Many former US military service members become real estate investors after transitioning to civilian life.
Discipline, a strong work ethic, loyalty, collaboration, leadership, effective communication, problem solving and many more skills obtained in the military are also beneficial to growing a real estate mentor business.
Additionally, because of their background, they bring a different perspective to real estate investing – things that civilians like me may not have thought of. Fortunately for you and me, many veterans have come on the podcast to share these unique insights.
In honor of Veteran’s Day, here is the Best Real Estate Investing Advice Ever from 7 US military veterans interviewed on the podcast.
1. Think Big, Act Small
Seth Wilson: Founder and Managing Director of Clarity Equity Group
Military experience: Four-time combat veteran of 14 years, and currently serves in the Missouri Air National Guard as a pilot of the C-130 tactical airlift aircraft
Episode: JF2208 Veteran To Founder
Best Ever Advice: Thing big but act small. When setting goals, always aim high. But make sure that you paying attention to the details and taking massive intelligent action every single day in pursuit of your goal.
2. Get Out There and Take Risks (That Won’t Destroy You)
David Pere: Founder of From Military to Millionaire
Military experience: US Marine Corps since 2008
Episode: JF2102 From Military to Millionaire
Best Ever Advice: Just get out there, do it, and take risks. Having a safety net (in David’s case, his job in the military) can give you more confidence to take greater risks. But, David did put a ceiling to the level of risk one should take – if you take a risk and fail, it shouldn’t utterly break you. That is, you should be able to mentally and financially dust yourself off, recover, and get back in the game. The greater risks you can take, the larger the payoff.
3. Find Your Own Unique Niche to Reduce Competition
Phil Capron: Multifamily investors and Senior Mentor with Michal Blank
Military experience: Naval Special Warfare Combatant Craft Crewman
Episode: JF1984 From the Military to Multifamily
Best Ever Advice: When in the military, Phil’s smaller special ops unit did the missions other crews weren’t able to. The other, bigger units lacked the tactics, training, equipment, or personnel. Similarly, Phil pursues deals and strategies that other, large operators aren’t willing or able to do.
Whatever the big operator’s investment criteria is his is the opposite. As a result, he has access to deals that they don’t have access to, which has allowed him to do deals in competitive markets.
Therefore, if you are having a hard time finding a deal, ask yourself what you can do differently to create a niche for yourself with minimal to no competition.
4. House Hacking and the Real Formula to Success
Eric Upchurch: COO and Co-Founder of Active Duty Passive Income and Senior Managing Partner at ADPI Capital
Military experience: Army Special Operations
Episode: JF1890 From Military Life to Civilian Work & Real Estate Investing
Best Ever Advice: First is to use the VA loan if possible (the similar option for civilians is the FHA loan). Zero (or minimal) money out of pocket for a cash flowing asset. Target a four-plex, live in one unit for at least one year and one day, and repeat. You will live rent free(ish) and/or generate cash flow each month.
Second was Eric’s real formula to success: “Learn, network, add value, take action. If you do those things over and over again, success will hunt you down.”
5. Always Follow Through with Commitments
Jamie Bateman: Founder of Labrador Lending
Military experience: Captain in Army Reserves
Episode: JF2224 Note Investing Strategies
Best Ever Advice: Jamie’s best ever advice was three-fold. First is to focus on your strengths and outsource your weakness to others. Second is to consistently think about how you can add value and contribute to something bigger than yourself – both in business and your personal life. Third is to just do what you say you are going to do. Keeping your word is very important. There are many people who make a commitment to do something and then disappear, never follow-up, or follow-up too late.
6. Set 10X Goals Based on Your Potential, Not Current Abilities
Vincent Gethings: Co-Founder and COO of Tri-City Equity Group
Military experience: 14 years in Air Force
Episode: JF2204 Investing While Overseas
Best Ever Advice: Set goals based off of your potential and not your abilities. Many people have limiting beliefs, which force them to set goals based on what they think they can accomplish based on their current experience, education level, relationships, etc. As a result, they set the bar extremely low. They use the SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-based); Vincent hates SMART goals because of the R, realistic.
Instead, Vincent is more of an adherent to Grant Cardone’s 10X rule. Set big, scary, audacious goals, and then take massive action toward them. Don’t be realistic, because that doesn’t give real estate investing for veterans you any chance to grow.
7. SHUT UP!
Bill Kurzeja: Owner and Founder of Professional Success South
Military experience: 8 years of service as a Sergeant
Episode: JF2155 sales Skills to Improve Your Business
Best Ever Advice: Shut up and listen. We have two ears and one month, so use them accordingly. In sales, most of the time people will tell us exactly what they want and how to win them over. We just need to listen, use the information, and apply it back. This starts by setting the table – that is, proper preparation beforehand, which includes research and practice.
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