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068: If you've ever wanted to know the real story behind Seth Williams, this is your chance to hear where it all began, the twists and turns his path has taken, where he's headed, and some of the lesser-known details of his life.(Show Notes: this episode, Jaren sits down with Seth for a one-on-one conversation about his life, story, motivations, strengths, weaknesses, and a lot more.
#43: Brian Ellwood is a former wholesaler who was able to retire from the working world at the age of 30 by accumulating several dozen properties. Now days, his greatest passion is to help others do the same.(Show Notes:’s initial area of expertise in real estate was mostly in wholesaling houses, fix and flips and buy and hold investments… however, he chose to steer the ship more in the direction of buying more long-term buy and hold properties, so he could generate enough passive income to cover his bills and spend his time doing what he really enjoys.In this interview, we’re going to talk about how Brian was able to build and grow this kind of business, his philosophy and approach to real estate investing, and we’re also going to talk about a CRAZY experience he had a few years back with the local media, how it really took a toll on him mentally and professionally, and how he managed to take a really difficult experience and turn it into an asset for his business.
#42: Tom Krol is the Founder of Wholesaling Inc and PSL Homebuyers, and he runs one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes.(Show Notes: has bought and sold hundreds of properties across the country and has taught a lot of aspiring real estate investors how to do the same.Tom and I recently got acquainted over the phone, and he was telling me he had come to the conclusion that "passive income" from rental properties is a total farce. He thought there was a much more effective way to build real passive income, and it involves wholesaling houses with a unique approach of selling off properties with seller financing.There are a ton of advantages that enter the picture when you work this way (which we’ll cover in a lot more detail in this interview), and I was struck by how many similarities there were between his approach and the approach of buying land at a super cheap price and selling it with seller financing.This is one of those strategies I’ve heard about from a number of people, so I’m really excited to dig into the details of how Tom has put this into practice. Hopefully, you’ll walk away with some ideas you can apply in your own business.
#33: Perry Marshall is a lot of things.(Show Notes: starting his career as a trained electrical engineer, he transitioned into becoming a direct marketing expert, and ultimately, a massive contributor to the legacy and development of the 80/20 Principle. Perry has written several books, but probably the most well-known are 80/20 Sales and Marketing as well as Evolution 2.0: Breaking the Deadlock Between Darwin and Design.In this conversation, we cover some fascinating concepts and life changes that can (and should) come about when you recognize how the 80/20 principle works, and how it applies to every facet of life (far more than just your business).
#56: Today we are honored and excited to have the one and only Joe Fairless on the REtipster Podcast.(Show Notes: is the host and founder of the longest-running daily real estate podcast on Apple Podcasts, the “Best Real Estate Investing Advice Ever” podcast.He currently controls over $400,000,000 worth of apartments in Dallas and Houston and consults for investors who want to raise money and buy apartment buildings.Jaren and I wanted to have Joe on the show because Jaren has been doing a lot of research on the apartment space and has been getting a lot out of a book Joe co-wrote called “The Best Ever Apartment Syndication Book”.In this interview, we're going to talk about some of the basics of how apartment syndications work, what kind of investor they're ideal for and some insights to keep in mind if YOU ever want to put together apartment syndication project of your own.
#14: My guest on today's episode goes by the name E.B. Farmer. I discovered him this past year when I learned about a book he wrote called “The Land Flipper: Turning Dirt Into Dollars”.(Show notes:, I picked up the book because I wanted to see how his approach was similar to (or different from) mine. I figured out pretty quickly that the strategy he uses is A LOT different from what I do… for instance:He doesn’t use direct mail (at least, not very often).He doesn’t make ludicrously cheap offers.He doesn’t invest in properties from afar.He typically does improvements and/or subdivides properties before selling them off as several smaller lots.He always walks the property himself.He works only in his local market, and deals with comps and properties he understand very well.Essentially, he’s going after a very different type of opportunity, one that requires quite a bit more time, money and hands-on work upfront, but as a result of his willingness to be more involved with each individual property, the average deal can have a much higher potential payout.With a different approach comes a host of different advantages and disadvantages (as we talk about in this episode).If you've ever been curious about what can be done to maximize the profit potential on some of the larger parcels of land you encounter, this is a conversation you won't want to miss. The next time you come across a bigger opportunity that might be worth more involvement - this might inspire some ideas on how you can expand your profit, rather than simply walking away because it doesn't fit inside the standard box of what you're willing to make an offer on.
#55: In this episode, I’m talking with my friend Dustin Heiner.(Show Notes:’s area of expertise is rental properties - the bread & butter most real estate investors aspire to work with at some point in their career.Right now, rental property prices are really, really high - in some markets, they’re higher than they’ve even been before, which makes it particularly challenging for real estate investors who actually want to find a good deal and continue expanding their business.What are we supposed to do when deals are so much harder to find? Where do we look? What’s the best acquisition strategy for finding the lowest-hanging fruit?In this interview, Dustin is going to walk me through his standard process for finding deals on rentals. We’re going to talk about where to start, what to look for in a market, what tools are most useful for doing this, how to know when you’re looking at a good deal, and how to find a great property manager that will make this business scalable.We're going to cover a ton of ground in this one!Related Links and (Dustin’s website)Blog Post: Finding the Right Property Management CompanyCalculator: Cash On Cash Return – What it is, Why it Matters and How to Calculate ItREtipster Podcast Episode 038: The Most Misunderstood Facts About Property Management
#47: Pat Flynn’s latest book is all about turning followers into fans. Superfans, that is.  Customers, followers, subscribers. It’s easy to just look at the numbers.How many likes?How many purchases?How many email subscribers?But there are real people behind all that data. People who are looking for leaders to give them advice, and to care. They are looking for trustworthy tools and resources, and for someone to help them to achieve their goals.(Show Notes: this dog-eat-dog world, these are the people who are looking for someone who they can trust, and who they know has their best interests in mind. These are the people who if you connect with them in the right way, who will become Superfans.In this interview, we talk with Pat about his thoughts on branding, what "passive income" really means, and all that goes into running a business online - in a way that creates true superfans.
#46: Leslie Samuel is the founder of, where he teaches people how to leverage the power of blogging.(Show Notes: think the idea of blogging (or podcasting, or running a YouTube Channel, etc.) applies to just about any business out there, because there is a lot of power in establishing yourself as an authority in your niche, and there are few better ways to do that than by starting an online platform and become a thought leader in your space.This is something I learned back when I decided to throw my hat in the ring by starting the REtipster blog back in 2012, and honestly, it has been nothing short of life-changing for me.A lot of people never even think about building a brand online with something like a blog. Likewise, a lot of people have thought about it, but they have no idea where to start.In either case, today’s episode is going to be a crash course on how to do exactly that.
#11: In this episode, I talk with Tamar Mar about how she buys and manages commercial multi-family properties through syndication.(Show Notes:'s A LOT that goes into this business, and while it may seem overwhelming to the average person, she helps break down the various components of her deals and how she managed to move from her job as a CEO to full-time real estate investing.I learned a lot of cool things about her niche of real estate investing, and I think you will too!
#40: In this interview, we talk with Derek Gallimore, Founder and CEO of Outsource Accelerator, a company that specializes in helping small businesses in high-cost English-speaking countries figure out how to outsource various aspects of their operation.(Show Notes: this interview, we talk with Derek about different roles/jobs that can be outsourced and how it improves the business processes overall. Derek also gives us examples of how outsourcing can be applied to someone like a real estate agent, a landlord that's leasing out multiple properties or a property flipper.The good thing about outsourcing is - it has never been easier to find good, competent help at a cost that is surprisingly affordable.But what does that really mean? How much should you realistically expect to pay for someone who is truly competent and knows how to think for themselves? Which roles in your business are actually worth outsourcing? What are the biggest drawbacks to hiring a VA that nobody talks about? We’ll cover all of that today.
073: A mentor can play a huge role in your life. I’ve had a number of mentors, Jaren has too. I think anybody who has gotten anywhere has probably had SOME kind of mentor in their life… whether it’s a live, one-on-one coach, or even a person they follow along in a virtual format like a blog, podcast, or youtube channel.(Show Notes:, having a one-on-one mentor can take you much further, because you can ask direct questions about real-time situations you’re dealing with. That direct communication can be worth a lot, maybe even priceless in some cases.Without the ability to tag along with someone who knows more than you, it’s usually going to be a longer, harder road to success, with a lot more mistakes made along the how do you find someone who is miles ahead of you, and more importantly, how can you get them to give you the time of day? That's what we're talking about in this session.
077: Today we’re talking with Justin Sliva.(Show Notes: has been a rising star in the land investing space over the past couple of years, he and his co-host Adam Southey are running a pretty awesome podcast called Casual Fridays REI.There are actually a couple of reasons we wanted to talk with Justin. In addition to being a land investor, Justin has also been pretty heavily involved with other people’s land deals. He gets involved by partnering with other investors (contributing cash when others are short on funds) and even buying out existing notes on seller-financed land deals.This is actually a pretty unique thing because most lenders and note buyers are pretty skittish about land (because it’s difficult to appraise and quantify the value of the collateral), but Justin has found a way to make it work.In this session, we're going to figure out how this arm of his land business works and how to put together win-win-win scenarios with other land investors.
065: Today we're talking with my friend Jessey of REI Conversion.(Show Notes: first met Jessey a couple of years ago when he had expressed some interest in learning more about the land business. I didn’t realize it at the time, but Jessey had some background in building websites that performed and were designed very well.Last year he reached out to me and told me about his idea of building some WordPress themes for the land business (and eventually, for a lot of other real estate investing niches as well). He showed me some of the designs he had come up with - and I realized he was onto something. I pitched the idea of being an advisor to him as he built out these websites - I could be his test driver and let him know about all the stuff I would want my website to do.Long story short - I now have two amazing WordPress sites that do everything I’ve ever wanted, and they’re run by Jessey’s company. What’s even better is that he actually provides outstanding customer service (which is unheard of in the world of WordPress themes). Jessey’s company listens, responds and takes user input and feedback seriously - and this is an extremely rare thing to find on the internet.In this interview, Jessey tells us some of the most important things he's learned about what does and doesn't work for real estate websites. If you've got a website that isn't performing, converting or doing its job, you'll get a lot out of this episode!
078: Justin Bogard is one of the leading experts in the realm of real estate note investing.(Show Notes: is the president of BrightPath Notes, where he actively buys, sells, and creates real estate notes nationwide.A note investor is someone who invests in the loan against a piece of real estate.For example, say a real estate investor buys a property for $40,000 and sells it for $100,000, but they don’t get paid all the cash immediately at closing, they sell it with owner financing. In other words, the seller becomes the bank, and they hold a note with the buyer. The note stipulates that the buyer will owe them the remaining balance of the $100,000 sale price, and lays out the terms of how quickly the money will be paid back and how much interest will be owed, among other things.If they wanted to, this real estate investor could potentially work with someone like Justin by taking this note for $100,000 and selling it to a note investor for say $75,000 (so, not the full amount of the balance owed, but a discounted portion of it).The benefit for the real estate investor is that, even though they wouldn’t be getting the full loan balance, they would make the bulk of their money back immediately (rather than having to wait years to get it), and the note investor would receive all the equity in the deal plus the remaining principal and interest for the remainder of the term for the loan (since they bought the note, it's not owed to them). It can be a great solution for both parties when the real estate investor wants their liquidity now and the note investor wants the semi-passive cash flow without doing all the work to find and work the deal.
061: What's the deal with debt? Is it a crucial tool for building wealth or a detrimental curse to a person's long-term financial health?(Show Notes: this episode, we're talking about two competing ideologies from two GIANT names in the business and personal finance space - Dave Ramsey and Robert Kiyosaki.Dave Ramsey is perhaps the most well-known radio personality who introduces each of his radio shows saying,"Debt is dumb, cash is king and the paid-off home mortgage has taken the place of the BMW as the status symbol of choice."Robert Kiyosaki has sold tens of millions of books and is noted for saying things like,"Good debt helps you get rich, Bad debt makes you poor: If you want to get rich, load up with ‘good debt’. When you want to become rich fast, it is important to have enough starting capital, and borrowing ‘good debt’ helps multiply the capital that you start with."They can't both be right... can they?We'll explain our thoughts in this episode.
#39: Willie Goldberg has been on my radar for a while now.(Show Notes: less than two years, this guy has built his land flipping business up to 95 notes through seller-financing, he's averaging over $20,000 in monthly revenue and he actively buys and sells 15 - 20 properties per month!I don’t know many people in the land business who are doing this well, especially when you consider that he’s only been at it for two years.Willie dishes out a ton of details on how he's been able to reach this level in such a short amount of time. You might be surprised to find that even though it takes a lot of work an investment, this kind of success is more achievable than most people think.
#41: In this episode of the REtipster Podcast, we’re talking with Trevor Mauch, CEO of Carrot.(Show Notes: you’re a real estate professional of any kind, there’s a good chance you’ve come into contact with Trevor’s company at some point, because they specialize in helping real estate investors and agents generate leads online with some extremely easy-to-use websites.Whether you’re trying to find new properties to buy, sell the properties you own, sell properties on behalf of someone else or just build a stronger online presence (without hiring your own web developer), there’s a good chance Trevor’s company can help you with that.Carrot websites have pulled in millions and millions of leads online over the past few years… and they’ve played a pivotal role in helping people close thousands of deals with their software. I personally know a TON of people who are using this company for one or more of their websites and I’ve heard a lot of good reports. I’ve even used it myself and I know they’re definitely filling a need in the real estate industry.In this episode, I chat with Trevor about a ton of different aspects of managing your online presence, some of the mistakes people make with their websites, and what kinds of things make for a truly effective online platform.
#1: Welcome to the REtipster podcast! Since this is our first episode together, I'm going to give you an overview of who I am, what is all about and what you can expect to get out of this show going forward (should you choose to subscribe). :)(Show Notes: is going to be A LOT of fun. I think you're going to enjoy it!
#12: Have you ever been captivated by an amazing story?If you're human - chances are, the answer is a resounding YES.(Show Notes: of us can easily recall the best books we've ever read, the greatest movies we've seen and fairy tales we heard as children that have stuck with us through the years - and there's a good reason behind that.Stories are powerful. They have the ability to make any message more palatable, understandable, easy to accept and digest.Whatever business you're in, you can use the power of story to deliver your message, sell your product and change the world.In this interview, I talk with my good friend Rob Hughes about how we can all leverage story to increase our impact in the marketplace. Rob is a certified StoryBrand Guide with a great deal of insight to share on the subject.
#32: Ben Leybovich is a veteran BiggerPockets member, massively successful real estate investor, apartment syndicator, author, speaker, and house-hacker.(Show Notes: Grooms is a CPA and is a partner with Ben in syndication deals (taskmaster, organization, etc).Needless to say, these guys know their stuff when it comes to real estate investing.Ben and Sam have been working together on various apartment syndication deals. In this conversation, they share with us why they've chosen this niche of real estate, and we engage in a little healthy REtipster-style debate about apartments vs. other types of real estate.
#5: YouTube is a mind-bogglingly huge platform for media, communication, entertainment, and a lot more. As the #2 most popular website in the world, there are a ton of people on this website every day, and it's a gigantic opportunity for real estate investors to get their message, listings and marketing out to the masses.(Show Notes: this episode, I'll tell you all about how I use YouTube in my business, some of the tricks I've learned over the years, and how you can apply some of my strategies to grow your business.
057: Today, we’re talking with Armaan Premjee.(Show Notes: has been a member of the REtipster Club for the past year and he reached out to me a few months ago to let me know that he recently quit his job to focus on his land business full time.Part of what makes Armaan unique is that he’s fairly young (22 years old) and he’s also an immigrant who came to the US at the age of 18 from Mumbai, India.To be clear, quitting one’s job isn’t the right path for everyone and it doesn’t automatically mean you’re successful - but whenever I hear someone say this, it always makes my ears perk up because, for me, that was my dream for many years… and I know it’s a major step when someone actually makes this leap. If I could’ve done this when I was in my early 20's, holy cow, my life would’ve been pretty cool.In this interview, we’re going to dissect Armaan’s business and figure out how he was able to get to where he is.If YOU are someone who wants to take this same path, perhaps you’ll be able to reverse engineer part of this process and get a little closer yourself.
#44: In this episode, I talk with a land flipping aficionado who has been VERY active in the land business.(Show Notes: refer to him as “aficionado” because he has taken his land business to a place that most people never reach. He is buying and selling land as his full-time gig and he’s currently selling around 15-20 deals per month… just to give you an idea for the scale he’s at.The guy I’m talking about is Mike Ferreira, and he’s got a really interesting story.Mike is someone who sells A LOT of his properties on terms (with seller financing) and he’s also had the benefit of going through ALL of the land investing courses on the market today (including the REtipster Club) - which means he’s been able to see all the similarities and differences between the various ideologies out there, and he’s been able to pick and choose which pieces to apply to his business and make it his own.There’s a lot more I can say about Mike - but if you listen in, you'll get a much better look at how his business works.
#21: Brian Davis is a residential landlord and the Director of Education for Spark Rental.(Show Notes: has contributed a number of blog posts to the REtipster arsenal over the past several months, and after noticing his clear expertise in the area of landlording and rental properties, I decided it was time for us to sit down and record and interview fo the REtipster Podcast.In this conversation, we discuss some of Brian's background as a landlord and hear his best tips and recommendations from his years of experience in the real estate business.
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Dec 28th, 2017
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