Newbie from Hammond, Louisiana

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Hello BP community.  I have been a free member for over a year.  I have decided it is time to get serious and get my first deal done so I have gone PRO.  I am interested in buy and hold rentals as my retirement plan.  I look forward to learning as much as I can from this site as I progress to my goal of financial freedom.

I am an Accountant and I work in Government.  I recently graduated with a BS in Accounting at 42 years old.  My previous career was in healthcare as a Physical Therapist Assistant.   I decided that I didn't want to work in physical therapy until I retired, so I made a dream of mine come true and went back to school.  I am married to my wife of 14 years and we have two young boys ages 6 and 8.  

I enjoy what I do, but I want to have the flexibility to work when I want and spend more time with my family.  Real estate investing is how I plan to achieve that flexibility.  

I look forward to the journey.

Thanks for having me.

@Bryan Oliver

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Congrats on becoming a BP Pro.  I recently did the same and have been enjoying the added capabilities of PRO.

I'm also a new investor on the Northshore looking for buy and hold properties between Slidell and Hammond. 

There are a few local RE groups that may be of interest to you.  Let me know.

I work in the Hammond area so let me know if you want to meet up and swap notes.


@Dimitri Fomichenko

Thanks for the very informative post!  I appreciate your willingness to help a new guy. 

@Braden Smith 

I am interested.  I sent you a connection request and a PM.

@Chris Verdets

I appreciate your post.  I sent a connection request so we can connect.

Welcome to investing in SELA, Bryan! I'm a local investor in the Slidell/St. tammany area and run the REIA that Dean mentioned. Best of luck in your ventures and feel free to reach out if I can help in any way!

Welcome @Bryan Oliver, I too invest on the gulf coast. Look forward to meeting you at the northshore reia meeting. I have been acquiring properties for three years now ( 7 doors ) and just put under contract two more properties. 

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