It’s been a while since I started my series chronicling my quest to purchase, renovate, and fully occupy my newest rental property. When last I wrote, I had just closed on the property. The past two months have been a slog through renovations, evictions, and a number of other annoying (but necessary) issues to address.
I recently stumbled on a new tool that has hugely improved my ability to bid and manage repair and renovation projects from out of state: Thumbtack.
$1,000 per month is a major retirement income milestone, and we’re very nearly there. This month, I’m looking at five spectacular places you can live on a budget that would barely cover the rent in most US cities.
We hit one major retirement milestone in out April 2016 Financial Statement, and early retirement draws tantalizingly closer!
I am a pretty optimistic person. If you read this blog regularly, I think you’ll find that I’m generally focused on the positive more than dwelling on the negative. Lately, though, I have found myself struggling to maintain a completely positive outlook, as progress has been quite slow, and we’ve entered a bit of a lull on the path to FIRE.
It was a bit of a quiet month for both the blog and for us, but not for lack of progress! This month, we laid more foundation for improvements in income and net worth that we expect to pay off in the next couple of months.
I returned to Bangkok for the second of three scheduled Dental tourism trips… And this time, I brought a friend!
Last time I wrote about my recent property purchase, I had just resolved the last bit of haggling over price after reading the inspection report. Now that I was committed to purchasing the property, I needed to do my part to complete the transaction.
What kind of questions will a child who has never known anything but two parents with all the time in the world have? How will we explain our unusual life? Because I love thought experiments like this, I wrote a letter to our future kids trying to express what financial independence means to us in terms a child might understand.
Despite the cost of acquiring the next rental property, our February 2016 Financial Statement brings our net worth and safe withdrawal income to a new high… but more is waiting!