In my decades spent learning from—and alongside—some of the world’s best and brightest investors I’ve noticed two qualities that the very greatest always seem to share:
Successful investors know they perform better with help than on their own. They connect with mentors and learn from them. They grow their knowledge constantly by gaining insight from others.
They invest in themselves. Successful investors hire coaches, find the best possible advice, and gain access to leaders in their industry.
That’s where I come in. I want to lend you my hard-earned expertise—the lessons I learned that have allowed me to build wealth and create the dream life I always envisioned for myself. I also want to share some of my investing mistakes, so you don’t make the same ones.
I want to show you how you can get steady income and build your nest egg.
Many REITs, like the broader market, have had a rough first half of the year but the beauty of real estate investment trusts is that they pay dividends so you still collect income while you wait for share prices to rebound.
For those of you who are just beginning to invest in REITs—or who have only now heard about this asset class for the first time—I understand if you’re feeling a few jitters. That’s why I specifically had beginners in mind when I was writing this offer.
I want to help you profit from REITs… from the ground up.
Why am I doing this?
Because this income strategy absolutely transformed my life and I want it to do the same for you.
First, let me share a bit of the background that led me to creating this elite service...
The Great American REIT Dream... and the Rent Checks That Come With It
I can remember my first development deal like it was yesterday. I purchased an outparcel in Laurens, South Carolina, across from a Walmart. I’d been hired to construct a new store for Advance Auto Parts.
After closing on the land, I immediately got to work building a 6,000-square-foot store. The deal was to rent it to Advance Auto for a ten-year lease.
I can’t describe the thrill of attending that first grand opening… how fulfilling it was to witness all that hard work pay off, knowing how my efforts have impacted far more than just myself.
With that one building:
Jobs were created.
A new taxable asset was added to the city’s revenue base.
Consumers received better access to what they wanted/needed.
The Thrill of the Rent Check
At the risk of sounding cheesy, I have to tell you how happy it made me to have so many people benefit from my first project.
But my efforts were hardly altruistic.
I’ll be the first person to admit that the most satisfying part of the endeavor was when I received my first rent check from Auto Parts Associates, LLC. It was a beautiful thing knowing I’d earned it.
But I hardly stopped there. In no time at all, I began building more stores throughout the state, as well as in North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama—over 30 in all.
I went on to sign similar contracts with other free-standing retailers such as Blockbuster Video, Econo Lube n’ Tune, CVS, IHOP, Waffle House, Barnes & Noble and Walmart.
The thrill of that first deal might have been one for the books, but I never lost my love of this consistently value-generating process. The practice of generating monthly income is extremely satisfying.
I suppose you could say I was part of the “Great American Dream” back then. I was working hard but I was living the life and looking forward to an early retirement.
Until 2008, when the Great Recession hit and it all came to an end.
After over two decades of being a developer, my income sources dried up, and I was forced to make an enormous pivot. I had to reinvent myself in order to feed my family. And even then, we had to make many painful cuts to make it through.
But, after the extreme adversity I’d faced in 2008–2009, I felt driven to become a voice for the average investor, to guide them into bigger and better things.
The Beauty of REITs in a Balanced Portfolio
REITs are a phenomenal sector: They put the big commercial real estate business back into the hands of the little guy.
Essentially, you buy into them, they do all the heavy landlord lifting, and you get dividend checks. You fund them, and they fund you, usually with market-beating yields.
Those add up over time—and all the more so when you know what you’re doing.
In my 20s and 30s, I was aware that REITs existed but they didn’t seem nearly as exciting as owning entire pieces of property. Instead, I grew my net worth (literally) brick by brick.
That’s definitely one way to make money. But it’s definitely not the safest way (as the Great Recession proved to me).
I figured that out in 2010 when I read a book called Investing in REITs by the brilliant Ralph Block. It was life changing.
I’d never quite realized before how very easy it was to become a landlord. And an intelligent one at that. Once I did, I became insatiable in my quest to learn more.
I reached out to industry CEOs and experts. I read more books and picked up tips. And I wrote about what I’d learned, building up my reputation until I became a regular on networks like Fox and TD Ameritrade.
Since my 2010 realization, I’ve written more than 3,000 articles and become editor of Forbes Real Estate Investor and The Property Chronicle – North America.
More importantly, I built a track record of successful REIT investing.
In the Forbes Real Estate Investor, the Durable Income Portfolio, a diverse collection of “rent”-paying stocks, has an average annualized return of 17.3% since inception in 2013, including through share price accumulation.
The Small-Cap REIT Portfolio, meanwhile, has an average return of 26% per year since 2016.
I’ve come a long way since that first Advance Auto rent check. I’ve learned a lot. I’ve grown a lot. I’ve gained a lot.
Now I want to help you learn, grow and gain, too.
During periods of economic growth, REIT prices tend to rise along with interest rates.
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