I’ve always had a passion for learning, and helping others in their own endeavors to learn. I love that moment when I see the light click on when the person understands something that was confusing before. I spent 20 years teaching Information Technology classes in the Silicone Valley for corporate employers like NEC, Hewlett Packard, and Stanford. Because I never felt comfortable teaching something I didn’t also do outside of the classroom, I immersed myself in projects to gain real world experience.
In 2003, I became interested residential real estate. Simultaneously, I began to wonder about teaching real estate investing.
There was just one problem.
I was completely unqualified. I had no experience other than my own personal home.
My own financial crisis
My timing couldn’t have been worse. It was the early 2000’s and everyone seemed to be real estate geniuses. And my own personal home’s value had done nothing but increase. I bought my first investment real estate purchase during this euphoria. And then came the Great Recession of 2008. My rental property’s value dropped to less than one half of what I paid. It was painful.
I owned a house that I didn’t want anymore.
Worse, I couldn’t sell it.
Fast forward several years. I’ve learned a lot of lessons I wish I had known when I first got started. I didn’t stop investing in real estate. And I’ve never lost my heart for teaching and continue try to pass along what I’ve learned.
Have you ever owned a house you didn’t want anymore?
Obviously, I’ve been there. I know what it’s like to have a property that you don’t want anymore, and you need to get out from under. Your situation may not be the same as mine. But when I talk with homeowners, they often share feelings that I can identify with. I can relate because I know what it’s like to need to sell a house you don’t want anymore.
I’ve had the good fortune of helping people solving their real estate headaches. I’ve been able to help newlyweds sell one home, so that they could move into another home. One homeowner had the opportunity of a lifetime to buy his dream home, but needed to sell his existing home quickly in order to buy his dream home. And then there are the landlords who have rented out their former homes to family, or tenants and had them destroyed by their tenants or ruin family relationships.
These owners aren’t looking for the traditional, long, drawn out real estate transaction. They’re looking for an easy solution to quickly solve an immediate problem. Sometimes, I can help them solve their problems without their having to sell their homes.
You see, I don’t have to buy every home to help people. I simply love helping people, and giving them the information they need to solve their real estate problems.
And very often in the process, we become more than buyers and sellers of a house, we become friends.
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