House Hack Mastermind #9: Newbie House Hackers: Room by Room vs Airbnb
We’re back with another episode of House Hack Mastermind! In this episode, we talk to Stephen Witkowski and Vince Arena, two new investors who are taking different approaches to house hacking. Is it better to do a room by room rental or Airbnb? Listen to the episode to find out why both are good strategies and learn how Stephen and Vince got started investing in real estate.

It has been over five months since we recorded a Mastermind Podcast, but we’re back and this is one you do not want to miss. Chris and I sat down with Stephen Witkowski, a Rent by the Room House Hacker living in Arvada, and Vince Arena, a short-term rental/ Airbnb House Hacker in Wheat Ridge. 

Why I love this episode: You are able to see the true value of masterminding and connecting with like-minded investors. 

Three Learning Options!
  1. Listen to the podcast “#345: House Hack Mastermind #9: Newbie House Hackers: Room by Room vs Airbnb” on the Denver Real Estate Investing Podcast
  2. Watch the YouTube video (at the bottom).
  3. Read the blog post. Note, the blog is an executive summary. Get the in-depth breakdown from the podcast or video.

Today We Discuss:

  • Stephen’s current house hack overview (03:25)
  • Vince current house hack overview  (05:44)
  • How to maximize what you are purchasing now to get your best returns 5-10 years down the road (10:57)
  • House Hacking with a new build townhouse (18:45)
  • Parts of Denver where we are constantly seeing House Hack style properties  (22:57)
  • Furnishing Vince’s Airbnb (23:57)
  • Automated pricing through PriceLabs (31:26)
  • Vince’s plan for stabilizing House Hack #1 and criteria for House Hack #2 (34:02)

Quote of the day:

“You are going to learn as you go and make mistakes, just don’t make the big ones”

Stephen’s Father

Guests for the Ninth Episode

Stephen Witkowski

House Hacker Stephen Witkowski

House Hacker (Rent by the Room)

Stephen always knew he wanted to invest in real estate but did not know about the 5% down payment option. Three months later, he purchased his first property.

He’s extremely busy with his current day job doing software sales and traveling almost every week. He needed to find something easy, and have an army to help in the maintenance of the house, such as his dad and roommate.

Contact info:

Stephen worked with agent Lauren Valinoti to find his property.

Vince Arena

House Hacker Vince Arena

House Hacker (Airbnb)

Vince stumbled into real estate investing about three years ago while living in Philadelphia and ended up doing a live-in flip. He realized how powerful this type of investing could be and started consuming as much content as he could.

He sold his house in Philadelphia when he moved to Denver, bought his current property, and has been house hacking by listing it as a short-term rental using Airbnb.

Contact Info

More Info

Vince worked with agent Preston Newberry to find his property.

Hosts of the House Hack Mastermind Series

Ben Einspahr

Hosts of the House Hack Mastermind Series Ben Einspahr

Active local House Hacker (currently on HH#2!) and Short-Term and Medium-Term House Hacking Specialist

Jeff White

Hosts of the House Hack Mastermind Series Jeff White

Active local House Hacker (currently on #5 House Hack!) and House Hacking Specialist

To join the official Colorado House Hacking community, visit the Colorado House Hackers Facebook page.

YouTube Video

House Hack Mastermind #9: Newbie House Hackers: Room by Room vs Airbnb

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