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CTW 049: Brent Kawakami - Closing Deals Outside Your Comfort Zone

Brent is a Hawaii native and currently lives in Dallas, Tx. In 2012 he started investing in real estate with buying, rehabbing, and renting single-family homes in the Dallas, TX area and later sold these rentals to move into multifamily. He now has invested in 450 multifamily units throughout Texas, Georgia, and Ohio. Brent is received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Some of the topics discussed: Brent’s reason for moving into real estates,...


CTW 048: Don't Forget to Give During Your Journey

In this world it's natural and normal to want more out of life. It's ok to want more time to spend it the way we dreamed of, more money to buy the things we want, more friends to enjoy the good times, more results at the gym. These are all great to strive for and we all should aim for them if they are what we wish for. But before we're able to achieve our levels of success, we must be willing to give back first. That's just the way the world works. If you think of others first before you...


CTW 047: Matt Theriault - Achieving Financial Independence Through Real Estate

Matt Theriault is an entrepreneur, author, success coach, and host of Your Do Over, a weekly podcast inspiring “comeback” stories that teach people how to start over with ease, speed, and lasting success. 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. Having spent 15 years developing a successful...


CTW 046: Multifamily Markets Update

TEN-X Commercial is an online transaction and research platform and a recently published article by them provided us with 5 markets where we may consider buying and another 5 markets where we may consider selling. Reasons for buying were continued demand and increasing rents while the reasons for selling were increased vacancies and stagnant or flattening rents, and in some cases decreasing rents. If you are in the hunt for a strong market or would like to know which markets you should...


CTW 045: Kim Lisa Taylor - A Case Study in Real Estate Securities and Syndication Processes

Kim Lisa Taylor, Esq., is the founder of Syndication Attorneys PLLC, a boutique corporate securities law firm that helps clients nationwide with their federal real estate securities offerings. Kim and the other members of the Syndication Attorneys team focus on helping small business owners/developers structure and convey their investment opportunities in a way that will attract private investors, both domestic and foreign. Licensed as an attorney in California since 2002, Kim has made...


CTW 044: Importance of Building Solid Relationships with Deal Sponsors

In the world of business we know that solid relationships are important and many times, the key to being more successful. This is especially true in real estate. In the world of syndication, the lead sponsor/ operator must build those solid relationships with brokers (to find solid deals), with passive investors (to raise capital), with property managers, lenders, etc. But what if I told you it was just as important for the passive investors to build and sustain good relationships with...


CTW 043: Joseph Synder - Blockchain Technology in Real Estate

Our world is everchanging due to our advancements in technology. What does this mean for real estate transactions and real estate investments? In this episode Joseph Synder with Lannister Holdings discusses how Blockchain technology is revolutionizing the real estate game. Tune in to listen how this can impact the future of real estate. Joe has experience with millions of dollars in real estate investments, financial services, risk management, digital strategy and M&A transactions. To...


CTW 042: Lessons Learned from Recent $12M Acquisition

We recently closed on a 265 unit, $12M multifamily property. This property was a smooth transaction and great acquisition. Here are 6 lessons learned, 3 from a General Partner standpoint and 3 from a passive investor standpoint. Active Investor Lesson #1 Network a ton and when they ask what you do, tell them! Lesson #2 Aim to raise more capital than you think you'll need, 20-30% more. Lesson #3 Follow up with your investors! Passive Investor Lesson #1 Find out what good/decent...


CTW 041: Josh Benporat and Sam Herskovits - Defining the Role of the Title Company

Josh Benporat is Associate VP of Business Development at Madison Title Agency and is based out of Houston Texas. With a background in wholesale and general sales, Josh eventually found himself pursuing a legal degree. After becoming an attorney he focused his skills in commercial real estate, something that has always been a passion of his. Combining his past business experience with his legal expertise, Josh found the title world of real estate to be a perfect fit. Samuel Herskovits is...


CTW 040: Gene Trowbridge - Guidance on Regulations and the Legal Side of Investing with Partners

Gene Trowbridge is a California licensed attorney, real estate broker and author. He is the founding partner of the Corporate Securities law firm of Trowbridge Sidoti LLP. Prior to becoming an Attorney, he was a real estate syndicator. He developed numerous mini-storage facilities using money from private investors. In addition to his law practice, Gene is a pre-eminent educator in the world of real estate and syndication. Gene has served as a senior CCIM instructor for a number of years...


CTW 038: Devin Elder - The Perfect Balance of Education and Action in Real Estate Investing

Devin Elder is a San Antonio, Texas, native & Real Estate Entrepreneur. After graduating with a Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio, he worked for Rackspace, Acelity, and a handful of other small tech companies in Sales, Management, and Operations roles before founding DJE Texas Management Group and transitioning full time to Real Estate entrepreneurship. Today, Devin Elder is a principal in a number of Real Estate investment companies and owns a...


CTW 037: Desire to Inspire Friday - Sharing a Small Victory

On today's Desire to Inspire Friday episode I want to share with you a small victory. We just completed the sale of a 32 unit property we owned. This property provided us with just under a 400% overall return in just 18 months. Yes, you read that right. This property was a great value add opportunity that was acquired via direct mail. We were able to drastically increase the NOI and still leave enough meat on the bone for the buyer. If you are looking to target properties in the 'under...


CTW 036: Richard Goldthwait - Maximizing Your Time and Effort as a Real Estate Investor

Richard Goldthwait is a Managing Director at Hilco Real Estate, responsible for the origination of new real estate brokerage and disposition advisory opportunities. Richard works with institutional clients, special servicers, and private owners to facilitate the strategic dispose of commercial real estate assets including, industrial, multifamily, self-storage, office, hospitality, and retail. Some of the topics discussed: Richard’s introduction to real estateBeing proactive in finding...


CTW 035: Reminder Episode - Desire to Inspire Friday

Today's Desire to Inspire Friday's episode is meant to serve you all as a quick reminder NOT to procrastinate. If you have a phone call to make, email/ text to send out or meeting to set up, as soon as this episode is over get to it. Keep taking action to get you towards your goals. If we are able to get one of you to take action, even small action steps, this will be a win as these small ones always lead to BIG action steps! Thank for listening to today's episode. If you enjoy our...


CTW 034: Eric Barvin - Self-Investing in Properties to Create Value and Give Your Investors Confidence

Eric is the president and CEO of the Barvin group where he is responsible for the planning, operations, financial activities and investment decisions. His real estate background includes the acquisition, renovation, asset management, and disposition of multifamily properties across Texas valued at over $300 million. He graduated with a degree in economics and international studies from Emory University. After losing his first job just nine short months after being hired, Eric began his...


CTW 033: 5 Key Tips From Previous Guests - Desire to Inspire Friday

It is Desire to Inspire Friday! Today on the show we discuss some key tips and strategies from previous recent guests. Each interview provides much more than just these tips we are sharing just a tip or two from each one. We hope you will find value in these quick tips! Please leave us a 5 rating and review on iTunes and we will be giving you a shout out on the coming episodes! Don't forget to join our Facebook Group here!


CTW 032: Kenny Wolfe - Retail and Multifamily Investing For High Returns

Kenny Wolfe got his start as an entrepreneur by acquiring a tanning salon but he quickly realized he was spending too much time on the day to day operations and learned that if he wanted to go bigger he had to work "on" his business and not "in" his business. He looked towards real estate and started by investing passively in a couple deals. After those couple deals, he syndicated his first multifamily property, a property he still controls today. Now he's been involved in over 2,300...


CTW 031: Tom and Tim Black - Helping Professionals Create Passive Income

On today's show we bring you Tom and Tim Black, brothers and founders of Napali Capital, a private equity investment firm. Based out of Dallas/ Fort Worth, Tom and Tim currently control over 1,000 multifamily units worth over $75M. After serving our country in several branches of the military, Tom studied to become an emergency physician and after many years of hard work in the medical field he looked to real estate as a way to create passive income for his family. He got his start with...


CTW 030: Albert Berriz - Controlling Over $4.6 Billion in Multifamily and Commercial Real Estate

Albert immigrated to the United States from Cuba in 1959, when he ended up in Miami and later attended the University of Miami. He received his MBA from Northwestern University in Illinois. In 1968 he founded his company McKinley Inc. and headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan. McKinley currently controls over 17,000 units and has over 30 million square feet of commercial real estate under management spread over 16 states. The McKinley portfolio of multifamily and commercial real estate is...


CTW 029: Paul Moore - Finding Your Perfect Investing Strategy

After being successful with several businesses as an entrepreneur, Paul Moore decided to give real estate a try and he started his journey flipping homes and 25 high end water front lots and also rehabbing and renting rental homes. He later got into home development and started 2 online real estate marketing firms. This success also helped him to be on HGTV's House Hunters. Paul discusses the many ways he was successful in real estate including hotel development, multifamily investing,...