How To Survive Market Downturns With Confidence

Wall Street Bull

HOW TO SURVIVE MARKET DOWNTURNS WITH CONFIDENCE Using Real Estate To Balance Your Portfolio Do you ever wonder which direction the stock market is really heading? Or if it is about to take a turn? This week was like snow skiing on a black diamond run.  But I had just learned how to get on […]


HOW ARE APARTMENT COMPLEXES PRICED? What is the property worth? If you are looking for a pair of shoes, how much are you willing to spend on them? When you are looking at a multifamily property, how do you price it?   Let’s say a broker gets in touch with you with an apartment complex that […]

Creating A Shared Vision

CREATING A SHARED VISION Expanding The Foundation For Financial Success It was sometime after obtaining our first rental property that I actually had a written plan.  I called it A Path To Financial Freedom.  It had 7 steps to reach financial freedom with real estate.   It looked like this: Foundation, Find, Fund, Fix, Flip, (Port)folio, […]

Does “Mindset” Really Matter?

DOES “MINDSET” REALLY MATTER?  How to change what you think Does “mindset” really matter? You better believe it does.  Your mindset (whatever that is) is perhaps the single most significant element in your life.  My mindset has held me back so many times through the years. Until my mindset shifted, I was blocked.  When I […]

5 Secrets To Keeping A New Year’s Resolution

5 SECRETS TO KEEPING A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION First, I wish everyone a Happy New Year!  Most of us look forward to a new year beginning.  It’s a time for a fresh start.   Many of us tend to make New Year’s Resolutions.  Unfortunately, most resolutions go the way of gym memberships by March. Over the […]

Merry Christmas

MERRY CHRISTMAS Mike Bocanegra and Amy Nichols, Mike and Barb Jacobson, and Harland and Barbara Merriam reach out to you today and wish you a Merry Christmas. We hope your holidays are filled with the peace and joy this season brings. May blessings abound as we all celebrate with family and friends. If your holidays […]

The Struggle Is Real

THE STRUGGLE IS REAL Battling Between Good Debt and Bad Debt My wife is a huge Dave Ramsey fan.  For many personal finance issues I agree with him.  Like paying off consumer debt and investing 10-15 percent of your income.  And purchasing term life insurance is a great way to protect your income for your […]

Always Be Learning

ALWAYS BE LEARNING Gain knowledge and Build relationships   Two of us on our management team spent the weekend at a conference in Orlando. We engaged with about 700 other multifamily investors. This is something we do quite often. We regularly invest in our ongoing education.  We are constantly sharpening our skills and building our knowledge […]

What Is Your “Why?”

WHAT IS YOUR WHY? Goal Setting in January is common.   For some, it is as simple as a New Year’s Resolution, such as going to the gym 5 days a week.  For others, it is financial, such as investing a certain amount of dollars or growing the portfolio to a certain level by certain dates […]


3 TIPS FOR MAINTAINING A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR INVESTORS How to Keep the “Know, Like, and Trust” Going If you are a “passive investor” in a multi-family project, you know how important the communications from the managing partners are, don’t you? When they don’t communicate for a while, your worst fears start to surface.  […]

Discovering The Magic Of Compounding

DISCOVERING THE MAGIC OF COMPOUNDING Have you ever said, “I wish that I had known then what I know now?” I just spent a weekend listening to some great teachers who have been investing in real estate for over 50 years.  Consider the market cycles and changes they have experienced.   Did they make mistakes?  Yes. […]

A Motel to Student Housing Concept

A MOTEL TO STUDENT HOUSING CONCEPT A Long Shot, But… Students, like the ones pictured in this article, are looking for good student housing.  In the right location, there is high demand for a place to live close to the campus. For over a year now, we have been looking in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida […]

Choosing An Exit Strategy For Better Returns

CHOOSING AN EXIT STRATEGY FOR BETTER RETURNS The Finish Line Is Not The End Of The Race Many private syndications buy commercial properties to hold for a significant period of time.  Maybe five to seven years.  Then the property is sold and you get a windfall.  You expect to receive back your initial investment along […]

Find An Operator You Can Trust

FIND AN OPERATOR YOU CAN TRUST, SO YOU CAN GET TO YOUR DESTINATION A Conversation with Stony Stonebraker We always enjoy the value Stony Stonebraker brings to us personally and professionally. Stony and Harland discuss investing in multi-family real estate as part of your diversified portfolio. Here are some of the points Stony makes… First […]

What Is An Accredited Investor?

WHAT IS AN ACCREDITED INVESTOR? How Can I Get In On The Action? Investing can be like fishing.   If you fish from a dock you might catch some small fish.  Or you might find a bridge that goes over deeper water to catch something a little larger.  But it seems that you need a boat […]

Gain Control with Multifamily Investments

GAIN CONTROL WITH MULTIFAMILY INVESTMENTS Lennon Lee and Mike Jacobson talk together Lennon Lee shares a number of nuggets for those considering investments in multifamily properties.  We enjoyed this conversation with Lennon.  We are in a mastermind together with Lennon.  Here are some of his key points… Miami based full time real estate investor From […]

Please Give Us a Call

PLEASE GIVE US A CALL So we can share something when we get it We won’t be able to talk with you about any future opportunity we might have, unless… Unless we have a prior, substantive relationship with you, we can’t talk specifics or give you the option to invest. We would like to, but […]

The Appeal of Multi-Family Investments

The Appeal of Multi-Family Investments A Conversation with Sam Khairi We have come to know Sam in a mastermind in which we meet regularly and are learning together and encouraging one another. Sam speaks of how he made the move into multi-family and why. Lives in the San Francisco Bay area Wife and two sons […]

Living The Dream

LIVING THE DREAM Dare To Share It was only a few years ago in the corporate world that I would greet someone with “How’s it going?”  They would sometimes reply back with “Living the dream.” An obvious note of sarcasm was in their voice. We were working in our field of choice.  For me it […]

Multifamily is Accessible to You

MULTIFAMILY IS ACCESIBLE TO YOU A Conversation with David Kamara We learn a lot from each other, as we share in a regularly meeting mastermind together. David is in Michigan and active in multi-family. In this 11 minute video, you will learn from David. a business consultant started investing in single-family scaled up to multifamily […]


CHARTING YOUR PATH TO FINANCIAL EXCELLENCE Taking action over time creates confidence and competence John owned a large chunk of land in the East Texas woods, with an old house on it.  He and his wife would spend days off and vacations at their cabin in the woods, for relaxation.   He liked taking walks in […]

Defending Your Retirement Nest Egg

DEFENDING YOUR RETIREMENT NEST EGG The Attack Has Begun Your IRA is under attack as I am writing this blog. The right to choose your investments will be taken away if the current bills in the U.S. House of Representatives become law.  The bills seek to pull money from Main Street and direct it to […]

Scaling Up with Partnerships

What a great guy! We enjoyed conversing with Bill Manassaro of  the Old Dawgs Rei Network Podcast Bill’s podcasts air twice a week. He interviews real people, primarily on topics related to real estate investing. Bill is a very gracious host and a fine interviewer. Here are a few of the key points from our […]

5 Best Practices for Managing Your Assets

5 BEST PRACTICES FOR MANAGING YOUR ASSETS There are consequences for not managing the asset Beth’’s investment group has a few days left in their “due diligence” phase before they complete the purchase of a large multi-family complex.  They are discovering the poor asset management by the current owner. “Set it and forget it,” may […]

Taming The Inflation Monster

TAMING THE INFLATION MONSTER And Keep Growing Your Nest Egg Inflation seems to be everywhere. Have you seen it at the gas pumps?  Have you observed higher prices at the grocery store? Small and large businesses are having to pay higher wages to get new employees.  Inflation has picked up significantly. Congress has authorized over […]

Sorry We Can’t Talk To You

Sorry.  We Can’t Talk To You. The SEC Has Rules Nancy knew Larry was a real estate investor.  She even received his blog.  She was learning a lot about real estate investing.   But, she never had met and talked to him.    When he put together an opportunity for a new deal, she wanted to make […]

Forced Appreciation vs Market Appreciation

FORCED APPRECIATION VS MARKET APPRECIATION Taking Control For Greater Returns Most people are aware of market appreciation.  You can see it in rising home prices.   Surely you have noticed the rising prices people are paying for homes these days. Market appreciation is primarily due to inflation. Supply and demand drives market appreciation as well. As […]


CHECKLIST FOR LENDING MONEY ON REAL ESTATE 9 Steps to a Successful Investment So, you have decided to lend money on a real estate property.  You know this can be an excellent way of achieving a good, predictable return on your investment.   A little further down in this article, you will learn a checklist with […]

Making it Through Covid

MAKING IT THROUGH COVID AS APARTMENT INVESTORS Mike Bocanegra discusses the challenges and lessons learned with our experiences during Covid.

Is Real Estate Investing Safe?

IS REAL ESTATE INVESTING SAFE? How To Invest With Greater Security Many people are afraid of investing in real estate.  Why? Some think it is risky. Some don’t want to deal with tenants and toilets. There is a simple solution. Without having to deal with tenants and toilets.   Be the bank. That’s right.  Cut out […]