By Sandy Fox
Our 5th Annual Santa Barbara Real Estate Investors’ Expo will feature some remarkable experts. Today we showcase Rebecca Rice and Jim Beam, industry leaders in a little-known financial area.
They’ve perfected a way to turn a unique and specific kind of life insurance policy into a reservoir of money you can use to simplify your real estate investing. More than that, the strategy actually compounds and increases the ROI on your investments.
A Financial Vehicle That Compounds Your Investments
When you hear from Rice and Beam you’ll find a financial vehicle beyond what most investors use. Typically investors turn to cash, mortgages, private lending or a combination of the above. Each has its own costs and limitations.
Beam, who started as a real estate investor in Florida said, “We worked awfully hard to make our money. And it seemed like someone was always standing there at the end of the day with their hand out to take our money. Closing costs, fees, taxes, interest rates.” He felt there had to be a better way.
His search led him to Rice and her specially constructed policies. He learned a way that he could:
- Keep his money safe and private
- Borrow money at low cost or net-zero cost
- Avoid credit checks and bank approval for loans
- Gain tax-free retirement income
- Loan his business money and save on taxes
- Pay off debt faster
- Create an emergency fund that earned interest four times higher than most banks pay.
He now helps other real estate investors learn how to take advantage of this system.
This type of insurance policy is not new. It’s has been around for centuries and is tried and tested. Currently banks, businesses, and high net worth individuals use it to preserve and grow their money. But Rice and Beam offer a unique structure that makes it a powerful tool for even the small real estate investor.
She Broke the Glass Ceiling
Rice discovered Nelson Nash’s book, Becoming Your Own Banker over 25 years ago. She recognized the revolutionary technique and became a protégé of Nash, building on his philosophy with concrete action plans.
It became her passion to help as many people as possible. “I help people see how money really works in the economy. It’s often not the way you think it does,” Rice says. “I love to show my clients how to reduce their debt in an extremely short period of time—faster than they ever thought possible.”
Through the years she’s structured Living Benefit policies for people from 21 to 93 years old. “Each is unique,” Rice says. “I’ve helped people profit who could only start with $100 a month. And I’ve worked with people who wanted to contribute a million dollars a year. Whatever your income or investment goals, you can use this to take control of your money and grow it faster and safer.”
Rice’s passion and dedication to her clients made her extremely successful. She became the first woman to be the top performing agent at Mutual Trust. Then she went on to break the glass ceiling at Massachusetts Mutual as the first woman in its 170 year history to become the top life producer. She is also one of only three policy agents endorsed by the Palm Beach Letter, a financial newsletter.
Because she has written thousands of policies—and uses many of them herself– she knows every nuance of how to structure it to benefit you.
You need an expert
On the owner’s side, a policy looks deceptively simple and is easy to use. But the creative side takes an act of genius to give you all the benefits and advantages necessary to use it effectively in your business and investing.
Rice always learns what her client’s goals are. Then she tailors a Living Benefits policy specifically to meet those goals. Some want a pool of money to run their business. Others need free access to money for real estate investing or hard money lending. And some have their top goal to safeguard their wealth and transfer it to the next generation.
“It’s possible to accomplish all those goals without invading lifestyle money,” Rice says. Lifestyle money is what you live on after paying your bills and Uncle Sam. Rice’s brilliance is that she frees up money for you to invest from other sources. Often it’s from the debt payments you are already making.
Putting your Policy to Work for You
“The simplest way to use your Living Benefits policy is with hard money lending,” Beam says. “There are hundreds and hundreds of folks out there who are in need of hard money lending.” Beam works through organizations that send out leads for people who want to borrow the amount of money you have to invest—whether that’s $10,000 or $150,000 or more.
And the Living Benefits policy creates a vehicle to amplify the investment. “You borrow against your policy at 5% and you put it out on the street to go to work at 10% or 12% plus points,” Beam says. “But you’re still earning 5% on those same dollars within in your policy! Wow, what a platform to work from!”
Beam’s strength is that he can guide real estate investors in the best ways to take advantage of this platform for their specific goals.
There are a number of ways to take advantage of the policy. One of their clients buys HUD houses to rehab and rent. Although her Living Benefits policy is only a few years old, she’s been able to use money from her policy to cut costs and increase returns.
- Used for a down payment for a conventional loan and saved the cost of mortgage insurance
- Used for repair costs on the house and avoided the expense and effort of a construction loan
- Kept an “emergency fund” that earns 5% or so on that money instead of a bank’s pitiful near zero rate
- Used a regional bank for a 5 year balloon loan with much lower loan origination costs and interest rates. She can do that because this system pays off the bank loan in just a few years—well before the balloon kicks in and interest rates rise
The client says, “The best part is that I end up with a house AND all the money that would have gone to mortgage payments!”
Can This Work For You?
You can learn more about investing in real estate using a Living Benefits policy as you attend the Santa Barbara Real Estate Investors’ Expo and other Realty411 sponsored events where Rice and Beam will be featured speakers. And look for future issues with articles that will explain in more depth how to increase your real estate returns using a Living Benefit policy.
Learn more with Rebecca Rice’s Book, Multiply Your Wealth: Essential Secrets for Financial Freedom or contact her directly at 501-868-3434 or www.rebeccarice.net
You can connect with Jim Beam at (239) 591-3781 or email: [email protected]
Article by Sandy Fox has invested in real estate for the past 20 years and writes articles on finance and investments.