How to Live Off Short-Term Rentals with Kirby Atwell, USMA ‘05

Jun 3, 2022 | USMA

“Once you start thinking about residual results, meaning you do something once that will pay you in perpetuity, then things change in your life. I try to do more things to create these residual results because that gives you so much more capacity, autonomy, and control over your time.” 

– Kirby Atwell (USMA ‘05)

Kirby Atwell started his first full-time property rehabbing company, iCandy Homes, with two good friends after leaving active-duty military service in 2011. Five years later, Kirby formed Green Vet Homes, an investment company that leveraged everything he’d learned over the previous 10 years in order to support military veterans and their families. Today, Kirby also hosts a podcast and educational platform called Living Off Rentals. Kirby believes that owning high quality, cash flowing real estate is a great business model for someone who wants to create a lifestyle they desire.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How real estate enabled Kirby and his wife to quit their W2 jobs
  • Why short-term rental properties are so profitable
  • What makes a good short-term rental investment property 
  • Why decision making is easier when you have a vision and set clear goals

Kirby also shares how his interest in entrepreneurship through real estate began, why he decided to focus in on short-term rentals, and the criteria he uses to assess whether or not a short-term rental property will succeed in his chosen market. We enjoyed hearing how his real estate podcast grew into an educational platform and listening to Kirby reflect on what he wishes he knew when he first started out. We hope this episode helps you to identify what fears are holding you back from creating the lifestyle you want and inspires you to take action to overcome them.

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Special thanks to Kirby for joining me this week. Until next time!

-Scott Mackes, USNA ’01

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