Excited to Join the Community!

Education & Training with TravelWanderGrow

Hi All - 

This is my first blog post! I have joined this community as I am just on my journey to get to learn more about real estate in general and how I can start getting into real estate investing. Here are a few things that I hope to learn here:


1. Downpayment Information

    I have always heard that it is best to have a large downpayment (~20%) when buying a home, but I do want to learn whether or not this is actually a hard and fast rule, or if there is some flexibility here. I would like to purchase once I pay down my student loans some - within the next 2-3 years, so want to get a head start in thinking on this. 


2. Perspectives on Condos vs. "Regular" Homes

     I live in the DC metro area, and I'm torn between looking into buying a condo or buying a standalone home (or something in-between, like a townhome). I'm really interested in learning from others on whether one is trully better than the other. I'm leaning more towards a condo as I'm single and live in an apartment currently, but would love to hear from others on this. 


3. Learning More About Real Estate Investing

    Real Estate investing is something that has always intrigued me. I would love to better understand how to go about investing in real estate in the future - perhaps somewhere outside of my area, which has a high cost of living. 



Thanks for hearing me out! A little about me: I work in management consulting full-time, and I also run a travel blog part-time called TravelWanderGrow, which focuses on Travel and Personal finance. I'm looking forward to connecting with you pros on real estate! Thanks for letting me be a part of this lovely community. 

Comments (16)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Christen Thomas welcome to ActiveRain.... it's a great place to learn, share, market and network... and I hope you enjoy all of it as much as I have over my past 10 years here.... the best advice I received when I joined was to "write what you know"... and I post every day.... 

May 02, 2019 03:22 AM
Christen Thomas

Thanks, Barbara :) 

May 03, 2019 04:08 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Christen and welcome to the Rain. You will learn a lot here and the folks who participate are generous.

May 02, 2019 04:40 AM
Christen Thomas

Thank you! Love the nickname "the Rain" 

May 03, 2019 04:08 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Christen. You indeed have one great mentor in Barbara Todaro. Welcome to the Rain! Enjoy your day! 

May 02, 2019 05:23 AM
Christen Thomas

Thanks Wayne! 

May 03, 2019 04:09 AM
Keith McMullin
Port Aransas Realty - Port Aransas, TX
Port Aransas Real Estate

Welcome to AR Christen Thomas you will find plenty of friendly and highly informative people here.  I look forward to reading your posts.  Have a great day!

May 02, 2019 05:34 AM
Christen Thomas

Thanks Keith - Hope you enjoy your day too! 

May 03, 2019 04:09 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Christen and welcome to ActiveRain -- if it's connections you want to make this forum offers that and so much more.  Enjoy the path.  

May 02, 2019 05:52 AM
Christen Thomas

Thanks Michael :)

May 03, 2019 04:09 AM
Gwen Fowler-864-710-4518 SC * Mountain* Lake*Home
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Walhalla, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

Welcome to Active Rain and thank for the introduction and blog post. I hope this is a good venue for you and your business. 

May 02, 2019 07:59 AM
Christen Thomas

Thank you Gwen! 

May 03, 2019 04:10 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Christen Thomas  and welcome to Active Rain.  Thanks for you first post.  We will look for more.

May 02, 2019 11:45 AM
Christen Thomas

Thanks Grant :)

May 03, 2019 04:10 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Christen Thomas welcome to ActiveRain, and congratulations on successfully posting your first blog on this site.

May 02, 2019 04:01 PM
Christen Thomas

Thank you! 

May 03, 2019 04:12 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Christen- and congratulations to you on your first post. If you want to learn about anything related to real estate, and more, you are in the right place!!!

May 02, 2019 06:26 PM
Christen Thomas

Thanks Kathy!

May 03, 2019 04:11 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Welcome to the ActiveRain community. Congratulations on your first post.

May 02, 2019 07:58 PM
Christen Thomas

Thanks John 

May 03, 2019 04:11 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR

Morning Christen.

Welcome to the Rain.  I'm sure you'll be able to find answers to all of the questions you may have.

May 03, 2019 12:50 AM
Christen Thomas

Thanks James!

May 03, 2019 04:11 AM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Welcome  and enjoy all that AR has to offer !

May 03, 2019 03:49 AM
Christen Thomas

Thanks to you both! 

May 03, 2019 04:11 AM
Eric Bouler
Gardner Realtors, Licensed in La. - New Orleans, LA
Listening to your Needs

Welcome to the Blogs on Active Rain. You can check out New Orleans Condos


May 03, 2019 04:39 PM
The Woodland Team of Texas
The Woodland Companies - Austin, TX
Land Specialists

Nice job on your first post!
Welcome to ActiveRain, I hope that your participation here helps your business to grow.
Btw, I followed your blog, and would be honored if you followed mine.
Thank You!

May 03, 2019 06:56 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Christen, great first post, and welcome to the ActiveRain community.  Looking forward to more posts. 

May 09, 2019 09:51 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Welcome to Active Rain, looking forward to reading many more of your posts, let me know if there is anything that I can do to help as you get started here.
All the best of success to you.

Jun 23, 2019 09:58 PM