New goals, new life starts now. (Chicagoland)

8 Replies

Hi Everyone,

So I've been back in the States for about a year a couple of months after living abroad.
Living abroad has open my eyes to creating new goals in my life.

I used to think I want to live debt free (almost there, minus student loans).

My current goal is to live Financially Free, to be free of a JOB and to focus on what I find important.

2018 is the year of beginnings for me.

-I got engaged this year.

-I have a new goal I want to achieve.

-I want to look back and say 2018 is when I changed my life.

I'm just sharing so I don't lose the motivation over the next year or two.

So far I've just been saving for the wedding not investing yet.

(If anyone has been in the same boat as me please share ideas for saving for multiple events.)

*Shameless plug below.

(If anyone needs help with some odd jobs in the Chicagoland area let me know. The wedding isn't paying itself. haha)

Investing goals

My first goal is to buy a duplex/3plex/4plex once I get married and house hack it.

Eventually, I want to own a few multi-homes and create passive income to live on.

I'll probably focus on Illinois and Indiana since I spend most of my time in these areas then branch out.

Nice meeting everyone. 

I enjoy reading everyone's post as it motivates me to see successful people.

@Rafael Salinas II welcome to the BiggerPockets community! 

Sounds like you are building good momentum for a great life and setting some good goals! 

Some resources I would suggest:

  • Read Brandon Turner's book on rental property investing https://www.biggerpockets.com/store/rental-investing-digital
  • Listen to the BP Real Estate podcast https://www.biggerpockets.com/podcast
  • Listen to the BP money podcast https://www.biggerpockets.com/moneyshow
  • Attend local REI events https://www.biggerpockets.com/forums/521-events-and-happenings
  • Start analyzing deals to get practice and check out the  BP calculators
  • Keep interacting and engaging with others on the BiggerPockets forums
  • All the best,

    @Rafael Salinas II Congrats on getting engaged and setting those ambitious goals! 

    @Andrew Fredrickson gave a good checklist to get started on learning more before you actually invest. I'm still in this phase and am following the @Scott Trench principles in Set for Life before investing - currently working on saving that first $100K.

    What types of odd jobs are you looking for? I'm based in NWI and might be able to help on that front.

    @Rafael Salinas II I wish you the best of luck!  Word of advice, read or listen to as many Real Estate books as possible.  Amazon offers two free audio books if you subscribe.  First month is free, just make sure you cancel the subscription before the first month is up.

    @Rafael Salinas II I'd recommend connecting with @Adrien S. as he works very closely with investors in NWI, and I'd also recommend checking out the NICIA.org group. I'm a member of that group, and many of the investors in there post odd jobs where they're looking for help with their properties... also a good way to get connected in the community. Feel free to DM me, if you'd like more info.

    Hello! @Rafael Salinas II

    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:

    https://www.biggerpockets.com/blogs/5868/52761-the-simple-guide-to-getting-started-on-bp



    The second is a post that will help get you focused with your real estate investing goals:

    https://www.biggerpockets.com/blogs/5868/52743-im-new-to-bp-any-advice-would-be-appriciated

    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.

    https://www.biggerpockets.com/blogs/5868/52724-im-new-to-investing-how-do-i-find-an-investor-friendly-agent

    I love answering questions if you have any! Good Luck :)

    Free eBook from BiggerPockets!

    Ultimate Beginner's Guide Book Cover

    Join BiggerPockets and get The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Real Estate Investing for FREE - read by more than 100,000 people - AND get exclusive real estate investing tips, tricks and techniques delivered straight to your inbox twice weekly!

    • Actionable advice for getting started,
    • Discover the 10 Most Lucrative Real Estate Niches,
    • Learn how to get started with or without money,
    • Explore Real-Life Strategies for Building Wealth,
    • And a LOT more.

    We hate spam just as much as you