Brian Carruthers: Sharing His Experience of True Financial and Time Freedom





Brian Carruthers started out as a real estate agent and broker, working for his father's company. After working long hours and getting burnt out, Brian turned to network marketing and pursued that industry to build and grow his income. Now, Brian is one of the top experts in the industry and spends his time giving back and helping others to build wealth and grow their income in network marketing, recruiting, and in other areas. He also has authored 4 books including Building An Empire and Untrapped Freedom Manifesto. In his spare time, he loves to spend time with his wife and 3 kids.


Note: This episode was taken from the REL Freedom event "Fredom Con 2020" that was held in October of 2020. In this episode, hosted by Mike Swenson and Vlad Kats, we discussed:   

  • How his career got started and his background 
  • Author of well-known books like Making My First Ten Million and Money...
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Christian Peterson: The Journey From Attorney to Agent & Investor



Christian Peterson began his career working as an attorney, where he eventually opened his own practice. Not too long after, he decided to get his real estate license so that he could gain more flexibility and serve a very specific niche in helping people both as an attorney and as an agent. He is now a highly specialized professional in the real estate space, and still serves clients as an attorney. In addition, he's taken on becoming a real estate investor over the past couple of years. Focusing in these key areas have now given him the vision and the plan to become a net worth millionaire. 


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

  • How Chrisitan's career got started as an attorney and led to becoming a real estate agent, where he now specializes in divorce real estate transactions 
  • As an expert, you can charge a premium for your services 
  • Getting involves in...
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Brindley Tucker: Building Your Empire By Supporting Others Building Theirs



Brindley is the founder and CEO of Your Realty Leverage, a company that provides a whole suite of services to real estate agents, teams, and brokerages - from recruiting, hiring, training, listings, transactions, marketing, and coaching. In addition to that, she has a long list of ways that she's contributed to the administration side of the real estate industry, as an assistant, transaction coordinator, coach, trainer, and entrepreneur. Brindley is always willing to share with others, help anyone out, and make a positive impact on the industry.

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

  • Her story in how she worked as an assistant and made her way to the top 
  • When we hire people and bring them into our business, it requires us to slow down and have the patience to take people through the process 
  • You need to know your values, mission, and vision so that you know the type...
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Vlad Kats: 10 Streams Of Income Is Great, Yet Don't Spread Yourself Too Thin



Prior to starting a career in real estate and short sale services, Vlad was an Economist with a Federal Government Agency, Small Business Consultant, and an Entrepreneur. Vlad Kats started his real estate business with short sales in 2006 by forming the Atlas Home Group. After that he became Team Leader and eventually General Manager of a few real estate franchises. By his third year, he had over 400 agents, 3000 transactions, making over $1M in profit.  Later on, he continued his growth by joining one of the top real estate expansion teams in the United States and increased its' profitability by over 400% in one year. Now he spends his time helping other agents achieve their freedom goals. His goal is to make 80k per month passively so that he and his family can travel the world 6 months at a time and live like kings & queens. Vlad is happily married, raising three kids, traveling, and contributing more...

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Reyna Rousseau: Running a $68 Million Mortgage Business & 17 Rentals & Flips




Reyna Rousseau is a lender and branch mananger with CrossCountry Mortgage and has grown her lending business to over $68 million. She started out as an intern for Well Fargo in college and worked her way up into the lending role that she has today and has consistently grown her volume year over year by almost doubling each year she has been in business. In addition, she had found enough time to handle 17 rentals and flips in the past 3 years. 


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

  • How her career got started as an intern with Wells Fargo leading up to where is is today 17 years later
  • Has a background in closing, processing, management, jr. originator, and sales
  • Reyna is licensed in 11 different states 
  • Her current role as a loan originator and branch manager with CrossCountry Mortage 
  • How a team is important to have...
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Chris Craddock: Running 8 Businesses In Real Estate That Feed Each Other




 Chris Craddock, the Redux Group Team Leader, is a Northern Virginia native and father of six who has been successfully investing in real estate for over a decade. He is a licensed Realtor® in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. He went from making $20k/yr in ministry to now having 8 different businesses that each help feed each other. This includes his residential real estate team, a construction business, investments, flips, a title company, an insurance company, LegalShield, and a coaching business. Chris is passionate about helping others achieve financial and personal success. 

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

  • How he got started with investing and real estate, having previously worked in ministry 
  • A goal is to find ways to build a passive book of business to help him gain time and financial freedom 
  • Because of this, by age 50,...
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Amanda Churchwell: Retiring Her Spouse Through Growing A RE Admin Company



Amanda Churchill has been in real estate for 20 years and started The Churchwell Group almost 8 years ago. Since then, it has blossomed into a staff of 28 serving 10 states. Her next major milestone in the next few years is to reach $10,000,000 in revenue with a staff of 100. She also shares the success she's had being a part of Dave Ramsey's EntreLeadership program, where she was given the Momentum Award in 2019 for growing her profit by 250% in one year  

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

  • How she got started in real estate and transitioned to an admin role
  • Started her transaction coordination business in Georgia and currently serving 10 states with 28 people on the team 
  • The Churchwell Group handles transactions, listings, and marketing
  • Wants to grow into a $10 million company and to grow to 100 employees 
  • She was able to retire her husband so he could...
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Profile Of A Millionaire: Modeling Behaviors & Beliefs To Build Your Success

For each of us, freedom through our opportunities in the real estate industry is going to take a different form. Each of us will have different goals. We'll have different numbers we want to hit. We'll have different things that our freedom will fund and different objectives of how we're going to spend our time.

Yet, as we make our journey towards freedom, it's important to look at those who have gone before us to gain some wisdom to help us in our journey. Here are some general statistics about millionaires. 

As you read these statistics, think about where you're at and what you could do to improve on your journey.

Remember, a millionaire is simply a category to help describe someone's net worth. It's more about the below-the-surface characteristics that we can learn from and apply in our own lives to help us grow our wealth and accomplish the goals we have set out for ourselves.


  • Globally, there are 46.8 million millionaires. 40% (18.6 Million) live...
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AJ Pettersen: From MN Twins to 275 units & 10 rentals in 6 years



AJ Pettersen was an All-American baseball player at the University of Minnesota and was drafted by the Minnesota Twins. In just 6 short years, he went from baseball to real estate agent, to launching his team, to owning 10 rental properties in St. Louis Park, MN. 


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

  • How AJ got started with real estate and ran a team   
  • If you are new to real estate, it is smart for agents to join a team 
  • The goal he has for his team is to have 15-20 agents doing 40-60 units per year 
  • How hiring the right people that you can keep around is vital & can grow the team quickly
  • Retention of staff is important because when you lose somebody, you lose a lot of time and money 
  • How people aren't simply overhead, they are an investment in your business' future. They are going to return more than you are paying them because you can...
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Picking A Successful Real Estate Investment Strategy Based On Your Goals

You'll find that many people in real estate would like to start investing at some point. What's holding them back? For some, it's money. For some, it's time. For some, it's that they haven't developed a strategy to know when to jump in or how.

Here are some key considerations when thinking about investment properties.

1) What Is Your Buy Box? 

To start, consider what you want to invest in. This can evolve over time, yet it's important to gain some clarity so you know when to jump in the pond.

What type's of properties are you interested in? It could be single-family homes, it could be duplexes, townhomes, condos, etc. Each of these come with different costs, potential maintenance issues, etc. that you'll want to think about.  Who is going to mow the yard? Shovel the snow? Are you going to do it? Are you going to ask the tenant to do it? Are you going to hire it out? If your property is part of an association, chances are that some of these items are taken...

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