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EP 36: Eliminating the Noise to Grow HER Investments on HER Terms with Carissa Swanwick

There is so much NOISE in this real estate investing world. But to be truly be successful in this business you need to create goals that work for YOU and stay true to these goals no matter what happens.

On this week’s episode, we have the pleasure of chatting with Carissa Swanwick from Cultivate RE. Her real estate investment philosophy “Invest in homes I can be proud of and tenants want to show off to their friends” guides her strategy and mindset.

With Carissa’s life-long interest in architecture, design, and construction, she had the goal of someday owning investment properties and making them great homes…when she retired. She believed that spending her time on her passion was a goal for the future; not something that she could do now while building a corporate career and raising a family. In 2014, she decided that “someday” needed to become “today” and decided to make her dreams a reality. Carissa decided that waiting for someday to pursue her passion is no way to go through life and so she began to learn about real estate investing and buying properties.

Carissa works full time and manages to also grow her investment portfolio that consists of both single family and small multifamily properties. Carissa also has a wonderful blog called “Cultivate RE” where she shares all of her wins, learnings, and investing tips with other real estate investors.

On today’s episode, we cover some fantastic topics:

  • How to create an investment strategy that works for YOU
  • How to eliminate the noise and stay true to your GOALS
  • #1 tip to buy properties “on market”
  • Importance of being “prepared” to jump quickly on ANY deal
  • Key questions to ask to attract the BEST tenants for any rental
  • What REALLY matters in being successful in this business

Book mentioned in the show:

Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington

Carissa’s contact information:

Check out her website:


Social Media: @Cultivate_re

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About the author, The Real Estate

The Real Estate InvestHER Show is hosted by Liz Faircloth and co-host by Andresa Guidelli. Created to support and inspire women who invest in real estate to live a financially free and balanced life.

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