Real estate is undoubtedly one of the most profitable and thriving industries out there

Especially if you are looking to achieve financial independence! It offers a wide variety of ways to invest actively and passively. If you are new to real estate investing and FI, and seek the proper guidance from experts, you are in the right place.

Welcome to Invest2FI, hosted by Craig Curelop and Ali Garced. In this series, we talk with real-life house hackers, real estate (and other!) investors and real people on a mission to become financially independent.

Invest2FI with Craig Curelop and Ali Garced
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Invest2FI Podcast



Episode 156 – Acquiring 40 Units in 2 Years: Marketing Secrets to Real Estate Success with Dan Austin

If you’re struggling to find good deals in today’s market, you’re not alone. Today, we’re sitting down with Dan Austin, a real estate investor who has cracked the code to securing out-of-state deals with surprisingly simple marketing strategies. In just two years, he was able to quickly scale his portfolio to 40 units, ranging from single-family homes to 8-unit properties. Since then, he’s worked with clients and done deals in nearly every state across the country! Join us as we...
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Episode 155 – Failing on His Second Deal and Still Coming Out on Top: A Conversation with Kyle Swengel

Our guest today has zero regrets about buying real estate and figuring it out along the way. After realizing he was paying his buddy’s mortgage, Kyle repriortized his life and bought his first investment. In this week’s episode we hash on the importance of getting started early, Kyle will tell you himself, you will not regret buying real estate. If you’ve been eyeing a duplex or triplex to flip, this episode offers plenty of insight for potential investors. Due to...
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Episode 154 – From First House Flip to Financial Independence and Hard Money Lending with Jeremy Kitchen

Are you thinking about dabbling into real estate but don’t know where to start? Our episode today features a seasoned real estate investor with experiences in house hacks, mobile homes, hard money lending, and harnessing the financing powers of HELOCs! As a hard money broker at REI Funding and a podcast host of The Investor Shed, Jeremy Kitchen provides a unique perspective on real estate investing through his passion for sharing his hard-earned lessons and practical tips. Tune in for...
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Ali Garced Invest2FI

Ali Garced

Ali Garced separated from the Air Force a million at 31. While working full-time as a Special Agent with Top Secret/SCI clearance Ali began investing in real estate which accelerated her earnings to allow her to retire from her W-2. She and her wife have each used the VA loan twice and have been purchasing one property a year for the last four years.  Now Ali is a Military REALTOR® helping military members buy and sell their homes during their PCS while educating other military members the power of being a real estate agent and how they can earn uncapped income. 

Special Agent turned Real Estate Agent!

Craig Curelop

Craig Curelop went from a net worth of negative $30,000 to financially independent in just 2.5 years. Now, with his financial independence he has fun building a team of investor-friendly real estate agents at The FI Team, helping others achieve financial independence as he did. When he’s not slaying dragons with his newfound money mustache, he is rocking podcasts episodes, generating valuable content for FIRE learners everywhere, and living the biohacker good life in Colorado and Idaho with his wife. 

From College Student to Financially Independent in 2 years with Airbnb!


What our Listeners say


Two award winning hosts, rock star guests, and succinct actionable insights!
Q: When does 1+1 = 3, 4, or seemingly ∞?

A: When two award-winning rock stars co-host a discussion on achieving #FinancialFreedom!

As a #solopreneur and prior #podcast host, it was a sincere privilege for Craig Curelop & Zeona McIntyre to orchestrate a look back over my past decade as a passive investor, filled with dozens of succinct takeaways.

Dan Sheeks

Great stuff!
Craig and Zeona give great advice and ask great questions of their guests. One of the best new podcasts I’ve come across in a while. Highly recommend!”


The FI Team podcast kills it!
If you are interested in real estate investing, house hacking, short term rentals or reaching financial independence through real estate investing, this podcast is for you! Investing in real estate doesn’t have to be scary, and this podcast breaks it down step by step with new and experienced investors, in the least intimidating way. Start with your first house and buy a property every year with ease, and let this podcast inspire and teach you along the way. Thanks guys for all the hard work you’ve put into these shows!!”