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September 24, 2018

How Real Estate Investing Allowed My Wife to Stay at Home With Our Kids – with Joel Larsgaard


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If you’ve been listening to this show for a while, you’ve no doubt heard me yammer on about my family’s interest in buy-and-hold real estate. We’re still shooting for our first rental property by December (if our savings can continue to build up)!

To help inspire me and all of you real estate dreamers out there, I’ve invited Joel Larsgaard on the show today.

His passion for real estate has allowed him to design a family life that allows his wife to stay at home with his two young daughters. Furthermore, his investments give him the freedom to have a day job that he loves (even if it doesn't pay him top dollar). 

What are we covering?

Joel and I discuss:

  • Why he was motivated to buy his first property
  • How he purchased it and his philosophy on borrowing
  • When and how his wife made the transition to being a Stay-at-Home Mom (SAHM)

If you're thinking about buying your first property or exploring how to use passive income to eliminate your need to have two working parents, this episode is for you. I'm still learning quite a bit about real estate. Let's learn together!


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About Our Guest:  Joel Larsgaard

Joel started the Pour Not Poor podcast with his best buddy Matt to help folks save money for the future while living a rich life now. The Pour Not Poor podcast focuses on making money topics easy to understand while drinking a tasty craft beer at the same time.

Joel has worked in the money media space for over a decade as a producer on the nationally syndicated Clark Howard Show. He lives in the Atlanta with his awesome wife and two daughters. His favorite hobbies are riding bikes, disc golf, and nerdy board games.

Money Master of the Week

Bryan from Michigan recently downsized his home to become mortgage free!

Bryan From Michigan - Bucks and Cents

After realizing he was spending 96% of his income on fixed monthly obligations, Bryan made the choice to ditch his $300,000 home with a well-manicured lawn and downsize to a $33,000 place to become mortgage free, stress-free and take control of his finances.

This major shift in priorities now allows Bryan to save around $30,000 per year in his retirement accounts! $30k!

If you want to learn more about Bryan and follow his retirement savings growth, check him out at Bucks and Cents.

Bryan from Michigan is our Money Master of the Week!

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Andy Hill

Andy Hill, AFC® is the award-winning family finance coach behind Marriage Kids and Money - a platform dedicated to helping families build wealth and happiness. With millions of podcast downloads and video views, Andy’s message of family financial empowerment has resonated with listeners, readers and viewers across the world. When he's not "talking money", Andy enjoys being a Soccer Dad, singing karaoke with his wife and relaxing on his hammock.


  • That’s pretty crazy that he could invest about $30,000 a year in his retirement. I would love to do that since it would probably let me retire at least 10 years early. I’ll have to consider investing in real estate so that I could get some good passive income for retirement.

    • Yes! Joel is an inspiring guy. His higher savings rate has set his family on the path of financial independence.


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