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Pay Off Your Loan Or Invest? Know What’s Better For You

Time and time again, I see people choosing to focus either a mortgage or an investment but not both at the same time. But which option is better to start with? In this article, I will show you how you can invest AND pay off your mortgage without the diminishing effects of either process. I want to show you that it’s possible to pay off your mortgage and invest simultaneously. More often than not, such a decision often depends on your financial situation. While many people believe that paying off money is best since it saves on your interest payments, others may want to invest their extra

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BREAKING! The Eviction Problem Just Got WORSE 😧

The eviction moratorium has completely expired and the US Supreme Court ruled against the CDC wanting to extend the moratorium. In addition to this, recently the Federal Unemployment Benefit also expired this week and the Biden Administration has no intention of bringing the unemployment benefit back as the economy is starting to open up. In this video, I’m going to unpack what this all means and how real estate investors could potentially benefit from the eviction

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January 9, 2024

2 Types of Income Every American Household should have…

2 Types of Income Every American Household Should Have… (You most likely have just one) American households will continue to struggle if they don’t understand this. Generation after generation, American families struggle financially. But here’s why. Many of them focus so much attention and energy on creating just ONE type of income for their entire life. Even if they do focus on both types, it’s either not enough or it’s done poorly. So I’m going to introduce you to the two types of income that every American family (or individual) should have. If your goal is to increase your money output with less time input, keep reading. Fast Income: The Swift Current of Immediate Returns The conception of fast income is akin to the familiar hustle and bustle of everyday work life. Whether it’s from a job, self-employment, or business ventures, fast income is money earned in the short term — often within less than 30 days. It’s the paycheck you receive after a week of work, the payment for a consulting gig, or the proceeds from a product sale. This form of income is characterized by its immediacy and, unfortunately, its volatility. It’s directly tied to time and effort; you work an hour, and you get paid for an hour. If the work stops — if you fall ill, take a vacation, or face unemployment — so does the income. Despite this, fast income is the bedrock of most people’s financial lives. It provides the necessary cash flow for daily living and immediate expenses. Slow Income: The Secure Bedrock of Future Wealth Next, we delve into the world of slow income — also known as slow money. This form of income generation is like planting an orchard; it takes time to mature but can eventually provide a consistent harvest. Slow income springs from investments such as real estate, equities, stocks, bonds, ETFs, and Fixed Indexed Annuities (FIAs). The critical feature of slow income is its security and its ability to grow over time with minimal ongoing effort. Though the returns might not be as immediate as with fast income, slow income has to compound potential and isn’t as tied to your daily grind. It requires strategic foresight and patience, but once established, it can pay dividends (quite literally) for years to come. Bringing More Slow Income into Your Life for Time Freedom Most Americans crave more than financial stability; they long for time freedom. The ability to enjoy life without being shackled to a never-ending workweek is the truest form of freedom. But how can one attain it? The key lies in slow income. Here’s how you can initiate the journey: Increase Your Earning Capacity: The first and obvious way to increase your slow money is by increasing your fast money income. With the surplus and excess, you’re able to allocate this to the slow money side faster. To increase your earning capacity, you have to get highly niched with more knowledge & competitiveness. OR, you have to change to a completely different opportunity that has higher elasticity for income potential. For example, it’s harder to increase your earning potential as a cashier as opposed to being a nurse. Leverage Other People’s Currencies: The other way around is to introduce some expertise and knowledge in a particular investment strategy. In a way, this will sound very similar to the first point above. Instead of putting more time into the same activity as your fast income, invest some time actually understanding different assets and investments. A good example of this is in real estate. Say you invest a few hours in learning how real estate investment works. Because of […]
January 4, 2024

Does Using a HELOC to Pay Down Mortgage Actually Work?

Does Using a HELOC to Pay Down Mortgage Actually Work? You’ve probably heard of the concept of using a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) to pay off your mortgage faster. It’s touted as a smart financial strategy that accelerates you to financial freedom. But with so many differing opinions, it’s fair to ask… Does it actually work? Does Using a HELOC to pay down your mortgage really work? At Accelerated Banking, we say it does—and we have a trove of success stories to back it up. The strategy is straightforward. Instead of chipping away at your mortgage through monthly payments over decades, you use a HELOC to pay a larger chunk of your mortgage upfront. Then, you repay the HELOC itself, which typically has a more flexible repayment structure than a traditional mortgage. This flexible repayment structure can be used to reduce the principal balance of the HELOC at an accelerated rate. At the same time, you don’t lose or sacrifice your access to cash. The outcome? You could potentially save thousands in interest and shave years off your mortgage. The compelling argument hinges on the concept of ‘interest float.’ A HELOC works on simple daily interest, unlike a mortgage that is set on amortizing interest. By depositing your income into the HELOC, you’re immediately lowering the principal balance. By doing so, you are decreasing the interest accumulation. With the right financial habits, the debt on your HELOC decreases faster than it would on a mortgage. It frees up equity and saves you large amounts in interest and time. But let’s move from theory to practice. Take Michael and Jami, for example, a couple who used the Accelerated Banking method. They were skeptical at first, but after diligently applying the strategy, they’re not only saving a ton of time and interest. They can now focus on building a sizeable nest egg for retirement. Or consider the story of Agueda, who completely paid off her mortgage and her HELOC. She began using the concept back in 2019. By 2021, she’s able to share that she’s now completely mortgage-free. These testimonials underscore the fact that using a HELOC in this manner isn’t just a gimmick. It’s a legitimate approach to cash flow management that saves time and money. When paired with some discipline and guidance, it can yield amazing results. For those who worry about the complexity, it’s all about getting the right support and help. That’s where Accelerated Banking shines. Accelerated Banking provides detailed & personalized plans with ongoing support to ensure that you’re not going it alone. You might be tempted to dismiss this method as too unconventional or risky. We invite you to look at the evidence. There are plenty of users with successes that speak volumes. the numbers tell an unwavering truth. When done correctly, using a HELOC to pay down a mortgage can propel you faster. You can read and hear more stories of success at Accelerated Banking Results and Case Studies.
December 28, 2023

Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage Early In 2024?

Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage Early In 2024? By Sam Kwak. December 28th, 2023 So you may have heard from financial experts and gurus for years about paying off your mortgage early. But should you? Is this outdated advice or is it a timeless wisdom to pay off your mortgage faster? You might be wondering, what’s the smarter decision for me? Especially – with strategies and concepts like Accelerated Banking and Infinite Banking which are taught by the Kwak Brothers.  So let’s dive first into the Pros and Cons of paying off your mortgage early versus using your cash to invest elsewhere.  But also, we’ll discuss a perspective and an insight that many financial experts DON’T mention or consider when it comes to your 30-year mortgage. PRO: Building Equity and Avoiding Overwhelming Mortgage Debt Paying off your mortgage early can be a smart financial move that helps you build equity in your home and avoid overwhelming debt. In this blog post, we will explore the advantages of paying off your mortgage early and how it can contribute to your long-term financial well-being. Building equity and avoiding overwhelming debt are two important financial goals that can have a significant impact on your overall financial well-being.  One of the primary advantages of paying off your mortgage early is the opportunity to build equity in your home. Equity is the difference between the market value of your home and the remaining balance on your mortgage. By paying down your mortgage faster, you increase the equity in your home and create a valuable asset that can be leveraged in the future. There are several benefits to building equity in your home: Increased Net Worth: Building equity allows you to increase your net worth by increasing your ownership stake in your home. Borrowing Power: The equity in your home can serve as collateral for loans or lines of credit, providing you with additional borrowing power when needed. Financial Security: Having significant equity in your home provides a sense of financial security, as it can serve as a financial safety net during unexpected circumstances. It is important to consult with a financial advisor or mortgage professional to determine the best strategy for paying off your mortgage early and building equity in your home. PRO: The Dangers of NOT Paying Off Your Mortgage & Debt While debt can be a useful tool for creating wealth and leveraging investments, it is essential to understand the dangers of overwhelming debt. Having too much debt can lead to a range of financial difficulties and negatively impact your financial well-being. Here are some risks and consequences of overwhelming debt: Financial Stress: Overwhelming debt can cause significant financial stress and anxiety. The constant burden of high debt payments can impact your mental and emotional well-being. Higher Interest Payments: Carrying high levels of debt often means paying higher interest rates. This leads to more money going towards interest payments rather than building savings or wealth. Limited Financial Flexibility: When you have a significant amount of debt, your financial options become limited. It can be challenging to pursue new opportunities or make significant financial decisions, such as buying a home or starting a business. Credit Score Impact: Too much debt can negatively impact your credit score, making it more difficult to access credit or obtain favorable interest rates in the future. Therefore, it is crucial to manage your debt responsibly and avoid taking on more debt than you can comfortably handle. Then Is All Debt ‘Bad’? While overwhelming debt can have negative consequences, debt can also be used wisely and smartly to create more wealth and leverage. So […]
July 6, 2023

Why Your 30 Year Mortgage Was Designed for you to NEVER Pay if Off

Let’s take a moment to turn the pages back to when you, as a sprightly young adult, stood on the doorstep of your very first home. There’s a unique kind of joy that comes with this moment, isn’t there? The smell of fresh paint, the echoes in the empty rooms, the shine of the unworn floors – all holding the promise of a future filled with happiness and security. At that moment, the 30-year mortgage contract you just signed seemed like a fair trade-off for the keys to your own slice of paradise. Understanding the 30-year Trap Today, as you inch closer to your golden years, your perspective might have undergone a significant shift. After all, those mortgage payments have become an all-too-familiar part of your monthly budget, almost as unavoidable as the sun rising each day. Think about it. Your 30-year mortgage was designed as a marathon, not a sprint. However, it’s a race where the course is uphill, and your shoes seem to be made of lead. The fact is, every dollar you pay in the initial years of your mortgage seems to disappear into the bottomless pit of compound interest, instead of meaningfully reducing your principal amount. The Ticking Clock of Financial Commitment How many moments of peace have been clouded by the nagging thought of your mortgage? How many family vacations, home upgrades, or opportunities to save for retirement have been sacrificed at the altar of monthly mortgage payments? The U.S Census Bureau data shows that on average, adults in the US move almost 12 times in their lifetime. If we do the math, that’s a move every 6-7 years for the average 80-year-old. In effect, you’ve likely been stuck in a cycle of amortization, paying mostly interest and making barely any dent in the principal. Your Hard-Earned Money, Their Profits To put it bluntly, every time you’ve moved and taken out a new 30-year mortgage, you’ve set the profit-making machine of banks into motion. Each new mortgage you sign up for is akin to restarting the vicious cycle of interest payments, making your hard-earned money a consistent stream of income for the lenders, while your principal debt stares you in the face, year after year. The Accelerated Banking Advantage After absorbing all these unsettling facts, you might wonder if there is a way to break free from this cycle of perpetual debt. This is where Accelerated Banking comes into play. This revolutionary approach is designed to help you navigate the murky waters of mortgage payments, and reach the shores of a mortgage-free existence faster. Our method isn’t a magic wand, but a strategic tool that empowers you to use your own income to combat interest and reduce your mortgage term drastically. We’re talking about going from 30 years to potentially 5-7 years! Just like Basil T, who was once in your shoes, burdened with a new car loan, credit card debt, and a 28-year mortgage. Today, using the Accelerated Banking system, he’s on the road to becoming completely debt-free in under five years! Your Key to a Mortgage-Free Future Imagine your life without the dark cloud of a mortgage looming over every financial decision. Imagine the relief, the freedom, and the satisfaction of knowing your home is truly yours. Isn’t that a dream worth fighting for? Take control of your financial destiny. With Accelerated Banking, you hold the power to transform your relationship with debt and work towards a future of true financial independence. No smoke and mirrors, no empty promises – just a strategy tailored to help homeowners like you shatter the chains of […]
June 29, 2023

Paying Off Your Mortgage Earlier vs. Investing : What’s Better?

Paying Off Your Mortgage Earlier vs. Investing Introduction Paying Off Your Mortgage Earlier vs. Investing, what’s the clear winner? The debate between paying off your mortgage early and investing your surplus income has long been a topic of dispute in the world of personal finance. While investing potentially yields a higher return over time, the merits of reducing debt can’t be overlooked. In this article, we explore why prioritizing mortgage repayment could be the superior strategy for your long-term financial health. Understanding The Amortization Cycle The structure of a 30-year mortgage is such that the bulk of your initial payments predominantly cover interest, not the principal. This design is known as loan amortization, and while it might seem innocuous at first, it’s at the core of why paying off your mortgage early is so appealing. The Homeowner’s Dilemma Data from the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau indicates that the average American homeowner will relocate 11.7 times over their lifetime. This implies that every six to seven years, you could find yourself initiating a new 30-year mortgage, each time restarting the front-loaded interest cycle. Consequently, a considerable portion of your payments may never significantly lower your principal balance. The Case for Investing The argument favoring investing over early mortgage repayment often hinges on the higher return rate that investments can offer. However, this stance fails to consider the inherent risk. Unlike the volatility of investments, paying off your mortgage early presents a surefire return. The amount you save on future interest payments is a guaranteed figure. The Appeal of Mortgage Freedom In addition to the certainty of returns, there’s the undeniable appeal of financial stability that comes with being mortgage-free. Should the market plummet or personal financial emergencies arise, the absence of mortgage pressure provides a comforting safety net. That’s why companies like Accelerated Banking is a huge advocates for helping you pay off your mortgage faster. They have a free video that you can watch on YouTube that explains how they can help you pay off your mortgage in as early as 5-7 years:  Conclusion While investing undeniably has its place in wealth-building, the advantages of paying off your mortgage sooner can outweigh potential investment returns. Breaking free from the relentless cycle of interest payments leads to financial stability and enhanced future cash flow. It’s vital to examine your unique circumstances, weigh the pros and cons, and arrive at an informed decision aligned with your financial objectives.