My favorite resources from across the web, and the world of personal finance & investing
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Top financial Blogs & Resources
For those interested in checking out other content related to early retirement, and alternative investments, here are a few of the top blogs I've followed over the years:
- Mr Money Mustache - frugal financial independence & early retirement
- Financial Samurai - less frugal financial independence & early retirement
- A Student of the Real Estate Game - great thoughts on RE investing
- The Investor's Field Guide - great thoughts on general investing
- The Mad Fientist - he's covered a lot of good topics, and done them well
- Wait but why - this one is just fun
Another great resource is Reddit and related online forums. Contrary to my original opinion of online forums, I've found these ones to be quite civil and well informed. Check 'em out:
- Personal Finance - mostly 'basic' questions around budgeting and saving... for noobs, get started here
- Boglehead forums - great place for sound stock market investment advice
- Financial Independence - the largest forum for financial independence (FI)
- LeanFIRE - dedicated to the more ascetic version of FI (a la Mr. Money Mustache) - living off $40K / yr or less... not my style personally
- FatFIRE - focused on FI with a slightly richer, higher cost lifestyle
- Investing - I love the subtitle to this one... 'Lose money with friends'
- Real Estate Investing - if you want to go deep on RE, a good place for Q&A
Syndicate Investment Platforms
If you're interested in signing up directly with some of the best commercial real estate platforms, you can check out the links below. CrowdStreet & RealCrowd act as a marketplace for commercial real estate deals, connecting you directly with the deal sponsors. RealtyMogul and RealtyShares act more like a syndicator in that they are marketing investments directly to you through investment entities they create. Both models have pros and cons, and each of these companies have pretty good deal flow.
Crowd DD is an online resource that brings together commercial real estate investors - kind of like Yelp for commercial real estate platforms, syndicators and sponsors. Check it out to find reviews of the different players in this space.
Real estate investment resources
In addition to the amazing Tools I've created myself, here are some great resources I use when evaluating potential real estate deals
This site provides a zipcode level view into a number of relevant economics measure including:
- Housing vacancy rates
- Employment rate
- Education levels
- Poverty rate
- Change in employment
All of these data points are useful when figuring out what kind of sub-market you're potentially investing in