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Multifamily Missteps Hosted by Christy Keeton

Author: Christy Keeton - Real Operator. Real Missteps. Real Solutions.

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Are you tired of the "rainbows and butterflies" approach in multifamily investing, where everything unfolds seamlessly, and everybody wins? You never see “behind the scenes” reality.

If you resonate with our perspective, acknowledging that true insights emerge from navigating mistakes and challenges, then you're in the right place. 


Join Christy Keeton, your host, as she dives into the missteps and lessons learned encountered by active apartment operators.


In these episodes, we embark on a journey to dissect and analyze the pitfalls within the multifamily project life cycle, focusing on the crucial stages of Finding, Funding, Fixing, or Flipping a project. 


Instead of glossing over setbacks, we shine a spotlight on them, providing a valuable learning experience for our audience. Each episode concludes not only by revealing how the issue at hand was rectified but also by sharing other priceless lessons derived from the experience.


It's an unfiltered exploration of the multifamily investment landscape, revealing the intricate tapestry of challenges and solutions that make the journey worthwhile.

128 Episodes
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Steven takes us on the journey of beginner landlord to the most recent lending environment. Join us for the pitfalls of gut instinct and floating-rate loans. Buckle up!Support the Show.Are you feeling overwhelmed with Multifamily deal analysis? Are you uncertain about the right investment? Christy is an expert underwriter and mentor and wants help you on your journey! Visit her website at www.ChristyKeeton.com to book a discovery call now.
In this short episode, Christy takes you down the path of her first 2 deals that had the SAME misstep! Support the Show.Are you feeling overwhelmed with Multifamily deal analysis? Are you uncertain about the right investment? Christy is an expert underwriter and mentor and wants help you on your journey! Visit her website at www.ChristyKeeton.com to book a discovery call now.
Having the right inspector on-site is crucial. Join Jerome as he shares his journey of acquiring a 20-unit and an 8-unit property from the same owner, both closing on the same day. Discover the critical missteps that could have cost him and his partners dearly. Tune in as he dives into issues with HVAC systems and emphasizes the importance of attention to detail, right down to misplaced commas. You'll appreciate the integrity with which he addresses his errors.Support the Show.Are you feeling...
Aiming for a huge target is not at all bad, but the harsh reality should also be considered. In this episode, we feature Matthew Drouin and his story of doing a deal that entails facing problematic neighborhoods and people down on their luck. He talks about his experience of regret looking upon himself as a hero and brings the invaluable lessons he learned from it. [00:00 - 08:51] When the Harsh Truth Slaps, We Go Back to What MattersBack into real estate by accident as a residential age...
Holding your money too tightly to invest for inspection would be a big mistake. Michael Sampson notes that it's important to work with a good real estate broker and have professional inspections done on your properties to make sure they're in good condition. He also advises patience when growing a real estate portfolio, as successes can take time to build. [00:00 - 07:13] Lessons Learned from Multifamily InvestingSpend money upfront for inspectionDo your research and work with a good rea...
How much do we know about the property before we make a deal? In this episode, Tommy Brant addresses the importance of financial due diligence and how knowing the owners is just as essential as knowing the assets. Tommy also shares how taking the lead on the deal helped create value for him and his partners. [00:01 - 17:18] The Deal that Eluded Me Tommy shares how he got his start in real estateForming a team with the broker's contactFinding problems during financial due dilig...
Planning to get the deal requires consideration of a strategic exit too. In this episode, Sam Wilson talks about his investment and exit strategies, avoiding mistakes in the future, and how important it is to make sure that there are out clauses in contracts in order to protect oneself. Listen closely as Sam provides listeners with valuable advice on how to make life count by doing the things that don't always count. [00:01 - 13:36] How to Secure a Contractual Agreement with SellersHave ...
Is it possible to generate passive income while on active duty? Of course! Listen in as Tim Kelly and Jerome Myers emphasize the importance of education and networking to becoming successful in real estate investing. In this episode, Tim explains how to create a community of like-minded individuals in order to leverage relationships and access opportunities. Tune in as he shares stories of his own successes and failures. This is a signal for you to take the necessary steps to achieve your own...
Many people can get involved as you start your real estate journey, so how do we make sure that the people we have are worthy of our trust? Verifying information and clear communication are keys. In today’s episode, Jerome Myers interviews Dave Seymour, who has a background as a firefighter turned into a real estate investor. Listen as he shares his struggles with the consequences of the downturn in the market. They discuss how property values can go down, even in good times, and how th...
Wisdom comes from experience and learning from mistakes. Perhaps for those starting in multifamily investing, being a bit more conservative at first and taking calculated risks is the way. Do not take for granted the relationships you are developing along the way as this may turn out to be more valuable than what you are earning. My guest, Justin Britto, talks about how he became an investor, what mistakes he has made in the past, and how he has learned from them. He also shares advice for as...
Do you have an exit strategy? A lot of risks go into your investment if you do have one. In today’s episode, my guest, Ben Fraser, discusses the implications of ensuring assets worth more in the future and being able to protect the investment at the same time. Listen closely as he talks about the dangers of over-leveraging in the current market environment and how to avoid getting trapped in a cycle of debt.[00:01 - 05:26] Opening Segment Ben Fraser on the managing real estate turbulence...
What makes the real estate industry attractive is how you can attain a huge cash flow passively. However, is that the truth or is there something more? In today's episode, Axel Ragnarsson discloses his story and reminds us of the due diligence to establish when assessing deals, the ramifications of not working with key persons in transactions, and the dangers of complacency and how it can put you in a tough spot.[00:01 - 04:49] Opening Segment Get to know today's guest, Axel RagnarssonHe...
It is perfectly normal for some people to leave you and come into your life. In real estate, however, it should not be. When the people leaving your properties are more than those who come in, you should realize there’s a problem, and you need to pinpoint and address that problem fast. Luckily for Sonya Rocvil, she realized that there’s something wrong with their property and they were able to address it. [00:01 - 03:07] Opening Segment I welcome today’s guest, Sonya Rocvil Con...
When the property turns out to be way too problematic to handle, it is easier to give up on it. So, should we do it? Alex Moore argues otherwise, saying that as long as you have multiple plans in place, it is even harder not to be successful in real estate investing. Also, she leaves a valuable tip for any investor to avoid huge headaches and uncover deeper issues - touring the property at night - and there are good reasons for that.[00:01 - 04:23] Opening Segment Alex Moore on being a n...
Are you putting your opportunity fund in the right places? Although it is common to think that simply putting your money in the bank account is ideal because it is safe and risk-free, clearly, it is not the way to supercharge your investment. As Rod Zabriskie and Blake Brogan stated, we should consider playing around with the idea of compound interest and get the money working for us. Listen as they discuss the ways to be smart with how you store your opportunity fund.[00:01 - 06:41] Opening ...
When it seems like everything is going as planned, suddenly, you went way under budget for the renovation. That was the problem Chris Grenzig had to face in his deal. He shares the importance of surrounding yourself with people who know more than you and why you should always ask more questions and look for potential drawbacks to plan for contingencies. Listen as he shares this huge hurdle that was eventually turned around with a better plan and increasing rental growth.[00:01 - 06:28] Openin...
We always hear about the importance of due diligence. Well, we can never say it enough as Ayal Joshua shares his real estate experience of a costly fix that shouldn’t have happened. He goes over the turn of events and the steps he had to undertake to make the property function without compromise and worked on lowering the cost. He emphasizes the value of going beyond what’s required and practicing caveat emptor: “Let the buyer beware.”[00:01 - 03:49] Opening Segment Ayal Joshua on gettin...
You enter a deal and the underwriting reveals that there is too much expense allocation for the property topped with bandaid fixes to solve… What happens then? Williams Edwards shares this noteworthy experience that ended up with reduced expenses, replaced property management team, and even lower tax burden. He also highlights the value of consultancy for better tax benefits. Listen as he shares his story of starting from the ground up and now investing in 5000 units.[00:01 - 04:29] Opening S...
Dealing with various properties can be such an interesting journey where you’ll encounter issues you never thought would occur. For Justin Fraser, it was about environmental issues and because of this experience, the need to have contingency plans as you go through deals becomes all the more essential. When this happens, staying positive and practicing due diligence in the process can make all the difference. [00:01 - 05:24] Considering Exits and Doubling the EquityJustin Fraser on handl...
Cheaper is better, right? Well, when it comes to real estate services, that is usually not the case. In fact, the cost for you can even be higher in the long run. Arie van Gemeren highlighted this as he shares the journey of multiple missteps he encountered in his deals. He discusses the dangers of not being properly capitalized - imagine if a significant amount has to be escrowed by the bank a few days before the deal! Arie also stresses the need to understand code compliance for less stress...
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