For well over a decade, Shamontiel’s grandfather kept trying to convince her to buy a home. Shamontiel wasn’t sure where she wanted her permanent home to be and opted out, renting continuously and living in three states. However, co-writing a real estate blog for a law firm made her start paying attention to property owners.

After that yearlong project, she briefly dated a former basketball player and learned about disposable income from becoming a landlord. A few months later, she invested in real estate crowdfunding and bought a condominium. Without much property management experience, she was nominated to be the 2020–21 condo association president and the 2021–22 condo board treasurer and dove in, one of the best decisions she’s ever made. Why? It taught her a massive amount of information about the real estate industry.

“Homegrown Tales” (formerly “Homegrown” on Medium) was initially created as a place for first-time homeowners and new condo board members to connect. Slowly, it expanded to writing monthly posts about her experiences with property owners, landlords, contractors and the latest in real estate news.

To find out more about her, visit Shamontiel.com.

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