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Sam Dogen

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Financial Samurai
Early Retirement
Investing, Real Estate
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San Francisco, California, United States
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DIK (Dual Income, Kids)
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Remember that annoying kid in school who made fun of you for getting a good grade' The goal was to make you feel bad at doing well so he wouldn’t feel so terrible about himself. I had plenty of encounters with such kids growing up at my public high school. In the end, I brushed Read More... The post Be Unapologetically Fierce About Pursuing Your Dreams appeared first on Financial Samurai. ...
Posted: Nov 20 2017 @ 5:28 AM
I’ve checked out open houses every weekend for the past 16 years.The idea is to blend exercise with remodeling ideas and property knowledge into a one to two hour window. I’ll usually visit three to four open houses within a two mile radius. The knowledge gained from open house hunting helped me remodel a couple houses without the use Read More... The post Winter Is The Absolute Best Time To Buy A House appeared first on ...
Posted: Nov 17 2017 @ 5:28 AM
Reflection helps us appreciate how far we’ve come. Reflection also helps us learn from our mistakes. In this post, I’d like everybody to reflect on several key items: Career, Finances, Health, Family, and Happiness. See if you can tie the five together and weave a story about who you are today. The one thing I Read More... The post It Feels A Lot Like 2007 Again: Reflecting On The Previous Peak appeared ...
Posted: Nov 14 2017 @ 5:28 AM
For a guy who likes to thoroughly analyze things, I made a mistake when selling my house that could have cost me hundreds of thousands of dollars. Before accepting the final offer, I failed to do a thorough analysis of what similar homes bought at a similar time for a similar price sold for most Read More... The post What Every Home Seller Should Do Before Listing A House On The Market ...
Posted: Nov 10 2017 @ 5:28 AM
Perfect happiness is an illusion. You would think life is a piece of cake being a stay at home and work from home dad with a stay at home spouse. But I recently went through two weeks of intense lower back pain due to emotional stress. The last time I went through this type of pain was during the dotcom collapse between 2000 – 2003 because I was constantly fearful of losing ...
Posted: Nov 08 2017 @ 5:28 AM
Making a small fortune is really fun. You can do so more easily if you can correctly predict a trend. Not only will you earn a much higher return on your investment, you’ll also suffer less anxiety and grief. In 1997, I studied abroad in China for six months and realized its economy was on the verge Read More... The post Focus On Trends: Why I’m Investing In The Heartland Of America appeared first ...
Posted: Nov 07 2017 @ 6:08 AM
Here are the latest key points from the Trump administration’s tax plan for 2018 and beyond. The administration’s goal is to get the plan enacted before 2018. Surely there will be some compromises before the final plan gets passed, if at all. After reviewing the key points, I share my thoughts on how to win under this possibly new tax environment. Republican Tax Plan Highlights * No change to existing rules on 401k retirement accounts and the ability ...
Posted: Nov 04 2017 @ 5:28 AM
If you read about the 1031 exchange, you’ll immediately think it’s the greatest thing on earth for real estate investors. What’s not to like about paying zero capital gains tax after the sale of a property? The government already taxes real estate investors through an annual property tax and a transfer tax upon sale. Having to pay capital gains tax on the way out can be very painful, especially since ...
Posted: Nov 02 2017 @ 5:28 AM
The following post is sponsored by SelectQuote, based in San Francisco. They’ve been around for over 30 years, and I had the opportunity to sit down with their CEO for an hour to talk about his business and how they’ve managed to grow for so long.  After giving folks a heads up about a common bait and switch tactic in the life insurance industry, I was asked by a number of people ...
Posted: Oct 31 2017 @ 5:18 AM
Ever since publishing, The Fear Of Screwing Up Our Kids As FIRE Parents, I’ve been brainstorming how we can give our kids everything without giving them everything. The worst thing we can do as parents is take away our children’s sense of accomplishment. I pity the kid who starts off driving a BMW to school instead of walking or biking. But recently, I’ve been losing enthusiasm for writing because I’m often ...
Posted: Oct 28 2017 @ 5:08 AM


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