Real estate investing has a new trend, and it has everything to do with women.
More and more, women are beginning to appreciate the virtues of wealth-building through real estate investing for their future and their children's future. Women are participating in house-hacking, flipping, moonlighting as Airbnb host or becoming landlords. No longer awaiting a man to pursue this lucrative career, they are joining Meetups in their local city or partnering with each other and/or attending webinars to fulfill their real estate pursuits.
This trend is not surprising as more women are delaying marriage or are the main breadwinners in their households. According to Forbes, "single women have been buying real estate at more than twice the rate of single men and show no signs of this trend slowing down." Single women account for the second largest demographic of homebuyers after married couples.
Buying A Mixed Use Property
Some women are investing in real estate to pave the way for their true passion, an example of such is buying a mixed use property (a property that includes both a residential and commercial space), which allows the owner to live in the upstairs residential unit and run a business like a restaurant or a boutique in the storefront below.
This scenario still allows for a residential loan with a low downpayment and alleviates some of the risk of opening a business since failure will allow the owner to lease the storefront to another business owner or start an entirely different business.
Hosting On Airbnb
Airbnb is another area of real estate women are participating in rather large numbers. According to Airbnb, the average host will earn $20K annually by renting out a full two-bedroom apartment or house in a major city; this is just the average, some hosts double or triple this amount annually because of larger properties or the desirability of the location.
Related: I Made $15,000 In Three Months As An Airbnb Host
Engage In House-Hacking
These single women are also engaging in house-hacking, this term refers to the act of buying a multifamily property between 2-4 units and living in one unit and renting out the others, which allows you to live rent-free, because the tenants will pay your mortgage. Women investors have a capitalistic approach to investing just like men but it's combined with an altruistic intention that can help make impoverished or underserved communities stronger and better for the community as a whole. This type of investing may manifest in domestic violence shelters, halfway homes, community recreation center etc.
As a real estate investor myself, I encounter countless women, from young millennials to retirement-aged women, that are eager to start investing in real estate as a means to earn passive income or supplement retirement income. As companies eliminate pensions to their most loyal employees and millennials refuse to commit 30 years of their life to one employer, coupled with the looming threat of ending social security; more women are seeking other sources of long-term passive income. Even HGTV has began to reflect the trend of women that are participating in real estate investing outside of being a real estate agent. These women are investors, flippers, and contractors, the face of real estate is changing.
From the average chick to million-dollar entertainers, ONE of the best ways to increase your net worth and secure wealth in YOUR future and for future generations is real estate investing.
If you're interested in starting your real estate journey, pick up a copy of my book Real Estate & Chill on Amazon, a hand-holding guide on real estate investing. I also offer an online course and private coaching. Access these tools by clicking here.
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How Content Creators Hey Fran Hey And Shameless Maya Embraced The Pivot
This article is in partnership with Meta Elevate.
If you’ve been on the internet at all within the past decade, chances are the names Hey Fran Hey and Shameless Maya (aka Maya Washington) have come across your screen. These content creators have touched every platform on the web, spreading joy to help women everywhere live their best lives. From Fran’s healing natural remedies to Maya’s words of wisdom, both of these content creators have built a loyal following by sharing honest, useful, and vulnerable content. But in search of a life that lends to more creativity, freedom, and space, these digital mavens have moved from their bustling big cities (New York City and Los Angeles respectively) to more remote locations, taking their popular digital brands with them.
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In partnership with Meta Elevate — an online learning platform that provides Black, Hispanic, and Latinx-owned businesses access to 1:1 mentoring, digital skills training, and community — xoNecole teamed up with Franscheska Medina and Maya Washington on IG live recently for a candid conversation about how they’ve embraced the pivot by changing their surroundings to ultimately bring out the best in themselves and their work. Fran, a New York City native, moved from the Big Apple to Portland, Oregon a year ago. Feeling overstimulated by the hustle and bustle of city life, Fran headed to the Pacific Northwest in search of a more easeful life.
Her cross-country move is the backdrop for her new campaign with Meta Elevate— a perfectly-timed commercial that shows how you can level up from wherever you land with the support of free resources like Meta Elevate. Similarly, Maya packed up her life in Los Angeles and moved to Sweden, where she now resides with her husband and adorable daughter. Maya’s life is much more rural and farm-like than it had been in California, but she is thriving in this peaceful new setting while finding her groove as a new mom.
While Maya is steadily building and growing her digital brand as a self-proclaimed “mom coming out of early retirement,” Fran is redefining her own professional grind. “It’s been a year since I moved from New York City to Portland, Oregon,” says Fran. “I think the season I’m in is figuring out how to stay successful while also slowing down.” A slower-paced life has unlocked so many creative possibilities and opportunities for these ladies, and our conversation with them is a well-needed reminder that your success is not tied to your location…especially with the internet at your fingertips. Tapping into a community like Meta Elevate can help Black, Hispanic, and Latinx entrepreneurs and content creators stay connected to like minds and educated on new digital skills and tools that can help scale their businesses.
During a beautiful moment in the conversation, Fran gives Maya her flowers for being an innovator in the digital space. Back when “influencing” was in its infancy and creators were just trying to find their way, Fran says Maya was way ahead of her time. “I give Maya credit for being one of the pioneers in the digital space,” Fran said. “Maya is a one-person machine, and I always tell her she really changed the game on what ads, campaigns, and videos, in general, should look like.”
When asked what advice she’d give content creators, Maya says the key is having faith even when you don’t see the results just yet. “It’s so easy to look at what is, despite you pouring your heart into this thing that may not be giving you the returns that you thought,” she says. “Still operate from a place of love and authenticity. Have faith and do the work. A lot of people are positive thinkers, but that’s the thinking part. You also have to put your faith into work and do the work.”
Fran ultimately encourages content creators and budding entrepreneurs to take full advantage of Meta Elevate’s vast offerings to educate themselves on how to build and grow their businesses online. “It took me ten years to get to the point where I’m making ads at this level,” she says. “I didn’t have those resources in 2010. I love the partnership with Meta Elevate because they’re providing these resources for free. I just think of the people that wouldn’t be able to afford that education and information otherwise. So to amplify a company like this just feels right.”
Watch the full conversation with the link above, and join the Meta Elevate community to connect with fellow businesses and creatives that are #OnTheRiseTogether.
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Ari Lennox Says She Wouldn't Hesitate To Leave Her Career Behind For Love
Imagine having the worst luck in love. Dating all the worst men but also being superbly desired in the process. Having to tell your truths, like how you became famous because you decided to focus on your talent after an old boyfriend left. Imagine putting all the hurt in your music through songs titled "Broke," "Waste My Time," or "Blocking You."
And imagine still being willing to trade everything you've worked hard for, for love. That's a hopeless romantic. More specifically, Ari Lennox.
Our fave hasn't had the best journey of finding her person, and she still wholly believes that it will happen for her.
On the heels of the release of her fourth album, Courtney Shanade Salter, known professionally as Ari Lennox, is entering her self-proclaimed 'Eat, Pray, Love season.' For context, she stopped by the R&B Money Podcast with hosts Tank and his business partner, multi-platinum songwriter, and executive J. Valentine, for almost two hours of raw conversation. And of all of the gems she dropped or the experiences she's had over time in her short time as a household name, it was the conversation surrounding her love life that drew me in most.
After Tank asked her if she always knew she would be famous, she responded, "Never. I just always just kept doing it, and I was ready to leave it all for this man, but he went to the military, and so I was forced to kinda like focus on my dreams. But really, I always want to leave this for love and start a family. I don't want to keep doing this." As the co-hosts digested what was said, she continued, "I don't want to give that much energy to this man or dream man, but it's like, I want a family. I feel like that's true life or true love. To have a family is beautiful, it seems, so I want that."
Lennox was last tied to a "mystery man" that it didn't take long for fans to figure out was Married At First Sight star Keith Manley II after sharing photos on IG. The duo split after a month of dating.
She is now prioritizing therapy and crediting her progress to going to help her navigate love to her breakthroughs on the couch. And despite being open about her dating life, even speaking with Huffington Post last year about how finding a significant other hasn't been the easiest journey for her, she is appreciating the tools she's gained to make that progress to having her family.
"[I'm] in a space where I've ignored the red flags too much for the last time, and now I'm so hyper-aware. And it's been a blessing to say, 'You know what? This is not right. This doesn't feel right. It's time to move on,'" she explained. "So it's cool learning about myself, learning my flaws, becoming more self-aware, and just realizing there's a lot of healing I need to do before I can even consider being in a situation with someone."
Self-love attracts love, ladies.
Watch the full podcast episode below:
Ari Lennox • R&B MONEY Podcast • Episode 024
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