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Welcome to The Adventures of a Real Estate Investor podcast. Your hosts, Suzy Sevier and Michael Barnhart, interview industry experts and chat with them about their passions and how they are leveraging real estate investing to create an impact in their world. What impact do you want to make? There are almost eight billion people on this planet. What if each of us started with ourselves, our family, our in our community? All we have to do is start with a manageable 1% action every day. The effect of those billions of 1% gestures would be astronomical. This is your place to reflect and believe. Let’s create the greatest ROI, Return on Impact. Join Suzy and Michael every Tuesday to start cultivating those ideas on the impact you want to make in your world! We are so excited you are here, let's get this adventure started.

The Adventures of a Real Estate Investor Michael & Suzy

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Welcome to The Adventures of a Real Estate Investor podcast. Your hosts, Suzy Sevier and Michael Barnhart, interview industry experts and chat with them about their passions and how they are leveraging real estate investing to create an impact in their world. What impact do you want to make? There are almost eight billion people on this planet. What if each of us started with ourselves, our family, our in our community? All we have to do is start with a manageable 1% action every day. The effect of those billions of 1% gestures would be astronomical. This is your place to reflect and believe. Let’s create the greatest ROI, Return on Impact. Join Suzy and Michael every Tuesday to start cultivating those ideas on the impact you want to make in your world! We are so excited you are here, let's get this adventure started.

    AREI 25: Using Our Success and Failures as Stepping Stones to Grow with Pili Yarusi

    AREI 25: Using Our Success and Failures as Stepping Stones to Grow with Pili Yarusi

    Success and failures are all parts of our journey in life, and using them as stepping stones can lead us to tremendous growth. This is what Pili Yarusi will talk about in this episode. Pili Yarusi is a loving mom and wife whose goal is to “lead with aloha” by example. Pili is the co-founder and operator of Yarusi Holdings LLC with her husband Jason. Yarusi Holdings is a multifamily investment firm that repositions underperforming properties through operational efficiencies, rebranding, and value-add renovations.  They currently have an active real estate portfolio of over 75M. Pili co-hosts Multifamily Live, the Jason and Pili Project, MOM - Moms of Multifamily, and MORE - Moms of Real Estate. All can be found on Facebook, YouTube, and anywhere you listen to podcasts.
    In this episode, Pili shares how she used her success and failures as stepping stones to grow as a parent, business owner, and investor. She talks about the ‘Aloha morning mindset’ and how you can use it to have a more positive outlook in your everyday life. Join us and listen in! 


    [00:01 - 08:35] Opening Segment
    Welcoming Pili to the showPili shares her backgroundGrowing up in HawaiiMoving to New York CityHouse liftingHow she got into real estate investing

    [08:36 - 20:46] Use Your Success and Failures as Stepping Stones
    From flipping houses to investingPili on taking risksJumping to multifamilyInvesting in real estate as a parentBuilding a team and a support systemGiving herself graceMistakes are our stepping stones

    [20:47 - 31:26] Why Your Morning Mindset is Pivotal to Your Growth
    Pili talks about the ‘Aloha morning mindset’A - AwakeningL - LoveO - OpportunityH - HealthA - AspireThe importance of a morning routineDo what works for you

    [31:27 - 40:20] Closing Segment
    Asking Pili the Adventurous FourHow you can connect with Pili

    Tweetable Quotes
    “If you use your success and failures as stepping stones, and every time you have them, even if it's just an infinitesimal amount that you are growing, that's where the growth happens.” - Pili Yarusi
    “You need to center yourself in love, you need to be kind and thankful to yourself first before you can open yourself up to the world.” - Pili Yarusi


    Connect with Pili on Instagram!
    Grab a copy of Pili and Jason’s book: How to Master a Fit Rich Life in 15 Days!
    Yarusi Holdings:  https://www.yarusiholdings.com/website
    7-Figure Multifamily: https://www.7figuremultifamily.com/
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    • 40 min
    AREI 24: Leading with Integrity to Leave an Impact with Andy McMullen

    AREI 24: Leading with Integrity to Leave an Impact with Andy McMullen

    Leading with integrity and taking care of the people you work or invest with will bring you closer to your goals. This is what Andy McMullen will talk about in this episode. Andy is a Fund Manager at Legacy Acquisitions, which is focused on partnering with world-class operators while delivering white-glove service to its investors. Andy values his long-standing personal relationships with brokers, operators, institutional lenders, private equity firms, and has orchestrated over $750 Million in commercial real estate transactions over a 20-year career.


    In this episode, Andy talks about why leading with integrity and building trust with the people you are working with is key in achieving your goals in real estate. He talks about making an impact on other people’s lives through building communities and relationships. He also shares his thoughts on giving, leadership, and personal growth. Join us and listen in!


    [00:01 - 06:52] Opening Segment


    Welcoming Andy to the showAndy shares his backgroundHow he got into real estateStruggling as a brokerTransitioning to investingThe book that inspired him to get started

    [06:53 - 16:46] There is Growth in the Uncomfortable


    Andy shares his best and worst dealsThere’s no easy dealThe challenge of doing it by yourselfFrustration plus learning equals growth

    [16:47 - 29:53] Creating Impact on Others by Leading with Integrity


    Leading with integrityTaking care of your investorsAndy talks about apartment lifeBuilding a community through real estatePeople remember peopleGiving gives you joyHow sharing your vulnerability will make you a better leader

    [29:54 - 37:10] Closing Segment


    Asking Andy the Adventurous FourHow you can connect with AndyClosing words



    Tweetable Quotes:


    “Giving ultimately, as everybody knows but doesn't always execute on, gives you joy.” - Andy McMullen


    “When you're vulnerable with people, when you're able to give that vulnerability to people, people are much more willing to follow.” - Andy McMullen


    “Trust your instincts. You definitely can do more than you think you're doing right now where you're sitting and listening to this.” - Andy McMullen


    “If you can really spend a lot of that time building relationships and figuring out a way to help another operator, there's a place for you… Whatever your talent is, there’s room for it.” - Andy McMullen




    Connect with Andy on LinkedIn!
    Check out their website at https://www.legacyax.com/
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    Until next time...
    Explore more. Adventure awaits. 



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    • 37 min
    AREI 23: Achieving More Together by Building Trust with Dr. Sophie Lorn-Clifford and Derek Clifford

    AREI 23: Achieving More Together by Building Trust with Dr. Sophie Lorn-Clifford and Derek Clifford

    Investing in real estate is one thing, investing in real estate as a couple is another. This is what Derek and Sophie Clifford will talk about in this episode. Derek & Sophie are successful single and multifamily real estate investors, adding 13 out-of-state units to their portfolio in the first year of acquisitions while working full-time jobs. Today, they are primarily multifamily investors, authors, and podcast hosts of the "Elevate Your Equity" show. 
    In this episode, Derek and Sophie talk about investing in real estate as a couple. They will talk about why building trust and improving communication in a relationship will help couples reach their goals more efficiently. They also share their thoughts on making an impact and women's empowerment. Listen in!


    [00:01 - 12:05] Opening Segment
    Welcoming Derek and Sophie to the showDerek and Sophie share their backgroundsHow they got into real estate investingStarting with a single-family portfolioDoubling down on multifamilySophie talks about growing up in a real-estate-investing familyReading ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’Renting their first property to students

    [12:06 - 21:57] Real Estate Investing as a Couple
    Derek and Sophie on investing in real estate as a coupleThe advantage of having different personalitiesHow their personal strengths complement each otherBeing partners in mindsetStarting with a common visionManaging their time on real estate and with each otherThe importance of having conversationsWhy traveling helps

    [21:58 - 30:11] Making an Impact on Real-Estate-Investing Couples
    Derek and Sophie talk about their podcastThere’s always someone behind the scenesSophie on women empowermentCreating an impact on other couples

    [30:12 - 42:37] Closing Segment
    Asking Derek and Sophie the  Adventurous FourHow you can connect with themClosing words

    Tweetable Quotes:
    “People have lives. You still have to eat, you still have to go travel, you have family, there's all the stuff that happens behind the scenes. How you balance all that is the real, practical, truly sustainable way to find success in any entrepreneurial endeavor, including real estate investing.” - Derek Clifford
    “You fall flat on your face, try, and then you get up, and then you're better the next time.” - Sophia Lorn-Clifford


    Connect with Derek on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn!
    Check out their podcast, YouTube Channel, and Derek’s book on their website: Elevate Equity
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    • 42 min
    AREI 22: Investing Passively To Live Actively with Alex Breshears

    AREI 22: Investing Passively To Live Actively with Alex Breshears

    How can you leverage passive investing to live actively and make an impact on others? This is what Alex Breshears will talk about in this episode. Alex is a private lender, passive investor, short-term rental owner, and manager. She is also a chemistry professor for a four-year school and takes her passion for education into real estate with the group Private Lending Lessons, which is an educational group that teaches investors about private lending and passive investing in real estate.
    In this episode, Alex talks about why we need to have more honest conversations about real estate investing. She shares her observations on what most people want from real estate investing and how they are achieving that goal. Alex also talks about the importance of having clarity on your goals in real estate and how you can use private lending and passive investing as tools to achieve success. Join us and listen in!


    [00:01 - 09:32] Opening Segment
    Welcoming Alex to the showAlex shares her backgroundBeing a military spouseWanting to own horsesHow she got into real estate investing

    [09:33 - 27:33] Why We Need to Have More Honest Conversations About Real Estate
    Getting into private lendingHow Alex and her husband became “accidental landlords”Having honest conversations in real estateGeographical and time freedomWhy passive income isn’t really passiveWhat most people want from real estate investingLeaving their W-2The importance of having clarity about your goalsWe talk about women getting into private lending and passive investingStarting her meetups and Facebook groupHow Alex is encouraging women to participate

    [27:34 - 34:42] Asking Alex the Adventurous Four
    Where Alex wants to travelThe number one thing on her bucket listHow she is leveraging real estate to achieve itHer advice for aspiring real estate passive investorsHow she would leave an impact

    [34:43 - 37:04] Closing Segment
    How you can connect with AlexHer Facebook GroupClosing words

    Tweetable Quotes:
    “Most people say they want passive income, and that's great, but what they really end up wanting is either time freedom or geographical freedom or both. We didn't necessarily [say] ‘Yeah, we're gonna get 20 doors, we're gonna get passive income, we're gonna do our thing’, when in reality, having that 20 doors is not nearly as passive as people think.” - Alex Breshears
    “You don't have to have everything planned out, like every little step and nook and cranny. You just need to know the next couple of steps.” - Alex Breshears


    Connect with Alex on LinkedIn!
    Check out Alex’s Facebook Group: Private Lending Lessons


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    Check out Adventurous REI and our social media channels: Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.Michael on LinkedInSuzy on LinkedIn   Invest with us! Start here. GRAB A FREE copy of The Complete Guide to Generating Passive Income for Avid Travelers & Adventure Seekers 

    • 37 min
    AREI 21: Why Education is Key for Millennial Real Estate Investors with Daisy Serrano & Luc D'Abreau

    AREI 21: Why Education is Key for Millennial Real Estate Investors with Daisy Serrano & Luc D'Abreau

    A lot of millennials want to invest in real estate. The thing is, many of them are afraid to take a risk or have no idea how to start. Today’s guests, Daisy Serrano and Luc D'Abreau will talk about how they can address it with the right education. 
    Daisy & Luc serve as Managing Partners for Make It Rain Capital, a private equity multifamily investment firm focused on acquiring apartment properties. They are general partners in 42 units and limited partners in 445 units across two assets in Central Texas (totaling $40MM in value). They are also chapter co-leads for the Multifamily Masters Austin meetup. In this episode, Daisy and Luc talk about what millennials think about real estate investing in general and why education is important in beginning one’s real estate investing journey. Join us and listen in!


    [00:01 - 09:22] Opening Segment
    We introduce Daisy and Luc to the showTheir backgroundHow they got into real estate investingLuc on reading ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’Why Daisy was not interested in real estate at firstDaisy on transitioning from her W-2Moving to Texas[09:23 - 28:00] What Millennials Think of Real Estate Investing
    What made Daisy believe in real estateCreating more opportunities for the Latino community to investBeing able to retire her parentsCreating generational wealthGiving millennials access to investingTheir idea of multifamily investing before diving into it What millennials think of apartment investingSome people don’t even know it existsWhy it feels risky for a lot of peopleThe importance of educationDealing with college debt[28:01 - 36:03] Closing Segment
    Asking Daisy and Luc the Adventurous FourHow you can connect with Daisy and Luc

    Tweetable Quotes:
    “There's always going to be a risk, of course, it's an investment, but I think the more you understand, the more you're able to lower that risk profile.” - Daisy Serrano
    “I think it really comes down to aligning what's that end goal or end goals and then working your way backward as to how you can get there.” - Daisy Serrano
    “Look at who's running the deal and look at who the team is and whether or not your values are aligned, if you have a rapport with them, and then take things from there.” - Luc D'Abreau


    Connect with Daisy on LinkedIn!
    Connect with Luc on LinkedIn!
    Check out Make It Rain Capital’s website, podcast, and YouTube Channel!
    Check out MultiFamilyMasters.com - Austin, TX!
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    • 36 min
    AREI 20: Keeping a Balance Between Learning and Fear with Emma Powell

    AREI 20: Keeping a Balance Between Learning and Fear with Emma Powell

    It’s a great thing to learn from other people’s mistakes, but that doesn’t mean we have to stay in fear. Today’s guest, Emma Powell, talks about that in this episode. Emma is the owner/operator of Highrise Group along with her husband of 23 years, Troy Powell, acquiring 92 units in their first 18 months. They have extensive property management and construction management experience, as well as partnering in a variety of deals as a private lender, deal sponsor, co-owner, syndicator. Emma is also a former real estate photographer. Emma specializes in small business project management with a BS in Business Administration and Entrepreneurial Management with a certificate in Marketing Graphic Design. As key credit partners and owners on several properties, Emma and her husband have experience building teams to creatively get transactions to the finish line.
    In this episode, Emma shares her thoughts on parenting, decision-making, and dealing with fear. She talks about why we should keep a balance between learning from other people’s mistakes and staying in our fear zone. She expounds on how why you should consider other people’s mistakes as lessons, and not as a hindrance to growth. Join us and listen in!


    [00:01 - 09:06] Opening Segment
    We introduce Emma to the showEmma shares her backgroundStarting out as a real estate photographerBeing into graphic designHow she got into real estate investing[09:07 - 27:37] Learn from Other People’s Mistakes, But Don’t Stay in Fear
    Emma talks about being a mom and a real estate investor at the same timeHow she is as a parentWhat she teaches her kids about decision-makingSetting an exampleBeing an expert vs. being an advisorThe importance of learning from other people’s mistakesBeing motivated by fear‘Packing your fears’Why you still have to evaluate every situationOverniching yourselfDon’t judge people, but judge decisions[27:38 - 35:47] Closing Segment
    Asking Emma the Adventurous FourHow you can connect with EmmaClosing words

    Tweetable Quotes:
    “The best parenting advice is usually good business advice, too.” - Emma Powell
    “I think humans tend to learn better from bad decisions because they're more impactful because of that fear.” - Emma Powell
    “Don’t judge people, but you certainly should judge situations and decisions in life.” - Emma Powell


    Connect with Emma on Facebook and LinkedIn!


    Resources Mentioned:
    Passive Income Real Estate Investing Facebook GroupPassive Income Real Estate Investing LinkedIn GroupHighrise Group--
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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

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141 Ratings

Monica P Berdejo ,

Love the mission of this podcast!

Michael and Suzy made their dreams of investing remotely work through the pandemic—their story, as well as their guests are inspirations!

Rubulent ,

Plug in to this podcast immediately

Michael and Suzy are so fun and intelligent! What an inspiring story! From London they started taking down large apartment complexes in the USA!

zach6710 ,

Passion

With all of the content out there currently focused on the tactical side of real estate, this is a very refreshing listen in that it not only gets into details but also focuses on the “why”. You can really feel the passion from both the hosts and guests that is fueled by this why!

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