Mon, 25 March 2019
Today's episode is all about the first day of Meet the Masters. Hear from attendee Lisa as she discusses why you should come to the event and what she's hoping to get out of Meet the Masters, some tax information from Tom Wheelwright, some lending knowledge from a panel of Jason's lenders, a discussion of rehabs that Local Market Specialists are doing to the properties you're purchasing through our network and more.
Fri, 22 March 2019
Today's Flash Back Friday comes from Episode 367, originally published in March 2014.
Mike Murphy of the CPA firm Murphy, Murphy, & Murphy is one of the lauded experts invited to speak at the 2014 version of Meet the Masters of Income Property Investing back in January. The topic is one near, dear, and feared by property investors – real estate taxes.
There's an old saying, "Nothing is certain but death and taxes." Taxes are a fact of life. Although the prospect of dealing with taxes is not especially appealing, Jason has been extolling the tax benefits associated with rental real estate for years. As America's most tax-favored asset, it can put money back in your pocket (or keep it from ever leaving in the first place) better than anything else.
Mike delves into a topic that often confounds our best attempts to understand it. According to current U.S. tax laws, virtually any funds an investor directs toward maintaining or improving an investment property can be tax deductible. Some deductions can also apply to periods of vacancy – the so-called Passive Activity Loss Break – as well as non-cash write-offs for the simple depreciation of the structure itself, calculated over the period of almost three decades.
An important point Murphy makes early is that an investment property is broken down into two components: land and the structures on the land. While the cost of the land itself isn't tax deductible, the structure is, which means the residential building you buy in order to rent out to a tenant. Tax breaks flow from the structure, and here are several you need to understand as an investor.
Thu, 21 March 2019
Jason Hartman does the show from the car on his way to Meet the Masters this weekend. Before he gets to his guest, however, he wants to share an old clip he put together several years ago that still has significant relevance discussing the principle of I.D.E.A.L.
Then Jason talks with Cliff Hayden, creator of Show Me the Rental, about how he started his business, what his software does, and property management tips for real estate investors.
[2:25] The I.D.E.A.L. principle
Cliff Hayden Interview:
[11:40] What frustrated Cliff enough to create Show Me the Rental
[13:35] How Show Me the Rental works
[17:34] Some sample questions Cliff's software might use
[21:50] What platforms Show Me the Rental connects with
[23:17] Cliff's property management tips
Wed, 20 March 2019
Jason Hartman starts the show talking to in-house economist Thomas about the things that impact your mortgage payment when you first get your loan. Some of them are pretty obvious, but there are several things that stand out as uncommon.
Then Jason talks with Raghuram Rajan, former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India and former Chief Economist and Director of Research at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), about how community has been weakened, which has allowed competitive markets and governments to get out of balance. They also discuss what jobs will remain after automation takes off even more, mortgage rates and whether we're headed toward inflation or deflation.
[2:52] What sorts of things impact your mortgage payment when you first receive your loan
[4:55] There are some new credit scoring models that are becoming more prominent
[9:26] If interest rates start to climb too high, adjustable rate mortgages might start making a comeback
Raghuram Rajan Interview:
[13:45] What the IMF is and how it differs from the World Bank
[18:40] Massive technological change tends to hit an area and hurt before the benefits kick in later
[21:51] After automation comes and takes many of the jobs, there will still be jobs that involve human interaction
[27:11] Is Raghuram seeing inflation, deflation, stagflation or what in the coming years?
[29:54] Are mortgage interest rates artificially low?
[34:38] There's good deflation and bad deflation
Tue, 19 March 2019
Jason Hartman and Adam start off today's show discussing the way Amazon treats their employees and how they don't operate in a truly free market. There are some options to create a more even playing field, which many libertarians (which Jason considers himself one) don't like the sound of.
Then Jason talks with Ryan Minekime, co-founder of REIanalyst, about how his tool allows investors to whittle down their list of potential properties quickly.
[3:25] Too much financial "news" we get now is really just financial entertainment
[11:44] Amazon has pushed everyone else out, making it hard to shop anywhere else
Ryan Minekime Interview:
[19:01] REIanalyst was born out of a need Ryan had to see more properties in less time
[22:10] How Ryan's data is figured out when making assumptions on properties
[24:53] Where REIanalyst gets their data
[28:47] Information for investors is severely lacking
Mon, 18 March 2019
Jason Hartman and Adam start today's episode discussing how people who are fleeing high tax areas are getting audited by their original state to ensure that they have actually left. The ways they have to track you now are such that faking it will get you caught, and it's just not worth it. Make it a plan to leave and move to a no income tax state and do it!
Then Jason talks with client Ira Boyd about his journey in real estate investing. Ira started off purchasing properties on his own, with some success but not as much as he'd hoped. After he found Jason's network, however, he's gotten in much better properties and is up to 12 investment properties and his personal residence. Ira discusses how live events aided his journey, where he sees his future in real estate investing, and what areas he thinks he needs to work on.
[6:49] States creating an economic Berlin Wall
Ira Boyd Client Case Study:
[16:28] It's almost better not to see the property, because then you're buying based on intellect and not emotion
[19:46] Meet the Masters gave Ira the traction he needed to start investing through Jason's network
[22:57] Ira can't stress enough how much you need to go to an event and how helpful it will be
[27:24] Ira's plan for his portfolio
[31:20] Ira's policy on rent increases needs work
Fri, 15 March 2019
1151 FBF: Another Victim of PIP West, Charles Sells, PIP East? Tax Lien, Tax Deed Investing Complaints
Today's Flash Back Friday comes from Episode 909, originally published in November 2017.
Jason Hartman and Elisabeth Embry start off the show by reminding you that it's time to make your 5 year plan. Not only will it help you create and guide your future, but it could win you some nice prizes from Jason. The two discuss how a 5 year plan helped Elisabeth and her husband become financially free, and how they do their yearly check-in.
Then, Jason talks to another potential victim of PIP West and their tax lien business. Jason talks with Bill Truss, who invested nearly $100,000 in tax liens several years ago, has only received $28,000 back, and is unable to get any movement on closing out the liens he holds on properties in Illinois. The two discuss what was promised, what was delivered, and what it would take to make things right.
[4:13] How Elisabeth Embry's 5 year plan led her to Jason and Meet the Masters
[7:02] How it feels to be financially free
The fear of the unknown is the worst part of starting something new
[10:28] We can author our future
[14:47] What to do BEFORE you do your 5 year plan
[17:00] How Elisabeth and her husband go over their past year and their next 5 years every year
We can literally create the future through the power of our own will
Bill Truss Interview:
[23:39] How Bill met PIP West
[26:43] What happened to Bill after he invested $99,664.71 with PIP West
[29:15] What a tax lien is and how it works
[32:04] The additional invoices Bill's received for "administrative fees"
[35:33] What Bill is asking for from PIP West
Thu, 14 March 2019
1150: George Gilder's New Economic Theory & Short Cuts To Happiness & Happier by Tal Ben-Shahar of Happiness Studies Academy
Jason Hartman begins today's show with some updates about next weekends Meet the Masters event. He also has another update from keynote speaker George Gilder, who explains a little about the new economic theory he's been contemplating and how he'll present it at Meet the Masters.
Then Jason talks with Tal Ben-Shahar, co-founder of The Happiness Studies Academy and best-selling author of Happier and the new book, Short Cuts to Happiness: Life-Changing Lessons from My Barber, about how you measure happiness, predictors of happiness and what sorts of things Tal was able to learn from his barber. They also discuss whether Millennials and Generation Z to see if they've been coddled too much or if we've just learned how to better communicate with them.
[3:32] George's new theory that's based on Information Theory
Tal Ben-Shahar Interview:
[11:30] How do you rate a country's happiness?
[13:57] There's only one thing that predicts happiness levels on a national level
[18:16] The hazards of social media on happiness
[20:18] Lessons learned from Tal's barber
[25:48] How to praise people properly to encourage growth
[28:37] If you don't teach people to face reality then you're setting them up for failure
[32:01] The first step toward happiness is, surprisingly, allowing in unhappiness
Wed, 13 March 2019
1149: Mortgages as Bonds & Peak Trump, The Undrainable Swamp & the Fantasy of MAGA with Blackstone co-founder David Stockman
Jason Hartman and Adam tackle a potential sign that we're entering more financial risk as mortgages that aren't backed by the government are being bundled together and sold as bonds in the marketplace. It's not being done on a grand scale YET, but it's a practice that's growing quickly and steadily. Remember, this is part of what caused the Great Recession, so it's something worth watching.
Then Jason talks with David Stockman, former budget director for President Reagan, former US Representative for the 95th Congress, former partner at The Blackstone Group and author of the new book Peak Trump: The Undrainable Swamp and the Fantasy of MAGA. The two discuss Reagan's failure to curtail spending like he'd originally wanted, the difficulty Trump is having actually "draining the swamp", the impact of increasing debt on inflation and whether it's sustainable.
[2:55] Non Fannie & Freddie backed loans are being packaged and sold as bonds once again
[8:49] Meet the Masters is going to feature new topics such as home inspections and a presentation by a client about self-management
David Stockman Interview:
[13:55] Reagan got very little in way of his proposed spending cuts, but got a much bigger tax reduction than proposed, then defense spending exploded
[17:36] Trump's problem was that he recognized the economy was failing but didn't have a program to address it
[22:41] Does our escalating deficit mean inflation is on the horizon?
[27:02] Is our private debt really that bad?
[30:47] How investors should position themselves for the next few years
[33:35] We've learned in the last decade that Central Banks can't cause inflation on a worldwide basis
Tue, 12 March 2019
Jason Hartman begins today's show with one of the speakers for Meet the Masters that's coming up in less than 2 weeks, Mani Vaya. Mani is the host of the 2,000 Book Podcast, and the two discuss how you can read (or listen) to a book quickly and still retain the information you're seeing (or hearing).
Then Jason talks with Jason Franciosa, CEO & co-founder of Element 26, about the time value of money. Both Jason's are concerned about inflation, and the two look at ways you can maintain your leverage so your returns can beat inflation, as well as how you can utilize your home loans to house hack (especially if you're in the military).
[5:21] Mani will be presenting at this year's Meet the Masters
[7:51] Mani is going to cover how to actually read a book for maximum learning
[10:45] How Mani is able to listen to the stories at 2-3x speed
Jason Franciosa Interview:
[20:00] Jason's 6 ways governments can get out of debt
[22:32] The time value of money
[27:11] You have to have a way to maintain the leverage you have
[31:55] How you can utilize house hacking