I have to admit I was scared.
I took a deep breath as I signed the check request for $75,000. If we didn’t get the $3,075,000 we needed to purchase this 77-unit building plus the $500,000 to renovate it, we would lose the $75,000 earnest money.
We had never bought an apartment building before. Up to this date, the largest thing we’d ever managed was a duplex. I looked at my husband. He seemed a little pale. I’m sure I did too. I took his hand in mine. “Let’s do this,” I said.
A week later we put in an offer for another building – 51 units, selling for $1,800,000.
Three months later, we sat toasting at an elegant restaurant in Albuquerque on the day we closed escrow and became the owners. That week we bought two buildings in Albuquerque – 128 units total. We raised over $2.2 million dollars from private investors and got bank loans totaling...