First (of hopefully many) Rental in the Books

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It's been a crazy year so far. My wife and I purchased our first intentional rental property (we had rented out a previous personal residence that we've since sold), we are trying to keep up with our 3 year old and expecting our second kid next week. We will be a little bit 'out of the game' since my wife will be taking 6 months off for maternity leave. I figured sharing our story may be motivation for some folks as well as keeping me thinking about it until we are ready to buy house # 2.

The House: REO purchased, 3 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath ranch

Major Renovations: We gutted and reconfigured the kitchen to be usable. The bathroom got a new toilet, vanity and flooring. All the hardwood floors were refinished. All wood paneling was replaced with drywall or painted concrete and a fourth bedroom was added in the basement.


Purchase Price - $51,000 financed with 25% down

Rehab Costs - $16,000  ($4,000 over projected budget) Unexpected electrical work made up a big chunk of the overage, we found open wires behind wood paneling and in the attic.

Monthly Expenses - $427 (principle, interest, taxes & insurance)

Monthly Rental Income - $940 

Since we purchased the home two homes in the neighborhood have sold for $90k and $93k. They were the same floor plan but with only 3 bedrooms. I am hoping to be able to leverage equity in the home to aid with the purchase/renovation of our second home early 2016.

@Brian Croll  Congratulations. It all sounds great. The cash is one thing, but the knowledge gained in this experience will surpass the dollars.   Always glad to hear stories like this. Start planning the next one!!

I can't wait to see what happens with your second home (:

This truly is an inspirational story for new investors like myself.

outstanding, the work looks great. Thanks for providing before and after pictures. 

Looking forward to hearing about your future deals. 

Early congrats on the new addition, I mean baby, not the next deal. Lol But early congrats on that to. 

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