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Stacking Benjamin’s Feature: Home Ownership

I was enjoying my first FinCon and someone came up to me and told me that my article on home ownership became a topic of discussion on Stacking Benjamins between Joe Saul-Sehy, Paula Pant, Tom Drake, and Len Penzo. I was excited to listen...and thanks to Paula for the shutout of never using an iron again! (Pssst to Joe and Len, I’m a dude, it was funny every time you said she) So what questions came up from the panel?…

Renting vs Home Ownership: Hurricane Edition

The transition from homeowner back to renting has been an interesting and enjoyable experience. It was different to put ourselves out there in a rental application, tour properties, and ultimately finding someone who would rent to an early retiree without a traditional W-2 income. Giving up control of small things we would change has been an adjustment too, we value preparing food at home and would have already swapped out the stove and dishwasher if it was our house. Now…

Fincon 2019 Recap

My posting has taken a couple weeks off. We made a trip to the Northeast to visit family, had a nice hurricane scare with Dorian, and I just got back from attending my first Fincon. FinCon is a massive convention geared towards all content creators in the financial space and at least 2500 people convened on the Washington Hilton in DC. The conference is business focused and becomes a must-attend so all the content creators that are serious about earning…

Why Rental Value Will Drive Our Next Home Purchase

My confession about losing $60,000 in a good housing market last month was one of the more painful things I've wrote.  We’ve now settled into a nice rental house and it left me examining this question:  Would we ever be homeowners again?  Why did I consistently loose money while others I watch make six figures on their home?  Was it just because we moved a bunch for my career? We’ve lost money on three of our four houses.  They were…

Reflections Four Months Into Early Retirement

This past week marked four months since I walked out of the office for the last time.   Since that day, we've accomplished a celebratory trip, picked our first destination to live in early retirement, sold a house, moved, and are settling into a new routine without work.  This has given me time to enjoy a slower pace of life reflect on my time working.  So what does this look like four months into early retirement? Burnout is a thing: I…

Does Financial Independence Make You a Better Employee?

Does achieving financial independence make you a better employee?  I’ve seen this debate come up a couple of times and it got me thinking.  Some people have said working without fear made them better at work.  Removing any financial concerns or stress allows room for more focus in other parts of life, including work.  I've also heard people say that reaching financial independence but still working caused their tolerance level for crap to go way down since they no longer…

Early Retirement: What is Our Drawdown Strategy?

Now that we have left our jobs and declared early retirement, it is time to put our drawdown strategy into action.  So what does this actually look like?  Specifically where is the money we live on coming each month?   How long until we have to start maneuvering our IRAs?  Here is the outline of how what we plan to live on prior to reaching 59.5 Disclaimer:   These numbers are a combination of actual numbers and estimates. Ultimately the accuracy will…

Reflections Two Months into Early Retirement

This past Friday marked two months into my early retirement. I can’t believe its only been two months, the amount of time that has appeared into live now that a 40-50hr a week job isn’t consuming most of my waking hours is incredible.  Thus far we’ve done one full leisure trip and are on our second housing hunting trip trying to finalize our next destination. So what are my thoughts two months out in early retirement? Related Content: I Retired…

The Three Phases of Financial Independence

I've had the opportunity to talk to more and more people about financial independence since declaring my early retirement in March of 2019. Its been fun to be able to talk about these topics openly as more people approach me for advice.  This post comes from preparing and talking with two former coworkers in their 20's with rising corporate careers.  What advice did I have?  Look at Financial Independence in Three Parts: Part 1: The Accumulation Phase (aka The First…

I Retired Early by Avoiding the MBA.

Getting an MBA has been all the rage for years in the business field. The hard press marketing from the high end to online universities is out there:  Its always a good time to get your MBA they say.  Did you just graduate with an undergraduate in a business field? Get an MBA. Have a non-business degree? The MBA is your ticket. Frustrated with your job after three years, why not get an MBA? Are you a mid-career executive searching…

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