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hello everyone,

I'm a newbie to this site and I'm looking to start the path to becoming a real estate investor. Here is my story....

I'm a former U.S. Marine who served for 8 years on active duty. After active duty I was a realtor for 2 years in the San Diego area and I worked for prudential California realty. I moved to Massachusetts for a job and I purchased my first home 7 years ago. My home is a 2 family and I've been a landlord for 7 years. I'm looking to get started with wholesaling real estate in my area or possibly "Bird dogging" for deals for buyers or investors. Im just really tired of my 9 to 5 job and I want to begin the process of becoming a real estate investor. Hopefully with hard work I can one day leave my day job in a few years or even sooner if it's possible. It's my dream. I'm hoping to network and learn as much as I can from all of you. Thanks everyone!

Medium fe carson  clary h largeClary C., Factor Enterprises LLC. | http://www.factorenterprises.com

@Clary C. Welcome to BP. I got tired of the j-o-b too, but mine eventually got to be a 6-5. 9-5 would have been a welcome break. Hope you can fire your boss soon.

Hi, Clary!

It's awesome to have you on board as a new member! I'm excited to see where your endeavors into real estate investing go. I encourage you to check out our Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Real Estate Investing as it is packed with really useful information and tips.

I'm sure your experience as a landlord will help the cause, too!

Good luck!

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Welcome Clary . There are a lot of super helpful people and great advice on this site! I'm a "fix and hold" investor from the Bay Area in CA, and loving it! A lot of others doing flips, wholesaling, notes, everything.. A few tips..

You can tag people by typing @ before you type their name, then clicking their name when it pops up at the bottom of the message box. You can click on the "vote" button if you like someone's post or is helpful, and there are "awards" to earn on your profile. The "Learn" link across the top navigation bar has lots of great info, and most importantly, the BP members! Welcome to BP, and good luck on your investments!

J. Martin, JTM Real Estate Group | [email protected] | 510‑863‑1190 | http://tinyurl.com/RESummit2

wow.....thanks everyone for the greetings. I'm excited about getting started. I'm also nervous about attempting my first deal but I have to do it. I definitely am looking forward to firing my boss one day! I've spent a lot of money on real estate courses from real estate "guru's" and some of those courses seemed like scams that haven't helped me at all no matter how hard I worked at it so hopefully with the information on this website and the real world advice from all of you I can finally take those first steps into real estate investing! I'm a landlord now, so I know I can make that transition into becoming a real estate investor!

Medium fe carson  clary h largeClary C., Factor Enterprises LLC. | http://www.factorenterprises.com

Semper Fi
Welcome to BP, we both have similar story . 7 years active in Army and now in reserve. Bought 2 family also .A realtor /investor for 2 years or so.
You found a good site . Listen to the
pod casts and read the blogs and learn
Some day we start a Veterans REI club
Tenzing

Hi Clary,

A very warm Welcome to BP. On behalf of my fellow members, let me take a special time to express our sincere gratitude for your service to our country - Thank you, Thank you, and Thank you again!!

Here at BP there is a great support/network system, that helps to navigate you, as you embark on this wonderful journey. Please don't be nervous, as there are lots of materials that you can read, that will help to build up your confidence. You have placed your feet on the first rung of the ladder, by becoming a landlord; just keep climbing, and I'll see you at the top!!

@Clary C. - welcome to Bp and, first off, thank YOU for your service. Here's a blog post I wrote that gives you a couple tips on how to be successful as a wholesaler:

http://www.biggerpockets.com/blogs/4430/blog_posts/32194-attention-wholesalers-2-ways-to-stand-out-from-your-competition

Joe Fairless, Best Real Estate Investing Advice Ever Show | http://joefairless.com/book

Hi Clary, welcome to BP.

I also want to thank you for your service to our country.

You are in a great place to learn about things. You'll learn more for free then you did from most of the guru stuff you have. :)

We have a strong MA contingent on here so you should also be able to make a lot of good contacts if you are active on the forums.

You should also get out to some investor meetings to build your network especially if you want to wholesale (Need to find the people you are going to sell to!). Closest ones to you would be Providence, RI and Taunton. A little father out and all roughly as inconvenient from Attleboro that I know would be ones in Rockland, Plymouth and the Black Diamond events in Worcester and Waltham. Quite a few more if you want to go north of Boston.

Good luck, oh and put me on your buyers list. :)

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@Clary C. welcome to the BP community!

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Welcome, Clary. Buying a duplex and living in it is a great way to start. You can take advantage of owner occupied rates while getting your feet wet in investing. And @Bryan L. is right, most real estate investors who are at this full time could only dream about working only 9-5. But at least you get to make that decision on your own.

Good luck!

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Welcome Clary

Real Estate agent,investor and landlord . I could not have said it better than it has already beem said above. you're in a good place here..

Health insurance is a great benefit of a 9- 5 these days ?

617‑466‑9096 | http://www.Massbaypropertygroup.com

@Clary C.

Welcome. Thanks for your service. The Rockland REIA is Thursday night the Taunton REIA is Tuesday night. Let me know if you need info.

Locate and attend 3 different local REIA club meetings great place to meet people gather resources and info.

Two Great reads, I bought both J. Scott The Book on Flipping Houses,The Book on Estimating ReHab Costshttp://www.biggerpockets.com/flippingbook

Couple good reads

Good Luck

Paul

Welcome to this wonderful site. I am a newbie here too and have learned so much in such a short time. Working on becoming a wholesaler then will move on to other sides of this business. Thank you for serving our country and good luck in this business...

Hey @Clary C. welcome! You've definitely come to the right place to learn more about investing. If you haven't yet, be sure to check out the The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Real Estate Investing and The BiggerPockets Podcast. They are both great at learning the fundamentals.

Oh - and don't forget to set up your Keyword Alerts!

See you around the site!

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Originally posted by @Clary C. :
hello everyone,

I'm a newbie to this site and I'm looking to start the path to becoming a real estate investor. Here is my story....

I'm a former U.S. Marine who served for 8 years on active duty. After active duty I was a realtor for 2 years in the San Diego area and I worked for prudential California realty. I moved to Massachusetts for a job and I purchased my first home 7 years ago. My home is a 2 family and I've been a landlord for 7 years. I'm looking to get started with wholesaling real estate in my area or possibly "Bird dogging" for deals for buyers or investors. Im just really tired of my 9 to 5 job and I want to begin the process of becoming a real estate investor. Hopefully with hard work I can one day leave my day job in a few years or even sooner if it's possible. It's my dream. I'm hoping to network and learn as much as I can from all of you. Thanks everyone!

Welcome to BP Nation! I am a Real Estate Broker in MA. Let's keep in touch for future business.

Medium rothwell gornt logo smallRobert Adams, The Adams Team at Rothwell Gornt Co. | [email protected] | 702‑349‑9175 | http://www.LVrealestateHELP.com | NV Agent # 62827, MA Agent # 9530304 , RI Agent # 18138