I realized a long time ago that I was good at making money. I’ve also known for a while that I am pretty cheap and that’s made me a good saver. But it wasn’t until around 5 years ago that I started really focusing on investing. I talk about a lot of personal finance topics on this site but the two things that have had the biggest impact on my life so far have been investing and real estate.
When it comes to investing, my style is pretty simple: invest in low cost index funds and never invest in anything you don’t understand. Investing is pretty easy but there’s a lot of ground to cover. Real estate on the other hand, is a whole ‘nother animal. I got lucky when I bought my first property in 2009 close to the bottom of the market and when we moved up to Orange County last year I decided to rent it out and give landlord-ing a try.
I debated selling vs renting for a while but ultimately chose the latter. I don’t like to admit it but I think I may have chose that option subconsciously because I knew it would spur a rash of real estate and landlord related blog posts. Either way, it’s worked out very well so far. I’ve learned a ton even though I became a landlord by accident and it’s also given me hundreds of ideas for blog posts.
Writing for the Rent Prep Blog
About a year ago, I started writing for a landlord & real estate blog on a site called Rent Prep. Rent Prep is a tenant screening company that’s run by my friend Steve and recently they came out with a podcast called LandlordU. Steve has done a great job marketing his site, blog and now podcast. So needless to say, when he asked me to be a guest on his podcast, I was pretty excited!
I’ve never done a podcast before this but I think I’m pretty qualified to speak about all issues related to real estate investing and landlord-ing. I don’t have a ton of experience but I think I bring a unique perspective since I do all my real estate activities in addition to my full time job(and second job). A lot of the real estate investors I interact with are full time professionals so their situation and goals are a lot different than mine.
I think there are a lot of people out there like me who have a decent paying full time job but aren’t sure how to get into real estate – whether it’s a rental property or even their primary residence. Since I’ve gone through one primary residence and am in the midst of a rental property I thought this podcast would be the perfect opportunity to share everything I’ve learned.
So without further ado, please go check out my first podcast appearance on iTunes:
If you want to listen from your computer or Android device please go here.
If you like the podcast(or if you like me) I would really appreciate if you could share the podcast via social media and please rate the podcast on iTunes. We’d love to get as many ratings and reviews as possible this week so that it can move up the rankings and get maximum exposure.
Readers, what do you think of my foray into the podcasting world? I hope you liked it because I’ve got another podcast appearance scheduled in a couple weeks on my friend Chris’ blog Stumble Forward. And whether you’re an experienced landlord, newbie or just thinking about it landlord please comment and let us know what you thought about the topics discussed.
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If you’d like to read more of my real estate related articles you can find them here.