Stephanie Finch worked as the assistant to an inspiring broker while attending college in Austin, Texas. When she moved to College Station, where her fiancé was attending school, she was drawn to the idea of owning real estate for passive income. The couple, now married, bought their first income property, a fully rented duplex. That purchase became the model for building a niche clientele of investors. Three years later, the couple moved to “the land of oil and gas engineers,” Finch says. Starting over in Houston was tough, but her number-crunching expertise was valued not just by investors. Analytical engineers appreciated the data for their home purchases. “They are my bread and butter,” she says.