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

There are a few passions that will shine through the longer that you talk with Mike: Systems, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Leadership & Helping Others Succeed.

Growing up in a small town in southern Minnesota, Mike often spent his time watching or participating in sports. From basketball to football, golf, swimming, track, wrestling, baseball - you name it, Mike tried it. He was the quintesential sports generalist - yet a master of none. He also grew up a self-proclaimed band geek playing saxophone and was the drum major for their marching band his senior year.

He moved to the big city for college and earned degrees in Entrepreneurship (back before it was cool) and Financial Management from the University of St. Thomas. He started out working for a non-profit for a couple of years in their finance department before moving over to focusing on operations.

Looking for more opportunity & growth, Mike transitioned to working on the operations side of a real estate team. In his 6 years with the team serving as COO, he helped grow from a handful of agents and around 150 transactions (ranking 395th with their brokerage) to having expansion teams in 5 states and closing a total of 619 transactions (ranking 13th with their brokerage) and had the designation of being named the 31st largest team in the United States (including all brokerages).

Taking his love for Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Systems, he decided to then launch his own team - the Elite Advantage Team - serving the Minneapolis/St. Paul and surrounding areas. Check them out on Facebook and Youtube as well.

In addition, he has spent time as a coach (high school aged boys basketball), has taught financial management courses, ran a finance blog, & even has had a license for life insurance. He has spent multiple years in coaching in his real estate role through their Breakthrough, Mastery, and Transformational paths.

It's this wide array of life and academic experience that excites Mike to help others achieve their operational, business, and financial goals THROUGH all the opportunities that the real estate industry provides.

In his free time, you can find Mike watching or playing sports with his beautiful wife and 3 sons in the frozen tundra of Minnesota.