Newbie requesting help for next steps

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Hi, I'm semi new to real estate investing (2 years) but looking to make my next move.

I'm looking for advice on what to do next.

I look at real estate investing like chess, I have to calculate each move carefully.

Here's my situation:

2 years ago my hubby and I bought a duplex. We have lived on one side and rented out the other. We also currently rent out our basement to a family friend. So cash flow is nice.

In January of this year, in the process of doing a wholesale deal, I decided to buy the property for myself instead. (a condo on lake resort vacation property valued at ~70k, that I was able to buy for 10k due to distressed seller). The condo currently rents out seasonally for week long or weekend rentals (May-November).

I'm looking to make my next move. Should I try to get home equity line of credit on that condo? If so, what would I use it for?

Should I try to house hack my way into another owner occupied duplex?

Should I try flipping?

Is there a way I can use other people's money to acquire more properties? Or should I keep trying to do the traditional lending route? Right now, I don't have that much money to put down and I also have a lot of student loans. (I am aware it is true that one should have all debts paid off and a large amount in savings before acquiring more property, however, I'm willing to take on a little risk. I'd like to become prosperous in real estate investing so that I CAN save up lots of money and pay off debts).  

Also, the current duplex I live in is on a 7/1 ARM (year 2). Before I do any of the abovementioned things should I try to refinance that into 30 year fixed while interest rates are low?

Can I find a bank that will allow me to refinance my existing mortgage, get a line of credit on the condo, and take out a whole new mortgage for second property all at same time? Will any banks let me use some of the equity on the condo or on my current residency to be used as down payment for a second property?

Finally, a guy I talked to (kinda like a coach) told me I should look for a for sale by owner for a duplex and ask him for seller financing for a 4 year contract. He would take a second mortgage on my home or on the condo. Is this a smart idea?  

Sorry for all these questions but I have a lot of thoughts racing through my mind. Just want to make the right decisions and the smartest next moves. :) My goal is to replace my income over the next 3-5 years with passive income. I want to net 5k each month via real estate.

Even if you can't answer all these questions, even answering 1 or 2 will be very helpful! THANKS SO MUCH!! I've listened to so many podcasts and ask BPs that my head is spinning. I'm SO excited for my career in real estate but want to know the best next move.

My pros: I have good credit (740+, no delinquencies, long credit history), combined income with me and husband including our jobs and real estate income ~90k/yr (for now. will be increasing in 1-2 years once i'm done with my current training). I'm eligible for certain 100% financing loans due to my career.

My cons: I have a lot of student loan debt. I work 60-80 hours each week so don't have a lot of time to devote to finding "good deals" , doing wholesaling or flipping (which I'd LOVE to do if I had more time). I don't have a big down payment.   

ANY help is appreciated! Thanks! 

@Jasmine Z

A suggestion you may or may not of heard about is being a private lender to rehabbers earning 10 to 12% for short-term loans, receiving a mortgage or trust deed security for the loan and rolling that over and over.

I would take that interest money and paid down student loan debt.

You need to get your debt to earnings DTI down

You could also buy houses on land contract in Wisconsin then doing a lease to own exit, land contracts are common in Wisconsin

@Jasmine Z.

Welcome to Bigger Pockets. BP is full of resources. You will find resources here from blogs to pod casts and forums. You can also send messages to members. This is one of my favorite features of Bigger Pockets especially for asking specific questions.

Thanks for the advice guys. Anymore tips? Thanks!


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