Hello from California!

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Hi there,

My name is Shelby and I am new to the forum. I am a 26 year old Paramedic looking to transition into real estate investing. I have left the field and recently starting working as an assistant for a prominent Orange County real estate agent. As much as I love EMS, it doesn't pay the bills (at least not here), and I have always been fascinated by homes, flipping, selling, designing, etc. Additionally, my boyfriend will be applying to medical schools soon, and I am anxious to start my career in real estate investing to hopefully be able to support both of us and hopefully start a family at some point, something that would never happen if I continue to work as a medic while he's in school.

I live in southern California, but am considering attempting to invest in my first properties in Vegas, as it is an easy drive from here and considerably more affordable for a first venture.  My main interests are flipping until I generate enough cash to dive into rentals as well.  I am also interested in wholesaling, but find myself wrestling with the ethics of it, and hope to learn more about that here.

I am very much still in the learning phase, and I am trying to learn as much as I can about how to get into this.  I do not come from money and do not have a lot to work with, although I will be receiving a decent amount soon from a settlement, and want to learn how to make that work for me in this field, instead of just watching it get spent away.  Although I am trying to learn as much as I can, I do not want to get stuck in the trap of reading forever without taking actionable steps, and I feel I am at the point where I am ready to dip my toe in the water.

If you've made it this far (sorry, I didn't mean to write a book), thank you and I look forward to interacting with you all!

Whats up Shelby! Thanks for sharing your story! I can totally relate to getting stuck in the cycle of consuming videos/blogs/etc and not taking action steps! I just signed up for PRO after listening to a webinar and began going through The Financial Independence Blueprint course offered by BP! If you haven't already I'd recommend making sure your boyfriend is aware of your goals and desire to get involved in real estate so that you don't run into any resistance down the road that might keep you from reaching those goals! 

Hey Dwagne!

Thank you for your response!  I'm definitely considering going pro and will probably do so this week!  Thankfully, my boyfriend knows and is supportive, I told him if I have to stick out years of medical school, he's going to have to stick some of this out, ha.  Tampa is a beautiful place!  I lived there for a couple of years awhile ago and, while I can't complain too much in California, miss the endless Florida summer and the whole area.  Enjoy your week!

Welcome, yes it is easier to get creative finance deals in Los Vegas than the metropolitan areas of So Cal,  But if you are willing to go a little out of the way, say near Edwards air force base  which is still LA County you can get some very creative deals done.  Good luck

Also, I was interested in your post because if money wasn't a consideration for career I'd be a paramedic! I'm a physical therapist currently but love emergency medicine/response. So once my wife and I achieve financial independence I might go back and become a paramedic! Lol tell me if I'm crazy or would you consider that as well just for the love of it? 

Hi Shelby, welcome!

You mentioned you don't come from money -- A lot of people including myself did not, If you're a hustler thats just fine. Also, You don't really have to spend on education with Real Estate. You are more than welcome to subscribe to Pro but I would recommend you watch videos on Youtube and listen to the BiggerPockets podcast first. All 100% FREE.

I passively listen to the podcast while working out at the GYM, it's VERY educational and I've learned a lot from it. The money I spend on education is usually on books. I don't pay mentors as well. 

@Shelby Van Horn Welcome! I was living in Murrieta up until mid January when I moved to Oklahoma for a new job opportunity. 

SoCal is an expensive market but there are opportunities to win. All the best to you and your boyfriend's endeavors in medical school. Have you joined a local real estate investment group from meetup.com?

All the best to you and your boyfriend's endeavors in medical school.

Originally posted by @Dwagne Haskins :

Also, I was interested in your post because if money wasn't a consideration for career I'd be a paramedic! I'm a physical therapist currently but love emergency medicine/response. So once my wife and I achieve financial independence I might go back and become a paramedic! Lol tell me if I'm crazy or would you consider that as well just for the love of it? 

If you are doing it solely for the love of it, I definitely say go for it! I love EMS and will never let my license lapse. Once I get going in REI and have some real income coming in, I would love to work per diem even just a weekend or two a month. There is no greater feeling than helping someone on their worst day. Feel free to ask me any questions you may have about it.

Originally posted by @David Tsedaka :

Hi Shelby, welcome!

You mentioned you don't come from money -- A lot of people including myself did not, If you're a hustler thats just fine. Also, You don't really have to spend on education with Real Estate. You are more than welcome to subscribe to Pro but I would recommend you watch videos on Youtube and listen to the BiggerPockets podcast first. All 100% FREE.

I passively listen to the podcast while working out at the GYM, it's VERY educational and I've learned a lot from it. The money I spend on education is usually on books. I don't pay mentors as well. 

Hi David,

Thanks for the welcome!  Those are awesome suggestions.  I have been listening to the podcast and love it.  I discovered it over the weekend on a five hour road trip -- it made the trip go by so much faster and I learned so much that I am resolving to listen to it daily.  Have a great week!

Originally posted by @Kurt Michaelson :

@Shelby Van Horn Welcome! I was living in Murrieta up until mid January when I moved to Oklahoma for a new job opportunity. 

SoCal is an expensive market but there are opportunities to win. All the best to you and your boyfriend's endeavors in medical school. Have you joined a local real estate investment group from meetup.com?

All the best to you and your boyfriend's endeavors in medical school.

 Hey Kurt!

Thank you for the welcome and I hope your move went smoothly!  Thank you on behalf of my boyfriend for the well wishes. :) I am signed up on meetup and am actively looking for a group.  Have a great week!

Originally posted by @Jack Butala :

Welcome to BiggerPockets, @Shelby Van Horn. BP is maybe the greatest free resource to help you get started in Real Estate Investment there is on the internet. Congratulations and I wish you a ton of success.

Hi Jack!  Thank you for the welcome - I appreciate it!

@Shelby Van Horn welcome to BP.  No better time to begin your RE career while your young.  There are three or four Meetup groups in Orange County, California that you should check out.  Great information at each every month and most of them are FREE.  Reach out to others in your area to learn about what you want to do.

Happy Investing...

Originally posted by @Joe Homs :

@Shelby Van Horn welcome to BP.  No better time to begin your RE career while your young.  There are three or four Meetup groups in Orange County, California that you should check out.  Great information at each every month and most of them are FREE.  Reach out to others in your area to learn about what you want to do.

Happy Investing...

 Hi Joe!  

Thank you for the welcome.  I signed up for a few of them yesterday and am excited to attend the events!  Thank you for the encouragement about being young in the field.  Enjoy the weekend!

Originally posted by @Jimmy Deringer :

@Shelby Van Horn Welcome to BP! It's such a great place to learn! How do you plan on finding your deals?? that's definitely the hardest part in this market

 Hi Jimmy!  Thank you for the welcome.  That is the part I am still trying to find out -- if you have any suggestions, I'd love to chat!  Have a happy Saturday.

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