Hello everyone I'm here now!

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Good morning, day or evening to you! My name is Jared Kampschroeder. I'm 28 years old and I live with my wife in the Hampton Roads area of VA. I recently joined the Bigger Pockets family thanks to a coworker of mine. This is obviously my first post so today I'm just here to introduce myself and hopefully my story won't be too long winded.

I was a massage therapist for 4 years before becoming bored and staying broke. From there I joined the military. I'm on the last year of my contract and for the past 4 I learned I needed to make a lot of changes or I would be broke indefinitely and without direction. I also need to stop changing jobs every 4 years! So a good friend of mine had me read Rich Dad Poor Dad and it was a life changer! He also got me started on some books on stocks and that's fine as a long term investment but I still needed to make money to keep feeding in to them for retirement. That's when another friend of mine let me borrow her copy of The Book on Rental Property Investing by Brandon Turner. I'd like to think Brandon is now the best friend he doesn't know I have! I now own my own copy of his book, as well as several other books on property investing! And for good reason.

Two years ago I met my wife. You can say we definitely hit the ground running in our relationship and she is the best thing that has ever happened to me- at least until our son is born and takes that title in September! We just bought our first house and I believe we got a great deal. From here we want to look at small multifamily homes and have our first investment before I leave the military next May. Her military contract ends the year after and we hope to move to Florida and have at least two duplexes (or better) and dabble in flips or wholesaling before then. That's the plan thus far! I will have lots of questions I'm sure and I hope to answer a few with my limited experience as well. I hope to connect with some great people! Thanks for stopping by!

Hi Jared,

Welcome to BP! Thank you for your (and your wife's) service to our country. I enjoyed reading your story thus far. Best of luck on the journey on your journey through REI.

Hi Jared, Welcome to Bigger Pockets.  Thanks for your service.  I was stationed out there where you are now at the Naval Hospital for a couple of yrs then for 6 months going thru surgical tech school.  Shortly after I got off active duty I found myself begging for jobs because I was overqualified for most of them or I had to go back to school because I didn't have the paper backing my education.  Now, after multiple years of being average and gaining some knowledge of the one thing I have been interested in, I find myself here and listening or reading everything about this.  I hope you have the greatest of luck my friend.  I'm out here now in Missouri.  Look forward to talking to you. 

Thank you guys for the warm welcome!

@Carl Hawke That sounds about right! I'm glad you are here too and have been in my shoes. I'm currently a calibration tech but normally work in fuels for the Navy. It's funny you mention being in MO now. I'm actually from the St. Louis area originally! I grew up in Kirkwood!

No kidding?  OK so the I-70 showdown is still going? I work in a plasma center right now and as a Corpsman for 15 yrs, it was a hard thing to swallow.  Luckily now if I really wanted to thanks to our newly elected (in trouble) Governor I can challenge the boards for an LPN's license.But I don't want nursing.  spent too many years sowing up wounds and doing more evasive things.  Got spoiled from the Nav I guess.   

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