Take-Aways from Ten Days of Masterminds

I spend a lot of money and time on masterminds.

It’s a great way to learn new information, check the pulse of your chosen industry, and network with successful people.

You get out of masterminds what you put in. So, I try to take good notes and connect with people in the room.

I also try to take everything with a grain of salt. Though I may not agree with the person who is speaking, I want to understand their point of view, in case I am missing something.

I also attempt to avoid the “echo chamber” syndrome. It’s easy to blindly agree with a presenter if they are reinforcing your point of view. But that can be detrimental if you don’t step back and examine your own paradigms and beliefs.

So, masterminds and seminars can be a mental balancing act, but I highly recommend them. There is always someone to learn from. If you happen to be the smartest person in that room, you need to find another mastermind.

I recently attended two such events over a ten-day period. It goes without saying that I was far from the smartest guy in the room, so I took notes, listened and asked questions when I was confused.

My mission is to produce content that will help you achieve your goals, so here’s a recap of what I gleaned about the economy, real estate, taxes, cryptocurrency and gold.

Economy

Despite record highs in the stock market and real estate markets, most people are preparing for some sort of pull back. That said, though seasoned investors expect headwinds, they continue to be in the markets, creating profit where they can.

Governments around the world are printing money at a record pace. It was postulated that, eventually, this will lead to economic calamity. However, their capacity to print money could sustain this “hollow” economic growth for longer than expected. This is the reason investors stay in the game but are cautious about high-risk ventures.

It is assumed by a credible source from Fannie Mae that the Federal Reserve Board will begin to raise interest rates in 2022.

Real Estate

Fannie Mae, the government-sponsored enterprise that backs loans on housing and apartments, remains bullish on the housing market.

That’s good news for us real estate folks, but it’s not a free pass. Demographics favor apartments, but submarket selection matters.

The debt for apartment construction and acquisition remains some of the most attractive money available.

The highest number of 18–34-year-olds are currently living with their parents. So, as millennials leave their parents’ homes and begin to form households, they will drive demand for the next few years. Many of them will not be able to afford to purchase a home, so they will go into the rental pool, strengthening the rental market.

Single family rentals have historically produced good rental performance and less delinquency than multifamily.

Manufactured housing and storage facilities tend to resist down markets. However, cap rates have compressed in these asset classes, pushing up prices and decreasing yields.

There are still deals out there that can create a return on investment, but it takes experience, a good team, and kissing a lot of frogs before you find a property that makes sense.

Taxes

Maya Angelou said, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

That’s sound advice for life and potentially a good strategy for the coming tax season. However, the mantra for this year might be, “If you can’t change it, change your tax strategy.”

There will be changes for 2021 and 2022. I am not a CPA, but I sat next to one at dinner once. Those that understand the tax code and coming legislation have advised that some of us may need to make some changes to save on taxes.

It is possible that the Section 1031 tax exchange might be taken away. If that has been your strategy, you might need to make a change.

If you put your investments into LLCs, there will likely be a tax change that would make transfer into an LLC a taxable event if it were done after the end of the year. Prior planning will help you avoid surprises.

Broadly, it appears that the current administration favors big business and will be less friendly to small business. Thus, there could be heavier taxes on self-employed and employed people. The more assets you have on the investment and business side, the better your tax situation might be.

I have kept the descriptions broad so that you can discuss the coming changes with your tax advisor and can come up with a plan that fits your situation.

Cryptocurrency/Blockchain

Blockchain technology is here to stay, but it is truly the “wild west” in the cryptocurrency world.

Developers continue to create protocols in decentralized finance (DeFi) that one day will change how we conduct business.

Nobody knows what cryptocurrency tokens will survive, but Bitcoin is the obvious top choice. Many will fail and some will survive. It’s early in the game.

Central governments have embraced digital currency and they will want their own. The question is: Will the power of the governments be strong enough to overpower the decentralized nature of the cryptocurrency world?

Gold

Gold remains a polarizing subject.

It doesn’t create cash flow, though you can borrow against it. It has remained a stable hard asset for 5,000 years. China and Russia continue to accumulate, which should not be overlooked. It is not a sexy as cryptocurrency.

Could there be a gold-backed cryptocurrency in the future?

Conclusion

Most of the seasoned guys I know are converting their dollars into hard assets. It’s difficult to find attractive yield in real estate now, but the ability to lock in long-term debt on an appreciating asset is their way to hedge a falling dollar.

Nobody expects the government to stop giving handouts any time soon. This will inevitably decrease the buying power of fiat currency. Hard assets will protect that value. Thus, some investors are accepting lower yields, deriving comfort from having their investments in something that retains value and protects the buying power of their money.

While this was not award-winning prose, I hope it helps you in some way. There is still time to make changes in your tax situation. There are still ways to make profit in real estate, but it’s not easy. The economy seems to be booming now, but the only thing constant is change.

Be prepared.

Tom

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4 thoughts on “Take-Aways from Ten Days of Masterminds”

  1. The Fed won’t raise interest rates as that would bankrupt America.

    Demand for rental RE will remain high as few are building “affordable” housing.

    Passive income is the best tax avoidance strategy. Wealthy families will form foundations rather than be taxed when it’s time to pass on the inheritance.

    Blockchain is amazing but crypto is as useful as tulips.

    Gold (God’s money) may not cash flow but is a good hedge against inflation and worthless fiat, when it’s price is not being manipulated.

  2. Thanks for the helpful insights. Can you pass along the name of some of these conferences where you have derived value? Hoping to expand my own education.

    1. Pardon the delay, and thanks for the great question. I like the Real Estate Guys (realestateguysradio.com.) They have a great tribe and excellent seminars. Tony Robbins has great events. Some conferences are private and available to members only. Those can be discussed offline. Thanks!

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