My name is Richard Hairston. I'm a military brat. I was born in Germany but raised in a small town called Valdosta, GA. I've been in Real Estate since Oct 2009 when I purchased my first home as a rental shortly after getting out of the military (Air Force). I've also done a handful of rehabs and am currently hoping to finish my last one with a partner of mine in Nebraska. I went on to do contracting work overseas in 2011 and have finally settled in VA with my fiancé who is currently still in the military.
During my work abroad, I met my mentor Sean Carroll who I immediately realized was very business savvy and began talking to him. He opened the first Thai/American real estate company in Thailand back in 2002 and recently asked me if I would like to come on board with him helping him find funding and putting deals together. Although I wouldn't consider myself an expert in this field, he's doing a good job giving me the tools and information I need in order to get the knowledge he has.
I have always envied seeing big apartment complexes and developments being created. I've always told myself I want to get to that point one day and when I do, I'll know I've succeeded in my goals. For now, I'm just looking to continue working with Sean and assisting him and in the meantime, looking for deals to continue to add to my portfolio such as multi units starting out small and slowly doing more and more. This is another reason I've decided to join BP because I read a blog about the positive feedback and all the resources they had to offer. One thing I've come to know is, you can never stop learning and the more you continue to grow, the further you will go.
Welcome to Bigger Pockets. I enjoyed reading your introduction. I believe you are fortunate to have a fiancee who is in the military who can relate to your military( air force) background, your travels to various countries, your real estate experience with Sean as a mentor, and the foresight to join Bigger Pockets.
Take advantage of resources Bigger Pockets has to offer such as: ebooks, blogs, forums, webinars, podcasts, keyword alerts, learn section, informative people in many fields of real estate, colleagues, and more. Connect with REIA meetings, accountability partners, and mastermind groups. Enjoy as you prosper.
Thank you @Renea Steward. I look forward to continuing to grow as well as connect with others on here. I find myself more on here vs other medias such as FB and Twitter as this provides actual content we can use and input in our daily lives. I'm finding the tools that you mentioned very helpful as well and will continue to utilize. Best wishes on your success as well.
@Account Closed Thank you for your service and to your fiance as well.
Nice to see more folks from NoVA on BP. I am just down the road from you.
Upen Patel, Mortgage Banker
Federal NMLS# 1374243
Welcome to BP @Account Closed . You should come out to some of the local REIA's and BP meetings.
@Upen Patel That is right around the corner from me. My favorite place there so far is Plaka. It is a good thing knowing that other individuals nearby are also networking out and meeting others as well. Maybe we'll be able to work together on something in the future. It's a pleasure meeting you sir.
Hello @Russell Brazil. I'v actually been to a few of the CAZA meetups and a Baltimore social hour event for real estate. I'm still fairly new to the area so I try and make it out when I can. Are there any other good ones that I should branch out and experience?
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