How Christina Went from 0 to 23 Investment Properties (and Growing!)

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This week we hosted a Facebook LIVE training session with successful real estate investor Christina Hill who “accidentally” fell into investing.

At 21 years old, Christina did her first deal and made $15k. Whoa! A couple decades later, Christina’s real estate investing business has only grown. She and her husband manage all of their investments and continue to learn from their experiences over the years.

She shared her insights about building her rental portfolio which now includes houses, trailer homes, and a duplex. She currently has 23 properties (all free and clear) and she always follows this one rule…

All of her profits go toward buying more investments, not into her pocket.

During this Facebook LIVE training Christina covered a LOT of ground for those who are interested in building a rental portfolio and managing their own properties.

Did you miss it?

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Watch our talk with Christina and learn…

  • How she got started in real estate investing
  • How she saves money by disputing her own property taxes
  • About that time Christina had to bail her estate investing partner (her husband!) out of jail
  • Her unique strategy for screening potential tenants
  • Why she prefers to manage all of her properties on her own
  • Next steps for growing her real estate investing portfolio

In the story of The Tortoise and the Hare, Christina would be considered the Tortoise. Her real estate investing business has always been steady, she’s never tried to race ahead, and she’s in it for the long haul. Christina’s focus and sheer discipline drive her to work towards her long-term financial goals. She’s looking forward to an early retirement and that month in Greece she’s often dreamed of!

Below, we’ve included some of the main topics, questions, and answers from Christina’s video so you can skip to the parts you’re most interested in learning about.

How Christina got started in real estate investing [1:10]

One of her biggest regrets in her real estate investing business [5:39]

How she “accidentally” made $30k on her 3rd real estate deal (She sold it the same day she bought it!) [6:07]

How she got more involved in real estate investing after her first few deals [7:30]

What she does with the money she makes from rental properties [8:52]

Christina’s future plans to grow her real estate portfolio [9:53]

The typical turnover rate for renters [12:08]

Christina’s struggles as a real estate investor [12:45]

That time Christina had to bail her investing partner (her husband) out of jail [13:20]

How she screens potential tenants [17:12]

How to streamline the process of eviction [18:28]

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Why Christina prefers to manage all of the properties herself [22:20]

One of the keys to being a successful real estate investor [26:15]

Advice on how to get started in real estate investing with little to no capital [32:16]

Why Christina wants to stick with building a rental portfolio (for now) [37:30]

How Christina saves money by disputing her own property taxes [40:55]

A hot tip to gain more insight on a potential tenant [44:18]

Next steps for growing Christina’s real estate investing portfolio [51:49]

Christina’s advice for those who want to manage their own properties [54:42]

Strategies for managing time as an investor [1:01:45]

The ONE regret Christina has as a real estate investor [1:04:30]

Christina’s advice to new real estate investors [1:06:02]

Whether you are just getting started in real estate investing or are a seasoned investor, Christina’s experiences are worth learning from. Christina appreciates all the knowledge she gained from fellow investors over the years and by sharing her story she hopes to offer the same to you.

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Alison Reeves

Author: Alison Reeves

After working for a large wholesaler in Houston for 4 years, Alison joined MyHouseDeals as Marketing Manager in 2016. Alison finds the ever-changing nature of real estate investing and marketing exciting, and loves working for a web services company that is hyper-focused on its customers. When she’s not marketing for MyhouseDeals, Alison enjoys cycling, running, fostering homeless dogs, and enjoying all of the art/music/outdoor public activities that Houston has to offer.