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Just Start Real Estate Podcast

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New shows 5 Days a week! Mondays are an interview with a successful real estate investor. I get to the bottom of their business to discover the secret to how they became successful. Tuesday through Friday is filled with small actionable advice and tips that you can use in your business to immediately help you further your success in real estate.


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JSRE 333 - Joni and Kirk Yates - Bookkeeping


Mon, Mar 20, 2017


This Week’s Episode:

Joni and Kirk Yates take care of the books for my company.  Joni has an extensive career in administration, working with Fortune 500 and small companies.  Kirk has worked for Fortune 500 companies and has expertise in sales, management, the automotive aftermarket, mortgages, and banking.  Both Joni and Kirk work extensively in QuickBooks. Joni and Kirk are my favorite hires.

If you are trying to scale your business, if you don’t keep accurate books, you can’t out-earn the problems that bad bookkeeping creates.  I’m guessing you don’t want the stress of books.  You didn’t start your real estate business to do bookkeeping.  We have a special offer we’d like to share with you.  For just $350 Joni and Kirk will set up your books, get you caught up for 2017 and get you headed in the right direction.  You have until April 4th to take advantage of this opportunity.  Regardless of the size of your business, it is $350 to get your books caught up.  Learn more at REIBooksOnline.com.

 

Connect with Joni and Kirk Yates:

Website: REIBooksOnline.com

 

You’ll Learn:

  • [07:10] - I tell the background story of how I met Joni and Kirk.  
  • [10:41] - Joni explains what it was like to come on board with our company and help us get headed in the right direction with our books.  
  • [11:50] - Joni and Kirk explain how bookkeeping for real estate is quite different than other businesses.  
  • [16:09] - Because this is such a specialized bookkeeping situation, it’s important to make sure you get the right person that knows or can learn.
  • [18:25] - As Joni and Kirk have grown, they can use their experiences to help with the process with other clients.  
  • [20:24] - I ask Joni and Kirk to share what habits Mike and I have with our business that impact them the most.  
  • [21:28] - I share some of the benefits of having someone keeping your books.  This gives you a lot more data and information to run your business better.
  • [22:41] - Joni shares that she is in her client’s books on a daily basis to stay up on everything and make sure that everything is in order. I explain why this helps you with your business.  
  • [28:04] - We have a special offer for you to have Joni and Kirk help you get your books under control.
  • [33:48] - Kirk explains what can happen to a business if your books are not in order.

 

Resources:

REIBooksOnline.com

 

If you’re interested in learning more about our coaching, email me - mike@juststartrealestate.com.  We’d love to help you meet your goals in 2017.

If investing and real estate is your dream, there is only one way you can make it a reality...JUST START!



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JSRE 332 - Brad Smotherman - Wholesaling and Land Development


Mon, Mar 13, 2017


This Week’s Episode:

Brad Smotherman joins me on this episode of Just Start Real Estate.  Brad is a wholesaler, rehabber and land developer in the state of Tennessee.  He has been in real estate since the age of 18. In 2010, Brad retired his real estate license and began doing investments full-time.  He is now working toward tract-land development.  

Brad shares a lot of information in this discussion, and I think you’re going to appreciate what he brings.  You’re going to hear him let us peek into his business by sharing details on his tools for lead generation and the results that come from those strategies. He also talks about the team that he has formed around him and his business and the roles that they play.

Tract-land development is not something I know a lot about and Brad explains why this type of opportunity appeals to him.  He explains how the negotiations for these deals work, how to locate land for this type of development, and how to price the land and lots.  Again, Brad shares a lot of insight and good, actionable advice.  

Connect with Mike Cowper:

Website: http://bradsmotherman.brandyourself.com/

You’ll Learn:

  •  [08:52] - Brad started in real estate at the age of 18.  He talks about his background and what attracted him to real estate at such a young age.  Brad was able to learn the lessons of the market crash through observation.
  • [12:00] - After retiring his license, Brad decided to be an investor.  It took him nine months to make his first deal, and that was his best.
  • [13:53] - Brad talks about the tools he uses for lead generation.  He is now doing direct mail and believes he’s the biggest mailer in Nashville.  
  • [15:10] - Brad shares that with 55,000 mailers, the results are typically 8-14 deals.   
  • [15:48] - Brad explains his views on wholesaling and why he is getting more into that practice and leaving rehabs.  
  • [19:35] - Brad shares some details on the team he has built for his business.  
  • [21:06] - The Dallas-Fort Worth market is very competitive, and Brad is moving into that market.  He explains how this is an opportunity to test things in a competitive area.
  • [22:11] - Since he has a team working for him, he shares how he splits up the responsibilities and which tasks he takes care of himself.
  • [24:20] - Brad shares what a Sub2 Wrap is.  
  • [26:23] - Brad is now working toward tract-land development. He discusses why he is drawn to these opportunities.
  • [30:00] - Brad explains how to locate land for tract development and how to price these properties.  
  • [32:10] - With these tract developments, Brad describes when he steps out of the deal.  He also explains how these deals go down and how the lots are sold off.
  • [34:42] - Brad gives an idea of what these negotiations are like when buying the land. The cost to develop is factored in.  
  • [36:42] - Knowing what he knows through experience, Brad shares some insight on what he would tell people starting off in real estate now. Brad says, “Start where you are.”
  • [39:36] - Brad shares the vision for his future.  He hopes to move into 10-12 markets, stay local for land developments, and look into hotels.

If you’re interested in learning more about our coaching, email me - mike@juststartrealestate.com. We’d love to help you meet your goals in 2017.

If investing and real estate is your dream, there is only one way you can make it a reality... JUST START!



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Episode 331 - Hiring Update and Office Spaces


Mon, Mar 06, 2017


This Week’s Episode:

Mike Cowper joins me again on the podcast.  We came together to share more about our company.  We’d like to do a “State of the Company” and share with you some things that we are currently doing to facilitate growth with our company.

In our last conversation on the podcast, we talked about some employee turnover that we recently experienced. We shared how we handle hiring with the business.   In this episode we talk more about the massive turnover and talk about how these changes were necessary and have helped us maneuver a culture shift.

The big news, and the main part of our discussion in this episode, is the idea of having an office space for the company.  Yes, there are pros and cons to having a physical location, and we share some of our thoughts on this topic.  We feel that a physical location really can help us with things like building a company culture and hiring.

Connect with Mike Cowper:

Mike Cowper on LinkedIn

You’ll Learn:

  • [06:51] – We experienced a lot of turnover with our company this year.  We explain why those changes needed to be made.  We share some of the things we could have done better in the initial hiring process. We also talk about how we learned from these mistakes.
  • [10:42] – We talk about how things have improved with the entire team with some of the changes we’ve recently made.  Mike explains how we are doing a better job of setting expectations and being supportive.
  • [14:30] – We are currently looking at the idea of having an office space.  We each share our perspectives and explain why we are considering this idea.
  • [17:38] – Having an office space would help us with trainings.  Group trainings with everyone in one room are helpful. It will also help us develop a culture.
  • [20:02] – In the past, we’ve done our hiring in a restaurant.  Having an official place to interview potential employees would help us.
  • [21:49] – Mike talks about how building a culture through an office space can help employees take part in growth.
  • [23:32] – Pro Tip: You should always be hiring.
  • [24:07] – There’s not always a single reason you have a lot of turnover.  I explain the various reasons we experienced this turnover.
  • [25:11] – Even with the two of us working full time, there’s still a large list of things that would like to implement, but don’t have time.
  • [27:38] – The debate between us is always when and how many people we should hire.
  • [28:28] – We talk about how large our overhead costs are. We also talk about some of the other problems we face, like HR.

If you’re interested in learning more about our coaching, email me - mike@juststartrealestate.com. We’d love to help you meet your goals in 2017.

If investing and real estate is your dream, there is only one way you can make it a reality... JUST START!



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Episode 330 Dustin Bowling - Retired Police Officer - FULL Time Investor


Mon, Feb 20, 2017


This Week’s Episode:

I am joined by Dustin Bowling on this episode of Just Start Real Estate.  Dustin is flipping about 10 houses a year in the Covington, Indiana area. Dustin is an aggressive growing investor that I think will be a superstar in the next few years.

In this conversation, you will hear about the incredible things that Dustin is accomplishing in his area.  What’s fascinating is that he’s doing these things without systems.  Just imagine what he’ll be able to do when he implements systems.  

Dustin has a background in law enforcement and is now doing real estate full time.  Being in a small-town, he shares how real estate in these types of communities varies from real estate in more populated areas.  He explains the value of character and integrity in areas like this.  

You’ll Learn:

  • [08:14] - Dustin shares his background. He’s always been an entrepreneur.  Even from an early age, he had an interest in real estate.
  • [11:36] - Dustin explains why he moved into flipping houses. He also talks about doing these projects in a small town.
  • [14:26] - Dustin has been doing this for about 10 years. For a long time he did his own work and now he’s built up a crew. He has 7 employees
  • [18:30] - Dustin currently has 8 projects going and does not feel like he’s got good systems in place. I give Dustin some advice on this situation. I explain why it’s difficult to scale without these systems.
  • [26:58] - I talk with Dustin about hiring a project manager vs. hiring a GC.
  • [28:10] - Dustin describes how his business is structured.
  • [30:00] - Dustin lists his current projects, which includes a church.
  • [31:46] - Dustin talks about challenges he’s faced. He explains how character and integrity are important in real estate, especially in a small town. 

Resources

Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business - Gino Wickman

If you’re interested in learning more about our coaching, email me - mike@juststartrealestate.com.  We’d love to help you meet your goals in 2017.

If investing and real estate is your dream, there is only one way you can make it a reality...JUST START!

 

 



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Episode 329 Mike and Mike - Our Hiring Process


Tue, Feb 14, 2017


This Week’s Episode:

This week, I’m joined by my business partner, Mike Cowper. These episodes with Mike are great because we share what’s going on with our business and we provide you with actionable items for your business.

In this conversation, you will hear Mike and I talk about a recent incident. We had one of our employees leave and we needed to rebound and recover from this situation. While we weren’t completely satisfied with this person, we weren’t exactly ready for them to leave.  This person leaving put us in a bit of a bind and we explain how we dealt with that situation.

This leads us into a discussion on goals.  Because we have goals and track our company’s numbers, we were able to identify that this individual was not producing up to our expectations.  We talk about our goals and Mike briefly touches on 30-60-90 goals. We also explain why education is important in accomplishing goals.

If you’re interested in learning more about our coaching, email me - mike@juststartrealestate.com.  We’d love to help you meet your goals in 2017.

If investing and real estate is your dream, there is only one way you can make it reality...JUST START! 

Connect with Mike Cowper:

Mike Cowper on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-cowper-762398a

You’ll Learn:

  • [05:36] - Mike talks about a recent situation where we had one of our employees leave and the crunch that it put us in.
  • [07:29] - Handling a situation like this is tougher for smaller businesses. I explain what our knee-jerk reaction was to this person leaving. Through the day, we worked our way through the situation and came up with some short-term solutions.
  • [08:30] - The biggest issue for our business was that we have a big marketing push coming up and we were concerned about our ability to handle incoming leads.
  • [09:57] - We share what our game-plan is for working through this situation and why we believe this situation will work out.
  • [13:13] - I share why it’s important to track numbers with your team.
  • [14:26] - This leads to a discussion on our goals. We share our growth from 2015 to 2016 and how our goals kept us on track to achieve the success we anticipated.
  • [16:35] - We recently worked on putting together our 2017 goals, which we share.
  • [17:42] - Regardless of the size of your company is, you should trying to build a business. I explain how I define “a business”. We share our thoughts on why you should strive for this.
  • [23:53] - If you haven’t set your goals, now is the time.
  • [24:52] - Mike talks about setting 30-60-90 goals.
  • [28:05] - It’s important to have a system. We just finished reading Traction.  This is a great book to read if you’d like to set your business up for success.
  • [28:43] - Education is vital for success. We talk about the importance and the benefits of coaching. Goals are the roadmap to where you want to be, but the coach can be your guide to get you to those goals faster.

 



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Episode 328 Danny Pitcher - Rising Star in Real Estate


Mon, Feb 06, 2017


This Week’s Episode:

This week, I’m joined Danny Pitcher. Danny started his real estate company on a bike. He sent out his first marketing piece in 2015 and got his first deal four or five months later. He then left his job and invested everything into his company.

In this conversation, you will hear Danny share interesting details about his business. He explains why he decided to get into real estate. He actually started by listening to podcasts, including this one! Danny describes how his business is set up and he shares a lot of details about his marketing. He says, “With mailings, it doesn’t matter what you do, as long as it’s different.” He also says “Finding the deal is the foundation of your business” and he shares how he does that.

Connect with Danny Pitcher:

Daniel Pitcher on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-pitcher-9b8a5429

You’ll Learn:

[07:19] - Out of college, Danny was a bike taxi driver. He describes this experience.

[09:04] - Danny began listening to podcasts, even this one! That helped him nurture his entrepreneurial spirit.

[11:06] - Danny explains how he started his career in real estate, which began with wholesaling.

[13:38] - While Danny started with wholesaling, he is working on his first flip. He explains how is business is currently set up.

[15:05] - Danny describes his marketing strategy when it comes to mailings.

[16:30] - Danny talks numbers and shares the number of deals he has completed.

[18:47] - Danny details what type of mailings he is doing. He also describes what he does to help his mailings stand out.

[20:52] - Danny describes how he handles leads when they come in via the phone.

[22:05] - When it comes to locking down the contract, Danny explains his personal strategy.

[23:34] - Danny explains how he uses a closing attorney and works with buyers.

[28:10] - Danny does not attend closings and he shares his reasoning behind that.

[29:23] - Danny shares his goals for his company in 2017.

[32:24] - We all know hindsight is 20/20. Danny talks about what he would differently if he was able to start from scratch again.

If you’re interested in learning more about our coaching, email me - mike@juststartrealestate.com. We’d love to help you meet your goals in 2017.

If investing and real estate is your dream, there is only one way you can make it reality...JUST START!



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Episode 327 Mike and Mike - Losing Employees and Goal Setting


Mon, Jan 23, 2017


This week, I’m joined by my business partner, Mike Cowper. These episodes with Mike are great because we share what’s going on with our business and we provide you with actionable items for your business.

In this conversation, you will hear Mike and I talk about a recent incident. We had one of our employees leave and we needed to rebound and recover from this situation. While we weren’t completely satisfied with this person, we weren’t exactly ready for them to leave. This person leaving put us in a bit of a bind and we explain how we dealt with that situation.

This leads us into a discussion on goals. Because we have goals and track our company’s numbers, we were able to identify that this individual was not producing up to our expectations. We talk about our goals and Mike briefly touches on 30-60-90 goals. We also explain why education is important in accomplishing goals.

If you’re interested in learning more about our coaching, email me - mike@juststartrealestate.com. We’d love to help you meet your goals in 2017.

If investing and real estate is your dream, there is only one way you can make it reality...JUST START!



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Episode 326 Mike and Mike - Deciding Who You Are as an Investor


Mon, Jan 16, 2017


This week, I’m joined by my business partner, Mike Cowper. I have known Mike for two years and I’ve had a lot of fun working with Mike on growing our business. Mike and I are doing a lot of coaching now and we’ve noticed that a lot of the same questions are coming up in these coaching sessions.

In this discussion, we talk about flipping and wholesaling. We describe what the structure of each of these models looks like, and explore how they are different. One myth is that it doesn’t take any money to be a wholesaler, but you need money to be a flipper. In this conversation, you’ll hear why that’s not the case.

Mike and I will be doing these types of episodes a few times a month. If you’re interested in learning more about our coaching, email me - mike@juststartrealestate.com. We’d love to help you meet your goals in 2017.

If investing and real estate is your dream, there is only one way you can make it reality...JUST START!



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Episode 325 Mark Dennis - Rising Star Real Estate Investor


Mon, Jan 09, 2017


Mark Dennis joins me on this episode of Just Start Real Estate. A former NFL player, Mark has taken that natural tenacity from the gridiron and put it toward real estate. As Mark says, “Entrepreneurialism is like a weed. It’s tough to kill it and make it go away.”

In this conversation, you will hear Mark explain how his career as a professional football player helped shape his mentality and make him a natural in real estate. Individuals that play organized sports have a unique skill-set and strong traits.

Mark is a coaching client and a case-study in accepting guidance and expecting results. He explains the transition from football to real estate and he describes the decisions he’s made and strategies he’s implemented with his business.

If investing and real estate is your dream, there is only one way you can make it reality...JUST START!

 



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Episode 324 Justin Williams - House Flipping Formula


Mon, Sep 19, 2016


I'm excited to have Justin Williams on the show again. He's a great house flipper, an inspirational person, and  a good friend of mine in the business. He has some exciting things set up for this year. Justin has been investing in real estate full-time for about nine years, and he currently flips about 100 houses a year.



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ep323. Dan Schwartz - Investor and Podio Expert


Mon, Feb 15, 2016


Today we're talking to Dan Schwartz who I was referred to by my friend, Dan Barrett.

 

His life before real estate was a band member (Pigeons Playing PingPong http://pigeonsplayingpingpong.com/). And while he was playing on the weekends he went to a "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" event (knowing that being self-employed is the route for him), and started his journey in real estate.

 

Dan met a friend who was doing wholesale rehab house sales on Craigslist. They partnered up because the friend could do the real estate mind-stuff (guessing a resell value within 5-10K) and Dan's specialty was building a business: Making phones ring with leads, setting up processes and measuring and keeping track of things, so nothing falls through the cracks. This partnership thrived and eventually this lead to 7-8 deals a month and quite a nice living income.

 

BUT! simultaneously, he was still playing in this band. The band's popularity took off and they ended up doing 180 gigs a year all over the country! He had this dream of being a real estate rockstar.... By day, having this awesome real estate job that he can do anywhere and at night, banging on drums and partying.

Awesome life! Who doesn't want this?

 

Enter: Podio. https://podio.com/site/en A cloud-based project management system that he customized and fit to his lifestyle and business style. So he can easily automate, track leads and progress.

 

I asked him just HOW he gets the phone to ring. Back then- they were doing a lot of prospect writing on MLS (which is still great but only writing dozens of offers a week). But NOW, the hot-ticket in Baltimore is direct mail absentee lists and direct mail (spending 2-3K a month). After doing this for a few months, they started seeing the patterns on the type of returns they were getting. Following the 80/20 rule(https://www.perrymarshall.com/8020-book/), they looked further into the details (like demographics, age, locations, etc) and started target marketing to those specific zip codes and absentee owners.

 

Eventually Dan worked his way into online PPC marketing, which has also become really effective (90%!!!). And currently, Dan's role is removed from the day-to-day and more about Podio Investor Fuse.

 

Whoa. Hold on. Big words... What does that mean?

 

Don't worry. Dan breaks down what Podio is, what you can do with it. Adding apps, customizing different types of sales, creating PDFs of contracts, communicating with your team, automating various actions, etc. But you need to set all that up! Guh! Time consuming! AND EXHAUSTING! What Dan has done is figured out all the hard work- and instead of using third party tools- he has built something under his code and server and you get a fully-functioned workspace for a flat monthly fee.

 

It is designed with whole-sale in mind (general lead-management system). But the whole system is designed to convert leads.

 

You aren't using Podio currently? No problem. It's really easy to import your leads from various sources.

You ARE using Podio? Great! It still looks the same, so you won't be caught completely off-guard, but you'll be given access to a bunch of new/great stuff!

 

A few things that you can't do in Podio currently- but can with Dan's Podio system:

-click on "make offer"

-emailing/texting from the apps (from the actual seller item)

-every single touch-point is automatically logged. (every time someone calls, incoming text, email, etc. is all logged)

-comparable sales data PDF (from Zillow. a map and analysis is spit out of what someone is looking for)

 

It's going to be launching in Early Feb 2016. If you want more information, go to:

Investorfuse.com (sign up for updates)

info@investorfuse.com (email us with questions/comments/concerns!)

https://www.facebook.com/investorfuse (the latest updates!)

 

Here are some demo videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGs3MT4b0Uw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUxqUnClGuE

 

I know. I know... It sounds like an infomercial.... But trust me, guys! We're entrepreneurs. We shouldn't bog ourselves down with technology that makes our lives harder! Either higher someone else to do it and start focusing your energy on stuff that moves the needle. http://investorfuse.com/skills. And knowing how to build your team. http://investorfuse.com/team/

 

 



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Ep322. Bill Allen Flight Instructor and Real Estate Investor


Mon, Feb 08, 2016


Bill Allen is an investor and house-flipper in Pensacola Florida and I couldn't be more excited to pick his high level mastermind brain!

He went to college at Georgia Tech and went into the Navy- and due to this, he moved a lot. In 2009 he bought his first "real house", sold it, and then dipped his toe into renting houses.

Aside from not getting bogged down with the numbers and analysis, he looks for a lot of foreclosures and using a direct-marketing approach or he looks for what would make a great rental property for his area.

He said that networking, acknowledging his unfair advantage and buying lunch for mentors has helped him become successful. Later, he has become a mentor himself by encouraging people by getting involved and learning how to talk to people, driving around and looking for deals, sending hand-written letters and other tips to JUST START!

www.blackjackre.com

mike@juststartrealestate.com



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Ep 321: Mike Cowper - Wholesaler and Sales Rockstar!


Mon, Dec 07, 2015


I'm really excited to announce my new business partner, Mike Cowper! Who I also had the privilege of interviewing, which I will share with you today.

 

www.juststartrealestate.com

www.webuyroi.com

 



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EP 320: Josh Sterling--Full-Time Job and Full-Time RE Investor


Mon, Sep 07, 2015


Today I'm excited to interview a great investor here in my local Michigan market. Get ready to learn and take some notes!

I know Josh Sterling personally and I'm thrilled to talk to him about his business. He grew up in California and was an airline pilot for five years. He moved to Michigan in 2009 and that's when he started investing in real estate. He owns and manages 125 units, flips 12-15 properties per years, and runs a property management property. And on top of all this, he currently has a full-time job as an air-traffic controller!

For all of you out there thinking that you can't invest in real estate because you have a full-time job, listen closely to this episode and find out how Josh does it.



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Episode 319: Dan Barrett - Online Lead Geneator


Mon, Aug 10, 2015


I’m back!

I’ve had a crazy last few months. There have been significant changes in my business that I’m thrilled to share with you! The content I have for you based on my own experiences and my own business alone is so valuable.

 My guest for today’s episode is someone who’s done incredible things for my business, and I think he can help you with yours too.

Dan Barrett is the owner of Adwords Nerds, the only agency of their kind that works exclusively with real estate investors. This is a company I’m currently working with and getting real world results from. They’re a fully certified Google partner, and they’ve really transformed my business lately, bringing me more online leads that I ever thought was possible.



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EP 318: Sasha Favelukis--Hard Money Expert


Mon, Mar 30, 2015


We are at the end of the first quarter of the year! Where are you with your goals? Have you gotten about a quarter of the way through what you wanted to accomplish for the year? If you've fallen behind, and I hope you haven't, I am always here to help you get back on track. 

Today I am going to play an interview I did about a year ago with hard money expert Sasha Favelukis.



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EP 317: Connect for Success


Fri, Mar 27, 2015


Today I want to talk about something that was impressed upon me very early on in my career and that I still think is incredibly important. I'm talking about being a connector.



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EP 316: Everything Works!


Wed, Mar 25, 2015


Today I want to talk about the various modes of real estate investing. Over the last few years, I've realized something I really didn't understand in the beginning. I would read or hear real estate success stories online and on podcasts, and each time I would think that that investor had the answer, or understood the definitive way to work in real estate. We call this the shiny object syndrome. Eventually, I realized that there are countless ways of doing this business well.



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EP 315: Nick Ruiz--Self-Made Millionaire


Mon, Mar 23, 2015


Today's episode is a replay of an interview with the phenomenal Nick Ruiz.  Nick has a rags to riches to rags to riches story, and the interview really shows you that, when things go wrong in the business, you need to know how to pick yourself up and build yourself up all over again.



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EP 314: It's About More Than the Money


Fri, Mar 20, 2015


Today we're going to talk about why we're in this business. A lot of people get into this business simply because they want to make money, and even run their business differently than they would if they weren't driven by money. And of course, real estate is a for profit business. However, that doesn't mean that every decision you make should be motivated by making money. There are times when I don't think about the money in order to do the responsible or ethical thing.



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EP 313: Are New Investors Unethical?


Wed, Mar 18, 2015


Today I want to address a question that I saw on an online real estate group: is it unethical for a new real estate investor to sign a purchase agreement for a deal when they're not sure they have the money to close?



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EP 312: Inside the Mind of a Private Investor


Mon, Mar 16, 2015


Today, I'm replaying an interview with someone who deals with a very unique aspect of real estate--private investing. Private investors rarely talk on podcasts because they don't want to be inundated with calls or emails from new investors who want money. That's why I'm only using this investor's first name in the interview, and I'm so glad I got him to share his unique perspective with the listeners of Just Start Real Estate.



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EP 311: Fish Where the Fish Are


Fri, Mar 13, 2015


Today I want to talk to new investors about choosing a market to invest in. The right answer is different for everybody, but in general you want to look for an area that is within reasonable driving distance from where you live and work. Within that radius, you don't want to invest to the absolute most or least expensive neighborhoods.



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EP 310: Break the Business Down into Bite-Size Pieces


Wed, Mar 11, 2015


Today we're going to talk about getting things done. Whenever you're starting something new or you're trying to build something you're unfamiliar with from scratch, the tendency is to get overwhelmed. It helps to break it down into smaller pieces so you can keep putting one foot in front of the other. I talk to new investors all the time, and I always tell them: you have to figure out what you're going to do first, and focus on that step alone.



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EP 309: J Scott--Professional House Flipper--Part 2 (Replay)


Mon, Mar 09, 2015


This week I'm sharing part two of my most downloaded interview ever--last year's interview with J Scott.

 



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EP 308: How to Be Productive


Fri, Mar 06, 2015


Today I want to talk about being productive. The problem is that sometimes people think that being busy makes them productive. That couldn't be farther from the truth--sometimes, the less you do, the more productive you are.



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Episode 307 Listen to your inner investor


Wed, Mar 04, 2015


In this episode, I talk about what it means to be productive versus what it needs to be busy. Most people think that if they are busy, then they are being productive. But often being busy has nothing to do with being productive.



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EP 306: J Scott - Professional House Flipper (Replay)


Mon, Mar 02, 2015


In this episode, I interview someone who I have been a fan of for quite some time–J Scott. J is an incredibly savvy house flipper and new construction “spec” builderI think this is one of the best episodes on the show, and I want to make sure all my listeners get a chance to check it out!



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EP 305: What All Successful Real Estate Investors Have in Common


Fri, Feb 27, 2015


Today I want to talk about action. I could have a weekly episode on this, and I still don't think I would be talking about it enough. All the successful investors I've ever interviewed, despite the many differences in their business models or systems, have one very important thing in commonmassive action. Every single one of them takes massive action. They all go 100 miles an hour and do multiple things every single day to build their business and to drive it forward.



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EP 304: What You REALLY Need to Know Before You Start Investing


Wed, Feb 25, 2015


Today we're going to talk about what you need to know before you start investing in real estate. How much information do you need? What's too much? What's not enough? I have a strong opinion on this and I've become more and more adamant about it. As I interview successful investors, I notice that they share my opinion on how much information you need to start.



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EP 303: Joe Fairless--Buy-and-hold Expert


Mon, Feb 23, 2015


Today I'm interviewing Joe Fairless, the founder of Fairless Investing. Joe controls over seven million dollars in real estate. He's also the host of a top-rated investing podcast called Best Real Estate Investing Advice Ever



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EP 302: How to Get Help in Your Business


Fri, Feb 20, 2015


Today I want to talk about getting help in your real estate investing business. I tend to be very impatient and I'm a little bit of a control freak, so I often have trouble asking for help. 



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EP 301: Refocus and Get Out of the Rut!


Wed, Feb 18, 2015


Today we're going to talk about how to get unstuck in your business. Sometimes you start to feel bogged down in business; things aren't working or aren't moving as fast as you'd like, maybe you received a rejection. You feel like you're knee-high in mud and you just can't move.



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EP 300: Tom Krol – Wholesaling on Fire (Part 2)


Mon, Feb 16, 2015


Today I'm excited to bring you the second half of my interview with Tom Krol. If you haven't listened to Part 1 yet, I highly suggest that you do before listening to this episode.



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EP 299: Automate Automate Automate


Fri, Feb 13, 2015


Today I want to talk about a subject that came up a lot in my interview with Tom KrolAutomation is a huge part of the way he runs his very successful business. I spent the majority of my real estate investing career without much automation. But once you create systems that work, automation can really allow you to utilize people's skills and grow your business to a whole new level.



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EP 298: Embrace Failure


Wed, Feb 11, 2015


Today I want to talk to you about failure and what it takes to be successful in any business endeavor that is outside of your comfort zone. If you stay in your comfort zone all the time, you can expect to continue getting exactly what you're getting right now out of life. If you're ecstatic with that, great! But I suspect you're listening to this podcast because you want to find something better for you and your family. And if you get out of your comfort zone and try something new, you will experience failure.



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EP 297: Tom Krol - Wholesaling on Fire (Part 1)


Mon, Feb 09, 2015


Today I'm excited to bring you an interview with Tom Krol, an incredible wholesaler from Florida. Tom shared so much about his story and his business with the listeners of Just Start Real Estate that I decided to split his interview into two parts. Trust me, if you're even a little interested in wholesaling, you're going to want to look out for part two next Monday! I've been pursuing Tom for the past couple of weeks and I'm so glad I was able to bring him on the show.



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EP 296: Choose Your Path


Fri, Feb 06, 2015


Today, I'm going to cover a topic that's really dear to my heart. It's the thing that got me on track when I first made up my mind and decided to invest in real estate. My mentor told me at that time that I should focus on one aspect of real estate at a time.



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EP 295: Tune Out the Noise


Wed, Feb 04, 2015


Today I want to talk about something that can really bring you down in real estate or in anything you're trying to do that's off the beaten path. If everyone isn't doing it, there will be a lot of naysayers, a lot of people telling you it can't be done. This happens to a lot of people in real estate.



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EP 294: Andy McFarland - Wholesaling Superstar


Mon, Feb 02, 2015


Today I'm really excited to talk to guest Andy McFarland. Andy has been an active real estate investor since 2002 when he purchased his first property, which he calls "the treehouse." He's purchased hundreds of properties since then, mostly from private sellers. He owns a renovation companyQuality Property Renovations, that flips ten to twelve houses a year, and a wholesaling company, Treehouse Investments, which wholesales over 100 properties per year in three different states. 



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EP 293: Accountability Is Key


Fri, Jan 30, 2015


Today we're going to talk about accountability. It's not a real estate thing; it's a business thing and even a life thing. Whenever you're stepping out of your comfort zone or trying to do something bigger than you've ever done before, having people in your life keeping you accountable is critical.



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EP 292: Take Emotion Out of Your Calculation


Wed, Jan 28, 2015


Today I want to talk about a mistake I see new investors make all the time. It boils down to letting emotions get in your way and cloud your judgement in this business.



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EP 291: Justin Williams from House Flipping HQ


Mon, Jan 26, 2015


I'm excited to have Justin Williams on the show again. He's a great house flipper, an inspirational person, and  a good friend of mine in the business. He has some exciting things set up for this year for his business. Justin has been investing in real estate full-time for about eight years, and he currently flips about 100 houses a year



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EP 290: Getting a Winning Mindset


Fri, Jan 23, 2015


We've spent this week talking about setting goals, and today I want to talk about a very important factor in your success. On Wednesday I shared with you that massive action is the key, and it is. But in order to take massive action, you have to get yourself in the right mindset for this business. That can be the hardest step.



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Episode 289 Business Goals for the Beginner


Wed, Jan 21, 2015


Today we're going to talk about business goals, or business minimums as I said on Monday. This episode is really geared toward the beginning investor, but I think you'll find some interesting things to think about even if you're more experienced. I often ask beginners: what do you want to be when you grow up?



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Episode 288 Goals for 2015


Mon, Jan 19, 2015


I'm dedicating this week to getting you started in your real estate investing business for 2015. If you're not a brand new investor, these episodes will reenergize you and give you the motivation you need to knock it out of the park this year. If you are brand new, and maybe you haven't done your first deal yet, these episodes will give you a solid base of goals and strategies to get you started.

Today I want to dig into the idea of setting goals



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EP 287: You Should Partner on Your First Deal


Fri, Dec 19, 2014


Today I want to give you some advice on how to do your first deal. Once you've made it through the fear we discussed yesterday, you should partner on your first deal with someone more experienced than yourself.



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EP 286: The Biggest Hurdle in Real Estate


Thu, Dec 18, 2014


In this episode, I want to break from my usual format a little bit and talk about a conversation I had with a friend about real estate. This podcast is about helping new real estate investors by giving you the tools and information you need to get started. But I recently heard this friend express his interest in investing in real estate but hesitate in actually talking to me about the business. I told him he was going about this too slowly.



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Episode 285 Chandler Crouch- replay


Mon, Dec 15, 2014


In this episode, I interview Chandler Crouch. Chandler is nothing short of amazing. At a very young age, he has managed to do several different types of real estate transactions and make himself one of the most successful realtors in Texas! This is a long episode, but I didn't want to cut this great flow of information short. I know you're going to love this interview as much as I did!



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Episode 284: Always Have More Than One Exit Strategy


Fri, Dec 12, 2014


Today we're going to talk about the importance of having more than one exit strategy. It's more important for new investors, and new investors rarely do this well.



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Episode 283: Which Markets Are Best to Invest in?


Wed, Dec 10, 2014


Today we're going to talk about market selectionHow do you know which markets, neighborhoods, or areas are best for your specific investment model? This is an important question to consider as you set up your business.



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Episode 282 Josh Bauerle - CPA and RE Investor - Replay


Mon, Dec 08, 2014


In this episode, I interview Josh BauerleCPA and real estate investor.



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EP 281: Know Your Criteria


Fri, Dec 05, 2014


Today I want to talk your criteria. Know your criteria. What is it you are looking for? Five bedroom homes? Two bedroom homes?  Three thousand square feet? One thousand square feet? Write down what you are looking for so you don’t waste time sifting through deals you don’t want.



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EP 280: Your Best Birddog... the Mailman!


Wed, Dec 03, 2014


Today I want to talk about your best birddog. Who out there is on the streets every days, knows every vacant house on the market, and has their finger on the pulse of real estate? The mailman!



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EP 279: Tony Robbins - The Keys To Massive Success


Mon, Dec 01, 2014


Today I want to share with you an inspirational talk similar to the one we listened to last week. It's a fairly quick talk by life coach Tony Robbins meant to inspire you and help you set your New year's resolutions. But let's not wait until January to think about our goals! Listen to this talk by Tony and think about what it means to set goals and how to determine those goals for the next year. Start thinking about these things early, so that you can start the next year fully prepared and ready to take on new challenges.



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EP 278: Did You Create a JOB?


Fri, Nov 28, 2014


Today I want to give you a chance to reflect and think about how you ran your business in 2014. Did you create a job? And by that I mean, are you doing everything in your business? Does your business 100% depend on you? Are you doing all of the labor yourself? For most of us, the answer is yes.



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EP 277: Who Knows About Your Business?


Wed, Nov 26, 2014


Today I want to share with you something that I did very poorly when I started in real estate. If you want to be a real estate investor, you need to think of yourself as a real estate investor, and you need to tell people that you are a real estate investor. I don't care if you have another full-time job--if you're investing in real estate, you're a real estate investor.



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EP 276: Darren Hardy--Secrets of Great Achievers


Mon, Nov 24, 2014


On Mondays I usually interview a great real estate investor, but as investors we don't only need to know the nuts and bolts of real estate--we also need inspiration and motivation. My buddy Justin Williams from House Flipping HQ recently shared a great video of a speech by Darren Hardy with me.

Darren is the visionary force behind Success Magazine. He is a business leader and has incredibly access to some of the most successful people in the world. He recently gave a speech sharing the secrets to the success of these incredibly high-achieving individuals. I was so captivated by the wisdom in this speech and I really want to share it with all of you. It will make you a better businessperson, a better entrepreneur, and you will learn to achieve more in less time. This is must-listen material.



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EP 275: Find Free Leads!


Fri, Nov 21, 2014


Today I want to talk about finding free leads. This isn't some sort of weird secret--this is about very old-fashioned, grassroots real estate investing. How do you find free leads? It's not that easy.



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EP 274: Have No Fear!


Wed, Nov 19, 2014


Today I'm going to give you a little pep talk about fear. I probably should've titled the episode "embrace fear!" Fear will keep you sharpcarefulkeep you from getting sloppy or lazy. When you're afraid, you don't just dive into a bad idea. Of course, you don't want fear to hold you back. If fear is keeping you from taking action, that's a problem. But if you can control it and harness it, fear can be very useful.



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Episode 273: Tyler Smiarowski--New House Flipper


Mon, Nov 17, 2014


Today I'm excited to bring you my interview with successful new house flipper Tyler Smiarowski. I found his recent success story on Bigger Pockets very inspiring and I think his advice will be particularly useful to all you newer house flippers out there. 

Tyler started investing in real estate by buying an owner-occupant duplex in 2007, but he only recently started flipping houses. He just sold his first flip last month, is currently working on his second, and closing his third next week. His already owns 23 rentals and he plans on flipping eight properties in 2015. On top of that, Tyler works full-time as a CPA.



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EP 272: How Many Real Estate Agents Do You Know?


Fri, Nov 14, 2014


Today I want to talk about a member of your team that you really need to focus on and make sure you're paying attention to: your real estate agent. You may have a license yourself or you may not. I don't, but I understand that real estate agents are critical to the success of my business: they have access to the MLS and they work with buyers and sellers all the time. Real estate agents are a part of your team that you shouldn't overlook, and you shouldn't settle for the first one you find. It's not an exclusive relationship. You should be working with a lot of different agents. 



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EP 271: Can You Get Rich Quick in Real Estate?


Wed, Nov 12, 2014


A lot of people say that real estate is a "get rich quick" business. I hate to be a downer, but I don't think that's true. You can get rich in real estate, and if by quick you mean in a few years, then yes,  you could make a lot of money relatively quickly. But you're not going to get rich overnight or even in a few months. "Getting rich" is also very relative.



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Episode 270 Kenny Estes- Buy and hold real estate


Mon, Nov 10, 2014


In this episode, I interview Kenny Estes. Kenny is a successful real estate investor who specializes in buy-and-hold real estate. He has a very strong finance background. Kenny started his investing career while in college, and continued it it as a hobby for a number of years before going full-time. Unlike many investors, Kenny does not invest in his own town because the price of real estate is less attractive than where he actually invests.



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EP 269: Flipping 101--Managing the Rehab and Selling the Property


Fri, Nov 07, 2014


Today we're going to finish up our Flipping 101 series and talk about managing the rehab and selling the property. Obviously, these quick episodes offer some actionable steps and basic information, but they're not in-depth. If you really want to study a subject, I suggest you search for more detailed past episodes or even sign up for one-on-one coaching or a training program.



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EP 268: Flipping 101--Hiring a Contractor


Thu, Nov 06, 2014




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Episode 267 Flipping 101--Knowing What to Offer


Wed, Nov 05, 2014


Today we're going to continue the Flipping 101 series that we started yesterday, and we're going to talk about knowing what to offer on a property.



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Episode 266 Flipping 101--Finding Deals


Tue, Nov 04, 2014


This week we're going to talk about various aspects of house flipping and give you some basic guidance. Today we'll start with the first step you need to take if you're interested in flipping houses: finding deals. I've talked about this before, but I want to make sure you have a good foundation. A lot of people will give you different advice and a lot of it will work, but this episode will teach you the basics and help you get started.



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Episode 265 Sharon Vornholt - Wholesaler


Mon, Nov 03, 2014


In this episode, I interview Sharon Vornholt. Sharon has been investing in real estate since 1998. She is also a blogger, coach, online marketer, and a regular contributor of articles for several national sites for real estate investors.



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Episode 264 Wholesaling 101 - Finding Buyers


Fri, Oct 31, 2014


Today I'm going to wrap up my week-long series on wholesaling. The last basic step in the wholesaling process is finding buyers. You've generated leads, the leads have come in, you've fielded those calls, called sellers back, seen some houses, made some offers, and you now have a signed contract. Your next move is to find an investor that you can sell or assign the contract to.



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Episode 263 Wholesaling 101 - Meeting the Seller


Thu, Oct 30, 2014


Today we're going to continue the conversation on wholesaling and discuss the third step in the process: meeting the sellers.

After you've generated leads and handled your incoming leads, it's time to actually meet motivated sellers.



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Episode 262 Wholesaling 101 - Handling Incoming Leads


Wed, Oct 29, 2014


Today we're going to talk about the second step of the wholesaling process: handling incoming leads.



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Episode 261 Wholesaling 101 - Generating Leads


Tue, Oct 28, 2014


This week we're going to be talking about wholesaling. As you know there are three major ways to invest in real estate: house flippingbuy-and-hold (rentals), and wholesaling. For the last several years I've primarily been a house flipper, but I recently started doing some rentals and wholesaling. In real estate, I think it's important to be diversified. I was taught by my mentor to focus one area of real estate before you branch out, and that's what I've done.

So, I've recently started wholesaling. Wholesaling is newer to me, but my experience in house flipping is incredibly useful. It's a different mentality, different mindset, and different pace. This week I'm going to share some of the things I've learned about wholesaling: what has worked for me and what hasn't so far.

The first step in wholesaling, as in house-flipping and buy-and-hold investing, is generating leads



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Episode 260 Steve Londeau - Wholesaler


Mon, Oct 27, 2014


Today's guest is a successful wholesaler in my local Michigan market who I've actually done business withSteve Londeau

I've recently started wholesaling myself, and I really look up to Steve. I think a lot of him and how he runs his business, and I'm excited to bring him on the show to help me and you with wholesaling.



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Episode 259 How to Approach a Huge Challenge in Your Business


Fri, Oct 24, 2014


Today I want to talk about my philosophy when it comes to approaching a huge challenge in my business, and I suggest that you use the same philosophy.



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Episode 258 Positive Mindset


Thu, Oct 23, 2014


Today we're going to talk about having a positive mindsetIt can be tough to be positive in business; you're going to have setbacks and challenges along the way. I'm not going to tell you that you're never going to be upset in this business. It takes a lot of perseverance and drive. It takes someone who really wants to do better for themselves.



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Episode 257 If at First You Don't Succeed


Wed, Oct 22, 2014


Today I want to continue the conversation on failure. What happens when you do fail? What if at first you don't succeed?



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Episode 256 What Is Worse Than Failure?


Tue, Oct 21, 2014


Today we're going to talk about a big problem for those of you who are just starting out. I know a lot of the listeners of this podcast have already learned a lot about real estate, but haven't actually started investing. For many of you, the reason for that is fear of failure. Even if it's subconscious, I believe that fear of failure is keeping you back. It kept me back too.



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Episode 255--Michael Smith--New Investor Success Story


Mon, Oct 20, 2014


Today I interview Michael Smith, a residential mortgage loan officer and real estate investor in Central Florida. He began investing as a house flipper and landlord after graduating from UCF with a degree in finance as a way to secure and expedite his future retirement. His goal is to scale a business that will give him and his family financial freedom. Michael is a new investor and he's not doing this full-time, but he's had great success so far. I think you'll find his story very inspiring and relatable!



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Episode 254 Celebrate Small Success


Fri, Oct 17, 2014


Since yesterday I gave you a little bit of tough love, today I want to talk about celebrating success.



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Episode 253 What to Do When You Feel Overwhelmed in Your Business


Thu, Oct 16, 2014


Today we're going to talk about feeling overwhelmed and what to do when you are feeling overwhelmed in the business. And let me tell you, if you're in this business and you're not overwhelmed, you're not trying hard enough!



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Episode 252 When Should You Start Developing Systems in Your Business?


Wed, Oct 15, 2014


Today we're going to talk about systems. Like I said yesterday, if you want to be a full-time real estate investor, hiring someone to help you in your business is going to be one of the most important things that you can do. So the next step is training them and telling them what to do. How do you do that? You need to create systems.



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Episode 251 When Should You Hire Help in Your Business?


Tue, Oct 14, 2014


Today I want to talk about something that has really made a difference in my business in the past year or so, and I waited way too long to do it. I think that every real estate investor, from the new to the experienced, should think about when to hire help in their business.



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Episode 250 Matt Theriault Investor- success coach- podcaster


Mon, Oct 13, 2014


Matt Theriault is an entrepreneurauthorsuccess coach, and host of Your Do Over, a weekly podcast inspiring “come back” stories that teach people how to start over with ease, speed, and lasting success.



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Episode 249 Real Estate Investing Takes Time


Fri, Oct 10, 2014


Today is going to be one these days when I give you a little bit of tough love.

What you have to understand about real estate is that it doesn't take an incredible amount of intelligence--I mean that in a very positive way. It doesn't take a whole lot of luck either--if you're doing it right, you don't have to be incredibly lucky. What real estate does take is timeYou can minimize it and try to keep it under control, but it's always going to take time.



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Episode 248 Time to Review Your Fourth Quarter Strategy


Thu, Oct 09, 2014


It is the fourth quarter. Today I'm going to use some (American) football analogies.

In football, and a lot of sports, when you're going into the last quarter of the game you might have to adjust your strategy. You definitely have to look at what's been working or not working for you so far. In your business, I suggest that you look at what you've done and what you wanted to get done by the end of this year.



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EP 247 Always Be Willing to Walk Away in a Negotiation


Wed, Oct 08, 2014


Today we're going to be talking about negotiations. Not everyone is a natural-born negotiator--I don't think I am, but I've learned to negotiate effectively. In this business, everything is a negotiation, so you need to learn how to do it well.



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Episode 246 Should You Try to Dominate a Small Market or Branch Out?


Tue, Oct 07, 2014


Today I want to talk about dominating a market--is it better to try to dominate a small market or to branch out and look for deals all over? Do you want  to be a big fish in a small pond, or a smaller fish in a big pond?



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Episode 245 Noah St John - Making success automatic


Mon, Oct 06, 2014


In this episode, I interview Noah St. John. Noah is the author of an amazing new Hay House book called The Book of Afformations: Discovering The Missing Piece to Abundant Health, Wealth, Love, and Happiness. In addition to being an author, Noah is an accomplished speaker and is sought after all over the world for his insightinspirational and motivational message.



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Episode 244 Getting Creative- Combining No Money Down Techniques


Fri, Oct 03, 2014


This week, I want to expand on the topic of "no money down" investing, which I discussed with Brandon Turner in Monday's interview.

Today I will talk about getting creative when it comes to investing in real estate with no money down by combining different ways of buying property. This is a little more advanced and requires some planning, but can work very well.



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Episode 243 Wholesaling as a Means of No Money Down Investing


Thu, Oct 02, 2014


This week, I want to expand on the topic of "no money down" investing, which I discussed with Brandon Turner in Monday's interview.

Today I will be discussing wholesaling as a means of no money down investing. The topic is covered very well in Brandon's book, so I suggest you check that out.



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Episode 242 Owner Occupied Investment Properties


Wed, Oct 01, 2014


This week, I want to expand on the topic of "no money down" investing, which I discussed with Brandon Turner in Monday's interview.

Today I want to talk about what Brandon calls "house hacking." that is, owner occupied investment properties. A lot of people use this technique to get started in real estate, often unintentionally.



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Episode 241 No Money Down Investing- Is It a Real Thing?


Tue, Sep 30, 2014


This week, I want to expand on the topic of "no money down" investing, which I discussed with Brandon Turner in Monday's interview.

Today, I want to address the topic in general--is no money down investing a real thing?

The short answer is yes and no. To think that you can invest in real estate without needing any money of any kind is inaccurate. When people say that you can invest with "no money down," they mean that you can invest with none of your money down.



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Episode 240 Brandon Turner - Author of "No Money Down"


Mon, Sep 29, 2014


In today's episode, I interview Brandon Turner, who just wrote a phenomenal book called The Book of Investing in Real Estate with No Money Down. I highly recommend this book, and I am in fact going to spend the rest of the week talking about the topic of no money down investing in more detail.



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EP 239 Top Three Lessons I Learned in My First Year as a Real Estate Investor


Fri, Sep 26, 2014


In this episode, I want to share with you the top three lessons I learned in my first year as a real estate investor.

 



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EP 238 Top Three Things You Can Do TODAY to Improve Your RE Business


Thu, Sep 25, 2014


In this episode, I want to talk about some things that you can do to improve your real estate investing business immediately. If you do these three things today, you will see an improvement in your business. Every once in a while, it's good to refocus. Maybe you're running around and spinning your wheels doing things that aren't producing in a way that you would like.



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EP 237 Top Three Things to Remember When Working with Realtors


Wed, Sep 24, 2014


In this episode, we are going to talk about realtors and the top three things to remember when working with them. These are things that new investors often overlook. I've been working with a realtor since day one and they're an integral part of my business. Sometimes I get frustrated trying to find the right one, but there are a lot of great realtors out there and they're running a business too.



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EP 236 Top Three Things You Must Do to Keep Your Private Money Lender Happy


Tue, Sep 23, 2014


Today I want to talk about some of the things that you need to do to keep your money lender happy and to keep them coming back to you to lend you money for your flips or your rentals. There are certain things that every private money lender expects from you as an investor.

There's a lot of material out there on how to find money lenders, but there isn't enough information on how to keep them happy and wanting to keep working with you. There are a lot of aspects of working with a lender that we can talk about, but today I want to cover some of the very basics of what you need to do.



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Episode 235 Jimmy Moncrief - Bank Underwriter and Investor -REPLAY


Mon, Sep 22, 2014


In this episode, I re-air my interview Jimmy Moncrief. Jimmy is a bank underwriter and a real estate investor. He has a blog at realestatefinanceHQ.com, where he talks about all things real estate finance.



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Episode 234 Generating Leads-How to Find Your First Deal


Fri, Sep 19, 2014


Today, we're going to talk about generating leads. A real estate investor has two important activities:

  • finding deals
  • finding money

Those are the only two things that you should really spend a considerable amount of time on. In many ways, finding leads is the more important activity of the two because having money is no good to you if you can't find deals.

As a new investor with not a lot of contacts or experience, there are a lot of things you can do. Let's talk about a few ways in which you can generate leads



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Episode 233 Evaluating Properties


Thu, Sep 18, 2014


Today I want to talk about how I evaluate properties. Some people use very sophisticated, data-intensive ways to figure out whether a property is a good deal or not, and I think there is a place for that. But sometimes, when you have a complicated formula for figuring out your maximum allowable offer, that can act as a deterrent and a hurdle. You don't want the process of coming up with an offer to be a hurdle. You need a formula that's reliablequick, and makes sense.



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Episode 232 Deciding What You Are


Wed, Sep 17, 2014


This week, we're going back to basics and answering some fundamental questions about getting started in real estate.

Today, I am going to help you decide what you are in this business. By that I mean deciding what area of real estate you want to get involved inflipping houseswholesaling, or buy-and-hold investing. How do you know what you are?



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Episode 231 Business Names and Entities


Tue, Sep 16, 2014


In this episode, I want to talk about business names and corporate entities. Right off the bat I want to give you a quick disclaimer: I am not a lawyer and I am not a CPA. I'm not here to give you legal or tax advice. I'm just going to tell you what I know to be true from my experience as a real estate investor.



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Episode 230 Sid Siddiqui - Online Lead Generation Expert


Mon, Sep 15, 2014


My guest today is Sid Siddiqui, an incredible real estate investor who is generating virtually all of his leads online. His life is all about real estate and real estate marketing strategies.



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EP 229 Walkthrough Rehab Estimate--Step Four--Finalizing the Quote


Fri, Sep 12, 2014


This week, we're going to talk quoting rehab. When you go check out a house for the first time, you will need to do a quick walkthrough rehab estimate. In my case, when I get a house on my radar and go check it out, I spend ten minutes in the house at most and add up rough estimates of the numbers in my head--it's not scientific, but it gives me a ballpark of what the rehab would cost. I've done this for many years, so my quick estimates are generally pretty spot on. I want to explain to you how I do this.

Today we're wrapping up this series. Like I explained in the first part of the series, this is something that you do right before you place a bid on a house, especially if you're new. For more experienced investors, you might do this or have your realtor do this after you place an offer.



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Episode 228 Walkthrough Rehab Estimate--Step Three--Interior


Thu, Sep 11, 2014


This week, we're going to talk quoting rehab. When you go check out a house for the first time, you will need to do a quick walkthrough rehab estimate. In my case, when I get a house on my radar and go check it out, I spend ten minutes in the house at most and add up rough estimates of the numbers in my head--it's not scientific, but it gives me a ballpark of what the rehab would cost. I've done this for many years, so my quick estimates are generally pretty spot on. I want to explain to you how I do this.

Today we're going to talk about estimating the rehab for the interior of a property.



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EP 227 Walkthrough Rehab Estimate--Step Two--Exterior


Wed, Sep 10, 2014


This week, we're going to talk quoting rehab. When you go check out a house for the first time, you will need to do a quick walkthrough rehab estimate. In my case, when I get a house on my radar and go check it out, I spend ten minutes in the house at most and add up rough estimates of the numbers in my head--it's not scientific, but it gives me a ballpark of what the rehab would cost. I've done this for many years, so my quick estimates are generally pretty spot on. I want to explain to you how I do this.



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Episode 226 Walkthrough Rehab Estimate--Step One--Purpose


Tue, Sep 09, 2014


This week, we're going to talk quoting rehab. When you go check out a house for the first time, you will need to do a quick walkthrough rehab estimate. In my case, when I get a house on my radar and go check it out, I spend ten minutes in the house at most and add up rough estimates of the numbers in my head--it's not scientific, but it gives me a ballpark of what the rehab would cost. I've done this for many years, so my quick estimates are generally pretty spot on. I want to explain to you how I do this.



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Episode 225 Doug Benson- Apartment Investor (REPLAY)


Mon, Sep 08, 2014


In this episode, I interview a really good friend of mine named Doug Benson. Doug and I met about five years ago, and he was definitely one of the people who impressed me early on because he is a super fun and super smart guy. Doug and his wife Debbie, are real estate investors here in Michigan. Although they do flip houses, their favorite method of investing is definitely apartment buildings. Doug and Debbie own 44 apartment units



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Episode 224 Don't Forget the People Who Have Already Helped You


Fri, Sep 05, 2014


I'm feeling grateful today, and I want to take this opportunity to remind you to thank the people who have already helped you in your business.



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Episode 223 Are You Playing Offense or Defense?


Thu, Sep 04, 2014


In today's episode I'm going to use a football analogy. This analogy was used on me a little while ago--I was talking to my buddy Justin Williams about this podcast and telling him about some of the frustrations and challenges that I was having with it. He said that it sounded like I was playing all defense and no offense when it came to the online portion of my business. By that, he meant that I was doing what it took to not fail, but I wasn't really doing what I needed to do to be as successful as I want to be. Using that analogy, I want to ask you the same thing about your business.



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Episode 222 Feed Your Brain


Wed, Sep 03, 2014


In today's episode, I just want to give you a friendly reminder to feed your brain. And by that I mean you should be feeding your brain good stuff, not garbage.

I like a good reality show once in a while, I have to admit. And mindless entertainment can be good for you as well. But it's important to feed your brain good stuff too--stuff that inspires you, stuff that makes you think bigger than you normally would have thought, or stuff that makes you appreciate what you have.



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Episode 221 When to Expect Your Rehab to Fall Apart


Tue, Sep 02, 2014


In today's episode we're going to be talking rehab, and specifically when you can expect your rehab to fall apart. If a rehab falls apart, it's not necessarily going to be because of something you did wrong. Sometimes rehabs have a life cycle; they usually start out really strong and then something happens. I'm going to tell you what might happen and how you can avoid having this happen to you.



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Episode 220 Danny Johnson - Lead Propeller


Mon, Sep 01, 2014


Today's guest was the very first person I interviewed for this show and I'm very excited to have him back on! He is Danny Johnson, and you might know him from his website, Flipping Junkie, or from his book, Flipping Houses Exposed: 34 Weeks in the Life of a Successful House Flipper. Danny is a very successful house flipper in San Antonio, Texas, and if you haven't checked out his website and book yet, I highly suggest you do! 



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Episode 219 FIVE Signs That You Are Going to Be a Successful Real Estate Investor


Fri, Aug 29, 2014


Today I want to talk about something very upbeat. I want to talk about the five signs that you are going to be a good, successful real estate investor. There are some things that I've seen over the years, and especially since starting this podcast, that are important indicators. If all of these things are not true for you, don't worry. Some of these things can be learned and developed. But if none of them are true for you, you might be in trouble.



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Episode 218 FIVE Things I Evaluate in my Business Every Month


Thu, Aug 28, 2014


In this episode, I want to talk about the five things that I evaluate in my business each and every month (at the very least). These are things that I would really suggest you evaluate in your business right off the bat; you don't have to wait until you've flipped a hundred houses or have fifty rentals. These are things that I have been evaluating since day one, I continue to evaluate, and will continue to evaluate in the future no matter how successful I become.



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Episode 217 FIVE Things the Gurus Will Never Tell You


Wed, Aug 27, 2014


In today's episode, I'm going to talk about gurus. I don't have a problem with someone who knows a lot about the industry and wants to impart that knowledge onto new investors and charge for it; I do that. But there's a stigma that goes along with the word guru and I don't want to be known as a guru because that word has gotten a negative meaning in recent years.

When I talk about gurus, I am referring to people who sell products for a living and call themselves real estate investors. Someone who perhaps used to do real estate but then started selling products and realized that selling information was more lucrative, so they haven't invested in real estate in years. Or even someone who has never invested in real estate, but sort of learned the buzzwords and the lingo and understands what you're supposed to do, so they sell that information to new investors who don't know any better. Gurus promise new investors the world and do not deliver. They're information peddlers who have no relevant knowledge of actual real estate investing in today's market.



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Episode 216 Five Mistakes That New Real Estate Investors Make


Tue, Aug 26, 2014


In this episode, we're going to talk about five really horrible mistakes that new real estate investors make. These mistakes are horrible because they keep people from getting started, and that's what this podcast is all about. I'm a huge proponent of tough love, so in this episode I'm going to be very honest with you about what I see new real estate investors doing. Not everyone is going to be successful in business, but these are the things that keep you from finding out if you even have what it takes.



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Episode 215 Jon Carcone - House Flipper


Mon, Aug 25, 2014


My guest today is a relatively new investor who's having some incredible success. I read about his story on a success forum and was pumped to bring him on the show because he's so relatable.

Jon Carcone got into real estate investing in 2009 when he bought a two-unit rental property outside Washington, D.C. He started wholesaling in 2010 and also did his first flip that year. In 2011, he switched counties and flipped two more properties. He flipped eight in 2012 and 17 in 2013, when he decided to go full-time in the business. He's targeting doing 25 flips this year! While Jon isn't exactly new in the business, he's made huge strides in the past couple of years.



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Episode 214 Is It Harder to Flip Houses During the Cold Months?


Fri, Aug 22, 2014


Today I want to cover a question that was asked in the mastermind forum of the Fail Fast Flipping Program. Someone asked about flipping houses in the winter (for those of us in areas of the world where there is snow, ice, and freezing temperatures). Usually, there are fewer buyers in the winter months than in the spring and summer. In the midwest, real estate is much busier over the summer. So as a new real estate investor, you might be wondering what you should do during the winter. Should you plan around those months and try not to have a house ready to be sold in December or January?



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Episode 213 Should You Be Conservative or Aggressive when Estimating Rehab?


Thu, Aug 21, 2014


Today I want to talk about my philosophy on rehabbing and coming up with that first rough estimate when you walk through a house. I like to walk through the property for the first time and do the math in my head, rounding numbers to the nearest 500 or 1000. I've gotten pretty good at that first estimate with experience so that I can comfortably make an offer. The question I want to answer is: do you want to be conservative with your quote or do you want to be aggressive?



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Episode 212 Always Be Making New Connections


Wed, Aug 20, 2014


In today's episode, I want to talk about meeting with people and why I truly believe that you should always be making new connectionsmeeting new people in your industry and your local market, and trying to help people out.



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Episode 211 Podcasts that I Listen to Each Week


Tue, Aug 19, 2014


Yesterday I shared some observations that I made while I was on vacation and pulled back the curtain on my schedule and what I have going on in my business. I'm going to continue that trend today and give you a sneak peak into what and who I listen to--the types of podcasts and people that I find informative and helpful.

I obviously believe in podcasts and believe that they are powerful and can be extremely educationalinformative, and even entertaining. There are some great podcasts out there that you should be listening to. I'm going to go through my list and tell you which podcasts I subscribe to and think are good. I'm sure I'm going to miss a ton--there are so many great podcasts out there. This list includes real estate podcasts I listen to, as well as non-real estate podcasts I listen to and why.



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Episode 210 Observations of a well rested brain


Mon, Aug 18, 2014


In this episode I do somewhat of a brain dump. I recently got back from a much needed vacation and while I was gone I had time to sit back and evaluate my business. I made a few observations and was able to clear my head and focus on what is really important to me going forward. I would like to share some of my observations as well as list my top priorities in the next few weeks.



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Episode 209 When to List The House--During or After the Rehab?


Fri, Aug 15, 2014


In this episode, I want to talk about a popular debate in the real estate investing world. When do you list a house? There are three ways to look at this: a few people list the house the moment they close on it, others list it during the rehab, and others wait until everything is completely done. The last two are the most popular courses of action.



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Episode 208 Give Your Realtor the Power to Sign


Thu, Aug 14, 2014


In this episode, I want to talk about something I did pretty early on in my business and that I highly recommend you do. A lot of people are squeamish about it, but if it's done right there really is no cause for concern and it's a big part of systematizing your business.

I'm talking about giving your realtor the power to sign documents for you



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Episode 207 Finding the Right Target Market for Your Real Estate Business


Wed, Aug 13, 2014


In this episode, we're going to talk about finding the right target market for your real estate business. I get this question a lot, and I'm going to do my best to answer it comprehensively.



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Episode 206 Four Apps I Use Every Day


Tue, Aug 12, 2014


Today I am going to talk about some of the apps that I use in my business every day. Hopefully you can benefit from them too!

These are some of the tools of the trade that are absolutely worth downloading and trying. I am not an affiliate for any of these, but I use them and I think that they're helpful. I have an iPhone right now, but all these apps should be available for both iPhone and Android.



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Episode 205 Scott and Jessica - New Real Estate Investors (Part 2)


Mon, Aug 11, 2014


This week, we are continuing our interview with new real estate investors Scott and Jessica Holwick, who are making some very smart moves in the business right off the bat.

The second half of this interview is as good, if not better than the first, so listen closely--these guys are super interesting people and they were gracious enough to stay on the line with me for much longer than expected to answer all of my questions.



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Episode 204 Four Deadly Real Estate Sins - Greed


Fri, Aug 08, 2014


This week, I have been doing a series of themed shows on what I consider to be the four deadly real estate sins. These are the most important mistakes and pitfalls that people fall into in this industry, and I don't think they're talked about enough.

Today, I will be discussing the fourth and final deadly real estate sin: greed.



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Episode 203 Four Deadly Real Estate Sins - Lust


Thu, Aug 07, 2014


This week, I will be doing a series of themed shows on what I consider to be the four deadly real estate sins. These are the most important mistakes and pitfalls that people fall into in this industry, and I don't think they're talked about enough.

Today, I will be discussing the third deadly real estate sin: lust.



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Episode 202 Four Deadly Real Estate Sins - Pride


Wed, Aug 06, 2014


This week, I will be doing a series of themed shows on what I consider to be the four deadly real estate sins. These are the most important mistakes and pitfalls that people fall into in this industry, and I don't think they're talked about enough.

Today, I will be discussing the second deadly real estate sin: pride.



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Episode 201 Four Deadly Real Estate Sins - Envy


Tue, Aug 05, 2014


This week, I will be doing a series of themed shows on what I consider to be the four deadly real estate sins. These are the most important mistakes and pitfalls that people fall into in this industry, and I don't think they're talked about enough.

Today, I will be discussing the first of these deadly real estate sins: envy.



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Episode 200 Scott and Jessica - New Real Estate Investors (Part 1)


Mon, Aug 04, 2014


My guests today are Scott and Jessica Holwick, a husband and wife team. They're new investors; they've sold one property, are getting ready to sell their second property, and working on their next acquisitions. This show is all about helping new investors, so I truly believe this kind of interview is most informative and helpful. I hope to do more interviews like this in the future, because talking to hugely successful, experienced investors is useful, but isn't relatable for a new investor; it's like taking financial advice from a billionaire. But hearing someone who is starting out, taking massive action, and making all those first decisions (and even mistakes) that you have to make in this industry is one of the most valuable things I can provide for you.



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Episode 199 How to Eat What You Kill


Fri, Aug 01, 2014


In this episode I am going to read an edited transcript from the blog of James Altucher.  James is a writerbusinessman, and podcaster. I really admire his blog and read it often. I found one post  that he did a few years ago in particular very inspiring, so I am sharing it with you today.



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Episode 198 Five Success Killers


Thu, Jul 31, 2014


In this episode, I want to talk about something that I think is really important for real estate investors to be aware of: what not to do. These are things that will absolutely ruin your business if you're not careful.



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Episode 197 The Power of Relationships


Wed, Jul 30, 2014


In this episode, we talk about the power of relationships and what makes them so important. I talk to some really incredible real estate investors from all over the country on this show, and they all, always, with no exception, mention the importance of business relationships and networking, and how these have contributed to their success. Networking is really a ripple effect across the entire industry.



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Episode 196 Update on my rentals


Tue, Jul 29, 2014


Episode I discussed the rental portion of my business. As you may know, I have decided to start buying rentals this year. It was a slow start, as I talked to various investors and worked on raising funds for the project. I am taking it kind of slow, so that I can make sure that I buy the right houses, at the right price. I also want to make sure that any deal I do is a win win for both me and my private investors.



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Episode 195 Ryan Moran - Success Coach and Real Estate Investor


Mon, Jul 28, 2014


Today's guest is Ryan Daniel Moran, an entrepreneurspeakerpodcaster, and real estate investor. I'm very excited to bring you this interview because Ryan truly has a unique, entirely new approach to real estate investing.



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Episode 194 ALL Star Q and A with Brandon Turner


Fri, Jul 25, 2014


In this episode, I continue my month long All-Star Q&A Series. All month, I am asking some of the most incredible real estate investors that I have interviewed over the past seven months questions that I commonly get from new real estate investors. This is an incredibly powerful series and I am really excited to bring it to you. We are continuing the series with the following question: what is the best strategy for securing funding?



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Episode 193 ALL Star Q and A with Ben Leybovich- Funding


Thu, Jul 24, 2014


In this episode, I continue my month long All-Star Q&A Series. All month, I am asking some of the most incredible real estate investors that I have interviewed over the past seven months questions that I commonly get from new real estate investors. This is an incredibly powerful series and I am really excited to bring it to you. We are continuing the series with the following question: what is the best strategy for securing funding?



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Episode 192 ALL Star Q and A with Sharon Vornholt- Funding


Wed, Jul 23, 2014


In this episode, I continue my month long All-Star Q&A Series. All month, I am asking some of the most incredible real estate investors that I have interviewed over the past seven months questions that I commonly get from new real estate investors. This is an incredibly powerful series and I am really excited to bring it to you. We are continuing the series with the following question: what is the best strategy for securing funding?



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Epoisode 191 ALL Star Q and A with Justin Williams- Funding


Tue, Jul 22, 2014


In this episode, I continue my month long All-Star Q&A Series. All month, I am asking some of the most incredible real estate investors that I have interviewed over the past seven months questions that I commonly get from new real estate investors. This is an incredibly powerful series and I am really excited to bring it to you. We are continuing the series with the following question: what is the best strategy for securing funding?



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Episode 190 Dan Costantino - Sales Executive and Real Estate Investor


Mon, Jul 21, 2014


In this episode, I interview Dan Costantino. Dan is a full-time sales executive who began investing in real estate in 2013. Since then, he has successfully flipped two single-family homes and acquired six rental units! Dan started investing in real estate to build a solid financial foundation for his family. Dan believes in building his business with hard work and integrity, and his story is particularly inspiring for new real estate investors. He is brand new to the business, but has done so much and found immediate success!



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Epoisode 189 ALL Star Q and A with Brandon Turner- Finding Deals


Fri, Jul 18, 2014


In this episode, I continue my month long All-Star Q&A Series. All month, I am asking some of the most incredible real estate investors that I have interviewed over the past seven months questions that I commonly get from new real estate investors. This is an incredibly powerful series and I am really excited to bring it to you. We are continuing the series with the following question: what is the best strategy for finding deals?



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Epoisode 188 ALL Star Q and A with Ben Leybovich- Finding Deals


Thu, Jul 17, 2014


In this episode, I continue my month long All-Star Q&A Series. All month, I am asking some of the most incredible real estate investors that I have interviewed over the past seven months questions that I commonly get from new real estate investors. This is an incredibly powerful series and I am really excited to bring it to you. We are continuing the series with the following question: what is the best strategy for finding deals?



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Epoisode 187 ALL Star Q and A with Sharon Vornholt- Finding Deals


Wed, Jul 16, 2014


In this episode, I continue my month long All-Star Q&A Series. All month, I am asking some of the most incredible real estate investors that I have interviewed over the past seven months questions that I commonly get from new real estate investors. This is an incredibly powerful series and I am really excited to bring it to you. We are continuing the series with the following question: what is the best strategy for finding deals?



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Epoisode 186 ALL Star Q and A with Justin Williams- Finding Deals


Tue, Jul 15, 2014


In this episode, I continue my month long All-Star Q&A Series. All month, I am asking some of the most incredible real estate investors that I have interviewed over the past seven months questions that I commonly get from new real estate investors. This is an incredibly powerful series and I am really excited to bring it to you. We are continuing the series with the following question: what is the best strategy for finding deals?



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Epoisode 185 The Fail Fast Flipping Program


Mon, Jul 14, 2014


In this episode I reveal a very special surprise! I have been working with Justin Williams of the House Flipping HQ podcast to create a very special and powerful real estate investing program. I am really excited to present this to you. The program is called Fail Fast Flipping. It is a concept that Justin came up with and a program that he has been in the works for several months. He approached me a while back and asked me to play a big part in the program. Once I saw what Justin had planned and the program that was being put together, I immediately agreed to be a part of it. In this episode we discuss the program in great detail and explain everything that you will get as a member. This program is the most comprehensive, incredible program that I have ever seen on real estate investing. I wish there had been a program like this when I started investing. This is a ZERO fluff information packed program.



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Episode 184 ALL Star Q and A with Brandon Turner- Automation


Fri, Jul 11, 2014


In this episode, I continue my month long All-Star Q&A Series. All month, I am going to be asking some of the most incredible real estate investors that I have interviewed over the past seven months questions that I commonly get from new real estate investors. This is an incredibly powerful series and I am really excited to bring it to you. We are continuing the series with the following question:  Should a new real estate investor try to automate their business right from the start, and if so, what can and should be automated?



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Episode 183 ALL Star Q and A with Ben Leybovich- Automation


Thu, Jul 10, 2014


In this episode, I continue my month long All-Star Q&A Series. All month, I am going to be asking some of the most incredible real estate investors that I have interviewed over the past seven months questions that I commonly get from new real estate investors. This is an incredibly powerful series and I am really excited to bring it to you. We are continuing the series with the following question:  Should a new real estate investor try to automate their business right from the start, and if so, what can and should be automated?



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Episode 182 ALL Star Q and A with Sharon Vornholt- Automation


Wed, Jul 09, 2014


In this episode, I continue my month long All-Star Q&A Series. All month, I am going to be asking some of the most incredible real estate investors that I have interviewed over the past seven months questions that I commonly get from new real estate investors. This is an incredibly powerful series and I am really excited to bring it to you. We are continuing the series with the following question:  Should a new real estate investor try to automate their business right from the start, and if so, what can and should be automated?



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Epoisode 181 ALL Star Q and A with Justin Williams- Automation


Tue, Jul 08, 2014


In this episode, I continue my month long All-Star Q&A Series. All month, I am going to be asking some of the most incredible real estate investors that I have interviewed over the past seven months questions that I commonly get from new real estate investors. This is an incredibly powerful series and I am really excited to bring it to you. We are continuing the series with the following question:  Should a new real estate investor try to automate their business right from the start, and if so, what can and should be automated?

 



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Episode 180 Farnoosh Brock


Mon, Jul 07, 2014


In this episode, I interview Farnoosh Brock. Farnoosh is a multi-passionated entrepreneur, a published authorspeakerbusiness coach, and personal development blogger. She started her own media and publishing company, Prolific Living Inc., after leaving a 12-year successful career at a Fortune 100. She teaches professionals going through a "mid-career crisis" how to move up the corporate ladder, or get out to start their own business. Learn more about her programs at http://www.smartexitblueprint.com and http://www.fasttrackpromotion.com.



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Epoisode 179 ALL Star Q and A with Brandon Turner- Goal Setting


Fri, Jul 04, 2014


The week, I'm kicking off my month long All-Star Q&A Series. All month, I am going to be asking some of the most incredible real estate investors that I have interviewed over the past seven months questions that I commonly get from new real estate investors. This is going to be an incredibly powerful series and I am really excited to bring it to you. We are kicking off the series with the following question: how should a new real estate investor approach goal setting in their real estate investing business?

 

Today's podcast features Brandon Turner. Brandon is a really knowledgeable and experienced real estate investor. He is the senior editor at the bigger pockets.com – and online community of real estate investors. Brandon is also the cohost of the bigger pockets podcast which can be found in iTunes.



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Epoisode 178 ALL Star Q and A with Ben Leybovich- Goal Setting


Thu, Jul 03, 2014


In this episode I continue my month long series that I have entitled my All-Star Q&A Series. All month I am asking some of the most incredible real estate investors, that I have interviewed over the last seven months, some questions that I commonly get from new real estate investors. Like I said, this is going to be an incredibly powerful series that I am really excited to bring you. We are kicking off the series with the following question: how should a new real estate investor approach goal setting in their real estate investing business?

Today's podcast features Ben Leybovich. You can find them at his website – www.justaskedBenwhy.com.  Ben is a very smart real estate investor who I have feature on this podcast a few times. Ben is a buy and hold investor here in the Midwest. I love listening to his answer, because he is extremely straightforward and honest at all times. He never sugarcoat's, which I feel is extremely important for new real estate investors.



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Epoisode 177 ALL Star Q and A with Sharon Vornholt- Goal Setting


Wed, Jul 02, 2014


In this episode I continue my month long series that I have entitled my All-Star Q&A Series. All month I am asking some of the most incredible real estate investors, that I have interviewed over the last seven months, some questions that I commonly get from new real estate investors. Like I said, this is going to be an incredibly powerful series that I am really excited to bring you. We are kicking off the series with the following question: how should a new real estate investor approach goal setting in their real estate investing business?

Today's podcast features Sharon Vornholt. Sharon is an amazing real estate investor wholesaler down in Kentucky. She is the creator of the Louisville Gals Real Estate Blog, and the creator of the Real Estate Gal Podcast.



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Epoisode 176 ALL Star Q and A with Justin Williams- Goal Setting


Tue, Jul 01, 2014


In this episode I kick off my month long series that I have entitled my All-Star Q&A Series. All month I am going to be asking some of the most incredible real estate investors, that I have interviewed over the last seven months, some questions that I commonly get from new real estate investors. Like I said, this is going to be an incredibly powerful series that I am really excited to bring you. We are kicking off the series with the following question: how should a new real estate investor approach goal setting in their real estate investing business? 



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Episode 175 My interview on Landlord University


Mon, Jun 30, 2014


This episode I in going to share an interview that I did a podcast called landlord University. Landlord University is a podcast sponsored by the company I am using to do all of my background screening for my rentals. The company is Rent Prep. We actually decided to do a simulcast interview. By the simulcast interview, I mean that I intended it to be an episode of this podcast, and they are also running it as an interview on their podcast. I think the collaboration turned out to be very interesting and revealing especially for new landlords. This is a very long episode, so you might want to break it into a couple of sessions. I hope you stick with it until the end, because there is a lot to be learned from the lessons here.



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Episode 174 Make the most of the summer


Fri, Jun 27, 2014


In this episode I am going to talk to you about making the most of your summer. I don't mean getting out in your boat, going on vacation, laying out in the sun, or swimming in your pool. I'm talking about making the most out of the opportunity that the summer provides you as a real estate investor!



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Episode 173 Your contractor should be bringing you leads


Thu, Jun 26, 2014


In this episode I am going to talk about a source for getting leads that you might not of considered. It's not something that I utilized early on in my real estate investing business, but I used very frequently nowadays - setting up your contractor to send you leads.



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Episode 172 Give yourself an ultimatium


Wed, Jun 25, 2014


In this episode I am going to discuss the benefits you will get from giving yourself an ultimatum to do your first deal. Long-term goals are great, New Year's resolutions are fine, but I'm talking about no-nonsense aggressive ultimatums to get your first deal under your belt.



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Episode 171 Filling a rental- the worst applicant I have ever had


Tue, Jun 24, 2014


Episode I am going to share with you absolute worst applicant I have dealt with while trying to release my rental property. Needless to say I will not be choosing this person, but I thought it was interesting enough to share here on the podcast and what you could encounter as he buy-and-hold investor.



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Episode 170 Steve Mills real estate investing superstar - Part 2


Mon, Jun 23, 2014


In this episode, I interview a really impressive real estate investor named Steve Mills. Steve first entered my radar as a wholesaler. I knew that he was a very big wholesaler here in Michigan, but I was surprised to find out exactly how experienced and successful he is as an overall real estate investor. He's much more than just a wholesaler, and we get into that in this interview. I split this interview into two parts because it was going so incredibly well that I just had to find out more, and the interview went much longer than expected. This is the second half of that interview!



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Episode 169 If you are not failing, you are not trying!


Fri, Jun 20, 2014


In this episode I am going to tell you exactly why failing is a good thing for your business. I use to be very proud of the fact that I had not failed in real estate. In fact, early in my real estate investing career things seem to go very well for me most of the time. It wasn't until I realized that my lack of failure had more to do with my lack of action then any great genius on my part.



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Episode 168 Information is holding you back!


Thu, Jun 19, 2014


This episode I'm going to discuss the amount of information that is readily accessible to anyone with Internet access. The information age has ushered in some great things. Some unbelievable companies are being started every day. The Internet is packed with more and more information about every subject you can imagine. Sounds good doesn't it? Maybe not. I'll explain.



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Episode 167 Why I decided to flip houses


Wed, Jun 18, 2014


In this episode I'm going to discuss my decision to become a house flipper. If you have yet to start your real estate investing business, but have been doing a lot of reading and research, I'll tell you how I made my decision years ago to flip houses as opposed to any other style of real estate.



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Episode 166 How to become a real estate expert


Tue, Jun 17, 2014


In this episode I tell you how to become an expert real estate investor.  That's right.  I give you the secret, and it really not that difficult! You just have to do some things that most people are not willing to do!



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Episode 165 Steve Mills real estate investing superstar -Part 1


Mon, Jun 16, 2014


In this episode I interview a really impressive real estate investor name Steve Mills. Steve first entered my radar as a wholesaler. I knew that he was a very big wholesaler here in Michigan, but I was surprised to find out exactly how experienced and successful of an over all real estate investor he really is. He's much more than just a wholesaler and we get into that in this interview. I broke this interview into two parts because it was going so incredibly well, that I just had to find out more and the interview went much longer than expected. Next week I will air part two of this incredible interview



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Episode 164 Be productive not busy


Fri, Jun 13, 2014


In this episode I want to clarify once and for all what it means to be productive versus what it needs to be busy. Most people think that if they are busy, then they are being productive. But often been busy has nothing to do with the productive.

 



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Episode 163 Be a lead machine


Thu, Jun 12, 2014


This episode I discussed the importance of becoming a lead machine. If you can find leads that turn into solid deals, the world is your oyster. Everyone is looking for deals, that doesn't make you stand out. If you have the leads that are actually going to turn into good deals, you hold the keys.



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Episode 162 Desperation stinks


Wed, Jun 11, 2014


Episode I discuss the smell of desperation. Most people can smell it on you. Desperation is never a position that you want to make decisions out of. It always ends in disaster.



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Episode 161 Never reach for a deal


Tue, Jun 10, 2014


In this episode I discuss one of the worst things you can do as a real estate investor. It is probably one of the most common mistakes if not the most common mistake that new real estate investors make. It's reaching for a deal in lying to yourself about the numbers.



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Episode 160 Listener questions


Mon, Jun 09, 2014


In this episode I'm going to break format just a little. Normally interview that I release on Mondays. Today however I want to dedicate today to answering some listener questions. At the core, this podcast is about helping new real estate investors. What better way than answering questions from beginners so that everyone can benefit from the answer?



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10 things you can do NOW to be more productive


Fri, Jun 06, 2014


In this episode I am going to give you some ideas for being more productive.  I am always trying to figure out how to get more done in less time.  We are all busy, but being more productive will definitely contribute to your bottom line!



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Episode 158 My real estate investing failure


Thu, Jun 05, 2014


In this episode I'm to share with you one of my failures in real estate. This was more than out single deal. It was a separate business that I set up with a partner to do a very different kind of investing than what I had previously attempted. There were some successes but ultimately it failed for a number of reasons. I'm going to tell you all about it!



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Episode 157 Are you creating a private mastermind?


Wed, Jun 04, 2014


In this episode I dig a little deeper into the concept of surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals and eventually creating, what I call, your own private mastermind. I won't be talking about your team – realtors, accountant, title agency, or contractors. What I'm going to talk about in this episode is more about your core group of friends in this industry and how they can help shape your business.



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Episode 156 Here is cost that many investors miss!


Tue, Jun 03, 2014


In this episode I reveal a cost associated with rehabbing that many real estate investors fail to plan for.  It will probably not ruin the deal, but many investors have been burned by it.  I am going to help you avoid this one!



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Episode 155 A house flipping case study - Eric Tomei


Mon, Jun 02, 2014


In this episode, Eric Tomei comes back on the show for an unprecedented THIRD time! Eric generously agreed to come back on to share a very interesting case study of a recent flip.  This is the first case study we have done on Just Start Real Estate, and I am very excited to present this to you. Learning from others experiences is very valuable!



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Episode 154 Today I wholesaled a house


Fri, May 30, 2014


Today I am going to talk about the house that I wholesaled. When I say that I wholesaled it, I mean I was part of the process. I have never done a wholesale deal before, and this one was a little bit unusual. I kind of liked it. And I think I'm going to do more.



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Episode 153 Finding team members is not an exact science


Thu, May 29, 2014


In this episode I tell a story about encounter that I had just today. I was meeting with someone at one of my rental properties, and what started out as a routine meeting for something very minor, turned into something that could make me a lot of money by the end of the year.



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Episode 152 When do you know enough to get started?


Wed, May 28, 2014


In this episode I discuss how to know when it's the right time to get started with your real estate business. In other words, I have said time and time again that you can't wait until you know everything, but how much knowledge is enough?



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Episode 151 Top 4 ways a military mindset can help your business


Tue, May 27, 2014


In this episode I talk about the military mindset. I give you the top four ways that utilizing a military mindset and approach, in your business, will help make you very successful in real estate.



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Episode 150 Mike Simmons - a self interview


Mon, May 26, 2014


In this episode I turn the tables and do a self interview. I ask myself all of the questions that I normally ask my guests and answer them is if I was a guest on my own show. 



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Episode 149 Six things that hold you back from making six figures


Fri, May 23, 2014


In today's show I talk about some of the things that are holding you back from really taking off in real estate. These are the things that you need to overcome in order to be highly successful as a real estate investor.



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Episode 148 Is real estate strictly local?


Thu, May 22, 2014


In this episode I discussed whether or not real estate is strictly local or something that is common throughout the United States and around the world.



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Episode 147 Be systematic


Wed, May 21, 2014


In this episode I discuss the importance of creating systems in your business. I'm not necessarily talking about systems that remove you from the business or allow it to run without, although that is very important at some point. What I am specifically talking about are systems that allow you to follow a set process every time you buy an investment property so that you don't miss anything or operate in an inefficient manner.



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Episode 146 Your connections are your best asset


Tue, May 20, 2014


In this episode I discuss why I believe that the connections you make in this business and the friendships that you form are your best assets. No matter how much you learn it will never be more than the accumulated knowledge of all of the people that you meet and form friendships with.  This is not to say that if you don't have a big network you cannot be successful, but rather having a larger network makes it that much easier.



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Episode 145 Mark Ferguson- Realtor and Flipper


Mon, May 19, 2014


In this episode, I interview Mark Ferguson. Mark is a real estate investor based in Colorado; he is also a licensed realtor since 2002. He has sold over 400 HUD and REO listings in the last three years. Currently, he owns 7 long-term rentals that he has purchased in the past three years. Mark has also purchased and sold over 70 fix-and-flips in the past ten years with the help of his father.



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Episode 144 The yes/no balance


Fri, May 16, 2014


In this episode I talk about the yes-no balance. The yes-no balance is the balance between wanting to say yes to every opportunity that comes your way and the wisdom to know when you need to say no. There is definitely a time to say yes, but there is just as importantly, time to say no to things. Maybe even no to EVERYTHING.



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Episode 143 Give yourself a break


Thu, May 15, 2014


In this episode I discuss learning to give yourself a break. By give yourself a break I mean not everything you try is going to work. There will be failures. There will be bumps in the road and obstacles that you're going to have to work through. This is normal. If you're not failing once in a while you're not trying hard enough to succeed!



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Episode 142 Cashflow vs appreciation


Wed, May 14, 2014


In this episode I discuss the difference between cash flow and appreciation as it relates to buy and hold real estate. I recently had a conversation with one of my coaching students regarding the business that they intend to build. They have chosen to invest in rentals. I am now educating him on the difference between cash flow and appreciation goals.



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Episode 141 Zero percent of zero is zero.


Tue, May 13, 2014


In this episode I discussed the importance of partnering and learning to share profits in order to do more deals. I talked to a lot of real estate investors that struggle with the idea of giving up profits. Most successful investors either profit share on a regular basis, or did a lot of profit-sharing when they were starting their business.



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Episode 140 Douglas Dowell - Real estate investor


Mon, May 12, 2014


In this episode, I am re-airing an incredible interview that I did several months ago, with Douglas Dowell, when this podcast originally launched. I think this interview has gotten buried in the archives, and since it was heard by relatively few subscribers, I felt it deserved to be played again.



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Episode 139 Be a connector


Fri, May 09, 2014


In this episode I discuss why it is important to be a connector in your industry. Real estate is a very social and interactive industry. There are always people who need a little help, and people who have someone in their network that can be of assistance.



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Episode 138 No more excuses. Just Start!


Thu, May 08, 2014


In this episode I am going to get back to basics. I'm going to talk about what this podcast is all about – Just Starting! After 137 episodes I have given you more than enough information to start your real estate investing career. If you haven't started yet then you're missing the entire point of this podcast. If you have been reading blogs, listening to podcasts like this, and reading books, for a while now, it's time to put the materials down and put the information to action!

 



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Episode 137 Momentum in business


Wed, May 07, 2014


In this episode I discuss why it is important to maintain your momentum in business. Success is like pushing a big boulder. It is very difficult to start but once it's moving, it is considerably easier to keep it moving. In business you have to keep your business moving forward. Lose momentum and you will find it difficult to get things going again!



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Episode 136 There is never a bad time to invest in real estate!


Tue, May 06, 2014


In this episode I discuss why I believe there is never a bad time to invest in real estate. There's a lot of things said on the news and in the general media about real estate from one year to the next. I started investing in real estate at perhaps the worst time in history, according to the media, and it was the best thing I ever did!



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Episode 135 J Scott - Professional flipper and spec builder


Mon, May 05, 2014


In this episode I interview someone who I have been a fan of for quite some time – J Scott. J is and incredibly savvy house flipper and new construction "spec" builder. I have wanted to interview J for quite some time, and am lucky that his schedule freed up and I was able to get him the show. I think this is one of the best shows that I have done so far. I hope you enjoy it!



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Episode 134 Top 5 things you should look for in a business partner


Fri, May 02, 2014


In this episode I talk about the 5 things you should look for in a partner should you decide to take one on. Partnerships aren’t for everyone, but if you do decide to partner with someone, you need to make sure your partner has these 5 traits!



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Episode 133 Top 5 things that good wholesalers do


Thu, May 01, 2014


In this episode I talk about the top five things that all good wholesalers do. I am always on the lookout for a good wholesaler in my market. And I have learned over the years what separates the good wholesalers from the bad wholesalers. The following list are things that all good wholesalers will do for you as their buyer.



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Episode 132- 10 things your realtor should be doing for you


Wed, Apr 30, 2014


In this episode I talk about the 10 things your realtor should be doing for you. I advise most beginning real estate investors to find a good realtor as soon as they launch their business. Not all realtors are created equally and it's important that you set your expectations right from the start.



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Episode 131 Top 10 things every contractor should do


Tue, Apr 29, 2014


In this episode I discussed the top 10 things that every contractor should do. In other words, the top 10 things that you should expect from your contractor as a real estate investor. Any contractor listening to this show should take note. I am telling you exactly what real estate investors are looking for in a good contractor. If you do these things you will instantly set yourself apart from every other contractor in your market.



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Episode 130 Larry - Private investor


Mon, Apr 28, 2014


In this episode I talked to a friend of mine and someone who I admire quite a bit. He is a private investor here in my local real estate investing community. Larry has been involved in real estate since 2007. He and I have work together on deals in the past and he currently is a private investor for several real estate investors locally. He has a lot of insight and experience that he shares with us in this episode. It was definitely packed with good information. This is one you should definitely check out!



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Episode 129 How to set up a partnership


Fri, Apr 25, 2014


In this episode I talk about how to set up a partnership in real estate. A partnership can be defined in a lot of different ways. It's important that you understand when setting up a partnership, that the roles and responsibilities that are defined in the beginning can have a big impact down the road.     



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Episode 128 When is the right time to replace a contractor?


Thu, Apr 24, 2014


In this episode I talk about when is the right time to replace contractor. Not all contractors are created equally. Sometimes it becomes necessary to fire one under certain conditions. The timing can be important and should not be done lightly.



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Episode 127 Having tools doesn't make you a carpenter


Wed, Apr 23, 2014


In this episode I tackle the subject of having the tool (knowledge), vs. actually knowing how to apply that knowledge to your real estate investing business.  This is going to be a frank discussion about studying vs. applying knowledge.  As always, I hope that I don't offend anyone but this is a topic worth discussing!



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Episode 126 Commit to getting it done!


Tue, Apr 22, 2014


In this episode I cover the idea of commitment.  Commitment is a little different than massive action.  I have talked about massive action on past shows. Commitment, is a deeper look into the idea of making your business successful.



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Episode 125 Sasha Favelukis


Mon, Apr 21, 2014


In this episode I interview a very interesting guy and a really smart guy in the lending space. His name is Sasha Favlukis and he shared a lot of great information with us regarding hard money. This interview was extremely informative!



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Episode 124 Do you need a computer?


Fri, Apr 18, 2014


In this episode I discuss whether you need a computer to run the real estate investing business. I was recently asked by a listener whether or not I think he could start and run a real estate investing business without the computer. Answer might surprise you!



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Episode 123 Is your spouse on board?


Thu, Apr 17, 2014


This episode I discuss the effect that your spouse can have on your business. If they are in support of your business, it can be a tremendous benefit and make your business even better. On the flipside, if they are not supportive, it can make it 10 times harder to start your business and make it successful. The bottom line is – what your spouse thinks and how they feel about your real estate investing business matters!



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Episode 122 Narrow your focus


Wed, Apr 16, 2014


In this episode I talk about the importance of keeping your focus narrow when starting out in real estate. The bright shiny object syndrome (letting every new technique for making money grab your attention), will stall you out and make it difficult, if not impossible, to succeed!



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Episode 121 Be transparent


Tue, Apr 15, 2014


In this episode I talk about why all real estate investors should be 100% transparent in their business. The reason for being transparent might seem obvious, but I am going to give you some great examples, that you may not of thought of, where being transparent can really propel your business forward!



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Episode 120 Chandler Crouch - Realtor and investor


Mon, Apr 14, 2014


In this episode, I interview Chandler Crouch. Chandler is nothing short of amazing. At a very young age, he has managed to do several different types of real estate transactions and build himself into one of the most successful realtors in Texas! This is a long episode, but I didn't want to cut short the great flow of information that he was giving. I know you're going to love this interview as much as I did!



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Episode 119 Only win win works!


Fri, Apr 11, 2014


In this episode, I explain why you should ALWAYS work to create win-win situation for your business partners.  This goes for all phases of your business.  It is a very common mistake for real estate investors to be so focused on what they want and what they need that they forget to make sure to consider what other people require.  In other words, if you approach someone asking for something, you better figure out a way to create value for them as well!



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Episode 118 Who are you hanging out with?


Thu, Apr 10, 2014


In this episode I discussed the importance of who you spend your time with. Who exactly are you hanging out with during the course of your week? Are they people who share similar goals and have similar drive? Or are they complainers full of negative energy and bad attitudes?



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Episode 117 Be relentless!


Wed, Apr 09, 2014


In this episode I discuss the relentless attitude that you need to adopt as a real estate investor.  By relentless, I mean when you get knocked down you immediately get back up and go at it again.  Don't wait or you may lose your nerve.  Relentless means that you, not only do not take no for an answer, but you do not get complacent when this are going well!



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Episode 116 Embrace your fear!


Tue, Apr 08, 2014


In this episode I talk about the fear associated with starting your real estate investing business. Fear of success, fear of failure, and the biggest fear of all – getting your offer accepted!



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Episode 115 Spy on your competition this week!


Mon, Apr 07, 2014


In this episode I am going to encourage you to become a spy! What kind of spy? Real estate spy! The only way to know if you match up to your competition is to find out what your competition is up to you. I encourage you to do this in your real estate business!



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Episode 114 You should constantly be developing your team


Thu, Apr 03, 2014


In this episode I talk about developing your team. Over the years, if you're in this business long enough, your team will evolve as people go in and out your business. Some of them will leave on their own, others you will have to remove from your business for various reasons. This is a normal process and something you should not only expect but embrace and prepare for.



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Episode 113 Don't be afraid to place low offers!


Wed, Apr 02, 2014


In this episode I discuss what it means to place a low offer. It can mean different things to different people. And how low your offer is can depend on many factors. I am going to cleared up for you!



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Episode 112 Long term vs short term goals


Tue, Apr 01, 2014


In this episode I discuss the difference between the long-term and short-term goals in real estate. I am going to ask you to consider your long-term goals. A lot of real estate investors focus too much on the short-term goals and not enough on the long-term goals!



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Episode 111 Dennis Fassett - Cash flow expert!


Mon, Mar 31, 2014


In this episode I interview a good friend of mine and someone who I respect tremendously in the industry. His name is Dennis Fassett.  Dennis is a married father of four living here in Southeast Michigan. He earned an MBA back in 1992, and was fully vested in the corporate ladder until the automotive industry started to crash and burn in 2004. With kids, a stay at home wife, and his terminally ill mother at home, he jumped into real estate investing to create a safety net for his family.  Since then he has developed a portfolio of rental houses and one apartment building.



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Episode 110 Are you on pace to meet your goals?


Fri, Mar 28, 2014


In this episode I ask you a very important question- are you on pace to reach your goals 2014? At the beginning of the year, if you are like most people, you made New Year's resolutions. If you are interested in starting a real estate business, I hope you set goals for yourself for 2014. So, the first quarter is over. How are you doing?



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Episode 109 Get the first check!


Thu, Mar 27, 2014


In this episode I talk about how your business changes after you get your first check. What I mean by getting your first check is once you get the profit check on your first deal. When this happens, everything will seem a little bit more clear and you will feel unbelievably empowered and motivated! Until you get your first check, all you're doing is fantasizing and imagining what it will be like to be a real estate investor. When you get your first check you are officially in business!



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Episode 108 Do one thing really well


Wed, Mar 26, 2014


In this episode I want to address a tendency that I see in new real estate investors.  It's the tendency to try and over complicate things.  Some beginners try to learn everything about real estate (impossible to do by the way), before they get out there and get going.  This is a HUGE mistake and one that you better avoid if you want to have any level of success in this business!



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Episode 107 Phil Dwyer Las Vegas Property Manager


Mon, Mar 24, 2014


In this episode I interview and incredible property manager. His name is Phil Dwyer, and he's based out of Los Angeles. Phil is an incredibly smart and savvy real estate professional. He also happens to run a really great property management company. I struck up conversation with Phil online and quickly realized I had to have him on the show. He brings the perspective to buy and hold investing that we've not heard yet. It was a great interview.



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Episode 106 Follow up is the key!


Fri, Mar 21, 2014


In this episode, I discuss follow up and the effect it will have on your business no matter how new or experienced you are.  I have struggled with improving my follow up over the years , and I can tell you that your competition is having a hard time with it as well, so the sooner you master it, the sooner you will explode your business!



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Episode 105 Wholesaling might be the hardest


Thu, Mar 20, 2014


In this episode I discuss wholesaling and why I feel it might be the most difficult form of real estate investing. A lot people say that wholesaling is a good place to start your real estate investing career. I tend to disagree and I'm going to tell you why in this episode.



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Episode 104 It's the little things that matter


Wed, Mar 19, 2014


In this episode I discuss how little things in your business can make the biggest difference. It's the little tweaks the little subtleties of how you run your business, how do you find properties, how you evaluate them, or how you interact with your lenders that will separate you from the pack. Everyone knows the big picture steps, it's all of the subtleties that will make you successful.



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Episode 103 The power of one


Tue, Mar 18, 2014


In this episode I talk about what I call power of one. It's one connection, one introduction, or one meeting. In real estate or any other business for that matter, your entire world can be changed by one individual, one partnership, or one meeting. What are you doing to find that one thing that will change your business forever?



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Episode 102 Ben Leybovich replay


Mon, Mar 17, 2014


In this episode I replay one of my most popular interviews today. It was episode number for where I interview Ben Leybovich. Ben is a phenomenally intelligent and successful real estate investor. He is focused on long-term investing through buy-and-hold properties. This episode ranks among the very top shows that I have done in terms of popularity. Because I did this show so early in the podcast, I think many of you haven't had the opportunity to hear it.



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Episode 101 Don't waste time with bad realtors!


Fri, Mar 14, 2014


In this episode I discuss what to do if your realtor stops being responsive or seems unwilling to give you the information you need to be successful as a real estate investor.  Just like anyone else, not all realtors are created equal.  You should not waste your time working with people who are not interested in working with you.



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EP 100: What I've learned over the last 100 episodes of this podcast


Thu, Mar 13, 2014


In this episode I (barely) celebrate my 100th episode. Why do I barely celebrated? Because frankly it has come so quickly I hardly feel like I've been doing this very long at all! It's been just over four months since I started. I think I'll celebrate when I hit the one year mark. But for now, I am going to look back and talk about what I've learned as the host of the show over the past 100 episodes.



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Episode 99 You don't have to know everything to get started


Wed, Mar 12, 2014


In this episode I discuss the mindset of not having to be an expert in real estate investing before you become a real estate investor. A lot of people feel like they have to be an absolute expert in every aspect of real estate before they can dive in and start their business. This is simply not true and it's a myth that I do not want you to believe!



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Episode 98 Take MASSIVE action


Tue, Mar 11, 2014


In this episode I discuss what it really takes to succeed in real estate investing – massive action. Massive action is the single biggest determining factor in the ultimate success or failure for a new real estate investor. I dish out some tough love in this episode, so I hope you're ready!



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Episode 97 A private money discussion with Eric Tomei


Mon, Mar 10, 2014


In this episode I have my first return guest ever! I talked with Eric Tomei about private investors. Eric has been attracting and working with private investors for over seven years. He and I have an unscripted conversation about private investors that I think you will find extremely interesting. We don't hold back at all!



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Episode 96 What is your biggest source of pain?


Fri, Mar 07, 2014


In this episode I discuss some of the things that cause new real estate investors the most pain. These things can ultimately keep would-be investors from actually getting started.



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Episode 95 How much time should you devote to your business?


Thu, Mar 06, 2014


In this episode I talk about how much time you should plan on devoting to your real estate investing business. My answer might surprise you a little bit.



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Episode 94 When is the best time to start your business?


Wed, Mar 05, 2014


In this episode I discuss the best time to start your real estate investing business.  This is a question that I think a lot of new real estate investors ask. Actually anybody who's thinking about starting a business has to ask themseves if this is the right time, or when is the best time.



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Episode 93 Do you need a business plan?


Tue, Mar 04, 2014


n this episode I discuss the role of a business plan in a real estate investing business. A lot of people will probably disagree with my opinion, but I'm sticking by it!



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Episode 92: Andy and Ray Nemeckay - real estate investing brothers


Mon, Mar 03, 2014


In this episode I interview pair of brothers, who are killing it in Michigan real estate. They have a portfolio of rentals, as well as a thriving fix and flip business. These guys have been friends of mine for about four years now. I have always been impressed with them and I was thrilled when they agreed to be on the show. I think you're going to learn a lot from these two guys.



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Episode 91 Getting help in your business


Fri, Feb 28, 2014


In this episode I discuss how getting help in your business will allow you to be more successful and ultimately get a lot more done. Whether it be a spouse or a virtual assistant, downloading teachable tasks will make a huge difference to your bottom-line.



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Episode 90 Getting clear on the WHY


Thu, Feb 27, 2014


In this episode I discuss the power of understanding the WHY in your real estate investing business. By the why, I mean why is being successful in real estate important to you. What does it mean to you to successful in your business? If you have a powerful enough why, you will be able to overcome any obstacle.



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Episode 89 My progress report


Wed, Feb 26, 2014


In this episode I talk about what I have accomplished in my business so far in 2014. It's been a rough start to my year, but I still managed to get a lot done!  I hope you have as well.



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Episode 88 Go to 5 open houses this weekend


Tue, Feb 25, 2014


In this episode I discuss the importance of going to open houses in your target market. This will give you a better idea of what your flips should look like and how they need to be renovated in order to make your property look better than every other property your buyers will look at.



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Episode 87 My new coaching program


Mon, Feb 24, 2014


In this episode I discuss my upcoming coaching program. I layout the structure and how it will be ran. I am excited to launch this program and help some students out this year!



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Episode 86 Focus on helping people


Fri, Feb 21, 2014


In this episode I discussed the importance of helping people in your business. As real estate investors sometimes we can be overly focused on making money, and we forget that helping others is important as well.



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Episode 85 - Over deliver


Thu, Feb 20, 2014


In this episode I discuss over delivering in your business. In my business, when I talk about over delivering, I'm usually referring to my relationship with my private investors.  I always try to give my private investors just a little more then what I committed to doing.



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Episode 84 - How to get un-stuck


Wed, Feb 19, 2014


In this episode I talk about how to get unstuck in your business. Bye unstuck I mean how to shake the feeling that nothing is happening, and your business is not progressing like you expected. Sometimes you just feel overwhelmed and think that you're a failure. I am going to talk about how to get your mind out of that mental state.



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Episode 83 – 4 questions to ask yourself before entering into a partnership


Tue, Feb 18, 2014


In this episode I explore partnerships. The first thing you need to ask yourself is why do you want a partner. What do you lack and what do you need in a partner?



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Episode 82 Nick Ruiz - Twice self made real estate entrepreneur


Mon, Feb 17, 2014


In this episode I interview Nick Ruiz. Nick is a passionate twice self-made real estate entrepreneur from scratch. He started when he was 19 and built a multi million dollar net worth and borrowed millions of dollars from banks by his mid-20s.  When the crash of 2008 came, he was too over-leveraged on his investment properties and it eventually forced him into bankruptcy. But, he got extremely creative and hustled hard and climbed back up flipping and wholesaling and is back into total financial independence as a real estate entrepreneur.  That I why I say he is a twice self-made real estate entrepreneur!



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Episode 81 – What if everyone tells me I'm crazy?


Fri, Feb 14, 2014


In this episode I discuss the very real possibility that your friends and family will think that you are crazy for trying to invest in real estate. The news is filled with negativity regarding real estate. This will cause most people to think that you were going to lose money you invest in real estate. 



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Episode 80 – What if I can't sell my flip?


Thu, Feb 13, 2014


In this episode I address the issue of selling your fix and flip property. Specifically, what you should do if you have trouble selling a property that you have just renovated.  



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Episode 79 – What if my contractor quits in the middle of the rehab?


Wed, Feb 12, 2014


In this episode I am going to discuss another fear that a lot of new real estate investors have – what if the contractor quits in the middle of the rehab? Or maybe just stops showing up?



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Episode 78 – What is the worst thing that can happen?


Tue, Feb 11, 2014


In this episode I want to attack what I feel is the biggest fear that new investors have in regard to starting their real estate investing business- losing money!



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Episode 77 Brandon Turner - Senior Editor at BiggerPockets.com


Mon, Feb 10, 2014


This is a re-airing of one of my most popular interviews that I've done to date wiith Brandon Turner – Senior Editor at biggerpockets.com- the real estate investing social network.  Brandon is an active real estate investor focusing on flips, apartments, and buy and hold real estate. Brandon is going to tell us what it’s like to work at bigger pockets and also share with us his knowledge of real estate investing and how he has been able to be both a successful real estate investor as well as work at a company like bigger pockets!



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Episode 76 Rentals - Tips and techniques for rental success


Fri, Feb 07, 2014


In this episode I share with you 10 of the tips and techniques that I have learned over the past few months of interviewing successful landlords. This list is not all-inclusive, but it's some things that I have learned that I am going to incorporate into my rental business.



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Episode 75 Rentals - Crunching the numbers


Thu, Feb 06, 2014


In this episode I lay out the numbers that I will be using to evaluate rental properties this year. Whether you agree with the way I am going to evaluate properties or not, at least you can see my thought process and how I plan on knowing whether or not the property is going to make a sound investment for me in my business.



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Episode 74 Rentals - What makes a good investment property?


Wed, Feb 05, 2014


In this episode I give you my top three things to consider when evaluating a rental property to purchase. I realize that everyone's criteria can be a little different, that's why I am giving you three top level variables that you should consider no matter what.



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Episode 73 Renter drama


Tue, Feb 04, 2014


In this episode I discuss what I call Renter Drama. I also reveal a challenge that I am having in managing a tenant in my rental property.



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Episode 72 Kelly and Todd Brittingham - husband and wife investing team


Mon, Feb 03, 2014


In this episode I interview a couple of good friends of mine. Kelly and Todd Brittingham are awesome people and incredibly smart and successful real estate investors. They are a husband and wife team from my home state of Michigan. They have been investing in real estate for four years now and have already done an incredible amount of things in that short amount of time. Todd is an engineer by trade and Kelly is a stay-at-home mom. Together they are an unstoppable real estate investing team with a growing business!




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Episode 71 - TAKE ACTION NOW!


Fri, Jan 31, 2014


On this final day of January 2014, my only message to you is get out there and take action on your goals. Do not let the first month of the year slip by without taking any action at all. This episode is all about encouraging you to take action before the end of the day!



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Episode 70 - Rehab draws


Thu, Jan 30, 2014


In this episode I discuss rehab draws. The money that you pay contractors for doing work in your investment properties. The draw is an amount of money you give them for work that they have completed. There are a number of ways that you can schedule the draws to be distributed. There is not necessarily a right way, but there are definitely some wrong ways. I want you to avoid doing it the wrong way.



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Episode 69 - How to know if a quote is competitive


Wed, Jan 29, 2014


In this episode I answer another listener's email question- how to know if the quote that you receive from a contractor is competitive or not? In other words how should a new real estate investor determine whether or not the quote is fair and the prices are reasonable?



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Episode 68 - Appraisals


Tue, Jan 28, 2014


In this episode I talk about appraisals, specifically when you're trying to buy an investment property and the appraisal comes in much lower than what you were hoping for. As I explained this episode you should get very excited when an appraisal comes in low for the house that you would like to purchase.



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Episode 67 Doug Benson - Apartment investor


Mon, Jan 27, 2014


In this episode I interview in really good friend of mine named Doug Benson. Doug and I met about five years ago, and he was definitely one of the people who impressed me early because he is a super fun guy, and a super smart guy. Doug and his wife Debbie, are real estate investors here in Michigan. Although they do flip houses, their favorite method of investing is definitely apartment buildings. Doug and Debbie own 44 apartment units.



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Episode 66 – Are you accomplishing anything or just spinning your wheels?


Fri, Jan 24, 2014


In this episode I discuss what constitutes getting something done, and what is spinning your wheels and keeping busy without making any progress. This is something that I have struggled with and I know a lot of my listeners sometimes struggle with as well.  



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Episode 65 - Emails vs phone calls


Thu, Jan 23, 2014


In this episode I discuss the difference between digital communication and good old-fashioned phone calls and face-to-face meetings.



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Episode 64 – When to form your business entity?


Wed, Jan 22, 2014


In this episode I discuss the need for and when it makes sense to form your business entity.

First and foremost, this is not a legal podcast. I am not giving you legal advice.  I am simply giving you my opinion on what is practical in my experience. Please consult a lawyer and/or your CPA before taking any actions or lack thereof.



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Episode 63 – Are business cards necessary?


Tue, Jan 21, 2014


In this episode I discuss a question that I get asked very often – do I need business cards and when should I get them? You'd be surprised at how much time and energy new investors put into thinking about this topic. I am going to give you my answer on this once and for all.



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Episode 62 Stephen Michael White - Rent Prep


Mon, Jan 20, 2014


In this episode I interview Stephen Michael White.  Stephen is the founder and CEO of RentPrep, a resource site for landlords and real estate investors. The site's core product is a unique tenant background check solution that has protected over 10,000 landlords since 2007.



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Episode 61 Understanding the goal of investing


Fri, Jan 17, 2014


This week I am going to answer questions that I have gotten emailed over the last several weeks.

In this episode I discuss how much rehabbing is too much and how to keep from losing sight of the goal of investing.



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Episode 60 Outside rehab: To spend money or not to spend money on it


Thu, Jan 16, 2014


This week I am going to answer questions that I have gotten emailed over the last several weeks.

In this episode I answer a listeners question about rehabbing the outside of a flip. How much should you do on the outside of the property. I might ruffle some feathers with this answer



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Episode 59 Understanding timelines


Wed, Jan 15, 2014


This week I am going to answer questions that I have gotten emailed over the last several weeks.

 In this episode I'm going to answer a listeners question regarding how you know, as the real estate investor, how long a project should take and what the order of events should be.



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Episode 58 – How to prescreen a contractor without using valuable project time?


Tue, Jan 14, 2014


This week I am going to answer questions that I have gotten emailed over the last several weeks.

In this episode I'm going to discuss how to prescreen a contractor without having to lose time in an actual project.  This is a great question that I received about a week ago. It is difficult to understand where a contractor is going to come in price-wise and timing-wise before having them quote an begin an actual project. The technique I share has worked for me and it's a great way to handle the problem.



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Episode 57 Josh Bauerle - CPA and real estate investor


Mon, Jan 13, 2014


In this episode I interviewed Josh Bauerle, CPA and real estate investor.

Josh is a CPA and the founder of JDB Business Solutions, a tax practice specializing in working with small business owners and real estate investors to minimize their tax liability while keeping them in line with the ever changing tax code.  He also owns a real estate investment company, Pinnacle Properties and Development, with his Dad, where they have acquired over 16 rental properties and 5 fix and flips.



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Episode 56 - Day 5 of Inspiration Week!


Fri, Jan 10, 2014


Welcome to day five of my week of inspiration! We've had some great interviews this week with unbelievably great and inspirational guests. Today is going to be a little different. Different only because today there is no interview. And it will not be me talking. In this episode, we are going to listen to a famous speech given by a famous man. That man is Steve Jobs and the speech is the 2005 Stanford commencement speech that he gave. This speech had a huge impact on me and I hope you enjoy it as well.



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Episode 55 Noah St John - Afformations


Thu, Jan 09, 2014


This episode is the fourth installment of my week long motivational series. All week this week I will be bringing you interviews from some of the top motivational and success experts in the world!  Over the last few weeks I have given you my nine step process for starting your real estate investing career. I want to take a short break from pure real estate shows and provide you with some of the best motivators in the business. I would like you to work on the nine steps I've given you and listen to these interviews and let them be a spark in your real estate engine!

In this episode I interview Noah St. John. Noah is the author of an amazing new Hay House book called The Book of Afformations: Discovering The Missing Piece to Abundant Health, Wealth, Love, and Happiness. In addition to being an author, Noah is an accomplished speaker and is sought after all over the world for his insight, inspirational and motivational message. 

Enjoy!



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Episode 54 Farnoosh Brock- Live a Prolific life!


Wed, Jan 08, 2014


This episode is the third installment of my week long motivational series. All week this week I will be bringing you interviews from some of the top motivational and success experts in the world!  Over the last few weeks I have given you my nine step process for starting your real estate investing career. I want to take a short break from pure real estate shows and provide you with some of the best motivators in the business. I would like you to work on the nine steps I've given you and listen to these interviews and let them be a spark in your real estate engine!

 

In this episode I interview Farnoosh Brock.  Farnoosh is a multi-passionated entrepreneur, a published author, speaker, business coach, and personal development blogger. She started her own media and publishing company, Prolific Living Inc., after leaving a 12-year successful career at a Fortune 100. She teaches professionals going through "mid-career crisis" how to  move up the corporate ladder or get out to start their own business. Learn more about her programs at http://www.smartexitblueprint.com and http://www.fasttrackpromotion.com.

 

This interview is so powerful that I think you're going to want to listen to it more than one time. It was truly one of the favor interviews I have done so far! Farnoosh is very inspirational, extremely articulate and intelligent and really gets to the heart of what keeps us from achieving our ultimate dream life.

Enjoy!



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Episode 53 Kimanzi Constable - Stop existing and start living!


Tue, Jan 07, 2014


This episode is the second installment of my week long motivational series. All week this week I will be bringing you interviews from some of the top motivational and success experts in the world!  Over the last few weeks I have given you my nine step process for starting your real estate investing career. I want to take a short break from pure real estate shows and provide you with some of the best motivators in the business. I would like you to work on the nine steps I've given you and listen to these interviews and let them be a spark in your real estate engine!

In this episode I interview Kimanzi Constable.  Kimanzi is a former bread delivery guy who self-published two books that completely flopped. He then figured out this Internet thing and has now sold over 80,000 copies. His first traditionally published book came out on May 1st of 2013. He is an international speaker, life coach and consultant. His mission is to help people figure out what their dreams are and how to make those dreams their reality.



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Episode 52 Sibyl Chavis - Possibility of Today


Mon, Jan 06, 2014


In this episode I interview Sibyl Chavis.  Sibyl is a Harvard trained lawyer who left a lucrative career in the corporate world on the east coast to create a life of greater clarity and purpose. Formally in practice at a leading wall firm, then Executive Vice President of HR at a multicultural advertising agency. she now writes at Possibility Of Today.  Possibility of Today is an online magazine focused on providing simple tips for living today better than yesterday. she is also the host of Possibility of Today radio show on web talk radio. She lives in Pasadena California with her husband and two children.



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Episode 51- BONUS SHOW with tax expert Brian Borawski


Fri, Jan 03, 2014


In this episode I interview Brian Borawski. Brian is a CPA and text specialists who cut his teeth early on in his career at some of the larger tax firms and REITs in the country. Brian is a really smart guy who also happens to be my text consultant and CPA.  I had a lot of fun during this interview and Brian really brought the goods and gave everyone a lot of good insight into small business accounting and some of the things that you need to watch out for when setting up and running your real estate business.



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Episode 50 My top 10 real estate mistakes


Thu, Jan 02, 2014


In this episode I discuss10 of the biggest mistakes I've made in my real estate investing career over the last several years. It may be a strange way to celebrate my 50th episode, but I think telling you what I have screwed up could help you the most as you grow your business in 2014



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Episode 49 New Year's resolutions


Wed, Jan 01, 2014


In this episode I discuss New Year's resolutions. I am not giving you resolutions, but I do give you some food for thought about things that you can resolve to do in 2014 in order to make your real estate investing business a success!



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Episode 48 Step 9 - Place offers


Tue, Dec 31, 2013


In this episode I cover the ninth and final step of my nine step series of how to launch your real estate investing career in 2014! This episode is all about placing offers and getting your first deal done.



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Episode 47- Jimmy Moncrief - professional underwritter and real estate investor


Mon, Dec 30, 2013


In this episode I interviewed Jimmy Moncrief. Jimmy is a bank underwriter and a real estate investor. He has a blog at realestatefinanceHQ.com where he talks about all things real estate finance. 

Jimmy is a wealth of knowledge about dealing with institutional lenders. This is an area of real estate that I frankly believe is under utilized.

Check out this interview and be ahead of most other real estate investors out there!



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Episode 46 Step 8 - Looking at leads and running the numbers


Fri, Dec 27, 2013


In this episode I cover step number 8 of my 9 step process for getting your real estate investing career started in 2014.  Step number 8 is all about looking at the leads that you're getting, evaluating them and running the numbers to find out whether the deal is good or not. Running the numbers is key to making money in real estate investing.  Tune in and get my suggestions of how to do this right the first time.



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Episode 45 Step 7 - Line up financing


Thu, Dec 26, 2013


In this episode I discuss step seven of my nine step process for helping you start your real state investing career off right in 2014.  I explain why I believe that real estate investors (especially new ones), should line up financing prior to making offers on properties. I also discuss possible sources of private funds.



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Episode 44 Step 6 - Find a realtor


Wed, Dec 25, 2013


In this episode I discuss why a good realtor can be so important to your business. I also give you some techniques for locating realtors that are perfect for you and your target market



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Episode 43 Step 5 - Establish your criteria


Tue, Dec 24, 2013


In this episode I discuss how to use the information that you gathered in step four to create a comprehensive list for your criteria when choosing an investment property.  This list will later be used to communicate with a realtor or a wholesaler when describing the type of properties that you would like to see. This list will help you save a lot of time sifting through properties that do not fit your investment goals



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Episode 42- Jesse Boyd and Mike Dundon - Buy and hold superstars


Mon, Dec 23, 2013


In this episode I interview Jesse Boyd and Mike Dundon. Jesse and Mike formed their company a few years ago and have since purchased 37 by and hold rental properties! Although their company is not very old, their success has been nothing short of awesome! 



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Episode 41 Step 4 - Research your target market


Fri, Dec 20, 2013


In this episode I discuss step four of the nine step process – how and why to research your target market. I also give you some websites that you can use to help you do this. Don't skip this step, it will have a huge impact on your success or failure.



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Episode 40 Step 3 - Find a mentor


Thu, Dec 19, 2013


In this episode I discuss the next step in the nine step process: finding a mentor.  Mentors are critical to helping you bye pass, mistakes and giving you advice that'll take your business to the next level or get you started on the right track



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Episode 39 – Step 2 -Network


Wed, Dec 18, 2013


In this episode I cover step two in my nine part series on launching your investment career in 2014. Step number two is all about networking. Networking is very likely the most important thing you will do in your investment career. For some people it is the hardest step to take, but it is vital to the success of your business.



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Episode 38 – Step 1 -Decide on a investment model


Tue, Dec 17, 2013


In this episode I give you the first step in my nine part series on launching your real estate investing career in 2014.  Over the course of the next nine quick point episodes that I publish every Tuesday through Friday, I will give you the nine action steps that you should take starting January 1, 2014. These steps will be my way of coaching those of you who have not yet started but need some help knowing where to begin. Consider this your personal coaching course over the next few weeks



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Episode 37 Matt Theriault- Real estate expert, author, success coach


Mon, Dec 16, 2013


In this episode I interview Matt Theriault.  Matt is an entrepreneur, author, success coach.  He is also the creator of the Epic Real Estate Investing podcast. Matt focuses on financial education, the importance of multiple streams of income, and teaching people how to create wealth through conventional and creative real estate investing



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Episode 36 Release of lien


Fri, Dec 13, 2013


In this episode I discuss why every real estate investor needs to be aware of and use a Release of Lien agreement.  A release of lien is critical so that you do not have contractors coming two you after the job is finished and demanding payment for something you have already paid for.  This happens more often than you think in canned cost you thousands of dollars that you should never have to pay.



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Episode 35 Kenneth Vogt - Clarity expert


Thu, Dec 12, 2013


In this episode I interview Kenneth Vogt.  Kenneth is a true entrepreneur and expert in the area of getting very clear on what you want and then executing on that vision.  Kenneth talks about his past business experience as well as his current company, Veraclaritas, where he helps small business owners get very clear on their goals.



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Episode 34 Best way to find private lenders


Wed, Dec 11, 2013


In this episode I discuss how I have found virtually all of my private lenders.  Finding private lenders in real estate is essential in my opinion.  You can invest in real estate with out private funds but having private funds has some very distinct advantages.  One of the biggest advantages is your ability to react quickly.



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Episode 33 Make lots of offers


Tue, Dec 10, 2013


In this episode, I give you the top 4 reasons why you should be making lots of offers.  Even brand new real estate investors should make plenty of offers.  Real estate investing is a numbers game and making lots of offers is the first step to succeeding.



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Episode 32 Alan Cowgill - private funding expert


Mon, Dec 09, 2013


In this episode I interview Alan Cowgill.  Allen is a world famous real estate investing expert in the area of private funding.  Alan shares his philosophies on private funding as well as some best practices.  It was a true pleasure to interview Alan and pick his brain about private funding and structuring real estate deals in a way that is a win win for all parties.



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Episode 31 Highest and best offers


Fri, Dec 06, 2013


In this episode I discuss what it means when a seller asks you for your highest and best offer.  This is quite common in an active real estate market and you need to know what it means and how to handle it when it happens.



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Episode 30 What comes first... the money or the deal?


Thu, Dec 05, 2013


In this episode I discuss whether and not it makes more sense to secure financing first or locate and get a good deal under contract first.  



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Episode 29 Should your kids be involved in your business?


Wed, Dec 04, 2013


In this episode I discuss the factors involved in deciding whether and not it is a good idea to involve your kids in your real estate investing business.



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Episode 28 – Who should be part of your team?


Tue, Dec 03, 2013


In this episode I discuss who should be on your real estate investing team.  Every real estate investor needs at team in order to be successful.



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Episode 27 Justin Williams - Full Time Flipper in Southern California


Mon, Dec 02, 2013


In this episode I interview Justin Williams, a fulltime real estate investor in Southern California.  Justin has been a fulltime real estate investor for 6 ? years and is currently flipping over 100 houses per year.  His web site is houseflippingHQ.com, where he teaches people to flip houses.  



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Episode 26 Have a sounding board


Fri, Nov 29, 2013


In this episode I discuss the importance and a need for having a sounding board in your business.  A sounding board is a person that you can talk to about your successes and failure in your business.  Listen and find out how they are different from anyone else in your network.



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Episode 25 Make money vs. Save money


Thu, Nov 28, 2013


In this episode I discuss the idea of making money vs. saving money.  Listen and find out if you are a moneymaker or a money saver!



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Episode 24 Should you quit your day job?


Wed, Nov 27, 2013


In this episode I talk about whether or not it makes sense for you to quit your day job and pursue real estate investing full time.



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Episode 23 Use common materials for your flips


Tue, Nov 26, 2013


In this episode I discuss the wisdom of using common materials in all your flips!



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Episode 22 Eric Tomei- Physical therapist and part time house flipper


Mon, Nov 25, 2013


In this episode, I interview Eric Tomei.  Eric is a personal friend of mine and also a very successful real estate investor who focuses on fix and flip investing.  Eric is a fulltime physical therapist by day and runs his real estate business with a partner in the evenings and on weekends.  Although he is investing “part time” he still does as much volume as many fulltime investors.  Eric is a truly good guy and very knowledgeable real estate investor.  Listen to the episode in find out how he manages to balance his work life, family life, and his investing business.



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Episode 21 For sale by owner


Fri, Nov 22, 2013


In this episode I discuss whether and not it make sense to sell your fix and flips as a “for sale by owner”.  Some investors say yes, while other investors do not think it is worth the time needed.  Listen to the episode as I tried to help you determine whether and not this is right for you.



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Episode 20 Realtors


Thu, Nov 21, 2013


In this episode I discuss the role that realtors play in real estate investing.  This is a much debated topic among real estate investors.  I give my opinion about whether and not you should use realtors two buy and sell real estate for you as a real estate investor.



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Episode 19 Resources


Wed, Nov 20, 2013


In this episode, I discuss the various resources available to new real estate investors who would like information on real estate investing.  There are several resources that are free or extremely inexpensive that you can turn to before you spend big money on coaching or mentoring.  This episode is a must for anyone who would like to learn more about real estate investing but doesn’t want us spend a lot of money in the process.



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Episode 18 Put appliances in your flip?


Tue, Nov 19, 2013


In this episode, I discuss whether and not it makes sense to put kitchen appliances in your fix and flip investment properties.  Some people think that it is an unnecessary expense, while other investors insist that it is critical to selling your property quickly.  Listen to the episode for my opinion on this subject



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Episode 17 Mark Ferguson - Realtor, Flipper, Buy and hold investor


Mon, Nov 18, 2013


In this episode, I interview Mark Ferguson.  Mark is a real estate investor based in Colorado and he is also a licensed realtor since 2002.  He has sold over 400 HUD and REO listings in the last three years.  Currently he owns 7 long-term rentals that he has purchased in the last three years. Mark has also purchased and sold over 70 fix and flips in the last ten years with the help of his father.



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Episode 16 Document your success!


Fri, Nov 15, 2013


In this episode, I explain why it is important that you’d document your investment success.  One of the biggest reasons for documenting all of your investment history is attracting investors or partners.  Having a visual history including before and after pictures as well as your profit numbers will highly increase your chance of finding investors and partners when the time is right.  This is an often overlooked aspect of real estate investing that is very important.



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Episode 15 Where to buy?


Thu, Nov 14, 2013


In this episode I discuss where to buy houses for a fix and flip investment.  Deciding where to buy investment properties is a personal deicsion, but I try to provide you with a framework for making the best decision possible.  



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Episode 14 Networking


Wed, Nov 13, 2013


In this episode I discuss the importance of networking and how it can enhance your real estate investing business.  Networking is critical to shortcuting you’re learning curve in this industry and also create connections that will be extremely valuable.  I break down the best ways to start networking and where you should be focusing your networking energies.



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Episode 13 How to know what to rehab


Tue, Nov 12, 2013


In this episode I discuss how to determine what you should be a rehabbing when flipping a property.  I tell you exactly how I determine what I rehab and maybe just as importantly, what I am not going to rehab. 

The success or failure of your investment sometimes depends on how and what you rehab with a property.



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Episode 12 Kenny Estes - Finance expert and buy and hold investor


Mon, Nov 11, 2013


In this episode I interview Kenny Estes.  Kenny is a successful real estate investor who specializes in buy and hold real estate.  He has a very strong finance background. Kenny started in his investing career while in college and did it as a hobby for a number of years until going full time.  Unlike many investors, Kenny does not invest in his town that he lives in because the price of real estate is less attractive then where he actually does is investing. 

Kenny was a really fun guy to interview and has a lot of great insight into the world of real estate investing.  He has a very realistic approach to real estate investing and is definitely not about hype, but rather, real world down to earth practical advice. 



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Episode 11 How to hire a contractor


Fri, Nov 08, 2013


In this episode I discuss the crucial steps that you need to take when hiring a contractor.  There are several things that you must be aware of and also some things that you absolutely must of void!  This episode will save you a lot of money … if you follow my advice!



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Episode 10 To do rehab yourself or not?


Thu, Nov 07, 2013


In this episode I talk about whether or not it make sense for a fix and flip real estate investor to do their own renovations or hire someone else to do it; like a general contractor.  I am very definite in my opinion of this subject.  



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Episode 9 Basic flip numbers


Wed, Nov 06, 2013


In this episode I break down the three most important numbers for any flipper.  These are the basic numbers that you must know if you are going to have a successful flip.  There are definitely more numbers involved during the course of a project, but these are the big three that you have to know in any fix and flip project.



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Episode 8 Managing Your Contractor


Tue, Nov 05, 2013


In this episode, I’d give you my very first “solo” show where I discuss how to manage your contractor.  There are no guests and no interview here!  Just you and me and hard core real estate talk about different tactics and techniques that I use in my real estate business for managing my contractor in order to finish on time and in budget.  I think this will be helpful for a lot of new real estate investors!



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Episode 7 Sharon Vornholt - expert wholesaler


Mon, Nov 04, 2013


In this episode I interview Sharon Vornholt. Sharon has been investing in real estate since 1998. She is an expert wholesaler and marketer. She is also a blogger, coach, online marketer, and a regular contributor of articles for several national sites for real estate investors. 



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Episode 6 Brian Bagnall the happiness expert.


Fri, Oct 25, 2013


In this episode I interview Brian Bagnall.  Brian is an in demand all author and speaker.  He is also a serial entrepreneur just never seemed to fit into society and went on a never ending quest to find happiness.  He discovered that the conventional formula for happiness is actually backward: happiness fuels success, not the other way around.  Brian has recently taken his discoveries about happiness and used it as the basis for a book- The Happiness Bible, which will be in a bookstore near you in November 2013.



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Episode 5 Douglas Dowell - commercial real estate developer


Thu, Oct 24, 2013


In this episode I interview Douglas Dowell.  Douglas is a real estate investor who also happens to have a very strong academic background including being a lawyer.  Douglas is a highly educated person and he brings that education and intelligence to this interview.



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Episode 4 Ben Leybovich - buy and hold real estate investor


Tue, Oct 22, 2013


In this episode I speak with a very smart buy and hold real estate investor named Ben Leybovich.  Ben is a real estate investor from Ohio is managing to create a very stable and profitable buy and hold real estate portfolio!  Been really knows his stuff and will blow you away at his knowledge of real estate investing.  If you are interested in buy and hold real estate, this is an interview you simply cannot afford to miss!



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Episode 3 Brandon Turner - Senior Editor of BiggerPockets.com


Tue, Oct 22, 2013


In this episode I interview brand and Turner the senior editor of biggerpockets.com - the real estate investing social network.  Brandon is an active real estate investor focusing on flips, apartments, and buy and hold real estate.  Brandon is going to tell us what it’s like to work at bigger pockets and also share with us his knowledge of real estate investing and how he has been able to be both a successful real estate investor as well as work at a company like bigger pockets!



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Episode 2 Danny Johnson - real estate flipper


Tue, Oct 22, 2013


In this episode I interview Danny Johnson.  Danny and his wife are a real estate investing team that buys and sells between 25 to 30 houses per year in their hometown of San Antonio Texas.  Denny and his wife are primarily fix and flip investors and he will tell us exactly how he got started, how he spends his days as a real estate investor, and what his goals are for the future.  Danny is a tremendous wealth of knowledge especially in the area of fix and flip real estate!  You do not one miss this first powerful interview because he will tell you his secret to real estate investing success!



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First Show Introduction


Tue, Oct 22, 2013


In this first episode of JustStartRealEstate, I tell you a little bit about myself and also what you can expect from this show.  I’d give you some of my background in real estate the areas of real estate that I personally focus on and also tell you how I am going to format and present the show.

I let you know that JustStartRealEstate is a podcast directed toward new and aspiring real estate investors.  The content is going to be mostly basic but very powerful and helpful in allowing new real estate investors to get out and just start their real estate investing career.



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