House Hacking Case Studies

The path to financial independence can be greatly accelerated if you choose to house hack. By completely eliminating your housing expenses, you can super your savings rate and propel you to your FI number quickly. 

Although the idea of house hacking sounds enticing, it might seem like a challenge to execute. After all, there are so many variables when it comes to house hacking. You need to find a space that suits your needs, lifestyle, budget, and FI goals.

If your mind is dreaming up the possibilities, that is a good place to start.

At some point, you’ll want to take the next step and make your house hacking dreams a reality. That’s where our house hacking case studies come in. Each week we take a closer look at the nitty-gritty details behind successful house hackers. Below are some of our favorite case studies. 

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Room Rental House Hacking

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Income Suite House Hacking

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Accessory Dwelling Unit House Hacking

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Small Multi-Family House Hacking

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Work Provided Housing House Hacking

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Live In Flip House Hacking

It is not a secret that house hacking requires an open mind and creativity. But, it can be difficult to envision the possibilities without the examples of house hackers who have made it work in their own lives.

Everyone has a unique situation that will lead to the perfect house hacking set up. You’ll be able to start thinking outside the box with real-life stories from house hackers that turned this dream into a reality.

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In each house hacking case study, we will uncover the secrets behind these successful house hackers.

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Not only will they share their successes, but also their mistakes along the way.

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The goal is to help you learn what worked and what didn’t work as you embark on your own house hacking adventure.

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You’ll be able to avoid the most common mistakes and emulate the most useful strategies.

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Each week, you can hear more from a house hacker that took action on the idea and lived to tell the tale.

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Room Rental House Hacking

Renting out a room in your house is a straightforward way to house hack. You can rent out the extra rooms in your house to long term tenants or short-term vacationers through Airbnb to cover your housing costs. In this situation, you would likely share common areas with your renters.

Case Study #5: Room Rental House Hacking in Seattle

Case Study #7: Travis Makes $1,300 a Month

Case Study #10: Mike House Hacks while in the Navy

Case Study #14: Room Rental House Hacking in Philly

Case Study #15: Nascar by Day, House Hacking by Night

Case Study #18: Room Rental House Hacking in Detroit

Case Study #20: Moving from LA to Dallas with Jorge

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Income Suite House Hacking

If your current housing situation doesn’t have any extra rooms, then you could convert or modify the space you have. Consider adding a mother-in-law suite or finishing a basement to create extra livable space to rent out. Modifying existing space gives you more control over your house hack. You could create a space to maximize privacy for yourself and your renters or leave it more open.

Case Study #2: House Hacking Around the World 

Case Study #28: Income Suite House Hacking in Colorado

Case Study #38: Building an Income Suite to House Hack 

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Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) House Hacking

An accessory dwelling unit, or ADU, refers to another building on your property. You can rent out this separate building to cover the cost of your total mortgage. A few options might include converting a pool house or adding an apartment above your garage.

Case Study #2: Norman Does an ADU House Hack in Texas 

Case Study #19: Serial House Hacking with Tim Kelly

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Small Multi-Family House Hacking

In this scenario, you would buy a small multi-unit home and rent out the extra units. For this type of house hack, you can only buy a building with up to 4 units to ensure owner-occupancy financing benefits. For example, you could buy a duplex and rent out one side. It is a great way to maximize privacy while enjoying the benefits of a house hack.

Case Study #3: Joseph Saves $1,400 on Housing Costs

Case Study #4: Jordan House Hacks with a Duplex in Austin

Case Study #6: Ryan House Hacks in Massachusetts

Case Study #8: Nadia House Hacks in Brooklyn, New York

Case Study #9: Back to Back House Hacks in Ohio

Case Study #11: Willie Makes $750 a Month with a Triplex

Case Study #12: Valery Owns a Home for $500 a Month

Case Study #16: Making $1,000+ a Month in Providence

Case Study #17: Sarah aka Budget Girl does a House Hack

Case Study #21: The House Hacking Police Officer

Case Study #22: House Hacking in Georgia with Faith Kae

Case Study #24: House Hacking in Sacramento California 

Case Study #42: The House Hacking ER Doctor

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Work Provided Housing House Hacking

Work provided housing is the lowest maintenance house hack option. Essentially, you find a way for your employer to pay for your housing. You might be surprised to learn that many employers offer free or subsidized housing to their employees.

Case Study #34: Free Housing as a Resident Director

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Live In Flip House Hacking

If you don’t want to be a landlord but still want to house hack, you have options. The slow flip option means that you will buy a fixer-upper and live in it while you flip it. Typically, you’ll live in the house for at least 1 year while you fix it up. After you’ve made the house an inviting home, you can sell it for a profit and move on to your next house.

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