Marco has been interested in real estate since reading Rich Dad Poor Dad at an early age. After laying out a success strategy, he began to acquire the skills he would need in order to build a career as an investor. He gained valuable people skills by working in sales and the restaurant field. The experience he gained by working with a wide spectrum of individuals was critical to his success with investment properties.
Since obtaining his real estate license over seven years ago, he has worked for several investment companies in San Antonio and now successfully runs his own business independently.
He has spent time in all realms of residential real estate, from standard single family homes to small multi-family properties. Taking what he has learned in other fields, Marco has followed the philosophy that a transaction is never about the property, but the people.
In this episode Marco walks us through his start in real estate investing. He walks us through his reasons and how he setup his companies for asset and liability protection.
So many new investors use the question of which entity to set up to stay in their comfort zone and not take action. Marco advises against that and recommends you take action and then setup your company.
Obviously, if you have a lot of assets to protect you might want to set up the entity first. Otherwise, you should just get out there and make it happen and worry about it later.
Nathan Brooks is a dad, husband, worship leader, and real estate investor in Kansas City. He’s also a foodie, coffee addict and Crossfit junkie. He’s a real deal real estate investor that did about 60 deals last year and plans to do even more this year.
On today’s episode we talk about how to quickly realize what you’re good at and should focus on, and what you’re not so good at and shouldn’t be doing.
Nathan mentions that if there is a pile of papers on your desk, that’s a pretty good way to figure out what you don’t like doing…
A great piece of advice for hiring people to do tasks for you that won’t require a full-time position is to hire friends, family, neighbors, etc to work with you part-time. It’s a great way to spend time with people that you don’t get to see too often and get things off your plate.
We also talk about how being able to explain the exact processes you use in your work to other people helps you to clarify exactly what you exactly do, and improves the processes because you realize things that you wouldn’t if you just continued to mindlessly do the tasks.
An unexpected turn for the podcast was also a powerful realization. Forgiveness is a big deal in the health of organizations. As you start to work with more and more people, it’s very important to be open to forgiveness so that you can work through issues and improve the processes along the way.
This is the fifth episode of the flipping houses training series we are doing on the podcast.
We’re still in the foundation stage where we help you work on your mindset and improve yourself so that you are prepared to get out of your comfort zone and make things happen.
The podcast is being released every Monday now. This way you can listen in while headed to or from that job that you are working on leaving behind. :)
Mark J. Podolsky (AKA The Land Geek) is widely considered the Country’s most trusted and foremost authority on buying and selling raw, undeveloped land within the United States.
He has been actively investing in Real Estate and Raw Land since 2001, and has completed over 5,000 unique transactions. Mark’s company, Frontier Equity Properties, LLC, is an A+ rated BBB real estate company.
Mark has achieved this level of success largely due to his core business philosophy – “Happy Customers Guaranteed.”
Mark is the host of one of the top rated podcast in the Investing Category on iTunes, aptly titled: The Best Passive Income Model. He is also the host of the Land Geek Podcast: Work Smart. Earn More. Learn How.
In this episode, Mark shares with us his views on when you should quit your day job and start flipping houses.
We know that everybody is at a different place when it comes to how much money they make, what responsibilities they have, families to care for, etc. so we decided to talk about 3 different scenarios for where you might be when making the decision to go full time or get started in this business.
I think this boils down to each persons situation, so let’s try to cover several common scenarios:
1. In college, but realizing the corporate world isn’t what they really want. Have the opportunity to live and their parents’ house. Single, so don’t have to support a family. Don’t really have much money at all because either not working or working an entry level job. What do you recommend in this situation?
2. Second scenario: working an entry level job making just above minimum wage and have a family to support. They don’t really have any money available at the end of each month, creating a shoestring budget for finding deals. What do you recommend for this person that really wants to stop trading dollars for hours and provide much more for their family?
3. Working at a corporate job making a decent salary that is sufficient for themselves and their family. They’ve got a little extra money each month and can afford to take a little time off. What do you recommend for this person that wants to exit the rat race and choose their own hours and be their own boss?
The answers to these three questions are in the interview. Listen and enjoy. Thanks!
Jason got his first taste of real estate investing after joining a local real estate club. In 2012, he made his first transaction and hasn’t looked back since. Jason founded HoustonHouseBuyers in July of 2013. In its' first year they produced $3MM of gross revenue, through wholesaling, leasing, and flipping 70 houses. HoustonHouseBuyer's is expected to buy 100 houses in 2015 and produce nearly $6M in gross revenue.
In this episode Jason talks about some of the realities he feels most new investors aren’t prepared for. We want you to be prepared so we discussed them in length.
Key takeaways are that this should always be looked at as a business and not just something you can do willy nilly.
Always focus on a strategy and become the best at it because you will get nowhere fast by trying to learn and use every tactic out there.
Things I’ve run into:
Contractors don’t all do a great job, manage themselves, get done on time and all for a great price and you will have to have the courage to fire them.
There are a lot of people out there that are will to sign a contract and then not honor it (sellers, buyers, everybody in between).
When a seller says the house doesn’t need any work, rarely is it true.
There are places in town where druggies will attempt to jump into your moving vehicle.
Nobody is going to care about your work as much as you will (realtors, contractors, other investors)
The hours aren’t going to be 9-5.
I’m sure you’ve run into issues that you didn’t expect. What were they (let us know in the comments)?
Andy McFarland is a self-made real estate entrepreneur who started with nothing and currently makes seven figures a year in his real estate business.
After getting fired from his last W-2 job in 2004, Andy went into real estate full time and has never looked back. Andy currently focuses on wholesaling properties in three different states; Utah, New Mexico, and Indiana. In 2015 alone, he did over 150 deals!
Andy has been married for 10 years and currently resides in Farmington Utah with his beautiful wife and three amazing children. Andy enjoys being around family and friends and continuing to grow and learn every day. You can follow Andy on his real estate journey by going to his website: www.iloverealestatestories.com or on his YouTube channel by searching for I Love Real Estate Stories.
In today’s episode we talk about how people need to take action to overcome fear and find out what they need to learn.
Too many new real estate investors spend countless hours, days, weeks, months and even years study all there is to know about flipping houses but never take any action.
The reason for this has to do with fear and the Confidence/Competence Loop. Here’s an excerpt from the <a href=“http://blog.kevineikenberry.com/leadership-supervisory-skills/the-confidencecompetence-loop/” target=“_blank”>Leadership and Learning Blog</a> with Kevin Eikenberry:
Let’s take a task you likely know how to do well, like riding a bicycle. Are you afraid to ride a bike? Likely not, because you know how to do it. So if I give you a bicycle and invite you to ride, you likely will do it right away – there is no reason to delay, there is no real fear, you just ride. If I gave you a unicycle instead, for most people, fear would well up – and they wouldn’t even get on the seat.
So how do we get started?
We put our butt in the seat.
Action overcomes fear.
In the Podcast episode, Andy talks us through how he did his first deal by just jumping in and figuring it out.
We only need to focus on the immediate steps to achieve a simple, clearly defined goal. These simple goals can be, ‘get my first deal’, ‘get my first motivated seller call’, and/or ‘go to an open house’.
It doesn’t really matter what it is, just choose one. Focus on it and do the things that will get you to accomplish that goal. DO NOT waste time learning about sandwich lease options before you ever talk to a motivated seller. Work first on talking to some motivated sellers.