Newbie from Akron, Ohio

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I am brand new to the real estate world. I know a couple of people with single family rental properties and am hoping to follow that strategy as well. I just graduated college last year so the biggest roadblock for me currently is having very low capital to invest. Any suggestions or tips on low/no money down financing would be greatly appreciated.

@Tanner Krauth

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@Tanner Krauth

Welcome to BP.

James Wise's advice is spot on. Owner occupied financing is the easiest financing to acquire and will offer the best rates. Since you're fresh out of college, you may also want to look into "house hacking" which essentially means taking on roommates in your own unit in exchange for rent. Life circumstances tend to make that sort of arrangement less viable as you get older, but it's a commonly used method for younger people to get ahead.

@Tanner Krauth

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@Tanner Krauth , you might like to attend the nearby Meetup this Thursday August 27, detailed by Aaron Westerburg here:-

(Can't be there myself). Cheers...

Updated about 6 years ago

Also, start developing a good relationship with your Bank, including getting good SAVINGS happening. Oh, and welcome to BP! All the best...

@Tanner Krauth

Welcome. Take a good look at student housing see below.

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 (cash buyers). Find them through Google and

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.

Download BP’s newest book here some good due diligence in Chapter 10. Real Estate Rewind Starting over

Good Luck


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