Gabe Bult and his wife have tackled three house hacks in three years. Within that timeframe, both have been able to quit their day jobs to focus on what they enjoy. For Gabe, house hacking offered the opportunity to work on his YouTube channel full time.
You may remember Gabe from the first time he appeared on the show. At that point, he shared his tips on using minimalism and house hacking to quit a job you hate. This time around, we are taking a closer look at this house hacking success.
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Gabe Bult: House Hacking in Stages
Gabe describes house hacking as a series of stages to set up your life for the better. In the first stage, you are trying to get into an affordable property that will allow you to live for free. Once your housing expenses are covered, it is time to start building passive income through house hacking more properties. Finally, you can start to consider house hacking in a property that has some of the features you crave in a dream home.
As a couple, Gabe and his wife talked through the opportunities that house hacking could provide. With dreams of quitting their day jobs and building a family with all of the time they need, house hacking providing the financial vehicle they were looking for.
Gabe and his wife tackled their first house hack together in New Hampshire with a triplex. At the age of 22, Gabe put his whole life savings into a down payment for a triplex. When they closed on the property, one of the units had been a hoarder unit. With that, it took many house of sweat equity to get the unit into a livable condition. Once it was livable, the couple moved into this unit and rented out the others. At that point, they were able to live in the unit for free. Now that they’ve moved out, the property is bringing in around $1,000 per month.
Next, the couple moved into another triplex in a relatively bad part of town. Although the neighborhood was less than ideal, the couple was able to rent out the units to cover their costs. With this property, Gabe turned one of the four-bedroom units into an Airbnb for individual rooms. Running the Airbnb was very labor-intensive for Gabe. Since moving out of that property, they have converted the Airbnb unit into a long-term rental. With that, the property is now bringing in $4,850 per month to cover the $2,400 mortgage with income to spare.
Finally, the couple recently moved into their third house hack. At this property, the goal was to create a home instead of prioritizing living for free. With that, the couple rents out one side of the property for $1,800 to help cover the $2,950 mortgage. Although they are paying to cover part of the mortgage, they are living in a home with all of the amenities they have craved. Plus, the other properties are producing an income to cover their expenses.
House Hacking Allowed Gabe and his wife to Quit Their Jobs
As the couple worked through the stages of house hacking, their finances changed for the better. Instead of sticking with a job they didn’t enjoy or juggling too many gigs, both were able to make a change to their work arrangements.
First, Gabe quit his multiple jobs to work on YouTube full-time. Since he now has more time to dedicate to his YouTube channel, it has been taking off. After buying their third property, Gabe’s wife quit her day job. Now she works as a nanny with kids and plans to stop working for money altogether when the couple starts to have children of their own.