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by AlexK
Sun Nov 03, 2019 1:58 am
Forum: ERE Community
Topic: People to hang out regularly in central-western Oregon (Eugene/Spriengfield/Florence)
Replies: 19
Views: 4313

Re: People to hang out regularly in central-western Oregon (Eugene/Spriengfield/Florence)

The wife and I have been wanting to move to the Oregon coast for a while. We like the southern part but also the Florence area. I like to do outdoor stuff too so if we end up there I will get in touch. I am searching online for properties at this stage.
by AlexK
Tue Oct 29, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Audio books
Replies: 15
Views: 4036

Re: Audio books

Some that I have enjoyed recently

One Summer; Bill Bryson
The Wright Brothers; David McCullough
The Stranger in the Woods; Michael Finkel
Ghost in the Wires; Kevin Mitnick
by AlexK
Sat Oct 24, 2015 11:37 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Real estate vs. Stocks long term: stocks win by a landslide?
Replies: 55
Views: 14039

Re: Real estate vs. Stocks long term: stocks win by a landslide?

RE has helped me to grow wealth but only because I was lucky enough to live in an area which greatly appreciated after the 2012 low. If I see RE drop well below the cost to build, like it did here in 2012, I will buy again but my plan now is to sell RE and convert to stock index funds. I didn't use ...
by AlexK
Sun Aug 23, 2015 1:59 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: retired and free, now traveling in a truck camper
Replies: 12
Views: 3655

Re: retired and free, now traveling in a truck camper

I'm interested in buying a camper, but I still haven't decided how much I want to be in a 'tin can' while traveling. My set-up is pretty, but it can take half an hour, or more, to set up. I'm not sure if you've posted it, but how much did you spend on truck/camper? Any pics of the inside? As soon a...
by AlexK
Fri Aug 14, 2015 12:33 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: retired and free, now traveling in a truck camper
Replies: 12
Views: 3655

Re: retired and free, now traveling in a truck camper

I'm 41 so by ERE standards not that extreme or early but still pretty far from the norm. Given your expense level and your net worth it sounds like you worked a bit longer than was required. You're right. It's a simple plan to save and pull the ripcord when assets equal 25X expenses, but harder to ...
by AlexK
Fri Aug 14, 2015 12:24 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: retired and free, now traveling in a truck camper
Replies: 12
Views: 3655

Re: retired and free, now traveling in a truck camper

Any chance you would post pics of your camper? Congrats by the way. One thing you did not mention is how much the mortgage is on your rental above, and how much of it goes to principal, also, the depreciation benefit. There is lots about the camper on the blog www.firedthejob.com. All of the proper...
by AlexK
Sun Aug 09, 2015 5:36 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: retired and free, now traveling in a truck camper
Replies: 12
Views: 3655

Re: retired and free, now traveling in a truck camper

How I did it is nothing special. I just cut living expenses, mainly with cheap housing, and saved the rest. My engineer salary has ranged from $60k to $90k so probably on the low side of average. Lived on $15k/yr. I bought 3 rental properties and have some stock in retirement accounts too. It is a l...
by AlexK
Thu Jul 30, 2015 12:14 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: retired and free, now traveling in a truck camper
Replies: 12
Views: 3655

retired and free, now traveling in a truck camper

I don't post here often but I do lurk from time to time. Back in 2008 I came across the ERE blog and it inspired me to get off the consumer treadmill and save for FI. Well it worked and this month I quit my job for good. My wife quit too (although she wants to go back to work eventually) and we are ...
by AlexK
Mon Mar 05, 2012 6:28 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: 3-D printers
Replies: 104
Views: 16949

<t>I just joined a community workshop where you pay $50/mo and you have 24/7 access to the facility with metal shop, wood shop, welding, electronics, ham radio, sewing, etc. It has a 3D printer and a CNC laser cutter. I am looking forward to using the tools. The 3D printer parts don't look too good ...
by AlexK
Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:34 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Evaluating potential rentals
Replies: 14
Views: 1380

chilly I wonder the same thing, who is buying these overpriced rentals? The duplex you describe would be a horrible investment from a cash flow standpoint. Maybe you can make money in a market like that by flipping but that is not even close to passive income.

by AlexK
Fri Jan 20, 2012 3:39 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Evaluating potential rentals
Replies: 14
Views: 1380

<t>That place wont qualify for a mortgage, maybe a business loan but the interest rate would be much higher. If a place needs a bunch of work I expect a greater rate of return. For a turn key single family rental in perfect condition I can get 10% return on cash where I live. If I'm going to be spen...
by AlexK
Sun Jan 15, 2012 6:03 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Evaluating a prospective life partner - need advice
Replies: 38
Views: 3621

dot_com_vet is right. Another reason to wait for marriage is men get more attractive as they get older and women peak in their attractiveness in their 20's. So you can find a higher quality mate if you wait. Ladies don't hate, you know it's true.

by AlexK
Thu Jan 05, 2012 9:02 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: You drive that "thing"
Replies: 34
Views: 2555

<t>I switched my commute vehicle from a Honda Helix scooter to the Geo Metro so my safety level has actually increased. The Geo is easier for drivers to see and at least there is some metal there to protect me. I agree though, as far as cars go the Metro isn't very substantial. It weighs only 1630 l...
by AlexK
Thu Jan 05, 2012 5:05 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: You drive that "thing"
Replies: 34
Views: 2555

I take pride in driving a crappy car, a 1992 Geo Metro. It averaged 58 mpg on a 500 mile road trip last week, which I don't know of another car that can do that, not even the $40k new hybrids. It was $600 plus $300 in fix-up costs.
It doubles as birth control too.

by AlexK
Fri Dec 16, 2011 10:02 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: A Pretty Good Book
Replies: 2
Views: 429

I've read it too and loved it. My library has it.

by AlexK
Mon Dec 05, 2011 11:26 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Damn temptations!
Replies: 32
Views: 1428

George where is this river house, I want to buy it!

by AlexK
Mon Dec 05, 2011 6:42 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: rest/nap
Replies: 16
Views: 1121

I used to drink a Mt Dew every work day after lunch to combat the tired feeling. I've quit doing that for health reasons and it's so hard to stay awake. That will be one of the best things about FI, determining my own sleep schedule.

by AlexK
Wed Nov 23, 2011 9:19 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: rental properties for income
Replies: 44
Views: 3243

<t>JohnnyH that is rough, sorry that happened. Be sure to read through your policy to see if that kind of thing is covered. They might just deny all claims as standard procedure. It seems like it should be covered in a standard policy, if only to protect a lender. I'm going to talk to my insurance a...
by AlexK
Wed Nov 23, 2011 8:59 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Thoughts on developing nations
Replies: 19
Views: 1854

<t>I have not lived abroad but I did spend 2 weeks in Thailand once and Japan and China on other trips. I noticed a lot of places have a price for locals and a price for foreigners. The foreigner price is at least double, sometimes 10x more (this was the case for a Thai boxing event I went to see). ...