Growing up in Raleigh, North Carolina, Amanda Williams knew she had to do something drastic to change her life. That drastic decision involved moving to the City of Angels all by herself as a 21-year-old and starting a business in a foreign city. “I got into real estate in 2008 with my mentors/bosses of a timeshare relief company by joining a real estate education company and quickly partnered with a successful investor who flipped 40-50 homes per year as one of her private money lenders,” Amanda says. “In 2012 I bought my first long term rental property and in 2013 I moved back to North Carolina and got heavy into real estate investing and went on to get my real estate license in North Carolina.”
Since moving back home, Amanda has used a number of globally-applicable strategies to increase her empire while working primarily with a cloud-based real estate brokerage. Amanda initially used her license to buy houses, fix them up, and sell them. Once she mastered that, she decided she wanted to create a passive income stream and began this journey of being a landlord by buying nine properties in one year with creative financing to use as long term rental properties. She continued building her investment portfolio over the years, as well as selling houses for her clients, mostly investors.
Her decision to move into Airbnb rentals was a move that was born of her father having cancer and the whole family having to move to Mexico for his treatment. While there, they put up their personal property on Airbnb and were surprised by the success of the approach leading to more future investments that have allowed them to become successful and take her work anywhere in the world. “We’ve had a lot of experience with AirBnb properties and now I am teaching other agents how to build their short term rental portfolio using other people’s properties,” she admits.
Currently, she is working on an all-encompassing body of knowledge that helps other realtors tap into her success and replicate it globally.