Newbie from Portland, OR.

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I've been a mailman for 23 years but I've always had a love for real estate. I currently own 2 rental houses and a 6-plex which I bought about 10 or 11 years ago. I flipped 1 house and did a 1031 in 2006. I've been simply maintaining the properties for awhile, and at times hating being a landlord, because I haven't been treating it as a business. My wife and I also have 8 kids, from 22-9 which might explain some of my distraction:)

I'm now re-focused and ready to start turning my properties into cash cows so I can plow some money into more cash flow rentals.

I'm also seriously considering getting my real estate license in the next 6-12 months 

Hey @Don Frost  thanks for introducing yourself! It's great to have you here! Don't miss The BiggerPockets Podcast - they are great for learning how others are finding success.

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I think one of the benefits of you having been a mail man is that you know the areas/neighborhoods better than anyone else as you have driven by them so many times i'm sure. I think that is a huge advantage. 

Best of luck in your real estate ventures!

thank you for the welcome! I'm looking forward to interacting with fellow Rei enthusiasts.

I've been listening to the podcasts and loving it. 

You're right Luka, I have gotten to know my area pretty well. In fact I bought my first rental in 2003 when as a result of seeing a woman putting a FSBO sign in her yard as I was delivering her mail, we spoke for a minute and then after work we worked out a deal. :)

@Don Frost Welcome to BP, you've come to the right place for learning about pretty much anything related to real estate. 

I also suggest that you look into two of the more popular local real estate investment groups. Both Northwest REIA and Rarebird are attend by investors from very experienced to newbies. They are great for networking.

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