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Our First Property

The One Thing No One Tells You About House Hacking

The One Thing No One Tells You About House Hacking

House hacking is a great way to get started in real estate investing. You get all of the benefits of owning a home (tax write-offs, low mortgage interest rates) as well as the advantages of having a rental property (rental income, more tax write-offs). Unlike […]

Property #1 – Rehab Update 4

Property #1 – Rehab Update 4

It’s been 5 or 6 weeks since we’ve posted a renovation update on our first investment property. Every week I start to write one, but I don’t think we’ve made enough progress to release a full update. And that’s because a lot of the work […]

The Final “R” in “BRRR”: A Step by Step Guide to Refinancing

The Final “R” in “BRRR”: A Step by Step Guide to Refinancing

In you’re familiar with Brandon Turner’s BRRR strategy, then you know the final, and possibly most exciting, part of the process is the cash-out refinance at the end. BRRR is an acronym for a popular investment strategy that stands for: Buy Rehab Rent Refinance This […]

Property #1 – Rehab Update 3

Property #1 – Rehab Update 3

First things first:  Start here to learn about property #1, here for rehab update #1, and here for rehab update #2. Okay, jokes over. Where did the summer go? It’s August and we’ve spent the best of every available day working on the house. Well, […]

Property #1 – Rehab Update 2

Property #1 – Rehab Update 2

It’s been a little while since we posted an update but life has been BUSY. Over the last month or so, besides juggling this rehab and working our full-time jobs, we also went on a week-long vacation with The Troops family, I traveled to North […]

Property #1 – Rehab Update 1

Property #1 – Rehab Update 1

It’s been a few weeks since we closed on our first investment property. Rehab started a little slow. We closed the Friday before Memorial Day weekend, and being big fans of the Jersey shore, we both shot down to the beach within hours of leaving […]

Property #1: Pictures, Plans, Projections

Property #1: Pictures, Plans, Projections

Last week, May 26th, we finally closed on our first home and investment property! It’s been a wild past 30 days from trying to figure out how much to bid on a HUD home, dealing with the township and utility company, and then when we […]

A Break-in Before Closing. Who’s Responsible?

A Break-in Before Closing. Who’s Responsible?

Our soon-to-be house is a crime scene! Just kidding. But someone did break in. The story. With inspection over and all mortgage documents handed in, you’d think we’d be able to take a few days to relax before closing on our first property. But of […]

Why Inspections are so Important and What to Expect

Why Inspections are so Important and What to Expect

Inspection Day! This day has been long-awaited. As an eager wannabe investor, I called to schedule an inspection even before attorney review was over. I was going to be the most proactive home buyer and no way would inspection related problems delay closing. That wishful […]

The Unexpected Costs of Closing on a HUD Home: How We Spent Almost $2,000 on a Property We Don’t Even Own

The Unexpected Costs of Closing on a HUD Home: How We Spent Almost $2,000 on a Property We Don’t Even Own

I knew closing on a home in foreclosure could be a bit of a process. I’ve read the articles, heard the tales. But the process started out so smoothly, I thought we were going to be able to slide by without any real road bumps.  […]