I love sharing the stories of real estate entrepreneurs. Their passion and determination is inspirational and I’m lucky to be able to provide a forum for them to tell their stories. Here’s a running list of all investor spotlights:
- Park Street Partners: Finding Opportunity in Unsexy Assets
- MM Partners: Revitalizing Historic Brewery Town
- Cardinal Group: Embracing Creativity and Passion
- Arx Urban: A New Generation of Real Estate
- Stillwater Investment: John Drachman on Launching Stillwater
- BLDG a Start-Up
- Fortified Investment: Michael Rabin on Launching Fortified Investment
- Progression REI: Scott Scharlach on Launching a Value-Focused Retail Investment Firm
- Mascia Development: Applying a Nation-Wide Value Investing Strategy
- Two Bridges Asset Management: Wall Street Lawyer Turned Real Estate Investor
- Trion Properties: How an ex-Investment Sales Broker Built a $100M Portfolio
- Alturas Capital: Born to be an Entrepreneur
- BLDG’ing a Real Estate Company is Harder than you can Imagine…(But Worth it!)
- 10 Federal: Embracing Technology to Outperform the Competition
What I’ve learned
Throughout these conversations, I’ve seen a few trends emerge:
- Their career paths are in no way linear, but they often work with a best-in-class institutional firm prior to venturing off on their own. They’ve recognized what those firms do well and what they don’t do well, and fill the gaps.
- They’ve always had the entrepreneurial spirit and everything they did in their career was preparing them to launch their own company.
- They rely heavily on their friends & family network, especially when executing their first few deals.
- They know in real estate reputation is everything and a strong network/reputation is a key to success.
- They’re creative and on the cutting edge of technology and real estate trends.
- They’re gritty and refuse to fail.
Peter Linneman on What Makes a Successful Real Estate Entrepreneur
I admire all the real estate entrepreneurs out there doing deals. If you’re on your own, I’d love to hear from you.