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394: The Hidden Property Damage That Could Ruin Your Home Renovation…w/Jessica Bryant Walton

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Added home renovation costs can ruin your plans to own the perfect rental property. When this happens, how do you come up with the extra funds? More importantly, how do you prevent this from happening altogether? We’ve got plenty of answers for you in today’s episode!

Welcome back to the Real Estate Rookie podcast! Jessica Bryant Walton owns several doors in Anchorage, Alaska. As you’re about to find out, investing where winters are long, water damage is common, and frozen pipes are everyday occurrences isn’t for the faint of heart. Jessica and her husband had just bought a duplex, only to find out that the previous owner had disguised a MAJOR leak and extensive damage with a second roof. What they anticipated would be a $40,000 rehab ended up costing over $130,000!


Fortunately, Jessica and her husband came up with creative ways to fund their renovations, increase rents, and lower their overhead by self-managing the property. But there are valuable lessons to take away from their experience. You’ll learn why you should consider getting your real estate license, how to find the best contractors for your rehab projects, and the importance of always keeping a paper trail!

In This Episode We Cover

How Jessica’s $40K renovation turned into a $130K+ “nightmare” rehab

Self-management tips for long-term and short-term rentals

The BEST way to source contractors for your renovation projects

Why you shouldn’t speak with your tenants over the phone

What you need to know before investing in an Alaska rental market

Why you should get your real estate license (even if you don’t plan to use it!)

And So Much More!

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