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Shira Ali: Building & Growing A Property Management Business

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Do you own rental properties and are considering hiring a property manager? Or are you considering running a property management company? Meet Shira Ali. She has 20+ years in the property management industry managing multi-family and commercial real estate. Host of the "Manage Your Property With Ease" podcast, Shira also holds the Certified Property Manager designation, oversees assets over 3 million square feet, and trains others to do the same through her company REI Chics. She's sharing her best knowledge and experience here about tenant selection, maintaining great relationships, managing assets well, to help you make smart decisions about the properties you own and help others run.

 

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

  • Having the right property manager can grow your asset
  • How to set up a property manager for success
  • Creating win-win relationships between owners and property managers
  • Real estate agents help property...
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Austin Hill: The Entrepreneurial Engineer Turned Investor

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Growing up as the son of an entrepreneur, Austin has been exposed to various businesses his whole life. He had started lots of businesses and had a ton of great ideas for businesses along the way. Looking to build streams of income and pursue a path of financial freedom, Austin, along with his brother, turned their attention to real estate. On the show, Austin shares his success and failures as they've worked to grow their real estate business by investing primarily in Alabama and Pennsylvania. He also discusses how they've begun to work with investor partners as a way to scale and grow their business more quickly.

 

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

  • When businesses fail, you can learn a lot about handling rejection, reiterating and moving forward.
  • A very important trait for success is being willing to take risks.
  • Before moving forward on a property, it's important to understand what your...
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Jess Lenouvel: Building A 7 Figure Real Estate Agent Business

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Jess Lenouvel is BACK on the podcast for a 2nd time! She recently published her book "More Money, Less Hustle: Becoming the 7-Figure Real Estate Agent." Jess also made the move to The Bahamas, providing an example that you can live the life you want while building the business you want. She loves to help people scale their businesses. She says, "My mission is to help realtors scale efficiently and create a life of freedom...the reality for most entrepreneurs is a hamster wheel to burnout." With over 14 years of experience as an agent and having built and scaled her real estate business, she realized her true passion comes alive in training and coaching others. This is why she founded The Listings Lab. She now has helped 1,000+ real estate agents grow to 7 figure businesses. If you want to see the first time she was on our podcast, be sure to check out episode 53!

 

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

  • Jess worked hard to set...
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Michael Elefante - Finding Financial Freedom Through 6 Short-Term Rentals

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Michael believes that all it takes is one short-term rental to help set you financially free. How about 6? Michael shares his journey to financial freedom in just ONE YEAR by leveraging short-term rentals. He and his wife now own 4 properties in TN and 2 in FL and just moved into a $2 Million home in South Carolina and are expecting their first child this fall. We walk through how he selects properties, how he runs his numbers, how he funds them, what steps he take to maximize revenue on each property, and how you can do it too. He's an open book and willing to share his journey....just ask his 750K+ followers on Tiktok!

 

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

  • Few people recognize the true opportunity of short term rentals.
  • You can start with short term rentals without even buying a property
  • Don't ask how much it costs to start, but rather ask how much you have then go deploy the strategy.
  • Short term rentals is to create...
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Amy Holweger - Getting Your First 2 Investment Properties

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When you read about successful real estate investors owning dozens (or hundreds) of properties, it can feel intimidating. They're making tens of thousands of dollars a month and you're just getting started. How do you get that first property? Once you do, how do you go get that next one? Meet Amy Holweger! She's an investor in the Minneapolis/St. Paul and surrounding area of Minnesota. She just moved to the state with her husband in 2021, acquired their first rental property in the fall of 2021 and recently closed on their 2nd in the spring of 2022. She shares how they did it, balancing investing while working her normal job and her art studio on the side, what they were looking for in their properties, working with a property manager, and much more. If you're just getting started on your investment journey, this is a great episode for you to hear practical information to help you get going.

 

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Jon Ostenson - Adding Income Streams Through Franchise Opportunities

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Many entrepreneurs like the idea of blazing a new trail and doing things themselves. What if you were strategically able to grow your businesses faster because you partnered with great people that have figured out solutions to the problems you're likely to face. Welcome to the world of non-food franchising. Jon Ostenson serves as the CEO of FranBridge Consulting and helps thousands of entrepreneurs and investors get into business ownership and investment opportunities. He is the author of the book "The Book of Non-Food Franchising" and was previously the President of ShelfGenie, a franchise with over 200+ locations. If you already own businesses in real estate, it's likely that there are some opportunities out there to add additional streams of income with vertical integrations of businesses that pair well with what you're already doing. Tune in and find out what opportunities might be out there for you.

 

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Justin Rademacher - Growing An Investment-Focused Real Estate Team

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What is it like getting into real estate, growing a real estate team, and getting started on the investment side of the business? Hear from this former furniture salesman about his journey into leasing commercial real estate, launching a real estate team, working on a flip home, and picking up and moving 1700 miles from Minneapolis, MN to Fort Myers, FL and launching a real estate business in a new location. We discuss what it's like working with investors, getting started investing yourself, the benefits of working on a real estate team and much more!

 

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

  • It's quite difficult to succeed quickly in real estate by being an agent only part-time
  • The most successful people are the ones who can solve problems
  • Build passive income through real estate investing in addition to doing transactions as an agent
  • The benefit of passive income is freedom of time
  • If you're not failing you're...
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Jacob Vanderslice - Investing In Self-Storage Centers

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Have you heard about investing in self-storage, heard about the great returns, and been curious to learn more and dig deeper into it? This is your episode! Jacob Vanderslice is Principal at VanWest Partners, which has built a portfolio of $195mm in assets, primarily focused on self-storage centers across the United States. He talks about their companies strategies in finding markets to target, finding sellers, and what else they look for in acquiring self-storage properties. He also discusses the per capita supply ratios they aim to hit, their strategy to increase rates, and what percentage of off-market deals they are able to find. If self-storage investing intrigues you, soak up Jacob's 15+ years experience that he shares.

 

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

  • When targeting acquisitions, look at the history and compare it to other comparable rents.
  • Target deals that are below market rents, add some amenities, upgrade...
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Kimberly Kesterke - Earning 6 Figure Cash Flow While Still Working A W2 Job

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Kimberly Kesterke, better known as "The W2 Landlord", became a landlord by accident at the age of 26. Because of the last market crash, Kimberly had a property where she was 30k underwater and needed to relocate for a job change. She took that rental and made the most of it. Over the next 15 years she's now built up a portfolio of 20+ units spanning Georgia, New York, and North Dakota, all while continuing to work a W2 job, and being an amazing mom to an 8-year-old. Hear from Kimberly how she was able to do it, the processes she's been able to put in place, how she used creative financing to fund deals, and why she continues to work her job despite an awesome portfolio providing amazing cash flow.

 

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

  • A conventional loan is a good way to secure leverage and purchase a property
  • Be a good steward and do a good job in growing the units you have to obtain more
  • Finding good deals...
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Jennifer Beadles - Working With Investors To Build Your Dream Life

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While most people in her office wanted to work in traditional residential real estate, Jennifer was able to capitalize on a huge niche....working with investors. She quickly became the investor specialist in her office and built a large network of investor clients. After making her first purchase at 21, she saw a path to building the life she wanted. Through flips, BRRR's, developments and acquiring 265 properties in 7 states over the past 15 years (and getting a general contractor's license along the way), she was able to retire her husband and travel the world with him and her daughter. Now he works on helping agents that want to develop their business working with investors as well as helping investors level up and grow their portfolio. If you're looking to build the life you want from working with investors, or investing yourself, this episode is a "must" to listen to.

 

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  • Working with people...
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