| How To Retire Rich|
Hello, Brad Thomas here.
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.
That’s why I’m bringing you this extraordinary offer for my flagship advisory, the Forbes Real Estate Investor.
I want to show you how you can get steady income and build your nest egg.
For those of you who are just beginning to invest in REITs (real estate investment trusts)—or who have only now heard about this asset class—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’ve been a real estate investor for more than 30 years now—but you always remember your first. Mine was an outparcel I purchased in Laurens, South Carolina, across from Walmart. I’d been hired to construct a new store for Advance Auto Parts. (Today, the company seems to be in every fourth shopping plaza, but back then it was a small regional chain with less than 100 stores.)
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 10-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:
- 10-plus 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.
Just as long as you’re intelligent about it.
| Money Made... Money Lost... and|
I suppose you could say I was part of the “Great American Dream” back then—creating something worthwhile out of literal dirt. 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|
Had I owned REITs back then instead of commercial real estate, I estimate that I’d be worth well over $100 million today.
(Not just REITs, of course—proper asset allocation is extremely important, so I would have had to own them in a well-balanced portfolio along with other sustainable and complementary categories)
But REITs could have given me the early retirement I was aiming for—it would have been safer and I would have been richer.
Let me explain...
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 one way to make money. But it’s definitely not the safest way, as the Great Recession proved to me.
Besides, “excitement” is overrated.
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.
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.
As I mentioned, through this offer, you’ll get my flagship publication, Forbes Real Estate Investor.
Each monthly issue includes...
- A recommendation for one of the best REITs on the market—complete with a deep-dive analysis
- A thorough review of a specific REIT sector
- A scorecard ranking each REIT sector
- Write-up for each Sleep Well At Night Portfolio holding
Activate your subscription and get ready to collect rental income like a landlord—without the hassle—today.
Editor, Forbes Real Estate Investor
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