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Podcast#087 – Fundamentals – Interview with Dana Dunford -What amenities should I provide my rentals and new technologies.

In this episode we discuss:

• Nest automates thermostats and one day in the near future is a good implementation in B rentals

• HVAC or dishwasher breaks and technology can alert you

• Technology good for B and A class

• Class B rentals are having Amazon lockers and these Nest thermostats

• Know your avatar

• At one time backsplash in kitchens was unheard of and now its a cheap fix

• What is standard in the market? Dishwashers, garage doors, laundry price, etc..

• Zillow gives good filters for amenities like washer and dryers

• Ask your property management what is standard

• SFH’s should have the tenant paying the utilities

• RUBS is Reimbursement Utility Billing System

• Skeptic on keyless entry soon but good for short term rentals

• A lot of new hardware and software coming but lets try it out at our own homes first yea 😁

• Use the technology in your rentals for tracking and monitoring

• Don’t have personal relationships with your tenants

• Property manager’s are the most critical people on your team and go off referrals

• Yelp is just angry vendors writing bad reviews for each other

• I look for the negative reviews as a good thing because they don’t want to cave in to resident requests

• A nest thermostat or Thanksgiving turkey might be a good gift to bait a longer contract

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Podcast#086 – Fundamentals – Interview with Ty Crandall – Getting Business Lines of Credit

Ty Crandall is an internationally known speaker, author, and business credit expert. With over 17 years of financial experience Ty is recognized as an authority in business credit building and is the author of two books on credit named Perfect Credit and Business Credit Decoded. He has been featured by Entrepreneur, Inc, and Forbes.

Ty currently serves as the CEO at Credit where he has helped create and grow one of the biggest and most credible business coaching operations in the United States. We help investors obtain capital to purchase real estate.

Something that you have recently thought about “burning your cash” on for time savings or an improvement in quality of life.

Several forms of automation, most recently an automated system for billing recovery.

www.creditsuite.com, info@creditsuite.com, 877-600-2487

Business credit does not use personal credit

Uses your Business EIN

1) Set up a business, website, physical address, land line

2) Get setup with reporting agency – write to reporting agency to see if you have an existing report

3) Get credit cards using EIN (Do not use Social Security Number)

4) Get Uline, Quill, Grainger, Seaton, Gimler, etc accounts

5) After 5 accounts get Home Depot, Lowes, Cash Credit Cards, Amazon, Sears

6) After 10 accounts get VIsa or Mastercard accounts

creditsuite.com/reports

Podcast #85 – Buying and Selling Businesses with Ace Chapman

Ace bought his first business when he was nineteen. It was an online stock market simulator called CoolWallStreet. After selling it and seeing the benefits of buying a business over starting one, he caught the business buying bug. Since then he has bought and sold over thirty businesses and has helped his clients all over the world buy over one hundred businesses.

Ace buys and sells internet businesses. He had done over 40 deals

1) How much simple passive Cashflow are you making today and how are you doing it?

I have a portfolio of over 30 internet businesses that create income.

2) What is your Han Solo moment – Han Solo and his buddy Chewbacca from Star Wars were cruising around the galaxy as lowlife smugglers but then cross paths with Luke and Leia and his life took a pivot point. Describe the resistance that was the catalyst for change. Did you “burn the boats” or did you let it happen naturally – was there an internal (you decided to make a change on own – what was thought process?) or external trigger (ie got fired from your job)?

My moment was definitely burning the boats. I quit college which basically meant that I was not going off have the normal 9-5 corporate life and set on the path towards entrepreneurship ever since.

3) Worst life/business moment and what did you do after? Lesson learned?

Losing my first business after having seven figure offers that I turned down.

4) Current 2-week experiment and 6-month project? (90-180 day goal). A mark of a high performer is to put your ego aside and accept the help of others and mastermind maybe folks can help you by you asking.

● Current 2-week experiment – taking three breaks a day for meditation

● 6 month project – building a life where I live in both Atlanta and Miami

5) What is your simple passive Cashflow number? Now imagine you had 2x that amount… Describe your ideal day, detailed routine, and what projects you are working on.

● Ideal day – Exactly what I’m doing right now. I love what I do. I don’t have to do it but it’s my passion.

● Projects – Buying and selling businesses. Helping people avoid the risk and headaches of starting a business and show them how to buy one instead.

6) Something that you have recently or thought about “burning your cash” on for time savings or an improvement in quality of life.

Jet membership

7) Something that you changed your mind on? Our ego often gets in the way of greatness.

In negotiating deals, sometimes you end up fighting with seller’s egos instead of logic. There have definitely been deals that I have walked away from because I didn’t want to deal with the seller’s ego.

8) Tony Robbins identifies two large concepts that we are continually struggling to gain perfection at: #1-Art of Fulfillment and #2-Science of Achievement. If you died tomorrow and I were to email this to your kids a couple decades later… this is what they would hear.

a) What is your secret/hack for the “Science of Achievement?” Any secret habits to share? Morning or Nighttime ritual?

● My secret hack is avoid what everybody else is doing. The greatest opportunity is always found where the fewest people are looking.

● Morning Ritual – To start the day with as much positive energy and emotions as possible.

b) What is your secret/hack for the “Art of Fulfillment?” How you do contribute back?

● I joined a Big Brother mentoring program.

8) Anything we missed and contact info if you would like anyone to get a hold of you. URL?

● Instagram – ace.chapman

● Twitter – acechapman

● Youtube – Ace Chapman

● Facebook – Ace Chapman

● Website – www.acechapman.com

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Podcast#083 – Fundamentals – Thinking Outside the Cubicle

If you don’t want what everyone else is getting.

We are the hard working W2 employees who followed the competitive linear path. We were groomed to be employees/pawns not businessmen or investors who build passive streams of income/cash flow and value for others – and to the gain of a greedy for profit company.

Our path started by being a high performer in elementary school and high school. We were told to study hard, do extracurricular activities, get high SAT scores and GPAs in order to be admitted into a top college. At college, while other peers were playing frisbee in the Quad, we grinded it out to get a professional college degree that was “worth something”. By now the linear path was so ingrained in us that we went to the well again for higher level degrees and specializations. If that weren’t enough, we were faced with final professional tests to become certified at our jobs and faced the rigours of junior level employment… all as we further delayed gratification for our efforts. Let’s not even talk about the student loans… we still balanced our monthly budgets like good boys and girls. (If you can’t manage your personal finances then do not read on… money only magnifies your personal tendencies, good or bad)

Today, for some of us, we truly enjoy the profession we set out to achieve decades ago. Others are left unfulfilled and enslaved by the “golden handcuffs” where we find ourselves still running in the hamster wheel… just a bigger hamster. The dogma of the Wall Street “buy and pray” method just is not going to achieve our goals. We had the big house/nice car but along with that came the monthly payments that created this financial incarnation. In the end it was not about the money but freedom.

Real estate built on a foundation of cashflow is the quickest and most conservative way to build lasting wealth. “Wealth” is not necessarily how much money you have but it is defined as ‘how long’ you can live off your passive streams of income with your level of expenses if you stopped working. This can be achieved by two ways:

1) Increasing your passive income or

2) Decreasing your expenses

The SimplePassiveCashflow.com way is focus your finite energy on building passive streams of income rather than once again delaying gratification to decrease your expenses.

The “True Meaning of Wealth” is having the freedom to do what you want…with when you want to do it. Building cashflow via Real Estate is the ‘Simple’ part of it… finding happiness and fulfillment after you are free from the W2 day job and other obligations… that’s the difficult part.

Work with people that make it fun and ‘play’ along the journey. There is always going to be the next deal and the next plateau. You are always going to be thinking “I will be happy when I have…” so enjoy the ride and in the end, leave everyone and everything better than you found it.

#GoodProblem2Have #PayItForward #the4% #Value-Add #Add-Value

• Study hard

• Go to college and get a good job

• Save your money

• Live below your means

• Anti millionaire next door

• Get it by earning more not cutting back

• Play offense not defense

• Diversify your investment

• Get out of debt

• Retire at 65-70 and live off nest egg

• Good time/market/economy -excuses

Podcast #078 – Interview with Sarah May, Aerospace Engineer transitioning out of her Day Job in Denver

Former aerospace engineer who became passionate about real estate investing, built up a rental portfolio, and has now moved into syndicating larger multifamily deals. She works with a great group of investors helping people move their money out of the stock market and into physical assets – real estate.

She lives in Colorado with her husband Alex, their 2-year old son Landon and enjoy the outdoors and activities like skiing, tennis, and biking.

Some dialogue from the show:

1) How much simple passive Cashflow are you making today and how are you doing it?:

My husband and I are making about $6-7k/month in passive cash flow from our 10 properties (22 units).

2) What is your Han Solo moment? Describe the resistance that was the catalyst for change:

For me, the main factor was knowing I didn’t want to stay in my then-current career path for the rest of my life. I had already been a student of real estate for several years, but finally I knew that if I didn’t want to be tied to an unfulfilling job for the rest of my life. I had to take action and starting building passive cash flow to support my lifestyle. For me the combination of desire + education = action.

3)Did you “burn the boats” or did you let it happen naturally? – was there an internal (you decided to make a change on own – what was thought process?) or external trigger (ie got fired from your job)?:

One thing that I’m incredibly grateful for is having a like-minded husband who I can brainstorm with. We both knew we wanted to build income from real estate, but we weren’t sure how we wanted to do it at first. Things happened fairly naturally, but it was a bit of a journey getting to where we are now. Our first “investment” as a married couple was a house we decided to fix up and sell. That was a major learning experience, and the biggest thing we learned was that we didn’t want to be house flippers!

After putting tons of sweat equity in the deal (even though we had a general contractor), we made less than $10k of profit on the deal. If we had kept it as a rental for just an extra year, we would have made $40k more from appreciation. Today, 5 years later, that house is worth nearly double what we sold if for after fixing it up. After that experience, we saw buy and hold real estate as the tried and true method of building wealth relatively passively, so we set the goal to buy 2 properties (2-4 units) per year and for the most part have stuck to that plan, and it’s worked out well.

4) Worst life/business moment what did you do after? Lesson learned?:

I’ll have to go back my previous example with the house flip. The main lessons I learned were not to use the same contractor as your house-flipping realtor since it creates a major conflict of interest, and also that you can make more income in a less stressful way by owning cash-flowing rental properties. I also learned that strong contracts can make all the difference in a sticky situation.

5) Current 2-week experiment and 6-month project? (90-180 day goal):

A mark of a high performer is to put your ego aside and accept the help of others and mastermind maybe folks can help you by you asking. My current 2-week experiment is to get my son to eat his vegetables! Just kidding, in reality my next big 2 week goal is closing on our 100 unit apartment syndication. My 6-month project is get the repositioning of the apartment community well under way and get into a good business rhythm.

We’re going to do a major remodelling project on the unit interiors and improve the property overall by adding covered parking, backyards, and a spruced-up office. Maybe in 6 months we’ll even have another property under contract by then!

6) What is your simple passive Cashflow number? Now imagine you had 2x that amount… Describe your ideal day, detailed routine, and what projects you are working on:

My current simple passive cashflow number is $6-7k/month. My goal is $12k/month. Twice that amount would open up new opportunities. My ideal day would involve some sort of time outside, exercise, a good cup of coffee, involvement with friends and community, self-development like reading books, and plenty of time with my husband and son. We’d go on quarterly vacations and also monthly mini-vacations hiking and camping near our home. I also would probably keep working on real estate!

7) Something that you have recently done or thought about “burning your cash” on for time savings or an improvement in quality of life:

Right now I’ve been focused on using my cash to buy great real estate investments. If I had to splurge on something, it probably would be a new car. My 2004 Saturn is starting to show age! Typically though, I’ve mostly spent my extra cash on things like vacations where the memories will last far longer than some new gadget.

8) Something that you changed your mind on?

Our ego often gets in the way of greatness. One lesson I’ve learned over the years is that sometimes, it’s okay not to have the nicest property on the block. Especially when it comes to rental property. There are plenty of people out there who need a safe, clean, functional place to live. We also have Section 8 tenants at some of our properties, and while I was very apprehensive about it at first, there are definite advantages. Also, these types of properties typically provide much better cash flow than the newer “Class A” buildings out there.

9) Tony Robbins identifies two large concepts that we are continually struggling to gain perfection at: #1-Art of Fulfillment and #2-Science of Achievement. If you died tomorrow and I were to email this to your kids a couple decades later… this is what they would hear:

a) What is your secret/hack for the “Science of Achievement?” Any secret habits to share? Morning or Nighttime ritual?:

I think the “Science of Achievement” for me can be summed up in one word – Perseverance. For me, I think I’ve been successful because I refuse to give up. Whether it was a tough homework assignment, a seemingly impossible-to-meet deadline, or navigating my first real estate deal, I found that if I kept at it long enough, the impossible became possible.

b) What is your secret/hack for the “Art of Fulfillment?” How you do contribute back?:

For me, the most fulfilling parts of the day is the time I spend with my husband and our 2-year-old son. I’m fulfilled by having a multi-dimensional life where I love working on my business and real estate, I love exploring the Colorado outdoors, and I love spending lots of time with my family.

10) Anything we missed and contact info if you would like anyone to get a hold of you. URL?

You can reach me at www.regencyinvestmentgroup.com through the Contact form, or just email me at sarah@regencyinvestmentgroup.com.

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Podcast #075 – Interview with Chris Rush, Navy Pilot gone MFH Lead, sharing his mindset and productivity tips

Chris Rush shares his success story of how he went on to becoming a Navy Pilot, and a multi-family home investor. Chris talks about how the analogy “burn the boats” relates to his real estate philosophy and he shares his struggles, his experience and his successes. Here are some of the topics we discuss in this episode:

Topics that are covered in this episode:

  • Chris Rush is a seasoned real estate investor, serial entrepreneur and founder of Sidereal Management, Inc.
  • Chris started his real estate career in the family business as a teenager in the 1980’s. He has extensive experience in property valuation and acquisition; multiple, simultaneous capital expenditure real estate rehab projects; property leasing and management; financing and refinancing; syndication, fundraising and financial selling; and marketing and property sales.
  • Over the past decade through syndication, partnership and individual investments, Chris has acquired, repositioned and deposed of for profit over 1000 units in the Texas, Georgia, New Mexico, Arkansas and Washington markets.
  • As a syndicator with Fannie Mae loan experience, Chris has an top-notch reputation among the multi-family investment community. He provides exceptional value to investors and the community.
  • Chris is a 1995 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Computer Science, B.S. He served 10 years on active duty excelling as a Navy pilot flying missions worldwide.
  • Started as a passive investor
  • Do a friend-ventory
  • Ask what is your hourly rate to outsource
  • Be content while you are doing what you’re doing
  • Eat the frog to get the important things

Thank you Chris Rush for joining us on Simple Passive Cash flow!

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Podcast #074 – My Journey Back Home to Hawaii

This is my Journey back home:

Up to this point, my life has followed a steady, linear trajectory. But today… I took my own advise that time is your most important asset and I am happy to announce that I am speaking to you from Honolulu, Hawaii the new home base of Simple Passive Cashflow!

As a teenager growing up on a small island in the middle of the Pacific, I was programmed to go to college on the mainland because the cost of living in Hawaii was too high and jobs compensation was pretty poor. With the cost of living in Hawaii being 10% more than Seattle or San Francisco and 20% less pay for equivalent jobs, living a comfortable life is no easy feat. I resolved to never return unless I was extremely well off financially – although I am not where I want to be – I have the knowledge and network to get me where I need in the next few years.

Looking back on my path as a wide-eyed college student living away from my family for the first time in Seattle. And then started my Engineering career working for blood money for my first employer. I am a little dumbfounded how all that work through the traditional educational system only prepared me for a life as a worker-bee to save more and hopefully have enough after I gave away all that time during a 40 year career. I do look back with gratitude since it gave me the means to save up for down payments and truly savour freedom when I achieve it.

I wanted to inspire others to “Burn The Boats”… to do what you want, where you want, and with whom you want – whether its buying that first rental, quitting a crappy job, getting away from a bad boss, starting a family, or just telling your mother in law to shut up.

Here are the 10 main reasons for my return to Hawaii and I hope you can find similarities to your journey:

1) It’s a seller’s market.

2) I don’t see many deals out in the market worthy of investing in. In fact, I can’t find many that will make money. I don’t believe in rent trends continuing upward. In my mind, that’s called speculation.

3) Hawaii is a great place to hide out and chill. Knowing when to “hold’em” and when to “fold’em” is half the battle.

4) Environment matters. I used to live in a really affluent area in Kirkland and my Mercedes is seriously the crappiest car on the block. Homes are filled with babysitters watching kids as their parents play Bejewelled on their I-Phones. I just don’t feel like I fit in. Seattle also gets dark at 3:30 PM in the Seattle winter and I dislike being cold all of the time. Talk about Kurt Cobain! Shoot yourself in the head!

5) Embrace minimalism. My homeboy FI Fighter took the path of Extreme Financial Independence to race to a point where his income exceeded his expenses. At that point the plan is to escape the rat race which not only includes your job but the environment that contributes to lifestyle creep. On paper, Hawaii is one of the if not most expensive States to live in as evident with the median home costs of $800,000 and 8 dollar gallon of milk. The truth is in order to survive, Hawaii’s locals have to live frugally, in multiple generational households, and the housing stock/amenities is much lower quality (B tenant lives in a C building by US Mainland standards)… it’s the price of paradise. From time to time we need to get back to basics and keep it simple.

Jon Jandai | TEDxDoiSuthep

6) A unique opportunity. One of my main goals is to create an investor network in Hawaii. People in Hawaii are very fiscally conservative and there is a lot of generational wealth passed on to younger generations. This creates a complex problem for people who have money and “don’t know how to fish.” My hope is to leverage the talents of others to create a non-profit financial education group based on the philanthropy of those who I will liberate from the rat race and will in turn help mentor others in basic personal financial education such as keeping a budget. If you are interested please reach out to me. The best companies are built on the foundations of culture and this is something I know everyone that comes to this website strongly believes in.

7) Technology bridges oceans. Some will say that I need to be close to the action, but I feel technology allows me to be everywhere at once. I travel to Texas and Atlanta a lot and they are major airport hubs which offer direct flights to HNL. I am also a cheap ass (which I am working to change :p), so I take the red-eye to avoid paying for a hotel that day. My situation will actually improve since instead of a 4 hour flight from Seattle to Texas, I now have a full 7 hour shut-eye flight from HNL to DFW.

8) Serve the people of Hawaii. You might be asking why am I still working? Check out this previous talk I gave explaining why you should not quit your job. I’ll be honest although, I work a few hours a day and times on the weekend on building SPC and my multi-family syndications I don’t have enough work to keep my busy all the time. I recently interviewed for a job and I told them that I was looking to work for good people who treated me fairly and with respect. For the past few years I only worked for non-private entities because I thought that they are one of those busy days at work… my efforts benefit at least the people and not a corporate entity. And now it’s great that my work benefits the place I grew up. But don’t get me wrong here… I still don’t really enjoy the work I do and it is not Ikigai or the alignment for four items: 1) What you are good at, 2) What you Love, 3) What the world needs, 4) What you can be paid for.

9) Passion+Lifestyle=Happiness. Tom Corley (from Rich Habits) identifies 2 ways self-made millionaires rose from poverty or the middle-class. Either you live below your means and wisely invest your savings or you pursue something you are passionate about. I am achieving the best of both worlds. Yes, Hawaii is more expensive on paper, but it is easier to live a simple life and not get caught up in the perpetual pissing contest that many working professionals subconsciously partake in.

10) Retirement is a state of being. People wear Hawaiian Shirts on a vacation to feel relaxed. Why not make everyday like that? I am nowhere where I want to be but on my way. With a little Shave Ice too. I want my everyday life to feel like an indefinite vacation. #LuckyYouLiveHawaii

Live in the moment. Life is short… pull your head out off your butt before the years fly by. Don’t you see those Facebook memories posts and think where did the years go? The day is long and the years are short. Get up get out and get some. WUKAR! Lanikai Sunrise 😁 Check out the youTube Channel.

 

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Podcast #073 – Interview with J. Martin, Organizer of SFBay Real Estate Summit

J. Martin shares his story about how he became the founder/host of the SFBay Real Estate Summit and how he funded his world exploration through real estate. Here are some of the topics we discuss in this episode:

  • $85K Passive income with a furnished rental business and other rental investments
  • He started a meet up in San Francisco and Josh Dorkin from BiggerPockets contacted him
  • After the 2012 BiggerPockets summit he copied the speaker list and called everyone
  • Replicate what people want
  • A lot of REI clubs are pitch-fest with profit sharing
  • Contact me with an iTunes review or referral to a new listener and I will let you know who to stay away from
  • Speech or topic meeting appeal to new members
  • Open circle
  • Don’t be an ask-hole, always add with value
  • Think what the potential mentor needs and do it
  • A lot of people what to be active when they really want to be passive
  • In every interaction try and add value
  • Give away info and value to see who are the sharks out there
  • There can be value to talking to people who do completely different type of investing thing using the same tool
  • IP Targeting to target certain people
  • Before an event look people up and see who you want to meet
  • Have a goal of what you are looking for and what you have to give
  • Make the initial contact to follow up later
  • Just realize that everyone else is there looking to people just like you
  • In today’s market J Martin is realizing that he can’t travel and purchase to properties and is traveling
  • He likes to deploy capital when the odds are best in his favor
  • Funding & Deals work in inverse

Thank you J.Martin for joining us on Simple Passive Cash flow!

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Podcast#072 – Interview with Rod Khleif, Multi-Family Home Investor

Rod Khleif shares his story about how he began as a multi-family home investor, beginning his journey in Denver, Colorado. He shares his struggles, his experience and his successes. Here are some of the topics we discuss in this episode:

  • Multi-Family Home investor market was founded in the 2008 crash “Hans Solo Moment”
  • MFH has all the repair crews in house
  • In 2008 rents did not go down but the vacancy did
  • Two months is the typical turnover
  • As a C and D class multi-family home investor, you will need to pay for 2000-3000 per turnoff effectively wiping out your cash flow
  • Failures are just seminars that teach us
  • Don’t flip in the high end (A and B class)
  • Don’t get a MFH 5 year balloon, instead get a 7-10 year term
  • VAs is calling Apartment Owners – Use county assessors office then Secretary of State to get mailing address, lookup phone numbers
  • For discount Tony Robbins tickets to “UPW” four day event email Lane@SimplePassiveCashflow.com

Thank you Rod Khleif for joining us on Simple Passive Cash flow!

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Bad Data: Class C/B vs Class A

Being an Industrial Engineer by education it drives me crazy how “Bad Data” is prevalent everywhere… much like how English majors get headaches over my writings.

“Lifestyle Asset Class” is the Class A inventory. The place rich people live in (or people who think they are) and what institutional and unsophisticated investors invest in.

“Renter-by-Necessity” is the Class B/C inventory. This is where blue collar hard working Americans live and where sophisticated investors are able to carve out double digit gains with stabilized properties that still produce cashflow in case of a market correction.

Take a look at the data below for All-Classes and compare it with “Lifestyle” and “Renter By-Necessity” tables and take note how you can’t take data you read in the Wall Street Journal at face value. We invest in “Renter-by-Necessity” properties and we need not let the “Lifestyle” data skew our analysis.

All Classes Data