The Grab the Map Podcast: Real Estate Investing Info and Advice for All of Us
This podcast is made to work on both mindset and knoweldge of new and established real estate investors alike. The show host is an active real estate investor who offers advice, interviews guests for added perspective, and uses guest feedback to make sure your questions are answered. Shownotes: Welcome to the Grab the Map Podcast, where we encourage you to invest in rental real estate. Don't just look at it, grab the map. Have you thought about doing something for a long time, but not acting? Maybe you saw "signs" that it was time to do something but you wanted to educate yourself first: study, work, practice, or talk. I've wanted to start a podcast for a while, ordered materials, thought about my topics and guests, plus how to differentiate. Since I've begun investing in real estate, I've been helped by many people. They've talked me off ledges when I was ready to quit and helped me with the investor mindset. I want to give back to the community. It's not always easy for me to talk to new groups of people, but what makes it easy is my passion about cashflow and changing perspective. [3:30] Today's topic: where my mind-frame is. I'm a real estate with many rental properties, primarily in Texas and Mississippi. I like helping people and restoring my community. My workout this morning didn't go as planned, I received negative calls from funding institutions, and some contractors were moving slowly. No day is perfect. If I waited for the "stars to align" to start this podcast, we wouldn't be talking. I would have never started. As you get started (or keep going) in real estate, be willing to re-align even on imperfect days. [05:55] I'm 32 years old. I've been married 13 years with two children. (On the next episode, I'll talk more about my story.) One of my favorite phrases is: "If it was easy, everyone would do it." It applies to real estate investing, taking action, and creating cashflow. Why doesn't everyone invest in real estate, buying houses, duplexed, triplexes, apartments, and rent them out? If I said you could own a property that pays out $1200 per month with $800 in monthly expenses, and you pocketed the difference, everyone would want that $400 per month! [07:50] The truth is, dealing with tenants is difficult. What if they don't pay? What if they wreck your house? What if they sue you? What if the tenant disrespects you, trashes your name in the community, has pets, is not clean? What if the toilets, air conditioning, plumbing, foundation or roof go into disrepair? It's not a W-2 that always pays you on a set date every month. You're creating your own paycheck. [09:20] Everyone's heard horror stories about contractors who take money without working, who don't know what they're doing, or put liens on properties for uncompleted work. What about the contractor who promises a lot but can't complete? Or does something surface-level only? Will you have no time and lose your family? What about financing? How can I buy 5, 50, or 500 houses? How do I get the money AND pay my bills? [11:25] It will increase your family's net worth, and all of those above fears are true. If it was easy, everyone would do it. We're asking you to find a house worth $100,000, buy it for $40,000, fix it up for $40,000, and have $20,000 equity in that house. Find a deal, which is hard in this market. I never invested during the "easy" times. [12:20] I want to create an environment where we look at the real things about the real estate investing business, talk about them and develop solutions to these problems. In the meantime, think about this: If it was easy, everyone would be buying houses, fixing them up, and selling them at a profit. It's not easy. You're doing something that most people won't do, so you can live the way most people won't live. [14:20] Will you take the time to think about why it's hard? Or will you take the difficult route and do what's hard, and not submit to what's easy? It's time for you to invest. If you'd like to reach out, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I don't need anything from you, but I'd love to hear about what you have going on. Don't just look at the map, grab the map!