About REL Freedom


A passion for real estate, personal finance, and helping people live their biggest life possible is what led to the creation of REL Freedom (Real Estate Leveraged Freedom).

Learn about our story.

REL Freedom

For those that haven't been in the real estate industry before, you may think it's filled with people making money hand over fist and building incredibly large nest eggs to retire early and live a life of financial freedom. You're right, there are SOME people doing that. Sales through the roof. Investment properties in a large portfolio. Huge egos. Large incomes.

When you peel back the curtain, you'll find there are a TON of people that dodn't live like that. They tended to fall into 2 main groups.

 Group 1: They didn't know when their next paycheck was coming. They couldn't pay their bills. They were scraping by just to be able to afford to stay in the industry hoping their big break would eventually come. 

Group 2: They made just enough money to afford their current lifestyle. They save a bit. They have some nice things. Yet the problem here is that they haven't made enough to save, invest, or make a plan for a BIG financial future. They are stuck in a career that they love. They make just enough money to stay in yet once life throws a curveball their way or they get to the age of retirement, they are stuck. They're making just enough year over year with no plan or way to build wealth.

Enough is enough. We can't have people in this extremely powerful industry floating about financially. Here is where REL Freedom was born. We're here to help:

  • Help you come up with a plan of what you want to do in this industry so that you'll feel fulfilled in the work you're doing, enjoy it, and be able to sustain it without burnout
  • Help you come up with a financial plan of what you want your journey to look like and what you want to get out of it
  • Help you find ways to grow your income & wealth on the way there
  • Help you find ways to work smarter, not harder, so that you build leverage for the future
  • Help you to see how others are building financial freedom, so that you can find something that resonates with you and go do it too!

We're in this together & we're in the right industry to build wealth.

Andrew Carnegie once said that 90% of millionaires got their wealth by investing in real estate.

Yes, we'll talk about investing, yet we'll also talk about all sorts of other ways you can make money, build wealth, and become millionaires in real estate. There are lots of paths to get there. Go find your path.

It's time for you to find some freedom.....REL Freedom.....Real Estate Leveraged Freedom!

Mike Swenson

Founding Partner – Elite Advantage Properties


Mike began his career working in operations for a non-profit while doing real estate on the side. From becoming a landlord in 2010, to purchasing a short-sale, to flipping an investment property, and updating his personal properties, Mike had a vast background in real estate before coming into the industry full-time in 2014.

Mike joined a real estate team in the Twin Cities, MN, and in 6 years as COO, he helped grow from a handful of agents doing 150 transactions to having expansion teams in 5 states and closing a total of 619 transactions, with the designation of being named the 31st largest team in the United States (including all brokerages) in 2019.

Mike then launched his own team in Minnesota and quickly migrated the real estate team to primarily working with investors to help them build wealth through real estate. In the spring of 2022, his team expanded to Fort Myers/Cape Coral/Naples area of Florida. This investor-focused team specializes in helping investors find amazing investment properties in Minnesota and Florida. Adding in Elite Advantage Properties, we’re now able to serve more people in more areas achieve their financial goals through investing in real estate.

Mike also runs the REL Freedom podcast (stands for Real Estate Leveraged Freedom), helping people build wealth and gain time and financial freedom through opportunities in real estate, and has published over 100 episodes! He also serves as a consultant to real estate teams across the United States looking to build, grow, and enhance their systems. Outside of work, you can find Mike watching or playing sports with his beautiful wife and 3 sons in the frozen tundra of Minnesota.

* Mike is a licensed real estate agent in the state of Minnesota with eXp Realty

Mike Gengler

Founding Partner – Elite Advantage Properties


When working with Elite Advantage, you can never have enough Mike’s, so we felt it necessary to add another one. Mike has been full-time in real estate since getting his license in 2020, having previously worked in sales for high end jewelry. Although Mike will be the first to tell you that he’s worked a ton on fixing up properties since he was a kid, where he was the right-hand man for his dad, and knows enough to take on most home projects.

With his transition into real estate, Mike has been adamant about taking on larger and larger properties for his clients, and has a passion for commercial residential real estate and all that it entails. He loves helping clients build an economies of scale with their investment portfolio, and helps clients add units count quickly. During Mike’s free time, he’ll probably be found in a state or national park, as far away from civilization as possible, as he loves to be outdoors enjoying all the natural beauty you can find in all corners of the Earth.

* Mike is a licensed real estate agent in the state of Minnesota with eXp Realty