by Jenn LoConte
Entrepreneurial investors Christian and Jackie Lambertsen definitely know how to live life to its fullest.
For many years, the couple enjoyed sailing up and down the East Coast. In 2003, they bought a larger boat, put their careers on hold, and set sail on a seven-year adventure to Europe, South America, and the Caribbean; all while living on their 65-foot sailboat!
While sailing the high seas, they got to know locals from several countries, learned their language, marveled at the architecture, and hiked along scenic trails and mountains. During their years of exploration, the Lambertsens learned to take their time and enjoy their journeys.
“We agree over a cup of coffee … or grog… that we have traveled at a faster pace than we will in the future,” Christian noted in his Journal. “Since leaving the United States in June, we have cruised the Azores, Galicia, Spain, and Portugal. The longer we live aboard, the more we realize that the cruising experience is not measured in the numbers of ports or miles that you achieve, but your understanding of the people and their environment in each location. One cannot accomplish this arriving in one port a week.”
They also learned how to deal with coral reefs, dangerous storms, and high winds. While in the Virgin Islands, Christian wrote, “Immediately after the New Year, and guests departed, the famous Christmas winds arrived and we spent the next three weeks riding from harbor to harbor in St. Thomas anchored in 25 mph winds which gusted to 45. A little advice to anyone thinking about chartering in the winter in the Virgins: wait until at least late February.”
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Christian’s longing for travel started early when he and a buddy drove cross-country in a red Volkswagen Karmann Ghia, filled to the brim with camping equipment and supplies. He also spent years repairing and restoring old boats before switching gears to a new hobby of collecting antique motorcycles. Christian moved to North Carolina in 1984, where he met and married Jackie. She worked in software development for IBM and Christian served as medical director at the Raleigh Durham airport for 15 years and consulted for another six before he and Jackie decided to set sail.
Today, the couple owns a Subchapter S Corporation that operates as a longer-term private lender, as well as three LLC’s, including Jackie’s software development company that designed, programmed, and implemented a software management system for their businesses. And although the Lambertsens may have literally encountered their share of stormy waters, their three-year investment relationship with DLP Capital Partners has been nothing but smooth sailing.
“DLP offers us a broader and more integrated approach to passive real estate investing,” said Christian. “They focus on a mid-range price band with the single family and multi-door units which I am comfortable with and which should withstand market correction. Their reporting, communication, and transparency are excellent. I have many opportunities for passive real estate investing, but I run with a team who has breadth and depth of experience and who I can trust if problems arise.”
Christian and Jackie currently have their former “home on the seas” for sale as they gear up for their next escapade, driving an RV across the country and into Canada. We look forward to hearing all about their future adventures.