Financial Freedom with Real Estate Investing

Two years ago, Will Harvey thought that only people with millions of dollars could own apartment buildings. And then he started listening to podcasts and reaching out to other entrepreneurs and real estate investors. Their stories broke the ceiling on what he thought was possible, and by the end of 2019, Will was able to quit his W-2 job and pursue multifamily full time.

At just 26 years of age, Will is the Vice President of CEO Capital Partners, a real estate acquisition firm focused on multifamily. A veteran of the residential mortgage business, Will earned National Rookie of the Year honors in 2017 and operated in the top 5% at one of the largest retail lenders in the US. Now, he controls over $1.5M of real estate in Northern Virginia. Will is also the cohost of Wealth Junkies, a podcast dedicated to sharing the stories of successful entrepreneurs and liberating 1,000 people from the rat race.

On this episode of the podcast, Will joins me to talk about how being hell bent on getting OUT of his W-2 job led him to real estate investing. We discuss how Will leveraged multifamily podcasts to turn his car into a mobile university, how he found his joint venture partners, and what steps he took to quit his 9-to-5 at the end of 2019. Listen in for Will’s insight on building the Wealth Junkies platform and get his advice on surrounding yourself with people who’ve done what you want to do.

Key Takeaways

How Will got into real estate investing

  • Looking for way out of mortgage business
  • Started with house hacking SFHs

How Will got educated around multifamily

  • Listening to podcasts (car = mobile university)
  • Reach out to dad’s friends in real estate

Will’s initial multifamily strategy

  • Wanted to invest locally in Winchester
  • Realized pond too small to find good deals

Will’s insight on the value in joint venturing

  • Accelerates progress to work together
  • Play to strength in building relationships

Will’s first deal through CEO Capital Partners

  • Raise capital for experienced operator (cosponsor)
  • Afforded team credibility with brokers

The steps Will took to quit his job

  • Lived well below means
  • Refi one property, increased rent on SFHs
  • Passive investment in multifamily

Will’s take on what building a platform does for you

  • Position self as thought leader
  • Create funnel to capture info
  • Raise capital beyond local investor network

What Will would tell his younger self

  • Think BIGGER
  • Change I can’t to How can I _______?

Why Will recommends listening to podcasts

  • Accelerates learning
  • Break ceiling of what thought possible

Will’s vision of the next five years

  • Expenses covered
  • Continue to grow + scale

Will’s advice for aspiring multifamily investors

  • Seek advice from qualified people

Connect with Will Harvey

Wealth Junkies


CEO Capital Partners


Deal Maker Live

Bigger Pockets Real Estate Podcast

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What excuse are you using to explain why you haven’t gotten started with multifamily? Too young? Too old? No money? No experience? No time? What if those limiting beliefs are nothing more than a story you’re telling yourself to justify a lack of action? What if you could overcome those beliefs TODAY and take the first steps toward financial freedom?

Rod Khleif is a multifamily investor, business consultant and high-performance coach with a passion for giving back. He serves as the host of the iTunes top-ranked podcast Lifetime Cash Flow Through Real Estate Investing and author of How to Create Lifetime Cash Flow Through Multifamily Properties, a must-read for aspiring investors. Rod has built several successful multimillion-dollar businesses, and he is known as one of America’s top real estate investment and business development trainers.

On this episode of Apartment Building Investing, Rod joins me to offer insight on what’s really behind the limiting beliefs that keep us from getting started in multifamily and share his responses to some of the most common excuses aspiring investors give. We discuss the burning desire and positive expectation that successful investors have in common, and Rod explains how he deals with setbacks and challenges. Listen in for Rod’s take on the top habits of highly successful people and learn to leverage gratitude to succeed in multifamily real estate!

Key Takeaways

Rod’s insight on what’s behind limiting beliefs

  • Stories we tell ourselves (circuit breakers)
  • Justify lack of action

Rod’s response to ‘I don’t have time right now’

  • Not important enough to you
  • Priorities vs. time management

Rod’s response to ‘the market is too hot’

  • Must really want it, be willing to hustle
  • 500 doors under contract in 3 states

Rod’s response to ‘I don’t have any experience’

  • Now = BEST time to learn multifamily
  • Market correction will bring opportunity

Why it’s crucial to celebrate progress

  • Recognize growth as person
  • More important than goals

What successful people have in common

  • Burning desire
  • Positive expectation

How to deal with the inevitable setbacks

  • Exercise to mitigate stress
  • Focus on what you want
  • Surround self with right people

The habits of highly successful people

  • Take first step
  • Commit to outcome
  • Play to strengths
  • Passion & influence
  • Peer group
  • Tenacity/grit

Rod’s advice for aspiring multifamily investors

  • Gratitude = most important emotion
  • Remember why love life every day

Connect with Rod Khleif

Rod’s Website

The Lifetime Cash Flow Through Real Estate Podcast

Rod on Facebook

Rod’s Multifamily Bootcamp

Text PARTNERSHIP to 41411 for Rod’s Partnership Questions

Text THINKING to 41411 for Rod’s Gratitude Prompts

Text ROD to 41411 for Rod’s Due Diligence Checklist


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What do the most successful among us have in common? The biggest of the big-name real estate investors and influencers I’ve had the pleasure to interview on this podcast share one thing—a mission beyond money. Yes, financial freedom is important. But without purpose, what’s the point?

On this episode, I’m celebrating our 200th show with a highlight reel of the best Apartment Building Investing podcasts from the past year. We look back at my interview with Rich Dad Advisor Ken McElroy as he shares how his thinking has evolved around financial freedom and what it means to be successful, and return to my conversation with Robert Helms of The Real Estate Guys around his mission to both educate and inspire action.

We revisit legendary entrepreneur and investor Robert Kiyosaki’s insight on spiritual discipline and bestselling author Hal Elrod’s take on the REAL purpose of setting goals. Listen in for marketing icon Kyle Wilson’s advice on building a platform and get inspired by billion-dollar investor and influencer Grant Cardon’s definition of true wealth.

Key Takeaways

What financial freedom means to Ken McElroy

  • Initial goal to be own boss, cover expenses
  • Scale business as expenses increase

How Ken McElroy’s definition of success changed over the years

  • From ‘job’ to ‘good job I really enjoy’
  • Shifted to focus on money, being millionaire
  • Now involves relationships with family + kids

What gets Ken McElroy out of bed in the morning

  • Sense of purpose
  • Desire to contribute

The Real Estate Guys’ mission

  • Put education to work via effective action
  • Create community + collapse time frames

The secret to Robert Helms’ success

  • Recognize economic reality beyond real estate
  • Understand other investing opportunities

How Robert Kiyosaki learned spiritual discipline

  • Marines focus on mission to bring fellow man home
  • Business world only mission to make money
  • Boundary of life + death gets in touch with God

Robert Kiyosaki’s take on the three kinds of money

  1. Gold + silver = God’s money
  2. Government money = fake
  3. People’s money (e.g.: Bitcoin)

Hal Elrod’s insight on the REAL purpose of setting goals

  • Develop qualities + characteristics of goal-achiever
  • Growth on journey more important than hitting target

Hal Elrod’s take on why traditional affirmations don’t work

  • Taught to lie to ourselves, use passive language
  • Affirmation must be paired with action

Kyle Wilsons’ insight on the principles of marketing

  • Provide great product, customer service
  • Be consistent + relational

Kyle Wilson’s must-haves for a website

  1. Mystique
  2. Taglines
  3. Social proof
  4. Creative opt-in

What gets Grant Cardone out of bed in the morning

  • Build legacy for family, church + community
  • Produce something of value = live forever

Grant Cardone’s definition of wealth

  • Money, time, love, health, fun and PURPOSE
  • Keep learning to contribute on another level


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With more buyers than product on the market, finding good real estate deals can be difficult—especially for newbies. But it’s not impossible. So, what can aspiring multifamily investors do to get a deal under contract?

Drew Whitson, Josh Sterling, Andrew Kuhn and Phil Capron are mentors for The Michael Blank Investor Incubator, Josh Thomas handles our mentoring program strategy calls, and Drew Kniffin and Garrett Lynch serve as President and Director of Acquisitions, respectively, at Nighthawk Equity, the investing arm of The Michael Blank organization. All seven are full-time multifamily investors themselves with a background in working with new real estate investors.

On this episode of Apartment Building Investing, I’m sharing the panel discussion we had last year at Deal Maker Live around what’s working now to get deals under contract. We discuss the greatest fears facing new multifamily investors and explain how we coach our mentoring students to get brokers to take them seriously. Listen in for insight on building your investor list to raise money for deals and learn how to leverage joint venturing to get into multifamily real estate.

Key Takeaways

The biggest fears facing new multifamily investors

  • Self-confidence (work on inner game first)
  • Won’t be able to raise money
  • Won’t be taken seriously

How to get brokers to take you seriously

  • Analyze deals on broker sites
  • Be specific re: your criteria
  • Send feedback within 48 hours
  • Travel to meet face-to-face

The hierarchy of quality in multifamily deals

  1. Direct off-market from seller (rare)
  2. Broker first look
  3. Broker’s website
  4. LoopNet

Our mentoring team’s advice on raising money

  • Build investor list around existing contacts
  • Have conversations BEFORE need capital
  • Give talk on multifamily at Meetups
  • Leverage partnering or joint venturing

Connect with Michael’s Mentoring Team

The Michael Blank Investor Incubator

Deal Maker Live


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Nighthawk Equity

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