I just wanted to take a moment to introduce myself to the community. I'm a 37y/o career firefighter in Meriden, CT. I live in New London, CT, and am originally from Windsor, CT. I've been researching real estate investing for too long and am looking to buy my first rental by the end of this year. I'd love to meet other like minded individuals across the state (RI as well). I love the podcasts and resources available on this site and hope to be able to contribute at some point.
Welcome aboard @Matthew Avery ! Check out the nearby members and network https://www.biggerpockets.com/meet , it will help you a lot to find partners that can help you out in investing.
Welcome to BP @Matthew Avery
Always good seeing others from the local area here in CT on the forums.
I actually live in meriden! Nice to see someone new on here!
Thanks for the warm welcome.
@Matthew Avery Hi Matthew, welcome! I was a volunteer firefighter for 7 years and have a tremendous amount of respect for what you do. The schedule also aids itself to real estate investing. Best of luck!
@Chaz Mathias Thanks for your service as well. I very much appreciate the opportunity I've been given to serve.
Welcome to BP. You've found the right to find motivation and technical support! I am based in RI but also actively looking to invest in New London. There is a monthly REI meet up in Groton hosted by @Mat O'Grady with a great group of people. Very casual atmosphere.
@Francois Martin Thanks for the heads up. I'll keep an eye out for that meetup.
Welcome to the site @Matthew Avery
I know a few Meriden Firefighters.
My advice to you and every other newbie to the industry... Continuously educate yourself, continuously search for deals, and don't be afraid to seize the moment when an opportunity presents itself!!
I look forward to seeing you around the site.
Thanks for the advice @CameronNorfleet, I am and I will.
@Matthew Avery welcome aboard and good to see a fellow firefighter jumping into the game. I've been in the fire service for 17 years and just took a year leave to take my real estate investing to the next level. Let me know if I can help, it would be great to jump on a call.
Thanks @JeffWallenius. I'd love to talk. I'll take all the advice I can get.
Hello! @Matthew Avery
Welcome to BP, and congratulations on making the decision to invest in your future via real estate.
I have written a few blog posts that may help you get started here on BP, and with your investing. Please click on the links, give them a read, and share your thoughts in the comments.
First is a post that I feel will help not get overwhelmed with the amount of info that is here on BP:
The second is a post that will help get you focused with your real estate investing goals:
The last one is a post that will help you choose an “investor friendly” real estate agent.
There are many agents out there, but it’s important to choose the right one.
I love answering questions if you have any! Good Luck :)
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