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Dusten Hendrickson is the president of Mailbox Money Real Estate, which finds land and creates a vision for it — usually a multifamily project. In this episode, Dusten shares what drew him to multifamily development, why being a developer requires more vision than strategy, and why he recommends starting with a small project before scaling. 

Dusten Hendrickson | Real Estate Background

  • President of Mailbox Money Real Estate, which finds land and creates a vision for it — usually a multifamily project.
  • Portfolio:
    • GP of 888 units
    • LP of 2,034 units
  • Based in: Brookings, SD
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  • Greatest Lesson: Growth without scaling leads to one step forward and two steps back.  You need to learn to scale before you grow so your growth doesn’t lead to overwhelm, burnout, failure, and eventually bankruptcy. Hard work doesn't equal results. There’s much more to it, and that’s why we have to be open-minded and continue to learn.

 

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Rob Beardsley is the founder of Lone Star Capital, which focuses on Texas workforce housing through vertically integrated operations. In this episode, Rob provides observations, insights, and practical examples of debt and equity from his latest book, Structuring and Raising Debt & Equity for Real Estate

Rob Beardsley | Real Estate Background

  • Founder of Lone Star Capital, which focuses on Texas workforce housing through vertically integrated operations. 
  • Portfolio: 
    • 2,500+ multifamily units
  • Based in: New York, NY
  • Say hi to him at: 

 

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Mark Khuri is the VP and co-founder of SMK Capital Management, a family-owned private equity firm that raises capital and partners with operators in apartments, mobile homes, self-storage, and ATMs. In this episode, Mark shares how he calculates risk adjustment as an operator and capital provider, which asset classes he plans to focus on most in 2023, and his tips for ensuring you’re entering into a strong partnership. 

Mark Khuri | Real Estate Background

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  • Greatest Lesson: Keep emotion out of investment decisions and look at best- and worst-case scenarios.

 

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Nathan Guinane is the director of investor relations and strategic partnerships at Divergent Capital Partners, a fund for investors to deploy money into apartment complexes. In this episode, Nathan tells us how he and his partners closed out their first fund’s equity raise, what insights they gained that they plan to apply to their second fund, and the advantages and challenges that come with focusing on 20- to 60-unit properties. 

Nathan Guinane | Real Estate Background

  • Principal and director of investor relations and strategic partnerships at Divergent Capital Partners, a fund for investors to deploy money into apartment complexes.
  • Portfolio: 
    • 264 units
  • Based in: Southfield, MI
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Mario Dattilo is the owner of Celebrate Communities, which raises capital to invest in mobile home parks that his management company runs. He also hosts the Mario Dattilo Show podcast. In this episode, Mario discusses his decision to build peripheral businesses to scale his portfolio, when he recommends bringing community operations in-house, and why he thinks there’s safety in scaling for mobile home park investors.

Mario Dattilo | Real Estate Background

  • Owner of Celebrate Communities, which raises capital to invest in mobile home parks that his management company runs. 
  • Host of the Mario Dattilo Show podcast.
  • Portfolio:
    • $50M in AUM
    • 1,000+ lots 
  • Based in: Naples, FL
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  • Greatest Lesson: I could’ve partnered with others and scaled my portfolio so much faster than building it all myself.

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Passive Investor Tips is a weekly series hosted by full-time passive investor and Best Ever Show host, Travis Watts. In each bite-sized episode, Travis breaks down passive investor topics, simplifying the philosophy and mindset while providing tactical, valuable information on how to be a passive investor.

In this episode, Travis explains what it means to achieve an infinite return and how you can do so in both real estate and the stock market.

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Sandhya Seshadri is an apartment syndicator at Engineered Capital, which acquires and operates value-add multifamily to build legacy wealth for engineers and busy professionals. In this episode, she shares her seven steps to achieving stellar investor returns in a subpar economy. 

Sandhya Seshadri | Real Estate Background

  • Apartment syndicator at Engineered Capital, which acquires and operates value-add multifamily to build legacy wealth for engineers and busy professionals.
  • Portfolio:
    • 1,400 doors in DFW
  • Based in: Dallas, TX
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  • Greatest Lesson: Don't invest passively with an operator without vetting their track record

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Dan Brisse is the co-founder and principal at Granite Towers Equity Group, which focuses on multifamily syndication. In this episode, he discusses how he got into apartment syndication after competing as a professional snowboarder for nearly 15 years, the changes he has seen in the market recently, and why right now is the time to underwrite conservatively and get your debt right. 

Dan Brisse | Real Estate Background

  • Co-founder and principal at Granite Towers Equity Group, which focuses on multifamily syndication.
  • Portfolio:
    • 2,300 units worth $320M
  • Based in: Washington (state)
  • Say hi to him at: 
  • Greatest Lesson: Learn from those who have done it before.

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Mike DeHaan is a real estate investor with a focus on direct-to-seller marketing and discounted deals. He is also the host of the Collecting Keys podcast. In this episode, Mike shares why he considers direct mail his “bread and butter,” his targeting strategy, and why consistency is key when it comes to marketing and branding. 

Mike DeHaan | Real Estate Background

  • Real estate investor with a focus on direct-to-seller marketing and discounted deals. 
  • Host of the Collecting Keys podcast. 
  • Portfolio: 
    • 48 doors including personal holdings and joint ventures
    • LP of 55 doors
    • Based in: Spokane, WA
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  • Greatest Lesson: The best opportunities come by providing value to people.

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Dr. Alex Tam is the founder and owner of Zephyr Equity Group, which specializes in value-add multifamily. In this episode, Alex tells us about his value-add asset management strategies, how to know when it’s time to find a new property manager, and what that transition looked like for his business.

Dr. Alex Tam | Real Estate Background

  • Full-time investor, chiropractor, and founder/owner of Zephyr Equity Group, The Streamline Team, Absolute Integrative Physical Medicine, and TeamSky Marketing. Zephyr Equity Group specializes in value-add multifamily, focusing on stable markets across the country where they partner with local experienced team members to maximize value.
  • Portfolio:
    • 188 units in Texas and Nebraska
    • Some LP investments
  • Based in: Zephyr Cove, NV
  • Say hi to him at: 

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Leslie Anne Morris is an investor and short-term rental property manager focused on creating a passive income source for out-of-state investors. In this episode, Leslie discusses managing short-term rental properties in the Smoky Mountains, navigating the different levels of expectations between short-term and long-term renters, and how she is currently structuring the financing for her properties. 

Leslie Anne Morris  | Real Estate Background

  • Investor and short-term rental property manager in the Smoky Mountains focused on creating a passive income source for out-of-state investors who want to build a life apart from trading their time for money.
  • Portfolio:
    • 11 short-term rentals in the Smoky Mountains, one new construction
    • Passively invests in women’s multifamily syndications
  • Based in: Smoky Mountains, TN
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  • Greatest Lesson: Take action. Stay in your niche and don’t spread yourself too thin by investing in too many markets at once.

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Cowboy Joe Marques is an influencer, professional speaker, and educator who has invested in numerous development projects across the U.S. including turnkey subdivisions, multifamily, 5,000-bed crew lodges, gulf-front condos, resorts, commercial buildings, and mixed-use spaces.

In this episode, Cowboy Joe shares the two biggest mistakes he sees investors making right now, the importance of having adequate reserves in case of a market shift, and his top three pieces of advice for investors seeking deals in 2023. 

Cowboy Joe Marques | Real Estate Background

  • Based in: Gulf Shores, AL
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Passive Investor Tips is a weekly series hosted by full-time passive investor and Best Ever Show host, Travis Watts. In each bite-sized episode, Travis breaks down passive investor topics, simplifying the philosophy and mindset while providing tactical, valuable information on how to be a passive investor.

 

In this episode, Travis shares a fresh perspective on how to determine whether you should be an active investor, a passive investor, or a combination of the two.

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Taylor Loht is the founder of NT Capital Group and host of The Passive Wealth Strategy Show podcast. In this episode, he tells us why he switched his investment strategy from the stock market to real estate, how he vets potential operators before placing capital in their deals, and his Best Ever advice for new syndicators that are looking to scale. 

Taylor Loht | Real Estate Background

  • Founder of NT Capital Group, which deals with apartment syndication and self-storage, and host of The Passive Wealth Strategy Show podcast.
  • Based in: Richmond, VA
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  • Greatest Lesson: Time is your most valuable, most important, and most scarce asset. When you learn to value your time properly, you can begin to build systems and outsource activities in your business so that you can focus on the highest-value tasks and have time left over for the things that matter most in life.

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Ed Fernandez is the CEO of 1031 Crowdfunding, which is responsible for raising $800M of equity from individuals and institutional investors through private and public real estate offerings. In this episode, Ed discusses how his company has become the leading real estate crowdfunding platform for 1031 exchanges, how investors can access the platform, and what industry problems this strategy is solving. 

Ed Fernandez | Real Estate Background

  • CEO of 1031 Crowdfunding, which is responsible for raising $800M of equity from individuals and institutional investors through private and public real estate offerings. They are the leading real estate investing platform for 1031 exchanges and alternative investment vehicles focused on tax deferral.
  • Portfolio:
    • GP and LP of $350M
  • Based in: Irvine, CA
  • Say hi to him at: 

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Ricardo Torres is the co-founder and CEO of Vectored Equity, which primarily focuses on syndications and funds. In this episode, he shares what motivated him to purchase a laundromat, the pros and cons of owning a small business, and the ins and outs of securing a small business acquisition loan. 

Ricardo Torres | Real Estate Background

  • Co-founder and CEO of Vectored Equity, which primarily focuses on syndications and funds.
  • Portfolio:
    • GP of 163 units totaling $28M in AUM
  • Works full time as an EC-130 pilot in the United States Air Force, the Executive Officer to the 355 Wing Commander.
  • Based in: Tucson, AZ
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  • Greatest lesson: There is no limit to your dreams (real estate or not) so long as you have three things:
    • A vision (you cannot build that which you cannot imagine),
    • A plan (a vetted one), and
    • A consistent work ethic that doesn’t take no for an answer.

 

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Kip Sowden is the CEO at RREAF Holdings, which works in multifamily, hospitality, ground-up construction, single-family, build-to-rent, master-planned communities, and more. In this episode, he tells us about the biggest lessons he’s learned throughout his 37 years in real estate, his advice for investors experiencing their first market downturn, and why he believes the South and Southeast U.S. will have a softer landing in the years ahead. 

Kip Sowden | Real Estate Background

  • CEO at RREAF Holdings, which works in multifamily, hospitality, ground-up construction, single-family, build-to-rent, master-planned communities, and more. 
  • Portfolio:
    • Over $5B in assets
  • Based in: Dallas, TX
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Brad Simtob is the founder of Simtob Management & Investment LLC, which purchases value-add multifamily in the Midwest. In this episode, he discusses the factors that helped him to nearly triple his unit count in 2022: 

  1. Managing all of his properties in-house.
  2. Hiring a regional property manager.
  3. Staying within a focused scope when seeking out new deals.
  4. Using the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) to maintain focus.
  5. Consistently prioritizing a healthy work/life balance for his team.

 

Brad Simtob | Real Estate Background

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Cris Burnam is the CEO of StorageMart, a self-storage business team deploying technology with over 100 collective years of experience. In this episode, Cris shares his thoughts on how interest rate increases have impacted self-storage deals, what makes self-storage recession-resistant, and the opportunities he sees for this asset class in 2023. 

Cris Burnam | Real Estate Background

  • CEO of StorageMart, a self-storage business team deploying technology with over 100 collective years of experience. 
  • Portfolio:
    • 21M sq. ft.
    • 200K units
    • 285 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada
  • Based in: Columbia, MO
  • Say hi to him at: 

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Passive Investor Tips is a weekly series hosted by full-time passive investor and Best Ever Show host, Travis Watts. In each bite-sized episode, Travis breaks down passive investor topics, simplifying the philosophy and mindset while providing tactical, valuable information on how to be a passive investor.

In this episode, Travis discusses the parallels between the game of Monopoly and real-life real estate investing. He highlights a few key takeaways from this comparison:

  1. The game starts with earning an active income.
  2. You must learn to save and invest. 
  3. Your passive income exceeds your lifestyle expenses, which is where the real fun begins. You can then begin to branch out, expand your means, be part of larger projects, and enjoy the true benefits of the wealthy.

“The key is to see investing as a game. You’re not going to win in every deal; you’re still going to have setbacks. But with enough emphasis and time, you can get to the point where you win the game.” —Travis Watts

 

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Nick and Elaine Stageberg are the owners of Black Swan Real Estate, a real estate private equity firm that buys deep value-add residential real estate ranging from distressed single-family homes to large class-A apartment buildings and ground-up construction.

In this episode, Nick and Elaine tell us how they raise capital without targeting a defined hold period or IRR, why they built their business model around putting their investors’ needs first, and how they find deals with the potential for forced appreciation. 

Nick and Elaine Stageberg | Real Estate Background

  • Owners of Black Swan Real Estate, a real estate private equity firm that buys deep value-add residential real estate ranging from distressed single-family homes to large class-A apartment buildings and ground-up construction. 
  • They target an indefinite hold period and have never sold an asset.  
  • Portfolio:
    • $300M in AUM
  • Based in: Rochester, MN
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  • Greatest Lesson: Do the hard thing. Do the thing that other people are unwilling to do, and it will eventually become an insane, insurmountable advantage.

 

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Corey Chonsky is a full-time real estate investor and multifamily syndicator at Fair Winds Capital, a real estate investment firm that purchases value-add multifamily properties through JV or syndicated partnerships. In this episode, Corey discusses how forming partnerships helped him 10x his unit count, why he and his partners are transitioning to a fund model, and his advice for finding great partners.

Corey Chonsky | Real Estate Background

  • Retired Navy and full-time real estate investor and multifamily syndicator at Fair Winds Capital, a real estate investment firm that purchases value-add multifamily properties through JV or syndicated partnerships. 
  • Portfolio:
    • 675 units under management through all partnerships
  • Based in: Norfolk, VA
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  • Greatest Lesson: Document expectations with people that you partner with. That way you leave no doubt as to who is doing what on a project.

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Jimmy Edwards owns High Five Multifamily, which sources, acquires, and manages multifamily assets in the B- and C-class space. In this episode, he shares the pain points that motivated him to scale his business, how he builds relationships with brokers, and how he learned the hard lesson of knowing when to walk away from a deal. 

Jimmy Edwards | Real Estate Background

Best Ever Book: Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

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Anna-Marie Lieb is the head of Multi-housing at CrowdStreet, where her team identifies and renews potential multifamily, student housing, and BTR offerings. In this episode, Anna-Marie tells us what kind of investors and operators access CrowdStreet, why sponsors with established track records choose to use the platform, and how the state of the economy is impacting CrowdStreet’s investor base. 

Anna-Marie Lieb | Real Estate Background

  • Head of Multi-housing at CrowdStreet, where her team identifies and renews potential multifamily, student housing, and BTR offerings. CrowdStreet is the largest online private equity real estate investing platform.
  • Portfolio:
    • In 2021 the platform funded ~$700M, and YTD 2022 ~$600M has been dedicated to multi-housing assets
  • Based in: Portland, OR
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Nancy Huynh, MD, is the founder and CEO of Clear Vision Investing, a co-GP of value-add apartment syndications that donates nearly half of its company profits to cure preventable blindness. In this episode, Nancy discusses why she chose to invest in the Cincinnati market while based in Atlanta, how she learned the importance of knowing your sponsor as a passive investor, and why she believes learning to pivot is the best real estate investing advice ever. 

 

Nancy Huynh, MD | Real Estate Background

  • Founder and CEO of Clear Vision Investing, a co-GP of value-add apartment syndications that donates nearly half of its company profits to cure preventable blindness. 
  • Portfolio:
    • Co-GP of 132 units in Ohio
    • JV of an 18-unit apartment development deal in Ohio
  • Based in: Atlanta, GA
  • Say hi to her at:

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Brian Tobler is a commercial broker at Malman Commercial Real Estate, which focuses on investment sales opportunities through buyer/seller representation. In this episode, Brian shares why he left the commercial real estate banking industry after 15 years, his thoughts on the future of the multifamily and industrial asset classes, and more.

Brian Tobler | Real Estate Background

  • Commercial broker at Malman Commercial Real Estate, which focuses on investment sales opportunities through buyer/seller representation.
  • Portfolio:
    • Two speculative for-sale fourplex deals in Denver
    • JV deal for a 200K sq. ft. owner-user industrial deal in the Denver area
  • Based in: Denver, CO
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  • Greatest Lesson: Real estate is an incredible asset to own and invest in. The sooner you get in, the better.

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Passive Investor Tips is a weekly series hosted by full-time passive investor and Best Ever Show host, Travis Watts. In each bite-sized episode, Travis breaks down passive investor topics, simplifying the philosophy and mindset while providing tactical, valuable information on how to be a passive investor.

In this episode, Travis shares his perspective on what it means to be rich versus wealthy, an admittedly subjective topic. He explains why being rich is often associated with active income while being wealthy is associated with passive income, and encourages listeners to ask themselves what wealth looks like for them.

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Arti Shah works at Invest Beyond Multifamily, which invests in necessity-based commercial real estate properties in growth markets. In this episode, she tells us how syndicators can get the attention of family offices, the intensive vetting process family offices go through when vetting deals, and why these groups are increasing capital reserves to take advantage of what is likely to come in the market. 

Arti Shah | Real Estate Background

  • Works at Invest Beyond Multifamily, which invests in necessity-based commercial real estate properties in growth markets.
  • Portfolio:
    • Properties in IL, NJ, and GA
  • Based in: Chicago, IL
  • Say hi to her at: 
  • Greatest Lesson: After working 18 hours a day in corporate, realizing that betting on myself would help me to grow personally and professionally.

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Emily Zhu is the CMO of New Empire Corp, which is dedicated to all the marketing and sales of over $500M in new development condos and commercial spaces in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Long Island City. In this episode, Emily discusses the advantages and challenges of developing commercial real estate in New York, the three ways she markets to investors, and how first-floor retail can be beneficial. 

 

Emily Zhu | Real Estate Background

  • CMO of New Empire Corp, which is dedicated to all the marketing and sales of over $500M in new development condos and commercial spaces in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Long Island City. 

  • Based in: New York City

  • Say hi to her at: 

  • Greatest lesson: Keeping up with the market trends can make all the difference.

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Connor Gross is the owner of Atlas Storage, which buys and sells self-storage facilities. In this episode, he shares what three aspects drew him to invest in self-storage over other asset classes that he considered, why he recommends screening local property managers aggressively, and how to set local property managers up for success. 



Connor Gross | Real Estate Background

  • Owner of Atlas Storage, which buys and sells self-storage facilities.

  • Portfolio:

    • 350 units

  • Based in: New York City (operates in TX)

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  • Greatest Lesson: Try to systemize as many processes as possible.

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John McNellis is the principal at McNellis Partners, a commercial development firm. In this episode, he tells us why he thinks 2023 will be a challenging year for real estate, his thoughts on the current state of office and multifamily, his advice for beginners investing in retail, and why he believes real estate success is all about supply constraints. 



John McNellis | Real Estate Background

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