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just me, swat

My blog is a reflection of a mashup between a left and right brain.

Who is SWAT? 

"I think frugality drives innovation, just like other constraints do. One of the only ways to get out of a tight box is to invent your way out." - Jeff Bezos

"I think frugality drives innovation, just like other constraints do. One of the only ways to get out of a tight box is to invent your way out." - Jeff Bezos

Disclaimer: This page gets long, so just read the intro if you're tight on time. :)

My name is Swat. This is my personal blog.  

I am based out of Southern California and often travel to Michigan, and Dallas, TX for work and family. I'm also a big fan of Christopher Nolan and his films. 

I have a sincere passion for spoken word writing, psychology,  and solving problems in real estate. Due to constraints on my time, I also love sharing productivity hacks though my blog. 

I consider myself very lucky to have fallen upon opportunities that have led me to what I do every day. 

As a result, I write about tools for leadership, personal, productivity, and multi-unit real estate.

On occasion, I write about stuff that doesn’t fit neatly into one of these categories.

MY BACK STORY

"If you're competitor-focused, you have to wait until there is a competitor doing something. Being customer-focused allows you to be more pioneering." - Jeff Bezos  © 2010 Photo: Alex NYC. Location: Long Beach Airport, Long Beach, CA

"If you're competitor-focused, you have to wait until there is a competitor doing something. Being customer-focused allows you to be more pioneering." - Jeff Bezos

© 2010 Photo: Alex NYC. Location: Long Beach Airport, Long Beach, CA

As most of us, I was raised thinking the good GPA, Engineering School degree, and working in the corporate world was the definition of success. I was working in IT, a typical 9-5 job, and loved the line of work I was in. I had no plans to leave, but unfortunately there are some things you cannot control. When the economy turned in 2009 I was laid off in Anaheim, CA. 

Getting laid off is a strange feeling. One day you think everything is fine and you'll find another job quickly and the next day you find yourself questioning what your true purpose of life is. Are you giving back? Are you contributing? Are you creating an impact?

It turns out that getting laid off was the best thing that ever happened to me.  

Instead of wallowing in my sorrows, I decided I didn't want to work to build someone else's dream and started searching. I wanted to grow my own vision. Create a reality out of what I felt was real. This began my search for alternative income streams as a platform and meeting mentors that changed my life.  My trajectory. My direction.

Without my 9 to 5 job holding me back, I was able to invest time in self-development, reading books, and meeting successful entrepreneurs, mentors, and real estate investors who were light years smarter than me and had over 20+ years of experience. 

3 of my mentors were well versed in acquiring large (20-150 unit) income producing properties. They were buying mis-managed apartment complexes at the bottom of the market, fixing and selling to large corporate companies. I did what I could to find properties, put them under contract, lock down lenders and investors. Whatever I could do to help. 

With the help of mentors and the support of my wife and family, I have had the emotional support to start my own journey as a full-time asset manager and transaction engineer – which keeps me motivated and fueled on a day-to-day basis. This gives me the platform to strive for success in both investing, personal growth, and contributing as much as I can to the world.

As cliche as it sounds, when you love what you do, it is easy to wake up happy and motivated to accomplish your goals.

Real estate, like all other businesses, is a relationship business, and I love that I get to work with people on a daily basis to build income streams.

SO...WHY REAL ESTATE?

For starters it's an excellent platform for building a legacy for your family. 

Few people are aware that Arnold Swarzenegger used real estate as a platform for his film endeavors. He acquired distressed apartments in Southern California which later multiplied in value.  

With the direction of our global economy, real estate kept popping out from other businesses I analyzed.

I researched and met owners of all types of businesses including restaurant chains and tech start-ups that interested me.  

This was due to real estate having:

  • Long-term monthly cash flow (pay for my food, expenses, and shelter)

  • Asset stability (everyone needs to live somewhere)

  • Security for capital (in the long run it holds value)

  • Tax benefits (depending on location, tax law favors owners)

  • Opportunities to scale (Ex. 50-300 unit properties can give you nice income)

  • Leverage from banks (what other businesses allow you to borrow 80% with 20% down? True Pareto's 80/20 principle)

Real estate was my best choice to build long-term wealth and family legacy. 

Real estate success is heavily based on your education, team, relationships, mentors, daily habits, marketing systems, and real world experience. Lots of mindset and psychology stuff. Lots of "get out of your own way", jumping through hoops, and focusing on fundamentals like daily habits

"If you're long-term oriented, customer interests and owner interests are aligned." - Jeff Bezos

"If you're long-term oriented, customer interests and owner interests are aligned." - Jeff Bezos

With this blog, I want to be as transparent as possible with everything I do. My philosophy has become to let go of the trivial and focus only on big wins

My businesses and my strategies, will be out there for you to see. I’m not trying to show off  – that’s definitely not my purpose.

Just a way to update my readers, colleagues, friends and family on what I do. I respect them a lot, so I would like to share something that benefits them. 

If you’re already involved in real estate, I hope that my experiences – both my wins and my failures – can help you reach your goals.

If you’re not investing in income properties but thinking about it, you can see what it’s like, see what’s involved and make decisions on your own without having to pay someone and be subjected to the possibility of false claims and wasted money.

I’m a serial experimenter.

I love to test out strategies and measure the results. 

With real experience, if it works, then I will build a system around it.

This is how I can automate it and/or scale it based on the book Checklist Manifesto.

I will do the testing so you don't have to. If there's something you want me to test out and see if it could be beneficial, please send me a comment on the form below or send a message through contact page
 

Finally, please read this carefully:

I don’t consider myself a guru, my techniques are not secrets and the kinds of things I share are not “get rich quick” schemes  - far from it actually. The most successful investors I've met live by common sense, basic arithmetic, and have a simple platform for long-term decision making. 

This is why you won’t see me offer any paid programs (no links on my site right now)  - not because I don’t want to help, but because honestly most of the information I could give you can be found for free elsewhere online or on my blog.

If you need some help figuring stuff out, just use my contact form (at the bottom of the page) to send me an email and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Earning any type of income in real estate takes hard work, patience and a little bit of luck too, although I honestly believe we create our own luck.

I hope my story may inspire you, however, I want to do it the right way. I speak only from my experience and please don’t feel like you owe me anything because of it. This is my way of giving back the amazing knowledge and opportunities that have come my way.

You won’t get any hard sells from me, long sales pages or fluffed up stuff – just real life case studies and recommendations based on my own experience.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and I hope to you find something useful on my blog and hope to hear from you soon!

Cheers!

"All businesses need to be young forever. If your customer base ages with you, you're Woolworth's." - Jeff Bezos

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WHAT WE DO

My partners and I have an income property acquisitions and an asset management consulting team specializing in:

  1. Airbnb Income Property - Portfolio Management

  2. Mobile home parks and apartment buildings acquisitions management

  3. Off-market deal sourcing (not listed by agents)

  4. Sourcing Private Money

  5. Self-directed IRA Real Estate Investing

  6. Deal analysis and structuring

  7. Asset Management and "Lease-Up" Marketing Systems

  8. Financial and Physical Due diligence

We are open to partnering or paying bird dogs and wholesalers for mobile home park or apartment deals. Please contact us for more information. Your commissions are protected. 

 


CORPORATE BACKGROUND

Sometimes people ask about my background, so I thought I would share. Here's my experience prior to real estate:

  1. Worked in apartment acquisitions with Cambridge Investment Group (Dallas, TX) and Rental/New Construction Project Management with Double Star Investment Group (Tyler, TX).

  2. I used to breakdance in high school and made remix albums with our breakdancing crew Soultronics.

  3. Corporate experience: I have worked in quite a few different industries. My first job in college ironically was for a well known real estate investor and top realtor in my home-state of Michigan in the city of Birmingham. I supported his computer systems operations and IT systems. It was an incredible experience to get a view of his world and I got to wear multiple hats.

  4. After graduating university I worked for Daimler Chrysler at their headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan. I've always been a car enthusiast and into modifying cars for race, so it was fun peeking into how the auto industry operates

  5. During this period, I did hobby photography as well as operated a wedding photography business. It started out of a passion and reached a point where I had more clients than I had personal time to service them (weddings take extreme patience!) and at that time, I did not have the staff or experience to scale with a full-time job. I ended up having to stop accepting clients, which was a very tough decision, but allowed me to work on personal creative projects I was passionate about.

  6. I also worked for Hewlett Packard/EDS and later a California mobile telecommunications company that printed the circuit boards in China for Apple, Motorola, and Blackberry. This is where I met business strategists who were building frameworks for a global strategy. Apple built their circuit boards in China and shipped them around the world.

  7. I made a few remix albums with a friend named Jesal in Orange County, California in 2010. I still enjoy mixing music.

  8. I also worked for my mentor David Korobkin and his marketing and visionary consulting company in San Clemente, CA. He was an ocean of knowledge with 20+ years of active consulting to major California clients like Disney and Toyota.

  9. I also worked in business intelligence reporting/data analytics for the largest hospital in Beverly Hills, CA -- Cedar-Sinai Medical Center.

  10. Oh ya, I have a Bachelors of Science, Electrical Engineering from Oakland University (numbers guy). I also frequent university classes that interest me.

 

GET IN TOUCH

Send your inquiries, deals, comments to swat@helloswat.com or submit the form below.


"You can get everything you want in life if you serve others and help them get what they want." - Zig Ziglar