This is my first post. I started buying real estate in about 1997. It was a condo in Middlebury VT. I sold that for a slight profit and bought a house in Vergennes Vermont. The house had a basement room and separate entrance, so I had a bathroom installed and I lived in the basement and rented out the top of the house for 2 years. It was a 3 bedroom 1 bath house and it rented for the full mortgage. This was my first house hacking experience. I recently joined Bigger Pockets, where they discuss this strategy.
After two years, I sold the house and bought a duplex in Vergennes Vermont. I have had that property since 2003 or 2004. I have made many landlording mistakes with that property, but I have just turned it over to a property manager. I will tell you about some of my mistakes in the next post as well as bring you up to date on my current activity.