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The Financial Freedom with Real Estate Investing podcast is about helping you achieve financial independence and control your time through apartment building investing. Michael Blank and Garrett Lynch interview experts in real estate, business, and investing. From learning how to invest in multifamily real estate to navigating entrepreneurship, you will learn the keys to success in your journey towards financial freedom. Previous guests include Grant Cardone, Robert Kiyosaki, Ken McElroy, Ro ...
 
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As with most things, the economy goes through different seasons. And prior to the pandemic, it was red-hot summer in the real estate market. COVID caused a quick Arctic freeze, but things warmed up again and multifamily prices peaked in March 2022. Then we skipped fall and landed right in winter. And while it’s hard to predict how long this season …
 
Matthew Amabile had been out of college for a year. He was making decent money at his sales job, but not enough to afford his own place. And he was tired of sleeping on his cousin’s couch. That’s when Matt started looking into real estate and analyzing deals. Three years later, he’s a 25-year-old millionaire. And he quit his 9-to-5 to travel the wo…
 
Are you treating insurance like a commodity? We made that same mistake early in our syndication journey. But now we look for the best combination of value and quality we can get. Matthew Sutika is Chief Insurance Officer at Obie, a company working to provide a simple, affordable and transparent insurance experience for landlords and investors. Matt…
 
Did you know that there are many parallels between investing in oil and gas and real estate syndications? Grant Norwood is CEO of Norwood Energy Corp, an oil and gas exploration company out of Southlake, Texas. Grant’s specialty is recognizing opportunity hotspots in undiscovered areas of the country where his team can operate significantly below t…
 
Mindfulness matters. The more self-aware you become, the better your relationships and the more fulfillment you get out of life. That’s why I take an entire week off at the end of every year, not to eat bonbons, but to reflect on the past 12 months, celebrate my wins and plan for the future. On this episode of Financial Freedom with Real Estate Inv…
 
Every week, we bring you conversations with elite investors and entrepreneurs, in hopes that you’ll learn from their experiences to accelerate your success. On this Best of 2022 edition of Financial Freedom with Real Estate Investing, we reflect on some of our favorite episodes and share the top insights from this year’s interviews with inspiring r…
 
There's a lot of pundits who say that entrepreneurship is about the hustle and grind. We’re supposed to work harder and harder and sacrifice our lives for the sake of the business. But Mike Michalowicz argues that entrepreneurship is not about doing the job. It’s about creating jobs. So, how do you remove yourself from the day-to-day operation of y…
 
How does a schoolteacher overcome her limiting beliefs to become a full-time syndicator? For Julie Holly, community was key in helping her shift from anxious single-family landlord to self-assured multifamily GP. Julie is Founder of Three Keys Investments, a multifamily firm committed to helping investors build passive income and legacy wealth. She…
 
Building a platform is an important part of raising money at scale. But you need more than a website to demonstrate your credibility with potential investors. Becoming an author gives you authority. It allows you to share your investing thesis with many, many prospects and generate leads as well as referrals. But what does the process of writing a …
 
How do you become a full-time investor who owns more than 1,000 doors by the age of 27? According to Adrian Salazar, the secret is having the guts to go out and be different. Adrian started wholesaling SFHs as a freshman in college and closed on his first apartment building as a sophomore. Today, he is Managing Member at Two Ten Management, and he …
 
Running a business is never just about the business. Being a successful entrepreneur means finding balance between your personal and professional life. But if you want your relationship to work, you need a partner who energizes you. Someone who helps you become the best version of yourself. So, how does a real estate investor build a fulfilling fam…
 
One of the beautiful things about investing in real estate is its tax benefits. And the 1031 exchange is a common strategy we use to avoid paying capital gains. But most of us haven’t studied IRC Section 1031 enough to know ALL the ways we can use the tax code to reinvest our real estate profits—rather than handing them over to Uncle Sam. Dave Fost…
 
Owning class D properties in neighborhoods plagued by gang violence, prostitution and drug abuse is not easy. But it does give an owner-operator the street smarts to keep themselves, their employees and properties safe. And it makes for some pretty crazy stories! On this episode of Financial Freedom with Real Estate Investing, Garrett follows up on…
 
All CPAs are not created equal. And if you’re working with an accountant who doesn’t understand real estate tax strategy, you may be leaving tens of thousands of dollars on the table. Thomas Castelli, CPA, CFP, is Partner at Hall CPA, an entrepreneurial accounting firm that helps real estate investors minimize tax and maximize profit. Out of colleg…
 
In the spring of 2020, store shelves were empty. And supply chain issues have disrupted businesses of all kinds ever since—including real estate. But what, exactly, is causing these problems in the supply chain? And when will things get back to normal? Jeff Davis is both a supply chain expert and real estate investor, serving as a senior sales exec…
 
When you’re a new real estate syndicator with a smaller network, you can keep track of investors with a spreadsheet and work through the process of raising money manually. But as you grow your investor database, it becomes more and more tedious to do things this way. The good news is, you can leverage investor management software to automate the pr…
 
Michael Flight used to be a crypto-skeptic. But as he learned more about the blockchain and its potential to make real estate more accessible to a wider audience, he became a crypto-innovator. Today, Michael is CEO of Liberty Real Estate Fund LLC, the world’s first net lease security token fund. With 34 years of investing experience, he is leveragi…
 
No matter what asset class you want to invest in, creativity is key—especially if you don’t have a rich uncle to help you get started! You just have to stop asking yourself, ‘Can I do this?’ And start asking yourself, ‘How can I do this?’ Christian Osgood left his sales job with CoStar Group to become a full-time investor at age 29. And in the last…
 
When I got started in multifamily, I was much too hands-off with property managers. Yes, I reviewed the numbers, but otherwise, I stayed away and simply let them manage everything. Then I realized that experienced syndicators are much more actively involved with their property management companies, and we started to build more collaborative relatio…
 
Think you need an Ivy League education or 20 years of experience on Wall Street to set up a fund? Think again! Once you've done a handful of syndications, you can easily launch a fund of your own and simplify the process of raising money for multiple real estate deals. Bridger Pennington is Cofounder and CEO of Fund Launch, an education platform th…
 
Investor relations is not about selling a deal. It’s about getting to know individual investors and solving their problems. But what does that look like in practice? How do you connect with potential LPs and educate them around the benefits of investing in multifamily syndications? Travis Watts is Director of Investor Education at Ashcroft Capital.…
 
Proximity is power. But how do you get in front of successful people when you're struggling yourself? Sterling Griffin was homeless when he made the decision to surround himself with the people he wanted to become. Then he found creative ways to add value so they'd want to be friends. And in just two years, Sterling went from living in his Honda Ac…
 
The lack of affordable housing is a big problem in the US. And most developers shy away from these projects because it’s hard to make money. But Alvin ‘Hope’ Johnson is not most developers. He’s found a way to innovate in the affordable housing space and ‘do good while doing good.’ Alvin is President of the Hope Housing Foundation, a nonprofit posi…
 
As real estate investors, we spend years building up generational wealth. But a single lawsuit can tear it all down. So, how do we put the right asset protection measures in place? Garrett Sutton is the corporate attorney and asset protection expert behind Corporate Direct, a firm that helps entrepreneurs and investors protect their assets, maintai…
 
For 20 years, Adam Mitchell has been dreaming of a multifamily portfolio. But without the confidence or the know-how to invest in apartments, he started with single family. A decade ago, Adam joined forces with his friend Lance Doty, and they became the Home Buying Guys, scaling a successful single family investing business that runs on autopilot. …
 
When we started investing in multifamily, we relied on property managers to handle construction. As the business grew, we hired GCs to run construction projects with little oversight on our part. And got very mixed results. That’s when we realized that if we wanted to scale our multifamily portfolio, we needed an in-house team. But how do you build…
 
Not everyone who wants to be a real estate investor sticks with it long enough to be successful. But if you apply a sales mindset to multifamily investing, you will be able to take the initial rejection and keep pushing. Because as Eric Chadderdon says, ‘The only time you lose in this business is if you quit.’ Eric is Managing Partner at Gibby’s Ca…
 
According to the mainstream media, the sky is falling in the real estate market. But is that entirely true? While no one can predict exactly what will happen in the global economy or how it might impact real estate, Robert Helms is a student of the markets. And he can tell us how to prepare for the change that’s coming our way. Robert is Founder an…
 
There aren't a lot of women in the real estate investing business, in part because there are so few female role models. But if you can see it, you can be it. So, we brought together a panel of powerhouse women entrepreneurs this past June at Deal Maker Live to share their experiences and encourage other aspiring investors, men and women alike. Our …
 
Real estate investing is a critical part of a diversified portfolio. And while most Americans have easy access to stocks and bonds, most don't know where to go to find private real estate deals. That’s what inspired Founder and CEO Jilliene Helman to create Realty Mogul, a crowdfunding platform committed to democratizing real estate. Jilliene’s bac…
 
What does the future of real estate look like? If you ask Ryan Pineda, the future of real estate is digital. And he sees the potential to build multiple billion-dollar businesses that solve many of the problems we face—on the blockchain. Ryan began his real estate career in 2010, and since then, he’s flipped hundreds of single-family homes, purchas…
 
Growing a successful real estate business means growing a solid team. But many entrepreneur-investors struggle with hiring and don’t spend enough time developing key leadership skills. So, what makes for a successful leader in the multifamily business? How do you decide what to delegate, communicate the vision for your business and help the people …
 
Are you struggling to do your first real estate deal? Is there an aspect of the multifamily business that’s taking a long time to master on your own? What if you stopped asking HOW and started asking WHO? Who is already good at this? And can they teach me? Sam Kwak is one half of the real estate duo and YouTube sensation known as The Kwak Brothers.…
 
When was the last time you reviewed your due diligence process? Too many real estate investors are so eager to do a deal that they cut corners on due diligence and hope for the best. But a robust due diligence checklist is essential to your success. Jake Harris uses his superpower of methodically sorting through data to make real-world decisions on…
 
Most new multifamily investors focus on deal flow. We know that capital flow is important, but we figure we can rely on friends and family to fund our first few deals. But eventually, the money runs out. So, if you want to scale a real estate business, you’ve got to grow your sphere of potential investors. And the easiest way to do that is through …
 
Why would a real estate investor want to share content on social media? Yes, we can build relationships with other investors and raise capital without Instagram or YouTube. But social platforms help us maintain those real-life connections and make tens of thousands of others! So, how can we use social media to crush it in real estate? Lili Thompson…
 
What’s stopping you from doing your first multifamily deal? Whatever your perceived weakness may be, you can overcome it and achieve the same kind of success in commercial real estate that you’ve had in other areas of your life. English is Jonathan Wei’s second language and he’s a quiet, introverted guy. And yet, he’s raised millions of dollars for…
 
Before you invest with a multifamily operator, it’s important to understand their track record. To know that they’ve got experience overcoming obstacles and making a deal work. Prior to joining our team at Nighthawk Equity, podcast cohost Garrett Lynch owned and operated a class D real estate portfolio on the south side of Chicago. And learned how …
 
A 2017 Forbes headline reads, ‘Median Wealth of Black and Latino Families Could Hit Zero by the Middle of the Century.’ That hit home for Puerto Rican-born Duamel Vellon. And he’s made it his mission to raise awareness in his community, making multifamily investors out of his friends and peers. Duamel Vellon is Cofounder of Ten15 Capital, a multifa…
 
If you finance a multifamily syndication through Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, you’re securing non-recourse debt with a fixed interest rate. But if you want to exit anytime sooner than the loan expiration date, you're going to pay a BIG penalty on the back end. So, how might we leverage credit unions to avoid these big-ticket prepayment penalties? Are…
 
A career as a professional athlete is exciting, and if you’re among the best, you can make a lot of money in a short amount of time. But what do you do when your career is over? Dan Brisse was a professional snowboarder for over a decade, participating in the X Games four times and winning gold twice. But he noticed that older pros were suffering a…
 
Why do you do what you do? Articulating the WHY behind your work gives it meaning. And makes for a richer, more fulfilling life. But how do you uncover your purpose and then apply it each day? Lee Prosenjak is a serial entrepreneur and executive coach at LynchPyn. He's worked with thousands of entrepreneurs in 30-plus countries, cultivating cohesiv…
 
Imagine earning cash-on-cash returns as high as 50%! Inspired by sophisticated real estate investors in her network, Steffany Boldrini moved her money out of tech startups and into commercial properties three years ago. And while she’s faced a lot of challenges along the way, Steffany reached financial freedom in less than two years. So, what is St…
 
When you work a traditional job, your ability to feed your family can be taken away from you at any moment. And your worth is determined by your employer. But what if YOU can determine your own worth? What if you can earn enough passive income from real estate to walk away from your J-O-B and be your own boss? Dustin Heiner is the creator of Master…
 
Are you confused by cryptocurrency, the blockchain or NFTs? As real estate investors, we’re all about wealth creation and owning physical assets as a hedge against inflation. But what about digital assets? Is it worth investing in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin? What is blockchain technology all about? And how can it change the world for the better?…
 
Most entrepreneurs believe that we are the secret sauce in our business. We think that no one else can bake the cupcakes or design the websites or analyze the real estate deals quite the way we do. But if you’re busy building the product, who’s building the business? This is what Curtis Morley calls the entrepreneur’s paradox: In order to scale, yo…
 
In aerospace engineering, ‘escape velocity’ is the amount of power a rocket needs to break free of the Earth’s gravitational field. And if you ask Jonathan and Paula Nichols, launching a real estate syndication business is no different. It takes a tremendous amount of effort up front to do your first deal. You have to commit to the outcome and do w…
 
Multifamily real estate is a big game. And if you want to scale quickly, you can’t do it alone. That’s how Patrick Grimes went from 0 to 1,200-plus units in under two years. He partnered with a senior operator to go further faster, leveraging his partner’s expertise to build a $250M portfolio in a very short time. But how did he get an experienced …
 
Real estate has always had tax advantages, but in recent years, the deal got even sweeter for multifamily investors. So, how do we write off depreciation? What is a cost segregation study and how can it save us even more? Heidi Henderson serves as Executive Vice President at Engineered Tax Services, the nation’s leading tax credit and incentives fi…
 
When you’re doing your first multifamily deal, scaling the business is the last thing on your mind. But if you don’t think about scale early on and come up with a plan, you’ll be fighting fires as you grow. So, how do you create a vision for what your syndication business will look like in the future and then proactively put systems in place that a…
 
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