You've Been Lied To
Most of us are forced to believe that “success” means going to school and getting a good job.
I know I believed that lie.
I got 2 Bachelors and a Master's Degree from an Ivy League Institution.
I began a career in Cancer Research.
And I was making 6 figures in my 20s.
But deep down?
I wasn’t happy. And I sure didn't feel successful.
I remember holding back tears on the subway every morning, commuting to my office.
I was surrounded by hundreds of other people that were also exhausted, weary, and hopeless…
Just letting another day pass them by as they sat in a cubicle.
I became depressed thinking that this would be my future.
I had no idea how to get myself out of this hole.
I just felt like I was being swallowed up in this life of meaningless repetition.
I had to get out.
And one day, I hit my breaking point. I quit.
I just walked away from the job and my career.
And then I went drinking lol.
I remember posting a message on FB asking where I should move.
And I only got one response:
“Spain,” it said.
So I sold everything I owned and moved there 8 weeks later.
I didn't know anyone there. Didn’t speak Spanish at the time.
I just knew that I was unhappy and nothing could be worse than where I had been.
Yet, I found a quality of life I never expected.
Wine at lunch… and nobody asked what you did for a living. They cared about you as a person. Jobs did not define them.
I started a Tour Company there, showing tourists the amazing life I had found.
And then I expanded into Portugal, where I bought a beachfront bar.
But then, my dream of living on a beach came to a screeching halt.
The guy I bought the bar from screwed me over and I lost everything;
My tour company, the bar, and a little over 100k that I had invested into it.
I was broke, my credit was ruined.
And I had to move home to my parent's house… at the age of 30.
Then, the universe threw me another curveball.
While playing softball, I met my now husband, Emilio.
He immigrated from the Dominican Republic just a few years before and was looking for the American Dream of homeownership.
But I didn't want to buy a home.
I wanted to travel the world!
But as we do in relationships, I compromised.
I suggested we buy a multifamily to live on one side and rent out the other.
But we had NO IDEA how to buy a house.
I called realtor after realtor only to be hung up on.
“We can talk when you get pre-approved”
“We can talk when you find a house on Zillow”
But I didn't know how to get pre-approved. I didn't know how to pick the right house.
It was all so confusing.
Until we met Michael, our realtor.
He was patient. He sat down and walked us through the process. He spent time answering our questions.
And then it happened!
We bought our first Duplex in Yonkers, NY!
And the second I got that first rental payment, I knew I wanted to do it again.
I had gotten a small taste of the power of real estate investing and I wanted more.
But everyone told me it couldn’t be done. I had just bought a house. They said I couldn’t do it again.
So I went on a mission to learn everything I could about real estate investing.
I read all the books, listened to all the podcasts, and picked everyone’s brain that I could.
But it was overwhelming.
There were so many strategies and conflicting advice that it was so hard to figure out the exact steps I needed to take.
However, I figured it out.
I cracked the code.
The answer was right there in front of my face.
And it was so much easier than I thought!
So we were off!
Over the next 3 years, Emilio and I bought 10 more doors in NY and DR, generating 6 figures!
And remember that compromise I made to buy that very first property?
Well, now it was my time to collect!
The cash flow from our properties now funds the traveling lifestyle I always wanted.
- We spend our winters in DR to live in constant summer
- We don’t worry about PTO balances when we want to spend a month in Europe
- We take bucket list trips to places like the Great Wall of China (where we got engaged!)
- And we wake up every morning deciding what we want to do that day.
And the best part?
You can do the same!
1. Dream Big
The #1 mistake I see investors make is chasing other people’s dreams.
They see people flash big checks on IG and try to duplicate their success.
But you are you.
Your set of circumstances are different.
Don’t chase their dreams.
2. Take Steps
Now that you know what direction you need to go, become an expert in THAT strategy.
When you focus your energy in the right place, you can make better progress and even have fun along the way.
3. Act Now
You did the work.
You put in the time.
You can now make confident decisions to build your portfolio.
No more being stuck in analysis paralysis!
You already have everything you need.
All you have to do is take ACTION.
Of course, if you want help…
If you want to take a shortcut and avoid wasting time losing money and time along your journey…
On that call, Danielle will ask you about where you’re at and what your goals are.
And if she thinks you’re ready to work with me, she’ll help you schedule a call with me.
If she doesn’t think you’re ready, she’ll send you resources to help you with your next steps.
Anyways, that’s my story about how I got into real estate investing.
I’d love to hear more about your story…
How you’d get started in real estate?
I can’t wait to hear from you.