Mon, 14 September 2020
2020 has been a tough year for finding deals—even for us. In fact, the Nighthawk Equity team is currently in the process of closing on our first and only deal of the year (so far). But that’s not for lack of trying! So, what are we looking for in a deal right now? How have we changed our underwriting criteria in the age of COVID? And how do we recover from the disappointment of losing a deal?
Garrett Lynch is the Director of Acquisitions at Nighthawk Equity, the investing arm of the Michael Blank organization. Garrett has been in the multifamily space since 2011, cofounding a firm that grew from zero to 3,400 units before successfully exiting that venture. Since taking on his role with us at Nighthawk in 2018, Garrett has built a portfolio that includes at 218-unit property in Little Rock, Arkansas a 276-unit in Huntsville, Alabama, and a 130-unit deal in Atlanta, Georgia.
On this episode of Apartment Building Investing, Garrett joins me to explain how his strategy for finding multifamily deals has evolved over the years and what we look for in a deal at Nighthawk Equity. He describes what he does to build rapport with brokers and stay in touch, sharing how strong broker relationships helped us land our current deal in Atlanta. Listen in for Garrett’s insight on recovering from the disappointment of losing a deal and learn how to adjust your underwriting to find good multifamily deals in the COVID era.
How Garrett’s strategy for finding deals has evolved over the years
How we dialed in our criteria for deals at Nighthawk Equity
The benefits of collocating deals in just a few markets
How we select markets at Nighthawk Equity
How Garrett builds rapport with brokers
How Garrett recovers from the disappointment of losing a deal
How we landed our current deal in Atlanta
Garrett’s system for staying in touch with brokers
How we have adjusted our underwriting at Nighthawk in the COVID era
Connect with Garrett Lynch
Mon, 7 September 2020
If you knew you only had six months to live, what would you do differently? Who would you spend time with? Who would you reconcile with? How would you spend your days?
On this episode of Apartment Building Investing, I’m describing the health crisis that landed me in the ER at the end of July. I explain how the experience forced me to rethink my priorities and reaffirmed my mission to help people to achieve financial freedom through multifamily investing!
Listen in for insight on how to get clarity in your life and take on the challenge to get your affairs in order and start living your best life NOW.
My recent experience with a health crisis
How the health emergency forced me to rethink my priorities
My advice on getting your affairs in order NOW
Two powerful exercises for getting clarity in your life
Mon, 31 August 2020
We’re told that our goals have to be time-bound. That we have to give ourselves a deadline if we want to achieve. The problem with that is too many of us quit three feet from gold, as the saying goes. But how do you stay committed when a year has gone by and you still don’t have your first multifamily deal?
David Acosta was a mentoring student in The Michael Blank Investor Incubator. With no money and no background in investing, David leveraged his mentor, Drew Kniffin, and our Deal Maker’s Mastermind investor network to partner on his first venture, a 220-unit deal orchestrated by Ben Risser’s team. Six months later, David closed on a 48-unit deal in Lexington, KY, this time serving as lead syndicator!
On this episode of Apartment Building Investing, David joins me to discuss how he did his first multifamily deal—without any money or previous real estate experience. He explains how having a mentor helped him build confidence and stay committed when his first deal took a few months longer than expected. Listen in for David’s insight on partnering with others to earn credibility and learn why it’s crucial to commit to the outcome you want, not the timeline.
What prompted David’s interest in multifamily investing
What made David think he could skip SFH investing
Why David felt having a mentor was the right choice for him
David’s frustration with missing his 12-month goal
How David finally found his first deal
How the Law of the First Deal worked for David
What’s next for David as a real estate investor
David’s advice for aspiring multifamily investors
Connect with David Acosta
Mon, 24 August 2020
Despite the disruption of COVID-19, multifamily investors are still doing deals. The question is, HOW? What’s working right now to get deals done? What isn’t? What are real people doing to find success in today’s market environment?
On this episode of Apartment Building Investing, I’m handing the mic over to Drew Whitson to moderate a discussion with our mentoring team, Todd Dexheimer, Brad Tacia, Phil Capron and Matt Brawner, on what’s working now to get deals done. We explain how our mentoring students are leveraging the COVID pause to build relationships and how the balance of power has shifted among syndicator, buyer and broker in recent months.
We go on to explore the benefit of a strong relationship with your property manager and how underwriting has changed in light of the pandemic. Listen in for insight into what makes multifamily the strongest asset class in real estate and learn the ONE thing our most successful students are doing right now to get deals done.
What Matt’s most successful students have done in 2020
What Phil’s students are doing to acquire multifamily properties
Todd’s advice on how to talk to investors right now
How Brad is coaching his students around underwriting
How running a property management firm informs Matt’s underwriting
How underwriting has changed in light of the COVID pandemic
What makes multifamily the strongest asset class in real estate
The one thing our most successful students are doing right now
Connect with Drew, Todd, Brad, Phil & Matt
Mon, 17 August 2020
Our world is in upheaval. Between COVID-19 and the current riots, nothing feels normal. And this has a lot of investors asking, is now the right time to pursue multifamily?
On this episode of Apartment Building Investing, I’m sharing my keynote address from Deal Maker Live 2020 on the current state of multifamily. I describe how multifamily is weathering the storm, explaining why it’s actually EASIER to raise money right now and why now IS the right time to invest in apartment buildings.
Listen in for insight around how to adjust your underwriting in the current economic environment and get my advice on what you SHOULD be doing right now to achieve financial freedom!
How multifamily is performing right now
Why it’s easier to raise money in the current economic environment
When it’s the best time to invest in multifamily
How investors should adjust their tactics right now
What multifamily investors SHOULD be doing right now
Mon, 10 August 2020
The black swan event financial pundits predicted has arrived in the form of the Coronavirus pandemic. But how, exactly, will the crisis play out in the markets? What does it mean for us as real estate investors? And what can we do to understand the changing reality, protect our wealth, and even capitalize on hidden opportunities?
Russell Gray is the cohost of The Real Estate Guys Radio Show, a podcast and platform dedicated to helping investors stay focused, motivated and informed. A financial strategist with 30-plus years of experience in business, investing, mortgage lending and financial services, Russell provides unique and practical insights that support entrepreneurial investors in growing and protecting their wealth through real estate and real asset investing. He is also the coauthor of Equity Happens: Building Lifelong Wealth with Real Estate.
On this episode of Apartment Building Investing, Russell joins me to share his take on the bigger story behind the pandemic, explaining how the government bailout will impact the value of the US dollar and its status as the world’s reserve currency. He walks us through the real estate strategies he likes right now, describing the benefit of investments that qualify as both REAL and ESSENTIAL. Listen in for Russel’s insight on protecting your wealth in a crisis and learn what YOU can do to adapt to the circumstances and thrive through a challenging time!
Russell’s take on the biggest story behind the Coronavirus
Russell’s insight around the indicators that the dollar is weak
The consequences of the government’s Coronavirus bailout
How to protect your wealth from inflation, deflation and stagflation
Why now is a good time to be a real estate investor
The right and wrong way to measure your net worth
What real estate strategies Russel likes right now
Russell’s advice for investors taking a wait-and-see approach
Connect with Russell Gray
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Mon, 3 August 2020
According to the Law of the First Deal, a multifamily investor who buys their first apartment building will do their second and third deals in rapid succession, achieving financial freedom in just a year or two. But there is an exception to every rule, and Ed Hermsen is the ONE investor I know who did his first deal—and then life got in the way. So, what can he teach us about keeping momentum and staying committed to our multifamily goals?
Ed grew a portfolio of single-family rentals while working as a mortgage loan officer in Fort Collins, Colorado. Five years ago, he started studying multifamily and eventually partnered with a close friend on a 22-unit deal in Pensacola, Florida. After revisiting his goal to retire by 50, Ed realized he needed to recommit to multifamily, and in the last two years, he has leveraged the partnership model to build a portfolio of 210 units and quit his job with real estate!
On this episode of Apartment Building Investing, Ed joins me to describe how a 9-to-5 in mortgage banking inspired his real estate investing career and share his secrets to successful multifamily investing with partners. He discusses what made him the sole exception to the Law of the First Deal, explaining why there’s a four-year gap between his first and second deal and what finally inspired him to get back in the game. Listen in for Ed’s insight on the value of accountability and learn what YOU can do to stay committed to your multifamily goals.
How Ed got into real estate
What inspired Ed to pursue financial freedom with multifamily
Ed’s first multifamily deal
Ed’s second multifamily deal
How Ed found his partners
Ed’s insight on building successful partnerships
What made Ed the exception to the Law of the First Deal
Ed’s advice around staying committed to your multifamily goals
Ed’s latest multifamily deal
What’s next for Ed
Ed’s advice for aspiring multifamily investors
Connect with Ed Hermsen
Mon, 27 July 2020
Investing in the financial markets is stressful, especially in a crisis. And even if you happen to be brilliant at options trading, $100K in the equity market will still only buy $100K in assets. On the other hand, investing $100K in multifamily will buy you a $500K asset—and earn you five times the return. Not to mention the fact that it’s essentially recession-proof!
Bruce Fraser is the Managing Partner at Elkhorn Capital Partners, a private equity firm that focuses on multifamily residential real estate in economically insulated submarkets. Prior to Elkhorn, Bruce ran a lucrative hedge fund, successfully navigating the financial crisis before his research led him to multifamily. In a few short years, Bruce has built a portfolio of 1,600 units, and he currently serves as a member of the Forbes Real Estate Council.
On this episode of Apartment Building Investing, Bruce joins me to explain what makes multifamily a better investment than the financial markets, especially through the COVID-19 crisis. He tells us about his first multifamily deal (as one of my early coaching students!), discussing the challenges he faced early on and describing how the Law of the First Deal impacted his real estate career. Listen in for Bruce’s insight on the advantage of choosing a niche in distressed assets and learn his aggressive but realistic approach to scaling a multifamily business.
What makes multifamily a better investment than the financial markets
Bruce’s first multifamily deal as one of my early coaching students
Bruce’s experience with the Law of the First Deal
Why Bruce chose a niche in distressed situations
Why Bruce sought out coaching early on
Bruce’s approach to scaling a multifamily business
Bruce’s experience through the COVID crisis
Bruce’s goals over the next three years
Why multifamily is the best investment through the pandemic
Connect with Bruce Fraser
Mon, 20 July 2020
There are tons of books out there that teach you how to invest in real estate syndications with other people’s money. But what if you’re the ‘other people’? What resource teaches you how to evaluate opportunities and pick the right sponsor to trust with your money?
Brian Burke is the President and CEO of Praxis Capital, a private equity investment firm that focuses on repositioning multifamily properties. An expert real estate syndicator and investor, he has acquired 3,000 multifamily units and 700 single family rentals in his 30-year career. Brian is also the author of the new book, The Hands-Off Investor: An Insider’s Guide to Investing in Passive Real Estate Syndications.
On this episode of Apartment Building Investing, Brian joins me to explain why passive investors need to look beyond returns when comparing syndication opportunities. He discusses why the sponsor is a more important consideration than the market or the deal itself, sharing the cautionary tale of an investor who lost her life savings to an unethical syndicator. Listen in for Brian’s insight on the benefit of investing in a non-correlated asset like real estate and learn what questions to ask as you evaluate different investing opportunities.
The cautionary tale Brian included in The Hands-Off Investor
The three indicators used to measure the performance of a real estate investment
Why passive investors must look beyond returns when comparing opportunities
Why the sponsor is more important than the market or the deal itself
What secrets sponsors don’t want passive investors to know
The pros and cons of being a passive investor in multifamily syndications
The benefit of investing in non-correlated assets like real estate
Brian’s advice for skeptical investors looking at multifamily real estate
Connect with Brian Burke
Mon, 13 July 2020
In the world of startups, entrepreneurs take a lean approach early on with an eye to grow quickly. Ellie Perlman applied these principles to real estate, building and scaling a syndication business in a few short years. So, how do you shift from being a syndicator to managing a syndication business?
Ellie is the Founder and CEO of Blue Lake Capital, a real estate investing firm that specializes in value-add multifamily acquisition and management. She also leads REady2Scale, a mentoring program for aspiring multifamily syndicators, and hosts the REady2Scale Podcast. Ellie began her career as a commercial real estate lawyer and later transitioned to the role of property manager, overseeing properties worth more than $100M. She earned her MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
On this episode of Apartment Building Investing, Ellie joins me to explain how growing up poor in Israel gave her the drive to succeed and share her journey from cleaning synagogues to earning an MBA from MIT. She discusses the decision to start her own real estate business, describing how multifamily syndication fulfilled her vision to both scale quickly and earn passive income. Listen in for Ellie’s insight on the magic of scaling a startup and get her advice on how to grow YOUR real estate business—even if you don’t have a budget!
How Ellie developed the drive to succeed
What inspired Ellie to go to law school
How Ellie developed an interest in real estate
What brought Ellie to the United States
Ellie’s decision to go into business for herself
Ellie’s insight on the power of believing in yourself
Ellie’s big vision for building a real estate company
What Ellie would tell her younger self
How Ellie thinks about potential discrimination in real estate
Why Ellie started a training program and podcast
Why Ellie is an advocate for scaling your business
Ellie’s advice for building and scaling a syndication business
How to build a syndication business on a small budget
Connect with Ellie Perlman
Mon, 6 July 2020
Doing something monumental like moving your family across the ocean to Hawaii or buying a 100-unit apartment complex may feel overwhelming. But Brandon Turner has done both of those things, and he contends that any process is easy IF you break it down into a series of tiny actions that take five minutes or less.
Brandon is the Founder of Open Door Capital, Vice President of BiggerPockets and Cohost of The BiggerPockets Podcast. He owns more than 500 rental units totaling $20M and has dozens of rehabs under his belt. Brandon’s work has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur and Money Magazine, and he is the author of several books, including The Book on Rental Property Investing and How to Invest in Real Estate.
On this episode of the podcast, Brandon joins me to share his assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on real estate investing, explaining how we should adjust our underwriting in light of the pandemic. He walks us through his favorite investing strategies right now, describing the opportunities he sees in real estate over the next 10 years. Listen in to understand the marketing techniques Brandon uses to raise LOTS of money online and get his advice on developing a clear VISION of where you want to be—and taking tiny action each day to get there!
Brandon’s assessment of the impact of COVID
How real estate investors should adjust their behavior right now
The opportunities Brandon sees over the long term
How this economic crisis differs from the last recession
Brandon’s favorite real estate strategies right now
Brandon’s insight around COVID’s impact on low-income earners
BiggerPockets’ most successful marketing strategies
How Brandon uses content marketing in his investing business
How Brandon architects his life around his family and business
Connect with Brandon Turner
Mon, 29 June 2020
You may have heard the prediction that unemployment in the US could reach 30%, and that does sound scary. But what do those numbers really mean? And how would that worst-case scenario impact collections? What should we be concerned about as investors in affordable housing?
Damian Bergamaschi is the cofounder of Damris Capital, a money management firm that leverages data analysis to help its investors achieve financial freedom sooner. Damian leads Damris’ optimization research for all investment models and algorithms and serves as the portfolio manager of the firm’s real estate acquisitions.
On this episode of Apartment Building Investing, Damian joins me to explain how his obsession with data led to investments in commercial real estate. He discusses why affordable housing has been insulated from COVID-19, breaking down what the unemployment rate really means and how government subsidies have had a positive impact in the space. Listen in as Damian calculates projected collections in a worst-case scenario and find out why he is bullish on affordable housing as a reliable long-term investment.
The Damris Capital origin story
How Damian’s research led him to affordable housing
What we don’t understand about the unemployment rate
Why affordable housing is insulated from COVID-19
The adverse short-term impact COVID may have on affordable housing
Damian’s promising long-term outlook for affordable housing
The cyclical nature of delinquencies and being paid up
Why multifamily investors need to be thinking about September
Connect with Damian Bergamaschi
Mon, 22 June 2020
No one knows exactly what will happen in the multifamily real estate market as the Coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold. But the heavy-hitters who have been in the game for a long time can predict, with relative certainty, which markets will thrive, when we’ll see new deal flow, and what the capital markets will look like over the next 12 months.
Michael Becker is a Principal at SPI Advisory and Senior Director of Mortgage Origination at Old Capital Lending. A 15-year veteran of commercial real estate banking, Michael has originated and managed portfolios in all the major asset classes. In the six years since he started investing in multifamily, Michael has acquired 10K units and currently manages a portfolio of 6K doors. He also serves as the Cohost of the Old Capital Podcast.
On this episode of Apartment Building Investing, Michael joins me to discuss the post-COVID new normal in multifamily real estate. He explains how the pandemic is impacting his business and offers insight around what the recovery might look like—and what that means for us as multifamily investors. Listen in for Michael’s predictions on multifamily capital markets and deal flow in the next twelve months and learn what you can do to be ready when the market turns!
How Michael’s career has evolved over the last several years
How Michael was able to scale so quickly
The biggest challenges Michael faced as he built SPI Advisory
Why Michael’s uses a third-party property management team
How the pandemic is impacting Michael’s business
Michael’s predictions around the post-COVID recovery
Michael’s predictions around post-COVID multifamily deal flow
What the capital markets will look like for the next 12 months
What work Michael is doing on the acquisitions side right now
Where Michael sees his company going in the next five years
Connect with Michael Becker
Mon, 15 June 2020
Those of us who enjoy success in the real estate business are typically introduced to a model, an investor operating at a scale we never considered, who gives us an idea for what’s possible and a vision for the future. And if we’re smart, we can learn from their mistakes and leverage their knowledge and experience as a springboard, affording us a more direct path to our own financial freedom.
Jacob Blackett is the Founder and CEO of Holdfolio, a platform that connects investors with high-yield investments in the real estate industry, and Syndication Pro, a software company that helps syndicators raise capital and manage investors online. Jacob got his start doing fix-and-flips as a 19-year-old sophomore in college, and today, he has placed over $50M into income-producing real estate, building a portfolio of 600+ units (as the lead sponsor) and a network of 3K registered investors.
On this episode of Apartment Building Investing, Jacob joins me to explain how an infomercial inspired his interest in real estate and share his journey from fix-and-flips to wholesaling to SFH rentals to multifamily. He walks us through the steps he took to scale his real estate business, describing why it’s beneficial to have an in-house property management team and how the technology he built to raise capital online became Syndication Pro. Listen in to understand how Jacob overcame losing $40K on his first deal and learn how to avoid his mistakes by joint venturing with an experienced team early on!
What attracted Jacob to the real estate space
Jacob’s experience with his first fix-and-flip
Why Jacob pivoted from flipping to SFH rentals
Jacob’s first AHA moment around scaling his business
What inspired Jacob’s transition to multifamily
Jacob’s first multifamily deal
What surprised Jacob most about multifamily
Jacob’s background working in property management
The benefits of using in-house property management
Jacob’s first steps for scaling his real estate business
How Jacob scaled his capital raising efforts
How Jacob bounced back from losing $40K
Jacob’s advice to his 19-year-old self
Jacob’s advice for aspiring multifamily investors
Connect with Jacob Blackett
Mon, 8 June 2020
Some real estate investments are riskier than others, especially in an economic downturn. Class A multifamily developers, for example, are likely to lose their tenant base in a recession. So, what can developers do to forecast what the world will look like at the end of a build cycle and make decisions accordingly? And what can we ALL learn from this approach that will help us prosper through multiple market cycles?
Scott Choppin is the Founder of Urban Pacific, a real estate development company out of Long Beach, California. With 35-plus years of experience in the business, Scott has led the development of nearly 1,700 units throughout the Western United States. He is also responsible for a recent innovation known as Urban Town House, a middle-income, multigenerational housing product that serves urban families in California. Scott’s work has been featured in Forbes, The Los Angeles Times and Builder Magazine, among many other media publications.
On this episode of Apartment Building Investing, Scott joins me to explain how he got his start working for a large development firm, describing the wide range of skills and knowledge he picked up before striking out on his own. He discusses how he leveraged joint venture partnerships in the early days of Urban Pacific, what the company is doing to mitigate risk in a recession, and why he is optimistic about the current circumstances. Listen in for Scott’s insight on transitioning from a W-2 to real estate development and find out what YOU can do to survive and thrive in an economic downturn.
How Scott got into real estate development
Why Scott chose another firm over the family business
What Scott learned in working for a big developer
How Scott transitioned into entrepreneurship
The structure of Scott’s early joint venture partnerships
Scott’s advice for shifting out of a salaried position
The challenges around doing development as a side hustle
What kinds of deals Urban Pacific has done
How Scott thinks about mitigating risk in a recession
Why Scott is optimistic about the current circumstances
Connect with Scott Choppin
Mon, 1 June 2020
How do you become a successful multifamily syndicator when you’re not old enough to order a beer? What does it take to overcome objections around being too young and too inexperienced—and raise more than half a million dollars in capital for your very first deal? What’s it like to achieve financial freedom before you turn 21?
Kyle Marcotte is an entrepreneur and multifamily real estate investor with a 119-unit portfolio valued at $5.5M. He was a pre-med student and Division I soccer player at UC Davis when Kyle learned about the potential to generate passive income with real estate. At the age of 20, he raised $600K and closed on his first deal in just four months. Now, Kyle is on a mission to help others become financially free with multifamily investing—regardless of age or experience.
On this episode of Apartment Building Investing, Kyle joins me to explain why he burned the boats and quit college to pursue real estate full time. He discusses how he got brokers and investors to take him seriously despite his lack of experience, sharing what gave him the confidence to keep moving forward through hundreds of no’s—until he finally got a YES. Listen in to understand why Kyle went for such a BIG first deal (a joint venture on 107 units!) and learn what he is doing now to build a personal brand and scale his multifamily syndication business.
What inspired Kyle to get into real estate
How Kyle realized he had the personality of an entrepreneur
What financial freedom means to Kyle
How Kyle got investors to take him seriously at the age of 20
The specifics of Kyle’s first joint venture deal
Why Kyle kept going after hearing hundreds of no’s
Why Kyle went after such a large first deal
The nature of Kyle’s first joint venture partnership
How things changed for Kyle after his first deal
What Kyle is doing to build his investor base
How gave Kyle the confidence to keep moving forward
Connect with Kyle Marcotte
Mon, 25 May 2020
Why are there so few women in multifamily syndication? According to a 2019 study conducted by Merrill Lynch, 61% of women polled cited a lack of knowledge about real estate investing. And the fact that it’s a male-dominated industry is also a contributing factor. So, how do we get more women interested in learning about multifamily—and the financial independence that comes with it?
Kaylee McMahon is the Founder of The Apartment Queen, a platform dedicated to ending abuse and codependent relationships by helping women create wealth with real estate investing. A staple of the Dallas real estate scene, Kaylee has purchased $2M in real estate as Key Principal and currently serves as General Partner in 730 units in Texas and Arizona totaling more than $23M in assets under management. She is also the host of #1 Leading Ladies, a podcast about what it’s really like to be a female entrepreneur.
On this episode, Kaylee joins me to share her path from real estate agent to multifamily investor, discussing how the childhood abuse she suffered gave her the GRIT to keep going when things get tough. She offers her take on how a lack of knowledge around a male-dominated industry keeps a lot of women out of the multifamily game, describing her mission to help people, especially women, achieve the total independence she enjoys. Listen in for Kaylee’s insight on reversing the beliefs that hold you back and get her advice on how to get started with apartment building investing!
Kaylee’s path to multifamily real estate
What makes Kaylee a good entrepreneur
Why Kaylee made the transition from agent to investor
Kaylee’s take on the idea of failure
Why Kaylee deals with fear better than others
Kaylee’s experience with multifamily syndication
Kaylee’s take on why there are so few women in multifamily
Kaylee’s advice for aspiring multifamily investors
Connect with Kaylee McMahon
Mon, 18 May 2020
No good comes from making decisions out of panic or fear. So, what can multifamily syndicators do to navigate the next couple of months and cover the bills—even if our tenants can’t (or won’t) pay the rent on time? How can we reassure our investors that their money is safe and leverage the available safeguards to make it through the Coronavirus shutdown?
Jason Pero is the multifamily investor and syndicator behind Pero Real Estate, one of the leading real estate firms in Erie, Pennsylvania. Jason and his wife bought their first duplex in 2001 and continued to invest in small multifamily properties while he worked full-time in medical device sales. By 2012, Jason had built a 300-unit portfolio and was able to leave his 9-to-5 to pursue real estate full-time. He started syndicating deals in 2018, and today, Jason owns and self-manages 1K units in Erie County.
On this episode of the podcast, Jason joins me to discuss why he waited so long to get into syndication and why he self-manages his own portfolio. Jason explains how he is navigating the COVID-19 crisis, sharing the safeguards he has in place to get through the next few months and describing his approach to the situation as both a property manager and syndicator. Listen in for Jason’s insight on the buying opportunities coming on the market right now and find out why this is a good time to invest in yourself!
What inspired Jason to get into real estate
Why it took Jason so long to take action on syndication
How the Coronavirus crisis elevates Jason’s mission
The safeguards that are helping Jason navigate COVID-19
Jason’s take on the impact of the Coronavirus as a syndicator
Jason’s approach to the Coronavirus as a property manager
The buying opportunities coming available right now
What makes Jason successful in a rural area
Why Jason self-manages his own portfolio
Jason’s advice on navigating a difficult time
Jason’s advice for aspiring multifamily investors
Connect with Jason Pero
Mon, 11 May 2020
What are you doing to keep your mindset right during the Coronavirus shutdown? Are you making the most of the extra time at home? Taking advantage of the opportunity to invest in yourself and learn something new? Taking care of yourself, your family, your team, your investors and your tenants?
Vinney Chopra is a sought-after multifamily real estate expert with 12 years of experience and 28 successful syndications under his belt. To date, Vinney and his team of 67 control and self-manage a portfolio of 4,100 units worth $330M. He is also the bestselling author of Apartment Syndication Made Easy and the host of two podcasts, Syndication Made Easy and the Mr. Smiles Motivation Talk Show. Vinney came to the US 43 years ago with just $7 in his pocket, and he credits his success to the power of positive thinking.
On this episode of Apartment Building Investing, Vinney joins me to discuss how his team is dealing with the short-term impact of COVID-19 and what they are doing to support tenants in his properties. Vinny compares his experience in 2008 to the present circumstances, discussing why multifamily is the best business to be in during a recession and sharing his prediction for a V-shaped recovery. Listen in for Vinney’s insight on cultivating a positive outlook and taking care of your physical and mental health through the current crisis.
How Vinny’s team is dealing with the short-term impact of COVID-19
How Vinny’s experience in 2008 compares to the current situation
What Vinny’s team is doing to support the tenants in his properties
Vinny’s take on how the stock market drop will impact multifamily
How a V-shaped recovery is likely to play out
How Vinny thinks about buying opportunities in multifamily
What Vinny is doing to keep his mindset right
What’s most important to Vinny right now
Vinny’s advice on making the most of the extra time we have
How Vinny cultivates a positive outlook
Connect with Vinney Chopra
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Mon, 4 May 2020
So, you understand the power of digital marketing to help you scale your multifamily syndication business. The question is, where do you start? What are the first steps to building an email list and attracting investors online?
Amy Porterfield is the award-winning digital marketing expert behind Online Marketing Made Easy and the creator of the Digital Course Academy. After seven years serving as the Director of Content Development for Tony Robbins, Amy became an entrepreneur herself and built a multimillion-dollar business teaching other people how to grow their own platform online. An authority in the realm of social media marketing, growing an email list and promoting and selling courses online, Amy is also the coauthor of Facebook Marketing All-in-One for Dummies.
On this episode of Apartment Building Investing, Amy joins me to explain why you need to build an email list, even if you have a strong social media following. She shares the simple steps you can take to attract investors with content and capture their email addresses with the right lead magnet. Listen in for Amy’s insight on using Facebook advertising to grow your audience and learn how to leverage digital marketing to scale your syndication business!
How Amy got into online marketing
The mistakes Amy made early on as an online entrepreneur
How Amy decided what to create and who to serve
Why an email list is better than social media followers
How to start building an email list from scratch
How to choose your lead magnet
How to get people to sign up for your email list
What to do if you don’t consider yourself a writer
The benefits of podcasting as a medium
Amy’s advice on Facebook advertising
Amy’s top tips for online marketing
Connect with Amy Porterfield
Mon, 27 April 2020
What’s the #1 mistake syndicators make in building an online platform? Many put the cart before the horse and promote their business BEFORE the site is ready. They don’t provide a compelling reason to GO to their platform, and they have no way of capturing a visitor’s information once they get there. So, what can you do to score a lead’s email address and grow a substantial list of potential investors?
Monick Halm is the creator of Real Estate Investor Goddesses, a platform designed to help 1M women achieve financial freedom through real estate investing. To date, she has built an audience of more than 10K potential multifamily investors! Monique has 14 years of experience as an investor, syndicator and developer, building wealth through apartment buildings, mobile home parks, vacation rentals and ground-up development. Together with her husband and community of investors, she owns 1,300-plus units across 5 states.
On this episode of the podcast, Monick joins me to explain what keeps women on the sidelines of multifamily investing and how she is getting more women involved through Real Estate Investor Goddesses. She shares her process for raising money for a deal through the platform, discussing why it’s crucial to capture each visitor’s email address and what she does to drive traffic to the site. Listen in for Monick’s insight on getting educated on multifamily during this unique moment in time and learn what she did to build a list of 10K in a very short period!
Monick’s background in the multifamily space
What keeps women from getting involved in real estate
How to get more women involved in real estate investing
What inspired Monick to build the REI Goddesses platform
Who Monick attracts through her platform
The process of raising money for deals with a platform
How Monick went about building REI Goddesses
Why it’s crucial to capture a site visitor’s email address
How Monick justifies a significant investment in paid traffic
Monick’s approach to marketing her platform
Monick’s advice on navigating the Coronavirus crisis
Connect with Monick Halm
Mon, 20 April 2020
So, you want to connect with potential investors online. But how do you go about building a thought leadership platform? What kind of content should you create? And how do you best serve your audience so that they are ready to invest when a deal comes up?
Pat Flynn is the creator of Smart Passive Income, the premiere learning and development platform for online entrepreneurs. He got into online marketing out of necessity in 2008 when he was laid off from his dream job as an architect. Since then, Pat has built several successful online businesses and impacted millions of people around the world. He credits his success to serving others first, and then building systems to lean into that service even more.
On this episode of Apartment Building Investing, Pat joins me to explain how he got into the online marketing space and why he thinks EVERYONE should build a thought leadership platform. He offers insight into the power of podcasting, sharing how YOU can start a podcast of your own for under $100. Listen in for Pat’s insight on what to consider as you create an online platform and get his top tips for producing consistent content that serves your audience!
How Pat got into the online marketing space
Pat’s response to the Why Me? objection
How Pat defines smart passive income
The business model for an online venture
Why Pat thinks EVERYONE should build a platform online
What to consider in building a platform
Pat’s tips for producing regular content
What Pat loves about podcasting
How to start a podcast
The biggest mistakes new podcasters make
Pat’s top advice for aspiring platform builders
Connect with Pat Flynn
Mon, 13 April 2020
Imagine being able to raise millions of dollars for a syndication deal in just a few days, with very little effort on your part. If you build it right, an online platform allows you to do just that, scaling your capital raise business by 10X in just 12 to 18 months!
Kate Buck is the Director of Marketing for us here at The Michael Blank organization. With nearly 15 years of experience in social media management and content production, Kate has worked with some of the top names in the digital marketing space and led strategic social media campaigns for global corporations, films, entrepreneurs and nonprofits.
On this episode, Kate turns the tables to ask me some questions about building an online platform to raise capital for multifamily syndications. We discuss what it takes to build an effective digital marketing platform and why you DON’T have to be a writer or a tech genius to do it. Listen in for the 4 things your platform needs before you try any of the more advanced marketing strategies (like paid advertising) and learn how I leveraged our online platform to raise $8M in 3 days!
Kate’s extensive background in digital marketing
How I learned the value of online marketing to raise capital
Why syndicators need to create an online platform
The function of an online platform for syndicators
The biggest mistakes syndicators make in creating a platform
Why ANYONE can build an online platform to raise capital
The 4 things your platform needs before you try advanced strategies
Some advanced marketing strategies for promoting your platform
The business case for building an online platform to raise capital
Connect with Kate Buck
Mon, 6 April 2020
Beyond the risks it poses to our health, the Coronavirus is causing chaos in our economic system as well. Businesses have closed their doors and many Americans have lost their jobs or had their hours cut. And the stock market is on its way down. But what does it all mean for us as multifamily investors? Is the sky falling? Or are there things we can do to protect ourselves and serve our tenants in this challenging time?
On this episode of Apartment Building Investing, I’m sitting down with an expert panel of multifamily operators that includes Drew Kniffin, Brian Burke, John Cohen, Reed Goossens, Andrew Cushman and Ellie Perlman to discuss what we are doing to protect our investments and our investors through the Coronavirus pandemic. We share our strategies for income preservation and expense reduction, explaining how we are supporting tenants through the crisis and what programs we are leveraging to keep our employees on payroll.
We go on to address how COVID-19 is likely to impact passive investors and offer insight on what they can do to take advantage of the shift to a buyer’s market. Finally, we explore the short-, medium- and long-term implications of the economic fallout from the Coronavirus and describe the incredible wealth-building opportunity available to savvy real estate investors in the months to come. Listen in to understand what defines a good deal in the current environment and learn how to use this time to prepare for the next up cycle!
What Andrew is doing as an owner to protect his investments
How John’s team is navigating the Coronavirus crisis
Ellie’s insight on tenants who can’t pay vs. tenants who won’t
The additional things Ellie’s team is doing to navigate COVID-19
The additional things Brian’s team is doing to navigate COVID-19
Brian’s insight into the Paycheck Protection Program
Reed’s perspective on the Coronavirus crisis
How Drew and Brian think about the risk for passive investors
John’s insight on how the crisis will change lender behavior
The overnight shift from a seller’s market to a buyer’s market
What passive investors should do in the short-term
Our predictions around what to expect in the short term
Our predictions around what to expect in the medium term
Our predictions around what to expect in the long term
How to stress test acquisitions in this new environment
Why it’s hard to underwrite deals right now
How student housing may be affected by the Coronavirus crisis
How the stock market crash will affect our ability to raise capital
What the average investor should be doing right now
The moratorium on evictions due to COVID-19
The potential growth of secondary and tertiary markets
What defines a good deal in this environment
The 5 steps for making a successful shift to entrepreneurship
Connect with the Expert Panel
Mon, 30 March 2020
Are you working a W-2 job that leaves you depleted? Even if you love what you do, it’s likely that the stress of the commute on top of the work itself means you have little left to give to your family at the end of the day, never mind making a significant impact on the world at large. Krista Wilper was tired of being too tired to engage with her husband and sons, so she leveraged multifamily investing to quit her corporate job. And she credits her success to a daily effort to keep her mind in the right place.
Krista is the creator of Synergy Invested LLC, a real estate education and investing platform based in Golden, Colorado. She retired from her executive position at an adult beverage company at the age of 38, walking away from a six-figure income to pursue real estate full time. Now, Krista and her husband own $2.2M in single and multifamily investments, and she is on a mission to help others achieve financial freedom and get control of their time and energy through real estate investing.
On this episode of Apartment Building Investing, Krista joins me to explain why she quit a job she loved to pursue real estate, sharing the series of conversations she had with her husband and what she loves most about not working a 9-to-5. She discusses why she took action when so many others don’t and explores why there are so few women in the world of multifamily. Listen in for Krista’s insight on the value of hiring a coach, getting the right support system in place, and training your mind for multifamily investing!
Why Krista made the decision to quit a job she loved
What the conversation with Krista’s husband was like
Why Krista took action when so many others don’t
What Krista loves most about not working a 9-to-5
Krista’s primary real estate investing goals
The first steps Krista took to reach her investing goals
Krista’s insight on overcoming both internal and external challenges
Krista’s take on why there aren’t more women in investing
Krista’s advice for aspiring multifamily investors
Connect with Krista Wilper
Mon, 23 March 2020
Once you’ve exhausted your sphere of influence, where can you go to raise capital for multifamily deals? You might be surprised to learn that LinkedIn is one of the best places to connect with high-net-worth individuals (HNWI) and introduce them to the benefits of apartment building investing.
Yakov Smart is the creator of LinkedIn Lead Enterprises, a platform designed to help business owners find clients on LinkedIn. An internationally recognized LinkedIn expert, Yakov teaches top CEOs, bestselling authors and real estate syndicators how to transform their LinkedIn profiles into priceless, relationship-building assets. Yakov is also the author of Disrupting LinkedIn: The Definitive Guide to Generating Leads, Receiving Referrals and Attracting High-End Clients Through Marketing on LinkedIn.
On this episode of Apartment Building Investing, Yakov joins me to explain why LinkedIn is the best social platform for finding investors and raising capital for multifamily. He shares the biggest mistakes syndicators make on LinkedIn and walks us through his SPOT formula for finding leads through the professional networking platform. Listen in for Yakov’s insight on the tools available for building lists and learn how YOU can connect with the right people, send the right message, and scale your marketing efforts with LinkedIn.
Yakov’s take on the availability of capital for real estate
Why LinkedIn is the best platform for finding investors
Why LinkedIn works well for raising capital
How Yakov discovered LinkedIn as a lead source
The biggest mistakes people make on LinkedIn
Yakov’s SPOT formula for finding leads on LinkedIn
The four ways to build lists on LinkedIn
How to scale your marketing efforts on LinkedIn
How to convert investors from stocks to real estate
Connect with Yakov Smart
Mon, 16 March 2020
What is your true, God-given calling in this life? Most of us are limited by time and money, so we don’t even dare to dream about fulfilling our purpose. But what if multifamily investing could give you the freedom to pursue your calling? To live a life of significance? And to make a real impact in the world?
Ellis Hammond is the founder of Kingdom Capitalists, the #1 mastermind for Christian real estate entrepreneurs. In 2018, when Ellis was serving as a full-time college pastor, he and his wife invested in a $600K duplex in San Diego. Nine months later, he added a 144-unit multifamily property in Memphis to his portfolio. Today, he manages a network of investors seeking passive income opportunities across the US with the goal of increasing their income and impact.
On this episode of Apartment Building Investing, Ellis joins me to discuss what inspired him to get involved in real estate, sharing his AHA moment around the relationship between capital and impact. He opens up about the limiting beliefs he struggled with early on, describing the mindset shift that helped him get comfortable asking investors for very large sums of money. Listen in for Ellis’ insight on the power of community in real estate investing and learn how multifamily can give YOU the freedom to pursue your true calling.
What inspired Ellis to get involved in real estate
The Christian community’s limiting mindset around money
How Ellis’ approach to real estate investing evolved
The limiting beliefs Ellis struggled with early on
Ellis’ concept of creating margin in your life
What allowed Ellis to quit his job to pursue multifamily
What Ellis is passionate about right now
Why Ellis loves the community of real estate investing
Ellis’ advice for aspiring multifamily investors
Connect with Ellis Hammond
Mon, 9 March 2020
If you’re looking to scale your efforts at raising capital with an online platform, you may be curious what you can and cannot do to market your business. What exemptions do you need to file in order to legally advertise a multifamily offering? How do you build the ‘preexisting and substantive’ relationship with investors the SEC requires for the 506(b) when you’re connecting online?
Gene Trowbridge is the managing partner of Trowbridge Sidoti LLP, a California law firm that specializes in real estate syndications and crowdfunding. Gene has extensive experience in commercial real estate investment, and in the last six years, his firm has authorized securities offering documents for more than $1.5B of equity raised. He is also the author of It’s a Whole New Business, the definitive book on securities for multifamily investors.
On this episode of Apartment Building Investing, Gene joins me to discuss the two methods for legally advertising a real estate syndication (online or otherwise), the Reg A and 506(c). He explains why the 506(b) is more popular than the 506(c) and offers advice on proving a preexisting and substantive relationship with investors per the rules of the 506(b). Listen in for Gene’s insight on doing a 1031 Exchange in a syndication and learn how to leverage the tenant in common agreement to bring on new investors.
The two ways to legally advertise a real estate syndication
What syndicators need to know about the Reg A
Why more investors don’t do a 506(c)
The SEC rules around the 506(b)
What it means to have a substantive + preexisting relationship
Gene’s advice on proving a preexisting relationship
How to work with an investor with 1031 Exchange money
What to do when some of your LPs want their money from a sale
How to bring on new investors in a 1031 Exchange project
Connect with Gene Trowbridge
Mon, 2 March 2020
Imagine earning as much as $10K in cashflow distributions from your investment in a multifamily property in a given year—yet claiming a taxable LOSS! You CAN mitigate (and in many cases even eliminate) taxable income for years with the MAGIC of bonus depreciation. But you do need to do a cost segregation analysis to claim it.
Terry Judge is the Founder and CEO of CORE Solutions Group, one of the nation’s leading cost recovery consulting firms specializing in engineering-based cost segregation studies. He is committed to educating multifamily investors on how to maximize cashflow and take full advantage of the ever-changing tax code. Terry has 14 years of experience in the cost seg space, yielding more than $1B in net tax savings for CORE clients.
On this episode of Apartment Building Investing, Terry joins me to discuss the benefits of doing a cost segregation analysis, explaining how it accelerates depreciation and mitigates the investor’s taxable income. He describes how changes to the 2017 tax code in made it useful for even small multifamily buildings to leverage a cost seg study and walks us through the advantages of taking bonus depreciation in Year 1 (versus spreading it out over the hold period). Listen in for Terry’s insight around the best exit strategies for avoiding a big tax bill and learn about the additional tax breaks you can earn with energy-saving renovations.
How Terry got into cost segregation analysis
The benefits of doing a cost segregation analysis
What a cost segregation analysis looks like
How the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act changed cost seg
The process of working with Terry’s team at CORE
How much it costs to get a cost segregation analysis
How to avoid a big tax bill when you sell a property
Why Terry advises taking bonus depreciation in Year 1
Connect with Terry Judge
Mon, 24 February 2020
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.
How Will got into real estate investing
How Will got educated around multifamily
Will’s initial multifamily strategy
Will’s insight on the value in joint venturing
Will’s first deal through CEO Capital Partners
The steps Will took to quit his job
Will’s take on what building a platform does for you
What Will would tell his younger self
Why Will recommends listening to podcasts
Will’s vision of the next five years
Will’s advice for aspiring multifamily investors
Connect with Will Harvey
Mon, 17 February 2020
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!
Rod’s insight on what’s behind limiting beliefs
Rod’s response to ‘I don’t have time right now’
Rod’s response to ‘the market is too hot’
Rod’s response to ‘I don’t have any experience’
Why it’s crucial to celebrate progress
What successful people have in common
How to deal with the inevitable setbacks
The habits of highly successful people
Rod’s advice for aspiring multifamily investors
Connect with Rod Khleif
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Mon, 10 February 2020
MB 200: Best of 2019 – With Ken McElroy, Robert Helms, Kyle Wilson, Robert Kiyosaki, Hal Elrod & Grant
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.
What financial freedom means to Ken McElroy
How Ken McElroy’s definition of success changed over the years
What gets Ken McElroy out of bed in the morning
The Real Estate Guys’ mission
The secret to Robert Helms’ success
How Robert Kiyosaki learned spiritual discipline
Robert Kiyosaki’s take on the three kinds of money
Hal Elrod’s insight on the REAL purpose of setting goals
Hal Elrod’s take on why traditional affirmations don’t work
Kyle Wilsons’ insight on the principles of marketing
Kyle Wilson’s must-haves for a website
What gets Grant Cardone out of bed in the morning
Grant Cardone’s definition of wealth
Mon, 3 February 2020
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.
The biggest fears facing new multifamily investors
How to get brokers to take you seriously
The hierarchy of quality in multifamily deals
Our mentoring team’s advice on raising money
Connect with Michael’s Mentoring Team
Mon, 27 January 2020
Is fear stopping you from doing your first multifamily real estate deal? If you’re not the type of person to simply jump ship from the relative safety (and health insurance) that comes with a W-2 job, but you know you can’t spend the rest of your life on the hamster wheel, then NOW is the time to activate what Craig Schumacher, MAI, calls ‘calculated courage.’
Craig Schumacher, MAI is the Managing Member at IRV Capital LLC, a real estate investment firm that focuses on multifamily and student apartments. Craig spent 25 years working as a commercial appraiser and valuation specialist. Four years ago, he decided to stop helping other people make a fortune in real estate and build a portfolio of his own. Craig closed on his first syndication deal in January, bringing him to a total of 89-units (with another 28 under contract).
On this episode of Apartment Building Investing, Craig joins me to explain how he recently quit his job as an appraiser to pursue multifamily investing full time. He describes the AHA moment that inspired him to take action in 2016 and walks us through the key lessons learned from his difficult first deal. Listen in to understand what Craig would tell his younger self about getting started in real estate investing and learn what he is doing now to scale his multifamily portfolio!
Craig’s transition from appraising real estate to investing
What inspired Craig to make a change
How Craig got started with real estate investing
Craig’s rocky transition to multifamily
Craig’s key lessons learned from his first deal
Craig’s highly successful second multifamily deal
Why sellers and brokers took Craig seriously
What Craig would do differently in retrospect
How Craig made time for multifamily
How Craig overcame his fears around raising capital
Craig’s plan for scaling his multifamily portfolio
Craig’s advice for aspiring multifamily investors
Connect with Craig Schumacher, MAI
Mon, 20 January 2020
Think you need to be a Lone Wolf on your first multifamily deal? Brian Briscoe was looking at 6- and 8-unit multifamily deals until he realized he could go bigger, faster if he had help. And he was right. Brian joined the Michael Blank network, and 11 months later, he had joint ventured on a 55-unit deal and had another 33 under contract! His team is looking to add another 500 units to their portfolio in 2020.
Today, Brian is the Director of Operations at Four Oaks Capital, a multifamily investment firm specializing in the acquisition, repositioning and rebranding of apartment buildings via a private equity fund structure. Since joining forces in June of 2019, his team of four has acquired 88 units and has another 80 under contract. Brian also serves as the Western Hemisphere Affairs Officer for the United States Marine Corps.
On this episode of Apartment Building Investing, Brian joins me to explain how he found his current partners through our network and discuss how they did three deals in 15 short months! He shares how Four Oaks Capital found its first deal and what they did to overcome a major hurdle (with help from an experienced mentor) just nine days before closing. Listen in for insight into how Brian and his partners have defined their individual roles in the company and learn how YOU can leverage joint venturing to accelerate your multifamily success.
What inspired Brian’s interest in multifamily
The timeline around Brian’s first three deals
How Brian built credibility with brokers
Four Oaks Capital’s first 55-unit deal in Spartanburg, SC
The snag Brian’s team faced in closing their first deal
The role mentors played in Brian’s first deal
Four Oak’s Capital’s second deal
Brian’s insight around The Law of the First Deal
How Brian’s partners defined their individual roles
Four Oaks Capital’s plans to scale
What facilitated Brian’s mindset shift
Brian’s advice for aspiring multifamily investors
Connect with Brian Briscoe
Mon, 13 January 2020
So, you don’t have real estate investing experience. And you don’t have any money of your own to invest. What if I told you that in two short years, you could be closing on your first deal of 200-plus units? That you could be fielding calls from brokers at Marcus & Millichap? That you could be building your own multifamily brand?
Anthony Metzger spent 10 years in the wine industry, working as a sommelier and winemaker in the US and Europe before setting his sights on multifamily real estate. After his brother introduced him to The Ultimate Guide to Apartment Building Investing at the end of 2017, Anthony got busy underwriting deals and reaching out to brokers. Two short years later (in a joint venture with Nighthawk Equity), Anthony has closed on his first deal, a 218-unit multifamily property in Little Rock, Arkansas.
On this episode of Apartment Building Investing, Anthony joins me to share what inspired his interest in multifamily and walk us through the experience of doing his first deal. He explains how learning the language of real estate gave him credibility with brokers and how consistent practice analyzing deals and talking to brokers built his confidence. Listen in to understand how the Nighthawk Equity team supported Anthony in the buyer’s interview and learn how to align yourself with a lead sponsor to do YOUR first multifamily deal.
What inspired Anthony’s interest in multifamily
Anthony’s initial real estate goal
How things changed for Anthony once his first deal closed
How Anthony got brokers to take him seriously
Anthony’s advice on demonstrating confidence with brokers
Anthony’s interaction with the broker on his first deal
The ideal time to bring on a joint venture partner
What to expect from a buyer’s interview
Anthony’s approach to aligning with a lead sponsor
What’s next for Anthony
Anthony’s advice for aspiring multifamily investors
Connect with Anthony Metzger
Mon, 6 January 2020
Most of us dream of retirement because we’ll FINALLY have the time freedom to do things that interest us and spend time with the people we love. But what if you didn’t have to wait until you turned 65 to live that dream? What if you could retire early? Better yet, what if you could retire in the next few years? Passive investing in multifamily syndications helped Travis Watts do just that, and you could be next!
Travis is an experienced passive investor and Director of Investor Relations at Ashcroft Capital, a national multifamily investment firm with more than $820M in assets under management. Prior to pursuing real estate full-time, Travis worked a grueling job in the oil industry, spending 14-hour days outside in extreme weather while saving money to invest in single-family rentals and apartment building syndications.
On this episode of Apartment Building Investing, Travis joins me to discuss the time freedom he enjoys now as a passive investor in multifamily real estate. He explains how he saved the money to invest via extreme budgeting and what made SFH investing unsustainable. Listen in for Travis’ insight around where to find a good syndication team and learn how YOU can follow in his footsteps and quit your W-2 with passive investing!
Travis’ path to full-time passive investing
How Travis’ life is different now
How Travis saved money to invest
How Travis invested his money before multifamily
What inspired Travis’ transition to multifamily
The FIRE movement 4% rule
What kind of income you can generate as a passive investor
Travis’ insight on the tax benefits of multifamily
The beauty of the infinite return model
Travis’ top investing AHA moments
Travis’ advice for aspiring passive investors
How to vet a syndication team
Where to find a good syndication team
Connect with Travis Watts
Mon, 30 December 2019
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!
Tip #1—Develop your WHY
Tip #2—State your goals clearly over multiple time frames
Tip #3—Always do the next 3 things
Tip #4—Focus on the activity, NOT the outcome
Tip #5—Be consistent
Tip #6—Commit to the outcome, not a timeline
Mon, 23 December 2019
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.
Tony’s extensive experience in property management
What inspired Tony to write The Doorpreneur Way
Tony’s advice on hiring a third-party property manager
The ideal relationship between property managers and investors
Tony’s approach to working with sophisticated investors
What makes it difficult for property managers to stay on budget
Tony’s Doorpreneur Model
Tony’s best practices for property managers
Innovative ways to increase revenue and reduce expenses
Tony’s insight around personal development practices
Connect with Tony LeBlanc
Mon, 16 December 2019
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!
Sterling’s journey to real estate investing
How Sterling developed an interest in real estate
How Sterling provided value to his mentor early on
Sterling’s first SFH investing deal
What inspired Sterling’s transition to multifamily
Sterling’s first multifamily investing deal
How Sterling hustles to find new deals
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
The limiting beliefs that hold aspiring investors back
Sterling’s insight on the value of time
Connect with Sterling White
Mon, 9 December 2019
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.
How Josh’s bout with pancreatic cancer changed his life
The strategies Josh uses to be purposeful about his time
Josh’s multiple business ventures
The limiting beliefs that kept Josh away from multifamily
Why Josh chose raising capital over syndicating deals
How Josh raises millions of dollars for multifamily in hours
Josh’s tips for creating an online platform to raise capital
Josh’s advice for aspiring capital raisers
Connect with Josh Cantwell
Mon, 2 December 2019
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.
How Phil got started in real estate
What inspired Phil’s transition to multifamily
When Phil started investing full-time
Phil’s advice on when to quit your job
Phil’s take on why people don’t take action
How Phil spends his days as a full-time investor
Phil’s insight on why your story matters
Connect with Phil Capron
Tue, 19 November 2019
Real estate investing conferences are one of the few places where there is no line to the women’s restroom. And while that may be a relief to the female entrepreneurs in attendance, it can also be very discouraging. Why are there so few women playing in the multifamily space? And what can we do to encourage more women to become entrepreneurs and investors?
Olenka Cullinan is the Business Coach behind #iStartFirst, a platform dedicated to inspiring women to achieve their full potential. Through her online bootcamps, #iStartFirst Bossbabes Summit and national speaking engagements, Olenka empowers women to up-level their mindset, overcome their fears and build successful careers.
On this episode, Olenka joins me to explain why there are so few female entrepreneurs and what she is doing about it through #iStartFirst. She speaks to the limiting beliefs many women share and describes how the female mind works differently when it comes to making deals. Listen in for Olenka’s insight around the power of mentorship to help you start or scale your business and learn why you don’t necessarily have to be in the limelight to be a leader!
Olenka’s entrepreneurial journey
Olenka’s advice to her younger self
The story behind #iStartFirst
Why there are so few female entrepreneurs
Olenka’s insight around building your brand
The limiting beliefs many women share
How women differ from men in making deals
The idea behind #iStartFirst
Olenka’s take on women in supporting roles
Olenka’s idea client
What women learn at Olenka’s bootcamp
Olenka’s concept of an Alpha Woman
Olenka’s advice to aspiring female entrepreneurs
Connect with Olenka Cullinan
Mon, 18 November 2019
Do you have your money right? Or are you handing it over to Wall Street and hoping for the best? What if I told you that the secret to true wealth is to STOP saving your money and START using it to invest in real assets—like multifamily real estate!
Grant Cardone is the CEO of Cardone Capital, a multifamily real estate investment firm with more than $1.36B in assets under management. He is also an international speaker and bestselling author, well-known for creating the 10X Movement and 10X Growth Conference. Grant was named the #1 marketer to watch by Forbes, and he is a widely respected entrepreneur who owns and operates seven privately held companies.
On this episode, Grant joins me to share what he’s investing in now, discussing what kind of returns he expects on multifamily deals. He walks us through a day in the life of Grant Cardone, sharing his secret to work-life balance, his definition of true wealth, and his thoughts on the importance of spirituality. Listen in to understand what is driving Grant to build a legacy and learn how his Reg A fund serves non-accredited investors.
What Grant’s investing in right now
Why Grant avoids value-add multifamily deals
The returns Grant expects from multifamily investments
Why Grant started a Reg A fund with $5K minimums
A day in the life of Grant Cardone
Grant’s secret to work-life balance
How Grant’s approach to money has changed
What drives Grant to keep growing
Grant’s insight on taking it to the next level
Grant’s definition of wealth
The role of spirituality in Grant’s life
Grant’s advice for ABI listeners
Connect with Grant Cardone
Mon, 11 November 2019
Raising capital for multifamily real estate deals strikes fear in the heart of many an aspiring syndicator. But what if you didn’t have to chase leads? What if you could ATTRACT high-net-worth individuals and bring in investments of $100K (or more!) with a single phone call? It IS possible, provided you commit to consistent content creation and position yourself as a thought leader in the space.
Hunter Thompson is the Managing Principal at Asym Capital, a real estate investment firm that helps clients build a diverse portfolio around low-risk cashflow production. With nearly 10 years of experience in fund management, Hunter is a prolific writer on the finance of commercial real estate and the host of Cash Flow Connections. His new book, Raising Capital for Real Estate, teaches aspiring operators the art of establishing credibility, attracting investors and funding deals at scale.
On this episode of Apartment Building Investing, Hunter joins me to share his experience raising capital for real estate deals and building a thought leadership platform to attract passive investors. He explains how to get started with content creation, what to do if you’re not a great writer, and why content is crucial if you want to scale. Listen in for Hunter’s insight on picking a niche that fits with who you are—and learn his process for building an infrastructure that attracts and nurtures high-net-worth investors.
Hunter’s journey to multifamily investing
What Hunter looks for in a joint venture partner
Hunter’s experience of writing Raising Capital for Real Estate
Hunter’s advice on how to get started with content creation
What to do if you’re not necessarily a great writer
How to develop a commitment to consistent content creation
Hunter’s take on why content is important
How to define the kind of investor you want to attract
Hunter’s process of building a thought leadership platform
Hunter’s advice for starting your own real estate platform
Connect with Hunter Thompson
Mon, 4 November 2019
W-2 jobs give us a sense of security. But what happens if you lose your job or can’t work due to illness or injury? Spencer Hilligoss wanted to play financial defense and build enough passive income to keep the lights on for his family should something unexpected happen. And though real estate gets a bad rap for being a risky investment, Spencer discovered that multifamily is actually very predictable. In fact, it’s the best kind of boring!
Spencer has 13 years of experience in tech startups, building high-performing teams across five companies—three of which valued at more than $1B. He currently serves as the Senior Director of Professional Development for LendingHome, the largest residential flip lender in the country. Spencer is also the Cofounder and Principal at Madison Investing, a real estate education platform dedicated to helping busy professionals build passive income, and a contributing writer and member of Forbes Real Estate Council.
On this episode, Spencer joins me to explain how the ‘dark decade’ he endured as a young man inspired him to pursue passive income through real estate. He shares his approach to financial planning, describing how he and his wife set goals and analyze deals together. Listen in for Spencer’s insight around the benefits of passive investing in multifamily over SFH strategies and learn exactly what he looks for in a sponsor, a market and a deal.
What’s keeping Spencer at his W-2 job
How Spencer got into real estate
The Silicon Valley wealth playbook
Spencer’s path to multifamily investing
How passive investing in multifamily differs from SFH
Spencer’s approach to financial planning
What Spencer looks for in a sponsor
Spencer’s advice for new syndicators
What Spencer looks for in a market
What Spencer looks for in a deal
What’s next for Spencer
Connect with Spencer Hilligoss
Mon, 28 October 2019
Technology has succeeded in disrupting several industries. Think about what Uber has done to the taxi business. Or how Airbnb has changed hotels. These innovations work because they create a frictionless experience for consumers. So, how might #proptech disrupt multifamily? And how can apartment investors leverage technology to better the resident experience and compete in the market of the future?
Patrick Antrim is the Founder and CEO of Multifamily Leadership, a thought leadership platform that researches the best in innovation and leadership in the multifamily space. He has 18 years of experience managing the portfolios of some of America’s most influential real estate entrepreneurs and business titans, including Forbes billionaire George Argyros. Patrick is also the host of the Multifamily Leadership Podcast and the creator of the Multifamily Leadership Summit.
On this episode, Patrick joins me to share his take on shifting renter expectations and explain why investors of the future need to understand technology. He describes how we can use tech to improve the tenant experience and why class B and C operators shouldn’t dismiss tech as a luxury amenity. Listen in for Patrick’s insight around current trends in multifamily and learn how his organization is exploring the intersection among technology, leadership and resident journey.
How Patrick got into the asset management space
Patrick’s take on shifting renter expectations
Why investors of the future need to understand technology
How we can use tech to improve the tenant experience
Patrick’s insight on tech in class B and C properties
Why property management companies are slow to adopt tech
Patrick’s thoughts on current trends in multifamily
Patrick’s mission with Multifamily Leadership
Patrick’s advice for aspiring multifamily operators
Connect with Patrick Antrim
Mon, 21 October 2019
So, you’re getting into the business of multifamily real estate. Like it or not, you’re also getting into the business of marketing and promotions. But how do you build a platform online and attract the capital you need to grow?
Kyle Wilson is a marketing icon in the personal development space, promoting the likes of Og Mandino, Les Brown, and Robin Sharma, just to name a few. For 18 years, he served as Jim Rohn’s business partner, taking Jim from 20 speaking events per year at $4K each to 110 events at $25K—and creating Jim Rohn International along the way. Today, Kyle does high-end coaching and consulting and hosts the Kyle Wilson Inner Circle Mastermind. He has helped more than 200 thought leaders become published authors with multiple bestselling books.
On this episode, Kyle joins me to explain how he got into the personal development space and reflect on the top lessons he learned from working with legends like Jim Rohn, Zig Ziglar and Brian Tracy. He shares his best marketing principles for building a brand, discussing how tactics have changed over time but principles haven’t. Kyle walks us through an exercise for finding your secret sauce and describes the 4 things that he looks for on a website. Listen in for Kyle’s insight around building a platform and learn how to promote yourself as a multifamily real estate investor!
How Kyle got into the personal development space
The top takeaways Kyle learned from Jim Rohn
Kyle’s marketing principles for building a brand
How marketing tactics have changed over time
What Kyle wants to see on a website
Kyle’s favorite lessons from his newsletter
Why Kyle came out of retirement
How to find your own secret sauce
The challenge around putting yourself out there
Connect with Kyle Wilson
Mon, 14 October 2019
Most of us would really like to live a life of purpose. Problem is, working a traditional W-2 job can take all the good out of you. We come home exhausted and have little bandwidth left for our families, so the idea of serving others seems totally out of reach. But what kind of impact could you make if your living expenses were covered? What if you had the time freedom to pursue a meaningful life? What if multifamily real estate investing could get you there in three years?
Drew Whitson is a full-time real estate investor with a portfolio of 1,000-plus units in five states. He also happens to run The Michael Blank Investor Incubator, serving as a mentor and coach to help aspiring multifamily investors do their first apartment building deal. Drew spent 16 years working in corporate finance before leaving his W-2 job at a boutique investment banking firm in early 2018 to focus exclusively on his real estate career.
On this episode, Drew joins me to explain how achieving financial freedom has given him the opportunity to pursue a meaningful life. He describes how getting laid off twice in a single year inspired him to control his own destiny by way of multifamily syndication. Drew walks us through his first few apartment building deals and discusses why buying a 32-unit property was so much easier than a fourplex! Listen in for Drew’s insight around raising money BEFORE you have a deal under contract, getting brokers to take you seriously as a newbie, and joint venturing with partners who share your vision for the future.
How financial freedom changed Drew’s life
The capacity to live a meaningful life AND work full-time
What inspired Drew to build an identity beyond his W-2
Drew’s real estate experience prior to quitting his job
What drew Drew to multifamily investing
Drew’s first multifamily real estate deals
Drew’s experience of raising money for the first time
How to raise money WITHOUT a deal under contract
How to get brokers and investors to take you seriously
How long it takes Drew’s students to get competent
The power of joint venturing in multifamily
Drew’s advice for aspiring multifamily syndicators
Connect with Drew Whitson
Mon, 7 October 2019
Real estate investors come in many different shapes and sizes. Some young, some older. Some with financial resources, others without. But the one thing they ALL have in common is hustle. They balance learning with DOING, taking action to achieve their dreams of financial freedom through multifamily.
David Kamara was working a demanding job in management consulting, traveling as much as 48 weeks a year. In an effort to spend more time with his family, David enlisted the help of a mentor to fast-track his real estate career and closed on his first 40-unit multifamily deal in October of 2018. Within a year, David had replaced his income, and today, he has a portfolio of 247 units. He runs his own management consulting business as well as Cape Sierra Capital, an apartment building investing firm that focuses on undervalued multifamily properties in the Midwest and Southeast US.
On this episode, David joins me to explain how his daughters inspired him to make time for multifamily and what he did to get started. He walks us through his first 40-unit deal, discussing how having a mentor helped get brokers to take him seriously. David also shares his experience with the Law of the First Deal, explaining how he had two more deals under contract within two months of closing! Listen in for David’s advice to aspiring multifamily investors and learn his action-oriented approach to achieving financial freedom—with or without financial resources of your own!
David’s initial real estate goals
What made David’s plan change
What inspired David’s shift to multifamily
What David did to get started
What David liked about his first 40-unit deal
How David got brokers to take him seriously
David’s experience with the Law of the First Deal
David’s first multifamily syndication deal
How David found time to do real estate with a full-time job
David’s advice for aspiring multifamily investors
What David would have done without financial resources
Connect with David Kamara
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Mon, 30 September 2019
What kind of returns can a passive multifamily real estate investor expect? What if you could double your money in just five or six years? And pay little or nothing in the way of taxes?
Jan Larson spent 25 years in the high-stress world of semiconductor development, most recently working for Amazon. He had always been interested in real estate investing but did not want to deal with 3AM phone calls about clogged toilets. Five years ago, a colleague introduced him to a passive investing opportunity, and Jan was hooked. Today, he has invested in 28 multifamily deals involving 34 properties, and in January, Jan had enough passive income to quit his job.
On this episode, Jan joins me to discuss how his life has changed since he quit his job through passive investing in multifamily. He explains how living through the stock market meltdowns in 2000 and 2008 inspired him to diversify with apartment buildings, describing what he loves most about multifamily and sharing the returns passive investors can expect. Listen in for Jan’s advice on how to get started with passive investing and learn how he evaluates deals based on the sponsor and the submarket!
How Jan’s life has changed since he quit his job
How Jan got started with passive investing
Why Jan chose real estate over the stock market
What Jan loves about passive investing in multifamily
What allowed Jan to invest in 28 deals in 5 years
How refinancing a property benefits passive investors
The returns a passive investor can reasonably expect
Jan’s insight around the tax benefits of multifamily
What Jan looks for in a multifamily deal
Jan’s advice for aspiring passive investors
Jan’s top takeaway for potential passive investors
Connect with Jan
Mon, 23 September 2019
As multifamily investors, we’re all looking to build wealth and achieve financial freedom. The scary part is, we don’t have control over how much our money is worth. And as our government continues to print money with wild abandon and accumulate massive debt, the value of the US dollar declines. Yes, we’re smart to invest in physical assets like real estate to hedge against this kind of currency devaluation. But is there something else we could be putting our money in as an insurance policy of sorts? Something that increases in value as paper assets decline?
Dana Samuelson is the President of American Gold Exchange, a leading precious metals and rare coin company. A professional numismatist since 1980, Dana has been involved in a billion dollars’ worth of precious metals transactions. Brien Lundin serves as host of the New Orleans Investment Conference and Executive Editor of the Gold Newsletter, the oldest precious metals advisory in the world. With 40 years of experience, Brien is an expert in precious metals and mining share markets as well as the economic and geopolitical issues that impact them.
On this episode, Dana and Brien join me to explain why the average real estate investor should consider adding precious metals to their portfolio. They describe how gold serves as a counterbalance to paper assets and warn us about the accelerating devaluation of US currency. Dana and Brien also discuss the outlook for gold in the current economic climate, offering insight around the relationship between interest rates and the value of precious metals. Listen in to understand the process of buying gold and find out why it should be a part of your overall investment strategy!
Dana’s extensive background and experience
Brien’s extensive background and experience
Why real estate investors should care about gold
Brien’s insight around currency devaluation
The outlook for gold in the current economy
How interest rates impact the value of gold
The 3 ways to buy gold and other precious metals
When to invest in paper vs. physical gold
The process of buying and selling physical gold
Brien’s top takeaway around investing in gold
Dana’s top takeaway around investing in gold
Connect with Dana
Connect with Brien
Wed, 28 August 2019
Too many aspiring real estate investors never take action because they’re waiting for the right time, or they’re holding off until they know EVERYTHING about multifamily. Spoiler alert: That’s never going to happen! So, what if you simply got prepared for the next few steps and moved forward?
Mauricio Ramos is Managing Member at de Medici Group, a multifamily investment firm based in San Antonio. He specializes in acquiring underperforming assets that can be repositioned to improve the quality of life for tenants and build wealth for investors. Mauricio spent ten years as a Project Manager in the commercial construction industry before leaving to pursue real estate full-time in 2016. To date, he controls $2M in assets and has a portfolio of 234 units across Texas.
On this episode of the podcast, Mauricio joins me to discuss how his life is different now that he’s a full-time real estate investor. He describes how a desire to travel inspired him to pursue passive income and explains how he got his start in mobile homes and single-family wholesaling. Mauricio also shares the impetus behind his transition to multifamily, offering advice around raising money for syndications. Listen in for creative strategies to find off-market deals and get Mauricio’s insight on taking the first step—and THEN figuring out your next move!
How Mauricio’s life is different now
Mauricio’s background and experience
What inspired Mauricio to pursue passive income
Mauricio’s introduction to real estate
Mauricio’s first 10-unit multifamily deal
Why Mauricio transitioned to multifamily
Mauricio’s second and third multifamily deals
Mauricio’s transition to multifamily syndications
Mauricio’s advice to aspiring syndicators
What’s next for Mauricio
Mauricio’s insight on off-market opportunities
How to proceed without a clear plan
Connect with Mauricio
Wed, 28 August 2019
Real estate investors are cautious when it comes to implementing a short-term rental (STR) strategy because of the regulatory uncertainty in the space and the extra expense of hotel taxes. But what if we could enjoy the benefits of an Airbnb model WITHOUT the uncertainty or the extra expense? Al Williamson leverages an extended-stay strategy targeted at business travelers to 10X his net income on a small multifamily property.
Al is a full-time real estate investor and Managing Partner of Easy Corporate Housing, an extended-stay STR housing solution for business travelers in Sacramento, California. He also serves as a speaker, author and mentor for investors through Leading Landlord, a platform designed to help landlords increase their income and equity. Al has developed creative strategies for growing NOI as much as 10X above a conventional landlord operation, and he shares those tactics in his books, Building Wealth with Inner City Rentals and 40 Ways to Increase the Net Income of Your Rental Property.
Today, Al joins me to explain how he quit his job as a civil engineer with the cashflow from an 8-unit property in an inner-city neighborhood. He describes how he went about fixing the neighborhood and discusses what inspired him to experiment with a short-term rental strategy. Al also shares how to determine your target market and walks us through the six types of extended stay customers. Listen in for insight around the benefits of offering 30-day stays and learn how to identify an ideal property for the extended-stay STR model!
How Al quit his job with an 8-unit class D property
How Al got started investing in real estate
Why Al purchased the 8-unit class D property
How Al went about fixing the neighborhood
What inspired Al to try a short-term rental strategy
How Al implemented a short-term rental strategy
The best areas for an extended-stay, STR strategy
Al’s advice for determining your target market
The top 6 types of extended-stay customers
Why Al only needs a few units to be successful
The ideal property for an extended-stay STR
Connect with Al
Mon, 19 August 2019
Advancements in technology allow us to access and analyze an incredible amount of data. But what does this mean for multifamily investors? Can we make use of tech tools to find off-market deals, for example? What if we could automate the underwriting process? How might machine learning facilitate market analysis?
Raj Tekchandani is the Founder and Managing Principal at Smart Capital Management, a real estate investment firm that focuses on the acquisition and management of value-add multifamily properties. Raj brings his significant experience in tech startups to his work as a full-time investor, leveraging data analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence to identify strategic assets in emerging markets that provide high-yield returns.
Today, Raj joins me to explain how he got started in real estate, buying condos in Orlando to supplement his uncertain W-2 income. He discusses what inspired his transition to multifamily and shares his diverse experience as an active investor, passive investor, and capital raiser for syndication deals. Listen in for Raj’s assessment of the available tech tools for real estate and learn how he quit his job in startups to become a data-driven multifamily investor!
What inspired Raj’s interest in real estate
How Raj got started in real estate
Raj’s transition to multifamily
Raj’s first multifamily investment
How Raj got into passive investing in multifamily
Why Raj decided to quit his job and do real estate full-time
What Raj is working on now
The tech tools for real estate Raj is exploring
How Raj educates new real estate investors
What Raj looks for in a multifamily operator
Connect with Raj
Thu, 8 August 2019
Are you settling for good enough? It’s easy to get comfortable with the way life is going and let complacency set in. But if you really want to achieve greatness, you’ve got to get comfortable being uncomfortable. Whether it’s your personal development OR your multifamily portfolio, meaningful growth happens OUTSIDE your comfort zone.
Andrew Kuhn is the founder and CEO of Kuhn Real Estate, a multifamily investment firm and property management company based in the Greater Detroit Area. He spent the last 14 years in a highly compensated medical device sales role before quitting his job just one month ago to pursue investing full-time! Andrew has been involved in real estate since 2006, building a robust single-family portfolio of 76 rentals. He transitioned to multifamily two years ago and has already closed six deals totaling 281 units. Andrew also serves as a mentor with us through the Michael Blank Investor Incubator.
Today, Andrew joins me to discuss his decision to quit a lucrative W-2 job and explain how he’s becoming a servant leader now that he’s achieved financial freedom. He describes what lights him up about mentoring new investors and shares some of his most influential teachers in the personal development and real estate space. Listen in for Andrew’s methodology around learning something new and find out what’s inspiring him to scale his multifamily portfolio to 20K units!
Andrew’s path to full-time investing
Why Andrew struggled with the decision to quit his W-2 job
Andrew’s last day at his 9-to-5 job
How Andrew’s life has changed since he quit his W-2
What lights Andrew up about teaching others
Some of Andrew’s most influential mentors
How Rich Dad Poor Dad influenced Andrew
Andrew’s methodology for mastering something new
Andrew’s key takeaways from Deal Maker Live
What Andrew would do differently if he could go back
How Andrew is working to grow right now
Andrew’s top AHA moments
Connect with Andrew
Thu, 8 August 2019
Good deals are so hard to find right now! That’s become a common complaint among real estate investors in recent months, but I’m not convinced it’s true. In fact, if you’re willing to hustle and approach brokers with a service-first mindset, it’s fairly easy to find off-market multifamily deals.
Logan Freeman is a commercial real estate agent, investor, developer and capital raiser. He is also the founder of LiveFree Investments, a Kansas City firm specializing in joint ventures and equity partnerships that provides strong returns on capital from secure investments. Logan got his start in real estate doing a live-in flip back in 2013, and since then, he has completed 80-plus transactions and earns $13M for his investors annually.
Today, Logan joins me to explain why he was dreaming about real estate—even as he was being drafted for the NFL! He discusses the niche he has developed representing buyers and building his own portfolio, describing how he builds credibility with brokers by solving problems and adding value. Listen in for Logan’s What if? approach to real estate networking and learn how he is hustling to find off-market deals for his clients—and himself!
Logan’s path to real estate
Logan’s introduction to real estate
How Logan got started in real estate
What inspired Logan’s transition to multifamily
Logan’s status as the go-to guy when people need to sell
How Logan gets brokers to take him seriously
What Logan’s excited about moving forward
Connect with Logan
Mon, 29 July 2019
If you make good money, and you want to make it work for you, passive investing in multifamily syndications may be a perfect fit. But what are the benefits of apartment investing compared to the stock market? How do you choose an operator you can trust? What happens if there’s an economic downturn? Can you really achieve financial freedom with passive investing?
Ryan McKenna is the founder of McKenna Capital, a private equity firm that helps investors build long-term wealth through value-add multifamily, self-storage and manufactured home park investments. Ryan has invested in 30-plus real estate and business syndications worth more than $600M, and his current portfolio includes 7,800 units in markets across the country. Ryan’s role at McKenna Capital involves overseeing acquisitions, capital raising efforts, investor relations and asset management.
Today, Ryan joins me to explain why he chose the path of passive investing and discuss what drew him to multifamily over other investment options. He shares the generous tax benefits of multifamily syndications, offering a high-level overview of how to leverage the cost segregation analysis to accelerate depreciation. Listen in for Ryan’s insight on how to vet an operator and learn how to put your money in motion and achieve financial freedom as a passive investor!
How Ryan got started in real estate
Why Ryan chose passive over active investing
Why Ryan chose multifamily over other investment options
The beauty of the multifamily cash out refinance
A high-level overview of the cost segregation study
Ryan’s advice for aspiring passive investors
How Ryan vets a multifamily operator
Ryan’s insight on waiting until after a downturn
Ryan’s timeline to financial freedom for passive investors
How Ryan’s life has changed now that he’s financially free
Ryan’s transition from passive to active investing
Connect with Ryan
Fri, 26 July 2019
A jack of all trades is the master of none, right? We’ve been taught that it’s best to drill down on investment strategy and beware of shiny objects. But Adam the Brit has a slightly different philosophy. He believes that it’s important to establish multiple income streams across several different asset classes, taking advantage of opportunities to trade real estate and generate lump sums of cash quickly—that he can then use to expand his buy-and-hold portfolio and increase his flow of passive income.
Adam the Brit is a season real estate investor with experience in nearly every asset class, including single- and multifamily flips, value-add multifamily syndications, multifamily buy-and-holds, ground-up construction, and triple net lease retail deals. He has invested all over the world, from Asia to Europe to the US, and his current focus in on syndicating shopping centers and doing multifamily flips in low cap markets.
Today, Adam the Brit joins me to discuss why he got into (and out of!) multifamily buy-and-holds. He explains why he transitioned to retail and weighs in on the benefits of the triple net lease option. Adam the Brit also shares how he fared in the recession, describing how he came upon the buy in bulk, short-term hold and flip strategy he leveraged between 2009 and 2014. Listen in for insight around what differentiates the US real estate market and learn how Adam the Brit complements his primary investment strategy with a variety of opportunities!
How Adam the Brit got into real estate
When Adam the Brit got into multifamily
Why Adam the Brit chose to invest in multifamily
How the US market differs from others around the world
Why Adam the Brit got out of multifamily
The benefit of the triple net lease option
How Adam the Brit fared during the recession
What Adam the Brit would do differently
Adam the Brit’s primary strategy today
Adam the Brit’s multifamily flip strategy
Adam the Brit’s advice for aspiring real estate investors
Connect with Adam the Brit
Wed, 17 July 2019
Once you get a multifamily deal under contract, the clock starts ticking. You have limited time to raise capital, so it’s super-important that you’ve already built relationships with potential investors and have a database to call on. But how do you transition from simply talking to people about the opportunity to invest with you to building a formal pipeline of truly interested investors?
Kyle Mitchell is Managing Partner at Limitless Estates, a multifamily firm investing in the Phoenix and Tucson markets. He started investing in single-family in 2015, building a $1M portfolio of nine properties in Illinois, Ohio and Arkansas, before quitting his W-2 job to pursue multifamily in 2018. Within two months of going all-in on apartment buildings, Kyle landed a 42-unit deal, and he is currently negotiating a $15M 128-unit deal. Kyle is also the host of the Passive Income Through Multifamily Real Estate Investing Podcast.
Today, Kyle joins me to explain his decision to quit his 9-to-5 before he had a multifamily deal, discussing the benefits of going full-time and the way he got brokers to take him seriously. He shares the details of his first multifamily syndication, describing how he raised $1M in 60 days and why he had to switch lenders late in the process. Listen in for Kyle’s advice around finding a mentor and building your team—and get his blueprint for building an investor database for multifamily syndications!
Why Kyle quit his job before he had a multifamily deal
How Kyle and his wife’s goals were in alignment
Kyle’s insight on the benefits of going full-time
How Kyle got brokers to take him seriously
Kyle’s first multifamily deal
When Kyle started raising money
How Kyle built his investor database
How Kyle overcame objections re: lack of track record
Kyle’s insight on the Law of the First Deal
Kyle’s advice for aspiring multifamily investors
Kyle’s blueprint for following in his footsteps
Connect with Kyle
Mon, 15 July 2019
If you’ve got money to invest, you’ve got a lot of options. So, what are the pros and cons of the stock market? Single family homes? Multifamily syndications? What’s the difference between active and passive investing? And how will the predicted market correction impact each of these opportunities?
Bronson Hill is the Director of Investor Relations at Nighthawk Equity, the investing arm of the Michael Blank organization. Bronson started investing in real estate 13 years ago, building a strong single-family portfolio before he transitioned to multifamily. Now, Bronson is the General Partner for 225 units, and he is passionate about sharing the benefits of passive investing in multifamily syndications.
Today, we switch things up and Bronson interviews me about the options available to passive investors. I weigh in on the downside of investing in the stock market, explaining why the actual return is much lower than what your financial advisor tells you! We also cover the advantages of investing in multifamily syndications, including the below-average risk and extraordinary tax benefits. Listen in for insight around the potential market correction everyone is talking about and learn what we do at Nighthawk Equity to protect our investors from the possibility of a downturn.
The disadvantages of investing in the stock market
The downside of investing in single-family homes
The advantages of multifamily syndications
Active vs. passive investing in multifamily
The market outlook for multifamily
How to protect yourself from a market correction
Connect with Bronson
Tue, 9 July 2019
Adding value to a multifamily property is what allows us to raise rents and earn a solid ROI. But how do we choose a contractor? As owners, how active should we be in managing the construction itself? What is the property manager’s role in a construction project? How do we know what amenities work in a particular market—and what they’re worth to renters?
Ira Singer is the Principal at Mosaic Construction, a design-build industry leader based in Northbrook, Illinois. Mosaic provides best-in-class renovation, remodeling and building services for multifamily, residential and commercial property owners and managers. Marc Rutzen is the CEO of Enodo, a machine learning platform that analyzes multifamily investments and calculates the ROI on value-add amenities.
Today, Ira and Marc join me to discuss the ins and outs of doing a value-add multifamily deal. Ira explains how the owner, property manager and contractor work together on a large-scale construction project, sharing the integral role communication plays in the process. Marc describes how amenity pricing varies by market and weighs in on the trend to offer services like pet daycare and credit card payments. Listen in for insight around making value-add choices that will allow you to increase rents, decrease operating costs, and boost your ROI overall!
The role a construction company plays in acquiring property
The owner’s role in overseeing a construction project
The property manager’s role in a construction project
How to approach large-scale value-add projects
Ira’s advice on hiring and managing a contractor
What construction gone wrong looks like
Ira’s insight around how to increase ROI
Ira’s tips for reducing expenses on a property
How amenity pricing varies by market
The trend toward offering services
Connect with Ira
Connect with Marc
Tue, 2 July 2019
A lot of aspiring investors hesitate to leave the security of a high-paying job to pursue real estate. And very few are brave enough to quit their 9-to-5 and go all-in on multifamily investing without a few deals to their credit and the cashflow to cover their living expenses. Burning the boats is not for everyone, but Jerome Myers had a financial runway, and he’d had it with corporate America. So, he walked away from a six-figure engineering position to make his dreams real.
Jerome is the Managing Director of The Myers Development Group, a real estate investment firm on a mission to build a portfolio of 1,000 units and free 100 people from work they aren’t passionate about. Jerome quit his corporate job to pursue real estate in 2017, and since then, he has joint ventured on several multifamily deals and is in the process of syndicating a 112-unit development deal in Greensboro, North Carolina, known as Technology Row. He is also the Chief Inspiration Officer for Dreamcatchers, a podcast featuring ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
Today, Jerome joins me to explain what motivated him to quit his corporate job and go all-in on multifamily—before he’d done a single deal! He shares his struggle to land that first property with no track record and offers insight into his experience with the phenomenon I call The Law of the First Deal. Jerome also describes the differences between joint venturing and syndicating, discussing why he prefers partnering but understands the need to engage LPs as you scale. Listen in for Jerome’s advice around leveraging a coach to fast-track your success and get inspired by his ‘dreams should be real’ philosophy for pursuing what you love.
Why Jerome quit his job before he had a deal
Jerome’s struggle to land his first multifamily deal
How Jerome finally landed his first apartment deal
Jerome’s experience with The Law of the First Deal
Jerome’s second multifamily deal
Jerome’s advice around partnering
The difference between partnering and syndicating
Jerome’s ‘dreams should be real’ philosophy
Jerome’s advice for aspiring multifamily investors
Jerome’s insight on ‘burning the boats’
Connect with Jerome
Fri, 28 June 2019
Don’t think you have the time to start investing in multifamily? Anna Kelley is a wife and mother of 4 who worked a demanding full-time job AND built a real estate portfolio on the side, working 82 hours a week for nearly 5 years. She argues that sacrificing your time for a couple of years to buy yourself decades of financial freedom is well worth it. But you’ve got to be willing to take consistent action—even when it’s hard.
Anna is a seasoned real estate investor with a rental portfolio valued at $12.5M. She is also an Amazon bestselling author and sought-after speaker in the realm of buy-and-hold investing, creative financing, vacation rentals, women in real estate, and multifamily investing. Anna has coached several new investors through their first deal, and she is dedicated to educating others on the benefits of multifamily real estate investing.
Today, Anna joins me to discuss how she executed on a 5-year plan to quit her job with real estate investing. She shares her new emphasis on work-life balance, explaining how she is still working hard but making time to focus on her health and family. Anna also offers insight on why she struggled with the decision to quit her job and how that uncertainty inspired her to joint venture and scale up. Listen in for Anna’s advice around finding partners with complementary skills and learn how to MAKE the time to achieve financial freedom!
How Anna’s life has changed since quitting her job
Anna’s new emphasis on work-life balance
Why Anna questioned the decision to quit her job
How Anna got started investing in real estate
Anna’s five-year plan to replace her income
Anna’s decision to scale up to larger multifamily properties
Anna’s investing advice for her younger self
Anna’s strategic approach to syndicating deals
Anna’s advice around joint venturing
Anna’s insight for aspiring multifamily investors
Anna’s response to the lack of time argument
How Anna got through the difficult times
Connect with Anna
Thu, 20 June 2019
The beautiful thing about achieving financial freedom is that it gives you the means to give back. Of all the investors I know, the majority who quit their jobs with multifamily go on to pursue a greater purpose, using real estate as a vehicle to make other’s lives better.
Reed Goossens is a real estate entrepreneur and Managing Partner of Wildhorn Capital. He moved to the New York from his native Australia in 2012, and since then, Reed has grown a portfolio of 1,100 multifamily units. He has been involved with $500M-worth of large-scale commercial construction and development projects in Australia, the UK and the US. Reed is also the host of the Investing in the US podcast and author of Investing in the US: The Ultimate Guide to US Real Estate.
Today, Reed joins me to discuss how his life is different now that he’s financially free and why he’s using the platform he created through real estate to raise cancer awareness. He also weighs in on the difference between productivity and activity, offering insight around the best use of your time as a syndicator and the value in firing yourself from repetitive or administrative tasks. Listen in to understand how Reed’s definition of success has changed to focus on his evolution as an entrepreneur and learn the #1 factor that helped him build a substantial multifamily portfolio!
Reed’s mom’s inspiring advice
Reed’s journey to financial freedom
Reed’s insight on productivity vs. activity
The best use of your time as a syndicator
Reed’s first hires as a multifamily investor
The activities that Reed categorizes as ‘black time’
How Reed’s definition of success has changed over the years
Reed’s mission now that he’s achieved financial freedom
The #1 factor in building Reed’s 1,100-unit portfolio
Reed’s advice for building a successful brand
How Reed is building a multifamily business ecosystem
Connect with Reed
Fri, 31 May 2019
The 1031 Exchange is the best-known way to defer capital gains on the sale of a property. The problem for syndicators is getting ALL of your limited partners on board—which is next to impossible. So, what do you do if several LPs want to cash out but the rest are looking for an option to defer? The Deferred Sales Trust may just be the perfect solution.
Brett Swarts is the CEO of Capital Gains Tax Solutions, a firm dedicated to helping clients leverage the Deferred Sales Trust as a tool to overcome capital gains tax deferral limitations. He is also an experienced commercial real estate broker and investor, boasting $85M in closed transactions and a portfolio of multifamily, senior housing, retail, medical office and mixed-use properties. With more than 12 years of experience in the brokerage industry, Brett is committed to helping people create and preserve wealth and educating HNWI around capital gains tax deferral via the Deferred Sales Trust.
Today, Brett joins me to discuss the options we have for deferring taxes on the sale of a property, the 1031 Exchange and the Deferred Sales Trust. He shares the problems associated with the 1031, including the 180-day deadline, the pressure to buy a new property, and the challenge of getting all the investors in a syndication to agree. Brett goes on to explain the fundamentals of the Deferred Sales Trust as an alternative, describing how the process works and its benefits in terms of timelines and customizability. Listen in to understand the costs associated with the DST versus the 1031 Exchange and learn how to choose between the two—and avoid paying capital gains taxes!
Brett’s path to founding Capital Gains Tax Solutions
The mechanics of the 1031 Exchange
The penalty for not meeting 1031 deadlines
The downside of the 1031 Exchange
The fundamentals of the Deferred Sales Trust
How you use the funds in a Deferred Sales Trust
The advantages of utilizing a Deferred Sales Trust
What to do if your investors are divided re: a 1031 Exchange
When to choose a 1031 Exchange vs. the DST
The costs associated with the 1031 and the DST
Connect with Brett
Fri, 31 May 2019
We all want to be the best version of ourselves for the people we love and lead. But most of us don’t think we can BE happy or fulfilled until we HAVE the things we want. What if we’ve got it backwards? What if we start with daily dedication to BEING a Level 10 person? What if self-development is the prerequisite for DOING what it takes to achieve our big dreams and HAVING the success we’ve always wanted?
Hal Elrod is the world-renowned author of The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM), one of the highest-rated bestsellers in the world. The book has been translated into 27 languages, and Hal’s method is practiced daily by 500,000-plus people in more than 70 countries. He is also one of the top keynote speakers in the US and the creator of one of the most engaged online communities on the web. In April, Hal released his new book, The Miracle Equation: The Two Decisions That Move Your Biggest Goals from Possible, to Probable, to Inevitable.
Today, Hal joins me to share his 2 near-death experiences and explain how he learned to accept the circumstances—and then commit to doing whatever it took to get the results he wanted. He walks us through the 6 elements of the Miracle Morning, discussing how the daily practice lays the foundation for becoming a Level 10 person. Hal also offers insight around the true purpose of setting goals and reveals how unwavering faith and extraordinary effort are key in reaching our big dreams. Listen in to understand Hal’s 4-step process for creating affirmations and learn how to apply the BE-DO-HAVE model to achieving financial freedom!
Hal’s first near-death experience
Hal’s response to the prediction he would never walk again
The 5-Minute Rule
Hal’s mission to elevate the consciousness of humanity
The 6 elements of the Miracle Morning
Why Hal wrote The Miracle Equation
Hal’s insight around the real purpose of setting goals
Hal’s mantra for developing unwavering faith
How Hal defines extraordinary effort
The 4 steps to creating effective affirmations
Connect with Hal
Wed, 29 May 2019
‘Don’t be afraid. This is totally doable.’
Of all the people who are exposed to real estate on a regular basis, very few take action to become investors themselves. If awareness is not the problem, then what is? Why do so few real estate agents, for example, seek out opportunities to work with investors or partner to buy properties of their own? Why do so many of us attend REIA meetings month after month—without taking the next step?
Known as The Godfather of Real Estate, Bob Helms has been investing since 1957. He became a practicing broker in 1980 and spent 18 years working as a father-son team with his son, Robert, of Real Estate Guys fame. In his long and storied career, Bob has owned, managed, bought and sold hundreds of properties. He has been a top-producing agent, respected managing broker, and mentor to hundreds of leading agents and investors. Bob is a regular contributor to Real Estate Guys Radio and a featured speaker at the annual Summit at Sea. He is also the author of Be in the Top 1%: A Real Estate Agent’s Guide to Getting Rich in the Investment Property Niche.
Today, Bob joins me to discuss why agents don’t invest in real estate themselves, explaining how the lack of role models for realtors inspired him to write Be in the Top 1%. He describes how he became an accidental real estate investor and shares the story of Bob’s Big Boo-Boo, a 50-unit deal that he failed to optimize. Listen in for Bob’s insight around becoming an investment property specialist and learn how you can easily become an investor yourself—with the right education and a little self-belief!
How Bob became The Godfather of Real Estate
Why agents don’t invest in real estate themselves
How Bob got into real estate investing
What it was like to work with Robert as a father-son team
What inspired Bob to write Be in the Top 1%
The key to becoming an investment property specialist
Bob’s top takeaways from Be in the Top 1%
How agents can best serve real estate investors
Connect with Bob
Wed, 15 May 2019
Most of us don’t see ourselves as salespeople. We believe you have to be an attack dog to do well in sales, and that’s just not us. But according to Blair Singer, we can make a lot of money just being ourselves. In fact, there are several different kinds of Sales Dogs, and we can all learn to sell—and do it well—by managing that little voice in our heads and playing to our strengths. And frankly, sales is a fundamental part of any business, including real estate investing.
Blair is the Rich Dad Sales Advisor and Chief Leadership Engineer at Blair Singer Companies. An expert in sales and leadership mastery, Blair has helped tens of thousands of people significantly increase their sales and income in just six weeks. He is a sought-after keynote speaker, presenting to corporate and public audiences in 35 countries on the topics of personal and professional development. Blair is also the bestselling author of Sales Dogs: You Don’t Have to Be an Attack Dog to Be Successful in Sales and Little Voice Mastery: How to Win the War Between Your Ears in 30 Seconds or Less and Have an Extraordinary Life!
Today, Blair joins me to explain why sales is necessary in any business and discuss the value of cultivating sales skills as a real estate investor. He shares the five types of Sales Dogs, describing how we can overcome the fear of rejection and make money just being ourselves. Blair also offers insight on managing the little voice in your head, learning to be authentic, and playing to your strengths—rather than trying to overcome your weaknesses. Listen in to understand how to win the ‘war between your ears’ and learn why the most important sale is YOU selling YOU to YOU!
Why Robert Kiyosaki needs a sales advisor
Blair’s 5 types of Sales Dogs
Why real estate investors need sales skills
How to overcome the fear of rejection
Blair’s insight around personal development
Why it’s crucial to manage your little voice
Why people have a hard time being authentic
Blair’s advice on playing to your strengths
Blair’s take on the path to success
Blair’s steps to cultivating confidence
Connect with Blair
Wed, 15 May 2019
Close your eyes and imagine for a moment how it would feel to quit your W-2 job. Imagine having the freedom to control your own time—and financial destiny. Imagine having the passive income to cover your expenses and provide for your family long-term, without being stuck in those golden handcuffs. If you’re dreaming of handing in a letter of resignation, then multifamily real estate investing may offer the ideal solution.
Danny Randazzo is an author, entrepreneur and full-time real estate investor. He has a background as a financial consultant, advising multibillion-dollar companies in improving revenue performance, but Danny’s ambition to achieve financial freedom led him to move from the Bay Area to Charleston, South Carolina, and build an impressive real estate portfolio with his wife, Caitlin. Now, Danny and his team control $130M in multifamily properties across the country, and he is focused on helping others invest passively in apartment buildings.
Today, Danny joins me to discuss his transition from W-2 employee to full-time real estate investor. He reflects on his decision to move to a market ripe for growth and the impetus behind his pivot to focus fully on multifamily. Danny also offers advice around raising money for syndications, ensuring alignment of interests with potential partners, and leveraging joint ventures to scale your business. Listen in for insight on making the decision to quit your job and pursue real estate full-time and learn why multifamily is the most direct route to financial freedom!
How Danny feels about quitting his job
Danny’s transition from employee to full-time investor
How Danny got into real estate
Danny’s pivot to focus on apartment buildings
Danny’s guidance around raising money for deals
The benefits of passive investing in multifamily
The role of joint ventures in scaling your business
Danny’s top real estate lessons learned
Danny’s advice for aspiring investors on quitting your job
What Danny is excited about moving forward
Connect with Danny
Mon, 13 May 2019
There are a number of different ways to get your multifamily investing career off the ground. You might choose to buy a small property with your own money or learn the business as a passive investor in a syndication. You could take on the role of syndicator and partner with an experienced team or get in the game as a capital raiser. So, what are the benefits to each of these strategies? Which approach provides the quickest route to financial freedom? And how can you leverage the power of joint ventures to invest in bigger deals early on?
Jens Nielsen is the principal at Open Doors Capital, a private equity firm out of Durango, Colorado, that helps people passively invest in real estate. In just three years, he has raised nearly $1M for multifamily deals and invested in 800-plus apartment units. Jens has a talent for assessing risk and assembling the right team to renovate and operate multifamily properties, and he has utilized a variety of strategies to build an impressive portfolio—while working a full-time job in IT.
Today, Jens joins me to explain how his lack of faith in the stock market led him to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and become a multifamily investor. He walks us through his journey and each of the strategies he utilized, from buying a fourplex on his own to a seller financing deal to raising capital for syndications. Listen in for Jens’ insight around the benefits of getting started through passive investing and learn his unique approach to raising money by way of a joint venture!
Jens’ path to multifamily investing
How to develop an entrepreneurial mindset
Jens’ first real estate deal
How everyone wins in a seller financing deal
Jens’ 38-unit joint venture deal
The roles and responsibilities of Jens’ team
How to shift into the role of raising money for deals
The advantages of investing in a multifamily syndication
Jens’ advice for aspiring real estate investors
How to prepare for the role of raising capital for multifamily
Connect with Jens
Fri, 3 May 2019
Three years ago, I met the legend Robert Kiyosaki on The Real Estate Guys Summit at Sea. Of course, I knew him from his bestselling books about investing and personal finance, so I was taken aback by the spiritual language he used in his presentation. When I asked him about it, Robert said, “Of course. I’m a Marine.” Why does Robert credit the military for his spiritual discipline? And how has spirituality become a priority in his life and work?
Robert Kiyosaki is an entrepreneur, investor, educator and bestselling author of the #1 finance book of all time, Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not. His perspectives around money and investing run contrary to conventional wisdom, earning Robert a reputation for straight talk as a passionate advocate for financial education. A prolific writer, Robert’s latest release is called FAKE: Fake Money, Fake Teachers, Fake Assets: How Lies Are Making the Poor and Middle Class Poorer.
Today, Robert joins me to explain how he learned spiritual discipline in the Marine Corps and contrast that with the business world where the only mission seems to be money. He discusses the importance of spirituality in his life and work, describing his calling to teach financial literacy where the corrupt education system has failed. Listen in for insight around the themes in Robert’s new book and learn to identify fake assets, fake educators and fake currency!
How Robert learned spiritual discipline in the US Marine Corps
Why spirituality is important to Robert
The themes included in Robert’s new book Fake
Connect with Robert
Tue, 30 April 2019
The real world is not HGTV. If you are a high-earner looking to get into the real estate game, it is important to understand just how much work is involved in being an active investor. There is a lot of competition in the space, and good deals are hard to find. Add to that the complexities of managing a rental portfolio, for example, and the headache may seem like more than it’s worth. But why work harder than necessary to make less than you could? You can take advantage of all the benefits of commercial real estate investing as a passive investor, letting an expert handle the minutiae while you reap the rewards.
Paul Moore is the Founder and Managing Director at Wellings Capital, a commercial real estate investment firm that focuses on self-storage, mobile home parks, and multifamily property. Paul has 18 years of experience in real estate: He has flipped 50-plus homes and 25 high-end waterfront lots, appeared on HGTB’s House Hunters, rehabbed and managed rental properties, built new homes, and developed a subdivision. Paul is also the author of The Perfect Investment: Create Enduring Wealth from the Historic Shift to Multifamily Housing and cohost of the wealth-building podcast How to Lose Money.
Today, Paul joins me to discuss the advantages of commercial real estate over stocks, bonds and mutual funds. He shares the challenges of being an active investor, explaining why high-earning professionals might be happier as passive investors in commercial assets like apartment buildings, self-storage facilities, or mobile home parks. Paul also offers insight around the commercial value formula, describing how operators can force appreciation with simple strategies to increase a property’s income or compress its cap rate. Listen in to understand the extraordinary tax advantages of multifamily real estate and learn what makes commercial investing an attractive option for high-net-worth individuals looking for a consistent return and minimal risk profile.
The pros and cons of stocks, bonds + mutual funds
The pros and cons of commercial real estate
The challenges of being an active investor
The commercial value formula
Simple things operators can do to increase income
Simple things operators can do to compress the cap rate
The tax advantages of commercial real estate investing
Wellings Capital’s strategy moving forward
Connect with Paul
Tue, 23 April 2019
Are you using your IRA to invest in a multifamily syndication? Then brace yourself for an unexpected tax bill when the asset sells. If, on the other hand, you’d prefer not to owe the IRS for Unrelated Business Income Tax (or UBIT), it’s time to consider a Qualified Retirement Plan (or QRP) that gives you more control over your money and makes it much easier to invest in real estate!
Damion Lupo is a real estate investor, serial entrepreneur, and high-profile financial consultant. He founded Total Control Financial in 2010 to help people achieve financial freedom. He is committed disrupting Wall Street and empowering Main Street with the tools and teachings of financial transformation. In the last 25 years, Damion has launched and owned 40-plus companies, including a venture capital firm, an insurance agency, and more than a dozen real estate investment and development operations. He is also the author of QRP Book: How to Get Checkbook Control of Your 401(k) & IRA Money Now.
Today, Damion joins me to explain why the current retirement system is broken and discuss the problem with using your IRA to invest in multifamily real estate. He walks us through the fundamentals of UBIT, describing how you can be blindsided by a BIG tax bill when an asset sells. Damion also offers insight around the alternative to the IRA that is exempt from UBIT, the QRP. Listen in to understand the multiple benefits of the QRP as a retirement vehicle—and learn how to regain control of your retirement savings AND maximize your profits as a multifamily investor.
Why the retirement system is broken
The shortcomings of the 401(k)
The problems with the IRA
The fundamentals of UBIT
How to avoid UBIT
The benefits of the QRP
Short- vs. long-term real estate investments
When it’s worth it to get a QRP
Connect with Damion
QRP Book: How to Get Checkbook Control of Your 401(k) & IRA Money Now by Damion S. Lupo
Fri, 12 April 2019
So, you want to achieve financial freedom with real estate investing, but you’re a busy person with a demanding job and a lot of responsibility. You don’t have time to learn the ins and outs of putting together an advisory team, finding a good deal, or making decisions about the financing and management of a property. The fact is, you can STILL enjoy the benefits of real estate investing by becoming a passive investor in a multifamily syndication!
Doug Marshall is the founder and president of Marshall Commercial Funding, a firm dedicated to helping clients get the best possible financing for their rental properties. Doug has 36 years of experience as a mortgage broker, and he received his CCIM designation in 1999. His journey into passive investing began 10 years ago, and to date, he has invested in 11 properties—8 of which were apartment buildings. Doug is also the author of Mastering the Art of Commercial Real Estate Investing: How to Build Wealth & Grow Passive Income from Your Rental Properties.
Today, Doug joins me to discuss how he achieved financial freedom through passive investing in commercial real estate. He describes the difference between an active and passive investor, sharing his goals as a passive investor and the characteristics of an ideal candidate for passive investing. Doug also offers insight around his preference for multifamily over other asset classes and explains how to calculate the amount you need to invest for a particular cash-on-cash return. Listen in to understand the incredible tax benefits of real estate investing and get Doug’s take on the #1 thing passive investors should consider before handing their money over to a syndicator.
Doug’s path to financial freedom with passive investing
The difference between active and passive investing
Why Doug prefers multifamily over other asset classes
The advantages of multifamily real estate investing
Doug’s goals as a passive investor in multifamily
The ideal candidate for passive real estate investing
How to calculate the right amount to invest for retirement
The cash-on-cash return Doug looks for in a property
The most important considerations for passive investors
Connect with Doug
Tue, 2 April 2019
The vast majority of real estate investors were blindsided by the crash in 2008. And with many economists warning that we’re headed toward another downturn, it is prudent to take off our rose-colored glasses and move forward with an eye to the broader economic picture. It is crucial for multifamily investors to study the markets, identify trends and consider the economy’s impact on our investments—and the people who rent from us.
Robert Helms is the founder and host of Real Estate Guys Radio, a media platform dedicated to helping investors stay focused, motivated and informed. He has a wealth of experience teaching Landlord Boot Camp for newbie residential investors as well as college-level real estate courses. Robert also spent 18 years working in a real estate brokerage where he became a top producer and refined his skills in marketing, negotiating and relationship management. Now, Robert is a professional real estate investor and developer with a portfolio that spans eight states and five countries.
Today, Robert joins me to share a high-level overview of The Real Estate Guys’ recent Summit at Sea. He explains why it’s critical for investors to keep an eye on the economy and offers insight into what market trends we should be looking out for. Robert also discusses what he learned from the crash in 2008 and outlines his current concerns around sources of capital for multifamily investors. Listen in for a summary of the key takeaways from the Summit at Sea and find out how you can learn more from the expert faculty through The Future of Wealth and Money video series.
An overview of The Real Estate Guys’ Summit at Sea
Why it’s crucial for investors to keep an eye on the economy
Robert’s insight on the current economic climate
What Robert learned from the crash in 2008
The aspects of the economy investors should watch
Robert’s insight around interest rates
The Real Estate Guys’ mission
What you can learn from The Future of Money and Wealth
Robert’s top advice for real estate investors
Connect with Robert
Mon, 25 March 2019
Real estate investors have a tendency to look down on paper assets, arguing that the stock market is an ill-advised place to keep your money. We talk about the volatility of stocks and avoid paper assets like the plague, assuming that there is no way to mitigate the associated risk. But what if investing in the stock market is not so different after all? What if we could apply real estate investing strategies to stocks and generate additional cashflow? What if we could leverage paper assets to complement a multifamily portfolio and even hedge against a decline in the real estate market?
Andy Tanner is the founder of The Cash Flow Academy, a platform designed to empower and inspire investors and entrepreneurs to generate their own income. An expert in the realm of paper assets, Andy has served as a Rich Dad Advisor for the last 11 years, and he is passionate about teaching in a way that is fun, simple and real. He is also the author of two must-have books, Stock Market Cash Flow and 401(k)aos.
Today, Andy joins me to share the parallels between real estate investing and the stock market, explaining how to achieve cashflow in stocks via puts and calls. He discusses the best way to manage risk as an investor on the exchange and describes how the rich are able to ‘predict the future’ and make decisions that make money. Andy also offers his predictions for the short- and long-term future of the stock market and walks us through the benefits of investing in buy-and-hold real estate. Listen in for Andy’s insight on leveraging paper assets to hedge against a decline in the real estate market and learn to apply multifamily investing strategies to stocks and generate even more passive income!
Why real estate investors should appreciate paper assets
The parallels between the stock market and real estate
How to achieve cashflow through the stock market
The best way to manage risk in the stock market
How to hedge against a decline in the real estate market
How the rich go about predicting the future
Andy’s predictions around the future of the stock market
Why Andy recommends investing in real estate
The multiple profit centers available in real estate
Connect with Andy
Mon, 25 March 2019
Raising capital is crucial in making a real estate syndication happen. But how do you connect with high-net-worth individuals who are interested in multifamily? And then, how do you build trust with those prospective investors? One strategy is to create quality content and design a platform around those resources, attracting passive investors by giving them access to the information they need.
Annie Dickerson is the Cofounder and Managing Partner at Goodegg Investments, a firm dedicated to helping clients achieve financial freedom through passive investing in multifamily real estate. Goodegg has built a reputation for helping its investors gain access to great deals, connecting them with cashflowing real estate syndications. Annie’s strength lies in content creation, and the Goodegg platform features educational resources and a course for new investors, Passive Real Estate Investor Academy.
Today, Annie joins me to describe the freedom of being a full-time multifamily investor, explaining how she overcame her fears and gained the confidence to quit her 9-to-5. She discusses how she came to realize her strengths in raising capital and educating passive investors and offers insight into how she met her cofounder and established a partnership with Goodegg. Listen in to understand why Annie chose to focus on content creation and learn how developing educational resources has helped her connect with potential investors and accelerate her business!
Annie’s transition from full-time employee to full-time investor
How Annie overcame her fear to become an entrepreneur
How Annie’s life is different now that she’s investing full-time
What gave Annie the confidence to quit her job
How Annie found her strength in raising capital
How Annie came to start Goodegg Investments with a partner
Why Annie focused on building an educational platform
How Annie’s content has served to accelerate her business
What’s next for Annie and Goodegg Investments
Annie’s advice for aspiring multifamily investors
Connect with Annie
Mon, 18 March 2019
Too many of us get to the end of our lives and ask, “Why didn’t I follow my passion?” But what if you didn’t wait? What if you asked yourself the tough questions NOW? What if you put your energy and resources into the thing that really makes you come alive? What if you took a now-or-never approach to pursuing an intentional life?
Paul Nagaoka is Managing Partner at Syndicate, a commercial and multifamily real estate investing firm based in Kansas City. He draws on his background as a mortgage broker, realtor and investor to identify high-yield investment opportunities and manage risk through careful analysis and creative problem-solving. Prior to Syndicate, Paul ran his own solo real estate investing company, growing the team to 30 employees and subs with ownership in 350-plus units.
Today, Paul joins me to share his approach to living an intentional life. He discusses his hiatus from real estate, explaining how the passive income from investments allowed Paul to pursue an acting career and become a celebrity in Southeast Asia! He offers insight into why he needed a break from real estate and describes how he is running his business differently now. Paul also covers the value in developing an abundance mindset and finding opportunities that others miss. Listen in for Paul’s secrets to finding off-market properties—and get his advice on getting off the sidelines and engaging in an intentional life.
Paul’s hiatus from real estate
Why Paul needed a break from real estate
How Paul is running his business differently now
Paul’s insight around taking on partners
Paul’s take on living an intentional life
What inspires people to act on their passions
What Paul is excited about moving forward
Examples of where Paul sees opportunity
How Paul finds off-market deals
How to find off-market deals without a broker
Paul’s advice for aspiring multifamily investors
Connect with Paul
Mon, 25 February 2019
In a perfect world, honest real estate investors would never have to deal with frivolous lawsuits. But we live in the real world where being sued is a very real possibility. So, how do you protect yourself so that an angry tenant cannot get to your personal assets? What kinds of insurance do you need to protect your real estate assets from an ‘outside attack’? And where should you set up a holding company to take advantage of the strongest possible asset protection laws?
Garrett Sutton is a corporate attorney, asset protection expert and bestselling author with 30-plus years of experience supporting entrepreneurs and real estate investors. He serves as Rich Dad Advisor and asset protection attorney for Robert Kiyosaki and founder of Corporate Direct, a firm dedicated to supporting clients in protecting their assets, maintaining their privacy and advancing their financial goals. He has sold more than 850,000 books, including the invaluable Loopholes of Real Estate and Start Your Own Corporation.
Today, Garrett joins me to explain the ins and outs of asset protection. He discusses how the LLC protects your personal assets, why it’s important to set up an LLC from Day One, and how insurance serves as your first line of defense. Garrett offers insight around entity structure, speaking to the value of setting up a Wyoming holding company with charging order protection. Listen in to understand the concept of equity stripping to further protect your real estate assets—and learn to avoid personal liability by following the four corporate formalities!
Why it’s important to set up an LLC from Day One
How the LLC protects you as an individual
The role of insurance in providing asset protection
Why Garrett recommends an umbrella policy
How to set up the best possible entity structure
The value of a charging order protection
The 4 corporate formalities
The consequences of failing to follow corporate formalities
How Corporate Direct can retroactively fix compliance issues
The concept of equity stripping
How to notify your insurance company re: title transfer
Connect with Garrett
Call (800) 600-1760
Mon, 25 February 2019
MB 151: Uncovering Off-Market Multifamily Opportunities for Unlimited Deal Flow – With Cory Boatright & Sean Terry
In a climate where good deals are hard to find, off-market opportunities are key for multifamily investors. But how do you find property owners who might be willing to sell? And once you’ve tracked them down, how do you leverage marketing strategies to get their attention—and inspire them to pick up the phone and call YOU?
Cory Boatright and Sean Terry are experienced single-family wholesalers in the Oklahoma City and Phoenix markets, respectively. Together, the pair stumbled into a multifamily flip that proved challenging. And though they would never do it again, Cory and Sean earned a multiple six-figure profit on the deal. Now, they are pursuing multifamily buy-and-hold as a strategy through Investing Capital Group, a firm focused on finding off-market properties for its capital partners.
Today, Cory and Sean join me to explain how they got involved in a multifamily wholesale deal, discussing what they did right as well as the extreme adversity they faced in route to closing. They share their process for finding off-market deals, offering insight around the resources available for pulling lists of potential sellers and collecting their contact information. Listen in for advice on handling an influx of incoming calls and learn how Cory and Sean leverage unique marketing strategies to earn a 100% direct mail open rate!
Cory & Sean’s real estate resumes
How Cory & Sean stumbled into a multifamily deal
What Cory & Sean did right in their multifamily flip
Cory & Sean’s approach to finding a buyer
The challenges Cory & Sean faced in route to closing
Why the multifamily flip was successful despite the challenges
Cory & Sean’s process for finding off-market deals
How to handle the influx of incoming calls
Why you can spend more on direct mail for multifamily
Connect with Cory & Sean
Mon, 25 February 2019
Imagine having the financial security to do what you love, to pursue work that brings you joy—even if that work happens to be in an unpredictable industry. Mark Hentemann began his career in entertainment as a starving artist in New York City, often wondering how he would cover rent. Now, he leverages the cashflow from real estate investments to spend his days coming up with jokes in the writer’s room, without the stress of financial instability should his show get cancelled.
Mark Hentemann is a writer, voice actor and producer, working on shows like Family Guy, Bordertown and The Late Show with David Letterman. He is a two-time Primetime Emmy award-nominee for Outstanding Animated Program and Outstanding Comedy Series. In addition, Mark is an avid real estate investor, cofounding the multifamily investment company Quantum Capital, a firm focused on value-add assets in centrally located, growing neighborhoods of major metropolitan areas. To date, he has a portfolio of 185 units and earns $1M in passive income.
Today, Mark joins me to explain how a desire for financial security led him to invest in a duplex soon after his move to LA. He describes the moment when he finally understood the power of real estate and speaks to the advantages of house hacking as strategy to get started. Mark also shares his belief in economies of scale, discussing how he finds deals that make sense in Los Angeles. Listen in to understand why Mark is getting into syndication and learn how you can follow in his footsteps, leveraging multifamily real estate investment to pursue the work you love!
How Mark got involved in real estate
Mark’s first real estate deal
When Mark realized the power of real estate
The advantages of house hacking
Mark’s belief in economies of scale
How real estate impacts Mark’s quality of life
Mark’s perfect day
How Mark finds deals in the LA market
Mark’s experience with syndication
Mark’s advice to aspiring multifamily investors
Connect with Mark
Wed, 13 February 2019
“I want to see the world. I want to experience life because I almost lost mine.”
What if something happened and you could no longer work? How would you and your family survive? AJ Osborne found himself in that precarious position 18 months ago, but because he had sustainable passive income from real estate investing, he was able to focus on healing and continue to support his family as he recovered. Real estate saved his financial life.
AJ had been leading a busy life, running his state’s largest brokerage firm as well as a real estate company when he fell ill with a disease called Guillain-Barré. It left AJ completely paralyzed and comatose, and he spent several months on life support. Since then, he has had to relearn how to walk, use his arms and communicate. Fortunately, his 1M ft2 self-storage portfolio allowed AJ to focus on healing while his passive income continued to grow. The experience inspired him to create Cash Flow 2 Freedom, a platform where AJ teaches others how to generate cashflow and achieve financial freedom.
Today, AJ joins me to share the story of his battle with Guillon-Barré, explaining how the experience changed his priorities and how the passive income from his real estate portfolio sustained his family through the ordeal. He discusses what motivated him to pursue real estate investing in the first place and shares his approach to buying and managing self-storage facilities. Listen in for AJ’s insight on the difference between being rich and wealthy—and learn how to leverage real estate investing to achieve the kind of financial freedom that can save your life!
AJ’s devastating health crisis
How the experience changed AJ
What became most important to AJ
How AJ’s real estate portfolio facilitated his recovery
What might have happened without real estate
How AJ got into commercial real estate
AJ’s distinction between rich and wealthy
AJ’s approach to investing in self-storage
How AJ turned around a state-owned facility
How AJ manages his self-storage facilities
The differences among small, medium and large facilities
What inspired AJ to start Cash Flow 2 Freedom
AJ’s advice for aspiring real estate investors
Connect with AJ
Wed, 6 February 2019
As a multifamily syndicator, one of your most important responsibilities lies in building long-term trust with investors. And when you are dealing with a handful of high-net-worth individuals, it is fairly easy to keep track of who has committed to a deal, signed the appropriate documents and wired their money. As you scale your real estate business, however, it becomes increasingly challenging to communicate consistently and manage larger and larger numbers of investors. But it can be done by automating your workflow process.
Josiah Mann is the founder and CEO of Investor Deal Room, a modern, white-label investor management platform that supports real estate syndicators in raising capital and streamlining their back office through automation. Businesses using the Investor Deal Room software have raised over $40M in private capital and represent nearly $500M in assets under management.
Today, Josiah joins me to walk us through the process of onboarding multifamily investors. He explains how to build your database by way of content marketing and create a lead magnet that addresses investor pain points. Josiah describes the step-by-step process of tracking leads through closing and shares best practices for communicating with investors via quarterly reports and individual statements. Listen in to understand the value of automating investor relations as you scale your business and learn how Investor Deal Room can help you build long-term trust with investors!
Josiah’s insight on marketing to investors
How to design free resources for investors
The process of tracking investors through closing
The best practices for syndicators AFTER closing
How Investor Deal Room automates investor relations
How Investor Deal Room addresses joint venture partners
Connect with Josiah
Wed, 6 February 2019
MB 147: The Unique Perspective of a Financial Planner Turned Multifamily Investor – With Jason Harris
As a financial planner, Jason Harris helped clients prepare for retirement. At the same time, he was building a real estate portfolio to replace his W-2 income. And last Thursday, he retired from financial planning (in his early 30’s!) to pursue investing full-time. What did that journey look like? What strategies did Jason and his wife, Carrie, use to generate passive income with multifamily?
Jason and Carrie started investing in real estate in 2010. Nine years later, they have a portfolio of 75-plus units and the couple is building a consulting business known as Creative Gains. With his background in financial planning, Jason offers clients a unique perspective on diversifying their portfolio with real estate. Jason and Carrie also run a successful property management company.
Today, Jason joins me to discuss his last day of work as a financial planner and explain how his friends and family reacted to his decision to pursue real estate full-time. Jason walks us through his journey to financial independence, from the FHA loan he used to buy his first fourplex to the creative strategies he and his wife leveraged to build their portfolio. Listen in for Jason’s unique insight on making real estate investing a part of your retirement plan and get his advice around making the leap from a W-2 job to full-time investor!
Jason’s last day of work as a financial planner
What’s next for Jason
How Jason’s friends and family reacted to his transition
Jason’s journey to financial freedom
Why Jason and his wife chose not to expand their lifestyle
The fundamentals of FHA loans
The creative strategies Jason used to build his portfolio
Jason’s advice for transitioning from W-2 to full-time investor
How Jason might have accelerated his timeline
Jason’s insights for passive investors
Connect with Jason
Call (801) 362-0784
Wed, 30 January 2019
As multifamily syndicators, we are focused on finding quality deals and raising money. But securing the financing you need can make or break a real estate deal and reaching out to your lender early in the process will save you a great deal of time—and keep you on track to close as planned. So, what do you need to know about multifamily financing?
John Brickson serves as Director at Old Capital, a Dallas firm that specializes in arranging financing for commercial real estate investors across the country. John’s team focuses on $1M to $30M loans on multifamily properties, and in 2017, Old Capital closed more than $750M in loans. John’s market insight and established lender and equity relationships afford his clients a tailored, best-in-class financing solution.
Today, John joins me to offer insight on interest rates in 2019. He explains the difference between working with directly with a lender versus using an intermediary and describes why it’s safer to invest in properties that qualify for Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. John also shares advice around financing smaller deals and covers the pros and cons of taking out a bridge loan. Listen in to understand the most common mistakes investors make when it comes to financing multifamily deals and learn why you should get your lender involved early in the process!
John’s insight on interest rates
The difference between direct lenders and intermediaries
John’s take on the best properties for multifamily investors
John’s advice around financing smaller deals
The purpose of a bridge loan
The current terms for bridge loans
The risk associated with bridge loans
The best candidates for bridge loans
How lenders handle loan proceeds earmarked for rehab
The most common multifamily financing mistakes
Connect with John
Call (913) 638-8871
Wed, 23 January 2019
When you hunt, the prey runs away. But when you fish, you simply put a lure in the water and let the fish come to you. Tim Bratz likens raising private money to fishing: You provide value through education and intentional conversation—and then wait for the investors to come to you.
Tim is the owner of CLE Turnkey, a real estate investment firm focused on apartment buildings, vacation rentals and other commercial properties in Ohio, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Texas. His current portfolio consists of 2K units with a value of over $100M. Tim also offers coaching and mentoring through Commercial Empire.
Today, Tim joins me to explain how working as a commercial broker sparked his interest in investing and share the story of buying his first property—with a credit card! He discusses his transition from flipping, wholesaling and single-family rentals to multifamily buy-and-holds as well as his mindset shift around hiring a team. Listen in to understand the current opportunity around raising capital for multifamily and learn Tim’s approach to luring passive investors rather than chasing them.
How Tim got interested in real estate investing
How Tim bought his first duplex on a credit card
Tim’s transition to multifamily buy-and-hold
Why raising capital is the best use of your time
Tim’s mindset shift around building a team
The activities Tim outsourced first
Tim’s first six-figure hires
The current opportunity around raising money
Why multifamily is the safest investment
Tim’s approach to potential passive investors
What investors are looking for
Connect with Tim
Tue, 15 January 2019
So, you’re on the phone with a real estate broker or a potential investor. Chances are, they’re Googling you to see if you’re the real deal. If they don’t find a website, it’s unlikely they’ll take you seriously. And if they find a poorly designed site, that’s even worse! A quality website affords you instant credibility as a syndicator. But is there an easy way to build a good one without investing a lot of time or money in the process?
Todd Heitner is the founder of Apartment Investor Pro and Done Deal Websites. He supports real estate investors in building professional-quality websites. Todd’s service includes beautiful design, well-written content and quick setup, giving you the credibility and systems you need to connect with brokers and investors at a fraction of the cost.
Today, Todd joins me to explain how a professional website affords syndicators instant credibility. He walks us through the features of a quality website, from domain name to design to content to maintenance. Listen in for Todd’s insight on the value of automation in building relationships with investors and learn how Apartment Investor Pro can help you set up a website in just one day!
How a website provides credibility
The elements of a quality website
The value of website automation
The features of Apartment Investor Pro
Connect with Todd
Thu, 10 January 2019
Who are you? Is your identity tied up in money? Another person? What you do for a living? If so, you are treading on dangerous ground, as these externalities can go away at any time. So, how do you define your WHY and create a culture in alignment with your core values? How do you awaken to your true purpose and potential? How do you live a life of significance and build a legacy you can be proud of?
Keith Elias is a former NFL running back who played for the New York Giants and Indianapolis Colts from 1994 through 1999. He earned All-American honors playing college ball at Princeton, where he established school, conference, and national records. Today, he supports NFL players in making the transition to retirement, helping them awaken to their purpose and navigate life after football.
Keith joins me on the podcast today to share his experience as an NFL player and his realization that there was more to life than football. He discusses why people struggle with life transitions, describing the risk in tying your identity to external things and the significance of defining your WHY. Keith offers advice around defining your core values and then using them as a guide in the decision-making process. Listen in for Keith’s insight on building a legacy and learn how to live a life of significance—starting right now!
Keith’s experience as an NFL player
Keith’s realization around life beyond football
Why people struggle with life transitions
The importance of defining your WHY
Keith’s advice around defining your identity
Keith’s mission to awaken people to their truth
How to incorporate your values in everyday life
Keith’s insight on building a legacy
Connect with Keith
Thu, 27 December 2018
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!
Tip #1—Get clear on your goals
Tip #2—Make time
Tip #3—Take tiny action
The value of a strong support system
The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
Thu, 27 December 2018
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!
Drew’s definition of asset management
What to look for in the acquisition process
How to find a good property manager
What makes for a great property manager
The reasonable expectations for a property manager
The fundamentals of reporting
How to determine if a property manager is not the right fit
The key performance indicators to monitor
How to keep a property manager honest
Drew’s advice on replacing a property manager
The fundamentals of investor relations
How to communicate with investors when things go wrong
The value in uniformity of reporting as you scale
How syndicators should spend their time
The asset management tasks that VAs can do
Connect with Drew
Tue, 11 December 2018
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.
What sets Rebecca apart from other financial advisors
Why Rebecca considers the 401(k) a big mistake
The danger in deferring taxes until retirement
Rebecca’s top alternatives to the 401(k)
The greatest threats to building wealth
Rebecca’s best strategies to avoid market volatility
Why traditional financial advisors avoid real estate
The key takeaways from Wealth Unbroken
Connect with Rebecca
Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: A Financial Strategy to Reignite the American Dream by Patrick H. Donohoe
Wed, 5 December 2018
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.
How Michael got into real estate
Michael’s initial real estate plan
How Michael financed his first deals
Michael’s transition to multifamily
The details of Michael’s first multifamily deal
Michael’s mindset shift
Michael’s strategy during the crash
Why Michael waited to quit his job
Michael’s One Rental at a Time YouTube Channel
How Michael could have accelerated the process
How Michael is preparing for the market correction
Michael’s advice for aspiring multifamily investors
Connect with Michael
15 Year Journey to Financial Freedom Via One Rental at a Time by Michael Zuber
Tue, 27 November 2018
MB 138: Syndication vs. Creative Financing for Multifamily Capital – With Jake Stenziano & Gino Barbaro
While syndication is the most popular way to raise money to fund a multifamily deal, it is not the only option. A resourceful real estate investor can leverage a number of other creative possibilities. Jake Stenziano and Gino Barbaro have built an impressive portfolio without syndicating a single deal, but now they are adding the strategy to their repertoire. What drove them to add ‘investor relations’ to their skill set? In what situation might a different approach, like owner financing, be appropriate? What are the pros and cons of syndication?
Jake and Gino are the co-founders of Jake & Gino, LLC, an educational platform that leverages their expertise in multifamily real estate to help others attain financial freedom by way of apartment building investing. A few short years ago, Jake and Gino were a pizza guy and a drug rep; today, they own 900-plus multifamily units. They share their creative approach on the Wheelbarrow Profits Podcast, and they are the co-authors of the Amazon bestseller, Wheelbarrow Profits: How to Create Passive Income, Build Wealth, and Take Control of Your Destiny Through Multifamily Real Estate Investing.
Today, Jake and Gino join me to explain how they were able to build a portfolio without syndication, discussing the benefits of using community bankers and partnering with high-net-worth individuals. They share the case study of a 281-unit owner-financing deal and describe how good broker relationships can reveal creative financing opportunities. Jake and Gino also address the differences between community bank and agency debt and the value in understanding the story behind every deal. Listen in for insight around why Jake and Gino are adding syndication to their list of options and learn the advantages—and the drawbacks—of syndicating a multifamily deal!
The advantage of using community bankers
How to address the down payment
Jake & Gino’s owner-financed 281-unit deal
The right conditions for owner financing
Why Jake & Gino are syndicating now
The disadvantages of syndication
The difference between community bank and agency debt
What surprised Jake & Gino about syndication
How Jake & Gino raised money so quickly
What’s next for Jake & Gino
Connect with Jake & Gino
Wheelbarrow Profits: How to Create Passive Income, Build Wealth, and Take Control of Your Destiny Through Multifamily Real Estate Investing by Jake Stenziano and Gino Barbaro
Tue, 13 November 2018
“When you chase money, money runs. When you’re focused on mission, you attract money.”
To reach the highest levels of success in real estate, it’s important to have your mind—and heart—in the right place. If your WHY is about more than just you, if your mission has meaning, business will come to you. So, what’s driving you?
Kent Clothier is the founder and CEO of Real Estate Worldwide, a real estate software and education platform that offers aspiring investors a curriculum of proven systems and technology as well as national data on real estate cash buyers and private lenders. A serial entrepreneur and digital marketing expert, he also owns and operates the multimillion-dollar brands Real Market Experts, 1-800-SELL-NOW FREE, Find Cash Buyers NOW and Find Private Lenders NOW.
Today, Kent joins me to explain how his definition of success has shifted from a focus on money to a focus on impact. He offers insight on designing a meaningful mission and going all-in to reach your goals—without sacrificing your quality of life. Kent describes how he has created a life of balance, sharing the massive lessons learned from losing everything after 13 years of running his first business. Listen in for Kent’s advice on becoming a student of scale and learn the value of people, processes and technology in building a fulfilling real estate business that complements your personal life!
Kent’s background in real estate
How Kent’s definition of success has changed
What inspired Kent to focus on mission
Kent’s insight on the necessity of going all-in
Kent’s take on the difference between failure and success
How Kent connects with his WHY every day
How Kent creates a life of balance
Kent’s massive lesson around balance
Kent’s advice around scaling your business
Kent’s Big Hairy Audacious Goal
Connect with Kent
Sat, 13 October 2018
MB 136: From Splitting Firewood to Full-Time Multifamily Investor in Under 2 Years – With Michael Beeman
Once upon a time, Michael Beeman was struggling. He had a blended family of seven kids, and his corporate salary of $60K was not making ends meet. Michael started a side business splitting firewood, and he was bringing in an additional $15K—but he wanted to do more than just survive. Michael wanted his family to thrive. So, he started listening to multifamily podcasts and real estate audiobooks while he was cutting and delivering firewood.
By May of 2017, Michael had saved up $12K. His best friend and his mom contributed $20K each, and with $52K, he started looking for his first deal. Today, Michael has a 64-unit portfolio, and he is about to close on a 61-unit deal. The best part? Michael recently put in his two weeks’ notice so that he can pursue real estate investing full-time.
On this episode of Apartment Building Investing, Michael sits down with me to share the details of his current 61-unit deal, discussing the value of building broker relationships for introductions to pocket listings. He explains how he began his investing career just 18 months ago and his plans to quit his corporate job at the end of the year. Michael describes how enthusiasm for multifamily investing along with creativity and perseverance helped him find his first deal and overcome the challenges he’s faced along the way. Listen in for insight on building a real estate team with the right talents and attitude and learn how Michael’s ‘never quit’ philosophy took him from splitting firewood to get by to full-time real estate investor in under two years!
Michael’s current 61-unit deal
Michael’s real estate journey
How Michael found his first deal
Michael’s insight on the value of creativity
Michael’s setback in hiring the wrong contractor
How Michael built a talented team
How Michael overcame obstacles
Michael’s take on quitting his corporate job
Connect with Michael
Call (217) 508-8185
Sat, 13 October 2018
So, you want to scale your multifamily business. What are your options? One strategy involves leading your own real estate investing meetup. But how do you get a significant number of people to attend that first meeting? Are there hacks to help you become popular FAST? And how do you follow up with the group when the time comes to raise money for a new opportunity?
Adam Adams is a syndicator with BlueSpruce Holdings, a multifamily real estate investment firm focused on purchasing apartment buildings in emerging markets. He repositioned his first apartment community as a property manager in 2007 and went on to purchase his first multifamily property the same year. Adam has managed a number of single-family fix and flips, and today, he holds 100-plus multifamily rental doors. He is also the host of the Creative Real Estate Podcast and the organizer of Colorado’s most active real estate meetup group.
Today, Adam joins me to discuss the recession’s impact on his multifamily career and his return to real estate in 2015. Adam walks us through his transition from single family remote fix and flips to apartment buildings, offering advice to aspiring multifamily investors around aligning with an experienced operator and ‘wearing one hat.’ Listen in for insight on the benefits of leading your own real estate meetup group and learn how Adam has leveraged meetups to raise $4.4M and become a community leader in the space!
Adam’s background in real estate
The recession’s impact on Adam
Adam’s return to real estate investing
Why Adam transitioned to multifamily
Adam’s path to multifamily
The major surprises of syndication
Adam’s approach to building credibility
Adam’s advice for aspiring multifamily investors
Why Adam created a real estate meetup
How Adam has benefitted from the meetup
Adam’s hacks for creating a successful meetup
The format of Adam’s meetup
Adam’s follow-up mechanism for raising money
Adam’s insight on scaling your business
Connect with Adam
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Thu, 4 October 2018
Do you struggle to remember names at networking events? Do you rely on notes when introducing a speaker or giving a presentation? Do you invest in conferences—and promptly forget what you learned? It’s not that you have a ‘bad memory.’ You simply haven’t learned the simple techniques that would allow you to improve your recall, enhance your relationships, and ultimately grow your business!
Ron White is one of the top authorities on memory in the world. He won the USA Memory Championship in 2009 and 2010, and his YouTube Channel, Brain Athlete Ron White, is number 1 among memory experts. Ron speaks to audiences of all sizes all over the world, from Singapore to Ireland to Zimbabwe. He has appeared on Good Morning America, Martha Stewart Living Radio, and the Dr. Oz Show, among many other media outlets.
Today, Ron joins me to explain how he became the two-time National Memory Champion, memorizing a deck of cards and a 167-digit number in record time! He describes the Afghanistan Memory Wall event in which he honors the 2,300 service men and women who died in the war and offers insight around the benefits of a good memory in improving your business and your life. Listen in for Ron’s advice on improving your recall and learn his system of visualization to quickly memorize a list of words!
How Ron became the two-time National Memory Champion
Ron’s Afghanistan Memory Wall event
The benefits of a good memory
Ron’s advice around improving your memory
Ron’s system for memorization
Connect with Ron
Thu, 4 October 2018
When you know, you know.
Once Kyle Collins fell in love with multifamily as an asset class, he didn’t waste any time. In 9 months, he went from zero to 112 units and quit his job to pursue real estate investing full time.
Kyle is the Principal at Beechwood Holdings, a multifamily acquisition firm focused on stabilized, income-producing properties. Prior to founding Beechwood, he served as a sales rep for Martech Medical and the Director of Business Development for his family’s business, Five Rivers Conservation Group. Kyle earned a bachelor’s in finance from Georgia Southern and an MBA from Emory University.
Today, Kyle sits down with me to discuss his transition to full-time real estate investor, sharing the challenges he faced finding deals early on. He explains how to build a network of brokers and potential investors as well as what questions to ask to be taken seriously. Kyle also offers advice on leveraging an experienced property manager, raising capital and investing in your own deal. Listen in for insight around setting realistic expectations and learn how to divide your time among raising money, prospecting deals and running the operations of your portfolio!
Kyle’s background and education
Kyle’s transition to real estate
The challenges Kyle faced early on
Kyle’s advice around building a network
Kyle’s advice on being taken seriously
The questions to ask when you see a property
How Kyle leveraged his property management firm
Kyle’s guidance around raising capital
The importance of being excited about a deal
How to reconcile desire with prudence
Kyle’s first 112-unit deal
The value of a quality property manager
What’s next for Kyle
Kyle’s insight on the level of effort necessary
Kyle’s top tips for aspiring multifamily investors
Connect with Kyle
Tue, 2 October 2018
If you ask people at the end of their lives to reflect on their regrets, no one ever mentions money or work. Instead, their focus tends toward the relationships they neglected. So, when Ken McElroy realized he only had one shot at having a great rapport with his kids, he got serious about designing a life of balance that allows him to grow a successful real estate business AND be fully present with his family.
Ken has 20-plus years of experience in real estate investment analysis, property management, acquisitions and property development. Ken serves as an advisor to Robert Kiyosaki of The Rich Dad Company, and he is the author of the bestselling books The ABCs of Real Estate Investing, The ABCs of Property Management, and The Sleeping Giant. An advocate for entrepreneurs and real estate investors, Ken makes regular media appearances and speaks at top industry events all over the world. He is also the host of Entrepreneur magazine’s Real Estate Radio program.
Today, Ken joins me to share his insight around work-life balance, explaining why he takes time away to work ON the business and connect with his family. He describes how his definition of success has changed over time and how the decision to prioritize relationships translates to his business. Listen in to understand Ken’s take on limiting beliefs and learn how he approaches life with a commitment to being self-aware and fully present.
Why Ken spends 3 months in Idaho every summer
Ken’s insight on work-life balance
Ken’s transition from employment to entrepreneurship
Ken’s goals around financial freedom
How Ken’s definition of success has changed over time
Ken’s decision to focus on family and relationships
How Ken’s shift in priorities translates to his business
Why Ken sees BE as the most important aspect of Be-Do-Have
Ken’s take on limiting beliefs
How to work through limiting beliefs
What gets Ken out of bed in the morning
Ken’s view of spirituality
Connect with Ken
Awareness by Anthony DeMello
The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle