My experience buying a $2500 house

I bought a house for $2500 a few years back at the tail end of the real estate downturn.  I was surprised (as I’m sure you are!) when I found it available.  I bought it directly through the county office, as the previous owner did not pay their taxes.  When you buy a property like this, you don’t know what you are really buying until you own it as you can’t go inside.  When I bought it, I was wondering if I made the right decision.

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Recent Purchase – How I bought into 500+ Dividend and Dividend Growth Companies

From my recent post on midyear goals, I stated that I wanted to direct contributions into more dividend and dividend growth stocks.  By wanting to increase my passive income, I am directing a higher percent of my monthly contributions towards dividend stocks.  In this post, I will discuss my approach.

How did I buy into 500+ Dividend and Dividend Growth Companies?

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Motivation – Wealthy people do not concern themselves with those issues…

I am always looking for opportunities.  Using a saved Zillow search,  I came across a townhouse near the coast that caught my attention (not ocean front…I can’t afford that!).  It had a good location, good  rental history, and a reasonable price.

I contacted the listing agent to get more info including getting info on the townhome HOA/Regime fees, taxes/insurance, and about any special hurricane insurance needs.  I received an unusual response:

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Dividend Growth vs. Total Return Strategy (Decisions, Decisions, Decisions)

So here I am again, working to determine the investment strategy I want to follow to hopefully lead me to a path of financial independence.  This post will tackle something that I have wondered… Which strategy is better?  Dividend Growth or Total Returns?  I know there are a lot of passionate bloggers for each approach.  This post will explore my thoughts and an analysis to help me think about it.

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Simulation: 2017 Grads Avg Salary by Year for Career

Congrats to the Class of 2017!  I hope you find have found jobs that will be challenging and will lead to a long career in your chosen area.

This post explores the likely progression of your salary over time.

According to a Time article, the average starting salary for a 2017 college graduate is $49,785 and for engineers it is $63,036.

Let’s look at a simulation to see how your Salary will likely grow by your age.

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Should I use Dividend Growth Investing? (Decisions, Decisions)

I am continuously working to adjust my investing style.  I wanted to have a post to investigate Dividend Growth Investing.

There are a number of very interesting blogs of dividend investors (ex:  Mr. Free at 33, Dividend Growth Investor). and there are other viewpoints (ex:  Financial Samurai)

Let’s explore….

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What really is passive income? (Real Estate and Boxing don’t mix!)

There are a number of potential ways to generate income, including a job working for someone, working for yourself, investing in real estate, investing in the stock market, side hustles, peer to peer lending…..  You get the picture.

My definition of Passive Income is money that makes itself, without any effort required.  It is truly having your money work for you.

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