Hello Rando from the Internet! 🙂
We are Anne & Mike Laurenzi, owners of Take Flight Home Buyers. We will be documenting our real estate investing journey on this blog. If you are interested in real estate investing and want to see the good, the bad, and the ugly of what we go through, you can find it here. 🙂
So, why real estate?
GREAT QUESTION! We sometimes wonder that ourselves. No, just kidding … even, and maybe especially, when the going gets tough, we remember our “why.” We started real estate investing in 2017 when Mike had a great idea: let’s invest in real estate! At the time, I was a very busy middle school science teacher and he was (and still is) a helicopter pilot that works in the Gulf of Mexico. And … that’s ultimately why we got started down this path! Although I absolutely am passionate about both science AND teaching, I was getting discouraged (ok, I flat out was burning out) and was watching the years tick by and the industry only demand more and more from educators — and without an increase in pay. Do YOU know any teachers that are rich because of teaching? Unlikely. Mike loves being a helicopter pilot, but it results in him literally spending half of his time away from home. So, those are our “whys”: financial and time freedom. We want to actually live and enjoy our lives on our schedules and doing what we want to do. While we technically started in 2017 with the purchase of our first rental (more on that soon), we didn’t really decide to go full-force and treat real estate as a business until 2020. And what a year it’s been!
What you can expect from this blog …
NOTHING! Haha 🙂 We just want to make that clear out of the gate. This blog is a chronicle of the ups and downs we experience as we go on this real estate adventure. We are just real people that are trying something completely new and stepping out of our comfort zone every step of the way. That includes putting ourselves out there and writing about both our failures and successes and posting them on the internet! What if people actually …. READ THIS?! And … what if they laugh at us?! Well, it’s a risk we are willing to take because one of the most important parts of this business is learning that this is a “people business.” As people that aren’t very … peopley … and, well, somewhat downright socially-awkward (ok, that mostly applies to me, Anne), we are open to sharing our story if it helps even just one sad person who winds up on this site. So, sit down, buckle up, adjust your straps, and enjoy our ride!!!