Tips for starting Investing while moving around

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Hey all! I am super new to real estate investing as I bought my first house in Southern Pines, NC end of 2016 that I currently live in. It has a good rental market being close to golf courses and Fort Bragg but now I want to buy another as I am stationed in Tampa, FL temporarily. While I would love to buy here in Tampa, I will be back to NC very soon (and only for about 2 years).

So, should I try to buy in the Tampa market and manage it from NC or just stay in the Raleigh Area?

I want to have passive rental income and plan to hold on to the property.

I appreciate any and all advice!

I would continue buying in the market of your first rental

@Danny Herrera I would 100% stay in the Ft Bragg area. Rdu is great, but it’s very expensive. You have a captive audience with your fellow soldiers and would be easy to hire a property manager to look after both of your properties, if you so choose. I’m looking in the Ft Bragg area from advice from friends in the military.

Hi @Danny Herrera ,

I'm going to say go with what you know. If you have a goal return in mind, and you can meet or exceed that goal in NC, go for it. You know the area and probably have more connections than you do in Tampa. Living local will save you money in management and repairs/inspections. Your tenants would appreciate it more.

The only thing I can think of that would convince you to be in Tampa would be a scenario where you could buy a second home with a VA loan. You will have an entitlement limit of let's say $450k, you could in theory buy two homes in different areas if your total loans between 2 homes are under that $450k. You'd have to buy the home with the intent to occupy the property.

@David Mohrmann Thank you for that insight and clarity. I think it is easy to get sucked into the reports saying Tampa is one of the biggest booming real estate markets in the country and leave the place you know. 

 @Tom Parris Thank you for the local insight here as well. 

@Danny Herrera I'd invest in Pass-a-Grille and give myself a reason to go down there and eat at the Wharf!!!!! I'd take a powerboat tour, and write it all off! Way more fun than checking out your property in NC.....just sayin'

@Adam Schneider Man I just went fishing on the Pass-A-Grille last weekend and dreamed about having property there. The only thing is I need to learn more about the Flood Insurance process and need more education about purchasing in flood zones. But I agree it would be amazing to buy there. Do you have experience investing in St Pete Area?


@Danny Herrera I wish I did. We happened to have just come back from a vacation there. It's a hidden gem....we were talking with a lady at the Wharf and she bought her house sight unseen 6 years ago. Grabbed a fixer, how hard can it be????

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