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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Episode 189 – Shaping Your Financial Journey with Dane Pearson

Have you ever wondered what it takes to achieve true financial independence? Join Dane on the Invest2FI podcast as he shares the secrets behind his financial freedom journey. We talk about Dane’s "Aha!" moment and overcoming his analysis paralysis. He dives into this challenge, detailing how he navigated through the mental barriers of those big leaps. Dane also shares his thoughts on negotiation and methods for securing a deal, even if it means offering way above the asking price. From...
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Episode 188 – Optimize Your Investments and Your Life with the “Hillbilly Millionaire” Hugh Carnahan!

Join us for a rollercoaster of a journey with Hugh Carnahan, who shares how he went from being a “hillbilly” to a millionaire in just 15 months! As a 2-second Lean Automation expert, Hugh brings a new perspective with his IT, manufacturing, and optimizing team background. Hugh’s first real estate deal was a massive leap, instantly adding 26 houses in just one deal! This early success and capacity for risk paid off as he ventured into multi-family homes and commercial...
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Episode 187 – Making it Happen: Owen James Lutz’s Keys to Entrepreneurial Success

In this episode, we’re talking about how one entrepreneur's dedication to making 1500 cold calls every morning led to rapid growth in his real estate journey. Owen James Lutz shares his inspiring entrepreneurial journey that jumpstarted his path to his $10M goal. From starting his own cleaning company to becoming a digital marketing coach, Owen shares how he finally took the leap and made the decision that would forever change his financial trajectory. The episode kicks off with a compelling...
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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!!”