Earn Up to $1,200 in Monthly Rental Income Without Becoming a Landlord

The following is a guest post from Robert Baillieul

Bio: Robert is a stock market evangelist and fan of good ol’ fashion dividend stocks. You can follow him on Twitter @RobertBaillieul.

It’s one of the best income sources around… owning real estate.

Buy a few houses. Love your tenants. Pay off the mortgages. In 20 years or less, you own the properties free and clear, but your tenants continue to pay you rent month after month. But being a landlord is also a hassle. There’s the regular maintenance like shoveling driveways and unclogging toilets. Not to mention the headaches of collecting security deposits and dealing with unruly tenants. At least, that’s how things used to be. There’s another way to earn steady, monthly income through rental properties WITHOUT becoming a landlord. And by my estimates, less than 1% of people even know this opportunity exists. You never have to set foot on a property. All you have to do is sit back and collect rent cheques of $350… $750… even $1,200 per month. Let me explain…

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Chatter Around the World – 87

Chatter Around the World is a curated weekly update of articles related to economics, investing, dividends and personal finance. In these weekly updates, I also capture my blog updates and news related to my portfolio holdings.

Inflation - BoE - Carney

Inflation has fallen globally

New Blog Posts

Let’s dive into the links that caught my attention this week.

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Alternative Investments – Collectibles

Alternative Investments - Collectibles Earlier in this series, I discussed investing in FarmlandRooftop Solar System, and Private Equity as alternative investments. Alternative investments can provide lucrative returns that are unavailable by investing via stocks and bonds. In this version we look at another Alternative Investment – Collectibles.

A Collectible is any physical asset that appreciates over time. The rarer the collectible item, the more valuable it is and can vary widely depending on the field. For someone to invest in a collectible, an in-depth knowledge of the subject and a good eye is necessary. Luck also plays a huge part in the investment as some characteristics of collectibles can be out of one individual’s control. It is also common for some people to simply collect items that interests them and captures their attention, and not necessarily consider the collectible as an investment. But this interest and collection over time can turn into an investment portfolio, of sorts.

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Wells Fargo Dividend Increase

Wells Fargo & Co (WFC) announced today that the Federal Reserve Board (FRB) has not objected to the company’s 2015 Capital Plan under the recently concluded Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR) of the nation’s largest banks. Wells Fargo proposed raising the dividend by 7.1% from the quarterly $0.35 to $0.375 per share, subject to consideration and approval by its Board of Directors at its regularly scheduled meeting in April.

From the press release statement:

We are pleased to receive the Federal Reserve Board’s non-objection to our capital plan to increase our common stock dividend and continue our strong share repurchase activity,” said Chairman and CEO John Stumpf. “This result again demonstrates the benefit of our diversified business model and conservative risk discipline, which have positioned us well to return capital to shareholders within our targeted range while maintaining strong capital levels.

My portfolio consists of 41 shares of WFC and increases my annual dividend from $57.40 to $61.50, an increase of $4.10.

Further reading: I just completed a dividend stock analysis of Wells Fargo earlier this week and the stock appears under-to-fairly valued. Click here to read the details.

Realty Income Dividend Increase

Realty Income Realty Income (O) announced a 0.26% increase in its cash dividends for common stockholders. I was surprised by this move, especially after Realty Income increased its dividend by 3% in January. The monthly dividend increases from $0.189 to $0.1895 per share. The dividend is payable on Apr 15, 2015 to shareholders of record as of Apr 1, 2015. This is the 80th dividend increase since Realty Income went public in  1994.

From the press release statement:

We are pleased that our Board of Directors has once again determined that we are able to increase the amount of the monthly dividend we pay to our shareholders,” said John P. Case, Chief Executive Officer of Realty Income. “With the payment of the April dividend, we will have made 537 consecutive monthly dividend payments and paid over $3.4 billion in dividends throughout our 46-year operating history.

The new dividend amount represents an annualized dividend amount of $2.274, up from $2.268 per share. My portfolio consists of 60 shares of Realty Income and the new increase bumps up my annual dividends from $136.08 to $136.44, an increase of $0.36.