Traction REIA is the only official National REIA Chapter in the Greater Washington DC Metro Area and have been serving this area for almost two decades. We are the recipient of the independently-reviewed National REIA “Honors of Merit” and the “Award of Excellence” for Best Real Estate Investor Association!
A funny thing happens when you nearly drown — you start to think about what you really want to do with your life. You lose patience with the obstacles holding you back. Like the 9-to-5 grind, a whopping 2 weeks’ vacation per year, and never-quite-enough money to pay the bills each month, much less for any of the extras that make life real special.
It was 2001 and I was on a raft with some friends on the Ganges River in India, crashing through Class 5 rapids when I suddenly found myself overboard and underwater — and without much breath left.
A near death experience does wonders for your life. When I finally surfaced and stopped choking, I looked to the raft in the distance and saw my friends laughing at me. For them, this had been an amusing spectacle. For me, it was a new beginning.
I knew the time had come to stop just day-dreaming, and finally become the entrepreneur I always wanted to be. In the past, it seemed that the time wasn’t quite right. On that day I realized the time would never be exactly quite right. It was just up to me to actually make it happen.
And that’s just what I did!
I ran out, quit my job, and fell flat on my face a few months later. Teetering on the edge of financial ruin, once again my friends were laughing. But this time they tried to hide it behind a facade of polite concern. But I knew they were thinking. “We knew he’d never make it. He should have kept his good job while he had it.”
But that near-death experience had changed me. And I kept at it.
After flipping my first property for a handsome profit, I went and flipped another one. Then again. Then again. And then again.
My business and lifestyle took off and I’ve never looked back. Now my old friends aren’t laughing anymore.
Yes, one deal can change it all.
Since then I’ve been featured by CNBC, Kiplinger’s Magazine, HousingWire, The Washington Post, The Washington Examiner, Financial Lifeline Radio, numerous cable networks, and The Scotsman Guide, among others.
Success brings its own breed of problems. You want to be able to keep your business running without having it interfere with your vacations and time with family. But that was a problem easily solved by real estate wholesaling as well.
For fun, I raced a friend to see who can be the first to visit 100 different countries. I hit that goal and continue to travel as I’m forever passionate about it.
I figured out how to structure my real estate wholesaling business so that I can operate remotely from anywhere in the world and no one even knows I’m gone.
Sure enough, people started asking me “How do you do it?” and “Can you show me how?”
The truth is there have been ups and downs, I’ve made mistakes, and have had my share of frustrations and setbacks, as well as my share of growth and dizzying success. But that all helped me figure it out correctly.
With teaching others now my mission, I’ve helped hundreds of average people to replace their income, quit their jobs, and turn full-time to real estate investing. It may sound corny, but I think of this as saving lives — saving them from debt, isolation from family, income & lifestyle limitations, and sheer boredom!
All this led me to where I am now: Active investor, published author, President of Traction Real Estate Investors Association (), Founder of Traction Real Estate Mentors () and host of the “Get Traction” Podcast (www.GetTractionPodcast.com).
I’m now asked to speak across the US and overseas at seminars, workshops and bootcamps. I teach my techniques for wholesaling and business building through my presentations “Wholesaling: 60 Days to Done!” and “Wholesaling: The Rapid Cash Generator MasterClass: More Deals. More Profits. More Freedom!” And I love that people find my talks to be entertaining, informative, and above all – practical to implement.
If you are looking to quit your job and build your own mini real estate empire, or just to build a separate income stream to support your family and enhance your lifestyle, join us at one of my next Rapid Cash Generator events. You can see a list of upcoming events here:
Within only a few years, Carolina and her husband Tom have built a company that does dozens of deals annually with an average profit of $24,736 per deal. In the past three years alone, their businesses have generated revenues of more than one million dollars.
Carolina has been featured in several publications such as the Washington Examiner and the National Real Estate Investors Association’s Magazine. She was profiled in the book “Five Fearless Women in Real Estate”.
She received the Colombian Presidential Award “100 Colombians”. The award is given to one hundred Colombian individuals every year who have become successful abroad, are leaders in their industry, and have changed the face of Colombia outside of the country.
Carolina was born in Bogotá, Colombia and she moved to the US in 2001 after receiving a B.A. in Business from the University of La Sabana.
She started investing in real estate part-time in 2003. Her first deal paid out more than what she was being paid at her job. Therefore, within one year she was able to quit her job and live the life she dreamed of.
Carolina is an active part of the Traction Real Estate Mentors coaching team. She enjoys helping students do deals and seeing their lives change through real estate just like her life changed.
Carolina is the Vice President of the Traction Real Estate Investors Association, which serves creative real estate professionals in the Washington DC metro area. Traction REIA is the recipient of the National REIA “2011 & 2010 Honors of Merit” and the “2009 Award of Excellence” for Best Real Estate Investor Association.
Carolina is the founder of Traction REIA’s Women Investor Network, a group created to provide women investors with current information, tools, resources and encouragement that will help them build a solid foundation in real estate investing.
Carolina became a US citizen in 2009 and that day she wrote:
“It was one of my dreams when I came to this country in 2001 to be sworn in as a citizen of the United States. Only in this country could a Colombian-born woman with no experience in Real Estate and whose first language wasn’t English, become an independent and fabulously successful entrepreneur”.
Carolina and her husband Tom started their family with the birth of their first son Thomas Anthony, who was born shortly after Carolina went into labor at the Traction REIA January 2009 meeting. And the family grew with the birth of their son Dominic in March 2015.