Olympian, Retired at 23, Real Estate Entrepreneur with Sunitha Rao
At the age of 23, she retired from nearly a decade of playing tennis professionally and competing on the world's largest stages - including the 2008 Beijing Olympics - with a sixth-grade education, quite literally no money, and very little knowledge of how the world worked outside of her sport. Fast forward a little more than a decade, she has earned a bachelor's in business and finance and an MBA from Villanova University, has no student debt, a successful finance career, and a budding real estate business with eight doors in her portfolio. Her goal is to achieve financial freedom while also having a positive impact on others lives through investing in real estate by purchasing distressed properties and repairing them to provide safer, cleaner, higher quality living environments for her tenants and guests. We spoke to Sunitha about her career as a professional athlete, her retirement at the age of 23, and her transformation into being a real estate investor and a part of the “Afford Anything Podcast”. LISTEN HERE:
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[00:01 – 04:06] Opening Segment
Sunitha talks about her background.
She talks about what led her into investing in real estate.
She talks about how she is a part of the “Afford Anything Podcast”
[04:06 – 18:08] A Very Young Professional
She talks about being a professional athlete at a very young age.
Sunitha talks about her experience and what it’s like to be in the Olympics.
How Sunitha felt when she retired at the age of 23.
She talks about some humbling experiences she had after retirement.
How she overcame hurdles after her retirement.
[18:08 – 26:53] Wind of Change
How Sunitha got into real estate investing.
Why she left corporate.
She talks about some of her investing strategies.
Why she moved to Indianapolis from Boston.
Sunitha talks about how she became a part of the team in the “Afford Anything Podcast”
[26:53 – 33:35] Round of Insights
The second property that she bought.
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