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On our recent trip to the Outer Banks, NC(OBX), I read or picked through David Bach’s “Start Late, Finish Rich” book. This book really applies to me, because other than several small retirement accounts while teaching, I have zilch. I had a 401K, but needed to liquidate it several years ago when I was faced with hard times.
Recently, I came across Trent’s review of “ The Automatic Millionaire” on The Simple Dollar, and much like Trent was I was initially disappointed when I started reading “Start Late, Finish Rich”, because of similarities with “The Automatic Millionaire”, which I also reviewed, but no where near as extensively as Trent. I too was a little disappointed at first, however, then instead of reading the book cover to cover, I decided to pick through the book and read chapters that I thought looked like they might benefit me.
Some Things I got out of “Start Late, Finish Rich”.
- Like the simple idea of buy a house and live in it for two years, buy another house, rent the first, and do it again. (pg 249)
- Going to 100 open houses within a ten mile radius to get a feel of the Real Estate market in your area. Due to this advice, Lizzie and I are going on the first round of open houses.
- Love the idea of taking advantage of the homeowners $250,000 for single or $500,000 tax free profit break. Makes sense to not live in the same house for 30 years and only be able to take advantage of it once.(pg 268)
- The Perfect Pie Approach(pg 118) is an approach to managing money, which is a three part portfolio. The first third is Real Estate, which includes but is not limited to your house(What it is worth minus what you owe). The second third is stocks, and the last third is bonds. David goes through each of the pieces of the financial pie and gives some suggestions on how to develop each of these sections. Lots of great info in this section.
- One particular bit of vocabulary that I was first exposed to in the “Perfect Pie Chapter” was the term REIT or Real Estate Investment Trust. This is a company that is in the business of owning, managing,and running real estate. David suggests investing in REIT’s to help build the real estate section of your three part portfolio. David also lists a couple of resources to start out your due dilligence before investing.
- David also poses a challenge to the reader(pg 168) in the chapter entitled “Who Says You Can’t Make More?” to reread this section of the book at least once a month for the next year. If I do this, David believes that I can increase my income from 10% in the next 30 days.
- Also liked Chapter 23 “You Started Late…But Your Kids Don’t Have To” where he gives us parents some advice about teaching our kids about finances.
Overall, I am still very pleased with “Start Late, Finish Rich”, even though there are many similarities to “The Automatic Millionaire”. But I suppose, if it was a good read once, it should be a good read twice.
Don’t be surprised to see more posts about events that will be derived from reading about these books, especially if Lizzie and I buy a new house within the next couple of months.
If you would like to benefit from David’s financial advice, visit my Amazon store and order a copy of “Start Late, Finish Rich” by clicking on the text link or by clicking on the picture of David Bach’s Book above.
Written by Pixelhead on June 3rd, 2007 with 22
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The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach is the current book that I am reading as per goal number 2 of my Goal Post for 2007. Lizzie’s son, David gave me it as well as its associated workbook for Christmas. We had seen David Bach on PBS one evening, and were very interested in his program. In particular, we like the ideas of becoming wealthy with what you currently make, without the use of a budget. The key to David’s program as the title suggests is to make all of your money transactions such as contributing to IRA or other retirement programs automatic. Pay your self first and do it automatically before you pay everyone else.
In the first chapter I learned how David’s system developed to include the beginnings of his “Latte Factor”, which basically is an idea that gets people to see how they can actually save money by watching the small things they spend money on in their daily lives.
Another key idea that David highlights is the use of Compound Interest to create your wealth. A chart on page 48 entitled the Time Value of Money illustrates the amount that a person would have at age 65 when they start saving at different times in their lives with a an average interest rate of 10% annually. If a 15year old saves $3000 for the first 5 years of his working life, at 65 he would have a nice little nest egg of $1,615,363.40. If this person starts saving at age 19, she and saves $3,000 for eight years, at 65 she will have $1,552,739.25. And in the last column, if a person at age 27 starts to save $3,000 per year, he or she will need to save $3000 for the next 27 years in order to have $1,324,777.67 at age 65. These figures really make me wish I had started saving so much sooner.
I will continue to make posts about this book and others I am reading, and the progress I am making in my life due to the influence of this book and others.
Oh, one last note before I end this post, Lizzie bought tickets to the Learning Annex Real Estate and Wealth Expo in Philadelphia on April 21 and 22. She made the initial purchase the evening we saw David on PBS, by making a tax deductible contribution to PBS. She then received two tickets as a gift from PBS. Lizzie later bought two more tickets for her parents, who happen to be our business partners and also are interested in building wealth. Lizzie’s Pop has actually been wealthy at different periods in his life. As he says, its not making it that is hard, its keeping it that has always been a challenge to him. I will also be writing about the Expo before and after it occurs, so If you would like to follow along, subscribe to my Investing Feed.
Written by Pixelhead on January 27th, 2007 with 1 comment.
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What exactly is a Hard Money Lender- Rehabhardmoney.com is a site for people looking for a hard money loan, and also for visitors that would like to become hard money lenders. â€œHard moneyâ€ is money that is loaned out using assets such as real estate as collateral. Often times these loans are made when someone needs a loan quickly, (i.e. they have a business deal that must occur quickly so that it is not forfieted). In other situations, someone with bad credit may use property to get a loan if they are otherwise unable to get a loan. Hard money loans are typically made with high interest rates(17-29%), and they are also always assessed points in addition to the interest rate. So a Hard Money Lender is a lender that specializes in hard money loans.
Rehabhardmoney.com is a site that has information for both lenders and borrowers of hard money. Those seeking hard money loans can fill out a form to prequalify. Loans typically can take up to a week(first loan) or as short as two days so that the borrowers can purchase their potential fixer-upper investment property. After submitting information to prequalify for a hard money loan, the applicant will receive two free reports â€œ7 Secrets to using Hard Money to Your Advantageâ€ and â€œ5 Mistakes almost every Investor makes when Borrowing Hard Moneyâ€œ.
Those seeking information to become a hard money lender, may also fill out a form to see if they qualify as a lender.
Overall, the site is simple in design, user friendly and displays well in numerous browsers. If a visitor is seeking a hard money lender, I would strongly recommend Rehabhardmoney.com as a financial resource.
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Written by adonkus on September 15th, 2006
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