How to Purchase Your First Multi Family

Author: Josh Cantwell

How to Purchase Your First Multi Family

Jack Petrick and I have been good friends with each other ever since we met through our kids’ soccer team. I’ve been one of Jack’s primary private lenders on a number of his buildings, and we’ve purchased multi-family units together as well. Jack was a firefighter who did real estate on the side. Like many…  Continue Reading

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Find More Investors with Less Work

As everything has gone virtual to deal with the pandemic, it might have put a crimp in your plans to wine and dine every investor you come across. But this is actually an amazing time to shift raising capital and finding new investors to the online world. By using digital marketing, you can put your…  Continue Reading

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3 Reasons Investors Should Be Realtors

For the first six or seven years of my business, I was a wholesaler primarily focused on short sales and pre-foreclosures, and then I moved into flipping properties and rehabbing. Today, I’m mostly a private lender for flippers, residential properties, and commercial deals. As the market’s changed, I’ve adapted my business model to take advantage…  Continue Reading

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A Retail Lender’s Advice for BRRRR Investors

Everyone’s always worried about another crash. They want to know, “Are we at the top of the market?”. They’re worried because they don’t want to lose their investments. The thing is, if you bought the house at the right time and you’ve got a tenant in there, then as long as you can cover that…  Continue Reading

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Build a Real Estate Business That Outlasts Market Cycles

Gary Stouffer, the CEO of Stouffer Realty in Ohio, has been in business for 45 years. With this kind of longevity in the business, he’s been able to see every kind of market cycle, and he knows how to build a business with an eye on long-term growth. Even after 45 years, Gary is still…  Continue Reading

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How to Invest Like an Internet Millionaire

I think all of us have a secret drive for freedom, and since many of us grew up playing business games like Monopoly, that means that we see business as a way to pile up large amounts of cash. Entrepreneurship is a big ol’ game, and if you have fun with it, it can be…  Continue Reading

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Young Real Estate Investors Are Disrupting the Industry

Sometimes we get complacent and we need young guys to come in and disrupt our notions of how things have to be done. Steve Morris at Red Door Renovations has taken a fresh look at real estate because he didn’t know the way things were “supposed” to be done. And it’s proven to be highly…  Continue Reading

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5 Signs of a Housing Market Crash

The question on everyone’s lips right now is, “Are we going to have another housing market crash?”. Rob Swanson is the CEO of Freedom Soft, which is one of the world’s best real estate automation tools. He’s been investing in real estate for 20 years, so he’s seen his fair share of changes in the…  Continue Reading

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Invest Like a Millennial with Turnkeys

Can you imagine if you’d started your real estate investing life in college? Antoine Martel from Martel Turnkey was studying for finals and flipping rentals thousands of miles away. And in the last year, he’s added hundreds of single family homes and multi-family units to his portfolio. Recent college graduates may have just graduated with…  Continue Reading

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Live Life On Your Terms with Lifestyle Investing

We see all the time that an entrepreneur doesn’t want a boss or a job. Instead, on their way to building their business, they end up becoming their own boss and their own job because they’re working so hard that they can’t stop and step away. They put the handcuffs on themselves, and they don’t…  Continue Reading

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The Entrepreneur’s Journey: Investing in Value-Add Apartments

Real estate is the tool that can help you build the life you ultimately want. How big are your goals? Are they bigger than your fear? Many people come into real estate with a self-limiting belief about what you can do, but Sterling White is a success story that will destroy your fear-based excuses. Sterling…  Continue Reading

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The Investing Mindset: How Fear, Risk, and Purpose Can Change Your Life

Frank McKinney doesn’t see himself as a real estate developer. He calls himself a developer of ocean artistry; he builds beautiful homes on the ocean for the world’s ultra-rich. And because his target audience is so small, he has to get the word out about his work. It’s not about ego or glorifying himself; it’s…  Continue Reading

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Invest Your Business Profits in Passive Real Estate

At the end of every bowl game or football season, they always interview the coach. And they want to know, “How did you make your winning season happen?”. I love it when the coach says things like, “My players are the most important part of the team.” Because that coach knows that it’s all about…  Continue Reading

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Market Trends and Predictions for 2020

Once a quarter I like to check in with Daren Blomquist, the vice president of Market Economics at Auction.com about the state of the real estate market. Moving beyond gut feelings and internet chat boards, Daren uses hard data his company collects to show us where the market’s been so that we can better predict…  Continue Reading

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5 Habits of Elite Investors

5 Habits of Elite Investors As a coach for new investors, Mike Hambright’s seen some amazing real estate investors. He runs the Investor Fuel mastermind which takes investors to the next level by challenging them to work smarter. Mike says that elite investors share 5 habits that set them apart from intermediate investors. Are you…  Continue Reading

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Strategies to Amplify Your Voice and Your Influence

Talk to More People in Less Time If you want to extend your influence and grow your business, you’ll have to stop with the one-on-one coffee meetings. You need to be able to reach more people on a larger stage. You’ll need to stretch outside of your comfort zone in order to leverage your influence,…  Continue Reading

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Making the Move Into Multi-Family

Having a team in place is important for any real estate investor, but as you move into the bigger deals, you’ll need to beef up your team. My real estate attorney David Streeter from Demer and Marniella Law has seen some great deals end up falling apart because real estate investors who are trying to…  Continue Reading

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Best Practices For Real Estate Syndication

First of all, you should take the security laws seriously. To stay on the right side of the law, there are some boxes you need to check off when you put together your real estate syndication. You can call it a joint venture. You can call it a profit sharing agreement. You can even just…  Continue Reading

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Recruit, Hire, and Train Top Performers

Technology helps you build a company bigger and faster, but ultimately it’s people that make your company grow. CEOs need to think of themselves as the head talent recruiter whose goal is to build the best team for their company. They cannot abdicate this responsibility to HR because Human Resources doesn’t really know what you…  Continue Reading

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The Pandemic’s Impact on Real Estate Prices

As states across the country start talking about opening up and going back to work, we can start assessing the damage done by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Q1 data shows that housing prices started off solid, but the market has definitely slowed down in the last few weeks as the shutdown has begun to impact…  Continue Reading

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Courageous Leadership In a Time of Crisis

Many of you have reached out to me about how you can lead in this uncertain time when it feels like the news is a constant stream of negativity and doomsday advice. I’ve talked about and prepared for a recession in the housing market for a few years now, but some of you may not…  Continue Reading

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Coach Kyle’s Game Plan For Success

For some perspective on real estate, I talked with Kyle Garifo recently. He’s our head coach here, and he’s been with me from the beginning, so he’s seen a lot of changes in my business. As a successful real estate coach himself, Kyle practices what he preaches to his students. He knows when to adjust…  Continue Reading

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COVID-19’s Impact on Tenants, Landlords, and Small Businesses

I know a lot of you are investors like me. A large part of my portfolio is multi-family units, so I’m right there with you as we watch the impact of the Coronavirus on the economy. There are a lot of rumors floating around, and the news seems to change constantly. I talked with my…  Continue Reading

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Designing Your Life: 3 Things That Fuel You Towards a Life of Success and Fulfillment

There’s not a single person in the world that doesn’t dream of a successful and fulfilled life. And, just like how it’s the same for everyone, we lose and win on the way to the life we dream of. Rod Khleif’s journey was no different. In fact, he had a shot at the life he…  Continue Reading

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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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