4 Priceless Lessons From Buying a House in Cash

After moving back to the USA from Japan in 2012, I started a new job in Alabama.  I met a fellow military member who shared my passion for real estate.  Meeting him had a profound effect on my life financially.

What he did with real estate is exactly what I wanted to do.

And he was wildly successful.

His Background

When I met him, he had been living there for two years.  In that time, he purchased four houses with cash, remodeled them mostly on his own, and rented them out providing substantial cash flow each month (especially without a mortgage!)

He bought in the range of $25-35k, putting a few thousand and sweat equity into them, then renting them out for around $750 a month.  The numbers were REALLY working for him.

If you apply the 1% rule to these properties, a house that totaled $40k in cost to rent out should pull in $40o to be “worth it.”

These were almost double that.

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The Flippin’ Truth about Flippin’

I’m going to tell you what I’ve learned flipping six houses in D.C., all while living overseas.

Next, I’ll share exactly how much I made (and lost) on each of these flips.

I’ll close out with my recommendations on flipping as an investment strategy.

          Let’s get started!!!

So I flipped a house in D.C.

It was the subject of my last post.  I detailed how I go from no clue about flipping to trying it once.

Now I have a small clue.

          How did I do?

I cashed a big, fat check for:

$16,908

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The Best Damn Finance Book I’ve Ever Read

First, a little about me and my website:

  • I paid off $32,000 in student loans in a year.
  • Paid off our $280k mortgage in 6 years.
  • Flipped several houses in Washington D.C. to help me build income for real estate investing.
  • Purchased twenty rental properties with cash.

My website is all about helping others to get out of debt and create passive income from real estate.

But you can not mess with real estate until your finances are straight.  You gotta go get Jim’s book! (or at least read his website)

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“Spend less than you earn–invest the surplus–avoid debt”

The central theme of Jim’s website and book.

It’s hard to believe the Path to Wealth can be this simple.

But in his book, you’ll see it is.

I got to admit. I love this book! My review is going to sound a little over the top, but it’s a damn good book!

I’ve been big into finance and real estate books my whole life. I’ve read them all.

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Ok, way more than this!

About a year ago, I stumbled across financial independence and early retirement websites and it opened up an entire new world to me!

I began seeking out all the top blogs in this field, and one that kept coming up was jlcollins.com.

To put it bluntly, his Stock Series was the most comprehensive explanation of investments I have ever read. There is so much noise and confusion out there in the finance world, and he slices right through it and tells you what’s really important.

He makes it easy to understand the complex world of money. His approach to investment is so simple, it’s alarming!

I followed his blog closely and eagerly awaited new posts.

When he sent out an email explaining he was writing a book and soliciting help from his readers for proofreading, I jumped at the chance!!

The only reason I volunteered was because I wanted to read the book ASAP!!!

As luck would have it, I was selected to be a proofreader, and had the opportunity to read the book before publication. (Actually, I’ve read it about 20 times. Occupational hazard!)

The book is exactly what I was hoping it would be.

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I’m Flippin’ Rich!

This post will describe my first house flip.

First a review of my background.

I’m Rich on Money.

  • I paid off $32,000 in student loans in a year.
  • Paid off our $280k mortgage in 6 years.
  • Flipped several houses in Washington D.C. to help me build income for real estate investing.
  • Have purchased several rental properties without using debt.

Back to my flip.

I was scared to death about it!!

But it made me some money.

       How did you get so flippin’ Rich, Rich???

(Ok, I’m not Rich.  It’s a play on words!!)

Let’s review a little what I’ve done so far.

I’m in the military. From 2003-2005, I lived near Washington, D.C.

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Monopoly and the Game of Life

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ABOUT ME

  • I paid off $32,000 in student loans in a year.
  • Paid off our $280k mortgage in 6 years.
  • Flipped several houses in Washington D.C. to help me build income for real estate investing.
  • Have purchased several rental properties without using debt.

This is the story of my first time touching real estate, and what I learned.

MONOPOLY

I’ve loved the game Monopoly ever since I was a child. I’ve been playing since I was 5 years old. I played with my friends for hours on end! I soon figured out that usually the first person to get a monopoly would win the game.

We were serious about it! We used calculators as banks accounts instead of cash. It made the game move faster.

I’ve always sensed that Monopoly somehow mirrors reality. Having a monopoly, or having several properties in the same area, can help you win at the game of life.

My Grandmother had a small monopoly.

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How to Payoff Debt and Build Wealth

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I’ll show you exactly how I paid off debt and built wealth.

Among acquaintances, friends, and co-workers, my thoughts on money seem extreme. I don’t have many among those groups to share and discuss with.

I’ve been devouring books about money my whole life. I was soooo happy when I found the world of FI, real estate, and investing blogs. I feel like there is a community of people out there that understands me.  They understand how important it is to payoff debt immediately.

When I was in college, I got a job at Fidelity Investments as a stockbroker. It was a 3rd job, a side hustle to payoff my student loans. It was a great introduction to the world of finance. It made sense for someone like me to get a job like this. I’ve always had an interest in the stock market.

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My Wife Knows Money – The Financial Summary of my Life

My name is Rich.  I like to talk about money.

  • I paid off $32,000 in student loans in a year.
  • Paid off our $280k mortgage in 6 years.
  • Flipped several houses in Washington D.C. to help me build income for real estate investing.
  • Purchased twenty rental properties that are paid off.

Let me tell you a story.

How do you summarize your financial life in a blog post?

What if it’s your first post ever?

I’ll give it a shot!

I met my wife in college and quickly realized she was the right person for me. Before she married me, she asked me a question that I didn’t know the answer to. It was a question that I didn’t want to know the answer to.

“How much money do you owe in student loans?”

(Very blank look from me)

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Thinking back over the last 3 1/2 years of college, I remembered getting some grants and a partial scholarship from the military for majoring in Chinese, how bad could it be?  I remember taking out a few student loans to help make ends meet (a.k.a. always eating out and vacations with rich friends).

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