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February 9, 2021

The BEST Real Estate Investment Strategies For 2021

The BEST Real Estate Investment Strategies For 2021! There has been a lot of speculation about what will happen with the housing market in 2021, is it going to crash? Is it going to keep getting propped up by the central bank? Who knows! But one thing that I do know, in order to be successful in real estate investing, is to have the BEST real estate investment strategies for the year 2021. Not all real estate investment strategies are a one size fit all, there are specific ones that you need to focus on, especially in a housing market crash. According to many of my friends and colleagues who made a boatload of money during the 2008 housing market crash, there are a few real estate investment strategies that you should be focusing on. In this video, I talk about what these strategies are and how they can benefit you during the 2021 housing market crash. Register for our live event on January 26, 2021 Deal Closer Live! 0:00 Intro 1:20 The First Real Estate Investment Strategy 5:10 The Second Real Estate Investment Strategy 8:29 The Third Real Estate Investment Strategy The first real estate investment strategy I’d recommend using for 2021 is short sales. Short sales are when there is a sale of a real estate property, where the bank takes a significant loss on the property because the current occupant is so far behind on their mortgage payments, that the lender will take less for the property. This was a popular strategy during the 2008 housing market crash because this was the case for many unfortunate homeowners during that time. The second real estate investment strategy I’d recommend using for the 2021 housing market crash is a lease option. A lease option is when a real estate investor actually controls the distressed property first before this strategy can be used. Lease options are good for price control of the property, as well as stability with options for the tenant. The third real estate investment strategy I’d recommend using for the 2021 housing market crash is owner financing, also known as seller financing. Seller financing is a staple in the Kwak Brothers real estate investment strategies. It’s how we were able to acquire 75 units in just one year, we even wrote a book about it ( But many banks do not want to have to go through the process of foreclosure, there are several fees and costs associated with that. Also, if a property owner is looking to exit their property ownership for whatever reason, seller financing is a great way to incentivize the seller to sell because of some tax mitigation that could come along with owner financing.
August 25, 2020

Real Estate Vs Stock Market: PROOF One Is Better Than The Other!

Real Estate Vs Stock Market: PROOF One Is Better Than The Other! In this video, I am going to get into WHY I choose Real Estate Investing over investing in the stock market. There are 5 reasons WHY. But before we get into that, I want to share a quick story. When I was 19, I made a decision to stop being poor and I am going to start making decisions to help me financially. My Brother Sam and I grew up in a low-income family and we didn’t have very much, but one day, I made a decision to change all that. I started looking at the stock market, commodities, bonds……You name it, I was looking into it. The major thing I realized is that stocks have the potential to get to absolutely ZERO (point of no returns), for example, if you took $100,000 and invested it, and it went to ZERO, there is NO chance of getting your money back, down the toilet, just like the company you invested in (like Blockbuster video, one of my favorite childhood destinations). There is always going to be industry distributors, Blockbuster Video went out because of streaming services like Netflix. So for the real estate vs stock market debate, I pick real estate every time! #1: Risk As I said before, there will always be industry disruptions (Blockbuster vs Netflix) so there is always a chance that a business can lose EVERYTHING in the real estate vs stock market investing debate. With Real Estate Investing, there is always a way to have an exit strategy to where you can cover your loss. There is always some kind of value in rental properties when it comes to the real estate vs stock market debate. #2: Volatility Take Elon Musk, for instance, went onto The Joe Rogan Podcast, smoked some dope, and the Tesla stock dropped 9% in a matter of minutes. Did anyone see that coming? I don’t think Elon even did. With Real Estate Investing, there is time, data, and some concrete evidence of stability, another point to the real estate vs stock market debate. #3: Insurance Is there an insurance policy out there that will protect your stock market investments? I don’t think so. Is real estate insured? You bet! That’s why I pick real estate investing when it comes down to the real estate vs stock market debate. #4: Control If you invested $100k into a company, do you have any decision-making abilities? Are you on the board of directors? Nope. If you own a 24-unit apartment building, do you have a say in how it is run and maintained? Absolutely! Again, a big reason why I choose what I do in the real estate vs stock market debate. #5: Returns Now, this is the most debated topic on the topic of real estate vs stock market. Now just to quote Warren Buffett (possibly the best stock market trader ever), “No one can predict the stock market, NO ONE!” With real estate investing, everything is shown in the rent roll documents!
August 18, 2020

Cash Out Refinance VS HELOC: Which is BETTER for Real Estate Investing?

Cash Out Refinance VS Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) which one is better in the context of real estate investing? In this video, I am going to talk about the differences between cash out refinance and the home equity line of credit (HELOC), what are the pros and cons when it comes to using it for real estate investing, and what are some of the things you should watch out for when using a cash out refinance or HELOC. A brief summary of what both cash out refinance and a home equity line of credit involves taking the equity out from a real estate property and turning it into reusable cash, essentially borrowing from how much equity you own in a property. BUT cash out refinance and a HELOC are structured differently AND it affects the cost of borrowing! A cash out refinance, for example, for real estate investing purposes, benefits those in a high equity position in their property, meaning, upwards 80%-100% in order to have enough cash to use as investment capital. A cash out refinance works the same way as a regular mortgage. During the process of getting a cash out refinance, the bank requires a property appraisal so they can value the home properly. Just like getting a traditional mortgage, the bank looks at FICO scores and credit rating to determine your interest rate. And then typical costs associated with closing on a typical mortgage. Once all the documents are signed and good to go, the bank will cut you a check and send you on your way! A home equity line of credit is similar to a cash out refinance in the sense that you are borrowing from your property’s equity, but instead of refinancing, a HELOC is a line of credit, so its revolving debt as compared to a cash out refinance, where it’s installment debt. So it’s essentially a line of backed by your property’s equity. So one of the big differences between a cash out refinance and a HELOC is the way the debt is structured. A cash out refinance, being an installment debt, is a one-time use type of loan. So once you get that check from the bank, after being approved for a cash out refinance, you can only use it once. On the flip side with a HELOC, it’s a line of credit, so you can continue to use that line of credit since it is revolving debt. So when it comes to using either for real estate investing, the HELOC can be used again and again! So in conclusion, I choose getting a HELOC over a cash out refinance in regards to real estate investing, more flexibility, more opportunity for investing The Kwak Brothers are millennial real estate investors who have acquired over 82 Units of Rental Units and have raised over $20,000,000 of capital for their real estate deals. They are based out of the Chicago-land area and they are dedicated to helping hard-working people become financially free real estate investor! They specialize in owner financing acquisition and raising capital. They are the creator of the FORCE Strategy (Find the deal, Owner Finance It, Raise the Capital, Cashflow It, and Expand your Financial Freedom)📧 Get Our 1:1 Real Estate Investing Coaching and Mentoring:
August 5, 2020

Negotiating Seller Financing: TOP SECRET Tactics to Get A “YES”

Seller Financing: TOP SECRET Negotiation Tactics for Real Estate Investing… Seller Financing/Owner Financing is one of the ways I was able to really grow my real estate portfolio exponentially, in one year! And in this video, I want to share negotiation tactics that I have used during the buying process when utilizing seller financing/owner financing strategies. When sellers hear the words; seller financing, owner financing, or any kind of creative financing, they tend to automatically have certain emotional reactions when hearing those particular words. So in order to make these types of real estate investing deals happen, you need to pitch seller financing/owner financing in an indirect way. In this video, I am going to share with you PROVEN ways to close real estate investing deals using seller financing/owner financing! The first point I want to make when negotiating for seller financing/owner financing is having the right mindset. Negotiating for seller financing is not a competition, many people I coach/mentor believe that negotiating is a competition. But we need to change our perspective when negotiating for seller financing, make it less about competition and more about collaboration. Your job as a negotiator is to create a win-win scenario for everyone. So how do we do this when negotiating for seller financing/owner financing……. 1st: Identify their problems. This means asking a series of questions that pertain to what are their pain points and motivations for selling. But these questions are not just any questions, but specific questions! 2nd: The line technique. Now with this strategy, it will help clarify IF the deal even calls for a seller financing/owner financing strategy. If the seller needs cash, GIVE THEM CASH! Not every deal can be seller financing. 3rd: Never push the seller for seller financing/owner financing. The moment a seller feels pushed is the moment you will receive resistance from the seller, which in return weakens your chances of a seller financing deal. You want to ATTRACT the seller during negotiations. Give them the illusion that they are in control of the negotiation. At the end of the day, sellers DO NOT want to be sold, they want to buy and in this scenario, although you are the buyer, you need to sell the property owner the idea of seller financing by making it a win for them, while making it a win for yourself. It’s the ULTIMATE real estate investing chess match.