Lori Carter hit her low point 15 years ago. A husband battling addiction left her with six children to raise alone while struggling through a mountain of debt he had accrued without her knowledge.
“When your credit is ruined and you’re left with no money, it’s hard to dig yourself out of a hole,” she says.
But Lori knew two things: the art of the deal, and the value of hard work.
“My best and worst quality is that I don’t give up,” she says. “It’s a good quality to have and it’s one that’s not always in one’s best interest.”
Though we often portray folks who are top achievers in very public ways (White House doctors, CEOs, artists ) we’re just as passionate about telling the stories of those less prominent, especially when we can learn something from the way they’re tackling later life. So this week, we bring you Lori, who came from the brink of bankruptcy to create a mini AirBnB empire in a beautiful, but often overlooked area of the Georgia-Tennessee border.
Truth be told, the savvy Carter displayed in becoming an AirBnB superhost (a rare breed) was on display as early as 5, when she picked flowers from her neighbor’s yard and sold it back to them.
When Carter was in high school, she worked five jobs and still graduated a year early. She had her first daughter less than a year later. And when she and her husband found out they were pregnant, Carter became determined to be a homeowner before the baby arrived. She figured out how to secure a loan and a deposit and bought the house. She was 18. A year or so later, they did the same with another home when the opportunity presented itself.