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  • Writer's pictureJohn Casmon

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

Apparent Failure:

The second property that she bought.

Digital Resource:

Bigger Pockets

Most Recommended Book:

Daily Habit:


#1 Insight for Investing

Educate yourself and network.

Best Place to Grab a Bite in Indianapolis:

Contact Sunitha:

You can reach out to Suni on her Instagram or you can go to her website to learn more. Click here to listen to the “Afford Anything Podcast”.

Tweetable Quotes:

“I can dream and I can make that dream a reality.” - Sunitha Rao

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