Since the start of this year, I’ve started to track our progress differently. Instead of a hard FI target in terms of a big pile of money, we focus on cash flow only. Tracking our net worth every month, wouldn’t give the right insight into how much we need until we reach Financial Independence.
Normally you would say that as soon as (passive) income exceeds your spending, you’re there. Well, in our case we look at that a little differently. For starters, we want to continue investing after we stop working, so we need additional income. Secondly, our spending fluctuates and will be higher after FIRE than before. We are pursuing a Fat Fire lifestyle after all. To incorporate this effects, I’ve thought of tracking our progress with the help of the Cash Flow Index.
The decisions you make in life can have a huge impact on your future. As it comes to finances, there is one thing that might be having the most impact of all: buying a house. Timing of the market, the debt you take on and the costs of all of it is substantial.
A few Dutch finance bloggers have been writing about their career in living and housing. What houses did they live in? What financial decisions did they make? And how affected those decisions their future path? Following Geldnerd and Meneer&Mevrouw, we thought it would be fun to list our own small history of living.
Although we sometimes find new ways to save some money, like canceling our television subscription, or renegotiating our life insurance, they become rare. We can only save so much. With the creation of additional cash flow, growing your wealth can be accelerated. Which is why, in our quest for financial freedom, we focus on real estate to make things work. Okay that, and because we like the business. It’s our little project which helps us get to where we want, and where we first realized how it feels to be fully in control of your own path, and have total freedom in how you work.
It’s one way of many, and it works for us. We notice that a lot of people we talk to are interested in how we manage things, and not necessarily in how much we get out of it. Which is a good thing though. Although we aim to get rich in real estate, it isn’t our end goal. But rather a means to an end. If you want to grow, explore and get the most out of life, it will cost you money. Financial independence will let us receive more money and more importantly, more time as well.
If I would have to select one asset to invest in and where you could earn the most money from, it would be real estate, hands down. With a (mostly) stable rental income, a leveraged buying position and using ‘other peoples money’, the possibilities for exponential growing your wealth with this particular asset class are endless.
However, as we all know so well: the higher the returns, the higher the risks involved.
This blog is partly a documentation of our journey, with the good and the bad. So, it’s about time you’ll hear about the counterpart of our fortunate journey in real estate.
Many who seek the freedom through FIRE are loving the way of slow life. Not having the urge to tick every box, the hassle when you go out, or the need to plan everything due the limited time you have available. January is one of those months where it feels like the daily life is getting by slowly. Then again, after the speed lane called December. Everything feels like a slow month. It’s just getting back to normal.
You could question how normal our lives really are. Everybody working their way to financial independence aren’t doing the ‘normal stuff’. They take side-routes, alternative ways and think of new methods to ditch the 9-to-5 route a lot of ‘normal’ people are taking.
Three years ago that side-route opened up for us as well. Starting with index trackers, then entering dividend growth investing. And now… Real estate investors working on growing that not so passive income.
If you have ever played Monopoly or the Kiyosaki Cash-flow Game, you know the most important part of winning either game is having enough assets that provide a stable income. In the case of Monopoly, it’s to build the biggest cash flow portfolio in the form of real estate. And in the case of the Kiyosaki Cash-flow Game, it’s making wise money decisions to be able to quit the rat race for good. Both are needed in the journey to financial independence.
I’m sure we are one of the ugly ducklings in the personal finance hemisphere. As many know to the penny how much their net worth will be. And we? Well, that’s a long story.
Three years ago we set out on an adventure and started investing. Our goal was to accumulate a 100.000 euro net worth within five years, starting from zero. Ambitious, yes. Daunting, yes. Impossible? No.
Although this was our very first financial goal, and the one on which we started our journey with, we never made work of tracking the progress. We never even knew when we reached this point. Because as it turns out, we already did.
It’s one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions and a commonly broken one as well. While numerous investors, big time entrepreneurs and other successful persons swear by it, it is not always that easy to follow suit.
We’re talking about reading books, obviously. Everybody wants to do it more often, but (almost) never get around to it.
I’ve been saying for over a year that I want to read more, and partially I did. I read massive amounts of blog post since I started blogging myself, more then I would even hold imaginable. But reading books has become neglected because of it. So, what happened? Why didn’t I ‘just start’ reading more? Just setting the goal to read more isn’t magically going to help you to actually read more. But that’s about to change.