Real Estate Passive Income Report – November 2015


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Last month I created my first Passive Income Report for October in which I made $1996.05  in passive income.  That is pretty good and I have no idea what I made this month yet.  I will be finding out as I write this and document it.  My guess is that I made a little bit more.  You see the difference this month is that I have added a new rental property.  I bought my 4th turnkey rental property in late October and I have already been paid the rent on that new house for November so that for sure is added cash flow however I did have some repairs on one of my rentals so that will bring it down a bit.

The purpose of this income report is to show you that generating passive income can be achieved by anyone.  If you are savvy enough to invest in the right kind of investments, make good decisions and do the right things, you too can generate passive income.   Look at me, I am just a regular Joe Schmoe (ordinary person) and I am doing it.   There is nothing special about me.  I don’t even have a bachelor’s degree.   I am in my mid thirties and plan on being fully retired by my mid 40s at the latest.  And by retired, I don’t mean farting around the house doing nothing.  I just mean not having any obligations to anyone and being able to do whatever I want in life.  This most likely means I will still find something to do and keep me occupied.  I could volunteer somewhere, start up my own personal little side business or anything.   We’ll see.  What I can tell you is that there will be a lot of outdoor activity involved in that future life I will have.

If you have been following my blog, you know that the whole existence of Cash Flow Diaries is pretty much to write about and document my journey to building more passive income aka “Cash Flow” and to show you how I am doing it.  That is how I came up with the name Cash Flow Diaries.   From now on I will publish a monthly cash flow/passive income statement that shows you how much passive income I earned in that month from my real estate investment properties.   The income you will see here is only passive income.  My income from my day job does not count as passive.

Passive Income is defined by wikipedia as “income received on a regular basis, with little effort required to maintain it.”    Wikipedia also provides examples of passive income streams which include:

a) Any type of property income

b) Rent from property

Those are exactly the sources I utilize to generate my own passive income and I will break down the numbers and totals for you below for the full month of October.  If you don’t want to read the complete break down on each property, just scroll to the bottom for a Quick Summary.



Rental Property #1Pie Chart-Property#1-NOV-2015

Rent Received:  $1230

Mortgage Payment:  $837.46
Property Mgmt Fee:  $0 (This is the only rental property I have that I self manage)
Repairs: $190 (Fence Repair)

Total Actual Passive Income = $202.54

-To see more info on this property click here.


Rental Property #2Pie Chart-Property#2-NOV-2015

Rent Received:  $825

Mortgage Payment:  $338.62
Property Mgmt Fee:  $82.50
Repairs: $0

Total Actual Passive Income = $403.88

-To see more info on this property click here.


Rental Property #3Pie Chart-Property#3-NOV-2015

Rent Received:  $935

Mortgage Payment:  $347.40
Property Mgmt Fee:  $93.50
Repairs: $0

Total Actual Passive Income = $494.10

-To see more info on this property click here.


Rental Property #4Pie Chart-Property#4-NOV-2015

Rent Received:  $1050

Mortgage Payment:  $352.39
Property Mgmt Fee:  $105
Repairs: $0

Total Actual Passive Income = $592.61

-To see more info on this property click here.

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Rental Property #5 **NEW**Pie Chart-Property#5-NOV-2015

Rent Received:  $700

Mortgage Payment:  $0
Property Mgmt Fee:  $56
Repairs: $0

Total Actual Passive Income = $644.00

-To see more info on this property click here.

Investment #6 – Performing NotePie Chart-Property#6-NOV-2015

Payment Received:  $1127

Mortgage Payment:  $1001.08
Note Servicer: $13

Total Actual Passive Income = $112.92


Quick Summary:


Total Actual Passive Income for October 2015:  $2450.05

Holy Cow I make a lot of passive income in November!!   That is a really good month for me and the most I have ever made in one month.  It really makes me happy to see that because I am making progress and getting closer to financial freedom.  The reason why I made so much though is because if you haven’t noticed, there is a new rental property added.  I bought my latest rental property late last month and I don’t have to pay the first month’s mortgage from it until December 1st.  That means I get one free month of collecting rent without any mortgage payments.   Now grant it the mortgage on that new property is only going to be a few  hundred dollars but it still helps recoup the costs from the $190 repair expense I had to pay on property #1.

So for November, I added a new rental property and also had a repair expense on property #1.  Those were the key differences this month and because of the new rental I was able to increase my passive income by $454 compared to last month’s passive income of $1996

Although these numbers might seem great to you and I keep in mind here that I do not and am not planning on using this money anytime soon.   All this money just piles up in a checking account I have and I will only use that money to put right back into the real estate properties.  Whether it’s through paying for repairs/vacancy or just flat-out buying new properties.    This is part of my plan to reach financial freedom as fast as possible.  This monthly passive income will also change each and every month based on what kinds of issues I have with each property like the repair I had on rental #1 in November.     This may seem like I am making a lot of money in passive income but the reality is that it will be less than this after I account for future vacancies and repairs.    This is why it is very important for you to include these projections in your calculations when you are analyzing rental properties.

Because I just added a new rental property, I am officially back in save mode.  I will continue saving money until I’m ready to buy a new rental property and hopefully I can do this in the first quarter of 2016.  My plan is to continue buying rental properties and increasing my cash flow.  At some point, not sure when, I will feel comfortable enough to quit my day job but that is not going to happen anytime soon.  If I continue at the same pace I have been on the last 2 years, then maybe in 5 years I can retire.  And that would be assuming everything works out great and I get lucky.

Realistically speaking, I probably wont be able to retire until my mid 40s which is about 10 years from now.     However if I can find additional ways to grow my mini real estate empire, then I might be able to do it sooner.   We’ll see.

Are you generating passive income?  How are you doing it and how much of it do you make per month?

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    • Hi Brian,

      Yep this was my best month ever! I think once I am retired I will continue adding properties. It would be great if I could leave a huge real estate empire to my heirs.

  1. Thank you for sharing numbers, inspiring! What is the monthly property tax? Won’t it eat the half of cash flow?

    • Thank you Deniska. The monthly property taxes are already included in my mortgages on all those properties. They do eat up a significant amount of cash flow on my TX properties but not on my other ones which are in different states. IN and MO.

      I always make sure to buy rental properties that will still cash flow after taxes, insurance, property management and estimated repairs/vacancies.

    • Hey Sam! Thanks for stopping by. Ive been checking out your blog since I started blogging. Good stuff you got going on there.

      I appreciate the feedback. 2k is a great number and I am very thankful for it however I don’t think I will be “financially free” until I quadruple that. If i can make 8k to 10k from real estate income I will be in a good position to quit my day job once and for all.

      Hopefully by then I will be making some decent cash flow from this blog as well to supplement that. I could use my blog money as play money!! 😉

  2. Oh dang!!! Once that ball starts rolling… 🙂

    Your blog is an incredible motivator and it is great to see this every now and then to remind me to keep moving forward. At Thanksgiving this year I cant tell you how many times I had to explain what “Turn Key” meant… LOL

    Thanks for keeping us up to date!

    We still need to grab a beer.


    • I could always go for a nice cold IPA! 🙂

      It’s nice to have ball rolling downhill and I only hope it continues that trend in 2016. Im really happy to hear that the blog motivates you. Writing these posts also keeps me motivated but most of all, its the kind of comments like the one you just left that really keeps me motivated to keep on doing what I am doing. So Thank you for that!!

      Haha, yeah I dont even say the word turnkey anymore when talking to family or close friends. I just tell them I buy rental properties. Its a lot easier that way! Thanks for the comment

  3. Great job on your passive income, Alex. You asked if we had any passive income and where it comes from. For me, it’s doing a little side hustle.

    My side hustle is blogging for a company and helping them increase their blog visitors. I work about 2 hours a day and last month I brought it in $3600 in side-hustle cash. Not bad for a couple hours a day of work. More info about that here:

    • Thanks for the feedback Steve. That is awesome how you are growing your blog. I took your advice on the twitter stuff and am starting to see an increase with my following. I just need to keep at it and hopefully it will also raise my blog visits.

      And that side hustle you have is really great. $3600 is a lot especially with just a few hours a day. You got it made!

  4. Another solid month my man. Well played. It seems like you are well on your way to total lifestyle design freedom.

    Have you looked at living abroad at all? There are certain Caribbean countries where you can live very well (especially if you are single, which I am not sure you are?) on $2k/month. Realize this is not your ACTUAL cash flow but you should be able to nail that with just a few more properties. That is my ultimate goal–$24k a year is all I need man haha

    • It really was a great month, Thanks Nate! Sometimes its hard for me to believe that someday I will have that freedom you speak of but if you work hard at it, it can be accomplished.

      I have never looked into living abroad but its something I would consider in the future. Im not single, my GF lives with me and I think we will be taking the relationship up a notch in 2016 so that is something I need to consider going forward.

      Depending where you live, even in the US, im sure its possible to live frugally and off of 24k a year but I personally want to have the luxuries of travelling and having a good time so I need a little ( a lot) extra cushion in my income to provide that.

  5. Wow, fancy charts and everything!

    We have two rental properties that bring in passive income. At the moment, we funnel all of the profit back into their mortgages to speed up their payoff. Still counts as income if we wanted it to, I suppose. We just have a specific date we want our two rentals and primary home paid off.

    • Hi Holly!

      Haha yeah I found those cool charts using excel and thought it would be a nice visual to put in. Glad you like them!! 🙂

      I think you have a great plan of putting your rent income back into paying off your mortgage. That is a solid plan and one I plan on doing also just not quite yet. I want to build at least up to 10 mortgages then start paying them off using the snowball effect. We’ll see what happens, still a long ways a way from that.

  6. Hi
    Your real estate portfolio looks good.
    How does one convince the banks to get loans on so many properties

    Also are you aware how to get the banks to loan you if you want to buy to sell?


    • Hi Angelique,

      Thanks so much. I was able to find a lender that is willing to lend me up to 10 mortgages and has no minimum loan amounts. It was not easy to find them but luckily I did. You can find more info here:

      As for selling, it depends on what you mean but if you dont need bank approval to sell. As long as you dont have a prepayment penalty and are willing to pay the capital gains taxes from any profit then you can sell.

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