When we were kids, my parents missed out on a lot because of their jobs. I felt the pain of my parents absence at things that were important to me when I was a child. I can't blame them because they had work. Think of how many Americans are in this position!
One of the most important reasons why I invest in real estate is financial independence. As Americans, we are conditioned to receiving our weekly or bi weekly paycheck like a recovering addict is conditioned to receiving methadone.
Leaving the 9-5 can be scary (I had withdrawal symptoms after I quit mine), but by building a real estate portfolio in the background to your job, you will be surprised as to how much sooner you can create your own financial independence. When it comes to our retirement horizon, time has never been on our side. Each passing year puts wear and tear on our bodies and makes us less able to enjoy the things we want to do when we DO retire or become weaned off of a paycheck.
Real Estate investments have created this freedom for millions of Americans. You can participate too!
Matthew Drouin is a full time real estate investor and REALTOR with 12 years of acquisition, disposition, development and management experience in Rochester, NY.