Ep. 55: Live for Free through House-Hacking with Weston Harding

Key Market Insights

  • Moved to Chicago from Houston to explore another big city as advised by his father
  • Worked for Essex Group, which introduced him to 2-4 unit property
  • As President, founded X Plus Real Estate in January 2011
  • No. 1 seller of 2-4 unit property in Chicago
  • Couldn’t keep up with the number of clients, end up losing some to competitors
  • Hired employees to disseminate tasks and provide quality service
  • Sold $20 million dollars plus of real estate in 2017
  • Ranked number 62 out of 15,000 realtors in Chicago
  • 80% of current buyers are house hackers
  • Buyer’s vision: Live in one unit have the other 2-3 units pay off the mortgage
  • 2-4 unit property: Alternative way to living for free, and earning passive income
  • House Hacking Tips: Screen tenants, identify building and property needs, secure property funds for maintenance and repairs
  • 60618 zip code: Avondale, Irving Park, Roscoe Village is the number one seller in 3-4 unit properties for the last four years
  • Hot Sub-Market: Areas along the blue line train, a natural draw for renters
  • Number one driver: Updated Home Possible Loan Program by Freddie Mac - stretches loan limit up to $870,000 available anywhere in Chicago
  • Pilsen: Emerging art community lots of buildings and giant murals
  • Continuous growth and development in the Southside area. Prices remain significantly lower up to date
  • Provides proforma which includes current rents, projected returns, etc. on every single property available in X Plus Real Estate


Bull’s Eye Tips:


Winning Your Market: Getting out there and actually getting into it.


Tracking Marketing Changes: Getting together for coffees and lunch with other people doing things in the area.


Daily Habit: Get up early. If you can, be the first person in the office and the last person to leave.



Home Possible Loan Program


Book Recommendation:

Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi


Digital Resources

Easy Texting Software


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“Get off the couch. Get out from behind your computer, and go look at properties.” - Weston Harding


“When you make a mistake, you have something very big to learn.” - Weston Harding


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