Financial Freedom with Real Estate Investing

Is 2019 the year you finally get on the road to financial freedom with multifamily real estate? If that’s your goal, there are a few simple things you can do to totally crush it this year.

Today on the podcast, I’m sharing my top 3 tips for achieving success in 2019. I start with goal-setting, explaining how to get clear on what you want to achieve and narrow down your objectives to no more than 5 measurable aims with specified time frames.

I go on to discuss making time to work toward your goals, describing the strategies I use to batch like activities and schedule intentional blocks to advance my top priorities for that week. Listen in for insight on taking tiny action and learn how to track, recognize and celebrate the small WINS that put you on the road to financial freedom with multifamily real estate!

Key Takeaways

Tip #1—Get clear on your goals

  • Identify 1 to 3 things that make others easier
  • Define daily, weekly, 90-day and yearly goals
  • State in present tense with time frame

Tip #2—Make time

  • Schedule intentional blocks to work on goals
  • Batch similar activities
  • Establish morning routine
  • Focus on WHY = prioritize time

Tip #3—Take tiny action

  • Focus on next 3 things, track progress
  • Recognize and celebrate small WINS
  • Activity over outcome in beginning

The value of a strong support system

  • Accountability partners
  • Accelerate timeline

Resources

Michael’s Mentorship Program

The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan

Google Keep

The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM) by Hal Elrod

Apartment Investors Network Facebook Group

Michael on Facebook

Michael on Instagram

Financial Freedom with Real Estate Investing: The Blueprint to Quitting Your Job with Real Estate—Even Without Experience or Cash by Michael Blank

Michael’s Website

Podcast Show Notes

Review the Podcast on iTunes

Direct download: ABI_142.mp3
Category:Commercial Real Estate -- posted at: 8:49pm EDT

In a perfect world, we could syndicate a multifamily property and then sit back and wait for the checks to roll in. But in the real world, we must oversee the apartment buildings we’ve purchased and make sure they perform according to plan. What all is involved in asset management? What is the best way to communicate with investors? And how does your property manager’s competence impact the amount of work that falls to you?

Drew Kniffin is the President of Nighthawk Equity, a firm committed to helping real estate investors achieve financial freedom through practical education and high-quality multifamily investment opportunities. Drew became an ‘accidental landlord’ in 2008 when he was unable to sell his condo and rented it instead. But it wasn’t until 2015 that Drew shifted his focus to small apartment buildings. Eight months and three deals later, he was able to quit his job and pursue real estate full-time. Now, Drew helps manage a 1K-unit portfolio through Nighthawk, and he also serves as a mentor with The Michael Blank organization.

Today, Drew joins me to share his definition of asset management and explain the syndicator’s role in finding problems to solve during the acquisition process. He describes the significance of a good property manager, discussing how to gauge if a property manager is the right fit, what you should expect from a property manager, and how replace a property manager if necessary. Drew also covers reporting, offering insight around the level of detail to expect from your property manager as well as the key performance indicators a syndicator should monitor. Listen in for Drew’s advice on communicating with investors and learn what aspects of asset management can be outsourced as you scale!

Key Takeaways

Drew’s definition of asset management

  • What you do once bought property
  • Make sure performs according to plan

What to look for in the acquisition process

  • Capable, competent property manager
  • Problems that can be solved

How to find a good property manager

  • Ask for stabilized profit and loss projections
  • Learn how report, communicate with owners

What makes for a great property manager

  • Execute on marketing property, managing to budget
  • Less than 10 minutes/month to review financials

The reasonable expectations for a property manager

  • Online listings, ads competent
  • Changes made first time asked
  • Interested in communicating

The fundamentals of reporting

  • Consult with bookkeeper, accountant re: details
  • Know investors, report to desired level of detail

How to determine if a property manager is not the right fit

  • Micromanaging on smaller level as time goes on
  • Change after 2 months if ‘managing the manager’

The key performance indicators to monitor

  1. Net occupancy
  2. Punch list items
  3. Actual vs. budget

How to keep a property manager honest

  • Require plan to deliver on budget
  • Quarterly audits

Drew’s advice on replacing a property manager

  • Transition in middle of month
  • Know what files need to transfer (e.g.: rent rolls, leases)
  • Don’t use 30-day earn-out, bring in new team on Day 1

The fundamentals of investor relations

  • Deliver ongoing communication (monthly report)
  • Provide high-level qualitative and financial summary

How to communicate with investors when things go wrong

  • Build long-term trust by delivering bad news
  • Be honest but have plan and follow up

The value in uniformity of reporting as you scale

  • Standardization affords control
  • Software streamlines format, provides investor portal

How syndicators should spend their time

  1. Raising money
  2. Finding deals
  3. Operations/systems

The asset management tasks that VAs can do

  • Keep investor information current
  • End-of-month reporting

Connect with Drew

Nighthawk Equity

Drew at Michael Blank Mentorship

Resources

Drew Kniffin on ABI EP027

The Financial Freedom Summit

The Michael Blank Deal Desk

Google Sheets

Upwork

Jing

Loom

Invest with Michael

Financial Freedom with Real Estate Investing: The Blueprint to Quitting Your Job with Real Estate—Even Without Experience or Cash by Michael Blank

Michael’s Website

Michael’s Live Training Webinars

Michael’s Coaching Program

Podcast Show Notes

Review the Podcast on iTunes

Direct download: ABI_141.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:42pm EDT

If you follow the advice of a traditional financial planner, you are likely counting on a 401(k) and investments in the stock market to sustain you through retirement. Yet those vehicles are both subject to market volatility and assume that the tax rate will remain the same for the foreseeable future. Rebecca Walser is NOT your traditional financial advisor, and she has designed a better strategy for building long-term wealth—a strategy that includes investing in multifamily real estate.

Rebecca is a tax attorney, wealth strategist, Certified Financial Planner, and one of Investopedia’s 2018 Top 100 Most Influential Financial Advisors. She has combined her expertise in law and finance to design a unique approach to building and sustaining wealth that conventional advisors won’t consider. Rebecca has been featured in Bloomberg Business, The Boston Globe, and The Miami Herald, among many other media outlets, and she is the author of the groundbreaking book, Wealth Unbroken: Growing Wealth Uninterrupted by Market Crashes, Taxes, and Even Death.

Today, Rebecca joins me to explain why the 401(k) is a big mistake (unless your employer matches funds) and share her insight around deferring taxes until retirement. She covers the best alternatives to the 401(k), the greatest threats to building wealth, and the non-traditional asset classes that aren’t subject to market volatility. Listen in for Rebecca’s take on why traditional financial advisors don’t recommend real estate investments and learn the three key takeaways from her bestseller, Wealth Unbroken.

Key Takeaways

What sets Rebecca apart from other financial advisors

  • Ten years of experience in finance industry
  • Advanced degree in tax law

Why Rebecca considers the 401(k) a big mistake

  • Hasn’t changed since inception in 1981
  • Boomers retiring + likely tax increase

The danger in deferring taxes until retirement

  • Assumes you will earn less, tax rate stays same
  • Taxes currently at lowest rate since 1930’s

Rebecca’s top alternatives to the 401(k)

  • Roth IRA
  • Cash value life insurance

The greatest threats to building wealth

  • Market volatility (correction coming)
  • Reported returns don’t account for lows

Rebecca’s best strategies to avoid market volatility

  • Real estate
  • Short-term CDs
  • Bonds (held to maturity)

Why traditional financial advisors avoid real estate

  • Don’t have control or feel equipped
  • Don’t bother with strategies outside norm

The key takeaways from Wealth Unbroken

  1. Can’t afford lows of 100% market-based portfolio
  2. Convert 401(k) to Roth NOW while taxes ‘on sale’
  3. Leverage non-traditional asset classes (non-negotiable #)

Connect with Rebecca

Walser Wealth

Resources

Wealth Unbroken: Growing Wealth Uninterrupted by Market Crashes, Taxes, and Even Death by Rebecca Walser

Patrick Donohoe on ABI EP128

Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: A Financial Strategy to Reignite the American Dream by Patrick H. Donohoe

Invest with Michael

Financial Freedom with Real Estate Investing: The Blueprint to Quitting Your Job with Real Estate—Even Without Experience or Cash by Michael Blank

Michael’s Website

Michael’s Live Training Webinars

Michael’s Coaching Program

Podcast Show Notes

Review the Podcast on iTunes

Direct download: ABI_140.mp3
Category:Commercial Real Estate -- posted at: 6:40pm EDT

Let’s say you have a single-family rental that makes you $100 a month. What if you took advantage of a 1031 exchange to purchase a 5-unit building that generates a dramatically higher monthly income of $1K? When Michael Zuber realized the potential cashflow of multifamily investing and the lack of competition in the market for small apartment buildings, his mindset shifted. He went from seeing real estate as a smart place to keep his money to an opportunity to achieve financial independence.

Michael is a full-time real estate investor who specializes in 5- to 20-unit apartment buildings. After 15 years of real estate investing, Michael quit his W-2 job to start One Rental at a Time, a company focused on helping busy professionals begin their own journey to financial freedom. Michael’s goal is to help 1K people learn the fundamentals of real estate investing through his educational platform. He is also the author of the book, 15 Year Journey to Financial Freedom Via One Rental at a Time

Today, Michael joins me to explain how losing six figures in the stock market led him to real estate investing and describe his initial strategy to buy and hold several single-family homes. He discusses his realization around the cashflow potential of small multifamily properties, sharing how he leveraged the 1031 exchange to transition from eight to 80 units in 18 months—right before the crash in 2008. Michael also offers insight around his strategy during the crash, how he is preparing for the likely market correction, and how he might have accelerated his journey to financial freedom. Listen in to understand how Michael opened his mind to multifamily and learn how he can help you through his new platform, One Rental at a Time.

Key Takeaways

How Michael got into real estate

  • Lost six figures in stock market in 48 hours
  • Year of research, bought first house

Michael’s initial real estate plan

  • Wanted security didn’t have w/ W-2 job
  • Buy and hold (while working full-time)

How Michael financed his first deals

  • Put own money down on first three houses
  • Refinanced for capital to buy more
  • Acquired seven houses + duplex

Michael’s transition to multifamily

  • Cashflow potential of small multifamily
  • 1031 all eight houses prior to crash
  • From eight to 80 units in 18 months

The details of Michael’s first multifamily deal

  • Looking for deals on local MLS, Loopnet
  • Found 5-unit through agent relationship

Michael’s mindset shift

  • Assumed multifamily above skill set
  • Little competition in 5- to 20-unit range

Michael’s strategy during the crash

  • Bought everything that made sense
  • Structure of deal most important
  • Solve problems for owners, banks

Why Michael waited to quit his job

  • Ego, identity wrapped up in job
  • Need something to commit to

Michael’s One Rental at a Time YouTube Channel

  • Educate busy professionals on investing
  • Allows to do good and track outcomes

How Michael could have accelerated the process

  • Identify underserved market sooner
  • Raise private money much earlier

How Michael is preparing for the market correction

  • Continue to play in affordable housing
  • Raising cash, selling weaker properties

Michael’s advice for aspiring multifamily investors

  • Get four rentals (two-year timeline)
  • Finance first on own or with partner
  • Track record to raise money for next deal

Connect with Michael

One Rental at a Time on YouTube

Resources

15 Year Journey to Financial Freedom Via One Rental at a Time by Michael Zuber

Loopnet

Financial Freedom with Real Estate Investing: The Blueprint to Quitting Your Job with Real Estate—Even Without Experience or Cash by Michael Blank

Michael’s Website

Michael’s Live Training Webinars

Michael’s Coaching Program

Podcast Show Notes

Review the Podcast on iTunes

Direct download: ABI_139.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:34pm EDT

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