Hello from a new BP'er! Located in Bay Area, CA

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New BP'er here. Currently own a rental in the East Bay, CA (Lafayette / Moraga / Orinda area) which my wife and I lived in before. It currently rents for ~$4,500 and we're breaking even with PITI and expenses. We're also fortunate to have a lot of equity in the home, about 50% of what it would sell for right now. While we're happy to see it appreciate year over year, my plan is to sell in the next year or two and buy a couple rental properties in Northern California (outer Bay Area or Sacramento) that strike more of a balance between cash flow and appreciation. I am not willing to do do out-of-state REI until I am more comfortable with doing it locally.

My short-term REI goal is to bring home an additional $2,000 net income per month to supplement my W2 income, and long-term my goal is to generate substantially more than that :)

Excited to be part of this community and learn from all of you! If you have any feedback or questions about the aforementioned goals / plans, I'd love to hear!

Hey @Jason Yee , welcome to BP. 

Feedback on your plan at least regarding Sacramento. It may be hard to find cash-flowing rental properties in the Sacramento area. Over here, the average home prices are definitely not as high as what you see in your slice of the East Bay, but the average rents are going to be smaller as well. 

I see you're registered for the next webinar. I don't know what the topic is but Brandon or David usually go through the rental property calculator in every one. I'd suggest running the calculator over a few properties in Sacramento. Keep in mind you get 5 free ones if you want to do the outer Bay too. 

Some people such as Joe Bertolino (if you post here later Joe, I don't know how to @ people that aren't in the conversation already) can find good rental properties in Sac. But I doubt even Joe would say this is a "target rich environment", at least for rentals. 

Good luck to you!

@Jason Yee

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