The Short-Term Shop

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Avery Carl CEO and Founder of The Short Term Shop

Avery Carl

Avery Carl was named one of Wall Street Journal’s Top 100 and Newsweek’s Top 500 agents in 2020. She and her team at The Term Shop focus exclusively on Vacation Rental and Short Term Rental Clients, having closed well over 1 billion dollars in real estate sales. Avery has sold over $300 million in Short Term/Vacation Rentals since 2017. An investor herself, with a portfolio of over 100 Doors, Avery specializes in connecting investors with short term rentals with the highest ROI potential, and then training them to manage their short term rental from their smart phone from anywhere in the world.
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Luke Carl Educator and Co-Founder of The Short Term Shop

Luke Carl

Luke is our education and self-management specialist. He bought his first investment property in 2012. He has since done every trick in the book; House hack, BRRRR Method, HELOC, 1031 Exchange, Single Family, Small Multi-Family, Apartments, LTR, & STR. He has over 3000 reservations on his STR resume, and is the creator of the Enemy Method. He currently holds over 100 doors in 6 markets in 4 states. He is an avid runner, has 2 children, and a Rockstar wife.

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Julie McCoy Vice President of Sales

Julie McCoy

Julie began investing in vacation rentals in 2017 while working full-time in the television industry. In less than a year, she had four vacation rentals in California and Tennessee, and realized her side hustle had replaced her regular income. Ready for a change, she relocated to Tennessee and began her career as a Realtor, working with investors to help them achieve the same financial freedom. She now owns nine properties, primarily in the Smoky Mountains.

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Amity Krause Vice President of Operations

Amity Krause

Amity has been working in the industry for five years and has extensive experience in managing and coordinating all aspects of real estate transactions, from contract to close.

She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the Design Institute of San Diego, where she gained a strong foundation in attention to detail and organization. She also was employed by The Home Depot for 16 years, where she ended her career as a General Manager.  Amity has been a licensed real estate agent in  Colorado for five years and Tennessee for four years, giving her valuable insight into the industry and the needs of both buyers and sellers.

As a real estate transaction coordinator and Vice President of Operations, Amity has a proven track record of success in managing complex transactions and ensuring that all parties involved in the process are informed and updated. She has exceptional communication and organization skills, which allow her to keep track of deadlines, manage paperwork, and ensure that all legal requirements are met.
Amity is known for traits, such as the ability to work under pressure and attention to detail. Amity  is committed to authenticity and believes in providing the highest level of service to clients.

In her personal life, Amity enjoys spending time with her friends and family and cooking. She lives outside Denver, Colorado with her husband and three cats and is excited to continue providing exceptional service to clients with the Short Term Shop.

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Brooklyn McCarty Community Manager

Brooklyn McCarty

Brooklyn, from rural Southern Ohio, grew up with a “poor dad” mentality. However, her husband, Ethan, was quite the opposite. After years of persuasive and analysis paralysis, she finally gave in to her husband’s crazy dreams and drained their savings account, and began their investing career in The Smokies in March of 2020 with The Short Term Shop. Her only regret now is that she didn’t listen to him sooner. Since that first deal, Brooklyn has fallen in love with real estate and enjoys helping other new investors as they begin their STR journey. Now they own 4 STR units and 1 LTR with the goal of acquiring more to leave behind generational wealth for their two young children and hopefully, a “rich dad” mentality to go with it.

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Ethan McCarty Director of Marketing

Ethan McCarty

Ethan, from Southern Ohio, was the first individual in his family to be interested in real estate and after discovering Bigger Pockets, there was no holding him back. Ethan and his wife, Brooklyn, purchased their first STR with The Short Term Shop in March of 2020 and he has been addicted to booking notifications since then. From that first deal, Ethan knew the STS was trailblazing a path in this industry and he knew he wanted to be a part of it doing whatever we could to help them. Today, Ethan and his wife own 4 STR units and 1 LTR with plans to acquire more; building generational wealth and endless opportunities for their two young children.
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Derek TellierSevier County, TN

Derek Tellier

In 2017 after 20 years working for Harley-Davidson Dealerships, Derek was inspired by Luke and Avery to get into Real Estate investing. He began immersing himself in podcasts, books and Bigger Pockets to learn as much as he could. In October of 2018 he started the East TN REI Meetup that still meets the last Thursday of every month in Knoxville. In 2019 he purchased his first investment property, a single family BRRRR that he still holds as an LTR today.

As of Jan 2022 Derek has increased his portfolio to 14 rentals including 3 LTR and 11 STR (one of which is a house hack duplex). Flips, Buy & Hold, syndications and even Crypto, Derek has dipped his toe into several asset classes and used lots of different financing and lending options along the way. Derek considers himself a problem solver who will uncover every opportunity to get across the finish line.

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Gennifer MixSevier County, TN

Gennifer Mix

Gennifer obtained her real estate license in 2012 and is currently a local Realtor in The Great Smoky Mountains. She specializes in Short Term Rental Investment opportunities in Gatlinburg, Sevierville, and Pigeon Forge, TN. She is married and a mother of two boys who attend The University of TN Knoxville and East Tennessee State University. In 2018, after 23 years of military service, her family retired to East Tennessee and began investing in Short Term Rentals in The Smokies. They currently own 5 properties with a goal of owning many more.

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Tim GrillotSevier County, TN

Tim Grillot

Tim is an Iowa native and has been in the real estate game since his first flip at 17 years old. He began his short-term rental career in Gulf Shores and quickly expanded to the Smoky Mountains. Tim holds several properties including STR and LTR. He spent 16 years in construction and 8 years in the automotive industry as an executive of a large corporation. Tim and his wife are minimalists living in an Airstream and he is a proud Dad, an avid car and motorcycle enthusiast, as well as an amateur runner. Tim was featured on episode 15 of The Short Term Show.

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Jeana Maddux Sevier County, TN

Jeana Maddux

Jeana has been in the Real Estate business for over 15 years and most recently managed the Transaction Department at eXp Realty, which consists of over 35,000 Real Estate Professionals. She is originally from the Chattanooga, TN area, and visited the smokies for the first time while dating her husband. She was captivated by the beauty of the area and everything it had to offer. Since Pigeon Forge was only a 2-hour drive away, it quickly became her second home. She dreamed of moving to the area and selling cabins in the Smoky Mountains – At the first opportunity, she and her family made the move. Jeana feels blessed to be living her dream while helping others become successful with their Short Term investment.

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Alan Taylor Shenandoah, VA

Alan Taylor

Alan comes to The Short Term Shop with deep family roots in Virginia.  With a bachelor’s degree in Geography and GIS and a decade of working in the DC area with clients at the highest levels of the US Government, Alan brings a wealth of professional experience, a keen analytical background, and knows the ins and outs of finding the right property for your investment goals. Alan’s passion for real estate investing is result-oriented, and based on personal experience.  He has invested in flips, wholesales, and vacant land as a private investor before becoming a real estate agent, and currently owns short-term rental property in the Smoky Mountains, with plans to expand in the future.

Outside of work, Alan is a man of many talents and interests. He is an avid woodworker,  homesteader, and reader – and he especially enjoys spending time with his family. He is also bi-lingual, having lived in Nicaragua for 2 years before finishing university studies, and loves swapping travel stories!

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Carly Couch Sevier County, TN

Carly Couch

Carly is a mother to 2 wonderful children. She was born and raised in the Smokies and has been in Vacation real estate for 10 years. Carly is very excited to help you find your investment in the Smokies.

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Levi and Darah TrenthamSevier County, TN

Levi And Darah Trentham

Levi and Darah’s family legacy runs deep within the Smoky Mountains. Levi was named after his great grandfather, Levi Trentham, who is known as “The Prophet of the Smokies” and still has a cabin standing in Elkmont to this day. They’re a real estate team that helps investors find cash-flowing properties in the Smoky Mountains. They currently own three short-term rental properties with plans of owning more. They love spending time with their two kids, helping others reach their investment goals, and building long-lasting relationships with their clients.

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Natalie WalthourSevier County, TN

Natalie Walthour

Natalie started with The Short Term Shop as an investor in the Smokies in early 2020. The cash flow from her Smokies STR allowed her to leave her 13-year career as a teacher to pursue her dream of helping others build their STR portfolio. Natalie will be able to help you from the perspective of both experienced investors and agents.

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Susan SmithSevier County, TN

Susan Smith

Susan has been in the Real Estate business for over 12 years here in the Smoky Mountain Area. She moved from Texas to Tennessee in 2008 after visiting the area and fell in love with the Mountains. Shortly after moving she became a Realtor® and began helping people with their dream of investing in the Smoky Mountain Market. Susan purchased a home on the beautiful Douglas Lake in Sevierville in October 2020 and is actively looking for another investment in the area.

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Zeke GoodmanSevier County, TN

Zeke Goodman

Zeke is from Knoxville, TN, and is married with two beautiful children. He grew up vacationing with his family in the Smoky Mountains and has since fallen in love with the area. He started real estate investing in 2021, he now has 2 short-term rentals in the Smoky Mountains and plans on purchasing more in the near future. He is also house hacking his first home and planned to turn it into his first long-term rental to further diversify his portfolio. When he is not busy being a realtor, you will most likely find Zeke in the gym or traveling with his family. He truly loves helping others find investment properties and helping them on their path to financial freedom.

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Davey Templeton Sevier County, TN

Davey Templeton

Davey was born and raised in Knoxville, TN.  He is a United States Marine Corps Veteran. After 5 years of service, Davey and his family moved back home to East Tennessee in 2017. He currently owns and operates a short-term rental here in the Smokies and plans to purchase more in the near future. As a Realtor, Davey is eager and specializes in assisting other investors in finding excellent cash-flowing properties. His favorite is spending time with his wife and 2 young boys. He also enjoys working out, hunting, and fishing. 

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Reagen Natho Sevier County, TN

Reagen Natho

Reagen started as a client of Avery’s and purchased her first short-term rental cabin in the Smoky Mountains in 2019. As an experienced investor herself, she is passionate about helping clients acquire and self-manage STR properties to the best of their potential. When she’s not helping clients and showing properties she enjoys hanging out with her young family and exploring the beautiful Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
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Bill Beck Branson, MO

Bill Beck

Bill was born in Missouri and has lived all over the Midwest. He recently relocated from Denver, CO after working as a national Home Buyer Consultant with STR buyers. He personally consulted over 1,000 clients on purchasing vacation rental property nationwide. He decided to practice what he preached and chose Branson as the place for his first STR investment property. He decided it was time to get serious about real estate and moved to Branson and got licensed in 2020. He has put over 100 deals under contract since then, almost all of which have been short-term rentals. Bill primarily works with out-of-area or out-of-state investors looking to purchase a vacation rental and has worked with a lot of first-time investors. He’s happy to work with real estate investors of all types looking for anything that helps them build wealth and meet their investment goals.

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Holly HudsonOrlando, FL

Holly Hudson

Holly purchased her first home in Las Vegas and quickly experienced the volatility of the market during the crash. Fast forward a few years, she and her husband have purchased multiple cabins in the Smokies only to quickly discover the real joy of owning properties and the freedom it presents. Soon after, Holly felt a need to guide others towards experiencing the same opportunity. She finds fulfillment in helping others find investment properties and guiding them towards the path of financial freedom.

They now live in sunny Florida where she loves the vibe and potential in ‘The Happiest Place on Earth’! She has properties in Arkansas, Tennessee, Florida and always looking to add more.  When not immersed in real estate, she loves to spend time with her family: traveling, experiencing the world, and meeting the people who make it great.

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Wayde HallOrlando, FL

Wayde Hall

Wayde is our specialist in the Disney/Orlando market.  As a massive Disney fan, Wayde not only bleeds Disney he enjoys the lifestyle.  A Season Pass holder for both Disney and Universal, he is spruced with ideas for the full Disney experience.  With his expertise he has personally incorporated STRs, LTRs, flips, house-hacking and sandwich-leases in his investing carrier.  Also, an avid outdoorsman for fishing, whitewater, and scuba, he does it all. Rest assured that his understanding of the local market will lead to the home and experience of a lifetime. He has a long-standing relationship with Orlando Real Producers, and award winner for 35under35, and the most influential and explosive realtors in the Orlando area under 35 in Central FL. 

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Nap DeCiutiis Emerald Coast and Forgotten Coast FL

Nap DeCiutiis

Nap (Napoleon) has lived in the Emerald Coast area since 2004. He is a retired Navy Special Operations Master Chief with three children, ages 20, 9 and 6.

Retiring from the US Navy Dive School in Panama City after 24 years of Service in 2020, he currently owns and operates multiple properties locally in the Panhandle/Emerald Coast, and has owned properties nationally and internationally since 2004.

He is an STR/LTR/Commercial Investor and hard cash lender, and specializes in helping to connect you with your next STR investment so that you can have passive income and quit your W2 job!

He currently resides in Panama City Beach and covers the Forgotten Coast and the Emerald Coast area of Florida.

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Pete AppezzatoEmerald Coast, FL

Pete Appezzato

Pete grew up around construction and real estate in NJ working for his father’s construction company. After college, he moved to NYC and began his career equity trading on Wall Street, then opened a restaurant which he eventually sold. Around 2010, he fell into Airbnb and soon had 5 Manhattan apartments and an Airbnb management business. In 2018, he picked up 3 units in Philly, while selling real estate in NJ. To escape cold weather, Pete decided to move to Destin and couldn’t be happier to be living in this beautiful area. Pete loves helping his clients purchase investment properties and sharing his STR knowledge. When not selling real estate, he is usually in the gym, biking, traveling or on the beach.

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January Johnson Emerald Coast, FL

January Johnson

“January is a Panama City, FL native who returned to her hometown after 33 years spent in California and Texas. In 2014, she bought a small vacation home for herself in the historic St. Andrews neighborhood of Panama City while living in Houston, so she knows what it’s like to buy property while out of state. In fact, she never even saw her first short term rental in real life until the day before she closed on it! This is the power of having good people “on the ground”!
She got bitten by the STR investment bug when she started renting her vacation home on Airbnb in early 2015. Seeing a terrific opportunity, she moved back home in 2016, earned her FL real estate license that same year, and continued to add to her STR portfolio. Together with three other experienced hosts, she moderates Airbnb’s Bay County Host Club Facebook group and hosts quarterly local meetups. To her knowledge, she’s the longest-running self-managing host in the City of Panama City, and she has informally coached many people in FL and elsewhere to become successful hosts as well.
She loves working with enthusiastic investors like you who want to build generational wealth while also staking out an unforgettable vacation spot for you to enjoy with friends and family, and she looks forward to showing you around!”
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Cheryl RobbEmerald Coast, FL

Cheryl Robb

Cheryl worked for title companies in Florida and Virginia, before obtaining her Real Estate License in 2018. Her background knowledge in real estate transactions helps her clients make informed decisions. She specializes in Short Term Rental Investment properties along the Emerald Coast to include 30A, Destin, Miramar Beach, and Panama City Beach. She’s lived on the Emerald Coast for the past decade, so she sure knows the area too well. Cheryl is the proud mother of two sons, and typically can be found on the sidelines of lacrosse and soccer fields or a jujitsu tournament.

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Rush ValentineEmerald Coast, FL

Rush Valentine

Rush is a Mississippi native that always looked forward to these vacations to the Emerald Coast. In 2014, after a weekend getaway to introduce his wife to the area, they decided it was time to call the Emerald Coast home. Rush, his wife Kristen, and a newborn daughter Mary Shelton reside in Santa Rosa Beach where he enjoys spending time on the beach with his family and playing golf at one of the many local courses. Rush has been with The Short Term Shop since early 2019, since then he has acquired a few investment properties of his own and helped many clients find the right property to jump start their investment journey.

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Kelsey Ardoin Galveston/Crystal Beach, TX

Kelsey Ardoin

Kelsey is a REALTOR® in the Galveston/Crystal Beach market, where she works exclusively with investors purchasing short-term rentals. She obtained her real estate license to purchase personal investment properties and help other people do the same. While exploring different investment strategies, Kelsey listened to Avery’s Bigger Pockets podcast, and that changed the entire trajectory of the investment path she and her husband are now on. It started with buying a cabin in The Smokies as clients of The Short Term Shop, and their portfolio now includes a beach house in Crystal Beach, which she enjoys using with her husband and three kids. She plans to purchase many more investment properties in the near future.

Prior to becoming a real estate agent, Kelsey was a news reporter, worked in marketing for a Fortune 500 oil and gas company, and managed the day-to-day operations of a home inspection company she co-owned with her husband. All of these roles pale in comparison to the thrill of getting a client under contract on a STR. Kelsey is passionate about real estate and is a persistent advocate for her clients’ best interests.

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Doug Wolff Cascade Mountains, WA

Doug Wolff

Doug is a lifelong resident of Washington State who spent most of his life traveling to all areas of the state for recreation and relaxation. Doug began investing in short-term rental properties in 2020 and found his new passion. He now owns and self-manages 3 properties. In the spring of 2022, after a 22 year career in public education as a teacher and administrator, Doug took the leap to become a full-time real estate agent and investor. Doug has experienced first hand how investing in STR properties can lead to personal change. As your agent, Doug desires to assist you in finding profitable and enjoyable investment properties in the beautiful state of Washington.
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Yok ReNorth Georgia Mountains, GA

Yok Re

Yok is our specialist in the Blue Ridge, Georgia market. He’s been a part of real estate deals from condos in metro Atlanta to ranches in Montana. Not only does Yok understand the cabin lifestyle, but he also lives it. From fly fishing to hiking to kayaking, he does it all. His deep understanding of the local real estate market assures you, that you will have an opportunity at purchasing the cabin of your dreams. His long-standing relationship with other local realtors can give you a leg up on acquiring the right property. Before working in real estate, Yok was a preferred marketing developer for Facebook, so pick his brain when it comes to the marketing of your new Short Term Rental.

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Jonathan LazzarinoGulf Shores, Alabama

Jonathan Lazzarino

Jonathan is in the Gulf Shores, Alabama area. He comes from a family of real estate investors, and has helped his family buy long-term single family and commercial real estate investments. He also worked in residential real estate in the Houston area before moving to Gulf Shores to help investors find great STR opportunities. His favorite things in life are spending time with his wife and daughter, enjoying life to the fullest, and looking for the next great investment.

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Meg Minetree Outer Banks, NC

Meg Minetree

Meg began her real estate investing journey in Virginia in 2003. Over the past 20 years, she has managed a portfolio of long- and short-term rentals, new construction and renovation projects, and utilized multiple purchase strategies including BRRRR, seller finance, conventional, commercial, 401k, and HELOC loans, and 1031 exchanges. With an MBA in Project Management and her license to engage in the business of real estate, Meg lives with her husband Jason and their son Andrew on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. This unique market has been drawing visitors for generations as a historical rental destination. As these barrier islands and the locals are dependent on tourist revenue (2022 saw $1.83 billion dollars in visitor spending, #4 in state ranking), laws and ordinances are in place to support a robust short-term rental market. With 130 miles of coastline, each township offers its own draw of visitors looking for beautiful beaches to offshore sportfishing, bird to wild horse watching, shopping to gourmet coastal cuisine, and lighthouses to pirates of the past.

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Leslie Carbajal Scottsdale, AZ

Leslie Carbajal

Leslie is an Arizona native and REALTOR®  that loves all things about the Valley of the Sun. She knows the Valley well and is familiar with the areas in which one may be interested in investing. She is very passionate about real estate and strives to help her clients achieve their real estate goals by providing both generational and long-term wealth for themselves and their families. Leslie and her husband got the investing “bug” which led to her reading the book, “Short Term Rental, Long Term Wealth” then listening to all podcasts related to investing. Leslie believes and strives to show her daughters (proud girl Mom!) that nothing is impossible. Leslie and her husband are proud owners of a cabin in the Smokies as clients of the Short Term Shop and are hopeful to add more investment properties soon to their portfolio. Leslie is extremely excited to help others find investment properties here in Arizona and achieve their financial freedom goals with The Short Term Shop!

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Austin LewisPensacola/Perdido Key/Navarre, FL

Austin Lewis

Austin is a Pensacola native and has a deep connection with the beautiful gulf coast. He has a beautiful wife and a son on the way. Austin has worked both in the mortgage industry as a mortgage processor and in the tourism industry as a charter boat captain. After indulging in his passion for real estate investing a few years ago, he decided to become an agent to help others invest in their future of financial freedom. If he isn’t helping you and your family get into your next property he is either looking for one of his own or enjoying the outdoors with his family.

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Jay Lawrence NC Smoky Mountains

Jay Lawrence

Jay was born and raised in Altamonte Springs Florida but now lives in beautiful Waynesville North Carolina. He became a real estate agent after spending 15 years in the computer world as an IT professional. He left the computers behind to pursue his true passion in real estate and hasn’t looked back. Growing up in a family of real estate investors, he understands the importance of finding the best investment for a portfolio and enjoys helping others do the same in his awesome market. When Jay is not out doing real estate things, you can find him at the local axe-throwing pub, or heavy armored combat doing medieval reenactment.


Bradley Klein Myrtle Beach, SC

Bradley Klein

Originally from the United Kingdom, Bradley permanently moved to Myrtle Beach, SC in 2015. Having spent 5 years in a management position, he started looking for his next big career change. And after representing himself in the purchase of his first home, he was hooked. Bradley has been a Realtor since 2020, passionate about helping investors achieve financial freedom by purchasing short-term rental properties along the Grand Strand. When he isn’t hustling for his clients, you can find Bradley traveling the world, enjoying the great outdoors, and exploring ways in which he can grow and improve.
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Stacey Lancaster Texas Hill Country

Stacey Lancaster

Stacey is a seasoned real estate investor with experience in long-term rentals, fix and flips, and multi-family and currently owns three short-term rentals (which is her favorite wealth-building asset). Stacey is a long-time Texan and the Short-term Shop’s expert for the beautiful and diverse Texas Hill Country. Before her real estate career, Stacey was a leader for a financial services company in corporate America for over 20 years. When she is not helping other investors achieve financial freedom, Stacey visits coffee shops and antiquing in the Texas hill country and beyond. She loves real estate design as a hobby and traveling with her husband and three children.

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John and Christina McNaught Florida West Coast

John and Christina McNaught

John and Christina live in Sarasota Florida and began their real estate career as investors in 2013. Starting out with long-term rentals and then moving to STRs in 2017, they now own and operate a portfolio of STRs across Sarasota and Bradenton Florida with plans to acquire more. Before becoming a full-time real estate professional, John worked as an electrical engineer and Christina had a career with the New York Times. Today they focus on helping fellow investors achieve the dream of financial freedom by identifying, analyzing, and acquiring, high-performing real estate assets along Florida’s Gulf Coast from Clearwater to Sarasota.
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