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403: House Hacking Blunder to $2.7 Million in Small Multifamily by Doing THIS w/Sean Reischel

403: House Hacking Blunder to $2.7 Million in Small Multifamily by Doing THIS w/Sean Reischel

Update: 2024-05-08
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Buying small multifamily properties is an easy way to build a portfolio, and with a little creativity, you don’t even need a ton of money! Despite a rocky start to his real estate journey, today’s guest was able to take advantage of a HUGE investing opportunity and buy several properties in very little time.


Welcome back to the Real Estate Rookie podcast! Like many new investors, Sean Reischel started out using the house hacking strategy. Unfortunately, things didn’t go to plan, as an incident involving spaghetti and his garbage disposal ultimately drove a tenant out of his property. However, Sean was able to turn this bad situation into a golden opportunity by renovating the unit, raising rents, and placing a new tenant quickly. Fast forward only a few years, and Sean and his wife own five small multifamily properties worth a combined $2.7 million!


Whether you need help with financing or partnerships, this episode is loaded with practical tips that even the greenest investor can use. Sean shares how he teams up with other investors to buy properties faster, as well as how rehabbing and refinancing properties has increased his buying power. He even dives into his main markets—Salt Lake City, Utah and Louisville, Kentucky—and the investing strategies he deploys in these areas!


In This Episode We Cover

How Sean turned a house hacking “hiccup” into $2.7 million in small multifamily

How to analyze real estate deals using the one-percent rule

What to look for when choosing a new market to invest in

Using the power of refinancing to buy MORE rental properties

How to scale your real estate portfolio faster with partnerships

And So Much More!


(00:00 ) Intro

(01:11 ) Sean’s FIRST House Hack

(06:55 ) The “Spaghetti” Fiasco

(12:49 ) Renovating the Damaged Unit

(21:33 ) The Louisville, KY Market

(27:22 ) Finding & Funding Deals

(33:26 ) Changing Roles & the Investor “Pitch”

(38:16 ) Connect with Sean!


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403: House Hacking Blunder to $2.7 Million in Small Multifamily by Doing THIS w/Sean Reischel

403: House Hacking Blunder to $2.7 Million in Small Multifamily by Doing THIS w/Sean Reischel

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