The Freedom Formula: How to turn $244,000 into $1.4M in 14 years 

Today’s post is exciting for me to write primarily because of what it can do for investors that actually heed the advice. Since the beginning of Investing Architect, I’ve argued that quality real estate purchased in the context of and according to a sound overarching long term strategy can alter an investor’s life in fundamental ways. Surely, it can have an impact in that investors financial life - namely her passive income and net worth. But that’s only part of the magic. Most importantly, … [Read more...]

Case Study: Small multifamily investments in growing Texas market

When market dynamics change, long term real estate investors have to adapt their approach to stay on track and accomplish their goals. Previously, I articulated the case for branching out into other growing markets and different property types when market conditions restrict supply to the extent that it threatens the investor's acquisition needs. Today, we are going to get deeper into the nuts and bolts of purchasing new construction, luxury small multi family properties (duplexes) in a growing … [Read more...]

The number one rule of investing

As the Sage of Omaha eloquently put it, the number one rule of investing is Don't Lose Money. At first sight it is a blatantly obvious piece of advice although I suspect most investors don't realize just how sophisticated it really is. The Case Study Allow me to share a hypothetical case study with you. Suppose you invested $100,000 in the S&P 500 on January 1, 2006. For the purposes of this example, there are no management fees or costs. During 2006, this index grew 13.62% so at the end … [Read more...]

The number one rule of investing

As the Sage of Omaha eloquently put it, the number one rule of investing is Don't Lose Money. At first sight it is a blatantly obvious piece of advice although I suspect most investors don't realize just how sophisticated it really is. The Case Study Allow me to share a hypothetical case study with you. Suppose you invested $100,000 in the S&P 500 on January 1, 2006. For the purposes of this example, there are no management fees or costs. During 2006, this index grew 13.62% so at the end … [Read more...]

Does your real estate investing strategy offer flexibility?

In my last post, I discussed one of the most important advantages of our Blueprint real estate investing strategy: Built in performance benchmarks. Well, today I want to tell you about another unique advantage that's just as important. Unlike other strategies that by their very nature are rigid and resistant to change, our Blueprint strategy allows real estate investors the flexibility to make adjustments midstream to account for potential changes in goals, personal finances, portfolio … [Read more...]

Getting an early start

Martin came to us referred from a personal friend and previous client of ours in the fall of 2009. He was in his late twenties, had graduated from college with an engineering degree about five years back and started working for a national consulting firm in the East Coast. He was a saver who had heard about the benefits of real estate investing in Texas, had a well defined set of goals, as most engineers do :-)  but was looking for a pathway to achieve them. What follows is a case study of the … [Read more...]