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10/16/2014 - 8:51:57 AM
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A look back on this humble blogger’s introduction to the world of real estate.


While the majority of the posts written to be informative, educational, and relevant to your real estate needs, this one is not. This is how one writer for the Alden Place blog was introduced into real estate.


At an early age I was dragged kicking and screaming into one of my parent’s rental properties. I am not being figurative. There is a distinct memory in my head of tears streaming down my face as I was lead unwillingly into a rental property. I was at the young, tender age of six and forced to spend my Saturdays at my parent’s rental property. Rather than being allowed to play outside I was put to work and introduced to a concept that I now call ‘forced, mandatory fun.’ Secretly ‘fun’ is an acronym for: Flee, Urgently, NOW!


My father would prep us the Friday before. “Now, tomorrow we’re going to go have some family time working on the property. It’s going to be fun.” While the words he said implied said we would have a good time, the way he said it seethed of impending doom. This was because the majority of the work involved painting. My father, like most sane people, hates painting.


Since painting was viewed as loathsome and irritating it was delegated to us kids. One of my first jobs in the rental property was to paint the inside of the closets. The hot summer temperatures, lack of ventilation, and paint fumes surely slayed my brain cells by the thousands. I quickly inherited my father’s hate of painting.


Being six and unable to truly advocate for getting out of the rental property preparation shenanigans deviously disguised as family time, I resorted to the usual six year old tactics: hiding, faking illnesses, and praying that my parents would magically forget about the rental property overnight. Needless to say, these never seemed to work. I was quickly found under my bed, my diseases properly diagnosed as imaginary, and my parents never developed Alzheimer's overnight. I was scooted out the door and off to the rental property we went.


When we were not fixing up the properties for the next tenant my father was pouring over the bills and making calculations of which properties to sell, whether he and his business partner should buy an additional property, and what the future value of the properties would be if they held on to them.


Amortization schedules were scattered all willy nilly across the kitchen table. The long columns of numbers appeared confusing yet with a little guidance from my father I quickly learned their importance. From there is was a gradual process of learning about real estate deals, mortgages, the benefits and hassles of rental properties, best tactics for buying and selling real estate, and the necessary hard work in becoming successful in real estate.


Despite my initial unwillingness to become apart of the real estate world, I went on to study Business in college and have been apart of various rental property deals. Furthermore, I ended up writing about real estate needs and continue to study the changing environment that is the world of real estate.


Check back again for more posts pertaining to your real estate needs!


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