Newbie from Chicago (Southwest Suburbs)

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Hello Everyone,

My name is Jason Thornberry and this is my first official step towards getting involved with Real estate.  

My Grandmother (rest her soul) was a Realtor and I remember admiring what she did for a living when I was a child.  I've always had an interest in Real estate but lacked the energy and motivation to do something about it.  Recent (and positive) changes in my life have renewed my spirit so, thanks to Google and a little effort, here I am! =)

My current profession is in HVAC, (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning), along with a decent knowledge of electrical and plumbing.  I'm pretty handy and can do quite a lot of DIY projects.

I would love to own some rental properties and do some flipping but I'm currently under water with my first home and I have no capital to get started with. 

My current plan is to hopefully become a Realtor while keeping my current job so I don't have to give up the benefits and securities that it provides.  My schedule is somewhat flexible so I hope this is feasible.  

Alternatively, (I hope this is not out of line or considered "pitching") I hope I can find a way to apply my knowledge and skills with HVAC and network with people who are actively involved in Real estate properties.  

I wanted to keep this short so I think I will stop here...  I look forward to any and all comments or advice.

Thank you!

@Jason Thornberry  

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Locate and attend 3 different local REIA club meetings great place to meet people gather resources and info. Here you will meet wholesalers who provide deals and rehabbers.

Two Great reads, I bought both J. Scott The Book on Flipping Houses,The Book on Estimating ReHab Costs

Consider checking out HUD homes for small multi's owner occupied gets first crack.

You might consider Niche or Specialized Housing like student housing. Rents can be 2-4 times more. Remember you don't have to own a property to control it.

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Welcome to BP community @Jason Thornberry   It is a great place to meet new friends and learn about various aspects of real estate and more. 

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Welcome to BP Jason! 

Having the HVAC background will only help you! Along with knowing other good tradesman in the industry will also benefit. 
The site has so much to offer you could almost get lost in it! :D

Wish you the best on your journey! 

Welcome @Jason Thornberry  ! Lots to learn here, and I bet you can be of some help too w your HVAC experience.

You can set up keyword alerts (HVAC for example) so when someone posts you can jump in and join the conversation or give advice.



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