Investors – Create “Wake Up Money”

Financial Freedom With Wake Up Money 

There are several ways that you can invest in real estate depending upon whether you are looking for long term financial freedom or short term income and depending upon your financial resources and tolerance for risk.  

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to wake up in the morning with enough money coming in that you could do what you want that day? Would you consider yourself “Rich”?

Here’s a definition of “Rich” that I like:

Rich” is the ability to wake up in the morning with the physical health, knowledge, friends, financial freedom, and passion to do what you want that day.”

Financial freedom occurs when your annual investment income (your money at work) exceeds your annual lifestyle expenses. At this point you have “Wake-Up Money.”

Many clients have achieved (or are on the path to achieving) this “Wake-Up Money” lifestyle.Many of them have modest incomes but have become “rich” through their investment in local real estate – specifically homes and condos. One client in particular comes to mind who has never earned more than $30,000 in a year but currently has over $50,000 a year in “Wake-Up” money from his real estate portfolio.

These clients understand that we have 3 choices in life.

1.You at work. Do you worry you will have to work the rest of your life?

2.Your money at work. Do you dream of someday not having to work?

3.Charity. Do you worry about being dependent on others?

If you prefer Choice 2 and want to get on the path to “Wake-Up Money”, this easy investment model is devoted to showing you the way.

Peter Lynch, the great stock market guru and author of “Beating the Street” was once asked what he thought was the greatest investment.His answer: “a single family house.”
An Easy Investment

Homes are one of the three basics of life: food, shelter, and clothing.Homes and condos are easy investments that most people understand because they already own them.Ask yourself these questions: Do I own a home? Has it been a good investment?What would my net worth be like if I owned 10 of them? What would my lifestyle be like if they were all free and clear?
What If?

If you purchased 10 houses 15 years ago (average price then was about $70,000/each) and financed them on 15 year loans, today your houses would be free and clear. Today, they are probably worth about $175,000 each and your portfolio of 10 houses is worth about $1,750,000. Your houses are probably earning you a net income of about $10,000 per month in “Wake-Up Money.

“Will Rogers said, “Just the name ‘real estate’ implies that all other forms of investment are illusory.”

Top Ten Tips For Creating “Wake-Up Money”

  1. Buy residential properties –houses, condos and townhouses. Stay away from land and commercial real estate unless you are an experienced investor or are buying as a business “user”.
  2. Buy “mainstream” houses. Buy properties that are at or below the average sales price. Buy properties that appeal to most buyers. Avoid high priced or unusual properties.Buy houses with at least 3 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms. If possible, buy properties with a garage.
  3. Don’t buy with partners, unless you have to. If you have to have partners, make sure they have the same goals and values, are of similar age, and have job, geographic, and marriage stability.
  4. Believe in the long run. Real estate markets are cyclical but the long-term trend has been up.Hang in there for the long run. The great investor’s lament is “I should never have sold that property.” The other investor’s lament is, “I could have bought that property for $_________!”
  5. Take care of your property and it will take care of you . . .It’s your “golden goose.” If you don’t like property management or are too busy, either hire a professional property management firm or buy condos and townhouses. They take a lot less management. The homeowner’s association takes care of most of the property management.
  6. Get started early. Put time on your side. Albert Einstein was once asked what he thought was the most powerful thing in the world. His reply,“compound interest.” Don’t wait to buy real estate.Buy real estate and wait!
  7. If you don’t have the money, make a plan and a commitment to get it. (Consider borrowing your investment money out of the equity in your personal residence.)
  8. Know your “enough.” How much “wake-up money” do you need? Know when you are ready to stop accumulating property and start paying off what you have – and enjoying life!
  9.  Work with knowledgeable people. Pick Realtors, accountants, attorneys, and property managers who know what they are doing.
  10. Have a goal and a plan. Develop your goals and a plan to achieve “Wake-up Money.”


The “Wake-Up Money” Easy Investment Analysis and documentation was developed by Larry Kendall and The Group, Inc. Real Estate, and Tim DéLeon of Focus 1st,LLC, and all information associated with it is copyrighted and is used with permission.