TAMARA AND JESSE TIJERINA’S STORY ILLUSTRATES THE IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION, COMMITMENT AND THE VALUE OF A SUPPORT NETWORK. INVESTING IN REAL ESTATE BROUGHT THEM TIME, WEALTH AND PURPOSE FOR THEIR FAMILY.
BYLINDAWIENANDT PHOTOS BY MARK MATSON
REAL ESTATE INVESTING —done right—can change your life. It did for Tamara and Jesse Tijerina. Little more than a year ago, they were going about life like many growing, young fam- ilies do. Jesse had a steady job that he loved and that brought in a good income. Tamara had decided to be a stay-at-home mom after the birth of their fourth child. Their home was com- fortable, but starting to tug at the seams. They longed to be able to afford something bigger. Today, they can. Many times over. Because of real estate investing. “Our life has completely changed,” Tamara said. “There was nothing wrong with our life before, but we didn’t have any financial freedom.” Now the San Antonio couple can set their own work schedules to research the best properties to flip, then acquire, rehab and sell them at a very tidy profit. Just as important to them, they also have the flexibility to set their away-from-work schedules. “We can come and go as we please, and we don’t have to answer to anybody, and we want to keep it that way,” Tamara said. “We can go bowling in the afternoon. We can go out for lunch. We take time to go see our kids at school. Or take a vacation. We can do whatever we want, on our own timetable—not somebody else’s.” They also have that bigger, almost-new house in an appreciating area. It’s actually one of the properties acquired in the deals they’ve successfully done over the last year.
50 | think realty magazine | mar :: apr 2016
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