Best Real Estate Investing Advice Ever (general)

Born and raised in Germany, Bastian Kneuse played professional basketball and worked in finance before pursuing multifamily properties. He now works a full time job, and still makes just as much time to work on his real estate career. Today, Bastian is talking about passively investing while also working on his own syndications, 4 steps to syndicating deals, and his innovative idea for adding value to his tenants as well as the community. 

 

Bastian Kneuse Real Estate Background:

  • W2 job in finance for a bank, but spends just as much, if not more, time on real estate
  • Currently passively invested in 3 multifamily deals in Houston, Phoenix, and Oklahoma equaling about 350 doors
  • Based in San Francisco, CA
  • Say hi to him at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bkneuse/
  • Best Ever Book: The Hands-Off Investor

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Although Stony Stonebraker wasn’t able to invest in real estate until after retirement, he went all in and is now a GP. Today, Stony is talking about his experience finding partners and creating a solid team, his due diligence process, and his main hesitation when looking at different asset classes.

 

Stony Stonebraker Real Estate Background:

  • Started his career with NASA in the Apollo space program
  • Currently full time commercial real estate investor
  • Invested in over 1,000 multifamily units in Florida and Texas
  • Based in Miami, FL
  • Say hi to him at: PassivoREI.com
  • Best Ever Book: Passive Investing Made Simple

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Edna Keep started her real estate journey after transitioning from financial advising. Now she owns almost 800 doors and coaches others to change their mindset and take action. Today, Edna is talking about how she encourages new investors who think multifamily is overwhelming, what you need to know about your network, and the #1 thing holding people back. 

 

Edna Keep Real Estate Background:

  • We own 778 doors valued at $70 Million of Real Estate
  • Started with single-family homes to now primarily we buy multi-family and do some development projects with other people’s money
  • Based in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Say hi to her at: www.ednakeep.com

 

 

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Growing up with a frugal upbringing, Travis Watts knew how to be careful with his money and live within his means. Now, he’s a full time passive investor and helps other busy professionals do the same. Today, Travis is sharing his best advice for investors that may not have the capital for big investments yet, resources for the new investor, and how he deals with skepticism in the industry. 

 

Travis Watts Real Estate Background:

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Jim Pfeifer spent most of his professional career as an educator before becoming a full time passive investor. Now, he helps educate others on how to do the same. Jim is sharing his 4-step sponsor screening process, today’s hottest asset class, and red flags you may not recognize at first glance. 

 

Jim Pfeifer Real Estate Background:

  • Full time, passive commercial investor 
  • Currently invested in over 60 passive investments
  • Founder of a Community that educates people about passive syndication investing and offers networking with other like minded people
  • Based in Columbus, OH
  • Say hi to him at: www.leftfieldinvestors.com
  • Best Ever Book: The Hands-Off Investor

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In today’s episode of the Actively Passive Investing Show, Travis discusses the differences between self-directed IRA investing and eQRP plans with Damion Lupo. They’re explaining why you may consider paying for this service instead of a “free” account with a major brokerage firm, and how they’re squashing skepticism on these new plans. 

 

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When Lennon Lee moved from Venezuela in 2010, he knew he wanted to search for passive investment opportunities to provide for his family. Today, Lennon is diving into the difference between being an LP vs. a GP in a deal, the role of the GP with investor communications, and the importance of capital raising through partnership building. 

 

Lennon Lee Real Estate Background: 

  • Invested his family’s life savings into real estate to build a solid future for his parents and siblings
  • Involved as both an LP and GP in the acquisition of over 2000 multifamily units, with an approximate market value of $200M
  • Based in Miami, FL
  • Say hi to him at: bldcapitalgroup.com

 

 

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After finding out about the high demand for industrial, single tenant net lease opportunities, Randy Blankstein decided to take advantage of that at the young age of 26. Now, 30 years later, he’s been continually active in this niche. Today, Randy is sharing his fundamental criteria for properties, common misconceptions of triple net leases, and what specific type of real estate to buy for best returns. 

 

Randy Blankstein Real Estate Background:

  • Senior commercial real estate executive with over 30 years of experience focused on advisory services in the single tenant net lease sector
  • Owner of commercial real estate investment brokerage firm
  • JV equity partner in 1 retail property, 1 flex property and 12 industrial properties
  • Based in Wilmette, IL
  • Say hi to him at: https://www.bouldergroup.com/

 

 

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Although Hendra Tambunan has been in real estate investing for 15 years, he officially made the switch into multifamily 2 years ago for higher income potential. Today, Hendra is talking about how he became a general partner in his first syndication, what value he brought to the table to earn that title, and why he’s looking to diversify his asset classes even further into commercial properties. Bonus: hear Ash’s top tips for anyone entering the commercial market. 

 

Hendra Tambunan Real Estate Background:

  • Full time Technology CRM Consultant
  • Syndicator, LP and owner in multifamily units and Short Term Rentals 
  • Has ownership interest over 1000 units of multifamily
  • Based in Hayward, CA
  • Say hi to him at: www.ideaboxcapital.com
  • Best Ever Book: The Go Giver

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After buying his first property 20 years ago and working full time for a real estate investing firm, Dmitriy Fomichenko started Sense Financial to help people gain control of their retirement savings. Today, Dmitriy is telling us about the Solo 401K for small business owners, how his business dramatically shifted when he introduced them, and why he thinks they’re a no-brainer when compared to traditional retirement savings strategies. 

 

Dmitriy Fomichenko Real Estate Background:

  • Founder and president of Sense Financial, a boutique financial firm specializing in self-directed retirement accounts with checkbook control
  • Passive investor, owns interest in multiple MF & self-storage syndications, a private lender and is a licensed California Real Estate Broker. 
  • Based in Orange County, CA
  • Say hi to him at: SenseFinancial.com

 


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When Ryan Barone started college, he never knew how complicated the process would be to rent an apartment. This led him to creating an app for tenants to simplify the process for their renters. His college passion project eventually became RentRedi. Ryan is sharing why landlords love using this software, how it streamlines each step of the renting process, and added benefits it provides renters as well.

 

Ryan Barone Real Estate Background:

  • Co-Founder, CEO, and CTO of RentRedi – modern, end-to-end landlord software that streamlines self-management of rental properties to make financial freedom attainable for landlords and renting a truly amazing experience for tenants
  • Before launching RentRedi, he worked at Goldman Sachs and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
  • Based in New York, NY
  • Say hi to him at: https://rentredi.com/

 

 

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Former Project Manager, Derek Clifford, used his multifamily incomes to retire from his W2 position just this year. Keeping his life vision in mind, he’s currently working with his wife to acquire deals in Indianapolis. Derek is sharing with us his top 3 goals as a result of his investments, why he chose to focus on small multifamily in the Midwest, and his most creative approach to reaching investors. 

 

Derek Clifford  Real Estate Background:

  • Recent full time real estate investor
  • Converted all single families to apartments, and now does syndications and JV's in apartments
  • Currently controls around 100 units in JV's, and involved in 2 syndications as an LP (125 units + 42 units), and in another 2 syndications as a GP (44 units + 108 units)
  • Currently AirBNB nomading around the country
  • Say hi to him at: https://elevateequity.org
  • Best Ever Book: Raising Capital for Real Estate & Can’t Hurt Me

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In today’s episode of the Actively Passive Investing Show, Travis discusses the current housing and affordable rent shortage we’re currently experiencing in the US. We dive into the imbalance we’ve been seeing in the market and how the pandemic had an impact on that, the future of renting, and Travis’ best advice for property owners based on these trends. 

 

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When Blake Selby started his real estate journey as an investor, he tried a little bit of everything before eventually morphing into a private lender. But not before scaling to 80 units within 1.5 years, then turning that into 100 units free and clear. Blake is sharing with us how he scaled without always going through the bank, what he found was the most efficient way to grow his money, and his top 3 steps for qualifying investors. 

 

Blake Selby Real Estate Background:

  • Full time, active investor and private lender
  • Currently owns over 100 units free & clear, 2 million cash liquid, 7 figures in notes owned
  • Based in Davenport, Iowa
  • Say hi to him at: SelbyRentals.com
  • Best Ever Book: Shoe Dog

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With a background in medicine, Stephanie Betters struggled to decide between being a Nurse Practitioner or full time investor. So she decided, why not both? Her goal of owning 3 rentals/child turned into a booming real estate career that she never anticipated. Today, she’s sharing her tips for growing a team with an aligned vision, private vs. traditional financing, and her very detailed due diligence for choosing which syndications to be involved in.

 

Stephanie Betters Real Estate Background:

  • Full time real estate investor and part time nurse practitioner
  • First flip in 2007, and formed her Investment company in 2015
  • Passively involved as an LP and GP in several large multifamily assets
  • Flipped hundreds of homes, built near 100 new construction spec homes, and wholesales 200 homes/year
  • Based in Charlotte, NC
  • Say hi to her at: www.leftmainrei.co
  • Best Ever Book: Good to Great

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While investing in real estate, Michael Waters kept running into the same problem many other investors face as well - he was running out of cash quickly. That’s until he realized the huge pool of money sitting in the crypto world. Today, Michael is talking about how he’s bringing that money into the real world with some actual backing, legally funding with cryptocurrency, and how this method is leveling the real estate investing playing field. 

 

Michael Waters Real Estate Background:

  • CTO of Quest Crypto (The world's first Real Estate Backed Cryptocurrency) and also a Full Time Real Estate Investor
  • Co-Founder of 4RealEstateLeads and Co-Author of 4Real Estate Success
  • Currently working on deals consisting of small hotels, commercial shopping centers, large apartment complexes and medical tourism projects to name a few
  • Over 25 years of investing experience, with over 200 transactions
  • Based in Salt Lake City, UT
  • Say hi to him at: https://questcrypto.com/ 
  • Best Ever Book: No BS Guide to Marketing

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On today’s #SkillsetSunday, we’re talking to Brian Adams about reverse engineering your pitch in order to accelerate funding. Brian is discussing the 3 problems he’s focused on solving for investors, blindfold, commingled funds vs. syndications, and what you need to do before even making your pitch. 

 

Brian Adams Real Estate Background: 

  • Full-time in commercial real estate
  • 11 years of experience 
  • Portfolio consist of 2.7M Sq Ft; $400M gross asset value; 14 markets
  • Based in Nashville, TN
  • Say hi to him at: www.excelsiorgp.com 

 

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On today’s #SituationSaturday, we’re talking to Steeve Breton about how to make your transition from a W2 employee, to full-time in real estate, as smooth as possible. Steeve is sharing some action steps he took right out of the gate, what he took into account when he decided his timeline for leaving his W2 job, and how he juggled work, his side-hustle, and most importantly, family, to bring his vision to life. 

 

Steeve Breton  Real Estate Background:

  • Full time real estate investor
  • 10 years of real estate investing experience
  • Syndicated 1,300 units in 5 states
  • Based in Boston, MA
  • Say hi to him at: www.velocitycap.com 

 

 

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Australian native, Bryce Robertson, made a goal of traveling the world while passively making money in the meantime. That’s when he began his journey into entrepreneurship. Bryce is sharing how he became financially free in 2.5 years with mobile home parks, the future of mobile home parks, and 3 main evaluations to take into consideration to remain profitable in this asset class. 

 

Bryce Robertson Real Estate Background:

  • MHP Owner, operator, syndicator, educator. 
  • Self storage owners and managers. We manage all our properties through our property management company. 
  • Active investor with 8 years of experience
  • $20M AUM
  • Say hi to him at: PropertyWorkzUSA.com
  • Best Ever Book: Autobiography of a Yogi

 

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In today’s episode of the Actively Passive Investing Show, Travis discusses a recent shocking US statistic, and what it means for the multifamily market moving forward. We’re diving into the 5 metrics you should pay attention to when looking at new deals, whether or not it’s a good time to invest, and the migration trends we’re starting to see since the pandemic.

 

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After getting his real estate license, Dom Santaniello’s main goal was to make extra money on the side and help pay off his student loans. Since then, he’s dropped his corporate career and turned full-time real estate investor. Dom is sharing his insights for turning a side-hustle into a full-time business, 3 top tips for taking on private capital, and capturing motivated seller deals in 3 simple steps. 

 

Dom Santaniello Real Estate Background:

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After starting a profitable online retail business right out of college, Adam Craig decided to get started in real estate investing with single family homes. Now, he says he may not buy another single family home again. Today, Adam is talking about buying in an “economic opportunity zone”, how the city is helping transform the area, and why he wouldn’t have found his next cash flowing monster of a property if he didn’t open his eyes to new asset classes. 

 

Adam Craig Real Estate Background:

  • Actively involved in real investing for 9 years, including acquisition, rehab, leasing, and selling
  • Since 2013 I have done 82 deals. About 20 flips and the rest rentals. Currently holds a portfolio valued at 7 million dollars with 51 doors which include 3 commercial buildings and the rest single family homes.
  • Based in Cleveland, OH
  • Say hi to him at: www.cleinvest.com
  • Best Ever Book: How to Win Friends and Influence People

 

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When Chad Guziewicz dealt with a problem tenant that poured tar down the drains, he knew he had to screen his tenants better. This led him to create Rentify, a tenant screening platform using bank data to confirm income, rent history, and more. Chad is sharing with us how he used to vet tenants and how Rentify vets tenants for him now, how much push back he gets from tenants using the software, and how the pandemic is causing a rise in fraud. 

 

Chad Guziewicz Real Estate Background:  

  • Tech Entrepreneur and CEO of Rentify - a tenant screening platform using bank data to confirm income, rent payment history and more
  • Former apartment complex owner
  • Based in Belleville, Ontario, Canada
  • Say hi to him at: www.trustrentify.com & https://bit.ly/3AR9pzE use promo code fairless for 25% off your first report package

 

 

 

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When Mark and Tamiel Kenney got married in their early 20s, becoming business partners wasn’t even on their radar. Today, they’re talking about the challenges they faced early on in their partnership, how they structure their business for highest efficiency, balancing work and family, and the importance of communication in a partnership and in marriage. 

 

Mark & Tamiel Kenny Real Estate Background:

  • Full time apartment investor and coach
  • 25+ years of real estate investing experience, 8 years with larger multifamily
  • Current portfolio consists of 9000+ units and $550M
  • Based in Dallas, TX
  • Say hi to them at: www.thinkmultifamily.com

 

 

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When Kris Bennett made a deal with a “mom and pop” self storage building, he had no idea the headache it would cause and the money he’d lose just to get out of it. Today, Kris tells us about the due diligence tasks and time period required for self storage units, the warning signs to look for before making a deal, and how he got out of this sticky situation. 

 

Kris Bennett Real Estate Background:

  • One of two self-storage managing partners at PassiveInvesting.com
  • 14 years of CRE investing experience
  • Recently closed a 15k sf. self-storage facility and adding another 150 units, or 22,000 sf of climate-controlled units
  • Under contract on 2 self-storage facilities in NC and CO totaling $18 million in price
  • Based in Vacaville, CA
  • Say hi to him at: PassiveInvesting.com

 

 

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Former debt collection attorney, Jay Tenenbaum, spent most of his career in the legal field before he made his first investment. Now, his main focus is syndicating defaulted mortgage acquisitions. Jay talks about the pros and cons of investing in mortgage notes, the most common mistakes he sees by rookie investors, and how he uses his legal background to help educate his investors.

Jay Tenenbaum Real Estate Background:

  • Full time real estate investor and syndicator with 8 years of experience
  • Main focus is syndicating defaulted mortgage acquisitions
  • Just purchased 14 units in Pittsburgh for $200K, with a rehab budget of $700K, and an ARV value of $1.3M
  • Based in Phoenix, AZ
  • Say hi to him at: https://scottsdalerei.com/
  • Best Ever Book:  Three Feet From Gold

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Growing up in a frugal household, Travis Watts had budgeting skills and values from a young age, and put them to use when he left for college. In today’s episode of the Actively Passive Investing Show, Travis shares his journey to financial independence. He talks about his start in real estate with house hacking, the pivotal moment that kickstarted his financial freedom, and the 4 key steps he took to get there. 

 

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Moving from South Korea at age 18, Yosef Lee always strived to prove himself in a new country. From working multiple part time jobs, to becoming a full time civil litigation lawyer, this father of 3 quickly learned to manage his time. Yosef is talking with us about where he invests his time and prioritization, how he maximized his investments during the pandemic, and his top 6 tips for managing your property managers. 

 

Yosef Lee Real Estate Background:

  • Currently work as a W2 full time lawyer doing civil litigation. I become a multifamily investor at night and on weekends. 
  • In Feb or March of 2020, I joined multifamily mentorship group/Mastermind with a goal of closing my first multifamily deal in 2020. In December 2020, my first 44 Unit deal was closed. 
  • Current portfolio consists of  44 Unit (JV): Lead GP - Closed in December 2020, 68 Unit (Syndication): Lead Sponsor GP - Closed in March 2021, 63 Unit (Syndication): Co-sponsor GP - Closed in April 2021, 36 Unit (Syndication): Co-sponsor GP - Closed in May 2021
  • Based in New York, NY
  • Say hi to him at: Syndicro.com  and www.yosefhlee.com  

 

 

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Former Tech Engineer, Venkat Avasarala, left it all to pursue real estate. After maxing out on single family homes, he moved on to his first syndication. Today, Venkat is talking with us about how he found investors for his first syndication even without a proven track record, why he decided to move on to development, and the main difference between cash flow investors and long-term investors. 

Venkat Avasarala Real Estate Background:

  • Full time real estate developer and syndicator
  • Experience with multifamily, ground up multifamily and retail development, and land development
  • Portfolio consists of 3500 multifamily unit value add, 500 multifamily units under construction, and 1000 units in the pipeline
  • Based in Dallas, TX
  • Say hi to him at:  www.strykerproperties.com
  • Best Ever Book: How to Win Friends & Influence People

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After growing up in a disciplined household in India, Vikram Brar moved to San Francisco and picked up the Tuscon, AZ market. He’s grown to over 500 units now, with over $50M in assets under management. Vikram is sharing his top 3 challenges of starting a fund, how he is continually raising capital, and how his capital income dictates the way he looks at future deals.  

 

Vikram and Princi Brar Real Estate Background:

  • Vikram and Princi are Co-Founders of Waahe Capital 
  • Vikram leads acquisitions, investor relationships, and operations, while Princi focuses on true value creation through modern design, strategic sourcing, and cost-effective renovations
  • Portfolio consists of 517 units and $51,773,000 assets under the management, and just acquired 8th multifamily property
  • As a vertically-integrated organization, we are very actively involved with focuses including: Multifamily asset acquisition, property management (in-house), redevelopment (including in-house construction & design teams), and asset management
  • Based in San Francisco, CA
  • Say hi to him at: WaaheCapital.com
  • Best Ever Book: Napoleon Hill Books

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Full time investor, Keke Williams, grew up surrounded by real estate as her family did property restorations. Now, she’s involved in mobile home parks, multifamily, and even foreign opportunities. Keke is talking about what is was like moving from fix and flips and having full control into mobile home parks and being part of a syndication, best practices for out-of-state management, and the benefits of foreign opportunities. 

 

Keke Williams Real Estate Background:

  • Full time real estate investor and licensed Colorado broker
  • Equity Partner-GP side; LP Investor; Turnkey Farmland Owner (passive income stream); STR portfolio owner
  • Fix/flipped 7 higher-end houses; 2 apartment buildings we directly owned; currently own & in various stages of forcing appreciation in 1,000+doors of large Multifamily syndication projects across 3 cities; LP investor stake in 3 agribusiness/farming private equity syndications; own couple hectares of coconut & lime farms in Latin America; 2 STR properties - 1 in FL & 1 in Mexico
  • Based in Denver, CO
  • Say hi to her at: https://www.globalinvestoralliance.com/
  • Best Ever Book: The Four Agreements

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Frederick Pierce got the commercial real estate bug while still in college. Now, he owns one of the largest student housing companies in America. Today, Frederick is telling us the criteria he looks for in universities, the types of requirements current-day students look for in their housing, how he finds financing for these multimillion dollar deals, and why he’s not developing multifamily housing in non-university settings. 

 

Frederick Pierce  Real Estate Background:

  • Founder, President, and CEO of Pierce Education Properties
  • Actively involved full-time as an owner/operator in the student housing industry nationally 
  • Pierce Education Properties owns nearly 20 major Student Housing communities located in the Midwest, south and northeast sectors of the United States. 
  • He will begin construction of two sizable Student Housing Projects in San Diego in the 4th quarter of this year that will be adjacent to San Diego State University, his alma mater.
  • Based in San Diego, CA
  • Say hi to him at: www.pierceeducationproperties.com

 

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After buying her first rehab rental property at the age of 22, Christina VanDergrift took her profits and turned them into a highly diversified portfolio. She now owns a variety of commercial properties, along with vacation rentals and single family investments. Today, we’re talking with Christina about the growing popularity of vacation rentals, why she loves adding office spaces to her portfolio, and the reasons comercial investing may bring in more guaranteed income in the current state of the market. 

 

Christina VanDergrift Real Estate Background:

  • Full time Broker/Owner of two real estate brokerages - One that handles real estate sales/leasing in PA & NY and another that does vacation rental management in PA. 
  • Owns a variety of commercial properties that both house our own businesses and some that are leased by others. We currently manage all of our properties, but one.
  • Personally owns a variety of commercial properties, from a car wash to real estate offices and professional offices, we have a growing number of vacation rental properties across the country, a couple hundred acres of land with oil, gas and mineral rights, single family rentals, multifamily rentals, etc. 
  • Based in Wellsboro, PA
  • Say hi to her at: christina-vandergrift.com
  • Best Ever Book: The Infinite Game

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Direct download: JF_2572_Christina_VanDergrift_.mp3
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In today’s episode of the Actively Passive Investing Show, Travis discusses the importance of the outperforming single family and multifamily asset classes. He breaks down why each is becoming extremely competitive, and what that means for someone entering the market. Travis is also talking about our current affordability crisis, and his predictions moving forward. 

 

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Direct download: JF_2571_Actively_Passive_Investing_Show_59.mp3
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After working in future trading for 5 years, Jake Cloption traded in his long hours and started his own company, Clopton Capital. Clopton Capital is an intermediary for financing for all asset types. Today, Jake is talking with us about finding a hidden market gem to almost double his investment, where to look for incentives to save thousands on improvements, and the breakdown of joint venture equity partnerships.

Jake Clopton Real Estate Background:

  • Founder of Clopton Capital
  • Actively involved as an apartment owner and financier
  • Portfolio consists of 3 buildings, 38 units, however approximately $200M in financing a year
  • Based in Chicago, IL
  • Say hi to him at: www.cloptoncapital.com 
  • Best Ever Book: Rich Dad Poor Dad

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Direct download: JF_2570_Jake_Clopton.mp3
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NYC firefighter, Timothy Lyons, thought he was living the W2 dream until he realized he just wasn’t financially educated. Once he decided on multifamily investing, he jumped in head first. Tim is talking about how he got into investing at the beginning of Covid, how he became a capital raising expert, deal sourcing, and if he believes it’s more important to have the deal first, or the capital. 

Timothy Lyons  Real Estate Background:

  • Principal and Managing Partner of Cityside Capital
  • Lieutenant in the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) who quickly went from 3 units to 721 units worth >$100M in 18 months
  • Cityside Capital has $45 million of assets under management including 335 multifamily units
  • Limited partner in 256 multifamily units in Texas and in a large retail super center in Tennessee
  • $148,050,000 in assets under management as co-GP’s with 931 doors and currently working on a $76M, 400 unit asset as well
  • Based in Mineola, NY
  • Say hi to him at: https://citysidecap.com/
  • Best Ever Book: Why Doctors Don’t Get Rich

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Direct download: JF_2569_Timothy_Lyons_.mp3
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Former ski photographer, Tate Siemer, moved to Utah and got his start in real estate with single family homes. He wanted to scale faster but was unsure of how to find his next venture, until a 12-unit apartment fell into his lap. Now, he’s reached the point where he’s more established and it’s much easier to find capital. Today, Tate is talking about his specific guidelines for future investments, and why he’s not concerned about capitalization rates and increased asset prices moving forward. 

Tate Siemer Real Estate Background:

  • Full time syndicator/operator
  • 16 years of real estate investing experience
  • Owns 302 units assets under management, 252 units under contract
  • Flipped over 40 SFR’s, 6 land entitlement deals, 2 development projects and 6 large scale apartment projects
  • Based in Salt Lake City, UT
  • Say hi to him at: www.investwithgreenlight.com
  • Best Ever Book: The Man Uncivilized

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Direct download: JF_2568_Tate_Siemer_.mp3
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Biotech Supply Chain Engineer, Keith Meyer, currently also juggles multifamily investments and mobile home park acquisitions. When he became an accidental landlord and stumbled upon mobile home parks, he knew he wanted to scale quicker. Keith tells us how he won the mobile home park deal, how to package an offer, and the specifics you need to know to be competitive. 

 

Keith Meyer Real Estate Background:

  • Biotech Supply Chain Sales Engineer
  • 10 years of real estate investing experience
  • Principal in Symphony Capital Group, and multifamily syndicator
  • Bought and sold 2 mobile homes parks within the past 15 months, totaling nearly 150 pads, and just sold a retail shopping center 
  • Based in San Diego, CA
  • Say hi to him at: www.symphonycapitalgroup.com 

 

 

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Direct download: JF_2567_Keith_Meyer_.mp3
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When Jhanel Wilson was forced to make a decision and leave her full time job in 2012, she became a full time investor. She then turned $100K into $72K in cash flow and $2M in assets. Today, we’re talking with Jhanel about her work in Section 8. She is diving into hacking the Section 8 algorithm, the benefits of investing in Section 8, and the key to choosing tenants in that market. 

Jhanel Wilson Real Estate Background: 

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Direct download: JF_2566_Jhanel_Wilson_.mp3
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Former Wall Streeter, Joshua Benaim, is constantly working to marry a value investment approach and apply it to real estate investing. He’s currently working on a Miami Beach investment, with sales projecting at $850 per net sellable foot. Joshua tells us why he was confident he’d be successful in an insecure market at the time, the key item he looks for in developments, and the top 5 ways he finds value in new developments and new builds.  

Joshua Benaim Real Estate Background:

  • Full time real estate investor
  • 20+ years real estate investing experience
  • Acquired, renovated or developed over 2,000 units of multifamily with a specialty in special situations and finding value opportunities
  • Based in New York, NY
  • Say hi to him at: https://www.realestatealovestory.com/
  • Best Ever Book: The Immortality Key

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Direct download: JF_2565_Joshua_Benaim_.mp3
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In today’s episode of the Actively Passive Investing Show, Travis compares Class C vs. Class A properties. We talk about the 3 factors that determine the property class, average cash flow percentages in different classes, how to set a CapEx budget, and risk mitigation in new vs. older properties.


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Direct download: JF_2564_Actively_Passive_Investing_Show_58.mp3
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Investor, Senior Director, and Head of Real Estate, Mitchell Rosen, talks with us today about the economic health of our country and the benefits of partnering with Yieldstreet. Yieldstreet is an online digital wealth platform that provides investors commercial real estate resources to those who may not have access to them. We’re talking with Mitch about their ideal investor, which assets they’re currently searching for (and which ones they’re not), and future events could possibly disrupt the market. 

Mitchell Rosen Real Estate Background:

  • Senior Director, Head of Real Estate at YieldStreet
  • 20+ years of CRE investing experience
  • $465M in investments to date
  • Based in New York, NY
  • Say hi to him at: https://www.yieldstreet.com/

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After running a business out of his house and noticing he wasn’t the most popular neighbor on the block, Jerome Maldonado decided to take the leap into retail buildings. Now, he’s done over 400 transactions with this being his biggest acquisition year to date. We’re talking with Jerome about his strategy for finding tenants, which asset class gives him the best returns, and the top 3 indicators that it may be time to start syndicating. 

Jerome Maldonado Real Estate Background:

  • Full time commercial real estate investor
  • 20+ years of CREI experience
  • Completed over 400 RE transactions between buy and hold, development, flip, and more
  • Based in Albuquerque, NM
  • Say hi to him at: https://jeromemaldonado.com/
  • Best Ever Book: Rhino Success


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At 16 years old, Dan Haberkost was already managing a portfolio of rental properties for an investor. What did it teach him? That he didn’t want to buy and how not to manage tenants. Fast forward to today, Dan tells us his biggest takeaway from that experience, how he became an expert in land acquisition, and why his next investment will be commercial real estate.

Dan Haberkost Real Estate Background:


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Former owner of post-production companies, Joe DiSanto, switched over to real estate investing and is now semi-retired in his 40s. Joe is talking about the pitfalls of renovating a commercial space, why it’s still one of the best investments he’s ever made, and his recommendations for when to choose riskier investments vs. when to play it safe. 

 

Joe DiSanto  Real Estate Background:

  • Currently work  PT as a fractional CFO for 6 companies and 1 family office
  • Portfolio consists of 11 residential rentals, 2 commercial buildings, and 1 piece of raw land. I have also done 6 major renovations, two of which were complete development/change-of-use projects
  • Based in Florida
  • Say hi to him at: https://www.playlouder.com/
  • Best Ever Book: The Lost Science of Compound Interest


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With a background in digital marketing, Bryan Driscoll is currently generating thousands of motivated seller leads, while still finding time to invest in the market himself. We’re talking to Bryan today about the difference in marketing for residential vs. commercial, when it’s okay to be direct, and how to choose the right platform for less competition.

Bryan Driscoll Real Estate Background:

  • Co-Founder of Motivated Leads - https://motivated-leads.com/
  • 5 years of real estate investing experience
  • Bryan and his Co-Founder Chad Keller are currently generating 1000’s of motivated seller leads for investors nationwide, still making time to invest in single-family homes themselves
  • Based in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Say hi to him at: https://motivated-leads.com/our-deals/

 


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Indianapolis investor, Spencer Gray, is telling us all about his multifamily ventures as well as his experience as a GP and an LP. Spencer talks about why he chose multifamily over other asset classes, the recent challenges he’s faced in today’s market, and finding the right balance between being aggressive vs. overly aggressive to ensure you’re participating in the market without overpaying. 

Spencer Gray Real Estate Background:

  • CEO of Gray Capital and full time real estate syndicator/investor
  • 16 years of RE investing experience
  • Primarily focused on 150+ unit stabilized multifamily in the Midwest with Indianapolis being most active market
  • Invests in industrial and medical office CRE as an LP as well as multifamily as an LP with other operators
  • Portfolio consists of about 5,000 multifamily units as a GP with control, 4,000 units as an LP, 12 medical office buildings, and 2 ground up industrial developments as an LP
  • Based in Indianapolis, IN
  • Say hi to him at: https://www.GrayCapitalLLC.com
  • Best Ever Book: Hands Off Investor


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In today’s episode of the Actively Passive Investing Show, Travis dives into passive investing and the difference between preferred returns and cash on cash returns. He walks us through this commonly asked question, gives examples of preferred and cash on cash returns, and tells us what terms we need to be clear on with the operators of these deals before investing. 


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Direct download: JF_2557_Actively_Passive_Investing_Show_57.mp3
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When David Lindahl realized there were other people just like him doing well with real estate investing, he knew he wanted in. After years in the industry, he’s focused on multifamily, office, retail, and hotels in emerging markets. David gives us a detailed overview of emerging markets, how he finds his next deal, and what qualifications he’s looking for before investing. 

David Lindahl Real Estate Background:

  • Founder of RE Mentor, the #1 multifamily real estate education company, and the Lindahl Group, a real estate acquisition company where we invest in multifamily, office, retail and hotel properties
  • Investing in real estate since 1996 and teaching since 2002
  • Has owned and syndicated several apartment deals, self storage, retail, office, etc.
  • Portfolio consists of over 9000 units in various entities
  • Based in Boston, MA
  • Say hi to him at: www.rementor.com
  • Best Ever Book: Becoming Supernatural


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When Dave Allred started knocking door to door for a home security company, he thought he made it big. A short year later, he was making 6 figures and working to make his active investments, passive. Dave tells us how his pursuit of freedom has driven each one of his investments, how getting clear on his long-term goals helped him attain and maintain financial freedom, and how to reduce limiting belief systems to go after big goals.

Dave Allred Real Estate Background:

  • Managing Partner for the Axia Partners real estate fund & Executive Coach for high growth sales companies
  • 17 years of real estate investing experience
  • Over a dozen personal syndications, invested in a dozen other syndications
  • Portfolio consists of over 1,000 rental doors, 5 restaurants, 6 self storage properties, 10 private equity, 21 fourplexes, 20 hard money loans for flips, Utah Topgolf location, and invested in about 20 other syndications
  • Based in Provo, UT
  • Say hi to him at: axiapartners.com
  • Best Ever Book: Extreme Ownership


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From RV parks to mobile home parks and self storage, today we’re talking with Ted Greene about recession resistant asset classes. Ted tells us about the in-depth back end process for getting parks up and running, how he’s finding and acquiring self storage deals in a hot market, and why he might not invest in one of these assets again. 

Ted Greene Real Estate Background:

  • Blogs (3/23, 4/11, 4/26, 6/25)
  • Investor Relations manager at Spartan Investment Group
  • 20+ years of real estate experience
  • Portfolio consist of 14 properties, 10 of which have gone full circle 
  • Based in Golden, CO
  • Say hi to him at: https://spartan-investors.com/ 
  • Best Ever Book: Peak


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When a hometown friend asked Wade Micoley to invest in a multimillion dollar nursing home, he agreed without hesitation. On today’s #SkillsetSunday, we’re talking with Wade about how he got his start in the assisted living sector. We dive into the research and planning he did to make his first venture a huge success, and how he did it again 3 more times in different locations. 

Wade Micoley Real Estate Background: 

  • 30+ years of experience as a broker and top agent
  • Owns several nursing homes, a residential construction company, and helped start a very large regional bank
  • Based in Green Bay, WI
  • Say hi to him at: www.realtyhive.com

 


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While investing in traditional assets, Denis Shapiro failed to create meaningful income. Instead he merged traditional investments with real estate investments to cultivate the portfolio he has today. Denis lays out the research he does before investing in any deal, circumstances where a preferred return may not be a priority, and some major negatives of ATM funds.

Denis Shapiro Real Estate Background:

 


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After stumbling into real estate at age 25, Mike Anderson realized how quickly he could scale his business. Since then he’s worked on apartments and new builds, with a current focus on land developments and mobile home parks. Today, Mike tells us how he reached 98% occupancy within a year of opening, how the mobile home market is changing, and why he would choose mobile homes over tiny homes. 

 

Mike Anderson Real Estate Background:

  • Founded Reliance Mortgage Company, Inc.
  • Received Century 21 Top Listing Sales Person in a three-state region from 1971-1981
  • Named 1995 Entrepreneur of the Year by INC. Magazine & listed in the Who’s Who American Businessmen of 2000
  • Portfolio consists of numerous multimillion dollar build jobs, RV park owner, over 2000 acres of land, and affordable housing
  • Based in Dallas, TX
  • Say hi to him at: https://www.reliancemortgage.com/

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In today’s episode of the Actively Passive Investing Show, Travis Watts details how investment firms and investors are approaching multifamily post-pandemic, and strategies that are going to stick around from now on. He talks about how multifamily held up during the pandemic, how millennial lifestyles are affecting the future of multifamily, and moves investors should be making to prepare for the next recession. 


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Direct download: JF_2550_Actively_Passive_Investing_Show_56.mp3
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After realizing flipping properties wasn’t the way to financial freedom, Kirby Atwell switched gears to vacation rentals. Now, his rentals are single handedly paying for his 45-acre farm lifestyle. Today Kirby is breaking down how his 1 bedroom rental almost paid for itself in just 3 months, how to identify a good rental property, and where to start if you’re looking to make the switch.

Kirby Atwell Real Estate Background:

  • Recently left role as the CFO of a national non-profit to go back to investing in real estate full time, with a focus on vacation rentals
  • I recently sold an 11 unit apartment building that I purchased, fully rehabbed and stabilized
  • Portfolio consists of 80 flips since 2011, purchased about 28 long-term rental units (mostly single-family homes) that were recently sold off to focus on short-term rentals  
  • Currently owns 10 AirBnB listings, one long-term rental, one passive investment in a 250 unit apartment, and the 45-acre farm experiential short-term rental
  • Based in Valparaiso, IN
  • Say hi to him at: www.LivingOffRentals.com
  • Best Ever Book: Effortless


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Shawn and Joni Wolfswinkel started their real estate investing journey back in college, taking classes by day and handling investments by night. After working together for 21 years, and going through several investing highs and lows, the Wolfswinkels are sharing their best advice and lessons learned. We’re talking about managing 1500 doors, winning at pre-foreclosure investing, and moving from wholesaling and fix-and-flips to build-to-rent properties. 

Shawn and Joni Wolfswinkel Real Estate Background:

 

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Working exclusively with off-market deals isn’t always easy, but if you ask Daniel Sarao, it’s always worth it. Today, Daniel tells us all about his recent off-market deal from his marketing, to how he acquired it, how he made it worth it for the seller, and why he decided to sell it shortly after. 

Daniel Sarao Real Estate Background:

  • Co-Owner and Managing Partner of our investment firm Sesa Properties 
  • Owner of a boutique marketing agency in FL
  • Have Been investing for about 10 years
  • Currently owns a handful of properties and has wholesaled and/or flipped 20+ properties in the last 12 months alone
  • Based in Cape Coral, FL and company is based in Cleveland, OH 
  • Say hi to him at: Sesabuyshouses.com & digitalmacaw.com
  • Best Ever Book: Profit First

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On today’s Skillset Sunday, we’re talking with Wade Micoley all about assisted living and medical care facilities. Wade owns several nursing homes and has plenty of experience in each step of the process. He tells us about scalability, the specifics on staffing and the daily management of the facility, and the criteria you need to meet to get approval. 

Wade Micoley Real Estate Background: 

  • 30+ years of experience as a broker and top agent
  • Owns several nursing homes, a residential construction company, and helped start a very large regional bank
  • Based in Green Bay, WI
  • Say hi to him at: www.realtyhive.com

 


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Today we’re talking with Kris Bennett about the beginner’s guide to self storage investing. He talks about how he took his first acquisition from 70% to 90% occupancy in 60 days in one easy step, how to be as hands off as possible in your investments, how he finds his deals even in a saturated market, and what specific metrics to look for to know you’re getting a good deal. 

 

Kris Bennett Real Estate Background:

  • One of two self-storage managing partners at PassiveInvesting.com
  • 14 years of CRE investing experience
  • Recently closed a 15k sf. self-storage facility and adding another 150 units, or 22,000 sf of climate-controlled units
  • Under contract on 2 self-storage facilities in NC and CO totaling $18 million in price
  • Based in Vacaville, CA
  • Say hi to him at: PassiveInvesting.com
  • Best Ever Book: Principles

 


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Aspiring professional golfer, Jonathan Farber, actively seeks out opportunities to work less and make more. He got his first taste of financial freedom through rentals and by knowing exactly where to buy them. Today, Jonathan walks us through his in-depth process for finding his next market to ensure he yields the best returns, and how you can do the same for your next investment.

 

Jonathan Farber Real Estate Background:

  • Full-time real estate investor, podcast host, podcast course creator, real estate mastermind coach
  • 7 years of real estate investing experience
  • Portfolio consists of 4 buy and hold units, 5 short term rental properties, 2 flips, 3 house hacks, 4 wholesales, and 1 wholetail
  • All real estate investments are completely passive
  • Based in Plainview, NY
  • Say hi to him at: https://jonfarber.co/
  • Best Ever Book: Best Ever Apartment Syndication Guide & Rocket Fuel

 

 

 


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In today’s episode of the Actively Passive Investing Show, Travis Watts gives us an updated overview of the real estate market in Q3. He takes into account our recent federal spending, inflation rates, and the price of real estate in 2021 and shares price appreciation and predicted rent increases. Tune in for more information on whether it’s a good time to enter the real estate market.


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After losing everything in 2000, Brian Noel realized he could make more money with real estate than his full time job, and he decided to start investing in cash flow properties. Today, he talks about the biggest challenges he faced as a GP, lessons learned from working with co-sponsors and investors, and how to keep investors from pulling out funds unexpectedly. 

Brain Noel Real Estate Background:

  • 40+ years of real estate investing experience
  • LP/KP/GP in 12 buildings for over 3,000 doors
  • Flipped over 30 properties
  • Based in Denver, CO
  • Say hi to him at: www.ascotequitypartners.com
  • Best Ever Book: The One Thing 


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Although she came into real estate with an accounting background, Lisa Hylton’s first investment actually lost money. She decided to invest in education instead, and that’s when she was introduced to syndicating. Today, she’s talking about industrial vs. multifamily, what qualifications she looks for in an operator, and doing her due diligence before joining a syndication. 

Lisa Hylton Real Estate Background:

  • Full-time real estate investor
  • 10 years real estate investing experience
  • Passively invested in 5 deals to date
  • GP of a fund that invested in 250 units in Atlanta in 2019
  • Portfolio includes 2 multifamily investments of approximately 500 doors, 2 multifamily investments that are currently going full cycle of 600 units and 250 units, and 1 industrial asset
  • Based in Los Angeles, CA
  • Say hi to her at: www.lisahylton.com
  • Best Ever Book: The Hands Off Investor


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Growing up in construction and then doing over 1,000 fix and flips, Joe Evangelisti ultimately shifted to self storage development. Today, he’s talking about lessons learned in his first deal, converting a senior care facility to self storage. Joe shares in detail about why it took 12 months longer than projected, what he did differently in future developments, and his current process for vetting his team to ensure his timeline goes according to plan. 

Joe Evangelisti Real Estate Background:

  • CEO of 3 different companies. Legacy Developers (Self Storage Development), Mammoth Conversions (Digital Marketing), and Hero Home Buyers (Wholesale)
  • Has been investing in real estate for 15+ years, actively and passively
  • Focusing more on self storage development with multiple Class A facilities breaking ground within the next few months
  • Based in Haddonfield, NJ
  • Say hi to him at: elevatewithjoe.com 


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Jimmy Edwards just closed his first full cycle deal in his college town, giving 100% returns in just 35 months. Today we’re getting down to the numbers and learning his exact step-by-step process for successful rehabbing and rebranding. Jimmy shares what he told investors when he found out how poor conditions actually were, 6 key things he did to let the community know there’s new ownership, and how he knew it was time to sell. 

Jimmy Edwards Real Estate Background: 

  • Previous episode: JF1421
  • Just closed on first full cycle deal - 2x multiple in 35 months, purchased at 50% occupancy, decreased to 38% occupancy, sold at 92%
  • Full time multifamily investor
  • Invested in 570 units
  • Purchased, rehabbed, and successfully sold over 100 SFRs
  • Based in Dallas, TX
  • Say hi to him at: www.HighFiveMultifamily.com

 


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At the start of the pandemic, Chad Sutton was on his way to closing a deal....until the lender backed out 12 days before closing due to projected economic changes. Now, Chad’s left with raising $4M before time runs out. He tells us his first three calls he made after finding out the news, the first fire he put out, and how he made it happen against all odds. 

 Chad Sutton Real Estate Background: 

  • Previous episode: JF2372
  • Full time real estate investing, formerly Aerospace/Mechanical Engineer and then Global Sourcing Leader
  • 2 years experience
  • 600+ units multifamily and growing
  • Based in Nashville, TN
  • Say hi to him at: www.thequattroway.com 

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After fixing and flipping nearly 1200 single family homes, Jacob Vanderslice and his 2 partners focused most of their funds into self storage investing. Now, their portfolio consists of $195M in real estate assets. Tune in to find out why they chose self storage over other real estate, 4 ways to know if you’re getting a good deal, and why you may reconsider investing in self storage. 

Jacob Vanderslice  Real Estate Background:

  • Principal at VanWest Partners
  • VanWest focuses on acquisition and management of self-storage centers
  • Portfolio consist of $195 million in real estate assets
  • Based in Denver, CO
  • Say hi to him at: www.vanwestpartners.com 
  • Best Ever Book: The Kingdom of Ice


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Direct download: JF_2537_Jacob_Vanderslice.mp3
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In today’s episode of the Actively Passive Investing Show, Travis Watts analyzes Daniel Ameduri’s book, Don’t Save For Retirement. Travis pulls out and discusses some key points from the book like why traditional methods of retirement aren’t actually designed to benefit us, redistributing retirement funds, and how to do as the millionaires do.


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When everyone was running from the industry after the housing crisis, Samson Jagoras stuck it out. Although he questioned how far real estate could go, he decided to dive into multifamily for scaling potential. Samson tells us his best tips for creating and maintaining relationships with brokers, how to ensure they keep bringing you deals, and his biggest lesson learned from working with investors. 

 

Samson Jagoras Real Estate Background:

 

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After stumbling upon new construction, Jason Javer quickly realized it aligned with his skillset and goals and decided to focus his efforts there. Today, we’re talking to Jason in detail about how finding your niche ultimately brings in better financing, gains the trust of your investors, and potentially gives you a larger cut of the deal. 

Jason Javer Real Estate Background:

  • Managing partner at Vista Homes
  • 8 years of real estate experience
  • Portfolio consist of 100 units in production, 30 unit rental portfolio, wholesaling, and flips
  • Based in Charlotte, NC
  • Say hi to him at: www.vistahomesclt.com 
  • Best Ever Book: The One Thing

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After moving to the US in 1998 and starting to work his corporate job, Prashant Kumar’s goal became to stop simply trading his time for money. However, once he dove into real estate, he realized he shouldn’t do the heavy lifting before he’s ready. Today, Prashant shares how he actually ended up making money on a deal that fell through, and the importance of quality property management for practically passive income. 

Prashant Kumar  Real Estate Background:



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After Josh Ferrari’s first deal turned out to be a living nightmare with little to no return, he knew property management wasn’t for him. Instead he focused on investor relations, and now he and his 2 business partners are approaching their goal of $100M of assets under management in 3 years. Josh tells us the key to choosing your partners, what you need to know about single family portfolios in comparison to multifamily, and what you should spend LESS time doing to make the most impact.

Josh Ferrari Real Estate Background:

 

  • Active in Real Estate Investing for 3 years
  • Aircraft Technician & Multifamily Syndicator. In the process of dropping the technician job
  • 91 units with 236 under contract
  • Based in Mobile, Al
  • Say hi to him at: https://www.ferraricapital.com
  • Best Ever Book: Extreme Ownership

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On today’s Situation Saturday, we’re talking with Joseph Cornwell about his unique experience he ran into while trying to renovate and rent his 8-unit property. After lockdown delays and being caught in a territorial battle between local and county jurisdictions, Joseph tells us what he learned from this seemingly unending renovation. He shares how he got out of the toxic situation, and what he does on day one of all projects now. 

Joseph Cornwell Real Estate Background:

  • Full-time police officer
  • Also a real estate agent, investor, and owns a construction company
  • 5 years of real estate investing experience
  • Active investor - 37 units over 8 properties, done a couple live-in flips, wholesaled a couple deals, and sold 1-99 units as an agent
  • Based in Cincinnati, OH
  • Say hi to him at: Facebook - @joecornwellre; Instagram - @joecornwellre


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After learning the key to turning his first property around in 2018, Vincent Rodriguez went on to grow his investments even more in the next few years. Last year alone he grew from 5 units to 25 units during the pandemic, all on top of working a full time job. Vincent is sharing his secrets for growth, partnerships, time management, and his exact deal structure with his partners. 

 

Vincent Rodriguez Real Estate Background:

  • Mechanical engineer and Managing partner for AnVi Holdings, LLC
  • Started investing in real estate in 2018
  • Currently has 24 doors across 3 cities; Duplexes, Triplexes
  • Based in Orange County, CA
  • Say hi to him at: www.anviinvest.com 
  • Best Ever Book: ABCs of Real Estate Investing

 

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In today’s episode of the Actively Passive Investing Show, Travis Watts discusses the parallels between real estate investing and Ralph Lauren’s story on building his empire. We take a look into leveraging other people, thinking alternatively in your investments, and how to design a life on your terms by taking action today (no matter how small). 



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After growing up with investor parents, Charles thought he would follow his dad’s footsteps and self-manage his future investments. That is, until he started syndicating. Today, we’re talking to Charles about how he approaches conversations with potential investors now, why his mindset changed from wanting to do it all himself to including investors in his deals, and how that helped move the needle forward in his goals. 

Charles Carillo Real Estate Background:

  • Managing Partner of Harborside Partners, a real estate syndication firm
  • Actively investing in multifamily since 2006
  • Current investor in over 250 multifamily units across 3 states
  • Based in North Palm Beach, FL
  • Say hi to him at: https://charleskcarillo.com/about‐charles/  
  • Best Ever Book:  80/20 Rule


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After burning out from 10 years of struggling to succeed in real estate, Tony Javier looked for ways to automate his business. Today, we’re talking with Tony about using TV commercials to grow your motivated seller leads on autopilot. He tells us the top 5 benefits of using TV ads for investors, what channels he focuses on and why, and how he does this for even smaller costs than direct mail. 

 

Tony Javier  Real Estate Background:

  • Full-time real estate investor
  • 19 years of real estate experience 
  • Portfolio consist of 100 properties and 800 flips
  • Based in San Diego, CA
  • Say hi to him at: www.realestatemastersTV.com   
  • Best Ever Book: The 12 Week Year

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After filing chapter 7 bankruptcy at 35 years old, Nate Barger decided it was time to get more creative with his investments, so he shifted gears to hotels. Now, he’s working on an $80M Hilton build in Sarasota, FL. Nate talks about hotel scalability potential, possible risks of hotel investing, and why he would choose hotels over multifamily any day. 

 

Nate Barger Real Estate Background:

  • Full-time real estate investor 
  • 16 years experience
  • Actively involved as Syndicator, Syndication, Apartment Owner, Hotel Owner, Warehouse, Office
  • 1500+ current doors. Own over 100 million dollars assets under management. 4 hotels including a Hyatt, Hilton, and Marriott
  • Based in Cincinnati, OH
  • Say hi to him at: www.NateBarger.com


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Today, we’re talking with National Flood Experts’ Director, DJ McClure, about the benefits of investing in flood zone properties and how to use them as a value-add tactic. DJ discusses the flood zone creation process and how he works with FEMA to change flood zones, and how you can use this to your advantage to acquire properties other investors are probably passing on. 

 

DJ McClure Real Estate Background:

  • Director of National Flood Experts - A firm focusing on reviewing flood zones to uncover cost savings to properties
  • National Flood Experts has helped add over $100M in property value
  • Based in Tampa, FL
  • Say hi to him at: www.nationalfloodexperts.com 

 


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When a natural disaster hit Panama City Beach, Andrew Cushman went from 150 units at 100% occupancy, to 14 units in a matter of 3 hours. In today’s #SituationSaturday, Andrew tells us how he handled investor conversations before and after the hurricane, insurance best practices, and how to plan for natural disasters and actually benefit financially. 

 

Andrew Cushman Real Estate Background: 

  • Full-time apartment syndicator
  • 13 years of real estate experience 
  • Previous guest on episode JF868 2017
  • Portfolio consist of 2,100 apartment syndications
  • Based in Orange County, CA
  • Say hi to him at: www.vpacq.com 

 


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Today we’re talking about fostering long-term relationships to create deals for now and years to come. Ruben Kanya gives us his best tips for making genuine connections to create an inventory for himself. He talks about his approach to finding deals, his follow-up process for getting straightforward answers, and how to be more effective in your outreach.

Ruben Kanya  Real Estate Background:

  • Full time Business Analyst, Licensed Realtor, and Director of Invested Talent
  • 5 years of real estate investing experience
  • Helps investors find large apartments
  • Followed the Joe Fairless model in creating a thought leadership group 
  • Based in Atlanta, GA
  • Say hi to him at: www.experimentrealestate.com 
  • Best Ever Book: The Millionaire Fastlane


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In today’s episode of the Actively Passive Investing Show, Travis Watts explains what limited partners do for a living. He talks about the 5 different categories of limited partners, and 3 reasons why you may want to consider entering into a limited partnership to ultimately make retirement and time freedom tangible for you. 


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Henry Washington spent most of his young adult life with little to no savings and less than great credit, until one day he realized he didn’t have the means to fund his future. When he decided to buy his first rental he found out he was $19k short, so he got creative. Henry talks about how he bought that property with no money down, and his step by step process for getting better financing today.

 

Henry Washington Real Estate Background:

  • Owner of Independence Realty Group
  • 3.5 years of investing experience
  • Portfolio consist of 67 rentals, 32 flips
  • Based in Northwest Arkansas
  • Say hi to him at: www.henrywashington.com
  • Best Ever Book: The Alchemist


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Direct download: JF_2521_Henry_Washington.mp3
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After 15 years in the industry, building a successful business wasn’t an obstacle for Cody Sperber. Once he perfected his marketing and became a “transactional engineer”, he realized it was best to focus on his strengths and outsource/delegate/delete the rest. In this episode, Cody talks about how his mindset shift led to making even more money, without just focusing on cash flow and profit. 

Cody Sperber  Real Estate Background:



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Anthony Vicino got involved in real estate as a college student with his roommate and his dad, although he quickly realised sometimes it’s best to keep work and play separate. Anthony emphasizes the importance of cultivating and preserving relationships in the industry by adding unique value. He discusses some hard lessons learned while working with investors, and how to ensure a committed investor every time. 

 

Anthony Vicino Real Estate Background:

 

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While spending 5 years as an aerospace engineer, Ali Boone put any time and energy she could into leaving her corporate job. Now, she’s training others how to hack their minds before hacking their wallets in her new book “Not Your How-To-Guide to Real Estate Investing.” Today, she’s sharing specific hacks for saving time, money, and your sanity. 

 

Ali Boone Real Estate Background:

  • Owner of Hipster investments, focus on helping investors purchase turnkey and off-market rental properties
  • Current portfolio consists of out-of-state rental properties, primarily turnkey, and more recently added Southern California properties in Venice Beach
  • Hipster Investments managed to facilitate over $18M in real estate in its first 5 years in business
  • Based in Venice Beach, CA
  • Say hi to her at: www.hipsterinvestments.com/besteverfreebook

 



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After a near-death experience due to being overworked, Trevor Mauch realized he needed to focus on more energy-enriching business practices. Like many business owners, he created his business to give him freedom, impact, and grow his finances, but instead it trapped him into an endless cycle of constant grind. Trevor talks about how he honed in on his motivation and overcame burnout by working less and ultimately making more. 

 

Trevor Mauch  Real Estate Background:

 


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Today, we’re deep diving into speaking with investors, coming from the perspective of Investor Relation Manager, Ted Greene. Ted gives us his tips for communicating with new investors as well as continuing the conversation with his current investors. He even clues us in on his overall process from first contact with a new investor, to when they actually decide to invest. 

Ted Greene Real Estate Background: 

  • Investor Relations Manager at Spartan Investment Group
  • 20+ years of real estate experience
  • Portfolio consist of 14 properties, 10 of which have gone full circle 
  • Based in Golden, CO
  • Say hi to him at: https://spartan-investors.com/ 
  • Best Ever Book: Self Storage Domination


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In this episode of the Actively Passive Investing Show, Travis Watts lays out the top 5 best tips for good investor relations. He discusses one of the main pieces of information syndicators don’t talk about (and why you should), how to be more attractive to investors online, and what you need to be doing before going out and raising capital.

 

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When Stephanie transitioned into multifamily, she may not have expected her first syndication to be a fraternity house in Colorado. Although, she’s an expert in trying new investments that are out of her comfort zone. Since then, she’s added retail, apartments, and soon, development for multi-million dollar homes all in different markets. She talks about her biggest challenges, where she’s found the greatest return on investment, as well as her exit strategy. 

Stephanie Walter Real Estate Background:


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Franklin Spees wasn’t new to the property management game when he and his wife decided to start a company of their own soon out of college. Fast forward to today, he’s working on developing 74 2,000 square-foot commercial units. Tune in to learn about the 4-step process to effective condo conversions, how to successfully pre-lease before construction is even completed, and why land ownership may be your next business venture.

Franklin Spees Real Estate Background:

  • CA licensed broker, attorney, consultant, syndicator, and property manager
  • Currently VP and Partner of a law firm
  • Owns a small portfolio of single families, small multifamily with a few passive LP positions in multifamily syndications
  • 20+ years experience
  • Based in Fresno, CA
  • Say hi to him at: www.NeighborhoodREI.com
  • Best Ever Book: Multifamily Millions & The 4-Hour Workweek

 

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When Ruben Izgelov went to a private lending conference, he had full intentions of finding better sources of capital for his own deals. He walked in as a fix & flipper and walked out as a hard money lender. Tune in to find out what lenders are looking for in investors, how to make the lending process easier, and what you need to make sure your lender is NOT doing. 

 

Ruben Izgelov & Andrew Schnissel Real Estate Background:


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In this episode of “Best of Best Ever” we talk about how to select the best markets to invest in. Marco Santarelli talks about the key items to look at when choosing a good market, as well as how to avoid overpriced, bubble markets. Brent Maxwell teaches us the tell tale sign to identify up and coming markets by studying single-family trends. Lastly, Adiel Gorel shares his secrets for selecting the best markets for landlords using his research on demographics. 

Marco Santarelli

Brent Maxwell

Adiel Gorel

  • CEO of ICG, a real estate investment firm
  • Based in San Francisco, CA
  • Say hi to him at: https://icgre.com/
  • Episode #2152

 

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After working in corporate America for 1 year, LA native Josh Gorokhovsky found his investing niche of built-to-rent real estate. Learning from a local developer as his mentor, he narrowed down his ideal buyer and got to work. Josh talks about scoring good deals on land, how to keep construction costs low, and cultivating a good team to keep construction running smoothly. 

Josh Gorokhovsky Real Estate Background:

  • Runs Telos Properties which is a vertically integrated development firm
  • 5 years of real estate investing experience
  • Portfolio consist of 20 projects completed, 6 stabilized units under management and 24 under construction
  • Based in Los Angeles, CA
  • Say hi to him at: www.telosproperties.com
  • Best Ever Book: Real Estate Titans 

 

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Former gym owner, Nick Brown, bought his first investment property by finding and contacting the owner on Facebook. From then on out, he was dedicated to doing the nitty gritty side of investing to ultimately acquire 575 units today. Nick has a “get it done” mentality and talks about what he had to do to get there that others won’t do. 

Nick Brown  Real Estate Background:

  • Lawyer by trade but currently a full-time real estate investor
  • 7 years of real estate experience
  • Portfolio consists of 575 multifamily units and approx. 20,000 sqft of office space
  • Based in Camden, ME
  • Say hi to him at: www.averyinvestments.me
  • Best Ever Book: Flip the Script

 

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In this episode, Theo Hicks and Travis Watts talk about the key to being successful in real estate investing while also working a full-time job. They talk in detail about each investment strategy, analyzing how it fits into your lifestyle, and what they recommend investing in first.  


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Matt Drouin had an “aha” moment when he decided he was simply not going to participate in the college/debt/job cycle. He started with a 4-unit house hack and ultimately hit financial independence by age 33. Matt talks about how reaching his financial goal didn’t give him the euphoria he thought it would, and how he reinvented himself using the 10x rule.

Matt Drouin (Drew-in) Real Estate Background:



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After realizing he had little control in the stock market, Brian Wagers quickly moved to real estate investing. Brian talks about how he manufactured deals by driving around his neighborhood, while simultaneously building relationships with brokers, and how this ultimately led to his 425 units today. 

Brian Wagers  Real Estate Background:

  • Currently working full-time in sales
  • 4 years of real estate investing experience with 3 in multi-family
  • Portfolio consist of 425 units
  • Based in Rogers, AR
  • Say hi to him at: www.wagerscapital.com

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After former construction worker, Shane Torres, filed bankruptcy in 2012, he immediately turned around and opened his own real estate office that same year. Today he is actively and passively investing, focusing on the retail space. Shane shares his 6 qualifications for choosing the best locations, the type of tenants he gets to ensure success, and the reason he’ll never borrow from large lenders. 

Shane Torres Real Estate Background:



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