Financial Freedom with Real Estate Investing

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!

Key Takeaways

Brett’s path to founding Capital Gains Tax Solutions

  • Commercial broker for Marcus & Millichap
  • Understanding of 1031 Exchange (tax efficient, preserve wealth)

The mechanics of the 1031 Exchange

  • Send money from sale to QI company
  • New property must close within 180 days

The penalty for not meeting 1031 deadlines

  • QI company sends funds on Day 181
  • Hit with tax on money received

The downside of the 1031 Exchange

  • Pressure to buy, tendency to overpay
  • Lower cap + higher interest rates
  • Rapid rental appreciation
  • Traveling depreciation schedule

The fundamentals of the Deferred Sales Trust

  • Trust itself buys property and immediately sells
  • Investors pay NO tax on funds in deferred state

How you use the funds in a Deferred Sales Trust

  • Work with third-party trustee + financial advisor
  • Put money into portfolio of liquid investments
  • Up to 80% can be directed to syndication deals

The advantages of utilizing a Deferred Sales Trust

  • Diversity across several deals, product types
  • 10-year DST can be renewed (no fixed time frame)
  • Starts new depreciation schedule
  • 23-year track record, survived 14 IRS audits

What to do if your investors are divided re: a 1031 Exchange

  • Defer part of entity with DST (cash out other LPs)
  • Money in trust can be directed to next syndication

When to choose a 1031 Exchange vs. the DST

  • 1031 maintains stepped-up basis (heirs sell tax free)
  • DST better for ultra-HNWI to avoid 40% death tax

The costs associated with the 1031 and the DST

  • 1031 = one-time fee of $750 to $1K
  • DST = recurring fees for trustee + financial advisor

Connect with Brett

Capital Gains Tax Solutions

CGTS on YouTube

CGTS on Facebook

Brett on LinkedIn

Brett on BiggerPockets

Resources

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek

IRS Tax Code on Installment Sales

Damion Lupo on ABI EP158

Michael’s Mentoring Program

Deal Maker Live

Hal Elrod

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

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

Podcast Show Notes

Review the Podcast on iTunes

Michael’s Website

Michael on Facebook

Michael on Instagram

Apartment Investor Network Facebook Group

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Category:Commercial Real Estate -- posted at: 2:18pm EDT

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!

Key Takeaways

Hal’s first near-death experience

  • Hit head-on by drunk driver, broke 11 bones
  • Dead for 6 minutes and in coma for 6 days

Hal’s response to the prediction he would never walk again

  • Accept circumstances (emotional pain caused by resistance)
  • Chose to be happiest, most grateful person in wheelchair
  • Visualized walking every day + took first step 3 weeks later

The 5-Minute Rule

  • Set timer for 5 minutes to rant and rave
  • Say, ‘Can’t change it’
  • Focus all energy on what CAN change moving forward

Hal’s mission to elevate the consciousness of humanity

  • Dedicate time each day to becoming better version of selves
  • Must become Level 10 person to achieve Level 10 success

The 6 elements of the Miracle Morning

  1. Silence (meditation, prayer)
  2. Affirmations
  3. Visualization
  4. Exercise
  5. Reading
  6. Scribing

Why Hal wrote The Miracle Equation

  • Daily practice of Miracle Morning lays foundation
  • Miracle Equation = process for goal achievement

Hal’s insight around the real purpose of setting goals

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

Hal’s mantra for developing unwavering faith

  • Commit to giving everything you’ve got to reach goal
  • Regardless of results along way, no matter what

How Hal defines extraordinary effort

  • Hard work AND consistency
  • Doesn’t matter how long it takes

The 4 steps to creating effective affirmations

  1. WHAT you’re committed to
  2. WHY it’s deeply meaningful
  3. WHAT actions necessary to reach goal
  4. WHEN committed to taking actions

Connect with Hal

Hal’s Website

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

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

Resources

Jim Rohn

Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! by Robert T. Kiyosaki

The Miracle Morning Documentary

Hal on Rich Dad Radio

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Deal Maker Live

Michael’s Mentoring Program

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

Podcast Show Notes

Review the Podcast on iTunes

Michael’s Website

Michael on Facebook

Michael on Instagram

Apartment Investor Network Facebook Group

Apartment Investor Network Facebook Group

Direct download: ABI_165.mp3
Category:Commercial Real Estate -- posted at: 2:11pm EDT

‘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!

Key Takeaways

How Bob became The Godfather of Real Estate

  • Nicknamed by The Real Estate Guys
  • Practicing broker for 40 years

Why agents don’t invest in real estate themselves

  • Lack of successful role models
  • Commercial agents < 7% of total

How Bob got into real estate investing

  • Bought cabin in mountains as engineering student
  • Worked as agent specializing in serving investors

What it was like to work with Robert as a father-son team

  • Gave each other space to operate
  • Both made significant contributions

What inspired Bob to write Be in the Top 1%

  • Average agent makes $35K to $40K/year
  • ‘Separated from opportunity’

The key to becoming an investment property specialist

  • Understand language of investors, how they think
  • Offer opportunity superior to what already doing

Bob’s top takeaways from Be in the Top 1%

  • Investing easy to do with education
  • Find coach to guide through process

How agents can best serve real estate investors

  • Learn investment goals, help develop plan
  • Proactively look for properties than align

Connect with Bob

The Real Estate Godfather

Bob on The Real Estate Guys

Be in the Top 1%: A Real Estate Agent’s Guide to Getting Rich in the Investment Property Niche by Bob Helms

Resources

The Real Estate Guys

Summit at Sea

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

Equity Happens: Building Lifelong Wealth with Real Estate by Robert Helms and Russell Gray

New Orleans Investment Conference

Hal Elrod

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

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

Deal Maker Live

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

Podcast Show Notes

Review the Podcast on iTunes

Michael’s Website

Michael on Facebook

Michael on Instagram

Apartment Investor Network Facebook Group

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Category:Commercial Real Estate -- posted at: 1:12pm EDT

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!

Key Takeaways

Why Robert Kiyosaki needs a sales advisor

  • #1 skill in any business
  • Sales = income

Blair’s 5 types of Sales Dogs

  1. Pit bull—stereotypical salesperson
  2. Poodle—charming networker
  3. Chihuahua—detail-oriented
  4. Golden retriever—serve first
  5. Basset hound—instant rapport

Why real estate investors need sales skills

  • Craft pitch to specific investor
  • Sell trust in you

How to overcome the fear of rejection

  • Practice, perfect technique
  • Good coaching

Blair’s insight around personal development

  • ‘Win war between your ears’
  • Key to success in sales

Why it’s crucial to manage your little voice

  • Sabotage best efforts
  • Move aside to control life again

Why people have a hard time being authentic

  • Put on façade to make people like us
  • Addicted to approval

Blair’s advice on playing to your strengths

  • Find what good at, do more of that
  • Avoid comparison with others

Blair’s take on the path to success

  • Not as far as we think
  • ‘Distance from right to left ear’

Blair’s steps to cultivating confidence

  1. Develop awareness of little voice
  2. Study personal growth
  3. Leverage good coaching

Connect with Blair

Blair’s Website

Sales Dogs: You Don’t Have to Be an Attack Dog to Be Successful in Sales by Blair Singer

Little Voice Mastery: How to Win the War Between Your Ears in 30 Seconds or Less and Have an Extraordinary Life! by Blair Singer

Team Code of Honor: The Secrets of Champions in Business and in Life by Blair Singer

Resources

Deal Maker Live

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

Rich Dad

Michael’s Mentoring Program

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

Podcast Show Notes

Review the Podcast on iTunes

Michael’s Website

Michael on Facebook

Michael on Instagram

Apartment Investor Network Facebook Group

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Category:Commercial Real Estate -- posted at: 1:06pm EDT

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!

Key Takeaways

How Danny feels about quitting his job

  • Corporate job no longer providing what family needs
  • Joy in controlling own time and financial destiny

Danny’s transition from employee to full-time investor

  • Good personal financial position
  • 100% focus to take real estate business next level

How Danny got into real estate

  • House hack with extra money from working in UAE
  • Decision to move to Charleston, SC (ripe for growth)

Danny’s pivot to focus on apartment buildings

  • Benefits in terms of scalability, occupancy protection
  • Grew portfolio to control $130M in multifamily

Danny’s guidance around raising money for deals

  • Use own equity nest egg for proof of concept
  • Educate + share opportunities to invest in real estate

The benefits of passive investing in multifamily

  1. Cashflow
  2. Future equity appreciation
  3. Tax advantages

The role of joint ventures in scaling your business

  • Allows for creativity in how do deals
  • Work together to achieve greater results

Danny’s top real estate lessons learned

  • Alignment of interests with partner’s wants + needs
  • Find solutions with help from network

Danny’s advice for aspiring investors on quitting your job

  • Get clear on financial needs + goals
  • Do math on # of properties to cover expenses

What Danny is excited about moving forward

  • Several multifamily deals in pipeline
  • Vacation to South Africa with wife

Connect with Danny

Passive Investing

Randazzo Capital

Danny’s Blog

The Boy Who Lost His Wallet (Wealth Lessons for Kids) by Danny Randazzo

Resources

Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not by Robert T. Kiyosaki

Commercial Investing Books by Dolf de Roos

Tom Wheelwright on ABI EP127

Grant Cardone

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

Deal Maker Live

Michael’s Products

Michael’s Mentoring Program

Invest with Michael

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

Podcast Show Notes

Review the Podcast on iTunes

Michael’s Website

Michael on Facebook

Michael on Instagram

Apartment Investor Network Facebook Group

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Category:Commercial Real Estate -- posted at: 12:39pm EDT

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!

Key Takeaways

Jens’ path to multifamily investing

  • Successful career in IT but afraid to count on 401(k)
  • Build passive income streams to secure financial future

How to develop an entrepreneurial mindset

  • Realize idea of job security = myth
  • Get educated and grow risk muscle

Jens’ first real estate deal

  • Bought fourplex in Albuquerque, NM with own money
  • Rehab units + new roof for cashflow of $800/month

How everyone wins in a seller financing deal

  • Lower taxes and interest rate benefits seller
  • Small down payment + monthly payments

Jens’ 38-unit joint venture deal

  • Negotiated price down from $1.6M to $1.2M
  • Sellers came in undercapitalized, losing money
  • Jens halfway through $10K/door renovation

The roles and responsibilities of Jens’ team

  • Jens does underwriting, due diligence and budget
  • Partner focuses on renovations and management

How to shift into the role of raising money for deals

  • Position self as investor and nurture relationships
  • Present deals in logical way and discuss benefits

The advantages of investing in a multifamily syndication

  • Much easier to scale + more reliable return
  • Opportunity to expand influence, network

Jens’ advice for aspiring real estate investors

  • Consider passive investments in bigger deals
  • Be careful about self-managing properties

How to prepare for the role of raising capital for multifamily

  • Surround self with peer group just ahead of you
  • Use team approach to raise money for syndicator

Connect with Jens

Open Doors Capital

Email jens@opendoorscapital.com

Resources

Deal Maker Live

Michael’s Mentoring Program

Invest with Michael

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

Podcast Show Notes

Review the Podcast on iTunes

Michael’s Website

Michael on Facebook

Apartment Investor Network Facebook Group

Michael on Instagram

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Category:Commercial Real Estate -- posted at: 8:53pm EDT

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!

Key Takeaways

How Robert learned spiritual discipline in the US Marine Corps

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

Why spirituality is important to Robert

  • Calling to do what God wants done
  • Take on corrupt systems (e.g.: education)

The themes included in Robert’s new book Fake

  1. Fake assets (i.e.: 401(k), mutual funds)
  2. Fake teachers, lack of financial literacy
  3. Fake money (fiat currency vs. gold)

Connect with Robert

Rich Dad

Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not by Robert T. Kiyosaki

Cashflow Quadrant: Rich Dad’s Guide to Financial Freedom by Robert T. Kiyosaki

FAKE: Fake Money, Fake Teachers, Fake Assets: How Lies Are Making the Poor and Middle Class Poorer by Robert T. Kiyosaki

Resources

Deal Maker Live

The Real Estate Guys

Michael’s Mentoring Program

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

Podcast Show Notes

Review the Podcast on iTunes

Michael’s Website

Michael on Facebook

Apartment Investor Network Facebook Group

Michael on Instagram

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Category:Commercial Real Estate -- posted at: 2:40pm EDT

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