Failing Forward: How to Rise From the Ashes of Defeat

Author: Josh Cantwell

Failing Forward: How to Rise From the Ashes of Defeat

Our favorite kind of success stories are the ones where the hero overcomes tremendous odds and triumphs in the end. Who doesn’t love the underdog? My friend Corey Peterson has that triumph-against-the-odds kind of story, and I think a lot of the lessons he’s learned are ones that are applicable to anyone looking to change…  Continue Reading

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How to Find Your True North in Three Steps

There are so many people out there who think that they want a bigger life. They want more security, more freedom, and most of all, they want more money. But I’ve also seen so many entrepreneurs, business owners, and high level performers who reach bigger incomes, but who are still broke because they have broken…  Continue Reading

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Successful Networks Start with Relationships

Whether you’re new to real estate or not, you know by now that you can’t run your business alone. You need partners, investors, brokers, management companies, and just plain old friends that understand your entrepreneurial journey. How do you transition into real estate if you don’t know anyone? Kenny Wolfe from Wolfe Investments and I…  Continue Reading

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Make The Jump Into Multi-Family Investing

I started investing in 2004, back when Cleveland was already seeing a foreclosure crisis. I got a taste early on for figuring out how to buy short sales, so by the time the full weight of the 2008 recession rolled around, I was ready. And of course, like many of you, I started in single…  Continue Reading

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The Balancing Act of Purpose, Money, and Family Time

At one of our live events recently, Kevin O’Leary was sharing about when he sold his first company. He’d worked 50, 60, maybe 70 hours a week with his partners for years to make his business profitable. When they finally sold their company, all of these high performers just looked around at each other wondering,…  Continue Reading

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9 Traits of Elite Real Estate Investors

From his position as the CEO and founder of Collective Genius, Jason Medley has a unique view of hundreds and hundreds of entrepreneurs. And not just any entrepreneur, Jason’s mastermind works with some of the nation’s top performing real estate investors. I’ve personally done double digit million dollar deals with Jason, and many of the…  Continue Reading

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How to Coach a Successful Business Team

When I was a senior in high school, I had the worst football coach. I mean, he had the reputation of just being a very strict disciplinarian because nobody connected with him or liked him. When I started up my last year, we had what they called success camp. This is where they had the…  Continue Reading

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2 Questions That Can Shift The Core Energy of Your Life in Business

Building a business backwards I’ve known Trevor Mauch for over a decade, starting when he was in the online publishing business for real estate. He was hugely successful with that, but it came with a lot of stress over the uneven business cycle. One month he’d make a lot of money, and the next month…  Continue Reading

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Relationships Are The Heart and Soul of Real Estate Investing

As I moved into multi-family deals, I discovered something amazing: the relationships that you’ve created and nurtured along your journey can literally supercharge your investing life. The meet-ups, the masterminds, and even just getting out and genuinely talking to people in your everyday life can help you find your next deal. With single residentials and…  Continue Reading

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Build A Real Estate Life That Prioritizes Your Family

As real estate entrepreneurs, sometimes we love having our hands all over the business. Maybe we’re showing up at the site of a flip every day, doing the demo and buying the supplies, or maybe we’re connecting with investors, chasing leads, or doing a little marketing every day in the wholesaling business. And it’s great,…  Continue Reading

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How to Build an Effective Real Estate Team

The efficiency of a Chipotle’s is amazing. You order, and your burrito is passed off from one employee to another, each one standing in their station ready to plop on some extra guac or hold the beans.  If you want to build a real estate team that can do over 700 properties a year, like…  Continue Reading

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How to Scale Up Your REI With Tech

Do you feel confident that your new apartment complex is turning a profit? I mean, do you feel really confident? You can’t tell when you start moving into the black if you’re still piling receipts and bills into a folder and stuffing them into a filing cabinet. Google docs and Excel spreadsheets can only take…  Continue Reading

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4 Key Strategies For Creating Cash Flow

When it comes to creating wealth and building cash flow, most people don’t have a clue. The vast majority of those who get into the real estate business (or any other asset market for that matter) don’t realize that they’re playing with fire and almost always get burned.  That’s why I was so excited to…  Continue Reading

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The Bricks You Need To Build Your Real Estate Investment Business

Modern life means significant changes for many industries, and, while advancements are usually positive, they can also lead to job loss on a wide scale. It’s hardly surprising that, with everything up in the air, real estate is becoming an increasingly tempting option. This has, of course, always been a fantastic way to substantial earnings….  Continue Reading

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Why You Should Never Stop Taking Risks In Business

Running a successful business is not as easy as some entrepreneurs might make it look; there is always going to be trial and error and risk taking. Becoming an entrepreneur, whether it’s in real estate or something else, is so exciting, but there is risk involved. However, if there is a risk, you are still…  Continue Reading

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What To Expect From The Housing Market In 2020

As any seasoned investor can attest, not every investment is a guaranteed home run. Whether you’re buying to flip, buying to rent out, or buying to own and occupy, you need to be well-aware of both current and future market conditions if you want to stay ahead.

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Easy Lifestyle Changes to Increase Your Energy & Improve Your Health

Did you know that roughly 40% of American adults are obese, and about 18% of American children also suffer from obesity?  Those numbers, from the CDC, are insane, if you really think about it.  The saddest part is that most of these people will suffer from related health conditions and diseases throughout their lives. And,…  Continue Reading

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Don’t Be The Four-Car Pile Up On Your Own Highway To Success

The path to success is always lined with obstacles. You learn that much all too quickly in the real estate world, where unexpected setbacks and ever-growing competition add unnecessary complications to every move. Even when you get the deal of the year, you’re left wondering whether you’re doing enough, buying enough, to stand out against…  Continue Reading

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How to Use Big Data and AI to Perfect Your REI Strategy and Increase Your Profits

“Predicting the future isn’t magic, it’s artificial intelligence.” Dave Waters, director and geoscience consultant of Paetoro Consulting UK Ltd Big data and artificial intelligence (AI) have become increasingly prominent in our society. As technology continues to become more sophisticated and complex, the successful use of big data and AI is becoming even more imperative for businesses…  Continue Reading

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Venturing into Multi-Family Properties: How to Make the Switch

Investing in real estate is one of the best ways to increase your cashflow, build equity for your future, and secure the personal and financial freedoms that traditional jobs don’t often allow.  For most real estate investors, single-family properties are the obvious starting point. And, for many, that may be the strategy that carries them…  Continue Reading

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Do Big Things

Do you have the personal freedom to do big things?  That’s what real estate investing is all about. Rather than trading your time for money at a 9 to 5 job, you build your own business and create the personal freedom that gives you space to pursue your dreams.  Doing big things isn’t something you…  Continue Reading

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More than Money: Why Finding Meaning & Fulfillment is Essential for Entrepreneurs

Tyler Brummett has achieved more professional success in his 20s than most people hope to achieve over the course of their entire career.  As the former Director of Mortgage Banking for Quicken Loans, Tyler was one of the youngest directors ever for a Fortune 500 company. Currently, Tyler works as the Vice-President of Business Development…  Continue Reading

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Land More Deals by Controlling the Conversation

How do you handle objections as a real estate investor?  Let’s you’re on the phone with a motivated seller and they just keep bringing up concerns. What’s going to bring that seller to the table?  The key is to control the conversation. This doesn’t mean you come off as controlling. Instead, your goal is to…  Continue Reading

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The One Secret to Building Long-Term Wealth

As a successful real estate investor, people often ask me what one thing made me successful. I always have two words for them: self-discipline.  It’s the secret sauce of successful investors. It’s not a flashy insider tip or a trick that will shortcut you to success. It’s a gritty daily grind. It’s a war. But…  Continue Reading

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Ninja Leadership Tips for Every Investor

We all know a terrible boss. And we all hope we’ll never be that terrible boss. But as your real estate investing business grows, how do you avoid becoming the next Michael Scott? It’s not about dynamic speaking or motivating emails. It’s about your leadership philosophy and the foundation of your team building. If you…  Continue Reading

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Sustainable Success: Define Your Investing Strategy & Achieve Financial Freedom

One of the best parts of being in this industry is hearing the success stories of people who made the transition from their former, traditional jobs to full-time real estate investing (REI). No two stories are alike, but they are all inspiring for those who are watching and waiting to make the leap to entrepreneurship…  Continue Reading

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Five Mantras of Successful Entrepreneurs

Do you ever wish someone would just hand you the secret key to success?  As a real estate investor, I’ve met my fair share of successful entrepreneurs, and I’ve become one myself. One thing I’ve realized after years in this business is that there really is a key to success. But it’s not a secret…  Continue Reading

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How to Fund Deals in Minutes

I recently did a deal with a buddy of mine. We were putting in an offer on a 164-unit apartment complex and needed to raise $1.1 million to close. I put the word out and in less than 60 minutes we had $2.55 million in pledges.  Just. Like. That. So how do you raise $2.55…  Continue Reading

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Death By A Thousand Cuts: How Distractions Can Cost You And What You Can Do About It

Real estate investing can sometimes feel like a very elaborate balancing act. You’re working on marketing efforts, raising capital, finding new properties, and adding value to your existing properties – all at once.  But when it comes to your business strategy, your focus should be very narrow. In other words, you don’t want to spread…  Continue Reading

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Your Apartment Deal A-Team

What’s the big deal with apartments? If you’re not convinced apartments are a smart move for a real estate investor, this example might just change your mind.  A buddy of mine recently did a massive apartment deal. He repositioned the apartments to improve the tenant base and drive up rent. Most of the repositioning was…  Continue Reading

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Market Trends & Predictions: Where Are We Headed?

It seems like every day, multiple times a day, we’re bombarded with news about the real estate market.  “Rates are down!” “Inventory is up!” “Appreciation has slowed!” “Is another recession on the way?” So be daring, Josh

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Entrepreneurial Motivation from Rock-Climbing Champ Hans Florine

Which thought is scarier: climbing nearly 3,000 feet up the side of a mountain or quitting your stable job to start your own business? If you answered, “climbing the mountain,” I’m 100% right there with you. If you answered, “starting a business,” we have some talking to do.  The fact is: neither of these scenarios…  Continue Reading

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Your Legacy Your Way

You’ve been working hard every single day to build a legacy. But how can you be sure that legacy will be protected and handled the way you want it to be handled when it’s time to pass it on?The key is asset management. And that’s not just going to happen—it takes time and planning. Time…  Continue Reading

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4 Steps for Launching & Maintaining a Successful Business

Starting a business is no easy feat. But it’s something that millions of people have done – and done successfully – for many years.  So what’s the secret to making sure your business will be profitable and sustainable? Well, there are a ton of factors that come into play. But one of the most important…  Continue Reading

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The Seven Secrets of Successful Entrepreneurs

What does it take to succeed? To meet your goals? To build a thriving investment business? To have significance and contribute to your community? If you observe successful real estate investors, you’ll see that they have a few things in common. They share some mindsets and habits that you can adapt. And if you do,…  Continue Reading

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Wholesaling Pre-habs

One of my clients that I fund a lot of deals for, Anthony, has become a master of Wholesaling Pre-habs. I fund 4-10 deals a month for him (like clockwork), and he’s getting in and out of these properties for quick profits. So I was thinking that you should get to know his system. I…  Continue Reading

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Apartments = Massive Passive Income

If you’re looking for ways to increase your real estate investment profit without increasing your workweek, it’s time to consider an apartment investment. You’ll see long-term increases in passive income if you stop busting your butt doing rehabs and enter a whole new world of commercial real estate. Is this the right move for you?…  Continue Reading

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Multi-family Investments: Finding Deals and More

Real estate investors who specialize in apartment buildings or other multi-family properties are a unique breed. Investing in apartments takes a special skill set, and not everyone is cut out for it. But, on the other hand, not everyone is cut out to be a real estate investor – period. But, investing in multi-family properties…  Continue Reading

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Investor Habits that Wow Private Lenders

When you close a deal as a real estate investor, you’re not the only one getting paid. And if that deal went well, you’re probably not the only one eager to repeat the process. But will your private lender want to work with you again? If you adopt these five habits, you’re sure to be…  Continue Reading

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From First Convo to Final Offer: A 5-Step Process to Win Over Sellers

Imagine that you could win over every potential seller that you interact with… by getting them to agree to a fair but awesome property deal for you. Well, I have bad news and good news. The bad news? This scenario won’t play out for you every time you interact with a seller. The good news?…  Continue Reading

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Private Lending for Rentals Rehabs and Apartments

Private lenders might just be holding the key to your next big real estate investment deal, especially if you’re dreaming of moving from single family investments to apartments. Let’s cover some key definitions and principles of investing, then turn to a few examples of private lending deals and some of the benefits you’ll see when…  Continue Reading

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3 Steps for Building a Killer Pipeline of Property Deals

Imagine if you had someone whose sole job was to find property deals for YOUR real estate investing business. This person would spend all their working hours scouting for properties, connecting with real estate experts in your area, and bringing you all the deals you need to keep your business booming. Well, I’ve got good…  Continue Reading

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How to Find and Close Killer On Market Deals

“It’s not who you know. It’s who knows you.” Your job is to do deals, so you should constantly be looking for them. On market properties (actively listed for sale on the MLS) might have more competition, but they’re also ready to be closed, so they’re a great source for investors. The key is to…  Continue Reading

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5 Surefire Ways to Build a Cash Buyers List

“It’s not who you know. It’s who knows you.” Every real estate investor knows that having a solid cash buyers list is super important… but not all of them realize that the list doesn’t have to be huge. As you build a cash buyers list, the key to success is to “collect” a core group…  Continue Reading

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Six Step Due Diligence and Property Analysis

New real estate investors out there, are you doing your due diligence to protect yourself from a deal that’s sure to go sideways? Here are six steps (plus two bonus steps I threw in just because I like you) you can take to analyze potential properties and narrow your focus to the ones that are…  Continue Reading

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9 Things Enormously Productive People Refuse to Do

The most successful businesspeople in the world all achieved their goals through different strategies and methods. But, no matter their industry or goals, they all generally have 9 characteristics in common. And these are traits that lead to exceptional productivity. Remember this: NONE of us have extra time. All of us have 24 hours in…  Continue Reading

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Five Traits of Success

What makes an investor successful? What makes an investor fail? Successful investors share several mindsets and habits and these are things that every investor needs… not only as they’re starting out, but at every stage in their investing business. Let’s take a look at the top five of these traits. 1. Be Willing to Fail…  Continue Reading

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Lifecycle of Investors

  Building a successful real estate investing (REI) business is a marathon—not a sprint. You’d be hard pressed to find a real estate investor who became successful overnight. It takes days, weeks, months, and usually years of hard work to grow a business that brings you the financial freedom you’re hoping for. On the bright…  Continue Reading

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Market Research and Making Offers

So you’re just starting out as a real estate investor. You’re ready to look at properties and make offers. But how do you find those properties? Let’s talk about what it takes to find properties—including strategies that save you money in the process. Market Research First, where exactly are you looking for these properties? Don’t…  Continue Reading

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Rent to Own and Alternate Exit Strategies

In the world of real estate investing, making a quick and profitable sale of your property is the ultimate goal. But—more than likely—this picture-perfect ending isn’t always the reality of your situation. So, when you’re struggling to sell a property, what other options can you consider? If you don’t have any interest in keeping the…  Continue Reading

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The Contractor Interview

Your contractor is a crucial member of your team—contractors can make or break a project. But it’s still your team, so there’s plenty you can do to make sure your contractor is helping you make money and finish on time. And it starts with hiring the right contractor to begin with. So how do you…  Continue Reading

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