Every year I seem to tackle more & more projects. I stretch my comfort level. I try my patience. But yet, every year of this real estate investing life gets better & better, and 2018 was no exception!
2018 In Review
I ended 2017 by finishing up Flip 6, and it sold at the beginning of 2018. And it’s been in high gear ever since! I accomplished so many big things, took some fun trips, and met some great people in 2018! I don’t know how 2019 will top it!
Some of My Favorite Projects
I started the year by creating one of my easiest DIY projects yet, & it’s been so popular! This DIY coffee bar station is both affordable & easy to make & personalize! If you haven’t tried it yet, put it on your 2019 to do list!
Apparently 2018 was the year for baskets, because I got creative with another basket. I picked up a cheap metal basket from Target, and I transformed it into a birdcage light fixture! It was the easiest project that created such a custom look!
Another really fun project I completed in 2018 was more storage (I’m seeing a theme here!). When I saw the Army trunk at the thrift store, I knew I had to have it! With the help of Amazon, I was able to create a reclaimed piece that I upcycled into the perfect sofa table & additional storage.
Memorable Events of 2018
Without a doubt, 2018 had many very great memories. This house flipping life has opened some really incredible opportunities for me, and I don’t take them for granted! In the Spring of 2018, I was featured in Northwest Arkansas’ society magazine, Citiscapes. The feature was incredibly kind, and I hope inspiring to other wannabe house flippers!
In the summer of 2018, I traveled to Charleston, South Carolina to attend my second Haven Conference. This event was extremely beneficial to my blog business. I’m incredibly grateful you choose to follow along, and I work hard to bring you content that is meaningful, helpful, and engaging. I attended so many classes at Haven, and I grew my knowledge and circle of friends greatly! I’m already looking forward to attending Haven again in 2019! It was through Haven that I began my partnership with Homes.com, and I hope my guest writing has been very helpful to you all!
New Projects in 2018
Part of being a real estate investor means leading a very unpredictable life, and 2018 was proof of that! I didn’t expect my projects (or sabbatical) to play out like they did!
After selling Flip 6, I immediately purchased Flip 7. If all flips were like that one, I’d never get tired. I was in and out of that house in two weeks, and it sold quickly! I was very fortunate with that house, and I’d love to get more like that! To get caught up on the transformation at Flip 7, check out the before post and then you MUST see the reveal post!
After Flip 7, I entered my Flipping Sabbatical. And I’m not going to lie, it was so nice. So relaxing. But don’t worry! 2019 will see the end of my sabbatical as I start flipping again!
I branched out of house flipping in 2018, and I tried my hand at Airbnb hosting. I will be honest- I had no clue what I was doing, and I have learned SO much. I’ll be doing a post soon about what I’ve learned, and if I plan to keep doing it. I purchased two homes in 2018 that I’m currently using as Airbnbs: the Downtown Cozy Cottage & Stone Manor.
Without a doubt, the most questions I’ve received this year is about Airbnb hosting. You can get caught up on how I’ve done monthly, & be sure to follow me on Instagram where I keep you all updated on the day-to-day action (and crazy people!).
2018 was the first year I decided to participate in the One Room Challenge, and I am so glad I did! It was such fun (& chaotic!) experience as I transformed the sunroom at Flip 5 into a welcoming space! To see my weekly status, start here. I’m already planning for the ORC in 2019!
And just to keep me humble, the Garage Airbnb at Flip 5 barely got off the ground this year. I am partnering with Home Depot to get the exterior done before the end of the year, so at least some progress will be made. I’ve had to fight the city every step of the way, so the progress has been very slow!
As with each year, I learned so much in 2018 & tried new things. I took a break, & I met new people. I accomplished so much. I’m grateful that I get to live this crazy, house flipping life. It’s been such an adventure that has changed my life. I’m so looking forward to 2019 and the challenges and adventures it’ll bring!