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 183 – Raising Millions of Capital for Real Estate Deals With Paul Sparks

Curious to hear what your career could look like five to seven years down the line? In our latest episode, Paul Sparks shares his eye-opening real estate journey. From leaving his W2 sales job to starting a wholesaling business to raising capital for ten-million-dollar deals, Paul began his real estate career in 2017 and has seen incredible success. Join us as he shares the story of his first real estate deal and the early challenges and triumphs that shaped his...
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Episode 182 – Learn How To Find Ideal Private Lenders, Venture Partners, and Real Estate Mentors with Andrew Freed

If you’re worried that making it big in real estate takes too much time, Andrew Freed’s incredible journey shows how your earning potential can skyrocket in three years. As a former project manager turned real estate entrepreneur, Andrew shares how he began taking real estate seriously in 2020.  With a determination to build genuine wealth, Andrew dove into learning everything he could online (without paying for any expensive masterclasses!) and sought the help of a mentor, all of which landed...
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Episode 181 – Living the Dream Nomad Life and Investing Internationally with Daniel Rusteen of

In this latest episode, dive into an insightful conversation with Daniel Rusteen, the founder of and the bestselling author of "Optimize YOUR Bnb: The Definitive Guide to Ranking #1 in Airbnb Search." His unique perspective comes from his experience as a former Airbnb employee, a current Superhost, a full-time Airbnb guest, and a short-term rental investor and property manager. From escaping the dreaded 9-5 grind to establishing his own property management business, which he manages from anywhere in the...
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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!!”