Get Rich Slow Scheme


by Dave Miller

The easiest way to get rich quick is to accumulate wealth slowly. Well then, how does one accumulate wealth slowly?

First you need a plan. A solid, well thought-out, practically applicable plan.

This plan must be solid, to preserve your precious capital, as you do not want to go backward. The retaining of capital is a key element of moving toward your goal. If you lose your initial capital you must not only gain it back but also recoup the lost time.

It must be well thought-out; you do not want to be jumping on some quick get rich band wagon that is ready to go bust.

The plan must be feasible. Over the ages three areas have proven successful; real estate, gold, and businesses. Most wealthy people own one of these three.

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket, just like your Daddy told you. But nevertheless get some baskets and fill them with eggs. Many people use that line to delay saving and investing. Procrastination kills.

The real estate basket is the topic of discussion today.

Enter John Schaub and his book Building Wealth One House at a Time.

John Schaub

Building Wealth One House at a Time - John Schaub

This book focuses on strategies for creating wealth through real estate by starting small – and making the right moves. Nationally known real estate expert and speaker, John Schaub, learned his craft in the best way possible–on the job, and through every kind of market. He published a great book titled Building your Wealth one House at a Time. In it he shows you how to buy homes with little money down using private or owner financing. By doing this he eliminates the whims of the banking world. The lender he says, is more concerned about getting his money back than earning high interest. In Chapter 6 he tells you to do what it takes to make the lender happy, over secure if you must.

Click this link to read an article I also wrote on keeping the your lender happy.

He recommends only single family dwellings, no fancy shmancy highfalutin projects. Just solid homes the typical family desires and can afford to live in.

The part that hit home for me was that he says buy one home a year. No more. He warns of the dangers of diving headfirst. By waiting a year to purchase your second investment property you will learn innumerable lessons before plunging in.

John uses two people to accumulate wealth; his renters and his lender or investor. His lenders allow him to purchase the home and the renters pay for it. In the meantime he is accumulating wealth. Renting to long-term tenants, with financial incentives to pay on time.

By using leverage, i.e. owner financing, investors or the bank, he can purchase a home that otherwise he would have needed to walk away from. This then allows him to have a renter paying down on the mortgage. But remember, leverage is a two-edged sword. It can help you accumulate faster and it can take you down even faster. You must carefully consider the amount of leverage you are comfortable with and what makes sense in your situation.

Building Your Wealth One House at a Time is very concise yet an easy to read book. It lays out a blueprint that is easy to follow using graphs and figures.

Unique is his approach to focusing on buying houses in good-quality neighborhoods while simultaneously creating positive cash flow properties. John uses the Goldilocks theory when choosing a neighborhood: not too expensive and not too cheap. Go with a neighborhood where prices are just right.

Buy his book today. Read it. Implement a plan. Take the first (I know this is the hardest one but do it anyway) step. You will not get rich quickly but you will most definitely be headed in the right direction.

Quotable Quote: It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. – Theodore Roosevelt

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Top 10 keyboard shortcuts to help improve efficiency


Are you spending too much time moving your cursor, pointing and clicking just to accomplish simple tasks on your PC? Did you know that you can use your keyboard to work more efficiently?

Below is a list of 10 keyboard shortcuts that will help you increase your productivity by eliminating the need to reach for the mouse.

 

  •  CTRL + C will copy text after it has been highlighted.
  • CTRL + V will paste text that you have copied.
  • CRTL + Z will undo any change that you have done.
  • CTRL + ESC will bring up the Start Menu.
  • SHIFT + F3 will turn all capitalized text into lowercase.
  • SHIFT + DELETE will delete an item immediately without placing it in the Recycle Bin.
  • ALT + TAB will bring up a Window with a list of icons representing programs which are currently running on your computer. While holding the ALT key, press and depress the TAB button to cycle between each icon task.
  • ALT + ESC will switch to the next task running on your computer. Hold down the ALT before pressing and depressing the ESC key to cycle to the next task.
  • CTRL + ALT + DELETE will bring up Task Manager and allow you to end a process (terminate a program) if it has crashed or has stopped responding. Select the process which has stopped responding, and then press “END PROCESS”.
  • SHIFT + INSERT will paste any text that is in your clipboard.
    Your cursor must also be placed in an area that will accept keyboard input for this to work.

 

When I come across an article like this I like to print it out and keep it close by when typing. My goal is to implement one of these shortcuts. I know I will not learn all of them so I focus on one or two in hopes of making one come as second nature.

Published in: on June 19, 2010 at 10:15 am  Comments (2)  
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The Next Bubble – College Tuition


College tuition has increased at double the rate of inflation. It continues to surge forward without anyone questioning it.

College costs continue to rise and the part that is of the most concern is the new costs are most always borrowed.

Read this interesting article on 8 reasons college tuition is the next bubble: http://nakedlaw.avvo.com/2010/06/8-reasons-college-tuition-is-the-next-bubble-to-burst/

A dedicated individual can cut costs dramadically and do it in half the time. Meanwhile working to pay the incuring costs. All said, one can end with no debt and be two years ahead of schedule. Now that is a head start.

Give Him What You’ve Got


By Dave Miller

Your banker holds the keys to many things.  If you are found in his good graces a nod can grant you freedom. But he can wave you off just as easily if you are weighed in the balance and found wanting.

If you are attempting an expansion in your business, you may need a larger line of credit or a term loan. Or maybe you need capital to buy a piece of equipment for that big job you quoted. Maybe your goal is to own your own home or real estate as an investment. Whatever your dream or need is, you probably need capital.

You may have the cash to buy it outright, if so, I commend you. You have done well. 

If you are in need of capital, you are at someone else’s mercy.

The three most popular methods are owner financing, private money or the bank. Of these three the conventional route is to call the bank.

Whoever you rely on, your relationship is crucial. The bank being the most commonly used method of financing; we will focus on this relationship. Nevertheless, these tips can be used for financers other than your banker.

Bankers love paper, or so it seems when I want money. First they ask for a copy of my tax returns for the past couple of years. It is preferred they pick them up with a pickup truck as my return is 83 pages long and my wife’s weighs in at 45 pages. Then they walk in with a towering stack of papers for me to sign. I see visions of dead trees. O Death; once lush vegetation laying down its life for me and my loan.

If it’s paper they want, then paper I give.

When I approach a banker for a loan on an investment property I provide him with a report. Excel is an excellent way to create these reports. I have a template ready and all that’s needed to do is fill in the blanks. This spreadsheet does all my calculating. In five minutes I can have a presentable four page report. This is the same way I evaluate properties before I look at them. Provided in this report are an income statement, cash flow statement, repair costs page and cost analysis. With a few more clicks I can add an amortization schedule.

I have used some version of this report while asking for financing in four deals over the past two years. Each time the banker has made positive remarks about the report. My goal is to keep the banker happy. If it helps to give him a presentable report that takes five minutes to make, then five minutes it is.

An annual ritual I have happens after my taxes are done. Bankers love tax returns. They view them as the Holy Grail. The sooner they have their paws on them the happier they are. I send them my returns even if I’m not asking for money at the time. A local banker, Bill O’Brien, once told a group of businessmen the way to impress a banker is to send him your tax return on April 16th .

I always ask my accountant for a PDF of my returns. I then send them via email to my banker. By having this on file you can have it to someone in two minutes via email. It is a fast and easy, and no tree died in the process.

A list of additional information I send in my packet:

–      Updated Personal Financial Statement

–      Personal Federal Tax Return (previous year)

–      Previous year LLC Federal Tax Return for investment properties

–      Income Statement and Balance Sheet for business

–      Income Statement and Balance Sheet for my investment properties

–       Year to date Income Statement and Balance Sheet for business and investment properties

So the number one way to impress your banker is to make a packet of the above mentioned items and send them his way. Oh, it also helps if the numbers on the paperwork are respectable. Either way, at the least, send your banker your previous year’s tax returns.

Quotable Quote:

A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain.  – Mark Twain

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