Hello From Little Rock, AR (Husband/Wife team transitioning from

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Hi Everybody!

My name is Karen Saxon. I live in Little Rock, AR, with my husband, Ben. He and I were both going to post our introductions today but then we thought that might be like showing up at the Bigger Pockets Gym in matching jogging suits. So, this introduction is for both of us. My grandpa was a good hardworking man, but also a bit of a slumlord (whose tenants would flush whole rolls of toilet paper down the toilets) so I never found the idea of owning rental properties very appealing. However, about 6 years ago (before I met my husband), I invested some savings into a decent little rent house in a solid neighborhood and found that it was a much better return on my money than sitting in a savings account. Since then, we got engaged, purchased another SFH fixer upper, got married, renovated the SFH together, turned it over to a property manager, and have had successful income streams with both to date. Then recently, my husband and I successfully flipped an SFH. I am more the artsy dreamer type who finds a distressed property and dreams of how beautiful we can make it. But my husband is a spreadsheet BEAST. He loves spreadsheets almost more than he loves me (and he dreams sexy dreams about spreadsheets). Seriously though, he is the no-BS numbers guy and if the numbers don't add up, my cotton candy dreams get the chopping block. Together we are an excellent team.

Although Ben and I are just now posting a profile on Bigger Pockets, he and I feel like we are already part of the BP family because we spend our free time listening to Bigger Pockets podcasts and reading REI books. He's a professional instructional designer in the educational content and technology industry (working from home), and I am a professional musician/singer/songwriter, but we LOVE REI. I have a courageous young daughter who is on her way to becoming a fierce business woman and is currently looking for her first deal, so I'm a proud mom. These MFR cats on the BP Podcast have recently lit Ben and me on fire and we are turning our attention to multifamily investment properties either here in Little Rock or in other markets in the U.S. We want to network with other multifamily investors, learn as much as possible, build a team, and invest in our first MFR soon. We are open to flipping another SFH on the side if a deal comes along, but our main focus is MFR. Ben and I are excited to be on BP and we look forward to connecting with the BP community.

Karen

Hi Karen, welcome to BP!  Sounds like you've already got some great experience.  I live in LR and I'd love to meet up with you and your husband and swap stories sometime.  And it's ok if ya'll match lol! ;)

Welcome to BP, Karen and Ben! I recently joined BP and am new to investing in the central Arkansas area. I am absorbing all the info I can get. People here have been extremely helpful with pointing me in the right direction and I hope you have the sameness experience! Hopefully I get to meet you guys in person at one of the meetings :) 

@Karen Saxon and family, Welcome to BP (officially)!

Sounds like you both have "teamwork makes the dream work" down to a fine art.

Best of luck on your next investment property, whether flip or multifamily, and again, welcome.

Hi Karen & Ben,  It sounds like you are off to a good start, and you're in the right place to learn.  There are several good husband/wife teams here in Central Arkansas.  I'm definitely partial to that business model.  Best of luck in your new adventures!

Hi All,

We're already encouraged by the warm welcome! We're excited to start connecting with other investors in Central Arkansas, and in the broader BP community.

I'm actually looking to purchase a rental in Little Rock very soon.  I live in Brooklyn NY but come back to LR quite often since it's my hometown.  I would love to connect with anyone in the area too. 

Originally posted by @Aaron Wade :

I'm actually looking to purchase a rental in Little Rock very soon.  I live in Brooklyn NY but come back to LR quite often since it's my hometown.  I would love to connect with anyone in the area too. 

Hi Aaron! My husband (Ben) and I would love to connect with you.

@Karen Saxon  

I should be in Little Rock within the next few weeks to "hopefully" close on a SFH. I would love to connect and see what you and your husband are working on regarding REI.

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