Passive Income

Passive Income

Here at Max Out of Pocket, we love passive income.

To keep things entertaining around here while we learn about maximizing our healthcare benefits and early retirement, we are running a little passive income experiment. Call it an expensive hobby.

As I like to say, Max OOP is just your Average Joe-Max with a questionable blogging career. So when I throw out intimidating things like ‘passive income’, let’s keep that in mind. So we can work our way through phrases like this together, and we will even manage to have some fun along the way. The primary focus of this personal finance blog is to learn about healthcare, but that doesn’t mean we can’t run a few entertaining side projects as we go.

This experiment has entailed me buying up medical office buildings. Since this is a financial blog with a focus on healthcare, I try to stick with what we know.

I started this little project by buying a Healthcare REIT that owns over 250 buildings across the United States. I have since moved on to bigger and better things. As of today, the main objective of this experiment is to learn a few things about Healthcare REITs. There is a nice side benefit though. These investments spit off dividends every three months. I like to consider this rental income that will fund Max OOP’s future healthcare expenses, particularly in early retirement. As of now, it is sending about $1,000 $1,100 $1250 $1,340 $1400 $1650 $1900 $2,100 $2,300 $2,437 in passive income my way annually.

Since Mr. and Mrs. Max OOP haven’t pulled the trigger on early retirement yet, we don’t have time to manage traditional rental houses. So we buy medical office buildings instead and let people who are actually talented at doing this take care of the managing. Hence the phrase, passive income.

One of my medical office buildings.

If you need to catch up, all the posts are below.

Initially, I was updating this series every two weeks on payday as I dollar-cost averaged into this investment. Recently, I decided to cut down my posts to about once a month so we can focus on other things here at Max Out of Pocket.

In October 2019, I finally decided to diversify in another REIT. The updated portfolio is below showing the breakdown between the two REITs. We obviously have a lot of work to do here, but since this is just a hobby there is no rush.

I need to mention, this is just a small portion of my overall portfolio so as of now diversification is not an issue for me. Also, Max OOP fully expects the value of this investment to come down when interest rates rise. Notice that isn’t an ‘if’ statement, it is a ‘when’ statement. As I said, this is just a hobby that goes against most of my investment philosophy.

We are also keeping track of where I keep my medical office building. We don’t want to have an embarrassing tax situation on our hands. Generally, it is usually better to hold assets like this in tax-advantaged account but Max has been getting bold and putting several of them in my brokerage account.

I also need to add my usual disclaimer – this is not a recommendation to buy a healthcare REIT or any stock. You need to do your own research and you are responsible for your own investing decisions.

As we move forward, I will aim to keep the portfolio and passive income updated monthly below. Here are all the purchases made since the start of the experiment.

As of 1/19/2019

Remember, Max OOP is more interested in the passive dividend income than the overall capital appreciation (there’s another intimidating phrase). Most of the fields are self-explanatory, but I thought I would point out that the cost basis includes the fidelity transaction fee, and the total gain includes dividends already paid.

Max Out of Pocket to put this portfolio together = about $50 $55 $60 $65, $75, $85 $89 and a few hours of my time. Enjoy!