14 Pros and Cons of Real Estate Investing

Lately, I’ve been sharing our family’s interest in buying our first rental property. I’ve written articles, done at least a dozen podcast interviews on the subject and I’ve even looked at some houses with my wife Nicole. 

I’ve learned 1% rule, the 50% rule and how to analyze a deal. It’s been fun! 

During this whole time, I’ve been asking for people’s feedback, experience, and advice because I’m a complete newbie with real estate investing. 

One person who reached out to me recently was my friend Deniz. He shared his difficulty with real estate investing over the past 13 years. He’s had tenant issues, rent competition and overall, it’s been difficult as he’s moved out of DC and into the suburbs as a new father.

Our conversation made me want to get more perspectives, pros and cons of real estate investing. We’re considering making a $100,000+ investment. I want to make sure our family is making a smart move.

With that said, here are 13 additional pros and cons from former and current real estate investors:

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Why BRRRR is the Hottest Real Estate Investment Strategy – with David Greene

As Nicole and I save up for our first rental property, I’m trying to look at all angles before we proceed. We’ve talked about taking out a mortgage again. We’ve talked about saving up to buy all in cash. One method that’s super intriguing for us is the BRRRR Method of real estate investing. We’re going to discuss what that is and how it works today.

And the man that’s going to enlighten us to the magical ways of the BRRRR is David Greene. He is the co-host of the BiggerPockets Podcast, a top producing real estate agent in Northern California and the author of the new book called BRRRR: Buy, Rehab, Rent, Refinance and Repeat.

Today, we’re going to learn why he thinks BRRRR is the hottest strategy in the real estate world.

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How a Bad Day at Work Inspired Our Family’s Financial Independence Plan

In mid-2016, I had a pretty rough day at work.

My new manager called me into his office to inform me that there would be some changes with my position. A position that I had grown to enjoy. I was proud to have built a team of 3 based on some solid sales wins that I had lead during the previous three years.

It was an honor to see the growth there really. I would win a piece of business and someone would get a full-time job. And then another and then another … It was really cool. I liked the fact that when I worked hard and earned the company money, someone got a job. That made me feel good.

So when my manager told me that I would no longer be managing those three people anymore, I was pretty devastated. Furthermore, my role of leadership on those accounts was no longer required either. I wasn’t being fired or demoted. I was being shifted.

Looking back, I understand why management made these decisions. Overall, the move has been good for the company and I’ve been able to help with growth in other areas.

But that day when I got home from work, I was pretty bummed.

In fact, I was more than bummed. I was scared.

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Why I’m Buying My First Rental Property in Cash

After paying off our mortgage in 2017, we have a lot more cash available to us as a family. We’ve used that extra dough to save up for our first rental property and we’re pumped to make it a reality this fall!

A big question that we’ve been struggling with is whether we should buy in cash or take out another mortgage. After much debate, we’ve decided it makes the most sense for us to go all cash.

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How Real Estate Helped This Multimillionaire Dad Build Wealth – with Doc G

Investing in real estate can feel intimidating when you’re just getting started. You hear stories of people who’ve amassed their wealth by investing in dozens or hundreds of rental properties. The prospect of owning so many properties can feel more stressful than hopeful.

Our guest today, Doc G, shares why we don’t need countless rentals to feel financially comfortable. As a physician, he’s been able to invest his day job income in just a few rentals that provide his family with consistent cash flow.

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How This 25-Year Old Developed a $1.5 Million Multi-Family Real Estate Portfolio – with Joel Florek

My quest for rental property knowledge continues my friends. While Nicole and I continue to save up our money to buy our first rental, I figured I would speak with someone who’s had massive real estate success to keep me motivated.

Our guest today is Joel Florek. At 25 years old, he owns 31 units in both Michigan and Indiana. These properties provide him so much cash flow that recently he’s been able to leave his 9-5 job and pursue his passion for sailing and family.

Joel’s story of real estate success has been featured in BiggerPockets and on multiple 5-star rated podcasts. As a husband, father and Michigan native, I’m honored to have him on the show today.

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How to Become a Millionaire in your 30’s – Interview 18 (Financial Gladiator)

Young millionaire status and financial independence can both be attained by building up your passive income through real estate and lowering your cost of living. That’s what has worked well for the blogger known as the Financial Gladiator!

By investing early and growing his portfolio, the Financial Gladiator achieved financial independence in his early 30’s and now enjoys life traveling the globe as a scuba instructor. Now, that’s the life!

Let’s learn how he did it!

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Don’t Time the Market – with Rocky Lalvani

It is so important to evolve and to keep up with the ever-changing world. Because when we’re complacent and stuck in our ways, opportunities, excitement and potential wealth can pass us by.

I’ve invited someone on the show today who lives by this credo and his name is Rocky Lalvani.

Rocky is a life and money coach who has built a multi-million dollar fortune, not from his coaching biz, but from living a life focused on flexibility, frugality, and family.

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How Real Estate Investing Allowed My Wife to Stay at Home With Our Kids – with Joel Larsgaard

If you’ve been listening to this show for a while, you’ve no doubt heard me yammer on about my family’s interest in buy-and-hold real estate. We’re still shooting for our first rental property by December (if our savings can continue to build up)!

To help inspire me and all of you real estate dreamers out there, I’ve invited Joel Larsgaard on the show today.

His passion for real estate has allowed him to design a family life that allows his wife to stay at home with his two young daughters. Furthermore, his investments give him the freedom to have a day job that he loves (even if it doesn’t pay him top dollar). 

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Financial Independence through Real Estate – with Paula Pant

Now that Nicole and I are mortgage free, we’re moving onto our next big financial challenge:  Buy-and-Hold Rental Real Estate.

Over the past year, I’ve been doing my best to educate myself in real estate by reading books and blogs and listening to podcasts on my daily commute. One of the podcasts I’ve been enjoying a lot is called Afford Anything hosted by Paula Pant.

Paula is a real estate expert. She’s built an incredibly comfortable life for herself and her husband with 7 buy-and-hold rental units. They spend an average of about 1 hour per week managing the properties and they make an impressive income.

Since Nicole and I are newbies with the rental real estate game, I asked Paula to join me on the show today to discuss her path from 0 to 7 units and how real estate has allowed her to truly enjoy a life of pursuing her passions.  

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