An Accidental Empire: How We Got Started in Real Estate Investing

If you had asked me a few years ago if I would own rental properties, or  if I would have been through dozens of real estate transactions, I  would have said you were crazy.

I want to show that it is possible for a normal person to build wealth  through real estate, even though I made plenty of mistakes along the  way.

It was 2009, the depths of the recession, and Obama was handing out $8,000 to anyone buying their first home.

Prologue: House Hacking Before It Was Cool

I figured I could find a 3 or 4 bedroom house to buy, rent out the extra  rooms to my friends, and end up paying about the same amount as I was  paying for rent while building equity in a home.

My house hacking really set the stage for getting started in  real estate investing because it allowed me to live cheaply and save my income, which eventually became my  first real estate investment.

While the wedding and married life was bliss, it was an absolute shock  to be paying upwards of $1,400 a month in mortgage payment.

Getting Married (AKA – Evicting the Roommates)

It was only about 6 months after getting married that we ended up  finding a very nice condo in a great, walkable part of town for a steal.

Getting Married (AKA – Evicting the Roommates)

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