Wed, 20 September 2017
One of the big real estate rookie mistakes is to turn into a Walmart shopper as you build your team. It is easy to see a coach, lawyer, or property manager as an expense and choose to go with someone less experienced—or even elect to do the job yourself. But today’s guest can attest to the fact that a quality team is an investment that can save you millions in the long run.
Damion Lupo is a serial entrepreneur with a ‘think big’ mentality. In the last 25 years, he’s founded more than 30 companies in a number of industries including insurance, precious metals, venture capital, financial consulting and real estate. Damion is also a black belt in three different disciplines and the architect of Yokido, his very own martial art.
Damion’s personal philosophy centers around self-responsibility and a conviction that candor, growth and a big vision provide the only path to freedom. His commitment to these values led to the creation of Total Control Financial, a FinTech that seeks to reinvent financial control and empower Main Street with the tools of financial transformation. Today Damion discusses his first multifamily deal, a 119-unit property in Memphis that resulted in a $2M loss, and the lessons he learned from the experience. He shares the transformational power of failure, the importance of building a team you can trust, and the extraordinary value of a mentor. Learn how Damion’s shift from consumer to contributor had a revolutionary impact on his life.
[4:03] How Damion got into real estate
[5:44] Damion’s first steps in real estate
[7:18] How Damion was able to avoid bankruptcy
[7:58] How Damion got stretched too thin early in his real estate career
[9:35] The lessons Damion learned from his first multifamily deal (119-unit in Memphis)
[14:31] What Damion could have done differently on the Memphis deal
[19:50] The value of a coach/ mentor
[24:48] Damion’s advice around leading a team
[25:52] How Damion reinvented himself after hitting rock bottom
[32:45] How dark times set you up for success and fulfillment
Connect with Damion Lupo
Direct download: MB_079__How_I_Lost_2M_in_Multifamily_and_Lessons_Learned__With_Damion_Lupo.mp3
Category:Commercial Real Estate -- posted at: 7:43pm EDT
Fri, 8 September 2017
‘That’s just the way I’m built: Nothing’s going to stop me.’
Joseph Gozlan’s story defines the word GRIT. Once he decided that multi-family was the route he wanted to take, Joseph continued to drive through every challenge, getting creative and doing whatever it took to secure his first deal despite the roadblocks and frustrations. Three years later, he is the proud owner of two apartment buildings, and he has five properties in the pipeline. Joseph’s living expenses are covered, and he is considering a transition into full-time real estate in the very near future.
Joseph got his start in real estate back in 2005 when he and his new wife realized that their new five-bedroom home was too big for just the two of them, so they chose to stay in an apartment and rent the property. Two years later, they moved to the United States from Israel and recognized the opportunity provided by the market collapse. The Gozlans secured their real estate licenses and began actively hunting for deals, purchasing a duplex and several single-family homes.
In 2015, Joseph realized there was much more value in apartments than could be gained in scaling single-family homes, and he started extensive research into multi-family investment. Unfortunately, Joseph faced a number of hurdles along the way, and it took a full two years to secure his first 22-unit apartment complex. When many would-be multi-family investors would have given up, Joseph persevered, and today he shares his long road to successful apartment building investing with us. Listen in and get inspired as Joseph discusses why he chose real estate in the first place, the circumstances around his shift to multi-family, and how he has maintained his full-time job in IT while developing a lucrative real estate portfolio.
[1:59] Joseph’s start in real estate
[4:34] Why Joseph chose real estate in the first place
[6:26] Joseph’s definition of financial freedom
[7:22] The circumstances around Joseph’s shift to multi-family
[11:11] The long road to Joseph’s first deal
[14:02] The results of Joseph’s first deal
[15:58] How Joseph handled concurrently working full-time
[16:53] How Joseph secured a second deal within six months
[18:11] How Joseph financed his second deal
[22:31] How Joseph’s second deal is performing
[24:33] How Joseph stuck with the multi-family plan despite his initial frustration
[26:30] The snowball effect of multi-family deals
[28:17] Joseph’s plans for the future
[30:08] What Joseph would tell his younger self
[30:51] Joseph’s advice for hesitant multi-family investors
Connect with Joseph Gozlan
Direct download: MB_078__Never_Give_Up_To_Quit_Your_Job_With_Real_Estate__With_Joseph_Gozlan.mp3
Category:Commercial Real Estate -- posted at: 4:04pm EDT
Tue, 5 September 2017
Most of the time, careful planning is a good thing. It is smart to develop a strategy first, and then take action on your goals. But the one situation in which it might be better to just put the blinders on and jump in? Multi-family real estate investment.
Pili and Jason Yarusi have a background in running restaurants and bars as well as experience in the family construction business. So when they were starting a family of their own and wanted to get out of the grind, real estate investment seemed like the perfect fit. They started doing capital-intensive flips and had success with out-of-state duplexes, but soon realized that flipping was a job that would have to be repeated time and time again. If the Yarusis wanted to achieve cashflow, apartment building investing was the way to go.
After doing a lot of reading and reaching out to mentors with multi-family experience, Pili and Jason found a quality property management company in Kentucky, and made use of the firm’s expertise to find a deal that fit their criteria. The Yarusis sold investors on their background of success in other businesses, and raised the $800K necessary to close on a 94-unit property. Today they share how their willingness to jump in without a clearly defined strategy paid off in the end and how they overcame the mindset challenges around multi-family investing. Listen in for Pili and Jason’s advice about reaching out to mentors and learning as you go.
[1:39] The circumstances that motivated Pili and Jason to invest in real estate
[4:25] Pili and Jason’s start in-house flipping
[7:40] Why Pili and Jason shifted to multi-family
[10:49] How the Yarusis moved forward once the decision to do multi-family was made
[12:50] The mindset challenges around multi-family
[14:09] How to overcome mindset challenges
[16:28] The hurdle of raising capital
[18:24] How Pili and Jason chose the Kentucky market
[21:58] The Yarusi’s outlook when it was time to sign the contract
[23:36] How much capital Pili and Jason raised for their first multi-family deal
[25:27] How the 94-unit property is performing
[26:45] The lessons Pili and Jason learned in their first multi-family deal
[28:34] What’s next for the Yarusis
[29:56] Pili and Jason’s advice for aspiring apartment building investors
Connect with Pili and Jason Yarusi
Email Jason at firstname.lastname@example.org
Email Pili at email@example.com
Direct download: MB_077__How_We_Took_Down_Our_First_Multifamily_Deal_94-units__With_Pili__Jason_Yarusi.mp3
Category:Commercial Real Estate -- posted at: 2:04pm EDT