Rank #1: EP101 Finding Great Deals at Sheriff's Sales and Tax Auctions with Stephen Benedict
Today we are taking a deep dive into buying properties at Huge Discounts through Sheriff Sales and Tax Auctions.
My guest today is Stephen Benedict, an investor in the West Michigan/Muskegon area with over 120 units in his portfolio. Stephen knows all the in's & out's of buying properties at Sheriff Sales and Tax Auctions, and he has agreed to walk us through the process.
Stephen talks about his first Sheriff Sale property, how the process works, why you should buy the first mortgage and not the second, the best & worst deals he's done, mistakes he sees other investors make, and understanding the TRUE costs of acquiring and rehabbing a property.
Stephen will also explain the differences between Sheriff Sales and Tax Auctions, and how Tax Auctions changed with the advent of the Land Bank and money laundering rules.
Stephen makes it clear that Sheriff's Sales and Tax Auctions are a high risk type of investment, but if you do your proper due diligence the rewards can be extraordinary.
Enjoy the show, and please take a moment to give us a review and rating on itunes.
If you'd like to contact Stephen, his email is:
Dec 18 2017
Rank #2: EP090 High Risk Investing, Disaster Preparation, and Why You Need to take your Insurance Agent to Lunch, with Ann Finkler
Ann Finkler describes herself as an Explorer, Entrepreneur, Investor, and High Risk Taker. Whether she's Buying an empty Industrial or Office Building, turning a Historic House into a Successful Bed & Breakfast, or Restoring Damaged Homes, she has learned to look at everything with a Creative Eye in order to find Profit and Cash Flow in areas other people would avoid.
Today on the show, Ann tells us how she looks for properties that she can fit businesses into, and how that led her to purchase an industrial building that was only 30% occupied. She also shares why she is cautious about taking on commercial debt and how she funds her deals using private money.
Ann also shares tips and advice on how to protect your home after a disaster, and why getting to know your insurance agent is so important. Ann also looks for strategic partnerships, and shares the qualities she likes to see in potential partners. You'll also learn how Ann was able to retire early, but changed her mind after the events of 9/11.
There's a lot of great experience and information packed into this conversation. Please take a moment to let us know how much you enjoy the show by going to itunes to subscribe, rate & review!
Oct 02 2017
Rank #3: EP049 Replacing Your Job Income with Five Rental Properties, Infinite Returns and Profiting by Solving Other People's Problems with Nick Watkins
Two-Thirds of the way through my conversation today, Nick Watkins drops a huge bombshell: He's managed to generate as much money in rental profits as he makes in his full-time job - and he's done it with only two duplexes and three single-family properties!
Nick takes me step-by-step through his process, how his desire to help others solve their problems led him to purchase rental property, how he's used creative financing to help him achieve 'infinite returns', and how he's learned to manage his properties and his tenants.
Nick also shares stories about the tenant who threatened him and his family, the subsequent eviction, and the consequences of not doing thorough background checks and tenant screening.
Nick & I also discuss the pro's & con's of hiring a professional third party management company, and whether or not the additional expenses are justified.
Nick shares a lot of great information, stories and tips. You can contact him through email at NickWatkinsHouses@yahoo.com
I know you'll enjoy today's conversation. Please take a moment to subscribe, rate & review on itunes.
Dec 19 2016
Rank #4: EP122 Breaking the Golden Handcuffs of a Well-Paying Job and Getting Started as a Real Estate Investor with Lane Kawaoka
Lane Kawaoka is an engineer by day, but whenever he's not on the job, he's full-on into Real Estate Investing as the owner of MPFE Investments which is focused on value-add multifamily apartments.
Lane and his partners own over 626 units and he's raised over $2 Million from private investors.
Today we're going to discuss the steps Lane is taking to break the "Golden Handcuffs" of his high paying job, why its important to get started investing, even if you're buying a mediocre single-family, the reasons he doesn't like 1031 exchanges, and the three ways a deal can fail.
Lane also lives in Hawaii, and explains how he's able to invest in other states. He also describes his transition into commercial real estate investing and how he learned to talk with brokers and find strategic partners in new areas. You'll definitely pick up a lot of great information from this episode that will help you in whatever type of investing you're interested in.
You can contact Lane through his website or email:
Enjoy the show!
May 14 2018
Rank #5: EP003 Rehabbing, Flipping, Buy & Hold, Lease Option Strategies with Justin Workman
Justin Workman Interview: On the surface Justin Workman seems to be a rehabber, flipper, and buy & hold investor. But in reality he’s employing some very creative investing strategies that have allowed him to transition from a job to full-time real estate investor/owner.
Five years ago Justin and his wife lost everything in a devastating fire. Today you’ll find out how he was able to bounce back stronger and smarter than ever.
Feb 14 2016
Rank #6: EP128 He started with $7 Dollars and now runs a $172 Million Dollar Multi-Family Portfolio. Syndication, Salesmanship and Real Estate Success with Vinney Chopra
Vinney Chopra came to America with $7 dollars in his pocket and a dream. Today he Asset Manages a $172 Million dollar portfolio of Multi-Family Properties. He's done over 26 syndications and has over 3,100 apartments under management. The great thing about Vinney is that he can raise $6 to $10 Million dollars without breaking a sweat, but he remains humble and friendly and willing to share how he does it.
In today's conversation Vinney will tell us how he went from being a failure at door-to-door sales to buying thousands of doors through syndication. You'll learn how Vinney talks with potential investors and the techniques he uses to raise millions of dollars. We'll also discuss the importance of salesmanship and the marketing tips Vinney has learned along the way.
Vinney also shares the return-on-investment he shoots for with his investors, why he started his own property management company, and the people and books who have influenced his thinking in a positive way.
Vinney is one of the most positive and inspiring people you'll ever meet, and I know you're going to enjoy this conversation. You can learn more about Vinney by checking out his website:
Jun 25 2018
Rank #7: EP130 Navigating Foreclosure, Distressed, and Bank-Owned Properties with Casey O'Neill from Auction.com
In today's tight real estate market its very difficult for investors and home buyers to find good investment deals. Believe it or not, there are still plenty of opportunities in Distressed, Foreclosure, and Bank-Owned Properties. One of the ways to find these deals is through Auction.com.
Today I sit down with Casey O'Neill to discuss the transparency Auction.com is bringing to the distressed market, and the emphasis they place on helping potential investors with due diligence.
Casey also warns of the pitfalls and risks in investing in distressed properties that you may not get to inspect fully before purchasing. We'll also talk about the bid process as well as the timeline and costs associated with purchasing. And Casey shares his thoughts on Michigan's Foreclosure laws and how they could be improved.
If you've never used Auction.com, this episode is a great introduction to a potential source of opportunities. If you've ever bid on Auction.com then you'll definitely find some useful tips on how the system works.
I hope you enjoy this episode and ask that you take a moment to give us a review and rating on itunes.
Jul 09 2018
Rank #8: EP086 Control Your Destiny by Investing in Lease Options, Land Auctions and Apartments with Whitney Nicely
Whitney Nicely believes everyone should control their destiny by investing in real estate as soon and as much as possible. Today she joins me in the studio to talk about the many types of deals she's done, the techniques she's used, and the lessons she's learned along the way.
Whitney LOVES investing in Lease Options, and she tells some great stories of the money she's made, and the headaches she's encountered.
You'll also learn the three profit points Whitney focuses on when doing a lease option: The non-refundable lease fee, monthly cash flow, and profit at sale.
Whitney also buys vacant land at auctions and tells the story of two purchases that had surprisingly lucrative outcomes. You'll also find out how she and her boyfriend (now husband) were able to purchase their apartment units with no money down.
This is a fun, informational episode that I know you're going to enjoy.
You can contact Whitney through her facebook page by going to:
Sep 04 2017
Rank #9: EP027 Creating Your Lifestyle Through Rental Real Estate with David Kirchgessner - Investor, Realtor & Lead Singer of Popular Ska Punk Band Mustard Plug
I know you're going to enjoy my interview today with David Kirchgessner. Dave is a successful investor and realtor, who also happens to be the lead singer of the popular ska punk band Mustard Plug. It's Mustard Plug's song "Mr. Smiley" that you hear at the beginning & end of every podcast episode.
Dave shares with us how he's been able to create and support his lifestyle through real estate investing, which he realized in his early 20's was the only way he'd be able to support himself while he pursued his music career.
Dave also talks about the investments in Single Family and Two Family homes he's made and shares details on purchasing, rehabbing and managing them. We also discuss a building development that Dave bought with some friends that didn't go as planned, and a new investment in Northern Michigan that he almost bought sight unseen.
Dave is also a realtor with Greenridge Realty, and will give us his perspective on the current market and the trends he's seeing as a real estate 'insider'.
You can contact Dave through his email at:
Jul 18 2016
Rank #10: EP193 How He's Achieving His Goal of $50,000 Monthly Income with Nick Disney
If you had to guess the #1 reason why many entrepreneurs and real estate investors fail, what would it be? Lack of money?, Opportunities?, or Bad Timing? According to my guest today, Lack of Focus and the inability to set Clear and Specific Goals is the number one reason.
Nick Disney has spent the past ten years learning how to implement strategic goals in order to build a portfolio of 17 rental properties and 20 performing notes. He owns a real estate business called "Sell My San Antonio House" and specializes in the different aspects of real estate investing, self-development, entrepreneurship, and running a small business.
Today we'll discuss the importance of focusing on what exactly you're trying to achieve and how to break it down into the key activities you need to focus on each day. Nick will relate these ideas to the specifics of how he achieved his goal of reaching $10,000 monthly income.
We'll also discuss the crossroads that investors come to and how they must shift their goals as they find success. Nick reached that crossroad as a 'buy & hold' investor, and decided to shift his business to become the bank and hold the note. He'll take us through the methodical process he went through to reset his goals in order to achieve $50,000 in monthly income from his business.
There's a lot of great actionable content in this episode, and Nick makes it accessible for all levels of real estate investor. You can contact Nick by email or through his website:
And visit our show on Facebook to leave comments and ask questions by going to "RPOA Rental Property Owner & Real Estate Investor Podcast"
Sep 16 2019
Rank #11: EP138 Buy Right, Finance Right, Manage Right: Creating Wheelbarrow Profits with Gino Barbaro
Gino Barbaro is an experienced investor in multifamily and apartments with over 900 units under his control, and he's built that portfolio without syndicating through his Refi & Roll strategy.
Today Gino is going to share his unique perspective with us on many areas of investing and life skills: multi-faceted multifamily and creating multiple streams of income, how Life Coaching helped get him to where he wanted to be, the challenges he faced in building his portfolio, and the partnership that accelerated his success.
Gino is also the co-host of the "Jake & Gino Wheelbarrow Profits Podcast", and the co-author of "Wheelbarrow Profits: How to Create Passive Income, Build Wealth, and Take Control of your Destiny Through Multifamily Real Estate Investing".
Gino is a super successful and motivated investor with a lot of experience and helpful techniques. I know you're going to enjoy this conversation as much as I did.
You can contact Gino through email or his website:
Sep 03 2018
Rank #12: EP053 Proven Buy & Hold and Rehabbing Investment Strategies with the 'Queen of Rehab', Robyn Thompson
What is the best way to determine whether you should be a Buy & Hold investor or a Fix & Flipper? Why not be both?
Robyn Thompson is known as the 'Queen of Rehab'. She is the nation's leading expert in buying, renovating and selling single and multifamily homes for huge profits. Robyn has renovated and sold well over 300 homes.
Robyn has also taught thousands of students how to achieve Financial Independence by investing in distressed properties, and will be sharing her secrets and strategies at Michigan's Largest FREE Real Estate Investor & Landlord Conference & Expo which is happening February 23-25, 2017 at the DeVos Place in Downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Robyn will be speaking at both the morning and afternoon sessions on Thursday, February 23rd and will be bringing along her valuable BONUS materials to hand out to everyone who registers in advance.
For more information & your free registration go to: https://rpoaonline.org/
Jan 16 2017
Rank #13: EP165 Making Your Money When You Buy and the Three Rules of Investing in Multifamily with Joseph Gozlan
Joseph Gozlan is a Multifamily Investment Specialist with a portfolio of over 500 units in strong secondary markets in Texas. He's also a former lieutenant in the Israeli Defense Force and has over 17 years of leadership experiences in the software industry, which helped him sharpen his business and analytical skills as well as his "big picture" perspective.
Joseph is also a fascinating guy with a lot of great real estate wisdom to share. In today's conversation Joseph takes us through his thought process comparing multifamily investing to other types of investing, and how this helped him go from zero to 500 units in less than three years.
We also discuss the massive generational shift in demographics that is having an enormous impact on rental housing, Joseph's three rules of investing that will see him through good and bad economic cycles, and how he's in the process of changing out his management team.
Joseph also makes it clear that Multifamily investing is not as easy as some might say. It takes a lot of work and perseverance, and Joseph discusses the many challenges that he's had to face.
I know you're going to enjoy this highly enlightening conversation. Joseph is also a broker and uses his 360 degree perspective of multifamily investing and ownership to help his buyers and sellers. You can learn more about Joseph through his brokerage website and his acquisition website:
Mar 11 2019
Rank #14: EP172 How He Grew from a 2-Unit to 640 Units, all in His Own Backyard with Jason Pero
Jason Pero bought his first duplex in 2001 and never looked back. He quickly acquired more units, started a management company, and left his W-2 job by 2012. He now owns over 650 Units that he manages through his company, Pero Real Estate, located in Erie Pennsylvania.
Jason recently completed his first syndication of 86 units and is going to share with us how he structures his deals for investors. We'll also learn how & why he prefers to acquire properties in his own backyard, off-market, and directly from sellers. And Jason will share the tools and software he uses in his property management business.
Jason is also the President of his local REIA, the Apartment Association of North West Pennsylvania. We discuss why its important to be active in your local real estate groups and how its helped both of us make huge progress in our investments while giving back to the investor community.
I know you're going to enjoy this conversation with Jason. He shares a lot of the details on how he grew his portfolio, and how he and his wife were both able to leave their W-2 jobs.
Jason can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Apr 29 2019
Rank #15: EP051 Are Financial Gurus always right? Disagreeing with Dave Ramsey's advice on House Hacking with Expert real estate Investors Justin Workman & Rob Minch
Listeners to this show know that I'm a big fan of house hacking as a great way to get into real estate investing. Many of our guests have begun their investment career by purchasing a multifamily property and living in one of the units while letting the rent income from the other unit(s) pay for their mortgage and expenses. In fact, I believe house hacking is one of the most sensible and lucrative ways to build a real estate portfolio, and have spoken with many guests who have proven this to be so.
Apparently, Financial Advice Guru Dave Ramsey does not agree.
In a recent advice column, Dave seems to advise one of his readers against purchasing a three unit and living in one side, while letting the income from the other two units pay for his mortgage and expenses.
Dave goes on to suggest the reader would be better off purchasing a nice, single-family home instead.
Does Dave's advice really make sense? In order to answer this question, I've invited several of my past guests into the studio to debate the pro's & con's of his answer.
Justin Workman (Episode 3) and Rob Minch (Episode 9) help me get to the bottom of Dave Ramsey's House Hacking advice, and the result is not what you would expect.
Jan 02 2017
Rank #16: EP173 How to Acquire REO's and Foreclosures before they hit the market by Purchasing The Note with Wylea Griggs
Today we're going to talk about an asset-class that I love: Performing & Non-Performing Notes. Notes are the underlying contract or mortgage that a home-owner is paying on, or sometimes not paying on. Whether they're performing or non-performing, notes can offer a lucrative opportunity to make money and help distressed homeowners in the process.
Wylea Griggs, the owner of Eleesee Solutions, LLC, is a local Grand Rapids investor who has been purchasing non-performing notes. Today she is going to walk us through three of her recent deals and show us how she was able to make 30 to 60% returns, while helping several homeowners get past some difficult setbacks and get current with their mortgage payments.
Wylea also hosts a local meet up group: "Grand Rapids Note Closers - Wine & Notes for Self Directed IRA Real Estate Investors". They'll be meeting this Wednesday, May 8th, from 6 to 9pm at the Cascade Winery, 4665 Broadmoor, Kentwood, MI 49512.
I know you're going to enjoy hearing Wylea's story of how she got started investing in real estate and ended up realizing the benefits of investing in notes. You can contact her by phone, email, or her website:
May 06 2019
Rank #17: EP120 Following Robert Kiyosaki's Formula: Entrepreneurship, Passive Income and Turn-Key Rentals with Jack Gibson
Jack Gibson knew early on that having a job and working for someone else just wasn't in his destiny, so he sought out alternative paths to creating wealth.
By the age of 21 Jack was running a successful multi-million dollar business coaching clients on effective nutrition and fitness strategies. Then he realized how profitable real estate investing could be. Now he's the Co-Owner of High Return Real Estate, LLC out of St. Joseph, Michigan, and he's passionate about helping other investor find high-yield cash-flowing properties and investing in them passively.
Today Jack and I discuss his early beginnings as an entrepreneur, Multi-Level Marketing businesses and the important lessons they thought him in sales and marketing, and the effects reading Robert Kiyosaki's "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" had on him.
Jack also shares the types of returns he strives for in his turn-key properties, the importance of finding the right team, and the $60,000 mistake he made on one of his early investments.
I know you'll enjoy this episode. You can contact Jack through his website:
Apr 30 2018
Rank #18: EP194 Landlord Revolution: Maximize your Cashflow through Alternate Income Streams of Short Term Rentals & Corporate Housing with Al Williamson
Is the Landlord profession overdue for a Revolution? Is the Business Model of covering mortgages and operating costs by charging rent no longer sufficient? My guest today believes both of those statements to be true.
Al Williamson is known as the "Worlds First Landlord Scientist", and he's on a quest to help other landlords maximize their Cashflow through alternate income streams such as Short Term Rentals and Corporate Housing. He also has other valuable tips on increasing income and lowering expenses, many of which I'd never thought of before our conversation.
Al's going to share the tips and techniques he's used in many different modes of real estate investing, including turning around inner city houses and neighborhoods, an inexpensive way to avoid costly plumbing issues, why vacancy is a function of marketing, and how he makes money off of corporate rentals even when he doesn't own the property.
Al is also the author of "40 Ways to Increase The Net Income of Your Rental Property", and he can be contacted through his website or email:
And visit our show on Facebook to leave comments and ask questions by going to "RPOA Rental Property Owner & Real Estate Investor Podcast"
Sep 23 2019
Rank #19: EP137 The Number One Thing to Consider Before You Quit Your Job: Real Estate Investor Health Care Options with Chad Creasey
Any investor who has dreamed of quitting their job and investing in Real Estate full time must consider this. Health care costs can be one of the largest line item expenses for any business. But understanding your options and plans available can be confusing and frustrating.
So I thought it would be helpful to bring in my health insurance broker, Chad Creasey from RCB & Associates, to break it all down for us: What options are available to real estate investors, what are the pitfalls of choosing your own insurance, how to project whether you'll qualify for Obamacare subsidies, and who you can turn to for help.
Open enrollment season is also coming up starting November 1st and running through December 15th. If you're going through a change in employment and need advice on finding your own health insurance, then you definitely need to have someone like Chad on your team. Best of all, when you go through an agent or broker for health insurance, there is no additional cost to you.
I'd also like to welcome Chad and RCB & Associates as new sponsors to this show. They're a strong supporter of the RPOA and I've been benefiting from Chad's advice for the past five years.
Chad can be reached by cell, email, or his website:
Aug 27 2018
Rank #20: EP157 Where to Get More Money to Do More Real Estate Deals with Alan Cowgill
One of the biggest questions real estate investors have is "where can I get More Money to do More deals?". Or, if you're just starting out, how can you find the funds to do your first deal?
My guest today has the answers. Alan Cowgill teaches investors around the world how to find Win-Win situations and attract and convert folks into Private Money Lenders to get all the money you need to get deals done.
Alan will discuss how he first stumbled upon the power of using private money, the types of presentations that attract private money, the mistakes he's seen others make, and the SEC rules that must be followed.
Alan will also be one of our featured speakers at the RPOA's Annual Michigan Landlord & Real Estate Investor FREE Conference & Expo which is happening in Grand Rapids, Michigan from February 21 through 23, 2019. This is the largest Landlord & Real Estate Investor Conference in the Midwest, and you can register for free at:
I know you're going to enjoy listening to my conversation with Alan. If you're in need of funds to do more deals then this episode is a "Must-Listen".
Jan 14 2019