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One Moment Can Change Your Life

One Moment Can Change Your Life

Anyone who watches TV or reads the newspaper knows who Joe the plumber is (I don’t watch TV, but I’m on the Internet and read the newspaper). Think about Joe’s situation. A few months ago, Joe is a regular plumber in Any-town, USA. Then because he was at a campaign rally and asked Barack Obama a simple question his life changed forever. He’s an instant celebrity and I’m sure his life will never be the same (even if the election is over).

Throughout my investing career I’ve had many of those defining moments. The first was in college when I was looking to start my own business. I would go to the library weekly and check out books on investing, starting your own business and franchises (many of you know that I hired a franchise consultant and thought about opening a dry cleaning franchise, carpet cleaning franchise and lawn care franchise). Then one day I came across a real estate investing book and I knew that this business was for me. I’m a simple guy and real estate investing just made too much sense not to do it (97 out of 100 millionaires can thank real estate for their fortunes).

Another of those moments was when I decided to get my first mentor. I didn’t have much money, but when I looked around at all successful people and when I read their biographies they all had a mentor. I searched online (I really had no clue what I was doing) found a mentor who seemed like he knew what he was doing and took a GIANT leap of faith and put the several thousand dollar program on my credit card. I believed in myself and have been rewarded ever since. And of course, I never stop believing in my abilities.

A third moment comes to mind when I got one of those “million dollar calls” from a motivated seller. A tired landlord who owned multiple properties and was willing to let me do lease options and other creative things and make a killing. In this business a lot of the time you just chug along. You make $5,000 here, $10,000 here, $30,000 here, but every once in a while you get a $70,000 deal or $80,000 deal that makes your year.

There are several other moments that come to mind. Such as choosing to go to a boot camp, or a networking event, or partnering with another investor. The most important thing about the “defining” moment is that YOU put yourself in that position. I discovered real estate because I went to the library week after week after week. I got my first mentor because I went looking for one. I got the tired landlord who owned multiple properties because I was sending out several thousand pieces of direct mail every month.

You’re in charge of your own destiny. You create your own destiny. Put yourself in positions to be successful!


“Pool View” Architecture in Costa Rica

It is without a doubt that most people would love a beautiful view from the comfort of their home. That being said having that beautiful view from the comfort of their pool is even better. We can design and build homes just like these  in Costa Rica at Vista De Sueños where your “pool view” dreams can come true.

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Speaking of Development…

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Costa Rican Home Designs

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Luxury homes in Costa Rica

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How to grow an Avacado tree

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Welcome to 2014

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Rest In Peace Nelson

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Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 and Costa Rica – VIDEO

Costa Rica is known for its drive towards the goal of being carbon neutral in 2021. Below you can see how Costa Ricans are working in this way to bring that goal to reality by joining the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014. As sustainable developers, it is our personal goal to do our part to not only reach this goal but to serve our home, Terra Firma, by building homes and communities that enhance life for all creatures on this planet.

“The Solar Decathlon Europe is one of the world’s major powers on issues of sustainable development and energy efficiency. It consists of the design, construction and operation of eco-friendly homes. Intelligent participation in the competition, represents a unique opportunity to showcase talent and innovative capacity to the globe. Furthermore, it presents as a platform to enhance cooperation between academia and the private sector, especially with visionary companies who have taken the path towards energy efficiency, innovation, sustainable development and harmony with the environment.”

“El Solar Decatlon Europa es una de las competencias más importantes del mundo en temas de desarrollo sostenible y eficiencia energética. Consiste en el diseño, construcción y operación de casas ecoamigables, inteligentes y autosuficientes.Nuestra participación en dicha competencia, representa una oportunidad única para demostrar el talento y la capacidad innovadora costarricense en el ámbito global. Además, se presenta como una plataforma para potenciar la cooperación entre la academia y el sector privado, en especial, con empresas visionarias que han tomado la ruta en pro de la eficiencia energética, la innovación, el desarrollo sostenible y la armonía con el ambiente.”

Source: http://youtu.be/xP42LuIpI3k


Shocking Retirement Stats

Only 4% of Americans (and possibly Canadians too) will have enough money at retirement to stay above the poverty line without help from friends, family, and the government. 63% are in trouble since the average support cheque from the government will be around $450 in 10-15 years (not taking into account taxes and inflation). Only 1% will be considered “wealthy” which means having enough money saved to earn $3000+/m from passive income on investments. This is not considered wealthy by today’s standards but in the future may be considered an exception and not the norm.

If you think you may be part of the 96% who will need help, contact us today to start working on your plan to be part of the 1%.

If enough people make better choices with their money today, there will be more of it still around tomorrow. Perhaps together we can help make that 1% larger.