Chris Prefontaine - Becoming Wicked Smart At Real Estate Investing

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Chris Prefontaine isn't just Wicked Smart when it comes to real estate investing. In fact, it's also the name of his company! Chris has been in real estate for over 30 years. He's worked on the construction side, agent side, done commercial transactions, and also coaches others. He's a 4 time best-selling author and the host of the Smart Real Estate Coach Podcast, and has also completed over $100 Million in transactions. In this episode Chris talks about building and growing his companies, how to buy and sell real estate on terms, and how he helps people escape their 9 to 5 job by helping them have 3 Paydays with each property that they work. If you want to learn more, you can pick up an absolutely free copy of 2 of Chris' books by going here: https://wickedsmartbooks.com/rel/

 

In this episode, hosted by Mike Swenson, we discussed:

  • Learning how to recognize the opportunity and take action.
  • Tips to Get Started
    • Find a niche gets you...
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Jordan Isham - Building A $3M/yr Revenue Company While Still In The Army

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Many people in the real estate industry have reasons why they can't hit their goals. Meet Jordan Isham, founder of My Tennessee Home Solution, who is on track to do $3 Million in revenue with his real estate company, has led an acquisition of a $3 Million hotel, all while still serving as an Infantry Officer in the Army. This former West Point grad has built up a team of 8 people doing wholesaling, flipping, and consistently closes on 8 properties per month. He's just getting ready to finish up his service in the Army and is hopping over to his team that has been running on all cylinders for quite some time. Here how Jordan has been able to turn his side hustle into a business while serving his country at the same time.

 

In this episode, hosted by Mike Swenson, we discussed:

  • Start with the end in mind and then plan backwards from there
  • Real estate depends on dedication, effort and determination.
  • Ways on how to grow and start business
    • ...
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John Casmon - Growing A $100 Million Apartment Portfolio

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After buying a duplex, triplex, and an 8 unit property, John Casmon realized he was looking to scale bigger to where he didn't have to do his property management as a "side job" that took him away from his family. He was looking to scale large enough to have buildings that had a full-time manager on site. Hear John share his story of how he grew his portfolio to over $100 Million in apartments in multiple states. John is the founder of Casmon Capital Group, host to the Multifamily Insights Podcast, and the co-creator of the Midwest Real Estate Networking Summit.

 

In this episode, hosted by Mike Swenson, we discussed:

  • John’s goal was to insulate himself from job loss.
  • The beauty of real estate is you don't have to be in it full time, particularly at the beginning.
  • The key in real estate is to understand the options in spite of any situation.
  • Your network is your net worth
  • Surround yourself with people who are playing the game at a higher...
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Matt Muscat - Marketing In A Down Market

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Our real estate market is shifting, and for many that means we have to up our game when it comes to social media. Matt Muscat is the Marketing Director at Treadstone Funding, one of the nation's top boutique mortgage lenders. Matt shares with us tangible ways that we can market and gain attention in a down market. He also discusses how we can go deeper on our engagement with others, marketing toward getting a deal, and best practices to stay in front of your database. Matt is also the founder of Maltese Marketing, Author of the book "TAG - Tangible Action Guide for Real Estate Marketing", and the host of the "Marketing In Other Markets" podcast.

 

In this episode, hosted by Mike Swenson, we discussed:

  • Two of the most important things to do to market in this specific market we're in:
    • Preach a message of positivity
    • Market yourself personally
      • Focus on your personal page
      • Make sure your posts are public
      • Don’t just post about real...
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How We Acquired A 25 Unit Property With No Money Out of Pocket

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On the surface, you'll see that 3 teammates helped purchase a 25 unit apartment property with no money out of pocket! What you don't see is all of the work it took behind the scenes to make it happen. Mike Swenson, Justin Rademacher, and Mike Gengler, co-founders of Elite Advantage Properties, walk through the journey they've taken over the past 2 years that led them to this point. We discuss the ways we've helped investors buy their own properties, all the relationships that we've made and cultivated along the way, and all the deals we've analyzed, to where we were able to put the pieces together on this deal and make it happen. If you're looking to invest passively in real estate in the future, this is an important episode to hear of all the work that happens behind the scenes to provide investors with great passive real estate investments!

 

In this episode, hosted by Mike Swenson, we discussed:

  • Real estate sales is more of a...
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Maria Quattrone - The Journey Of Building Generational Wealth

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Maria Quattrone is a sales, marketing, and negotiating expert that has built multiple businesses over her years and is striving to help others build generational wealth - particularly for women and minorities. She is the Founder and CEO of the Maria Quattrone and Associates of Remax @ Home and Motto Mortgage Expert Solutions. She's worked in the Philadelphia area, and closed over 2,700 transactions for over $700 Million in sales. She's also the host of the "Be The Solution" Podcast and was the creator of the PA Real Estate Scholarship Program to provide scholarships for women and minorities to go through her Rise In Real Estate Academy. Maria shares how she built her business, what she's doing to succeed in today's real estate market, and how she's helping others to build generational wealth.

 

In this episode, hosted by Mike Swenson, we discussed:

  • In a brokerage firm, we run as a team organization to utilize the power of the brand by means of...
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Shawn Moore - Lifestyle Freedom Through Vacation Rentals

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"Dad, you should sell real estate in Hawaii!". As a suggestion from one of his kids, it was at this moment on a family trip in Hawaii, that an idea grew. Instead of having to go back home to the lower 48 states to sell real estate, what if you could go where you want to go AND make money at the same time? Today Shawn Moore runs Vodyssey, the #1 vacation rental investing education company with the goal to cut through the noise and help you find success managing profitable vacation rentals yourself. He's helped people acquire over 1,000 properties in the past 2 years and is also the host of the Vacation Rental Revolution podcast. Learn some of the top ways that Shawn helps people identify markets, review pricing, occupancy, and start building the life they've always wanted through vacation rental properties.

 

In this episode, hosted by Mike Swenson, we discussed:

  • Customer experience is the key in the hospitality space.
  • Real estate allows the...
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Kase Knochenhauer - Firing Himself Everyday To Live Life On His Terms

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Kase Knochenhauer has been in real estate for 6 years. He's worked long hours, taken on too much stress, and described launching a brokerage "a massive failure." He then found a great integrator (read Gino Wickman's "Rocket Fuel" book), made more key hires, and has been working to fire himself each day. By aligning with great people, he's been able to work less, love life more, with the goal of working 15 hours a week and traveling with his family 4+ months per year, while his company is still flipping 60+ homes per year in Michigan and acquiring 120+ rental units. That's the power of great leverage! In fact, he's loading up his Toyota Tacoma near the end of the year to travel with his wife, 2 sons, and dog and live life to the fullest.

 

In this episode, hosted by Mike Swenson, we discussed:

  • Partnership is a great key to the growth and success of his flip business
  • Employees are different from each other and they're often better than you, when...
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Pranay Parikh - From Doctor To Real Estate over $1B

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For many, becoming a doctor is one of the highest career paths people aspire to. For Pranay Parikh, after becoming a doctor, he found that he didn't have the financial security or control over this time that he would have liked. So he decided to get into real estate investing to build a stream of income so that he could practice medicine on his own terms. As Co-Founder and President of Ascent Equity Group, Pranay has built a portfolio of almost 6,500 units and $1.2 Billion of assets. As host of the "From MD to Entrepreneur" podcast, he aspires to help physicians become passive investors in real estate and reach financial independence to do more of what they love. Hear Pranay share how he's built his business and helped so many others along the way.

 

In this episode, hosted by Mike Swenson, we discussed:

  • The importance of having solid expertise on your team to do deals.
  • If you continue to do the right thing, your investors will trust...
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Erik Smolinski - Marine Vet To Self-Made Millionaire By 30

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Many people think that to become a millionaire by the age of 30, you have to come from money, have loads of opportunity coming your way, or get lucky becoming some sort of overnight success. This isn't Erik. He was a child of a single parent in a low income household and worked odd jobs as a kid and wasn't planning on attending college. After getting into investing in high school, he saw a future path to wealth. He did up attending college (thanks to a scholarship he earned), enlisted in the Marines, completed 6 years of active duty, earned an MBA and now spends his time doing trading, investing in real estate, and angel investing. Find out how he strategically used the VA loan to build over 250k in net worth and how he'll continue to use it in the future.

 

In this episode, hosted by Mike Swenson, we discussed:

  • Mindset is important in how you approach life, build wealth, and pursue things.
  • Being exposed to different paths is important for...
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