My investing journey began how many others’ have I would assume. Someone told me how they made money in real estate without ever owning property or getting a mortgage. Now, unlike most of you, I will assume, I was a golf pro from the UK now living in the US and I didn’t know the first things about real estate. What I did know, however, was that I wanted a way to make income from anywhere in the world, and real estate investing seemed like the perfect vehicle to take me to the lifestyle I wanted (and needed). Being from the UK, I was used to having time off and being able to travel. Living in the US, I found that most traditional career paths don’t really allow for either. One conversation set me on the path to where I am today. I was actually in Spain with my wife at the time and we got to speaking with someone at a cafe. This man was a real estate investor who wholesaled properties in the United States. He was actually working while he was on his vacation. I had to know all about it. He put me in touch with the man he learned from, and the next thing I knew, I was borrowing $10,000 dollars to learn how to start wholesaling real estate. Hundreds of deals later, that was the best investment I’ve ever made.
I created REI NETWORK because I truly believe in this business you are nothing without the right network behind you. I have never, I repeat, NEVER done a real estate deal all on my own. My very first deal I ever closed came from a networking event. If you’ve ever been to a local real estate meetup, there usually is a point where everyone gives a little 30 second commercial about themselves. When it was my turn I stood up and very honestly told them, “I don’t have any money to generate leads, but I do have time, and I can close. If you have any old leads that you want me to work for you, then connect with me after.” I had a couple people come up to me, and one woman said she had an old list that she would be happy to give me and we would split anything that came from it. I took her list of “dead leads” and closed a deal out of the first 20 sellers I spoke to. From that day forward I knew that I made the right decision in taking this chance and I knew that I was never going to do it all on my own.
REI NETWORK is a community and a support system for investors at any point in their investing journey. Welcome.