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JC 022: Grit and Billion Dollar Real Estate with Brendon Bergen

August 23rd, 2017 | no comments

Your success and failure depends on you

Every deal starts with a financial model. Brendon Bergen is the Director of Asset Management for Affirmed Housing Group in San Diego. He embraces the team aspect of the real estate game and is always on the lookout for the most efficient way to operate an asset and add value for the residents.

Brendon’s company looks after the environment and has implemented solar powered electrical systems at their properties in order to strive for Net Zero electric. Solar offers a triple win solution; the owner benefits, the city benefits and the tenants pay a fraction of “on grid” electrical prices. They install high efficiency water systems as well.

Brendan loves working on repositioning older, rundown assets. He tackles the challenge of each project head on and enjoys witnessing the tangible transformation of the renovations. Improving the asset and the tenant experience results in win, win.

Brendon moved from Cleveland to California to pursue his real estate career right at the beginning of ‘The Great Recession’ – the worst time to be knocking on doors to interview for a job in real estate. He relied on the grit that he developed on the wresting mat to manage the “no’s” that he received job prospecting. His perseverance paid off and Brendon landed a job as an analyst for a portfolio holding retail centers, office and industrial real estate.

Brendon’s number one tip for success in the real estate game is to be resilient. He highly recommends joining the Urban Land Institute as a networking platform and a way to learn who the players are in your market.

5 Key Points:

  • Always look for ways to be more efficient and add value.
  • Surround yourself with the right experts.
  • Add solar technology to multifamily and commercial real estate projects.
  • Understand the fundamentals of real estate development on small projects before you tackle larger projects.
  • Be resilient. Your success and failure depends on you.

Favorite athlete: Lebron James – NBA player

Favorite book: An Unfair Advantage by Chad M Robinchaux

Favorite quote: “The strongest iron comes from the hottest flame”

Brendon trains for success by waking up early, working out and getting to work early.

Connect with Brendon on LinkedIn or send him an email, brendon@affirmedhousing.com

Affirmed Housing Group – www.affirmedhousing.com

Thank you Brendon for taking time out of your busy day to share your success tips with us today.

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JC 019: $400 million dollars of development in 18 months with Tom Charek

August 2nd, 2017 | 2 comments
Accelerate your success with a team who complements your strengths

The Real Estate Locker Room Show with John Carney EP 019Tom Charek offers his clients the knockout combination of his experience as a large-scale commercial builder and his training as an engineer. Tom is no stranger to large-scale projects and completed $400 million dollars of development in 18 months with the Geis Companies in Cleveland, Ohio.

Tom combines his experience on the construction and project management side of a deal with his knowledge of business structure and finance to deliver a total package to his clients who invest in a range of development from apartment buildings to hotels to office buildings. Tom will tell you if a deal is bad early on so that you don’t waste time and money and you can keep moving forward.

The three questions that you must ask when evaluating a development opportunity are:

1) is the land good?

2) is the city good?

3) is it easy to build?

Tom entered the real estate investing game when he was looking to own his first home. He fixed and flipped his way to success by purchasing and renovating a tri-plex, collecting the rent, managing the property and exiting for a profit. A few years of hard work and hustle will pay off if you are willing to make sacrifices and self-manage your investment properties.

Many investors hold onto properties for too long. Tom recommends selling an investment property after you renovate so that you maximize the improvement value and you do not have to spend time, effort and money a second time. Trends change so plan your exit and renovations accordingly.

Tom encourages investors to study their local market and determine where for the same rental rate you can purchase or build for the lowest cost.

5 Key Points

  • Say “yes” to opportunity
  • Know the rental rates for your product type. You want to invest / build where rental rates are high and costs are lower
  • When starting out, self managing your investment properties will keep you accountable
  • Maximize the improvement value of your investment buy not holding it for any longer than three years after you renovate
  • Surround yourself with a team of people who complement your strengths

Favorite athlete: Kevin Love – NBA player

Favorite book(s):

Bringing Out the Best in People by Aubrey Daniels

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

Tom trains for success by reading for 2 hours daily. Reading and gaining more knowledge is the key to gaining the advantage in business / life.

Thank you Tom for taking some time out to share your business insights with us.

You may connect with Tom Charek direct on LinkedIn or you can reach Tom at Pride One Construction http://www.prideoneconstruction.com and “like” Pride One of Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/prideoneconstruction

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