November 2015 Financial Statement

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November 2015 Financial Statement

It’s all about the Benjamins. And Jacksons. And Lincolns. And Washingtons.

Another incredibly solid month, due in large part to property continuing to rise in value.

AccountLast MonthBalanceChange
Personal Checking$6,311.58$5,635.26-$676.32
Real Estate Operating Account$1,774.87$1,793.10$18.23
Real Estate Cash Flow Account$2,298.12$2,764.45$466.33
Credit Cards-$6,568.82-$5,302.61$1,266.21
Retirement - After Tax$44,301.84$44,162.03-$139.81
Retirement - 401(k)$65,528.05$71,417.12$5,889.07
Retirement - Roth IRA$4,502.52$8,629.00$4,126.48
Asset - Home$437,000.00$457,409.00$20,409.00
Asset - Rental 1$55,692.00$54,834.00-$858.00
Asset - Rental 2$70,703.00$69,606.00-$1097.00
Mortgage - Home-$383,500.43-$383,274.16$226.27
Mortgage - Rental 1-$44,849.78-$44,791.93$57.85
Mortgage - Rental 2-$48,561.03-$48,497.55$63.48
Student Loan 1-$23,050.70-$22,933.11$117.59
Student Loan 2-$14,328.95-$14,255.84$73.11
Student Loan 3-$5,242.80-$5,147.89$94.91
Net Worth$162,009.47$192,046.87$30,037.40

For the November 2015 financial statement, our net worth increased 18.5%!

Despite expenses incurred traveling to Thailand and getting work done on my teeth, my costs were fairly low and I invested as normal.  This is good, because the market is ever so slightly down from last month, so contributing increased my net worth and allowed me to buy at a discount! I also rolled over a small IRA I had to a Roth and made a full $5,500 Backdoor Roth IRA contribution.

Property values continue to rise here in California, and I’m beginning to want to cash out the gains I’ve finally achieved on our primary residence.  Tentatively, the plan is to sell and become renters somewhere between mid-2016 and mid-2017.  Zillow‘s estimate of the value on our primary residence, based on recent sales in the area, is just about right.

In December, I’ll invest as normal and hope for a little Santa Rally in the markets.  On the real estate investment front, there is a small chance that rather than looking for my next property in January, I will instead look in December. If I make an offer on a property, that could mean some large cash expenses in December and January on inspections, a down payment, and other miscellaneous costs.

Blog Income

As I mentioned in my Integrity Policy, I want to make sure I share any and all professional relationships and compensation I make as a part of this blog.  In November, I made $6.51 in Google Ad income.  Thus, my total income for the month from the blog was $6.51.

Note: I report Google Ad revenue as it as earned, and any other income when it is paid.

Retirement Update

Our net worth is up $30,037.40 this month. This means we’re on track to retire in 46 months.  I know it might not seem like it, but the real estate investment plans for the next four years (and the next two critical years in particular) will allow our monthly retirement income to rise rapidly.  If we also sell our primary residence and invest the entire gains, we’ll leap forward even more quickly.

With equity and bond accounts totaling $124,208.15 at the end of November, a 4% Safe Withdrawal Rate would allow us to take out $414.03 per month.  Our rental properties, after all expenses, vacancies, and short and long term maintenance are considered, produce $465.00 of safe cash flow every month.

Safe Monthly Income: $879.03 (+$32.92 to Last Month)

% to Goal: 17.58% (+0.66% to Last Month)

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2 thoughts on “November 2015 Financial Statement

  1. Fervent Finance

    Excuse my French, but holy shit you guys killed it this month. Even if you back out the increase in your residence, still a great month. Must feel good to be within four years of FI! Keep it up!

    1. The Vagabond Post author

      Aw, thanks! I have to continue to acknowledge that months like the past two are going to be rare… but it still is exciting when they happen. December and January are likely to be much more modest as cash goes towards the next real estate purchase.

      Thank you so much for the encouragement!

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