Tue, 24 April 2018
Mario Ortiz’s first multifamily deal wasn’t a homerun. Would he do things differently, knowing what he knows now? Maybe wait for a better deal to come along? Mario says no, arguing that ‘getting in the game’ is more important than the size or quality of the first deal. In fact, he lives by the adage that the ‘opportunity of a lifetime’ comes about once a month. The thing is, you have to be looking for it.
Mario is a mechanical engineer from El Paso, Texas. He has managed to build a thriving real estate business while working full-time in the oil industry—without employing syndication. A self-made, resourceful entrepreneur, Mario finds a creative way to finance each new multifamily property, and he made a cool $4M on the refi of his most recent investment!
Mario sits down with me to explain how the unpredictable nature of the oil and gas industry inspired him to pursue real estate. He shares his initial plan to invest in single-family properties and the overwhelm he experienced self-managing 10 homes on top of his full-time job. Mario walks us through his first multifamily deal, describing his luck in establishing rapport with a local bank and what he learned by self-managing the 17-unit property. He discusses the creative ways he financed his second and third multifamily deals, a 90-unit in Houston and a 180-unit in Fort Worth. Listen in for Mario’s insight around ‘getting in the game’ and learn how the refinance of his 180-unit is allowing him to quit his engineering job and travel with his family
Mario’s initial real estate plan
Why Mario’s plan changed
Mario’s first multifamily deal
Why Mario chose to self-manage
Mario’s second multifamily deal
Mario’s third multifamily deal
How Mario made the 180-unit profitable
The refinance of Mario’s 180-unit property
Mario’s plan moving forward
Mario’s plans to leave his full-time job
Mario’s parting advice
Connect with Mario
Direct download: MB_106_-_Getting_in_the_Multifamily_Game_With_or_Without_Syndication__With_Mario_Ortiz.mp3
Category:Commercial Real Estate -- posted at: 12:33pm EST
Wed, 11 April 2018
What’s differentiates a successful multifamily real estate investor from someone who dreams of financial freedom but doesn’t take action? Todd Fox contends that a willingness to fail is what sets him apart and that his failures have helped him learn, grow and gain the confidence to go out and create the next big opportunity.
Todd is the CEO of Visum Development Group. In the last 15 years, Todd has developed $35M in projects in the Ithaca metro area, and he oversees all aspects of the firm’s projects from concept formation to long-term stabilization. Visum specializes in new construction and the redevelopment of residential properties, working to maximize returns while mitigating risk for investors. The company offers a range of luxury student housing, residential and commercial investments, and they are currently working on a 207-bedroom student housing project for Cornell University worth $37M.
Todd joins me share his journey from bankruptcy to successful developer, discussing how that dark time inspired him to pursue real estate full-time. He explains how he got his start with duplexes, purchasing his first property at auction and doing an incredible amount of legwork to find the second property—three years later. Todd describes his original intention to scale up to ten duplexes and how his dreams got bigger as he gained confidence and secured a network of investors. Listen in for Todd’s insight on following your heart, learning from failure, and setting small goals to build momentum.
Todd’s path to real estate development
What inspired Todd to pursue real estate full-time
Todd’s painful experience with bankruptcy
How Todd overcame the inability to secure a bank loan
How Todd found his next deal
Todd’s decision to scale beyond ten duplexes
The organic way Todd built a network of investors
Todd’s approach to raising money
Todd’s advice for aspiring real estate investors
Todd’s insight on what sets successful entrepreneurs apart
Connect with Todd
Direct download: MB_105_-_How_a_Willingness_to_Fail_Breeds_Multifamily_Success__With_Todd_Fox.mp3
Category:Commercial Real Estate -- posted at: 11:52am EST
Wed, 11 April 2018
The two biggest issues multifamily owners face are turnover and resident satisfaction. If a property is not at full occupancy, your bottom line takes a significant hit. How can you address both of these issues and create a community in your apartments that makes residents want to stay, even if the rents go up?
Pete Kelly is the CEO of Apartment Life, a faith-based nonprofit motivated by a commitment to building relationships and community. Apartment Life serves the multifamily industry, redefining the resident experience in order to increase retention, improve tenant satisfaction, and enhance the community’s online reputation.
Pete sits down with me to share his background in the nonprofit world, explaining the basics of Apartment Life as an organization. He discusses the research around loneliness and public health, customer engagement and brand loyalty, and the economic impact of the CARES Program. Pete offers the specifics of what the CARES and Workforce Housing teams do to engage residents and how the faith-based roots of the organization impact their mission. Listen in for Pete’s insight on building a community that is good for the human soul AND the bottom line.
Pete’s background in the nonprofit world
The fundamentals of Apartment Life
The research around loneliness and public health
The business research around connection and engagement
How friendships affect a resident’s willingness to stay
The financial benefits of the CARES Program
What the Apartment Life teams do
The cost of the CARES Program for owners
The alternative Workforce Housing Program
The faith-based element of Apartment Life
The mission of Apartment Life
Connect with Pete
‘Loneliness and Social Isolation as Risk Factors for Mortality’ in Perspectives on Psychological Science
‘The New Science of Customer Emotions’ in Harvard Business Review
Direct download: MB_104_-_Building_Community_is_Good_for_the_Soul_AND_the_Bottom_Line__With_Pete_Kelly.mp3
Category:Commercial Real Estate -- posted at: 11:45am EST
Mon, 2 April 2018
When Mike Hambright first got into real estate investing ten years ago, he was hesitant to meet his competition. But Mike is an extrovert by nature, and after having coffee with a fellow investor, his perspective shifted. Now he advocates an abundance mentality, and Mike firmly believes that meaningful conversations with high-level players can take your game to the next level. So how do you build a network of investors you respect who can help you learn and grow?
Mike is the Chief Nerd at FlipNerd, a leading resource and social platform for real estate investors with more than 100K subscribers and 1500-plus video shows published to date. He is also the Owner and President of Evolution Properties, a multimillion-dollar firm focused on residential real estate in the Dallas market. Mike has an abundance mentality and a knack for networking, serving as a mentor to aspiring investors and founding the Investor Fuel mastermind.
Mike joins me to discuss his shift from the corporate world to full-time real estate investing, explaining how his wife inspired him to quit dabbling and go all-in in the summer of 2008. He shares his pursuits beyond investing, including his talent for connecting people through the FlipNerd platform. Mike gets granular on the value of a thriving network, describing the opportunities to do deals together and how connections can take your game to the next level. Listen in for Mike’s advice around expanding your real estate network and building meaningful relationships to accelerate your success.
Mike’s shift from corporate to real estate
Mike’s ‘go big or go home’ mentality
How Mike has expanded beyond investing
The benefits of the FlipNerd platform
The value of a thriving network
Mike’s insight on masterminds
How to expand your network
What Mike is looking forward to
Connect with Mike
Direct download: MB_103_-_Accelerate_Your_Real_Estate_Success_with_a_High-Level_Network__With_Mike_Hambright.mp3
Category:Commercial Real Estate -- posted at: 12:50pm EST
Mon, 2 April 2018
Ben Risser had a bad case of entrepreneurial ADD. He knew that the corporate environment was not a good fit for his personality, and he knew that real estate was the route he wanted to take. But Ben couldn’t get focused on a single strategy. He looked into several different single-family alternatives and even pursued lease options for awhile, but he couldn’t seem to stick with one strategy long enough to see it through… And then he landed on multifamily.
Ben enrolled in the Ultimate Guide to Buying Apartment Buildings with Private Money course and started networking at local REIA meetings. Through a random series of events, he ran into his partner, Matt Faircloth, and started underwriting deals. Matt’s broker connections led the team to a 198-unit deal in Fayetteville, NC—a D property in a B neighborhood with big value-add potential. It took six months and lot of legwork, but Ben and Matt closed in January of 2018, and they are actively pursuing other multifamily opportunities in the southeast US.
Ben sits down with me to explain how he came to realize that he is an entrepreneur at heart, despite his background as an aerospace engineer. He discusses his lack of focus early on and how he finally made the commitment to multifamily. Ben shares the story of his unintentional leap into full-time investing and the value of his wife’s support in pursuing the real estate business. Listen in for Ben’s insight around perseverance, focus, and finding a partner with a complementary skill set.
Ben’s introduction to real estate
Ben’s initial real estate strategy
Ben’s shift to multifamily
How Ben found his partner
Ben and Matt’s partnership
Ben’s first multifamily deal
Why it took 12 months to close on the property
The complications Ben encountered in his first deal
How Ben and Matt raised money for the deal
Ben’s transition to full-time syndicator
What’s next for Ben and his partner
Ben’s advice for aspiring real estate investors
Connect with Ben
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
Direct download: MB_102_-_Curing_Entrepreneurial_ADD_with_a_Focus_on_Multifamily__With_Ben_Risser.mp3
Category:Commercial Real Estate -- posted at: 12:41pm EST