Hello listeners- This is Wayne Courreges your host for the Untold Stories of Real Estate Investing. I am excited to launch our podcast to share the good, bad and ugly of real estate investing. This podcast is focused on hearing the raw truth from experienced investors and operators. We will get to know each of our guests in a way that helps us learn from their successes, but also take us to a more vulnerable place in learning from their struggles and failures.
I truly believe that as we hear all aspects of real estate investing, we will benefit from avoiding mistakes and piggyback on what works to ease our investing path. In doing so, we make our businesses stronger to help our tenants, residents and employees, along with protecting and growing our investors wealth. The show is for both active and passive investors. Active investors get tactical advice and experiences to help their investment process, while passive investors can hear from deal sponsors and learn questions/advice that can help them evaluate opportunities to invest in.
Ep#56 Mastering the Art of Self Storage Investing with Tom Dunkel
In today’s episode of The Untold Stories of Real Estate Investing, host Wayne Courreges III speaks with Tom Dunkle about the secrets of self-storage investing. After building a business in the distressed mortgage market, Tom and his partner sought an opportunity with increased stability and growth. Investing in distressed self-storage facilities has provided an amazing opportunity.
Tom Dunkel is the Chief Investment Officer of Belrose Storage Group LLC and brings over 27 years of real estate, finance and investment experience to the table. Working alongside his world-class team of professionals, Tom makes it his mission to find great investment opportunities for his clients while helping them meet their wealth-building goals.
Tom manages the firm’s financial underwriting, playing a critical role in creating win-win deal structures that ensure achievable investor returns. In addition, he works closely with private investors to communicate about new acquisitions and investing opportunities, as well as report on the progress of current investments.
Topics on Today’s Episode:
Introduction to Tom Dunkel and his background in real estate investment.
The focus of Bellrose Storage Group is on acquiring underperforming self-storage facilities.
Overview of the self-storage industry and its stability over the years.
Discussing remote management and contracted call centers for self-storage facilities.
Factors that contribute to the demand for self-storage, including both good and bad times. Home sales can drive traffic for retail self-storage, so during this time of low residential turnover, Tom is shifting focus to more stable commercial clients.
Utilizing social media advertising, such as Facebook geo ads, to target specific demographics.
Value-add opportunities in self-storage investing, including renovations, security upgrades, and management efficiency.
Ep#55 Crafting a Profitable Strategy While Mitigating Risk in Real Estate Investing with Joel Friedland
In today’s episode of The Untold Stories of Real Estate Investing, host Wayne Courreges III chats with the legendary Joel Friedland. Joel is a seasoned industrial real estate professional with an impressive track record spanning over 40 years. Joel takes us on a journey through his vast experience in the Chicago area, where he has visited a staggering 15,000 out of 16,000 buildings. Throughout the conversation, we delve into Joel's unique investment approach, his strategies for mitigating risk, and his insights on the current real estate market.
With over four decades of experience in industrial real estate, Joel leverages extensive brokerage expertise to lead conservative yet profitable syndications. After co-founding and growing Epic/Savage Realty Partners, a 60+ professional firm to successful exit, he founded Brit Properties. Joel has brokered over $250 million in transactions through valued long-term relationships.
Joel’s syndication approach uniquely utilizes 0% debt for principal conservation while targeting 8%+ cash returns. Having navigated the Great Recession, he employs a cautious strategy informed by cycles. For his investors, Joel delivers reliable cashflow, upside potential, and mitigated risk through dedication to the asset class and prudent deal structuring. His investments draw on a proven track record of 2,000+ industrial leases and sales totaling hundreds of millions acquired. Joel continually refined his real estate acumen over decades to create wealth for partners.
Joel attended the University of Michigan. He enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family, particularly his 3 young grandchildren.
Topics on Today’s Episode:
Introducing Joel Friedland, an experienced Real Estate investor with extensive experience in Chicago.
Friedland's focus is on mitigating drastic loss for investors through diligent and debt-free operations.
He offers insights into his investment preferences, such as smaller, older manufacturing buildings over large warehouse buildings. Defining your niche helps focus your efforts.
Friedland shares an example of a lucrative investment in downtown Chicago.
He discusses his unique approach to finding an 8% return on investment.
Ep#54 Tax-Savvy Savings: The Tax Bucket Approach to Put Money Back in Your Pockets with Susan Geist
In today’s episode of The Untold Stories of Real Estate Investing, host Wayne Courreges III speaks with Susan Geist who shares her expertise and tips for investors. She details how to put money back into investor’s pockets using the tax bucket approach. As someone who has achieved incredible success in building a portfolio generating five figures in passive income, Susan has invaluable insights into using strategic investment deductions to optimize your taxes and maximize your wealth.
A few years ago, Susan was taken aback by a huge federal tax bill. In response, she developed a 'tax bucket' strategy to map out her future tax planning. This approach enabled her to effortlessly visualize her income and tax obligations, ultimately revealing remarkable opportunities for substantial tax savings. Today, she consistently saves over $100,000 annually on her taxes. In this presentation, we will delve into Susan's tax-saving secrets. We'll learn how to categorize income into the IRS's three distinct buckets and discover deductions tailor-made for each bucket. Prepare to unlock the potential for substantial tax savings that put money back into your own pockets!
Topics on Today’s Episode:
Overview of the importance of tax planning and optimization in real estate investing.
Explanation of the tax bucket formula and its divisions (active, portfolio, passive).
Discussion of a client example named Meredith, who has income from a W-2 job and stocks.
Discussion of tax-advantaged accounts and real estate as tax-saving strategies.
Explanation of how short-term rentals can be classified as active businesses for tax write-offs.
Case study of a client generating a $120,000 loss in the first year through depreciation and expenses.
Importance of tax-savvy savings and the long-term impact of saving on taxes.
Example of using a backdoor Roth IRA to add to the active bucket and reduce taxes.
Benefit of being in the 0% tax rate for dividends and long-term capital gains.
Ep#53 Infinite Banking Concept: Structuring Whole Life Insurance Policies for Wealth Building with Dr. Rob Scranton
In today’s episode of The Untold Stories of Real Estate Investing, host Wayne Courreges III speaks with Dr. Rob Scranton. Dr. Rob is an expert in the field of infinite banking, a concept that revolutionizes the way we think about insurance policies and real estate investing.
Dr. Rob Scranton uses accounting and finance expertise to teach the Infinite Banking Concept, or IBC, for wealth growth. He shows how to leverage debt and expenses with this little-known strategy instead of traditional scrimping and saving.
Infinite Banking predates the IRS so wealth accumulated through it is protected from government seizure. Dr. Rob has achieved financial success with this method without compromising lifestyle or going frugal. It's about staying wealthy by preserving and growing your money. The wealthy use this 200-year-old strategy to keep more money rather than working more or taking on more risk.
Dr. Rob is passionate about sharing these strategies from family traditions, like how private banking saved his great grandparents' farm in the Great Depression as public banks failed. He explains why personal banking is critical now. If you want true wealth, learn the Infinite Banking Concept - Dr. Rob can help.
Topics on Today’s Episode:
The benefits of using overfunded, cash-heavy whole life insurance policies that pay dividends through mutual companies, for loans, cash growth, accumulation, and compounding.
The importance of structuring insurance policies properly for the infinite banking concept.
The mistake of going to just any insurance agent without considering their knowledge of structuring policies for IBC.
The advantage is for the client rather than the agent in setting up policies properly for the banking concept, so be aware of what you need and read the policies.
The benefits of the death benefit attached to these policies and how it continues to grow when policies are set up properly for banking purposes.
An example of a long-standing policy showcasing significant returns on investment.
The concept of getting a return of premium in addition to the upside of
Ep#52 Techniques and Tips for Real Estate Wholesaling with Tom Zeeb
In today’s episode of The Untold Stories of Real Estate Investing, host Wayne Courreges III talks to Tom Zeeb about using his proven techniques to find profitable real estate wholesale deals. Tom shares his strategies for finding and negotiating real estate deals for any exit strategy.
Back in 2001, Tom was broke as a joke. A near-death experience while whitewater rafting pushed him to find a new way to break free of his 9-to-5 job. His first "deal" almost took him under as well, but real estate investing saved him in the end. Both personally and financially.
Hundreds of deals later, he is happy to share the same negotiation, marketing, and business techniques that set him free, so you can do the same. Simple, structured, and step-by-step techniques that take you from spinning your wheels to making profitable deals.
Investors of all levels struggle with their businesses. Newbies want to get started, but often keep hitting the wall of confusion and spinning their wheels. Intermediate and advanced investors often find that they made a wrong turn and built a business they aren’t actually happy with, but don't know how to fix and re-engineer it.
Tom Zeeb works with real estate investors of all levels to get their business built (or re-built) correctly, so that their personal goals and lifestyle stay at the center of everything they do, giving them more money, time, and freedom to spend as they please.
Topics on Today’s Episode:
Tom’s experience in real estate investing and how it saved them both personally and financially.
Ep#51 The Power of Real Estate Investing: Unlocking Opportunity and Building Wealth with Jack Krupey
In today’s episode of the Untold Stories of Real Estate Investing, host Wayne Courreges III talks to Jack Krupey who has truly mastered the art of value-add investing. Jack is a firm believer in the power of strategic investing and the incredible opportunities that exist in the real estate market. He has been able to build wealth, achieve tax deferral, and help countless individuals reach their financial goals through his unique coaching program and investment partnerships.
Jack Krupey is the principal and founder of JKAM Investments. He has been investing in both real estate and distressed debt since 2001. He has built long-term relationships with experienced real estate developers, sponsors, and syndicators over his 20-year career. Jack leveraged the 2008 financial crisis as part of a private equity fund that yielded impressive returns off of distressed and restructured debt. He repositioned properties as well as modified and restructured loans for borrowers.
In 2014, Jack entered into a partnership with a large private equity fund and led the asset management arm of the firm that made over 3 billion dollars in purchases of non-performing and re-performing mortgage debt between 2015 and 2019. An entrepreneur by nature, Jack decided to launch JK Asset Management and the JKAM Diversified RE Fund to focus on alternative assets such as value-add multifamily real estate.
Prior to beginning his real estate investment career, Jack graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a bachelor's in information technology. Jack graduated with a dual MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Topics on Today’s Episode:
Jack’s journey from an IT consultant to real estate entrepreneur and financial freedom.
Missed opportunities in the rental market for investors who did not take advantage of recent rent surges.
Jack’s take on value-add strategy of renovating units and raising rents to increase net operating income and the value of the building.
The benefits of real estate investment in terms of generating positive cash flow, tax deferral, and building long-term wealth.
Many reasons to be bullish in today’s market, especially in Houston.
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I stumbled upon Wayne’s podcast and it's now at the top of my favorites list. The episodes are well-researched and Wayne’s eloquence makes even complex topics easy to grasp. Highly recommended!
Love working with Wayne
Yes, I’ve worked with Wayne on a build to rent subdivision syndication, his show is great, he is a fantastic operator and asset manager too! I love that this show is about the real things that happen behind the scenes and not just fluff! ~ Ruben Greth
This podcast is super interesting. It’s great to hear stories of how other active and passive investors got their start and the lessons learned along the way.