Since relocating to Virginia in 1994 and going through the house hunting process, it stirred passion for home construction while walking through half completed homes, seeing the layouts while you can still see “through” the walls, seeing the clever use of attic spaces as playrooms or guest rooms, which was not common in California where I grew up.
After my folks purchased a nearly completed home, I was able to put my skills to use in finishing the roughed out rooms. I found I really enjoyed it. I became a fan of those PBS home renovation shows with Bob Vila and others and seeing examples of those historic homes driving around here in Richmond.
In 2001 I purchased a piece of land and a year later started construction on a large investment home. Despite making some mistakes, and the usual expected surprises that come up, I still walked away with a nice profit to put down on my current home.
Sadly, I haven’t gotten any other big projects since then aside from doing repairs on my own home or my parents’ home. I fell into the 9-5 rat race and “got by” which so many do for so many years. Yet the home construction business remained on the back of my mind. “One day….”
They say that day never comes. For me, it did. In March 2019, I heard one those cheesy “home flipper guru” ads on the radio. I decided, I’m FINALLY going to see what it’s all about. My mind was like a sponge, I felt I had just awoken from a long sleep and needed to get going. While I didn’t end up signing on with the gurus, I took what I had learned, and decided to put it to action. Education is the key before starting any new venture. Real estate investing is no different. I have been attending networking meetings, reading, analyzing, studying, and I know if I am consistent and persistent, I will find deals that mutually benefit all parties involved and in time, be able to own my own time.
While having a burning desire, I believe WAM will be the largest piece of the puzzle to put the entire picture together. I have been also learning about the power of positive mindset. Also, a common theme in my real estate mentors. I am proud to be a member of WAM and look forward to masterminding with like-minded people with a common vision of success.