Category Archives: Newbie Investor

5 Reasons Why I Invest in Real Estate

When it comes to investing, there are a lot of options out there to choose from.  There are stocks, bonds, FOREX, cryptocurrency, precious metals, mutual funds, REITs, etc.  The list goes on and on.  There are a million ideas, products, assets, and companies out there for investors like you, looking to invest in the next big thing.  Don’t get me wrong, I spend a considerable amount of time searching for these great investments too, but a huge portion of my investment portfolio is invested in something tried and true: real estate.

But why do I choose real estate above gold, above stocks or cryptocurrencies? What makes it such a good investment? 

I Purchased My Second Rental Property

I recently wrote a post about purchasing my first investment property. After that first purchase I was hooked on real estate investing. Seeing those rent checks roll in every month had me eager for more. I couldn’t wait to purchase my next my rental property so I could collect more checks. As a result, a month after closing on my first property, I already had my second property under contract.

Part II – Tales of a newbie real estate investor: Purchasing my first multi-family rental property


My first real estate investment purchase was an 8-unit multi-family complex I purchased using equity from my primary residence by way of a cash-out refinance.  After my first purchase, I was super excited and eager to get more.  But before acquiring additional properties, I had to budget for maintenance & improvement projects at the multi-family.  I would be remiss if I didn’t go over some road blocks I ran into and challenges I had along the way. 

Tales of a newbie real estate investor: Purchasing my first multi-family rental property

I’ve always been interested in real estate. So, investing in single family rental properties has a been a goal of mine for quite some time. I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long to take the plunge. I’m sure fear was a large factor in not making a purchase. Even though I’ve listened to countless podcasts on real estate investing, read numerous books and attended meetings of local real estate investing groups, I still had this feeling that I didn’t know enough yet. I felt like I needed to learn more about it to avoid making any mistakes. Many would call this analysis paralysis which is over-analyzing a situation to the point that action is never taken. After absorbing all this information about the subject for years it was time to get serious about finding a deal. I had listened to enough of the success stories on the BiggerPockets podcast and I started to wonder why not me? Why wasn’t I a part of this real estate investing frenzy that so many people brag about. I felt like I had a good idea on how to proceed and what to expect when purchasing a property so it’s time for me to go out and build my empire.