Zen and the Art of Real Estate Investing with Jonathan Greene

Real Estate Investing as a Family Endeavor with Laura Sides


In a lively conversation on Zen and the Art of Real Estate Investing, Jonathan sits down with Laura Sides, a former teacher turned stay-at-home mom who found an unexpected outlet in real estate investing. Delving into flipping homes and investing in short- and mid-term rentals since the pandemic, Laura shares how she balances her roles at home and as a successful investor. Real estate has become a source of fulfillment and creativity for this extroverted stay-at-home mom, transforming her life and providing unique opportunities for her family.

Jonathan’s discussion with Laura unfolds her journey into real estate investing, a path she embraced despite coming from a family with a “Poor Dad” mindset. Laura shares that a neighbor’s desire to sell ignited her leap into real estate, propelling her to acquire two flip homes within six months with her husband’s support and kids’ participation.

As a stay-at-home mom, Laura found an adult outlet through Instagram, where she established a community and began chronicling her own real estate story. Jonathan and Laura’s conversation unravels the details of those initial properties, the lessons she learned with contractors, and the moment she fell in love with real estate. Laura reveals how she finds deals, her learning-by-doing approach, and the ease of investing with cash.


Jonathan and Laura explore in further detail:

  • She didn’t have friends or family to talk to about investing, so Laura sought out community on social media. She learned about real estate with podcasts and books and followed other investors’ stories on social media.

  • Her husband’s support and understanding have been huge. He’s there to help whenever Laura needs him, and her kids are participating and learning skills they don’t learn at school.

  • Contractors won’t perform on every job at the same level.

  • If you’re new to investing, be open to learning from others. Put one foot in front of the other, learn as you go, and don’t drag your feet on making decisions.


Laura Sides discovered a passion for real estate, and her excitement about it is contagious as she shares her story on Instagram and with Jonathan.

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