We are a family who invests in real estate together. Brea and Bostyn are sisters and Logan is Bostyn's husband, and Brea's brother-in-law. And we are using real estate investing to reach financial independence and beyond.
One could say we were prepped as good candidates for the FI (financial independence) journey. All of us grew up in frugal households, with hard-working parents, who knew the importance of saving. They taught us the importance of finding value from within instead of from materialistic items. Watching their impressive work ethic, which sometimes consisted of less-than-ideal work situations, always stuck with us. To this day, we consider their teachings on professionalism, work ethic, and determination as one of the best gifts we could have inherited. So join us on our journey as we use REIforFI (Real Estate Investing for Financial Independence).
A little about me...
I was a nerd (still am), someone who loved school, so I pursued and earned a Ph.D. in Biobehavioral Health. After graduation, I took a job as an Assistant Professor in academia and, I absolutely loved it! My boss was amazing, I traveled (which is one of my passions), was doing impactful work with students (which is another passion), and I had freedom in my workplace. Life was pretty darn great. I wasn't making big bucks or anything like that, but I had as much freedom as one could hope for in a W-2 position.
Then, something happened. It's what I like to call “the catalyst experience.” If you follow enough FI and Real Estate Investing (REI) podcasts, blogs, and community members, you'll start to notice a trend. Most of us don’t just fall into the FI journey. Something thrusts us into it (the catalyst experience), and it's not always pretty.
In the span of a year, my decade-long relationship ended, I left my job in academia, moved across the country, and took a job in a big corporate tech firm (no freedom). Basically, I was in a situation I NEVER wanted to be in ever again. And that's when I discovered REI and FI communities. With 2017/2018 being my catalyst experience, it tore away all of my preconceived notions of what my life was going to be. It also opened me up to the possibility of something bigger. This time around, I could construct it and not worry about getting stuck again.
Curious about where I am in my journey? Here are the basics: Over 140 units, properties ranging from single family homes to a 42-unit syndication, some are partner deals, everything is in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Colorado, and Nebraska.