It’s funny because every kid either wants to be just like their parents or the complete opposite when they grow up.
It’s funny because every kid either wants to be just like their parents or the complete opposite when they grow up. The longer I worked for my dad, the more I realized I didn’t want anything to do with his business and started seeking out other passions and interests – real estate was not one of them.
It was back to painting, but this time to save money and move to Southern California. I had done a semester at Cal State and fell in love with the lifestyle and decided to make a go at it. Six months later I moved to CA with a little cash and a promise of an interview at another bank. This was 2009, still no luck getting a job in finance, so I had to work a bunch of odd jobs – Sherwin Williams, overnight shifts at Kohl’s, sold stuff on ebay, anything I could do to make a buck.
Then I caught a break. One of my mom’s cleaning clients got me an interview at a startup aerospace distributor. They offered me a job and I stayed with them for three years before deciding CA wasn’t for me. After a brief stint in Miami (another aerospace startup) I ended up in CT where I discovered real estate.
In 2016 I found my next break, a 9 unit in New Hampshire, with seller financing. It was a win/win for me. I knew the area well and also had the ease of financing that particular way. It took time (three years to be exact) personal and paid, money and sweat to rehab the building to what it is today… a stabilized profitable asset that I can build off of.
Most recently I purchased a 15 unit property, only a few blocks the from my 9 unit, which brings the portfolio to a total of 26 units, spread across four properties, in two states. I manage the business, Homeslee, with my girlfriend Holly from our super small apartment in downtown Boston with plans to start scaling up the business through syndication. Right now (early 2020) I’m also focusing on growing the podcast and launching a new men’s grooming product line, Honorbrand.co.