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395: Rookie Reply: Using a Car as a Down Payment (!?), ADUs, & House Hacking 101

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Podcast by BiggerPockets

House hacking and renting by the room are two of the easiest ways for rookies to dive into the world of real estate investing. Both investing strategies are affordable, low-risk, and easy to implement. The best part? They can help cover your mortgage payment each month and give you MORE money to invest!

Welcome back to another Rookie Reply! Want to earn some extra cash flow by adding an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) to your rental property? In this episode, we’ll show you how to present your plan to the city and get your new unit approved. If you need money for a down payment, you’ll want to hear about the creative method one of our recent guests used to come up with funds. We even talk about buying abandoned houses—how to locate the “missing” owner and swoop in with your irresistible offer!

If you want Ashley and Tony to answer a real estate question, you can submit a question here, post in the Real Estate Rookie Facebook Group, or call us at the Rookie Request Line (1-888-5-ROOKIE).

In This Episode We Cover

House hacking explained (collecting rents, renovations, and tax benefits!)

How to add an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) to an existing property

Creative ways to fund the down payment for your next rental property

How to find the owner of an abandoned house and make an offer

Why you MUST have a lease agreement in place when renting by the room

How to remove squatters from your property (with a 100% success rate!)

And So Much More!

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