Financial Freedom with Real Estate Investing

It’s that time of year again. Time to set goals for the year ahead and start working toward your dream of financial freedom. But what’s the best way to set goals and commit to following through? How do you avoid overwhelm and keep going no matter what?

On this episode of Apartment Building Investing, I am sharing my top 6 tips for setting goals you CAN and WILL achieve in 2020. I explain why it’s crucial to find your WHY and state your goals clearly—over multiple time frames.

I go on to reveal my secret to avoiding overwhelm, describing the value of consistency in working toward financial freedom. Listen in for advice around leveraging practice to develop confidence and learn to commit to doing your first multifamily deal, no matter how long it takes!

Key Takeaways

Tip #1—Develop your WHY

  • Affords clarity, moment of decision
  • Less about you = more powerful

Tip #2—State your goals clearly over multiple time frames

  • Create yearly, 90-day, monthly, weekly and daily goals
  • Short-term goals align with big targets (e.g.: analyze 20 deals)

Tip #3—Always do the next 3 things

  • Best way to avoid overwhelm, keep moving forward
  • Consistent with progress (i.e.: finish book, choose property manager)

Tip #4—Focus on the activity, NOT the outcome

  • Analyze every deal and talk to everyone early on
  • Knowledge + practice = CONFIDENCE

Tip #5—Be consistent

  • Support network to keep on track (peers + expert)
  • Recognize and celebrate milestones

Tip #6—Commit to the outcome, not a timeline

  • Set deadlines for short-term goals under your control
  • Keep going no matter how long it takes, no other option


Tony Robbins

Grant Cardone on the Lewis Howes Podcast

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

Deal Maker Live

Syndicated Deal Analyzer

The Miracle Equation: The Two Decisions That Move Your Biggest Goals from Possible, to Probable, to Inevitable by Hal Elrod

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

Michael’s Mentorship Program

Podcast Show Notes

Review the Podcast on iTunes

Michael’s Website

Michael on Facebook

Michael on Instagram

Michael on YouTube

Apartment Investor Network Facebook Group

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Should you self-manage your multifamily portfolio? Or is it better to outsource to a third-party? If you do choose to outsource, what should you look for in a property management team?

Tony LeBlanc is the author of The Doorpreneur: Property Management Beyond the Rent Roll, a book that redefines the potential of property management businesses. Tony grew up inside the industry, watching his mother manage the building where he was raised. Ten years ago, he started his own property management company, and today, it is one of the largest on Canada’s East Coast and supports seven subsidiary businesses from landscaping to commercial cleaning to a real estate brokerage.

On this episode of Apartment Building Investing, Tony joins me to explain how he developed The Doorpreneur Way and what it meant for his property management company in terms of productivity and profit. He offers insight around how to hire a third-party property manager, what the ideal investor-property manager relationship looks like, and why it can be difficult to manage to a pro forma. Listen in for Tony’s innovative ideas for driving additional revenue and learn when it makes sense to self-manage your portfolio and when to outsource the job.

Key Takeaways

Tony’s extensive experience in property management

  • Mom was resident manager, VP of management company
  • Started own company 10 years ago (3 locations, 2K doors)

What inspired Tony to write The Doorpreneur Way

  • Building out other companies created new level of respect
  • Help others make business more productive + profitable

Tony’s advice on hiring a third-party property manager

  • Investors need hands-on experience to develop empathy
  • Learn enough to ‘manage the managers’

The ideal relationship between property managers and investors

  • Get to know each other up front
  • Engage minimum of once a month to review financials

Tony’s approach to working with sophisticated investors

  • Weekly call to discuss vacancies, major maintenance issues
  • Monthly financial call to review budget vs. actuals

What makes it difficult for property managers to stay on budget

  • Lack systems + processes for managing to pro forma
  • Pressure to please tenants, don’t look at expenses
  • Failure to include staff in financial discussions

Tony’s Doorpreneur Model

  1. Determine where subbing out most work
  2. Market research in new area
  3. Cut teeth on own properties
  4. Open door to general public

Tony’s best practices for property managers

  • Proactive communication with investors
  • Proper accounting + due diligence
  • Educate owners on new trends, tech

Innovative ways to increase revenue and reduce expenses

  • Transition from coin machine to card-based laundry
  • Offer internet service for units
  • Smart apartment technology

Tony’s insight around personal development practices

  • Develop self-awareness with meditation, journaling
  • Self-reflection allows us to better serve others

Connect with Tony LeBlanc


Doorpreneur on Facebook

Doorpreneur on Instagram


The Doorpreneur: Property Management Beyond the Rent Roll by Tony LeBlanc

Save Water Co

The Leader Who Had No Title by Robin Sharma

Podcast Show Notes

Review the Podcast on iTunes

Michael’s Website

Michael on Facebook

Michael on Instagram

Michael on YouTube

Apartment Investor Network Facebook Group


The Investor Incubator Mentorship Program

Direct download: ABI_193.mp3
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Are limiting beliefs stopping you from becoming a multifamily investor? When Sterling White got his start in real estate, he was crashing in a friend’s den. He had no money in the bank and zero credit. But Sterling DID have a willingness to learn, and he understood that the best way to approach a potential mentor was to provide value.

Today, Sterling is a seasoned real estate investor and philanthropist based in Indianapolis. He got his start in 2009, building a portfolio of 150 SFH before transitioning to multifamily in 2017. To date, Sterling owns a total of 587 single- and multifamily units, and he is a frequent contributor to BiggerPockets. He also serves as the host of The Real Estate Experience podcast and author of From Zero to 400 Units: How I Found Another Path & Discovered Freedom Through Real Estate.

On this episode of Apartment Building Investing, Sterling joins me to explain how he got his start in real estate, working for a mentor (for free!) to find SFH buy-and-hold deals. He discusses his transition to multifamily, sharing his bold approach to finding off-market deals and the resources he uses to get in touch with property owners. Listen in for Sterling’s insight on providing value to attract investors and learn how to overcome the limiting beliefs that are keeping you from achieving financial freedom with multifamily investing!

Key Takeaways

Sterling’s journey to real estate investing

  • Grew up in Section 8 housing with single mom
  • Natural entrepreneur, figure things out on own
  • Work for free with mentor to build SFH portfolio
  • Shift to multifamily in 2017 (587 units total)

How Sterling developed an interest in real estate

  • Work construction for college roommate’s dad
  • Liked seeing transformation of distressed asset
  • Learned that most successful owned portfolio

How Sterling provided value to his mentor early on

  • Hustle to find SFH deals
  • Assist with digital marketing

Sterling’s first SFH investing deal

  • $25K property + $25K in renovations (financed by mentor)
  • Responsible for everything else associated with transaction

What inspired Sterling’s transition to multifamily

  • Economies of scale (multiple doors at one location)
  • Ability to control own destiny, influence value

Sterling’s first multifamily investing deal

  • 46-unit seller financing deal ($200K down on $900K)
  • Brought on SFH investors to raise $ for renovations

How Sterling hustles to find new deals

  • Approach owner directly, pitch on cold call
  • Strategic follow up (e.g.: birthday card)

Sterling’s resources for finding owner contact info

Sterling’s advice on marketing to attract investors

The evolution of how Sterling raises money for deals

  • Friends and family through fund for SFH
  • Preferred return to start with multifamily
  • Now straight equity (85% to LPs, 15% to GPs)

The limiting beliefs that hold aspiring investors back

  • Need large amount of own capital
  • Fear of failure OR success

Sterling’s insight on the value of time

  • Pay someone to do low-value activities
  • Willing to spend extra to save time

Connect with Sterling White

Sterling on BiggerPockets


Earl Nightingale

Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki











The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss

Grant Cardone on Lewis Howes’ Podcast

Michael’s Free Webinar: How to Do Your First Apartment Deal (Without Experience or Using Your Own Money)

Michael’s Mentorship Program

Podcast Show Notes

Review the Podcast on iTunes

Michael’s Website

Michael on Facebook

Michael on Instagram

Michael on YouTube

Apartment Investor Network Facebook Group

Direct download: ABI_192.mp3
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If you want to raise money, I mean REALLY raise money, you need a thought leadership platform. Yes, at the beginning of your career, you will onboard passive investors one at a time. But once you’ve exhausted your network and you’re ready to scale, you’ll need to leverage online marketing techniques to expand your investor base and raise millions for multifamily deals—on a very short timeline.

Josh Cantwell is the CEO of Strategic Real Estate Coach, a program dedicated to giving real estate investors and agents the most advanced training in the business. Josh is the top real estate investor in his community, buying and selling more than 600 properties since 2003, and he regularly partners with other investors to close deals all over the US. He is also the author of The Flip System: Your Real Estate Investing Playbook to Create Financial Freedom and Peace of Mind and the CEO of Freeland Ventures Private Equity and Direct Real Estate Lending, helping investors get funding both residential and multifamily deals.

On this episode of Apartment Building Investing, Josh joins me to explain how his experience with pancreatic cancer changed his personal and professional life, sharing the strategies he uses to be more purposeful with his time and put his family first. He discusses why he chose capital raising for multifamily over syndicating deals and describes his process for raising millions of dollars—in just a few hours. Listen in for Josh’s advice to aspiring capital raisers and learn his four steps to building an online platform that attracts multifamily investors.

Key Takeaways

How Josh’s bout with pancreatic cancer changed his life

  • Focus on being family man first
  • Invest in things that pay in perpetuity

The strategies Josh uses to be purposeful about his time

  • Mornings for strategic thinking
  • Activities that give energy in afternoon (e.g.: investor calls)

Josh’s multiple business ventures

  • Private + hard money lender for residential real estate
  • Raise capital for multifamily via crowdfunding platform
  • Joint venture to raise capital for multifamily

The limiting beliefs that kept Josh away from multifamily

  • Not educated, smart enough
  • Surgery forced out of comfort zone

Why Josh chose raising capital over syndicating deals

  • Background in raising money (funding = freedom)
  • Joint venture with experienced investors

How Josh raises millions of dollars for multifamily in hours

  • Share potential deals in discovery interviews
  • Create scarcity in webinar (e.g.: 400 invites, 12 spots)

Josh’s tips for creating an online platform to raise capital

  1. Start with an irresistible offer
  2. Identify your investor avatar
  3. Be strategic about networking
  4. Reach out with regular content

Josh’s advice for aspiring capital raisers

  • Put yourself in second position
  • Raising money not a ‘forever business’
  • Stay in front of potential investors
  • Educate without asking for money
  • People will test with small investments

Connect with Josh Cantwell

Strategic Real Estate Coach

The Flip System by Josh Cantwell

Josh on Facebook


Michael’s Free Masterclass

Dr. Oz’s ‘The Power of a Nap’

Jack Petrick on ABI EP123

National Real Estate Investors Association

Michael’s Platform Page

Michael’s Free eBook

Nighthawk Equity

Podcast Show Notes

Review the Podcast on iTunes

Michael’s Website

Michael on Facebook

Michael on Instagram

Michael on YouTube

Apartment Investor Network Facebook Group

Direct download: ABI_191.mp3
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When Phil Capron went through special ops training for the US military, he noticed that the recruits who made it to the end weren’t necessarily the strongest or the fastest or the smartest. So, what differentiated the 20 who succeeded from the thousands vying for the job? They simply refused to quit. And Phil believes that the same principle applies to making it in multifamily investing.

Phil is a former Special Warfare Combatant Craft Crewman in the US Navy and current full-time multifamily real estate investor. To date, he owns a 245-unit portfolio worth $15M in Coastal Virginia and shares his understanding of the space as a Senior Mentor with the Michael Blank Organization. Phil specializes in revitalizing distressed and underperforming assets to ensure profitability for his team and change neighborhoods for the better. He is also the author of the new release Your VA Loan: And How it Can Make You a Millionaire.

On this episode of Apartment Building Investing, Phil joins me to explain how taking advantage of a VA loan sparked his initial interest in real estate. He walks us through his transition from working in a brokerage and flipping houses to full-time multifamily investing, sharing his advice around when to quit a W-2 job for real estate. Listen in for Phil’s insight into what differentiates his successful mentoring students from those who don’t progress and learn how the grit he developed in military special ops training informs his investing career.

Key Takeaways

How Phil got started in real estate

  • Enlisted in US Navy at age 24
  • Bought 4BR SFH with VA loan
  • Friends rented rooms (live for free)
  • Real estate license, flip houses

What inspired Phil’s transition to multifamily

  • Trying to sell 13-unit for commission
  • Buyer turned down owner financing
  • Phil bought himself, rent checks roll in
  • Proved economy of scale concept

When Phil started investing full-time

  • 18 months into multifamily
  • Established 200-unit portfolio

Phil’s advice on when to quit your job

  • Make decision and write down plan
  • Save up 9 months of living expenses

Phil’s take on why people don’t take action

  • Perceive quality of life as good enough
  • Fear of success leads to self-sabotage

How Phil spends his days as a full-time investor

  • Look for deals + manage portfolio
  • Work with students on their deals
  • Surf, skydive and travel

Phil’s insight on why your story matters

  • Experience with bank (decision based on team)
  • Get gritty about not giving up

Connect with Phil Capron

Phil’s Website

Phil’s Podcast

Phil on Facebook


Your VA Loan: And How It Can Make You a Millionaire by Phil Capron

VA Home Loans


FHA Loans

Tyler Sheff

Drew Whitson

Financial Freedom Summit

Michael’s Mentorship Program

Podcast Show Notes

Review the Podcast on iTunes

Michael’s Website

Michael on Facebook

Michael on Instagram

Michael on YouTube

Apartment Investor Network Facebook Group

Direct download: ABI_190.mp3
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