So, what the heck is house hacking? House hacking is a real estate investment strategy in which you own a multi-unit property (such as a duplex, triplex or fourplex) and live in one of the units as your primary residence. The occupants of the other units pay your mortgage and living expenses through the rent they pay you. You can also house hack a single-family home by renting out a bedroom, basement or outbuilding. The strategy is simple, and the rewards can be great. For the smart strategist, house hacking can be a gateway to a long and successful future in real estate investing.

Here are some of the benefits of house hacking:

Financial Stability

The most obvious benefit of house hacking is the financial reward of living rent- or…

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I’m a big believer that where there’s a will, there’s a way! 

Emily and I put it out to the universe at the beginning of 2021 to purchase TWENTY-FIVE apartment units by the end of the year. Crazy goal…? Oh hell, yes!

When we put this goal out there we most certainly did not have the money to acquire $4 million dollars worth of real estate (roughly the value of 25 units here in Minneapolis) and we most certainly did not have a plan to get there.

Regardless, we put it out to the universe! And we wholeheartedly believed, “where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

This brings us to April of 2021 - four months into our quest of reaching 25 units. 

We’re proud and excited to announce that with the acquisition of 3029 Garfield we’ve brought…

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I’ve come to believe that if you want to progress towards your goals and dreams it takes letting go of first establishing the “perfect plan.” It takes dedication, perseverance and an unwavering commitment towards the journey - but it doesn’t take a 100% ironed out, bullet proof plan. The right plan will show itself through consistent, daily action.

Within the first few months of dating Emily back in 2019 I knew I was going to spend the rest of my life with her. We immediately began having conversations about what we wanted our life to look like, together. We chatted about family, business, real estate, financial freedom, and everything in between. Very quickly we realized we wanted to create a life of financial freedom through real estate.…

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I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “there’s more than one way to skin a cat.” First off, that’s the most messed up saying ever! Who the heck is out there skinning cats?!?! That’s just wrong!

But when it comes to real estate financing, it’s true - there really is more than one way to skin a cat.

In this article, I’m going to outline a few of the different ways to finance a real estate investment. If you’re looking to make your first purchase, this article will be even MORE impactful. Because,  low key, you DON’T need a crazy amount of money to purchase your first investment property. Emily and I bought our first investment property - a value add four-plex in South Minneapolis - with less than $10,000 in the bank! And we did a $150,000…

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Apartment Investments Made Simple

What exactly is apartment syndication and why is it such a fantastic investment vehicle? In today’s episode, we’re taking the complexity out of apartment syndications. By the end, you’re going to understand how a syndication is structured, why it’s…

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I was listening to a Bigger Pockets podcast over the weekend and Brandon Turner, the host, presented a unique question to the guest. He asked, “If you could give five pieces of advice to your twenty year old self what would they be…?” This really got me thinking.

I thought to myself, “What pieces of advice would I give MY former self as it relates to real estate investing?” This may seem funny given I’m only twenty-eight years old but within the next twelve months Emily and I will reach financial freedom through our real estate investments. As in, our positive cash flow from our rental properties will exceed our monthly expenses - if we chose to retire, we’d have the monthly income to do so.

So again, I thought to myself, “If I was JUST…

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Did the title of this blog get your attention…? I hope so!

This article is not about me, it’s about YOU!

The power of real estate is INSANE, and it’s a vehicle to success I’m extremely passionate about.

My intention in sharing this story is to get YOUR gears turning. By the end of this, I want you thinking, “Hey, this doesn’t sound all that crazy! I’m confident I can give this real estate investment thing a go!”

A couple months ago Emily (my significant other) and I bought a four-plex in the Whittier neighborhood of South Minneapolis. The two of us had a very specific goal for 2020 – buy a four-unit property in South Minneapolis with value-add potential using FHA financing. Seems simple right? Not quite. There was literally blood, sweat…

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You’d think that due to COVID-19 the Minneapolis real estate market would be in a tough spot – but contrary to popular belief, things are still flying off the shelf here in Minneapolis. This past July 2020 we saw an increase in Pending Sales of over 12% compared to July of 2019 – that’s a pretty darn big increase!

In hot real estate markets where properties are receiving multiple offers and properties are being sold over list price a popular technique used by savvy realtors (yours truly!) is the escalation clause.

Let’s talk about what the heck an escalation clause is and more importantly, when to use it!

Let’s use a real-world example of what an escalation clause is:

Property 123 Main Street is listed on the MLS for $100,000. This is a…

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Whether I’m working with a buyer to find a swanky new condo down in the North Loop or someone interested in house hacking and buying a duplex in South Minneapolis – the question always comes up: “should I put 3.5% down or 20% down?” Great question! Let’s dive into that here!

I’ll preface the following by saying there are certain instances where you simply CANNOT put down as little as possible (in most instances that’s 3 – 3.5%). These would be non-owner occupied properties and common interest communities with retail/commercial space in the building – each property and situation can be unique (that’s why I’m here to help!) but for the sake of this article let’s assume this is a property you’re GOING to personally occupy (this means you COULD put…

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