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Creating future money trees through real estate investing  has fascinated me for as long as I can remember.

While growing up,  my father had an aerospace technology consulting business. He wanted to move the business out of our home for better work/life balance.

To do this, he purchased a duplex about 20 minutes from our home, renovated both units, placed a tenant in the top unit, and moved his business into the bottom unit. Seeing the top unit pay for his mortgage and expenses amazed me at the time.

After September 11th, my father eventually had to shut down his business. He then moved his business out of the bottom unit but placed another tenant in his place.

By placing another tenant in the duplex, I saw that he was able to now actually turn positive cash flow every single month. Having renovated both units upon purchase, he had little to no maintenance or capital expenditures to deal with each month.

Seeing him collect rent checks each month were moments I would never forget.

I would constantly be thinking about real estate and how to scale into more and more units.

I later went on to college and began my W2 working life; however, I never forgot about the lessons I learned from my father’s investment property.

Even though there was a period of 10 years where I would only be thinking about real estate, I knew I would one day begin actually investing in real estate on my own.

I finally got to a point where I realized that:

  1. I was not getting any younger.
  2. If I would have started 10 years earlier in real estate investing, I would already be much further along.
  3. If I didn’t start now, I would live a life of regret, constantly tortured by could-have-beens.

So, I decided to start.

When I started, I still had so many unanswered questions.

  • How do I get financing?
  • What happens if I have tenant problems?
  • What happens if my tenants destroy the property?
  • How can I possibly make money in real estate investing where I am currently located?

These thoughts inevitably delayed my start another few months. However, I remember hearing the quote “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” I got to the point where I would rather start and fail then to never have started.

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.

I obviously made sure that even if I failed, it would not be catastrophic, but I simply decided to start at all costs. Instead of allowing my thoughts to dissuade me into starting, I decided to attack each thought single-handedly.

  • The worry, “how can I possibly make money in real estate investing where I am currently located,” led me to read the book “long distance real estate investing” by David Greene.
  • The concern, “how can I possibly find rental markets to invest in that I don’t live anywhere near,” led me to continual research to determine key geographic areas of optimal return.
  • The need of, “how will I manage from a distance,” led me to begin researching and establishing teams on the ground that I could trust in.

I’ll give out as much information as possible.

This will help you create similar future money trees with real estate investing.

However, I’m sure you understand why I’m not yet able give out current specifics into where exactly I am investing or who exactly I am using as my team on the ground.

This is my journey. I have started. I have not finished, and never will have “finished.”

This is not a get rich quick scheme. It is a lifelong pursuit of creating future money trees that product income even when I am sleeping.

I’ll be giving you:

  • Massive amounts of content that explains more of each of these past points.
  • Pages about each of the properties I have purchased with information that will help you such as:
    • how I purchased them,
    • what the prices of the property and rehabs were,
    • lending fees, rents, etc.

You will be able to click on each of the properties and understand the details involved.

I will also post monthly financial summaries where I outline how well each property did. Anytime they do not do as well as I would have liked, I will include why. Asking the simple question “why” can solve many of life’s problems.

Asking the simple question “why” can solve many of life’s problems.

It is my hope that through this careful analysis, it will help you see the ins and outs of real estate investing.

From deal sourcing to the monthly maintenance stages and the lessons learned therein, I hope to paint a clear picture into what has worked for me and what has not.

 

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