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