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In the first episode of Passive Investor Tips, Travis explains what financial freedom is, how to determine the amount of money you need to retire, and how to know when (or if) you should stop working.

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.

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Alex Olson fell in love with real estate while he and his wife were building their dream house. He met a mentor who advised him to get his commercial real estate license, and Alex soon developed a passion for representing 1031 exchange buyers looking for off-market multifamily and triple-net investments.

Today, Alex works as a senior real estate broker at XChangeCRE. In this episode, he shares his top four tips for engaging with sellers off-market.

Alex Olson | Real Estate Background

  • Senior real estate broker at XChangeCRE. He works with 1031 exchange buyers looking for off-market multifamily and NNN investments.
  • Based in: Kansas City, MO
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  • Best Ever Book: Am I Being Too Subtle? By Sam Zell
  • Greatest lesson: Don't try to be anyone other than yourself, and use your strengths to maximize your potential.

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Tommy Brant, a self-described recovering electrical engineer, is a full-time multifamily syndicator and real estate investor. He was first exposed to real estate through a college summer job working for a general contractor rehabbing mobile homes.

Today, Tommy owns three long-term rentals and one vacation rental, and he is invested in two apartment syndications totaling 356 units. In this episode, he discusses his tips for purchasing Florida rental properties, why he recently walked away from a contract on a 52-unit property in Nashville, and how he uses direct-to-seller advertising with a broker to find deals.

Tommy Brant | Real Estate Background

  • Founder of TB Capital Group, LLC, which focuses on multifamily syndication.
  • Portfolio: LP of two syndications, totaling 356 units
  • Based in: Nashville, TN
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  • Greatest lesson: Growth mindset, perspective, self-awareness, self-care, and determination are required traits of any entrepreneur. However, after you get past the scrappy start-up phase, finding reliable and competent PARTNERS is mandatory to scale effectively.

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In this episode, Ash, Slocomb, and Travis each explain their own personal real estate strategies, making their case for why investors should consider their approach while also explaining which types of investors might not benefit from using it.

Each week for the Best Ever Round Table, the three Best Ever Show hosts — Ash Patel, Slocomb Reed, and Travis Watts — come together for a deep dive into a commercial real estate investing topic.

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Oliver Fernandez got his start in real estate as a realtor, but quickly realized there was more money to be made as a landlord. After learning all that he could about real estate investing, he purchased his first single-family home, which eventually led him to become a general partner in the multifamily asset class.

In this episode, Oliver shares how his construction background helped him scale to more than 1,200 units, why the pandemic was an eye-opening experience for him, and his Best Ever advice for managing construction from a distance.

Oliver Fernandez | Real Estate Background

  • President of McKenzie Construction, a construction company that invests in multifamily real estate.
  • Portfolio:
    • GP of 1,270 units across seven properties
    • LP of 1,261 units across four properties
      • Every deal that he is a GP in, he also invests as an LP.
  • Based in: Washington, D.C.
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  • Best Ever Book: Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
  • Greatest lesson: Opportunities are everywhere, you just need to get clear on what you are looking for.

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In this episode, Ash covers the ins and outs of triple-net leases, also known as mailbox money leases. He shares how different types of triple-net leases work and the pros and cons of using each one.

The Beyond Multifamily series is hosted by non-residential commercial real estate investor and Best Ever Show host, Ash Patel. Ash’s goal for this series is to introduce you to the world of non-residential commercial real estate investing and teach you how to look at and underwrite different commercial asset classes.

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John Okocha adopted an investor mindset when he was in high school after reading Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. After starting out wholesaling, he became a realtor and then moved on to commercial real estate and multifamily acquisitions, working as the first hire for a company that scaled from 20 to more than 2,000 units in less than two years.

Today, John has two areas of focus — serving as a debt and equity broker, and launching his own fund that will focus on value-add multifamily properties. In this episode, John discusses the niche that he’s establishing as a debt/equity broker and fund owner, the biggest thing that surprised him about scaling from 20 to 2,000 units, and what led him to launch his own fund.

John Okocha | Real Estate Background

  • Managing principal of Okocha Equity Partners, an alternative asset management firm focused on multifamily.
  • Portfolio: GP of over 1,600 units
  • Based in: Dallas, TX
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  • Greatest lesson: Build strong relationships.

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For episode 100 of the Actively Passive Investing Show, Travis announces that this will be the final episode of the series. He will be launching a new series on the Best Ever platform titled Passive Investor Tips. Episodes will be shorter in length, featuring Travis as he breaks down passive investor topics to provide as much value as possible while simplifying the passive investing philosophy and mindset.

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Joel Block is the CEO and chief deal maker at Bullseye Capital, which focuses on distressed residential multifamily projects. He has been in the syndication and fund businesses since 1987, and he also assists attorneys in complex litigation cases involving real estate, securities, and alternate investments.

In this episode, Joel dives into the four categories of structuring funds that he helps his clients with: control, how LPs get paid, how GPs get paid, and a fourth miscellaneous category that includes elements such as marketing.

Joel Block | Real Estate Background

  • CEO and chief deal maker at Bullseye Capital, which focuses on distressed residential and multifamily projects.
  • Portfolio: Their fund owned close to 50 assets, but they have liquidated most of them as they look to wind down this fund.
  • Based in: Los Angeles, CA
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  • Greatest lesson: One of the great mistakes that syndicators make (especially newer ones) is that they make their deals unfriendly to investors. Some terms are easy to structure in a way that encourages investors to say "yes" to the investment. These are critical to get right to maximize capital raising.

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Becca Hint began her real estate career 18 years ago investing in multifamily. Over her tenure, she has scaled her portfolio both as an active and passive investor, focusing on multifamily syndication. Today, her hard work has paid off; she now resides in Costa Rica in a blue zone—regions where people are recorded to live longer than the average person—enjoying days spent on the beach doing yoga and surfing, all to the credit of her CRE investments. Her new focus is on hotel-to-multifamily conversions, and in this episode, Becca walks through how she navigated one of these deals. She also shares how she reached her business goals and why multifamily is a great asset for international investors.

Becca Hint | Real Estate Background

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In this episode, Ash, Slocomb, and Travis share their opinions on whether there is a looming syndication bubble. They dive into whether they think it has become too easy to syndicate, their thoughts on future appreciation for multifamily syndication, future challenges they see for operators using bridge debt, what they think it will look like if the syndication bubble begins to unravel, and more.

Each week for the Best Ever Round Table, the three Best Ever Show hosts — Ash Patel, Slocomb Reed, and Travis Watts — come together for a deep dive into a commercial real estate investing topic.

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David Coe began his real estate career fixing and flipping houses with his wife, leaving his corporate job behind so that he could spend more time with his family. After managing his way through the Great Recession, he doubled down by getting more involved in the real estate investing community, eventually getting involved in syndications as both a passive investor and general partner.

Today, David is a developer at Capital Stack Investments, runs a residential real estate team, and works as an active realtor. In this episode, he discusses the complexity that comes with developing properties in the Los Angeles market, why he considers it a niche, the toughest lesson he’s learned when it comes to construction, and his advice for evaluating deals.

David Coe | Real Estate Background

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In this episode, Ash picks up where he left off from last week’s discussion on investing in retail properties (Investing in Retail Pt. 1). Learn about non-anchored versus anchored strip malls, different types of anchored strips, and the pros and cons of investing in each type.

The Beyond Multifamily series is hosted by non-residential commercial real estate investor and Best Ever Show host, Ash Patel. Ash’s goal for this series is to introduce you to the world of non-residential commercial real estate investing and teach you how to look at and underwrite different commercial asset classes.

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Mark McGuire started his commercial real estate career at the age of 17 assisting in apartment maintenance, working his way up through construction and sales. After he started buying his own units, Mark began participating as an LP in multifamily syndications.

Today, he is the CIO of Hearthfire Capital, where he focuses on investor relations and serves as the interim development and entitlements director. In this episode, Mark shares the key to being successful with entitlements, how he recruits new investors, and his Best Ever advice when it comes to underwriting.

Mark McGuire | Real Estate Background

  • Chief Investment Officer at Hearthfire Capital, which invests in self-storage, multifamily, and single-family rentals.
  • Portfolio:
    • GP of 20 residential units
    • LP in 12 syndications across multifamily, industrial, hospitality, and self-storage
  • Based in: Lansdale, PA
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  • Greatest lesson: How to go from the person investing in syndications to finding the deals and raising the capital.

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In this episode, Travis explores the idea that in life, there is always someone doing better than you are, and there is always someone doing worse. Rather than competing with and comparing yourself to others, he explains why it is more important to focus on competing with yourself when it comes to passive investing as well as life in general.

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Michael Holman is VP of Development and Finance at Overland Group, Inc., a vertically integrated real estate company that develops, constructs, and manages multifamily and mixed-use properties. In his role, he oversees the company’s development while also focusing on acquisitions. As a former CPA for Ernst & Young, he considers himself to be fluent in all things finance.

In this episode, Michael discusses Overland’s most recent deal, why they are zeroing in on Arizona and Utah, the hardest lesson he’s learned so far, and what he believes to be the key to his success.

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Max Moala grew up with parents who were successful real estate investors in the single-family space, but they were hit very hard and lost everything in the 2008 crash. Instead of shying away from the business, however, he decided to face his fears and, with the support of his wife, he left his corporate job in January of 2022 and moved his family to Texas to become a multifamily syndicator.

In this episode, Max shares how he became a GP in three months, the key attributes that led him to success in such a short period of time, and his Best Ever advice for other commercial real estate investors.

Max Moala | Real Estate Background

  • Founder and CEO of API Investments, a real estate syndication company that focuses on multifamily.
  • Portfolio:
    • GP of 66 units
    • LP of 150 units
  • Based in: Dallas–Fort Worth, TX
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  • Greatest lesson: You don’t need to know everything to get started. What you need is desire, courage, and a great work ethic.

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In this episode, Ash, Slocomb, and Travis talk about mentors, advisors, books, various quotes, and other things that have helped them along on their commercial real estate journeys. They share the Best Ever advice they’ve ever received, their thoughts on paid mentoring and coaching programs versus free coaching and seminars, plus their favorite books on investing and finance.

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Kathy Jang is a multifamily syndicator focused in the Arizona area. She is CEO and founder of Diamond Point Homes, serving as GP of 536 units across seven properties and LP of 1,086 units. In this episode, Kathy discusses how she uses education to help guide investors who are nervous about the current economic climate, what factors are essential to consider when it comes to renovations, and how she defines wealth.

Kathy Jang | Real Estate Background

  • CEO and founder of Diamond Point Homes, which focuses on multifamily syndication.
  • Portfolio:
    • GP of 536 units across seven properties
    • LP of 1,086 units
  • Based in: Phoenix, AZ
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  • Best Ever Book: Radical Confidence by Lisa Bilyeu
  • Greatest lesson: For me, true wealth is about having freedom and time and the ability to create a positive impact.

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In this episode, Ash shares the ins and outs of how to invest in mom-and-pop retail strip malls. These properties typically have the highest management overhead, the highest return, and the lowest competition. Learn the pros and cons of investing in mom-and-pop strip malls, how to look for them, how to add value to them, and how to manage them.

The Beyond Multifamily series is hosted by non-residential commercial real estate investor and Best Ever Show host, Ash Patel. Ash’s goal for this series is to introduce you to the world of non-residential commercial real estate investing and teach you how to look at and underwrite different commercial asset classes.

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Alex Rogers graduated from the University of Minnesota with degrees in finance and economics in 2009 after watching the Great Recession unfold in real time. However, that didn’t deter him from teaming up with a friend to launch his real estate investing career. Today, Alex serves as principal at Gray Duck Companies, a fully integrated real estate firm specializing in multifamily real estate. In this episode, he shares why he decided to take on third-party property management, how he selects clients, and his advice for scaling to the point of hiring full-time staff.

Alex Rogers | Real Estate Background

  • Principal at Gray Duck Companies, a fully integrated real estate firm specializing in multifamily real estate.
  • Portfolio:
    • GP of:
      • 200 units through syndication
      • 100 units and approximately 50,000 sq. ft. of commercial acquired outside of raising capital with his business partner and additional JV partners.
    • LP of one fund, one multifamily syndication, and one storage syndication.
  • Based in: Duluth, Minnesota
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  • Best Ever Book: Who Not How, Dan Sullivan
  • Greatest lesson: One of the greatest lessons I've learned was the strength of your immediate network and those you spend time with. A common saying is that "you are the average of the five people you surround yourself with.” I take this to heart and try to surround myself with people that are smarter than I am. If you're the smartest person in a room, you're in the wrong room.

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While we are constantly seeking more money and more freedom, it’s important to determine how much you want or need to avoid falling into the trap of trading away all of your most important, finite resource — your time. In this episode, Travis shares how passive investing can help you stop exchanging your time for money.

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Omni Casey was born and raised in Hawaii, where he launched his career as both a real estate investor and a broker. After relocating to Virginia 12 years ago, Omni and his wife transitioned from single-family homes to purchasing entire mom-and-pop portfolios. In this episode, he shares his thoughts on the benefits of buying mom-and-pop portfolios, changing his strategy based on the changing economic and political climate, and the importance of separating financial independence from building wealth.

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Omni Casey | Real Estate Background

  • Real estate investor at New Leaf Redevelopers and managing broker at Weichert Realtors. The family investment business focuses on buy-and-hold deals that are small to mid-sized multifamily properties.
  • Portfolio:
    • GP of:
      • 170 units
      • Five commercial properties
      • Two mixed-use properties
      • One small storage rental building
      • A commercial retail unit
      • A flex/warehouse space
  • Based in: Ashburn, VA
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  • Best Ever Book: *Multifamily Millionaire* by Brandon Turner
  • Greatest lesson: There are benefits to understanding the changing economic indicators and how that changes the investing strategy that you may want to focus on.

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Michael Albaum is living his dream: traveling full-time in a renovated van with his wife. Their nomadic lifestyle is made possible through his commercial real estate investments, allowing him to invest remotely from anywhere. He’s also able to run his company, Roofstock, while on the road, which provides single-family rental opportunities for buyers, sellers, and financial management software for real estate investors. In this episode, Michael shares how he’s scaled his business, and how he manages his investments from anywhere in the world.

Michael Albaum | Real Estate Background

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In this episode, Ash, Slocomb, and Travis discuss the different ways they use social media to promote their businesses, along with their best tips and biggest online mistakes.

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Pasha Esfandiary was a professional poker player from the ages of 21 to 25. Seeking more stable income, he started flipping houses, eventually shifting to commercial real estate. Today, his primary investments are in mobile home parks and multifamily. In this episode, Pasha shares the lessons he learned from poker that translate into commercial real estate investing, along with his tips for navigating the booming field of mobile home parks.

Pasha Esfandiary | Real Estate Background

  • Founder of Evoke Capital, which focuses on value-add mobile home parks.
  • Portfolio: GP of 550 units/lots/doors between a mix of apartment complexes, motels, and mobile home parks.
  • Based in: Los Angeles, CA
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  • Best Ever Book: Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  • Greatest lesson: Pertaining to this field of mobile home parks, buy good assets and let time do the work. Get REALLY rich slow.

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In this episode, Ash uses some of his personal stories to illustrate how pain points and emotions are a part of real estate transactions, and how you can use them to your advantage.

The Beyond Multifamily series is hosted by non-residential commercial real estate investor and Best Ever Show host, Ash Patel. Ash’s goal for this series is to introduce you to the world of non-residential commercial real estate investing and teach you how to look at and underwrite different commercial asset classes.

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J.C. Clemens Jr. spent seven years working for Holliday Fenoglio on the mortgage side and in multifamily sales before landing at Flagship Capital Partners. Flagship is a direct lender and equity investor for commercial real estate transactions with a compelling value-add story. J.C. serves as its managing director and chief production officer while investing in separate general partnerships and limited partnerships on the side. In this episode, he discusses how he qualifies sponsors he chooses to work with, what an ideal sponsor looks like, and the biggest indicator that a sponsor isn’t going to be a good fit.

J.C. Clemens Jr. | Real Estate Background

  • Managing director and chief production officer at Flagship Capital Partners. They are capital providers for value-add real estate investments across the country.
  • Portfolio:
    • GP of over 3,000 units
    • LP of 30+ different properties across the country as an institutional LP investment or as a first lien senior lender
  • Based in: Houston, TX
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  • Greatest lesson: Find your niche and stay in your lane. Don’t try to make deals work if they don’t fit your investment criteria.

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In this episode, Travis discusses the highlights from Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics, a book written by Nobel Prize winner and author Richard H. Thaler. While we often assume most people are logical and rational with their money, Travis explains how Thaler disproves that theory with a number of examples.

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Category:Passive Investing -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Ken Naim originally studied to be a pharmacist, but after determining the career wasn’t for him, he quickly pivoted to IT. Before launching his IT career, Ken purchased his first property — a condo for his grandparents. Today, Ken is president of DB Performance, an IT consulting company, and the managing member of his real estate syndication company, Beacon One. In this episode, Ken shares the details about his first commercial property deal, why he invests across asset classes, and what drove him to do his first syndication this year.

Ken Naim | Real Estate Background

  • President of DB Performance and managing member of Beacon One. DB Performance is an IT consulting company; Beacon One is a real estate syndication company.
  • Portfolio: Owner of
    • 37,000 square foot office building
    • 25,000 square foot industrial building syndication
    • 12,000 square foot retail shopping center
  • Based in: Lake Worth, Florida
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  • Greatest lesson: We all have negative experiences that create mental roadblocks; don’t let them become permanent limiters of your potential.

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San Diego native Bryan Underwood grew up learning the ins and outs of self-storage from his family. After honing his acquisitions, entitlements, and property due diligence skills, he went on to start Responsible Real Estate, which develops residential projects in both the single-family and multifamily asset classes. In this episode, Bryan discusses his biggest learning curve in residential development, what he looks for in a project manager, and what it takes to thrive in the San Diego market.

Bryan Underwood | Real Estate Background

  • President of Responsible Real Estate, Inc., which sources investment opportunities, entitles land, raises capital, performs property due diligence, and develops residential projects.
  • Portfolio:
    • GP of:
      • 109 units between two development properties and one value-add property
      • 10 townhomes
    • LP of:
      • 15 self-storage facilities
  • Based in: San Diego, CA
  • Say hi to him at:
  • Best Ever Book: The Bible
  • Greatest lesson: Surround yourself with great people.

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Direct download: JF_2842_Bryan_Underwood.mp3
Category:Property Management -- posted at: 3:00am EST

In this episode, Ash, Slocomb, and Travis discuss how the economic and political climate in mid-May of 2022 is impacting the way they look at deals, the rules of thumb they follow when it comes to recession recovery, and the fundamentals of the economy.

Each week for the Best Ever Round Table, the three Best Ever Show hosts — Ash Patel, Slocomb Reed, and Travis Watts — come together for a deep dive into a commercial real estate investing topic.

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Direct download: JF_2841_Round_Table_6_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Dan Kryzanowski has been a passive investor for the past decade and plans on using the summer of 2022 to reflect on his investment strategy, his goals, and the asset class(es) he chooses to focus on. Dan is an advisory partner at BV Capital, which is a private, veteran-owned real estate development and investment company. In this episode, Dan explains why he is taking a temporary step back this summer when it comes to investing, why he recommends deferring taxes with the Delaware Statutory Trust, and why he recommends completing additional due diligence when dealing with a sponsor consisting of only one GP.

Dan Kryzanowski | Real Estate Background

  • Advisory partner at BV Capital, which is a private, veteran-owned real estate development and investment company.
  • Portfolio:
    • LP of:
      • 2,600+ storage units
      • 1,500+ multifamily doors
      • Additionally, dozens of industrial, infrastructure, and residential properties
  • Based in: Austin, TX
  • Say hi to him at:
  • Greatest lesson: Be extra cautious (and complete additional due diligence) when dealing with a sponsor consisting of only one GP.

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Direct download: JF_2840_Dan_Kryzanowski_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EST

In this episode, Ash talks about broker relationships and how to secure deals from brokers. Anyone can develop great broker relationships, he says — it’s all about how you approach them. Ash takes time to go through his LinkedIn inbox to demonstrate examples of the do’s and don’ts when it comes to reaching out to brokers.

The Beyond Multifamily series is hosted by non-residential commercial real estate investor and Best Ever Show host, Ash Patel. Ash’s goal for this series is to introduce you to the world of non-residential commercial real estate investing and teach you how to look at and underwrite different commercial asset classes.

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Direct download: JF_2839_Beyond_Multifamily_6_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EST

U.S. Navy Veteran Melanie McDaniel had been working as a park ranger for nine years when she decided to leave her federal career behind and become a full-time real estate entrepreneur. Today, she is the founder, partner, and fund manager at Freestyle Capital Group and Freestyle Fund. In this episode, Melanie shares how she became a co-GP and capital partner, her thoughts on investing in real estate during a high inflation period, and why conducting due diligence on deal fees is more important than ever right now.

Melanie McDaniel | Real Estate Background

  • Founder and partner/fund manager at Freestyle Capital Group and Freestyle Fund. Freestyle Capital Group is a boutique private equity firm that focuses on a variety of asset classes, and Freestyle Fund is a customizable Fund.
  • Portfolio:
    • GP of:
      • 206 units across AZ, TX, and VA
      • Owns 24 units in Norfolk, VA
      • Triple net in Longview, TX
      • Three luxury residential assisted living houses
    • LP of:
      • 276 units in Huntsville, AL
  • Based in: Austin, TX
  • Say hi to her at:
  • Greatest lesson: Everyone who has made money from real estate has been a genius in the last 10 years. The coming times are going to separate the true professionals from the operators who have gotten lucky with the market cycle. Do your due diligence. I have looked at enough underwriting in the last two years to know that a large majority are underwriting aggressively based on the market cycle we just went through. It is time to play defense and look for lower-risk opportunities with strong teams with a track record.

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Direct download: JF_2838_Melanie_McDaniel_1.mp3
Category:Fully Active/Syndicators -- posted at: 3:00am EST

In this episode, Travis discusses the future of multifamily within a 10-year time frame. His projections are based on his investor relations experience and conversations he has had with investors regarding uncertainty in the current market. By zooming out to look at things from a macro level, he hopes to help others avoid analysis by paralysis when it comes to their own investments.

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Direct download: JF_2837_Actively_Passive_Investing_Show_97.mp3
Category:Passive Investing -- posted at: 3:00am EST

U.S. Air Force Veteran Rich Neuharth rented and rehabbed 80 single-family homes before making the switch to multifamily syndications two years ago. Today, he co-owns and handles acquisitions for Aviana Capital Group, a private real estate investment firm focused on multifamily. In this episode, Rich tells us what drew him to apartment syndications, how he’s seen Covid impact landlord/tenant relationships, and how the current economic and political climate has affected his approach to debt.

Rich Neuharth | Real Estate Background

  • Co-owner/acquisitions at Aviana Capital Group, a private real estate investment firm that focuses on multifamily.
  • Portfolio: GP of 600+ units
  • Works full-time as an air traffic control specialist
  • Based in: Denton, TX
  • Say hi to him at:
  • Best Ever Book: The Virgin Way by Richard Branson
  • Greatest lesson: Stay humble or be humbled.

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Direct download: JF_2836_Rich_Neuharth.mp3
Category:Current Events -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Tosin Oduwole was raised in an entrepreneurial family where he was exposed to the real estate business at a young age. After attending boarding schools in Europe and Africa that nurtured his entrepreneurial spirit throughout his teens, Tosin arrived back in the states ready to get to work. Today, he is CEO and founder of Building AQuisition Partners, a regulation D 506(c) fund that invests in turnkey and distressed assets in developing markets. In this episode, Tosin discusses how he raised capital for his first fund without a track record, the creative ways he finds deals, and how to build a strong credit profile.

Tosin Oduwole | Real Estate Background

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Direct download: JF_2835_Tosin_Oduwole_.mp3
Category:Goals/Success Habits -- posted at: 7:00am EST

In this episode, Ash, Slocomb, and Travis talk about the two sides of the coin: personal finance and investing. They discuss the importance of each practice and share tips and stories based on their own personal experiences.

Each week for the Best Ever Round Table, the three Best Ever Show hosts — Ash Patel, Slocomb Reed, and Travis Watts — come together for a deep dive into a commercial real estate investing topic.

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Direct download: JF_2834_Round_Table_5_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Retired nurse and anesthetist Bobby Jones is an apartment syndication investor on a mission to spread the word about real estate investing to other healthcare professionals. Today, he is the founder of On Call Capital, which matches these professionals up with reputable operators in the real estate and alternative investing space. In this episode, Bobby shares how he discovered apartment syndications, what influenced him to move beyond passively investing to become a GP, and how he uses commonality to build his network.

Bobby Jones | Real Estate Background

  • Owner of Yellow Hammer Properties Inc, which helps others achieve financial freedom through real estate investments. He focuses on residential flips and multifamily investments.
  • Portfolio:
    • GP of 234 units in Texas
    • LP of 68 units in Alabama.
  • 20 years of real estate experience
  • Based in: Birmingham, AL
  • Say hi to him at:
  • Greatest lesson: If you want to go where everyone else is going, then do what they do. If you want to stand out and do something different, then you need to try new things.

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Direct download: JF_2833_Bobby_Jones_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EST

In this episode, Ash discusses four common limiting beliefs that keep investors from accomplishing their goals and provides solutions to overcome them based on his personal experiences.

The Beyond Multifamily series is hosted by non-residential commercial real estate investor and Best Ever Show host, Ash Patel. Ash’s goal for this series is to introduce you to the world of non-residential commercial real estate investing and teach you how to look at and underwrite different commercial asset classes.

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Direct download: JF_2832_Beyond_Multifamily_5_.mp3
Category:Goals/Success Habits -- posted at: 3:00am EST

When former high school teacher Todd Dexheimer decided he wanted to get into real estate 14 years ago, he scraped up every last dollar he and his wife had to buy their first single-family rental property. Today, as a GP of 4,000 units, Todd is focused on purchasing well-located commercial multifamily and senior housing assets. In this episode, he shares how he transitioned from flipping houses to buying commercial multifamily properties, how the current market is influencing his underwriting and perspective on debt, and why understanding the current state of the market is key to survival.

Todd Dexheimer | Real Estate Background

  • CEO and owner of Endurus Capital (multifamily) and VitaCare Living (assisted living). They purchase and syndicate 100+ unit value-add multifamily and senior housing, focusing on properties with economical deficiencies in grade B+ to A locations.
  • Portfolio:
    • GP of 4,000 units, totaling $400M in AUM
    • LP of $1.5M
  • Based in: St Paul, MN
  • Say hi to him at:
  • Best Ever Book: Building a StoryBrand by Donald Miller
  • Greatest lesson: Use highly qualified professionals in areas that aren't your focus. For example, use attorneys instead of trying to do it yourself.

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Direct download: JF_2831_Todd_Dexheimer_.mp3
Category:Deal/Property Analysis -- posted at: 3:00am EST

In this episode, Travis shares two ways to help boost your income.

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Direct download: JF_2830_Actively_Passive_Show_96.mp3
Category:Passive Investing -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Max Sharkansky brokered for five years at Marcus & Millichap before he began buying real estate with his childhood best friend. Today, he specializes in value-add multifamily and serves as GP of 6,000 units across California, Oregon, Colorado, and the Southeast. In this episode, Max shares his formula for getting access to deals before they reach the institutional process, how current events are changing the way he underwrites and structures debt, and why he chooses not to veer away from the multifamily asset class.

Max Sharkansky | Real Estate Background

  • Partner at Trion Properties, which invests in multifamily real estate, and specifically specializes in value-add projects.
  • Portfolio: GP of 6,000 units
  • Based in: Miami, FL
  • Say hi to him at:
  • Best Ever Book: Atomic Habits by James Clear
  • Greatest lesson: Take risks and hire good people.

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Direct download: JF_2829_Max_Sharkansky.mp3
Category:Deal/Property Analysis -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Suzy Sevier’s real estate journey began only two years ago at the onset of COVID-19. During the lockdown, she and her husband Michael decided to take the opportunity to educate themselves as much as possible and get into the business. Today, the England-based investors are focused on multifamily assets in Oklahoma. In this episode, Suzy discusses how the pandemic kickstarted her real estate journey, how she finds deals in the U.S. while living in England, and why having the right partner is the key to success.

Suzy Sevier | Real Estate Background

  • Co-founder of Adventurous Real Estate Investors, which focuses on value-add multifamily investments.
  • Portfolio:
    • GP of 388 units
    • LP of three deals: short-term rental JV, one apartment complex, and ATMs
  • Based in: Cambridge, England
  • Say hi to her at:

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Direct download: JF_2828_Suzy_Sevier_.mp3
Category:Deal/Property Analysis -- posted at: 3:00am EST

In this episode, Ash, Slocomb, and Travis discuss financial independence as it pertains to real estate.

Each week for the Best Ever Round Table, the three Best Ever Show hosts — Ash Patel, Slocomb Reed, and Travis Watts — come together for a deep dive into a commercial real estate investing topic.

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Direct download: JF_2827_Round_Table_4_.mp3
Category:Goals/Success Habits -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Jiries Dawaher graduated high school in 2002 with a GPA of 1.53. He then served in the Army National Guard in Ohio as a helicopter and diesel mechanic for nine years, dabbling in network marketing on the side. After getting out of the military, he was bartending in Hilton Head, SC, when he got a call from a friend who was making money by wholesaling in Cincinnati — and the rest is history. In this episode, Jiries shares about using his wholesaling background to acquire multifamily properties, his top networking strategies, and how he ventured into the hotel business. Jiries Dawaher | Real Estate Background

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Direct download: JF_2826_Jiries_Dawaher_.mp3
Category:Deal/Property Analysis -- posted at: 3:00am EST

In this episode, Ash shares his top 12 tips for interviewing podcast guests.

The Beyond Multifamily series is hosted by non-residential commercial real estate investor and Best Ever Show host, Ash Patel. Ash’s goal for this series is to introduce you to the world of non-residential commercial real estate investing and teach you how to look at and underwrite different commercial asset classes.

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Direct download: JF_2825__Beyond_Multifamily_4_.mp3
Category:Networking -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Robert Rivani, a self-described disrupter of real estate, is the president of the commercial real estate investment company, Black Lion. He focuses on distressed and affected markets he can improve through drastic remodeling and attracting new tenants with staying power. In this episode, Robert tells us about how Black Lion is disrupting the hospitality industry in Miami, his fundamental belief regarding debt, and why he thrives on volatility.

Robert Rivani | Real Estate Background

  • President of Black Lion, a commercial real estate investment company that specializes in hospitality-focused projects.
  • Portfolio: GP of 13 properties including restaurants and retail
  • Based in: Los Angeles, CA, and Miami, FL
  • Say hi to him at:
Direct download: JF_2824_Robert_Rivani_.mp3
Category:Fully Active/Syndicators -- posted at: 3:00am EST

In this episode of the Actively Passive Show, Travis discusses how it is possible to be twice as rich by desiring less, what that means, and how you can apply it to your own life and investing strategies.

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Direct download: JF_2823_Actively_Passive_Investing_Show_95.mp3
Category:Passive Investing -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Robert Ritzenthaler grew up around his father’s construction business before earning his finance degree, which kickstarted his career on Wall Street. After the market crash of 2000, however, Robert reconsidered his path and decided to join his friend’s growing real estate business. Today, he is CEO and founder of REM Capital, with $350M AUM across eight states and a total door count of over 3,400. In this episode, Robert discusses how the current interest rate climate is affecting his investing decisions, the advantages of bridge debt, and the hardest lesson he’s learned so far.

Robert Ritzenthaler | Real Estate Background

  • CEO and founder of REM Capital, a real estate investment company that focuses on value-add and new development opportunities in key markets within the U.S.
  • Portfolio: $350M AUM across eight states with a total door count of over 3,400
  • Based in: Bradenton, FL
  • Say hi to him at:

Best Ever Book: Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin

 

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Direct download: JF_2822_Robert_Ritzenthaler_.mp3
Category:Current Events -- posted at: 3:00am EST

By age 19, Bailey Kramer already knew that he wanted to channel his entrepreneurial mindset into commercial real estate. That was only two years ago. Since then, he has been learning, networking, and doing deals. Today he is GP of 64 units and a short-term rental property that is commercially zoned and allows weddings. In this episode, he shares how he broke into real estate at such a young age, how he acquired such a unique property, and his approach to financing.

Bailey Kramer | Real Estate Background

  • Founder and CEO of his eponymous company, Bailey Kramer, which focuses on long-term and short-term rentals.
  • Portfolio: GP of 64 units and a short-term rental property that is commercially zoned and allows weddings.
  • Bought his first investment when he was 20 years old.
  • Based in: Orlando, FL
  • Say hi to him at:

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Direct download: JF_2821_Bailey_Kramer_.mp3
Category:Deal/Property Analysis -- posted at: 3:00am EST

In this episode of Round Table, Ash, Slocomb, and Travis share how they discuss goals with new investors that come to them for advice.

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Direct download: JF_2820_Round_Table_3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Jas Takhar grew up in Rexdale, Toronto, where he sold everything from newspapers to shoes to cars. The next step in the evolution of his sales career, he realized, was commercial real estate. He became a real estate broker 17 years ago, and still maintains that role today while making his own investments. In this episode, Jas details his long-term hold investing strategy, his philosophy when it comes to timing the market, and what’s next for investors in the landlocked city of Toronto.

Jas Takhar | Real Estate Background

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Direct download: JF_2819_Jas_Takhar_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EST

In this episode of Round Table, Ash, Slocomb, and Travis share how they discuss goals with new investors that come to them for advice.

Here is the first time Ash guested on the podcast: JF477: You Should Have Bought This Mixed-Use Property!

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Direct download: JF_2818_Beyond_Multifamily_3.mp3
Category:Goals/Success Habits -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Nicole Pendergrass started her career in value-add commercial multifamily with a three-family house hack in the Bronx. Today, she is the founder of Noirvest Holdings, which focuses on value-add commercial multifamily with a mission to increase equity and net worth for communities of color. In this episode, Nicole shares how her first property helped her to become an LP investor, the hardest lesson she’s learned so far, and how she plans to execute her mission.

Nicole Pendergrass | Real Estate Background

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Direct download: JF_2817_Nicole_Pendergrass.mp3
Category:Passive Investing -- posted at: 3:00am EST

In this episode, Travis argues that the “buy low, sell high” passive income investing strategy might not always be best suited for your needs. He introduces an alternative strategy to consider, using both real estate and stocks as examples.

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Direct download: JF_2816_Actively_Passive_Investing_Show_94.mp3
Category:Passive Investing -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Logan Rankin started out leading retail operations for a Fortune 50 company, but soon realized while he was working hard, his money wasn’t working hard for him. As he developed his financial literacy, he decided to take a big risk — he bought his first investment property, leaving only $7 in his bank account. Today, Logan owns 185 buildings totaling 1,923 units. In this episode, he shares how he’s been able to scale without partners or syndications, his tips for lead generation, and the number-one rule he lives by.

Logan Rankin | Real Estate Background

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Direct download: JF_2815_Logan_Rankin_.mp3
Category:Scaling -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Vicky Schiff started her first company when she was 30 in the self-storage industry. Since then, she has founded or co-founded five firms in real estate, real estate private equity, and capital formation, as well as a lending platform. In this episode, Vicky discusses the importance of staying power, the psychology behind economic cycles, and how she tempers the existing fear about what’s next for commercial real estate.

Vicky Schiff | Real Estate Background

  • Strategic advisor at Saul Urban LLC, which evaluates and develops multifamily sites and projects for adaptive and strategic reuse. She has founded/co-founded five firms in the real estate and finance sectors.
  • Portfolio: LP of over $10B transactions
  • Based in: Los Angeles, CA
  • Say hi to her at:
  • Best Ever Book: The Black Obelisk by Erich Maria Remarque

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Direct download: JF_2814_Vicky_Schiff.mp3
Category:Deal/Property Analysis -- posted at: 6:00am EST

In this episode of the Best Ever Round Table, Ash, Slocomb, and Travis take turns sharing their experiences as both hosts and guests on podcasts.

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Direct download: JF_2813_Round_Table_3_.mp3
Category:Goals/Success Habits -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Jonathan Tuttle has been in the mobile home park space since 2007. He served as a mobile home broker for 10 years and now serves as a fund manager at Midwest Park Capital, a private real estate investment firm focused on the mobile home park vertical. In this episode, Jonathan shares how the mobile home park space has changed over the last few years, what he sees in store for the future, and why despite everything, he still views mobile home parks as an undervalued asset class.

Jonathan Tuttle | Real Estate Background

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Direct download: JF_2812_Jonathan_Tuttle_.mp3
Category:Deal/Property Analysis -- posted at: 6:00am EST

In this episode of Beyond Multifamily, Ash Patel shares his story of how he got started in real estate to demonstrate the hidden value of mixed-use buildings.

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Direct download: JF_2811_Beyond_Multifamily_2_.mp3
Category:Scaling -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Before becoming a full-time commercial investor, Sean Katona worked at Microsoft and EA Sports selling X-Box ads to automotive manufacturers and Hollywood studios. In 2013, he turned his side hustle into a full-time career, and as he says, he’s been “failing forward ever since.” Today, Sean spends his time seeking out fixer-upper commercial deals in the Greater Phoenix area. In this episode, Sean discusses the ins and outs of value-add commercial real estate and the toughest lessons he’s learned in his career so far.

Sean Katona | Real Estate Background

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Direct download: JF_2810_Sean_Katona_1.mp3
Category:Deal/Property Analysis -- posted at: 6:00am EST

In this episode of the Actively Passive Investing Show, Travis Watts explains the concept of dollar-cost averaging and how this strategy typically applied to stock market investments can also be used with private placements.

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Direct download: JF_2809_Actively_Passive_Investing_Show_93.mp3
Category:Passive Investing -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Ronald “Ron” Rohde is the founder of a commercial real estate law firm where he primarily focuses on investor acquisitions and helping other investors buy commercial real estate. In this episode, Ron tells us about the importance of getting the right financing, when to consider using an open-ended fund, and the biggest lesson he’s learned as an investor himself.

Ronald “Ron” Rohde | Real Estate Background

  • Founder of Ronald Rohde Law, a commercial real estate law firm that handles commercial real estate transactions from entity formation, PSA negotiation, and due diligence review through closing.
  • Portfolio: GP of three industrial NNN properties in DFW, over 100,000 sq ft.
  • Based in: Dallas, TX
  • Say hi to him at:
  • Best Ever Book: Traction by Gino Wickman

Greatest lesson: Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should.

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Direct download: JF_2808_Ronald_Rohde.mp3
Category:Financing -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Perry Zheng is the founder and CEO of Cash Flow Portal, a real estate syndication software and investor portal. He got his start as a software engineer for Amazon and Twitter, then became an engineering manager for Lyft. He began syndicating during this time, which inspired him to launch Cash Flow Portal. In this episode, Perry discusses why he created the software, the factors that have contributed to its success so far, and his vision for the future of Cash Flow Portal.

Perry Zheng | Real Estate Background

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Direct download: JF_2807_Perry_Zheng_.mp3
Category:Financing -- posted at: 7:00am EST

Welcome to the first Best Ever Round Table, where the three Best Ever Show hosts come together for a deep dive into a commercial real estate investing topic. In this episode, Ash Patel, Slocomb Reed, and Travis Watts discuss when they think active investors should consider passively investing. Here are some of their responses:

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Direct download: JF_2806_Round_Table_1.mp3
Category:Fully Active/Syndicators -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Bruce Wuollet got his start in real estate by chasing tax lien foreclosures on single-family homes in 2002. That led to wholesaling, and by the time he was introduced to multifamily, he had flipped over 2,000 houses across Phoenix. Today, Bruce buys fix-and-hold multifamily properties in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas as founder and CEO of Bakerson. In this episode, Bruce discusses how he selects the right investors for buy & hold deals.

Bruce Wuollet | Real Estate Background

  • Founder and CEO of Bakerson, which buys fix-and-hold multifamily properties in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.
  • Portfolio: GP of 1,000 units
  • Based in: Carefree, AZ
  • Say hi to him at:
  • Best Ever Book: Blind Ambition: How to Go from Victim to Visionary by Chad E. Foster
  • Greatest lesson: Inflation is not an increase in prices. Rather, it is the increase of money supply. And with that, appreciation is increased value MINUS inflation.

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Direct download: JF_2805_Bruce_Wuollet_.mp3
Category:Scaling -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Welcome to the first episode of Beyond Multifamily, hosted by non-residential commercial real estate investor and Best Ever Show host, Ash Patel. Ash’s goal for this series is to introduce you to the world of non-residential commercial real estate investing and teach you how to look at and underwrite different commercial asset classes. In today’s episode, he shares the top seven reasons why he invests in non-residential commercial real estate, and why he thinks you should expand your horizons and do the same.

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Direct download: JF_2804_Beyond_Multifamily_1.mp3
Category:Deal/Property Analysis -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Ryan Chaw became a pharmacist in 2016, but he soon realized real estate was the best way to create generational wealth. He purchased his first property — a single-family home in Stockton, CA — that he repurposed as student housing and rented out by the room. Today, Ryan has six such properties. In this episode, he shares how he got into student housing and his tips for marketing to tenants and finding deals.

Ryan Chaw | Real Estate Background

  • Full-time pharmacist who invests in student housing. His process is purchasing single-family homes, creating extra bedrooms, and then renting out by the bedroom.
  • Portfolio: GP of 27 doors across six properties
  • Based in: Sacramento, CA
  • Say hi to him at:

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Direct download: JF_2803_Ryan_Chaw.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EST

In this episode, Travis shares his thoughts on two very different value-add multifamily deals he was a part of as an LP in the past. He uses these examples to explain why focusing on net operating income (NOI) versus simply evaluating an operator by previous IRRs can make a huge difference.

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Direct download: JF_2802_Actively_Passive_Investing_Show_92_.mp3
Category:Passive Investing -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Johnny Wolff is the founder of HomeRoom, a real estate investment platform that increases investors’ rent by 50% by enabling them to invest in single-family homes remotely and rent out each room separately. In this episode, Johnny walks us through how investing with the platform works, what the target markets and demographics are like, and how they identify the ideal properties for their investors.

Johnny Wolff | Real Estate Background

  • Founder of HomeRoom, which focuses on remote investing via co-living apartments and buildings.
  • Portfolio: GP of 22 units
  • Based in: Kansas City, MO
  • Say hi to him at:

Best Ever Book: The 50th Law by 50 Cent and Robert Greene

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Category:Goals/Success Habits -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Before becoming managing director of Gruszynski Capital, Gabe Gruszynski was a U.S. Marine, which led to a successful career in the telecom industry. He officially left the industry a few months ago, however, to focus on real estate with his wife. The two got into the business five years ago, and they’ve been focusing on multifamily, RV parks, and mobile home parks for the last two years. In this episode, Gabe dives into the numbers on his latest deals, explains why he likes to contact sellers directly, and shares how he became a commercial loan advisor.

Gabe Gruszynski | Real Estate Background

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Category:Scaling -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Matt Boettinger has been in the mobile home park space as an owner, operator, and investor for six years. Throughout that time, he worked with different groups and partners before becoming a principal at M2K Partners LLC. In this episode, Matt talks to us about the challenges he’s currently facing in the mobile home parks space and the ways he and his partners are adapting to overcome the increasingly competitive market.

Matt Boettinger | Real Estate Background

Greatest lesson: The right partners are key. Partners aligning on goals is key. I sold two parks with two other partnerships because our goals didn’t align.

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Category:Deal/Property Analysis -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Leka Devatha got into real estate in 2014 after moving to the U.S. from India in 2005. She has flipped single-family homes, office buildings, and multifamily real estate. Today, she is focused on doing her first multifamily syndication, for which she was able to raise $1M in four days. In this episode, Leka shares how she did it and why she invests solely for appreciation vs. cash flow, plus how she made $1M on a single flip.

Leka Devatha | Real Estate Background

  • President of Rehabit Homes, Inc., a company focused on residential and commercial redevelopment.
  • Portfolio: Flipped over 50 single-family homes and four commercial buildings.
  • Based in: Seattle, WA
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Category:Scaling -- posted at: 6:00am EST

At 20 years old, Jeffrey Donis is on the fast track to success in the commercial real estate space alongside his two brothers. Through self-education, networking, and exceptional ambition, they broke into the multifamily space in early 2021. Today, the brothers have three deals under their belt and are working on their fourth. In this episode, Jeffrey discusses what drew him and his brothers to commercial real estate, how they were able to scale so quickly, and what they hope to accomplish.

Jeffrey Donis | Real Estate Background

  • Head of Investor Relations at Donis Investment Group, which syndicates apartment complexes typically over 100 units. They target value-add, B- and C-class assets in GA, NC, and FL mainly.
  • Portfolio: GP of 636 units across three properties
  • Based in: Durham, NC
  • Say hi to him at:
  • Best Ever Book: Think Like A Monk by Jay Shetty

Greatest lesson: The only thing holding you back is you.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Although Paul Larson got his start in multifamily, he happened to stumble upon a mobile home park in 2019 and fell in love with the asset class. He and his partner purchased a small RV park the following year and soon pivoted, accumulating 600 units and making RV parks the star of their portfolio. In this episode, Paul walks us through the challenges that come with maintaining an RV park, how he adds value to his properties, and how he finds value-add mom-and-pop deals.

Paul Larson | Real Estate Background

  • Owner of Larson Real Estate & Investments LLC, a real estate investment company that focuses on buying value-add cash flowing multifamily assets 75 units and up.
  • Portfolio: GP of $35M multifamily that totals over 600 units with almost all being RV parks now.
  • Based in: Fort, AL
  • Say hi to him at:

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EST

In this episode, Travis explains how to vet a syndication deal as a passive investor from beginning to end in five minutes or less.

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Category:Passive Investing -- posted at: 7:00am EST

Tech entrepreneur Kranti Ponnam says commercial real estate is in his blood. Both his father and father-in-law were heavy real estate investors in India, and Kranti is passionate about commercial real estate investing — luckily, it comes naturally to him. In this episode, Kranti covers the natural correlations between tech entrepreneurship and commercial real estate investing, the benefits of in-house property management, and the business skills that have been most important to his real estate career.

Kranti Ponnam | Real Estate Background

Best Ever Book:  Traction by Gino Wickman

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Category:Deal/Property Analysis -- posted at: 7:00am EST

Kim Radaker has been in real estate for 15 years, and during that time, she and her team have purchased 25 properties, taking 15 of them full cycle. Every time her organization can’t find a vendor to serve their needs, they build a solution internally. As a result, Exponential Property Group handles materials import, interior construction, renovation, and graphic design in-house. In this episode, Kim discusses her motivation for vertical integration, how she finds multifamily deals today, and how prioritizing everyone her business impacts has been the key to scaling.

Kim Radaker Bays | Real Estate Background

Greatest lesson: It is so important to remember all the people that the real estate business touches including residents, employees, and investors.

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Category:Deal/Property Analysis -- posted at: 7:00am EST

For the last 14 years, Simplified Real Estate Investments Founder and CEO Joe Danza has focused on cash flow. After getting his start as a buy-and-hold investor, he and his team are continuing to see returns from those investments, allowing them to branch out into different asset classes while Joe also works two W-2 jobs. In this episode, Joe discusses getting into real estate in the midst of a market crash and how trust is the key factor when it comes to vetting operators and establishing self-management in a market at a distance.

Joseph Danza | Real Estate Background

  • Founder and CEO of Simplified Real Estate Investments LLC, which invests in multiple real estate asset classes including residential, vacation rentals, and multifamily investment properties.
  • Portfolio:
    • LP of:
      • 168 units in Joplin, MO
      • 113 units in Columbia, SC
  • Based in: Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C.
  • Say hi to him at:

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Category:Goals/Success Habits -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Self-storage is a family business for John C. Lindsey. His father got started in the business in 1969, and in 2012, John and his brother started Lindsey Self Storage Group. They have participated in virtually every aspect of the business: brokerage, owning a portfolio of stores, owning a management company, and building sites. Today, he says their focus is on self-storage brokerage. In this episode, John talks about being a second-generation self-storage investor, some of the high-level tactics of how to be successful, and shares advice for multifamily operators and investors interested in transitioning to self-storage.

John C. Lindsey | Real Estate Background

  • Co-founder and President of Lindsey Self Storage Group, which focuses on self-storage brokerage, development, and management.
  • Portfolio: Recently exited a 400k NLSF self-storage portfolio.
  • Based in: Durham, NC
  • Say hi to him at:
  • Best Ever Book:

Greatest lesson: Don't step over dollars to chase pennies.

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Category:Deal/Property Analysis -- posted at: 2:00am EST

Self-described “reformed attorney” Ashley Tison is passionate about helping business owners mitigate taxes through programs like Opportunity Zones. That’s why he co-founded OZPros.com — to democratize entrepreneurs’ ability to utilize Opportunity Zones to save on their taxes. In this episode, Ashley breaks down how Opportunity Zone funds work and how OZPros.com serves as both an educational tool and an investment opportunity.

Ashley Tison | Real Estate Background

  • Co-founder of OZPros.com. He’s an attorney and entrepreneur focused on helping real estate investors reduce their tax liability.
  • Based in: Charlotte, NC
  • Say hi to him at:

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Category:Financing -- posted at: 2:00am EST

Bob Voelker has taken on several different titles throughout his career. He started out as a CPA, then attended law school and became the first attorney in Texas to focus on low-income tax credit projects as a practice area. He then became a real estate developer focused on urban complex, mixed-use, and high-rise residential projects. Now retired, he recently authored his own book, Managing the Complexities of Real Estate Development. In this episode, Bob explains how he got into development, the lessons he’s learned, and how his tax credit knowledge has helped him along the way.

Bob Voelker | Real Estate Background

  • Retired after 38 years as a real estate attorney and developer focused on urban complex, mixed-use, and high-rise residential projects.
  • Joint ventures with other developers and real estate syndications.
  • Author of Managing the Complexities of Real Estate Development, a training manual for young developers, attorneys, and debt and equity associates.
  • Based in: Athens, GA
  • Say hi to him at:

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Category:Deal/Property Analysis -- posted at: 3:00am EST

In this episode, Travis highlights three common industry practices for how general partners often predict future sale prices.

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Category:Passive Investing -- posted at: 7:00am EST

In 2014, Harvard University graduate Ryan Williams chose to step away from his promising career with Blackstone to pursue his passion for leveling the playing field when it comes to real estate investing. He began to build what he calls the next-generation leading real estate investment platform focused on enabling individuals and larger institutions to directly invest in yield-oriented commercial real estate. In this episode, Ryan breaks down the plan he has for Cadre and how the platform will soon allow anyone with $100 to spare to invest in real estate.

Ryan Williams | Real Estate Background

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Category:Deal/Property Analysis -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Scott Haskin accidentally became a commercial real estate investor, landlord, and property manager after purchasing a set of old cannery buildings. It was a heavy lift project from a value-add perspective, and Scott handled much of the work himself. In 2011, he 1031-ed the property into an office building in the central business district of Lincoln, NE. In this episode, Scott and Ash discuss what actions can be taken to increase the office building’s occupancy after a recent decline

Scott Haskin | Real Estate Background

Greatest Lesson: Taking the time to properly screen and select tenants.

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Category:Deal/Property Analysis -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Former wildlife management conservation biologist Mason Moreland grew up thinking he’d be the next Steve Irwin. As soon as he graduated college, however, he caught the real estate bug and started investing in single-family homes with his father and brother. Today, Mason is able to combine both his passions as GP of $15.75M n vineyards held by Texas Vine Country, where he is a managing partner. In this episode, Mason explains the ins and outs of Texas vineyard development, operation, and investment.

Mason Moreland | Real Estate Background

  • Managing partner at Texas Vine Country (TVC), which raises capital for, develops from the ground up, and operates large mechanized wine-grape vineyards in Texas.
  • Portfolio: GP of $15.75M in vineyards held by TVC solely (~350 acres)
  • $13.5M of additional syndicated vineyard in development currently
  • Based in: Midland, TX
  • Say hi to him at:

Best Ever Book: How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

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Category:Deal/Property Analysis -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Adam Benton owns Stellar Senior Living, a family business in which he has partnered with his father and brother-in-law for the last 10 years. Today, Adam is GP of 4,000 units including independent, assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing. In this episode, he laid out the five most important concepts investors need to understand before adding this alternative investment class to their portfolios.

Adam Benton | Real Estate Background

  • Owner of Stellar Senior Living, which develops, acquires, and operates senior housing properties in nine states.
  • Portfolio:
    • GP of 4,000 units including independent, assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing
    • LP of hotels and apartments
  • Based in: Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Say hi to him at:

Greatest lesson: During due diligence, sometimes the smallest question highlights the biggest issues.

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Category:Deal/Property Analysis -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Jeff Dulmage has been a passionate investor for most of his life. He’s been in the game since before online resources were a thing, conducting his research the old-fashioned way — by reading lots of books. Today, he is a full-time commercial broker at Hartsock Realty based in Lima, OH. In this episode, Jeff shares how he balances being both a broker and investor, the numbers on his recent 26-unit apartment deal, and why it’s a great time to be an investor in Lima.

Jeff Dulmage | Real Estate Background

  • Full-time commercial agent/broker/team leader at Hartsock Realty, which helps investors find, evaluate, purchase, and manage their properties. He’s also a syndicator and focuses on small to mid-size multifamily (150 units), along with single-family.
  • Portfolio:
    • GP of 26 units
    • LP of 69+ units
  • Based in: Lima, OH
  • Say hi to him at:
  • Best Ever Book: *The Great Reset* by Glenn Beck

Greatest lesson: The importance of growing a successful team and having a strong culture in your organization.

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Category:Deal/Property Analysis -- posted at: 3:00am EST

After excelling in direct sales for 12 years, Eric Chadderdon recently made the shift to multifamily real estate. One year into the business, Eric is co-founder and managing partner of Gibby’s Capital Investments with 368 doors. He says he’s learned many things in his first 14 months and has made many mistakes, but what he’s learned has helped propel him to where he is now.

Eric Chadderdon | Real Estate Background

  • Co-founder and managing partner of Gibby’s Capital Investments, a multifamily investment firm that focuses on large-scale value-add properties (100–350 units).
  • Portfolio: GP of 368 units
  • He went from 0 to 368 doors as GP within his first year.
  • Based in: Houston, TX
  • Say hi to him at:

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Category:Deal/Property Analysis -- posted at: 3:00am EST

In this episode, Travis Watts explains one fundamental key point about multifamily investing that is often overlooked. Like a business, multifamily apartments are primarily valued at the net operating income (NOI) that they produce. The metrics used to determine the value of a multifamily property are its income generation and what kind of multiple a buyer is willing to pay if they want to purchase that income stream.

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Category:Passive Investing -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Multifamily syndicator Liz Faircloth began her real estate journey when she and her (now) husband, Matt Faircloth, purchased their first duplex 16 years ago. Since launching the DeRosa Group together in 2005, they now have $130M under control and management. Throughout this process, Liz met her partner, Andresa. As they did deals together, they realized they had a shared passion and need to bring women together in the real estate space — so together, they created the InvestHER community.

Liz Faircloth | Real Estate Background

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Category:Networking -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Industrial real estate broker and investor Chad Griffiths stumbled onto the asset class he now knows and loves by complete accident. When he joined a company as a broker in 2005, his mentors were heavily involved in industrial real estate, so he naturally ended up learning all about it. Today, he is a partner at NAI Commercial Real Estate and invests in properties as well. In this episode, Chad discusses the state of the industrial space across various markets and explains why now is the ideal time to get in on it.

Chad Griffiths | Real Estate Background

  • Partner at NAI Commercial Real Estate. He’s an industrial real estate broker and investor, focusing on cash flowing industrial properties with the goal of incrementally raising rents and values by extension.
  • Portfolio:
    • GP of five industrial properties ranging from $400,000 to $4,500,000
    • Owns several industrial REITs in the U.S.
    • LP of one multi-tenant office/retail property
  • Based in: Edmonton, Alberta, CA
  • Say hi to him at:

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am EST

Sam Wilson has always been an entrepreneur. After selling the flooring business he owned, he wasn’t sure where to focus his energy next. That’s when he discovered real estate. Today he’s focused on commercial real estate projects — mainly RV parks and boat/RV storage. He’s an enthusiastic investor with a never-ending stream of creative ideas about how to make the RV park and storage space better for himself, his investors, and his tenants.

Sam Wilson | Real Estate Background

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am EST

Before he became a multifamily syndicator, Brendan Chisholm worked for multiple Fortune 500 companies. His previous roles in program management, lender management, operations, and contract negotiation all helped him cultivate the skills needed to excel in asset management. In this episode, Brendan discusses his firm’s latest value-add deals, what the asset management process has been like, and his advice for syndicators who struggle with organization.

Brendan Chisholm | Real Estate Background

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Category:Deal/Property Analysis -- posted at: 1:00am EST

L.A.-based musical composer Bryan Miller knew he needed a retirement plan, so naturally, he started buying and investing in real estate as both a GP and LP. He was so successful that he now co-owns Capital Stack Investments while still working as a composer for TV and film. After sharing how he got into development and how he develops build-to-rent deals in LA, Bryan took some time to explain in detail what he looks for in potential GPs.

Bryan Miller | Real Estate Background

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Category:Fully Active/Syndicators -- posted at: 1:00am EST

Young and hungry, Jeremiah Boucher got his start in commercial real estate by sourcing mobile home park deals during the Great Recession. Since then, he’s created his own management company and branched out into the self-storage space. In this episode, Jeremiah tells us how he found his edge as a young investor, what drew him to self-storage, and what advice he has for investors in both asset classes today.

Jeremiah Boucher | Real Estate Background

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am EST

In this week’s episode of the Actively Passive Investing Show, Travis Watts highlights the major challenges multifamily investors are currently dealing with and shares his insights on how to successfully tackle each of them.

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Category:Passive Investing -- posted at: 1:00am EST

Full-time registered nurse Cody Laughlin serves as managing partner and director of acquisitions for his Houston-based multifamily firm, Blue Oak Capital. Since joining forces with his two partners in 2019, Cody has learned a thing or two about navigating the hyper-competitive multifamily market. In this episode, he explains what actions have helped his team to acquire 750+ units across four properties.

Cody Laughlin | Real Estate Background

  • Managing partner at Blue Oak Capital, a multifamily acquisition firm focused on existing Core/Core+ multifamily assets across Central Texas.
  • Portfolio: GP of $105M across 787 units
  • Works full-time as a registered nurse.
  • Based in: Houston, TX
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Category:Goals/Success Habits -- posted at: 3:00am EST