This episode Danny speaks about what to do when those leads start coming in from your LeadPropeller website (or wherever you purchased your REI website)! We’ve seen too many people cancel their accounts with us because they started receiving TOO MANY leads from their website so Danny is here to tell you the proven methods for handling them. No matter who you purchased your REI site from, these are important lessons every investor with a new site should be aware of.
We must be on a marketing kick because this week’s episode is all about knowing your numbers for your marketing campaigns!! It’s not enough just to send mailers out into the world and doing that over and over and over and over without ever taking the time to analyze your data and see if what you’re doing is even working! Don Costa of the FlipTalk podcast joins Danny this week to talk about why investors should be regularly looking at their marketing numbers. He walks us through an actual marketing campaign of his and shares how he would analyze the results, and most importantly the decisions that would come out of the analyzation. Data and numbers are an investors very best friend and this episode tells you why and how!
This week Danny is joined by Brian Ellwood of Virtue Real Estate Investing to talk about how he tackles direct mail, and what has and hasn’t worked for him in the past. The two discuss the essence of “No B.S.” marketing and what it means to disrupt the constant feed of “We Buy Houses” mailers and really position yourself from the rest of the crowd. Brian even shares with us his top 4 favorite lists to mail that have shown the highest ROI overall. Brian teaches 9-5'ers how to stop trading their time for dollars by purchasing their first 12 rental properties, but VREI’s underlying message is that you CAN live a life you truly love and you don't have to make sacrifices! Brian was able to "retire" from the working world at the age of 30 by accumulating several dozen properties, and is now passionate about helping others do the same.
This episode is a super, super, must for all investors!! This is a special episode of the FlippingJunkie podcast because Danny shares with us the top 3 secrets that provide consistent success with online motivated seller lead generation (yes, the actual stuff he and Melissa did and are still doing!). Most investors fail at generating motivated seller leads online because of these 3 crucial missing pieces, and he’s here to talk about what investors can do to prevent their business from falling through the cracks because of something that could have been prevented if they’d only known! Danny dives deep into how they’re able to maintain a successful flipping business while also running a podcast AND a blog AND a youtube channel AND a training course AND providing REI websites AND a business management software and so on and so on… He explains why house flipping is a numbers game and how they were able to use that to their advantage to generate exactly how many leads they would need to get a real, genuine, “worth-it” deal! Absolutely a great episode full of a ton of great info that anyone considering getting a website, or wondering how they can best use their website to find more, quality leads for their real estate investing business!!
Chris and Jamie Bounds are real estate investors out of Houston, TX. They own and operate Texas Ideal Properties, and live in Richmond, TX with their two children, Nathan and Ellie. Chris got started in real estate in 2005 while attending Texas A&M University. He bought 4 properties in his first year before graduating, and took a sales job in Houston. Shortly before getting married in 2011, Chris and Jamie started investing in real estate part-time. By August 2015, they were both full-time real estate investors and have since bought over 100 propertie. In 2018 they closed on roughly 50 houses, nearly doubling their business since the year before. Their goals are to continue to grow and scale their flipping & wholesaling business while continually adding properties to their rental portfolio. In this episode Chris and Jamie share what it’s like working together as a couple, and the steps they took from day one to ensure that their business would be on the right track for growth and success. They tell Danny how they worked to figure out what they should be doing fromthe very beginning, and how they worked on not only their skillset, but who they are as people in order to take their business where it is now. With over $11 million raised in private money, you won’t want to miss out on what they have to say!
Jason Lavender has owned and operated a painting company for 25 years, but caught the real estate investing bug listening to podcasts and reading Danny Johnson’s book, Flipping Houses Exposed: 34 weeks in the life of a successful house flipper. Jason began flipping houses in September of 2017 and has since completed 5 flips, with 2 more underway. After this, he took on wholesaling in October of 2018, and has completed 4 deals with one more in the pipeline. He’s now a member of Justin Williams’ coaching program, and is focusing on learning to scale and automate. In this episode Jason joins Danny to talk about what it was like to move from reading the book to getting established in the market and in a position to grow. Jason shares the do’s and don’ts of starting out and the lessons he’s learned along his journey (some of them the hard way!), so this is a perfect episode for those who are still a little hesitant about taking that first step and making it happen.
This week Danny is joined by Doug Watts Jr, a new investor born and raised in Austin, Texas. His story starts out as a commercial general contractor where he stayed for 10 years as a field engineer and later superintendent. Like many of us, he was drawn in by the freedom that real estate investing can give you and he dove straight into educating himself and taking action to get started! Doug actually completed 2 flips while working full time, making a profit of $63,000 on the first and $109,000 on the second. Just 6 months ago, he decided to take his investing business full-time, and has since listed 2 houses for sale that he flipped (that’s a projected profit of $50,000 in his first 6 months working for himself. In this episode, Doug also shares a cautionary tale of sorts that anyone should be looking out for, about the importance of making sure that every box is checked when it comes to your business. While Doug may not be your typical, “House Flipping Guru,” he is determined to make it happen for him and his family and his resilience is something to be admired. His open-book take on both his successes and his mistakes allows us to see what a new investor actually looks like, as well as take a look at the internal struggle of being afraid to lose all of your money, but also knowing that it takes spending money to make money.
In this episode, James and Alan sit down with Danny to talk about the strategy they created and followed to create a partnership that moved them into 3 different markets in only 8 short months! Alan Biel Alan Biel bought and renovated his first house in 2004, just after he graduated from college and married his wife, Amber. Their original plan was to live in the house, but they ended up selling it for a decent profit and this led them to do the same thing several more times in the next 10+ years or so. In 2016, he began flipping on a larger scale, and by the end of 2017, he knew he needed to make some changes to his semi “solo-preneur” operation. He decided that he would finish the flips he was working on and then try something different. So, he joined a top Mastermind group in January of 2018, learned what wholesaling was, partnered up with James Hodges in March of 2018, and they began wholesaling full time! James Hodges In 2013 he graduated from College and got married to my wife Meagan. They lived in College Station for a year after they got married and then spent the next two years traveling to various countries around the world doing volunteer and missions work. At the end of 2015, their first daughter was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. Shortly after she was born they moved back to Texas and began a career as a personal fitness trainer. He did this for 2 years, eventually starting his own online fitness business. At the beginning of 2018, he made the decision to pursue Wholesaling, as was not getting the traction he wanted in my fitness business, nor was he living the lifestyle he wanted. He began his wholesaling journey February 2, 2018, and started to gain quick traction within weeks of starting. In March of 2018, he met and partnered up with Alan Biel, and they began Wholesaling full time.
This week Danny is joined by Danny Carter, a Los Angeles based manager for songwriters and music producers who has been actively investing since 2016 (Fun fact- he did the intro for this episode!). Carter enjoys taking on challenges, as shown by his very first deal which was a remote burn house located halfway across the country. In just a few short years, his real estate investing business has acquired 9 rental units, completed 8 flip/wholetail deals, and 10 wholesale deals! In his own words, Carter says that this episode is concentrated on, “showing people how to go from sitting at the starting line, wondering how they’re going to get started, car parked, transferring into neutral, to getting into drive, into about 25 mph, then getting them started in those first few steps to get them to 100.”
Carson Olinger journey with real estate investing began after the birth of his children, when he realized that his current job was keeping him from being home with his family like he wanted to be. In 2017, he owned a packaging company that unfortunately went under due to some unforeseen circumstances. This led him and his wife to build an investing business so that they could leave the 9-5 world behind them and finally start living the life they had wanted. In July 2017, he started his own Real Estate Business – Capital City Equity Group. He had started looking at deals in January, and actually closed on his first deal already by February. However, he saw this as a “side gig,” and the overall business plan was not realized. Once he started using Lead Propeller and had leads regularly coming in, it was then a matter of closing deals and figuring out what to do with them. Carson was able to quickly learn all the different acquisition strategies as he had some friends that opened him up to some creative concepts and he was able to start closing on deals. Carson soon realized that he had not just created a business, but a job. If he wanted to find true freedom, he knew he was going to have to diversify. He began pickup up rental properties to create a more passive income, and within six months of really focusing in on real estate, he sold 10 homes via wholesaling and pocketed one long-term rental. He didn’t have any of his own money in any of the deals, other than marketing dollars and web site management fees (which he says are totally worth it by the way!). By using creative acquisition methods and having multiple exit strategies, he was able to gain a lot of traction, and could begin to see the broader picture. By spending time with others and listening to their needs and motivations, he could easily discern what solutions to provide them. He’s now says that he’s having fun doing this, and enjoys getting to help others at the same time.
Greg Dickerson is an entrepreneur, real estate investor and developer. Over the past 20 years he has bought, developed and sold over $200 million in real estate, built and remodeled hundreds of custom homes and commercial buildings, and started 12 different companies from the ground up- yes, 12! Greg is arguably an expert on the topics of Real Estate and Construction. He has spoken at many real estate investing groups, masterminds, and events. Greg has also been featured as a guest commentator on the Fox Business Network with Neil Cavuto and Dave Ramsey, and he has written articles for various magazines and newspapers, and is a featured contributor in the book, “Walking with the Wise Real Estate Investor," and, "Walking with the Wise Entrepreneur," featuring Donald Trump, Suze Orman, Rachel Barnes and others. Greg has always been a very active member of his church and community (both in his personal and business life) serving on the boards of several non-profit organizations including Realtors Association, Home Builders Association, Remodeling Council, Community Foundation, Heart Association, Cancer Center, Education Foundation, Babe Ruth Softball, YMCA, Parks and Recreation, SPCA, PTA, School Boosters, Youth Ministry Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Christian Surfers. Listen along as he shares with Danny the story of his investing journey and how he came to be the successful real estate investor he is today.
Joe Spence is an investor from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, whose journey began after he was laid off from his sales job in early 2016. It had always been his and his wife Sarah’s dream to become real estate investors, and this quick turn of events made them ask, “Do I really want to go back to a 9 to 5?” With a baby on the way Joe knew he had to do something, and there was no better time than the present to take action and make it happen.
Joe began by calling anyone and everyone he knew in real estate, asking if there was possibly anything for him. Within a week and a half he had his first deal from someone who knew someone who knew someone, and so on. He shares that his first time walking through the house calculating costs to make an offer, he had almost no clue what he was doing. He was familiar with the formulas because he had educated himself with books and podcasts, but he says that “there’s no substitute for the real thing.”
Joe and Danny also discuss contractors, and the importance of checking up on the progress when you’re rehabbing houses. Joe talks about the many lessons he’s learned along the way in regards to trusting and overseeing those carrying out his flips. He says that at first, it was intimidating to ask contractors what was going on in the rehabs out of fear of sounding uneducated or unqualified. Once he was able to get past this fear and speak openly with the contractor about what was going on in the project, he says that their relationship only grew stronger and now there is a mutual trust and respect between the two throughout the process.
In the beginning of 2018 he turned his business more towards wholesaling rather than rehabbing houses. When asked if it can be difficult sometimes to walk away from a bigger check by deciding to wholesale instead of rehab it yourself. “I’m not afraid to leave a little meat on the bones for the next guy,” says Joe. He gives a lot of credit to those who helped him in the beginning of his journey, and he hopes to be able to help others in the same way.
Zach Betters started investing in real estate in 2015 with his wife Stephanie. After taking 4 months to get their first deal, they jumped into it and did 11 deals that first year. Since then, they have been on an upward trajectory, 27 deals in 2017. So far in 2018 they have done 49 deals and with a recent merger are now on pace to explode even further. Along the way they have branched off into a Social Media Marketing company (Social Media REI) and have a few more secret businesses in planning. All of this while both working, up until recently, full time in healthcare as a PA and NP and raising three little ones. Zach shares with Danny how he was able to achieve such growth by “developing a team around [his] weaknesses,” and a constant update to the processes and systems that his business is using. He mentions that every business has problems, you’re problems just change. By recognizing this, Zach and his team are able to actively stay on top of their business and its growth. When discussing how he got started in the industry, Zach and wife were working 12-14 hour shifts, then they would come home and eat, workout, and take care of their three little ones. This makes it no surprise that their first hire was a virtual assistant from the Philippines to help him sift through leads and answer any calls. They’ve since built an entire team that works in combination with their established systems to really get the most of everyone in the business. *Humble Brag* Zach shares a story about a time in which his LeadPropeller website helped him find his first private money lender JUST by him looking at it- even though he hadn’t done a single deal yet at this point!! Zach also shares with Danny his excitement for the upcoming release of FlipPilot (December 5th, sign up now!) and says that he is very much looking forward to saying goodbye to programs like Google Drive and Excel for tracking KPI’s. “If it were up to me, it wouldn’t get done,” he says in regards to sifting through data. Luckily, FlipPilot is already ahead of him on that one with everything in one place so you can start working ON your business instead of IN it.
This week Danny takes a break from interviews and instead focuses on the upcoming release of FlipPilot. We will be hosting another great webinar and this time Danny will be talking about the one thing that your stupid CRM can’t do that is causing major problems for your business. Danny will be doing real life demos for you guys and answering a few questions if possible. This is taking place DECEMBER 3RD, 2018 at flippilot.com/demo. Register now to reserve your seat, and we’ll remind you when it’s time to show up, learn, and see FlipPilot working in real time! FlipPilot is so much more than a CRM, and we hope you join us next week (12/3) so that you truly start working ON your business instead of IN it.
Victor Alves started investing in 2015 with his wife Nina, after leaving a job in sales. They attended a seminar about real estate investing and from there made the decision to invest $25,000 into their education and getting started on their business. They knew that if they were going to do it, they wanted to go all in- and that’s exactly what they did! They started wholesaling to learn the market and within their first year had done 6 wholesale deals. The following year they continued wholesaling, but also completed 2 flips and ended the year with 13 deals under their belt. In the beginning of 2017 Victor started working with his current partner, whom he met at the same training course that he and his wife took years before. This is when business really began to take off exponentially. Today they’ve now done over 50 flips in total, acquired 9 rentals, and raised over $5M of private capital. Their success is credited to their balanced relationship within the business as a team. Victor’s partner is more involved with the construction side of things, while Victor focuses his attention on marketing. They’re individual skills and interests compliment each other in a way that allows each of them to focus on the things that they should be. Victor also shares with Danny how he shifted his business when he made the decision to shift his message across his business’ marketing. He says that he began studying data and pulling insights that eventually helped him tailor his message to whichever audience that he was targeting. From there, the business has only continued to grow and find success.
“Your problem is to bridge the gap which exists between where you are now and the goal you intend to reach.” -Earl Nightingale Why are you reading this? Why are you listening? Learning? Taking action? It’s simple- FREEDOM!! We’re all doing this because we want the financial freedom that comes with being your own boss and real estate investing. We want to be able to spend time with our families and friends, not with the stacks of work that are probably sitting on your desk right now. Melissa and I wanted the same thing, but once we got started we realized it wasn’t so simple. As our business grew, our need for new technology that could support us grew, we quickly found that everything that was already out in the market just wasn’t cutting it anymore. We had all of these systems that were supposed to be making our lives and business better, and all it was doing was adding stress because of the impossible upkeep and hours of analyzing required to get any true insights for our business. They were just work-arounds for other work-arounds, and we knew that our technology was holding us back. We were absolutely not living the life that we thought we would be once we started investing. There was a clear gap between where we were in our business and where we wanted and needed to be, but nothing in our entire arsenal of programs we were using for our business were going to get us there. I had years of investing experience at this point, and in combination with my background in software (#tbt to my corporate America days) we decided that if we wanted it to happen then we were going to have to do it ourselves. Thus, FlipPilot was born. FlipPilot is more than a CRM. There’s not really a single word or phrase to describe what it does, because it really is the very first of its kind for real estate investors. It is everything in one place. We were evolving as investors, and we needed a software that was going to continue to evolve with us. All of the existing technology only allowed us to work IN our business, but it wasn’t giving us the freedom that we wanted. FlipPilot changes all of that. No more Podio, CallRail, MailChimp, Globiflow, NOTHING. FlipPilot has it all. Everything. One place. It is actually that simple. You’ll finally have a system that doesn’t require 20 integrations to work, a system with KPI’s you should be tracking and other data so you know what’s actually working and what isn’t. You can automate your follow up sequences, establish systems and processes, manage your team and tasks, and our brand new Dashboards give you a quick view of how your business is doing at any moment like no other software has been able to do so far.
Jordan Lagrassa is a real estate investor in Texas who’s been in the game for about three years now- on top of running an entirely separate roofing business! In partnership with another investor, he has established a small business wholesaling houses part-time, and has also accumulated a few rentals along the way. Jordan started with his roofing business, and moved into investing after trying to find different opportunities and ways to support his family and make money (sound familiar?). Jordan shares with Danny how he balances the two jobs, mentioning how it really depends on the season when deciding where he can and should focus his attention. Due to a slow down in the rainfall and other harsh weather in Texas, his roofing business has not been as busy and he has been able to dedicate more time to establishing himself in the market. He says an average day would consist of about 4 hours working on his wholesaling business, and about 2-4 on the other. While right now this method works for him, he sees a value in being able to shift all of his attention on wholesaling and hopes to be able to move toward that direction in the future. When talking about how he got his start, he talks about using PPC via his LeadPropeller site, and how that process worked out for him. They mention their concern with the sentiment that simply signing up for a website will bring you the leads that you are looking for and express the importance of quality over quantity. “With direct mail you might get more leads, but the number of actual qualified leads that become appointments, that then become deals, tend to become a little bit worse than [those] from PPC,” says Danny. Jordan shares that it was a mix of direct mail for the first three months, and then PPC for the following three that brought him his first deal after 6 months. They also talk about what training programs did for them as beginners, and both Danny and Jordan urge investors to make the investment. “You’re using your money to gain more knowledge that’s gonna help you make more money as long as you’re willing to take action and make it work,” expresses Danny. Moving forward, Jordan shares that at this point in time he’s working on building a buyer’s list as he begins to see how the market is starting to change. He hopes to keep wholesaling houses part-time, but wants to shift more toward rental properties in hopes of creating a passive income so he can commit himself where he feels his time is best spent.
Lee Taylor is a real estate investor in the Middle Georgia area. Like many, he had a corporate job in transportation managing a trucking company. His career in investing began after he reached out to a friend of his who went on to help Lee with his first property. Lee bought his first investment property in August 2016, his first flip in August 2017, and was able to quit his job and begin investing full-time. With over 34 properties purchased already- most of those with some type of partnership- he has big plans for house flipping in 2018. “It was a challenge but we scraped and hustled and made it work, and we’ve just taken a lot of action,” says Lee. Lee shares with Danny the ins and outs of his business and how he decides which options are the best for house flipping in 2018. He explains that one of the most proven methods for finding deals and private lenders is networking and relationship building, and contributes much of his success to these methods. “I don’t believe in competition, I believe in collaboration.” He now focuses on lead generation, and later goes into detail about his various exit strategies depending on what is the best option for the given property. After establishing himself in his market, Lee made the decision to co-run his local REIA with a fellow investor, and dedicates a great deal of his time to helping and educating other investors in his area. He is appreciative of the opportunities that came to him from different events and groups, and wants to be able to share what he learned with others in a collaborative effort, rather than strictly competitive. As the market appears to be beginning to change, he hopes to one day expand into other areas of the industry such as property management and construction.
This week’s FlippingJunkie podcast episode begins with a FlipPilot update!! We’re so excited as we get closer and closer to the launch, and we appreciate your patience. “We’re working to make sure that when we do launch, everything that you need to run your business is in that minimum viable product,” says Danny. In the meantime, check out our FlipPilot Key Feature Videos on YouTube and join our private FlipPilot Facebook Group, and know that we’re working hard to put out the best product that we can!
Brad Woodall’s real estate investing journey began all the way back in 2005, when he was only 21. The market crash led him to a job in corporate America where he worked in fraud prevention and investigation for about 10 years. When his first son was born in 2015, he knew he wanted to be able to be around and involved in his children’s daily lives and knew that going from part-time to full-time real estate investing would provide him with the lifestyle he wanted.
Along with a new baby came a new mindset, and Brad dove back into investing while still working full-time. Like many of us, he binged on every podcast and book on real estate investing he could find. That same year, he set up his LeadPropeller website and now uses LeadPropeller Fuel to handle his site’s SEO (Brad mentions that he once got a lead from a blog post, and one even from a YouTube video thanks to his site ranking). In May of 2016, he sent out roughly 300 pieces of direct mail and in October of the same year he landed his first deal.
Fast forward to January of 2018, Brad was able to quit his job and go from part-time to full-time real estate investing. He goes on to discuss his typical walk-through method and what he’s found has worked for him in the past. With an offer already in his head, he tours the house with the seller and gets to know them and try to learn their motive for selling. Brad and Danny emphasize the importance of building rapport with your sellers. “Just be conversational, just be a real person. They just want a real person there to talk to,” says Brad, who prefers to take the time to sit and get to know the sellers and establishing a relationship beyond just the numbers.
Mike Hambright has been investing for a little over 10 years and operates FlipNerd.com where he educates real estate investors. After losing his corporate job due to downsizing and with a newborn son, Mike decided to dive into real estate investing. “I didn’t want to work really hard for somebody else anymore,” said Mike. He got into the business right before the market crash in 2008 (despite everyone’s advice not to), and he and his wife found great success in the downturn. When he first began, Mike was a little naive to the market. He had no interest in networking because he saw others as competition, but after a year of building his business he realized the value of networking and building relationships with others in your market. After doing a deal with another investor, he had the realization of, “why wouldn’t I want to be around more people like me?” Mike discusses with Danny how he formed his relationship with his bank in the beginning. While at first the lenders were hesitant, once he showed them his past deals and the transformations they went through it was much easier to get their support. He also mentions his “rehab live” method, where he takes people through the house at 3 different points: beginning, middle, and end. This is to really showcase the transformation that takes place in his rehabs and talk about the work he was doing, and through this he established many relationships and really built up his network. Mike also stresses the importance of laying your business’ foundation before anything else. Without systems and processes, your business will not be able to grow like it could. He mentions that while you may have gotten into the business for freedom, it’s going to take work to get there. After coaching other investors for almost 9 years, Mike says that those who have trouble finding success are the people not willing to put in the hours and work, and realize that the business is so much more than the glamour that you may see on tv.
Frank has done 38 deals using LeadPropeller Fuel.
Frank Heron from Naples, Florida. He covers the Southwest Florida market which is Naples, Florida, up the coast to Bradenton. He is married to his wife and business partner Jazmin of 12 years. They have two beautiful little girls, Valentina who's eight years old and the youngest Francesca who's two years old. Who often drive around saying, “Daddy that house needs money.” He has been in the business since 2012 and been a part of over 1,000 transactions. Now he just concentrates on 100% wholesaling.
This week’s episode is about the real estate success principles necessary for you to build your best possible business. Danny is joined by James Steffy, listen along as they talk about following up, making offers and the importance of understanding your sellers. James Steffy first got into the real estate investing industry 4 years ago after returning home from South Korea where he and his wife taught English classes. Taking the decision into their own hands, they took a mini tour across the U.S. to cities like Atlanta, Houston, and Sacramento so they could make the best decision about which market to dive into. Ultimately, they decided to stay in the Tampa-Bay area of Florida and it was there that Steffy started his own real estate investor business. Steffy started out by listening to various podcasts and the FlippingJunkie blog, but like many people, he was overwhelmed and unsure of where or how to start. “I was brand new to real estate investing at that time. I had been reading a lot about the business and knew it was what I wanted to do, but was feeling overwhelmed with actually taking the first steps to get started,” says Steffy in an email to Danny. After following a course offered by Danny at the time, he was able to find the courage to take action in his journey. His first deal was less-than-perfect and in a rough part of town, and while he put almost all of his money into it he soon realized he couldn’t sell it. At the same time, he began going to local investor meetings and networking, which pointed him in the right direction to take his business to the next level. Steffy also discusses his experience with cash offers versus owner financed offers. After finding that he was not having as much luck with his cash offers, he began offering the two options to sellers at the same time. “You never know what someone is after,” says Steffy. He goes on to say it’s important to know where your seller is coming from financially, but more importantly, emotionally, so that you can really understand their situation and better cater to it, which will in turn mean a better turnout for you as well. “The more appointments you go on, the easier it gets.” Danny and James go on into further detail about the importance of following up even after a no, the importance of making an offer, how they’re adjusting to the changing market, and more of the real estate investing success principles involved in building a successful real estate business. While there are some key steps you can take to set you apart from your competition, both agree that there is no “magic answer” to it all.
In episode 120 of the FlippingJunkie Podcast, Danny is joined by Mike Cowper to discuss how he got into real estate investing, his rapid growth, and how he did it all with the help of a CRM software. After tossing the idea around for many years, Cowper jumped into the industry in 2014 when he realized that it was time to stop talking about it and finally make it happen. He started out by trying to obtain as much knowledge as he could by joining every group and attending every meet-up, constantly surrounding himself with people who were better than him at what he was trying to accomplish. Through the help of a mentorship program, he quickly bought his first house. Cowper went on to work for Mike Simmons, a real estate investor who at the time was moving toward wholesaling rather than flipping. With a strong sales background, Cowper had a skill to offer Simmons so it became his responsibility to acquire properties. Now the two have a division of labor that allows for a system of checks and balances and really pulls to each of their strengths, and both credit their success to “creating systems, processes, and hiring people,” which ultimately pushed their business from earning $250,000 a year to $1,000,000 a year. Cowper later discusses his hiring process with Danny, and how he’s found a great significance in systemizing the entire process. He compares it to his LeadPropeller website, saying “We always want to find leads, you have to do that with people also.” This leads to a conversation about the necessity of a software to help your flipping business. Danny and Cowper discuss the problem with the automation softwares available now, and Cowper shares how his current systems are unreliable and often make mistakes that have potential to cost his business money. He states how this is not just an issue of liability, but an issue of credibility in how his business is perceived by the public. Ultimately, he hopes to find a CRM software for his flipping business that will make him feel confident that things are going to be taken care and can trust the system and let the stress go, and mentions his eagerness to see how FlipPilot will solve any problems he’s currently facing in running his business.
Darren Smith has been into real estate investing since 2003, and throughout that time his business has been through a series of dramatic changes via the help of a solid team and business coach. After spending many years in the army and later in IT, Smith became attracted to the idea of real estate investing through a good friend. However, not long after taking action he realized he was in over his head and his business shortly crashed. After deciding to go back to school to get his masters, Smith shifted his focus back to his job in computers, but he found that his love for real estate never left so he decided to jump back in about 5 years ago. After signing up for every wholesalers website he could find, including LeadPropeller, he got a call from someone in the market who took Smith under his wing. While he made next to nothing, he was able to learn things like rehabbing, contracts, and more without any of the financial risk of losing his own money in the process. Smith and his wife moved to Colorado shortly after and he began his own business there- Sell My House To Smith. At the time, he was running the entire business himself as he always felt like he just wasn’t there yet and was concerned about the added stress that came with being responsible for others and their livelihoods. With the help of the Mastermind group that both he and Danny are apart of, he finally found the courage and within 30 days had hired 3 new team members to work for him. He found himself surprised at the talent that came in to apply for him and the experience helped him to realize the, “huge difference between having someone who’s good at their job and having someone who is just so much better than you at what they do.” Aside from a strong team, Smith and Danny also discuss the guidance and the peace of mind that a business coach provides for their real estate businesses. “I wouldn’t be here today without him,” says Smith in regards to his own business coach whom he met at via The Alternative Board, which offers business coaching and advisory board services. All it took was one session for Smith to realize what his business coach had to offer him, his real estate business, and his team. In fact, Smith is so confident in the help that his coach provides him that he meets with him himself every two weeks, and his operations manager meets with him monthly, as well as a team session that Smith says helped to really bring his team together and form a stronger unit. Smith also discusses his excitement for the upcoming release of FlipPilot, and mentions how his own team was blown away after the chance to sit in on an hour-long demo with Danny. “We love all your other products you’re doing for us, so we can’t wait to get FlipPilot going.”
In a few short years time, Henry found himself transitioning from a single lifestyle- where he only had to worry only about himself- into a married man trying to provide for his family. That’s why one year ago, Henry Washington decided that taking action and pursuing his real estate investment journey was the next step, and it’s been a whirlwind ever since.
Even with a full-time day job in IT Project Management, Henry was unsure how we was going to be able to take care of his family. Desperate, he began looking into his options and decided that the financial freedom that comes with real estate investing was the best option for him. Still though, the fear of spending it all for nothing in return kept him from making the first leap. This fear was essentially keeping him from taking action to achieve his dreams. “We wouldn’t have had as much success that we’d had if my mindset wasn’t in the right place,” says Washington.
Entirely unsure of where to even start, Henry starting taking action and began by reading books and listening to the FlippingJunkie podcast. This education led him to the decision to take action again and create his own real estate investment website using LeadPropeller. After first taking action, in his first year alone, he has acquired roughly 30 deals, including flips, wholesales, and rentals and his business only continue to grow. Listen along as Henry and Danny discuss taking action and how Henry was able to get over those fears with creative problem solving, the first steps he took to get into the industry, and how he’s expanding his clientele and establishing credibility and trust in his area through networking and maintaining relationships!