Nomad Means Freedom

Continuing to read more on Stoicism and today’s reading is about education being freedom.

I disagree.

Just as I disagree that knowledge is power. Knowledge is potential power. Acting based on knowledge is power.

Knowing about the Nomad model does not give you freedom, but acting on it does.

Once you decide to take the first step on the Nomad path and buy your first property, you start gaining your freedom.

Your property begins working toward your freedom for you.¬†You’re getting tax benefits from owning property. Your property is keeping pace with inflation as Case-Shiller proved with their analysis. Since you presumably did not pay all cash for the property, you’re leveraging the benefits of inflation. You’re paying down the debt on the property with each monthly payment. And, eventually, your tenants will be paying your mortgage giving you all of these benefits and ultimately (although in many markets not always immediately) you will get positive cash flow.

Knowing the Nomad path and following it yourself gives you what Stoicism promises… tranquility that you’ve got your financial future handled, fearlessness from having a solid plan and are working the plan and, ultimately, freedom to do what you want with the rest of your life. See… Nomad equals freedom.

Are you on the Nomad path? If not, why not?

Control and Choice for Nomads

First, happy New Year!

For 2018, I am reading the Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman’s The Daily Stoic… one reading a day, every day for the year.

So, fellow Nomads will likely see a little more stoicism in the content I put out this year than they have in previous years.

Today’s reading is about control and choice and this is very appropriate for Nomads.

Nomads need to realize what is within their control and what is outside their control.

For example, things that are largely within the control of Nomads include:

  • Whether you buy a home this year as a Nomad or not
  • Whether you decide to start 90 days before you current tenant’s lease expires to start finding your next next tenant (or 90 days before you plan to move out if it is a Nomad property you’re currently living in)
  • Whether you properly and adequately screen your tenants
  • Whether you implement all the Nomad best practices

There are things outside your control as a Nomad:

  • Whether the lenders change their lending policies in the future forcing us to change how we need to adapt the Nomad model
  • What interest rates are going to do
  • What property values are going to do (especially in the short-term)
  • Whether tenants will stay in your property or move out

Epictetus says we can control our choices right now. And, that’s what we really need to focus on.

I tell Nomads all the time: buy just one house. Then, go through all the classes for the first year. If what I am saying still makes sense to you towards the end of the first year, buy another house. If, on the other hand, you decide… that James guy was crazy… I don’t know what I was thinking with this Nomad stuff… you’re still better off owning a home than if you never bought a property. You can just keep living in the property, rent it out or sell it.

If you decide to continue to the Nomad path… that’s great. We’re here to serve you and assist you. Each year you get to decide whether you’ll recommit to the Nomad model and buy another house. Some years the market will be up and the properties you already own will have appreciated but you’ll be buying a property at a slightly higher price than you did the year before… that’s part of the plan. Other years, the market will see corrections and the properties you own will be down a little, but you’ll be able to get the next house at a slight discount. This is like dollar cost averaging or dollar value averaging.

One of the keys to Nomad is to just buy a house every year and 2018 is no different.