A Leap of Faith

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I own a real estate investment property business based out of Western Pennsylvania, though I live in Houston, Texas. We moved here from the Pittsburgh suburbs ten years ago for my husband’s job.

Next week I am taking a leap of faith and flying to Pittsburgh in hope of finding the right property. The above property may be for my parents and brother, though it will require a ton of work. My dad has been wanting to move back to Pennsylvania for a while now, and my brother, Billy, may marry his girlfriend whose family lives in Queens, New York. We grew up in Queens, so this is kind of nice for me. I can visit many of my old friends that I haven’t seen in years.

Two years ago, with both of my sons being teenagers, I was ready to start a new career (besides being their mother). I bought my first house over two years ago was sooo hard to find contractors work on its many issues, and I worried that I acted too soon without the Lord’s direction. Real estate runs in my blood. My grandmother was a real estate agent in New York City, and her husband was an architect who designed many of the homes that people still live in from the 1950’s. Jim’s brother has several investment properties that he manages as his only source of income, and I LOVED the idea of receiving passive income from the renters paying us each month. To me, it seemed similar to how Jim works and receives a paycheck every two weeks; though our “jobs” are of course different.

I have a few interests in real estate investing: a fix-and-flip, where you buy a house that needs a lot of work. My good friend in New Jersey wants to help me with that and he is super talented! I also want to buy multi-family homes where I buy one property that houses several families, depending on how many units the property holds.

So, yeah, I will be saying a lot of prayers for the Lord’s guidance, though I know He often allows me to work through the pros and cons of each choice (in this case, with homes I look at) and will provide me with His answer after I have given great thought on what may be best for my needs and desires. Sometimes, because He trusts me, He doesn’t give me a yes or no answer. I have learned to recognize it as a “choose what you think will work best, and if it goes sideways, I will help you through it.” Talk about a huge learning curve!

I love knowing that He will help me as long as I try to follow His commandments, as tiny as they may be. And even though this will make me a bit nervous to choose a property to buy, it’s also a great adventure in my life.

And who doesn’t love adventure?

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