Purchasing her first piece of real estate in 1996, Terri has personally participated in over $30 million worth of real estate transactions, investing in 18 states. Terri currently co-owns and operates 8 self-storage properties and is an investor in a mobile home park. Additionally, she has completed multiple single family rehabs and fix & flips, managed 7 long-term residential and vacation rental properties, and is a certified Home Stager. In 2011, she and Alia Ott created Investors In Action, a real estate education and lending company. Together they have originated and purchased more than 80 performing and non-performing notes/mortgages/trust deeds. She has managed projects both in California and other states, successfully completing multiple ventures remotely.
Terri holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the University of California, Irvine, with exchange certificates from the University of Paris, Sorbonne, and the University of New South Wales Graduate School of Management, Sydney. She graduated with honors from Texas A&M and is a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. After 6 years designing satellites for Hughes Aircraft Company, a year as a technical consultant in Europe, and 11 years as a business manager at Verizon Wireless, Terri left Corporate America in 2007 to focus on her real estate endeavors full-time.
Alia has actively been investing in real estate since 2002 during which time she has participated in ownership or control of over $25M worth of real estate transactions and fund management. She currently co-owns and operates 8 self-storage properties. Additionally, she has participated in ownership or control of a 125-lot mobile home park, completed multiple rehab projects, and owned multiple residential rental properties. As a life-long learner, Alia has gained hands on experience and mentorship in real estate law, property management, mortgage and lending practices, wholesaling, lease options, self-storage and commercial real estate operations.
Alia served as a Director for several corporate philanthropy programs initiated by Cisco Systems, AOL, Yahoo! and the United Nations, that have raised over $1 Billion online for charitable causes. In addition to co-creating Investors In Action, Alia and Terri are founding members of several financial literacy programs including a youth-based program called “The Magic of Money” and “Cashflow Divas,” a mastermind group for women focused on creating passive income streams.
Alia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Chapman University and a Certification for Advanced Project Management from Stanford University. She is a licensed real estate broker and best-selling co-author of the book “Initiative”.