up renting the house out. But, the reward system still worked.

This technique also worked for me when I was writing my book on investing in fixer-uppers. One of my favorite movies is Serenity. I was still writing the book when Serenity came out on DVD. I rented it and really liked it (as did my boys). So, to stay motivated, I promised myself that I would not watch Serenity again until after my book was published.

Now that my book, “Fix em Up Rent em Out,” is finished, I am making intricate plans for that much anticipated viewing of Serenity. I don’t have all the details worked out, but I know it will involve fresh popcorn, iced tea, and my boys and I shouting out our favorite lines along with the characters (e.g., “Boy, it sure would be nice if we had some grenades, don’t you think?” or “We’ve got to see Mr. Universe!”). It doesn’t get much better than that.

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