Newbie in Chicagoland

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Hello all,

My name is Gary Shaw and after several false starts, I'm trying again.  I'm looking to start wholesaling in my area and to network and learn.     

@Gary Shaw

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Thanks for the great info Paul. I'll get right on it.

Hey Paul,

I'm still absorbing the info you suggested and I gotta tell you, it's really helping me get focused.  

Based on what I've learned so far, I considering changing my focus from wholesaling to buy and hold.  What's your recommendation?


There are lots of threads and podcasts delineating the two strategies. They serve two separate purposes but can be done hand in hand (listen to Aaron Mazrillo's podcast #37).

If you can produce revenue then buy and hold seems like a great way to invest and retire or semi retire. (Will Barnard posted about semi passive income this morning on a thread that addresses your question).

Wholesaling is a way to generate that revenue. A difficult way, as you know.

Thanks, I'll  check it out.

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