Author Archives: mikeBOS

Mad Fientist Interview

I was recently interviewed for the Mad Fientist podcast. Go take a listen to it here. We talked about how I got to where I am, my motivations, my writing, my education, and how I go about with my real estate investing. In other news, I feel a bit like I’ve been neglecting my readers […]

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The Spartan Student

I’ve been following Ken Ilgunas for a while now ever since he started blogging about his life living in a van on the Duke campus in an effort to keep his costs down and afford school without taking on debt. I just finished reading Ken’s recently released book, “Walden on Wheels: On The Open Road […]

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A Brief Sabbatical

This past week I started floating my resume out, goose-stepping my way into some possible temp work. The past few months have been nice. Since I finished rehabbing my last rental property in January and got a new tenant in place I haven’t had much of a to-do list. I spent three weeks in West […]

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The Surplus

As I’ve been settling into my new land lording lifestyle I’ve started taking a look at the new balance sheet. I’m currently taking in $900/month from house 1, and $1,000/month from house 2. After taxes, water bills, trash bills and insurance I’m netting about $1,400/month from the two houses. I also like to set aside […]

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Back Where I Started

I stumbled onto my old post about my time living in a tent in the desert and I started to think about how my life has changed since. Back then I didn’t have to work because it cost me so little to live. And now, recently, I have finally achieved that status again. My¬†land lording¬†income […]

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Relaxing

When I was on my cross-country train ride last August I met a couple in their early 60′s from Australia who had been retired since their late 30′s. They joined us for some wine in our sleeper car for a few hours after dinner one night. Their retirement was a result of growing a business […]

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Worry-Free Landlording

There are aspects about land lording that a lot of people just aren’t cut out for. There’s the real estate knowledge you need, the home rehab/repair skills (or at least the knowledge to know when a tradesman is doing good work or just ripping you off), and then the management aspect of working with tenants. […]

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Just About There

Rehabbing a house is a marathon. I wake up thinking about what I can get done today and the best way to do it. I spend all day going from task to task, adjusting the to-do list as I go if I find a project requires a special tool I don’t have on hand or […]

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Heat

New England can be a cold place. My house came with a forced hot air oil furnace. I don’t know if you’ve heard but oil is kind of expensive and pretty nasty stuff. Fortunately, the house also came with a beautiful brick and slate hearth. I kept going back and forth on whether I wanted […]

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Vermicomposting

I put together a little worm composter. I want to build up my garden in the next few years which means I’ve got to build up my soil. The setup is beyond simple, it’s just some plastic tubs with a few holes drilled for drainage. Supposedly the compost tea that comes seeping out the bottom […]

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