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Podcast#56 – Interview – Sep Bekam – W2 Electrical Engineer never looks back and why he does SFH and not MFH

Sep Bekam is a full time real estate investor and was able to get out of the rat race when he was 31 years old. He currently invests in 4 states and has acquired a portfolio of 50 houses and 80 apartments with his investors. Sep has been interviewed twice on the Real Estate Guys Radio Show and recently co-founded a real estate crowdfunding company. He enjoys helping other investors avoid making the same mistakes he did when he first started.

Quitting your job frees up so much time to progress business
2009 came around and getting fired was the best thing!
Oh no investing is stocks like Washington Mutual

1) How much simple passive Cashflow are you making today and how are you doing it?
(You don’t need to give a number if you would like privacy. You can be vague such as halfway to quitting my job, cover my mortgage, Make 25% of my expenses, over $10k, although people like when people open up the kimono.)
• Six figure range
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 (you got fired) trigger?
1. Live in Orange County, California
2. Love to travel, paintball, attend seminars
2. Went to school for electrical engineering because that’s what I was taught
4. Started working and felt like Office Space
5. Was very stressful, 2008. Recession hit, I had a nasty, egotistical boss (also an engineer)
6. I was told when to go to work, when I could take a break, when I could eat, and when I could see my friends and family.
7. And then I was laid off after 4 months. I go to school for 26 years to be laid off after 4 months
8. Then went on to pursue masters in robotics
9. Cousin introduced me to Robert Kiyosaki’s book called Conspiracy of the Rich
10. Fell in love with real estate investing. Found podcasts
11. Big influencers: Real Estate Guys (Robert Helms & Russell Gray), J Massey, David Lindahl, Ken McElroy
12. Got the cash flow bug. I wanted to own apartment buildings. I thought it would give me freedom so I could stop trading time for money.
13. Tried investing in OC but nothing cash flowed. Then I began searching for markets that had properties with better cash flow. Everyone told me I was crazy and I should invest locally
14. Bought my first 2 properties in Phoenix. Two 4-plexes.
15. Evictions, broken windows, bleach on the carpets, management excuses, etc. while working full time job
16. When I started investing, I made virtually every mistake possible: overpaid for properties that appraised low, meth labs,
Robert Helms: “Live where you want to live, invest where the numbers make sense”
• Investor Identity – Why does it matter?
• Marketplace: How to find good emerging real estate markets
• Team: Team includes: Property Manager, brokers, leasing agents, evictions Attorney, contract review attorney, Mastermind, insurance brokers, public insurance claims adjusters, CPA, tax attorney, securities Attorney if you are raising capital, etc.
• Deal:
-Self managing vs.hiring a property manager. Managing the Manager
-If I fail, it’s my fault. If I succeed, it’s because of my Team.
Why I am focusing more on single family rental portfolios than apartments?
• When the crowd is going one way, there is a lot of opportunity in the opposite direction
• Gurus often compare owning 1,000 apartments to self-managing 1 house
• Why not manage your houses like an apartment complex?

3) Worst life/business moment what did you do after? Lesson learned?
-When a bank tried foreclosing on one of my apartment complexes…even though we never missed a mortgage payment.

4) A mark of a high performer is to put your ego aside and accept the help of others and mastermind. 2 week experiment and 6 month project? (90-180 day goal) Perhaps people can help you out? Any secret habit to share?
Secret Habit #1: Fast way to underwrite deals: 1.5% rule
Secret Habit #2: Surround yourself with investors that are ahead of you. Not the talkers.
Secret Habit #3: Investor Identity

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.
• Simple Passive Cashflow number: $50,000/month.
• Double that: $100,000/month
• Travel to Europe 6 times a year. Underwrite deals while living in Lake Como, Italy for 3 months.

6) Something that you have recently or thought about “burning your cash” on for time savings or an improvement in quality of life.
• I could hire more employees, expand the team, invest in additional marketing to be able to help, teach, and create 1,000 millionaires per year.

7) 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 this was your final words of wisdom, what is your secret to the “Science of Achievement?” And “Art of Fulfillment?” How you do contribute back?
At the Unleash the Power Within seminar, Tony talked about the importance of measuring all of the important aspects of life to ensure fulfillment:
Draw a wheel (circle) on piece of paper and divide it up into 7 or 8 spokes. In each spoke, write the following:
1. Finances
2. Relationships
3. Time
4. Body
5. Emotion
6. Mission
7. Contribution
Then shade each spoke from the center on a scale of 1 to 5. 1 being awful and 5 being excellent. When you’re done shading each wheel, you’ll notice that some areas might be a little bit off balance. Just like the tires on your car, if they are off balance then your car can’t go as fast or run as efficient. It’s important to make sure that the wheel is balanced.

8) Anything we missed and contact info if you would like anyone to get a hold of you. URL?
Facebook: Sepehr Bekam
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American Home Preservation (AHP) looking to close on their biggest pool of 799 homes

American Home Preservation (AHP) is a sponsor of the Simple Passive Cashflow Podcast. But more importantly, I personally invest money in the fund. It literally pays my car lease!

Watch 40-minute webinar here:

https://youtu.be/ZvKue-rq4y8

Highlights of the investment

 

  • You are helping people stay in their homes as AHP buys the loans from the banks and attempts to structure a more manageable payment schedule for the existing homeowner
  • AHP pays 12% a year. You get 1% every month like clockwork
  • I use it as an “Opportunity Fund” holding tank because of the liquidity

 

You can start with $100 bucks and then you can incrementally increase your investment however you want.

 

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Podcast #052 – Fundamentals – Caeli Ridge – All About Financing Single Family Homes with Government Subsided Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Loans

Fannie Mae/Freddie Mae Loans currently at 10 loans or 10 golden tickets
Some Credit Unions have portfolio loans but its all going back to the Government
As of 4/2017 – 0 to 6 rentals is in one book (guidelines) 7-10 is in the other book
1) Credit Score – 720 or greater in spots 7-10
2) Assets – Liquid and Non-Liquid for downpayment (must be sourced and seasoned 2-months liquid) and cash reserves needs 1-6 liquid or non liquid for subject property needs to show 6 months PITI plus 2 months for each other property in additiona. For property 7-10 you need 6 months PITI for all properties
3) Dept to Income (DTI) – 50%
We get to use 75% of the supposed rents as income in DTI
LOE – Letter of Explaination
Price adjustments
30 day rate lock
Timing the appaisal
Portfolio loans
Delayed Financing

#LaneHack #JustTheTip

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Birmingham Troubles – $2500 for Repair of Clay Pipes

I was having a lot of trouble with the plumbing getting clogged up in this particular property. Especially when it rained.

Come to find out the roots outside the home were growing in the pipes. These pipes were made out of clay and the roots like to find the water source and break the pipes. The solution is to get a Backhoe and operator for half the day to dig up the old pipes and replace with PVC. Where did I get this info??? My day job as an engineer 😛

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Podcast #49 – Fundamentals – Why not to buy cheap $50K properties

Why don’t buy Turnkey under 50k.
1) not worth financing… If your not financing then what’s the point
2) bad tenant quality
3) no exit strategy because no one will want to buy it other than a sucker investor

Looking for a passive fund that invests in distressed notes?
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Time is the most important resource!
Email Lane@dev.simplepassivecashflow.com for a free 10-hour trial with the same VAs I use

Please leave a review? Or Share on Facebook! Please!
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Seattle: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SPCHUISEA/
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East Coast: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SPCHUIEAS/
Central USA: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SPCHUICUS/

Once you have gone through the majority of podcasts feel free to sign up for a chat! And be let into the Secret Hui Facebook Group.
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https://docs.google.com/document/d/1K8jFe2GS6uJ5O3f1z8qNjMsSf6Vk4gH6zbfJjEumIQo

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Podcast #47 – Fundamentals – City Fines, Special Webinar Announcement, Dealflow

I am opening the kimono and getting naked… I am hosting a free webinar showing my 2017 results from my 10 SFH personal portfolio.

WHEN: 6PM, Monday April 3, 2017

It is only available to those who have signed up for the HUI Deal Pipeline Club. Click here to sign up!

Complete Private Form to get on the Guest List:
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You will learn the following:
-See how I use excel to track each property performance per the Schedule E
-See how I track overhead ie meals and other fun purchases like my beloved Apple AirPods
-What metrics I keep track of
-How much money I made last year
-What was my average returns
-How many of the properties actually lost money
-This may never be seen again! – I do not know if I will release/record this to the public for obvious reasons so this may be the only chance for you to see this.

Please reply back to me to unsubscribe and I will not email you again.

Check out the first few foundational podcasts and then start on this checklist:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HE9pEJU9s8IZWvQJ-rNOH8qPxCtr9100i9GFiaeVaYQ
And if you need help starting a SFH portfolio or Turnkey Rentals…
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AuiPk8ABaA3vu1VzbUsfRiFQLEt-LXtUfI6GcwxgnsE

Commentary of the market from my crystal ball:
The Fed and Executive branch are in conflict. Both want control and want to wrestle control away from the other and make the other look bad.

Look out for instability in China as it might be the trigger for economic weakness.

SPC038 – Fundamentals – Insurance w Ed Babtkis – Deductibles, actual cash value vs replacement cost, and much more

 

1)   Why are some policies more expensive than others?

Coverage, deductible, location

2)   What is the difference between actual cash value and replacement cost coverage

Actual cash value will depreciate the claim depending on how old the house is, replacement cost will pay up to policy limits if you rebuild

3)   Why should I care about liability coverage

Many investors will be wiped out if sued if there is a major occurrence on their property

4)   How is coverage amount determined

Many providers have their coverage methodology determined by software that takes into account labor rate and material cost per zipcode and its usually too high. Since premiums are computed based on coverage amount this can be a critical pricing component

5)   Brief discussion on flood insurance

Lender required if in flood zone, if cash purchase owner should at least know if property is in a flood zone or not

6) Shared blanket programs vs Individual policy for each property

Most of the programs offered outside of a couple are shared blanket programs meaning you are an Additional insured vs the “Named Insured”. This means less rights when a claim occurs, kind of like giving someone a power of attorney to negotiate and received an insurance settlement on your behalf