Category Archives: Real Estate

How we Fixer Upper’ed our house on a budget (part 2)

I hope you enjoyed seeing the renovation pictures in my previous post! Now I’m going to share with you my top 5 tips for renovating on a budget. Each tip is crucial to pulling off an awesome fixer upper and renovating your house on a budget. Whether you’re flipping a house or creating your dream house, you’ll learn some great ways to save BIG on your next renovation. Tip 1: Find a reliable contractor Notice that I didn’t say “best” or

How we Fixer Upper’ed our house on a budget (part 1)

Have you ever wanted to renovate your house on a budget? Earlier this year Emily and I bought a house near Waco, TX and renovated every square foot of it! From replacing the flooring to tearing out some walls, we did so much we could have filmed a show for Fixer Upper (also in Waco, TX)! According to, the average cost of a house (multiple room) remodel is about $35,000. I’m going to walk you through how we renovated OUR ENTIRE

Buy the ugliest duckling in the nicest pond

Since the beginning of time, people have always been able to negotiate and buy things on sale. Even Jacob bought Esau’s birthright on the cheap, for a simple bowl of beans! Jacob made a killing on his investment!! Whether you’re looking for an investment opportunity or the next place to call home, real estate can be a profitable investment. With interest rates so low in 2016, many people are looking to buy a house or buy more rental property. How and

My experience living in a tiny “home” office

When I graduated from college I was completely broke. I traveled from Seattle to Boston to start my first job as an engineer. I had about $100 dollars in my pocket when I landed in Boston, and spent $20 on the taxi from the airport to my hotel. The hotel was $50 a night and I realized the next morning I was quickly running out of cash. As I closed my hotel room door to go to orientation, I realized I would be

Why you can’t afford to sell your house

If you’re thinking about upgrading to a newer house, don’t! I’ll show you why in just a few minutes. But first, I want to tell you a story about real estate. Real estate can be an amazing and powerful investment tool. A tool like buying a foreclosure and flipping it for profit, or buying a house, renting it and having rental income. On the other hand, though, real estate can also be a very real money pit, and does not always go

We paid off our mortgage!

Well! We finally did it! We decided to pay off our house early. What an amazing feeling it is to know that a bank will  never foreclose on our home. Paying off the house was not an easy decision. A lot of factors played into if and when we were going to pay it off. Overall, I’m very happy with the decision. It’s been 1 month since we paid it off and not writing a check to a mortgage company this

How lighthouses will save your life

If you haven’t read my post about setting your financial goals, read that post before trying to understand these “lighthouses” that will help you achieve your FI goals. Lighthouses are used to guide a ship at sea or warn a ship of upcoming danger. As we journey through the seas of personal finance, these lighthouses will serve as beacons to lead you to the calm shores of early retirement. Before diving into each one, I want you to make a paradigm shift about

Financial Independence Goals

For most people, like me, financial independence (FI) is a journey that will make you question everything you’ve ever been taught about “how the world works”. FI will make you want to swim like a salmon going upstream. I’m not talking about living in a cardboard box or only showering the first Saturday of the month, I’m talking about challenging what the world tells you is normal. Challenge your way of life, the things that make you happy, the way you