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Excited to get started in North Carolina

Posted Jul 31 2022, 16:10

Hi all,

My name is Lew.  I've had some exposure to real estate investing in the past and am looking to get back into it.

I was an Army officer for six years after college, and bought two properties in 2012 and 2013.  I then started and ran a landscaping franchise before a family situation caused me to abruptly close and move to North Carolina.  That whole process was quite financially disastrous; I sold one home to fund the business and the other to make the move to NC possible on short notice.  I worked in HVAC for a few years, before doing a coding bootcamp and transitioning into software last year.

I'm finally at a level of income and stable finances where we are starting to save for our first investment purchase. I'm reading some of my old books, and picking up new ones. I'm also looking forward to getting involved in a Triad area meetup or two. For now we're focused on saving and education, but within the next year or two we hope to purchase our first SFR.

I personally think the Triad and mountains of NC present great opportunities; WNC for STRs and the Triad for longer term tenants.  Looking forward to participating in these forums and getting going (again!).

Best,

Lew

Western NC, North Carolina

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Jayme Currie
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Jayme Currie
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Replied Jul 31 2022, 16:49

If you’re looking to connect with other investors in Greensboro you should try to make it out to Pint and Properties. The group meets once per month (next meet up is 8/24) at Pig Pounder Brewery from 6-8pm. Great group of people and always something new to learn!

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Replied Jul 31 2022, 16:56

@Jayme Currie,

I'll definitely check it out.  The thing I love about my job is the flexibility; I'll definitely use the perk well.  I know committing to a meetup is likely to rapidly speed up the time to my first deal.  Thanks for the recommendation!

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Mitch Davidson
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Mitch Davidson
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Replied Aug 1 2022, 07:30

Hi @Lewis Vine. I'm happy to provide some insight on markets over here in the mountains, to provide feedback on your finance strategy, and to connect you to an STR minded agent.

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Michelle Figueroa
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Michelle Figueroa
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Replied Aug 1 2022, 08:37

Hi Lewis, I'm excited you're considering adding a singe family rental in the triad to your investments. It's a fast growing area with a lot of opportunity for investment. If you need any contacts for hard money lenders, property managers, accountants, GCs, off-market dealers, etc, I'm happy to help!

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ModeratorReplied Aug 1 2022, 09:08

Welcome to BiggerPockets Lewis and good luck investing!

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Mike Kehoe
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Mike Kehoe
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Replied Aug 1 2022, 09:56

Welcome! We love the Triad for our own portfolio. Let me know if we can help in any way. 

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Ryan Deasy
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Replied Aug 1 2022, 14:39

@Lewis Vine thank you for your service and welcome back to the bigger pockets world! i got started with my first really good deals (after a few really mediocre ones haha) with hard money. happy to share those experiences if you think it would help. either way, best of luck!

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Julio Gonzalez
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Replied Aug 2 2022, 02:39

Welcome to BiggerPockets, Lewis! This is a great place to learn and to connect with people so take advantage of all the great resources.

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Robin Simon#2 Private Lending & Conventional Mortgage Advice Contributor
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Replied Aug 2 2022, 06:31

Welcome, I've seen a ton of people have success in these markets and doing STRs in North Carolina, I think there is definitely still opportunity there and a great place to invest

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Katherine Serrell
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Replied Aug 14 2022, 10:00

Hi Lewis! Thank you for your service!  I started investing about 3 years ago and I now have several properties in NC (short term and long term). Happy to connect and share what worked best for me.