Yet my two siblings and I still went to good schools and still lived a full life. This was due to their earlier vision to invest in building rental apartments. My father died when I was a junior in college, losing the fight after almost 10 years after his initial diagnosis. In my early 20s I made my first real estate investment when I bought a property I loved without considering the numbers. It broke even the first year and lost money for the 5 years I held the property for. This experience left a bad taste in my mouth to say the least and I was sworn off of real estate.
Then after a ten year audit career spanning Cayman, Boston and then Los Angeles I decided to leave for a job working at an investment manager that raised private equity real estate funds. 6 months in I began to realize that it was truly possible to invest successfully in real estate. This exposure helped me to understand how I grew up and see the vision my parents had many years earlier. At this time, I began my education process of real estate investing and found books, podcasts and platforms such as Biggerpockets, Afford Anything and the Real Wealth Network that expanded my mindset, education and perspectives. I was astonished and inspired by the stories of the people I met through these podcasts.
Currently my preferred real estate asset class is large multifamily investments through the investing strategy of syndication. I invest passively as well as understudy with more experienced investors to invest actively. I value preservation of capital, buying for cash flow, team work, quality of life, consistency, integrity and clear communication.
I still live in the Los Angeles area and I love it. While there are times that I miss living in Grand Cayman, I love living in Los Angeles because of how big it is! The wide variety of activities, people, places and experiences has fed my creativity and inspired me to dream bigger and create! When I am not investing in real estate I enjoy dancing argentine tango, salsa, reading, spending time with friends, paddleboarding, paddleboard yoga, regular yoga, tennis, scuba diving, cooking, working out, hiking, spending time in wine country, enjoying good food and wine and listening to live jazz.