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Karim Kerachni - Growing A Business Living 12 Time Zones Away



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Karim Kerachni has been all over the world. He was in Canada with Algerian parents, grew up in France, and is currently spending a year in Malaysia. Karim is passionate about being an entrepreneur, launching and growing businesses over being just a "business owner". He started a residential and commercial cleaning company called Steamates in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Getting that company up and running afforded him the time to focus on his next journey, doing franchise development in Massachusetts for PropertyGuys.com, the largest private home sale network in North America. Karim shares about his story, how he's able to be successful while being a full 12 time zones away, and how he plans to grow in the future.

In this episode hosted by Mike Swenson, we discussed:

  • Karim growing up in multiple continents and starting his first business in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  • How franchisees can turn your business into a passive income stream, allowing you to work on it...
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Christina Leavenworth - News Anchor Turned Real Estate Agent, Team Owner, & Investor



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Many people assume that a news anchor turned real estate agent would have it easy. But what if you couldn't leverage your news personality at all to let anyone know you were even in real estate? Christina Leavenworth found a way to use any free time she got to connect with people outside of her day job as a news reporter and managed to sell 65 homes for $14.8M in volume in her first year in real estate in the Pensacola, FL market back in 2016. A few years later, she launched The Leavenworth Team as a way to handle the growing demand for her services and has turned that into a thriving team of a half dozen agents. In addition, she's grown a rental portfolio to 18 properties ranging from short-term, medium-term, and long-term rentals, all while continue to manage those properties between her and her husband. Find out how she's built this up in just a few short years and how she's willing to lean into uncertainty, grow through challenges, and come out...

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Shawn Baxter - Professional Real Estate Investor While Working A Full-Time Job



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Many people work hard in their W-2 job to be able to do real estate investing on the side. What if your W-2 job allowed you to learn real estate investing WHILE you worked? Meet Shawn Baxter. By day, Shawn is a truck driver that travels all across the US. Because of his role, he is constantly listening to real estate investing podcasts and audio books all day long. Because of this dedicated time commitment, he puts in MORE time as a real estate investor than his truck driving job. This allows him to have the coveted "real estate professional" tax status and all the tax benefits that accompany it. Hear Shawn share how he's using real estate to build wealth, from house hacking to utilizing a home equity line of credit, to infinite banking, to a self-directed IRA. He's learned a lot while he's on the road, and is excited to build an amazing life through real estate.

In this episode hosted by Mike Swenson, we discussed:

  • What criteria and features...
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Mike Swenson - How To Get Started Investing In Real Estate With Little Money Down



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The 2 questions we hear most often are "How do I get started investing in real estate" and "How do I invest if I don't have enough money for a property". Today we're tackling those important topics! Mike Swenson covers the many different ways that investing in real estate can bring you income & profit, how you can fund your purchases, what considerations to make when deciding what type of investor you want to be, and how you can push the "easy" button and passively invest your money into other people's deals.

In this episode we discussed:

  • What makes real estate investing an attractive route to gain wealth and financial freedom.
  • How real estate stands out among various investment choices, with its multiple income streams and wide array of benefits.
  • Leveraging real estate to reduce your mortgage balance over time.
  • Hedging against inflation, especially in times of rising prices for goods and services.
  • Tax benefits associated with real estate,...
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Vince Villani & Adam Hager - $250k Revenue In 6 Months Without Owning A Property



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For many people, real estate investing is an amazing path to build long-term wealth. At the end of the rainbow comes opportunity towards time and financial freedom. However, what if you're looking for some more immediate results to accelerate time and financial freedom now, so that you can invest that time into other things down the road. Adam and Vince currently have 11 short term rental properties across the US. They are using the arbitrage method to build their short term rental business. They are also the founders of Airpreneur.com, a coaching program designed to help people in 9-5's scale to 10k profit per month in short term rentals without needing tens of thousands of dollars to purchase properties.

In this episode hosted by Mike Swenson, we discussed:

  • How their challenges lead them to explore the Arbitrage model as an alternative approach to real estate investing.
  • The key concept behind rental arbitrage, how does it differ from...
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David Dippong - Building Multi-Generational Wealth Through Home Ownership



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David is the go-to resource for all things real estate in Los Angeles & Orange County, California. He helps people plan for, create, and acquire a portfolio that meets their investment & financial freedom goals. His mission is to spread a higher level of real estate and financial education, show the benefits of home ownership, guide people to achieve it, and help his clients leverage their homes into multi-generational wealth. We discuss how owning at least 1 property gives you the tools to fight inflation and protect your family from the rising cost of living, and how harmful a short-term mindset will be for people more and more as the average life span reaches 100 and beyond over the next few generations.

In this episode hosted by Mike Swenson, we discussed:

  • The Importance of your Full Commitment and Strategic Planning.
  • How real estate professionals can effectively navigate income fluctuations and challenges of the industry, especially in the...
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Brandon Thomas - 15 Units With Only $600 Out of Pocket



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Brandon Thomas began his real estate journey working as a property manager throughout college helping to manage a 65 unit apartment. He saw firsthand how much an owner could earn and wanted in. Brandon has been able to creatively finance 15 units in Morgantown, WV that he also manages, as well as doing other deals. He's a licensed agent in Maryland and runs a team there. His work in real estate has given him the opportunity to also launch a clothing company that donates 50% of all profits to the Save The Children Foundation. This clothing company operates 100% self-sufficiently from technology and requires no additional time or money to maintain and operate from after launch. Brandon is also a respected mentor and sought-after speaker in the real estate investment community.

In this episode hosted by Mike Swenson, we discussed:

  • How Brandon got a Property Manager role during college
  • The huge benefit that people don't realize about appreciation and...
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Derek Schenck - Bringing Excellence In All Things



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Having completed over 28,000 professional coaching sessions, Derek Schenck knows how to help people. He is the founder and executive coach of Peak Performance Coaching, a coaching and consulting company laser-focused on the pursuit of excellence. Derek has the unique ability to entertain and inspire while guiding his audience on an engaging journey of self-discovery to create lasting change that matters. We discuss why entrepreneurs are struggling today and what separates the good from the great to help you get to the next level in your life.

In this episode hosted by Mike Swenson, we discussed:

  • What are the primary roles of a coach in personal and business development.
  • The importance of understanding a yourself in order to tailor coaching approaches to your needs and goals.
  • How does a coach's experience benefit you, and why is it important for coaches to help you to focus on what's working and what's within your control?
  • How do you adapt your coaching...
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Kevin Link - Doing 1000 Flips



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Kevin Link started out as an attorney for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). He wanted to be able to take control of his career and stop working for other people, so he launched into real estate in 2017 by co-founding 4 Brothers Buy Houses, based out of the Washington DC area. This investment firm brings in over $5 Million in revenue per year with a team of 25. In addition to that, Kevin founded 1000Flips, a game-changing investment company designed to help other do what they did. He's also the host of the 1000 Flips Podcast. Kevin will talk about his journey from legal eagle to a real estate guy, the ups and downs he's faced flipping thousands of homes, and the secret sauce behind his sales coaching techniques.

In this episode hosted by Mike Swenson, we discussed:

  • How Kevin left a secure job as an attorney to pursue financial freedom in real estate, despite feeling uncertain and facing a steep learning curve
  • Focusing on wholesaling...
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Marla Harmon - Combining 2 Loves: Technology and Real Estate



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What options do you have when you have a strong love for technology and real estate? The possibilities are endless, yet for Marla Harmon, she took her passion and formed an amazing real estate investor CRM. This digital marketing wizard is the CEO and founder of REISoftware, an all-in-one CRM designed specifically for the real estate investor. She talks about how she took her high-level understanding of technology and built an engine that helps people capture leads, nurture leads, and close more deals. She's able to carve out an amazing niche and pursue her passions at the same time.

In this episode hosted by Mike Swenson, we discussed:

  • Marla's background in real estate including being an agent and broker in two different states
  • How Marla got to the point where she wanted to launch a technology for people in the real estate space
  • The power of leveraging relationships
  • What kind of buzzwords to put and strategies to use to capture prospect's attention...
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