It wasn’t until I was 49 that I started to do some serious soul searching. There were still so many places I hadn’t visited, so many restaurants and dishes I hadn’t tasted, so much to experience and learn. When I lived in the 9 to 5 rat race, and even more so when I worked in high-tech, I had absolutely zero chance that I’d manage to taste it all or make even a few of my dreams come true. I knew that if I waited until retirement age to make changes, I’d be utterly exhausted from working all those years, plus no-one could guarantee that I’d even make it to that age. Only when I was 49 did I realize that life is now. Not that there’s anything wrong with a career and working for a living, I had lots of satisfying years working despite the fact that I always felt exhausted. I ignored the little voice telling me that if you only live once, you have to find a reasonable, sane balance. I found my own way to a saner and happier life through real-estate investment. I rounded up a large portion of my savings and retirement funds, which were sitting in the bank bored to be earning pitifully low interest, in the best-case scenario. I worked up some courage and bought my first house as an investment in the U.S. Later, I leveraged this investment into more and more houses and properties. Today, my company helps investors from the US and abroad do what I did for myself and my own family. Smart investment in real estate provides my investors with passive income that allows them to go ahead with their retirement plan and start living a balanced life right now. How can you know if it’s right for you? If you have savings, go take a look at what your money and your savings are making today. I’m going to guess that over the last few years, you’ve made between 1 and 4% on your savings a year? (Not including various bank service charges.) Now imagine that instead of depositing $100,000 in the bank, you bought real estate in the United States. Imagine that without lifting a finger, in about a year your property will be worth $120,000. Now imagine that every single month, you’re receiving a rental check for $1,300. True, there are expenses too, like maintenance, management, taxes, etc. but on average, you’ll have about $1,000 left over every month. Between 9-13% yield annually. Now imagine that you own three or four properties like that, and you’ll realize that there’s actually an alternative to the rat race. Do some soul searching, or financial accounting, but take into consideration that nobody else can make this kind of decision for you.