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Carole Ellis is the host of Real Estate Investing Today, a popular 9-minute daily podcast focused on educating real estate investors about the important topics that will make their investing SAFER, FASTER, and MORE PROFITABLE. She's also the editor of the Bryan Ellis Investing Letter. She has more than a decade's worth of experience in and reporting on the real estate industry and, additionally, has written dozens of courses on the topic. Carole lives in Kennesaw with her husband, Bryan, and four children. She believes wholeheartedly that your best investment is always your OWN education.

Jun 24

New FAA regulations on DRONES IN REAL ESTATE

By Carole Ellis | News

After months of deliberation, the FAA has released some definitive guidelines for real estate professionals who wish to use their drones for real estate purposes. Many real estate investors and other professionals use drones to take great pictures for listings, but the FAA had some pretty serious issues with how the images were being obtained. In fact, previously, the government required a special waiver be obtained before a real estate investor or agent (or anyone else for that matter) could use drones for photography in their business.

Fortunately, the FAA has decided that it will no longer require such a waiver and even went ahead and shut down the section on the FAA website where such applications were made. However, drone operators using their drones for real estate photography still must pass an initial aeronautical knowledge test at an FAA-approved testing center or, if they already possess a Part 61 pilot certificate, then they must have completed some continuing education in order to use the images for their business. “We’ve worked hard to strike a responsible balance that protects the safety and privacy of individuals while also ensuring realtors can put drones to good use,” said Tom Salomone, the current president of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) in a statement about the new regulations. “Getting here wasn’t easy,” he added.

Drones still must be lower than 400 feet above the ground or within 400 feet of a structure that is higher than 400 feet, and the drone may not exceed 100 miles per hour in airspeed. Pilots cannot be younger than 16 years of age.

Lesson Learned:

Might be time to start figuring out how to use your drone to take pictures, responsibly of course!

Point to Ponder:

Do you think that drones have a place in real estate? Should they even be allowed to fly?

Thank you for reading REI Today!

Your comments and questions are welcomed below.

Jun 24

YOUR GUIDE to “MAKING BANK” USING $487,000 in FREE MONEY | Episode 83

By Carole Ellis | REI Today Podcast

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You might think you know what to do with $487,000 in FREE MONEY, but the odds are that YOU’RE WRONG. I’ve got the details on how one investor used that exact amount of money  (and it wasn’t his and it wasn’t loaned to him, either) to completely REVOLUTIONIZE his business. I’m Carole Ellis. This is episode 83.

So if you think that just having $487,000 makes you rich, you may have a point, but the REAL POINT of today’s episode is that you can use this FREE MONEY to UP-END your business and your lifestyle, permanently, by following some very simple instructions. My featured guest today, Sean Carpenter, has been investing in real estate for YEARS using federal funds that he doesn’t have to pay back, public programs that he can even GET PAID to participate in, and federal, state, and local tax credits that can sometimes keep paying off for YEARS after a project is done. So basically, he’s the expert when it comes to using free money from the government to get into real estate and, to be blunt, to get rich.

Here’s what he told me about these programs and how they work for real estate investors who are prepared to use them:

“Government funding is an opportunity that exists out there in every major city in every major market in the country,” Sean said. He added that simply understanding the process by which one might obtain this funding is HIGHLY valuable and that a lot of investors have actually leveraged these programs indirectly by completely overhauling their careers and going into financial consulting. “If you don’t like doing deals, you don’t have to in this business,” he said.

In today’s episode, we’re going to pick apart a specific deal, with Sean’s input of course, so that you can see just how to get your hands on this type of funding and then, more importantly, how to LEVERAGE it to really flip your business, your lifestyle, and your bottom line all on its head. In this case, we’re talking about a piece of property probably similar to something a lot of you have seen in your lives but didn’t really think much about seriously because even though you knew it represented huge potential income for SOMEONE, you couldn’t imagine handling the deal yourself or finding the funds to get started. This property was (is again, actually) a four-storefront commercial property that had burned down and was sitting empty. Now, imagine what you could do with a storefront in an active part of YOUR town with four units for retail lease. Think of the income that represents! But again, how to take it from burned-out husk to functioning, attractive retail space? That’s where the $487,000 in free money from the government comes in.

“We did what is called an economic development value play,” Sean told me, explaining that he and his partners (by the way, Sean works with hundreds of partners who scout out deals and then bring him in to help them get funding) went to the city and asked for the money they needed to bring that retail space back to life, thereby creating business opportunities, jobs, and ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. “Boom,” said Sean, “There it was. $487,000.” And perhaps the really nice thing about that $487,000 is that it was truly free. Check out these terms: It was ZERO PERCENT interest. Payable in 40 years. Forgiven in 15 years. So that means no payments were due until AFTER the loan was forgiven. How do you think that might affect your bottom line?

So they took the funds and they fixed up the space and now everyone, including the city, is thrilled. Instead of a burned-down building, there’s a functional, profitable real estate space GENERATING PROFITS FOR ITS OWNERS RIGHT NOW and how did they get those profits? USING $487,000 from the city government! Are you starting to see the pattern?

Now let’s think about your business for a moment. Imagine how it might change things if your job wasn’t to spot a good deal, track down investors to work with you, raise the capital to do the deal, and THEN have to actually go do the deal itself. What if your job STARTED with actually DOING THE DEAL because you already knew how to get the best funding on the best terms possible (seriously, can you beat zero percent and forgiven before the first payment?). What if your job actually started AND ENDED with finding the deals because you didn’t really feel like doing them? What if your job started and ended with landing FANTASTIC FUNDING like $487,000 in free money from the government because people would PAY YOU BIG BUCKS just to help them with that simple step on their deals and you didn’t have to do any real estate AT ALL if you didn’t feel like it?

Are you starting to see the potential here?

Folks, Sean didn’t just do an interview with REI Today, he actually did an extended training on this topic that includes not only a description of this $487,000 deal, but many other case studies and avenues to using government programs that don’t even require you to actually DO REAL ESTATE DEALS if you don’t want to. This training is available only for a limited time, but you can check it out at www.rei.today/EXPOSED, because EXPOSED is just what Sean does to the “secret insider government programs” (and admit it, you know they’re there, you just don’t know how to find them) that you can start using, IMMEDIATELY to change the profit margin on your deals and the TYPE of deals you’re capable of doing, permanently. Folks, these are some of the BIGGEST and BEST-KEPT INSIDER SECRETS about how to make the federal government (we’re talking not just grants but tax credits, development funds, forgivable loans, the works) go to work for your real estate business the same way CONNECTED INSIDERS have been doing for YEARS. That’s www.rei.today/exposed. REI Nation, thanks for listening in, and please always remember this:

Your best investment is your own education.

Jun 23

“MEAN” LANDLORDS SUED

By Carole Ellis | News

Landlords who are opting to rent their properties out via Airbnb or similar sites in order to make higher profits than they would from monthly tenants are facing criminal charges in the city of Los Angeles. According to city officials, the issue is not that real estate owners cannot control how they leverage their properties to make money, but that the landlords in question evicted their tenants from rent-controlled buildings without giving them an opportunity to re-rent the units at pre-set prices. This is in violation of city law.

According to the tenants and to Mike Feuer, the city attorney, tenants found their former residences listed on short-term rental sites after they had been evicted. They are suing under the Ellis Act, which Los Angeles uses to protect tenants from being evicted too quickly if a landlord wishes to get out of the rental business. Feuer said, “In a city with a profound shortage of affordable housing, unlawfully converting rental units to operate hotels has got to stop.” He warned that his office would continue to seek out and prosecute violators.

The Ellis Act requires landlords to pay relocation expenses for tenants when they are evicted in order for a landlord to exit the business, but it also says that tenants themselves must be alerted that units will be rented out again if that will happen under the same owner in the next five years. It’s easy to see why the landlords wanted to move into a different area of the industry; they were able to charge $550 a night for some units. Feuer is on the attack these days, charging landlords all over LA with “running their apartment buildings as de facto hotels.”

Lesson Learned:

Some places are friendlier to investors than others, and a city like LA with such strict laws in place governing rentals may not be the best place to invest.

Point to Ponder:

Were the landlords in the right or in the wrong?

Thank you for reading REI Today!

Your comments and questions are welcomed below.

Jun 23

Seriously: Giftology?

By Carole Ellis | News

When author John Ruhlin tells you that you need to give a client a gift, he’s actually thinking of your bottom line. “Gifts are the symbols of the value you place on a relationship,” Ruhlin wrote in a recent book, titled Giftology, that argues that the right kind of customer appreciation can not only bring existing clients back but will also bring new clients in – not for the swag, but because of what the swag says about you.

According to Ruhlin, people want the people who give them gifts to succeed “because we appreciate the generosity that was shown to us.” As a result, receiving a gift that shows some actual thought creates a situation in which the recipient is likely to go out of their way to try to further your success either by referring additional business, returning with their own business needs, or helping you out in some other way.

Of course, this type of gift giving is not always easy. “These are the gifts that become artifacts and heirlooms for clients and their families.” However, that shouldn’t scare you off, since Ruhlin also says that gifts that are too expensive make it appear that you are just trying to impress the recipient rather than actually give them something meaningful.

Lesson Learned:

Gift-giving, when properly done, can be a huge business-booster.

Point to Ponder:

Do you think this type of gift-giving is appropriate? Does it make good business sense?

Thank you for reading REI Today!

Your comments and questions are welcomed below.

Jun 22

Make the PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IRRELEVANT to Your Real Estate Business | Episode 82

By Carole Ellis | REI Today Podcast

 

Wouldn’t it be great if you DIDN’T HAVE TO WORRY about who our next president would be? Well, I may not be able to resolve ALL your issues with The Donald and Hilary, but my guest today CAN help you at least insulate your business from both of them. I’m Carole Ellis. This is Episode 82.

So the year of a presidential election is always tough on the economy. Why? Because business does NOT THRIVE when times are uncertain, and what is more uncertain (particularly in THIS presidential competition) than when leadership of the United States of America is up for grabs? Regardless of your personal beliefs, morals, and ethical systems, wouldn’t it be WONDERFUL if you knew in the back of your mind that no matter which of these crazy candidates ultimately wins the presidency, YOUR BUSINESS (and by extension, your ability to support your family and loved ones) would remain intact, productive, and profitable? My guest today has managed to pull that off, and that’s why even though he’s got some pretty FAR LEFT opinions when it comes to his personal views, he doesn’t care whether a Republican, a Democrat or even a Libertarian ends up in the White House as far as his business is concerned. His name is Sean Carpenter, and today I’ll tell you exactly what he’s done in his real estate business to insulate it nearly completely from the nasty presidential politics of today.

Sean told me that his business revolves around doing real estate deals that are funded by government programs, and these days, he’s particularly focused on multifamily real estate because developments that house multiple families at affordable prices are EXTREMELY ATTRACTIVE to the federal government. “The residential real estate market has GONE BAD,” Sean told me, pointing out that residential real estate doesn’t even have any real rules these days when it comes to predicting how a local market will behave. “It’s its own planet,” he laughed, adding that basically quote “a whole lot of people are just trying to create another bubble” in any market that they can. “You know it’s true,” he added.

On the other hand, government-funded commercial developments DO have rules, and they’re all written to help the real estate investor WIN. Why? Because the government allocates millions and millions of dollars to helping people find and afford housing and that is becoming more and more important as the residential real estate market gets out of control and affordable housing becomes harder and harder to find. “In the end, I don’t CARE who the next guy or gal in the White House is,” Sean told me, “Because I’ll still be doing something that has to be done, that is needed, it’s a proven fact.” He added, “It doesn’t matter to me who the next president of the United States is because it makes absolutely no difference in the world that I work in,” and noted that he is using the SAME PROGRAMS that presumptive republican presidential nominee Donald Trump uses to fund many of HIS commercial developments, ironically, making it irrelevant (at least to Trump’s BUSINESS INTERESTS) who the next president is either.

But what if you’re presently in residential real estate? What if that’s your business? Well, it’s actually a pretty easy switch to make thanks (again) to the government-funded programs and tax credits and subsidies DESIGNED TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO DO SO. Take Steve, a contractor for over 30 years. He told us, “Building properties has been my trade as a contractor for 30 years. Now, though, I’m acquiring deals and CASH FLOW with Sean’s help.” You can actually see   picture of Steve and several of the properties in his portfolio in Sean’s extended training that he recorded for REI Today and will be offering for a limited time this week. You can register now at www.rei.today/EXPOSED, because Sean is EXPOSING the underbelly of federal funding programs and real estate investing in a way that is both unique and highly relevant to real estate investors in ANY SECTOR in today’s market. That’s www.rei.today/EXPOSED. Folks, these are some of the BIGGEST and BEST-KEPT INSIDER SECRETS about how to make the federal government (we’re talking not just grants but tax credits, development funds, forgivable loans, the works) go to work for your real estate business the same way CONNECTED INSIDERS have been doing for YEARS. That’s www.rei.today/exposed. Folks, wouldn’t you love to know in the back of your mind that this nutty upcoming election just DIDN’T MATTER, at least to your real estate business? Get that peace of mind and go to www.rei.today/exposed right now.

REI Nation, thanks for listening in, and please always remember this:

Your best investment is your own education.

Jun 22

21.3 MILLION renters IN TROUBLE

By Carole Ellis | News

According to the Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies (HJCH), more than 21 million Americans are devoting about a third or more of their entire income to paying rent, and more than a third of that population is paying at least half their income toward housing costs. Most financial experts say that consumers should not dedicate more than 30 percent of their monthly income to housing costs. The statistics were released as part of the HJCH’s annual “State of the Nation’s Housing” report.

“When you have to dedicate such a high proportion of your income to rent every month, it forces you to make difficult decisions,” said one Harvard senior research associate. He noted that renters (and owners) spending a third to half of their income on housing are likely to forego or at least limit expenses on other essentials “like food, clothing, and healthcare.” Down the road, the issue could become much more significant than a short-term hardship decision because individuals who skimp on essentials usually are not in a position to save money for retirement.

According to the HJCH, average renters earn about $34,000 a year, meaning that an “affordable” rent, one that does not exceed 30 percent of their income, would be about $850 a month. However, in 2015, median rents on new apartments were $1,381, meaning that in order to hit the “affordable” benchmark, the average renter would need to be making an average of $21,000 more a year than they are presently.

Lesson Learned:

The ability to invest in real estate that will be considered “affordable” by federal standards could be a great means of getting lots of tenants and additional government support for your investing.

Point to Ponder:

Is it reasonable to say that anything in excess of 30 percent of your income is “unaffordable?” How much do you spend on housing?

Thank you for reading REI Today!

Your comments and questions are welcomed below.

Jun 21

How to BEAT THE RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE BUBBLE and SNEAK INTO HOT MARKETS using FEDERAL REAL ESTATE PROGRAMS and AFFORDABLE HOUSING SOLUTIONS | Episode 81

By Carole Ellis | REI Today Podcast

How would you like to blow the currently ready-to-burst residential real estate bubble right out of the water while SNEAKING INTO HOT MARKETS with the full force of the federal government supporting you? My guest today has been doing this for YEARS (through more than ONE bubble folks) and he’s going to tell you all about it. I’m Carole Ellis. This is episode 81.

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Wouldn’t it be great if the rumors of an about-to-burst real estate bubble meant absolutely NOTHING to you other than more profits, more opportunities, and even better access to WHITE-HOT REAL ESTATE MARKETS? Of course it would! And more importantly, it CAN mean that. My guest today, Sean Carpenter, has spent YEARS (and multiple real estate cycles) leveraging the full force of the federal government in his real estate investing business doing exactly that, and today’s he’s going to get into just why residential real estate is about to GO BUST again and why it’s the best news anyone working with public funding (and that can and should be you) could possibly hear.

Sean is the president and CEO of Shamrock Development Associates, a full-scale development, consulting, public relations, corporate marketing, and asset and property management firm. He started out in real estate as an acquisitions officer for a national low income housing tax credit syndicator and eventually got SO GOOD at figuring out ways to take great real estate opportunities and turn them into LOCAL JOBS, economic opportunities, tax credits, and HUGELY PROFITABLE DEALS that he was commissioned to work with state senators, national development companies, and many, many not-for-profit agencies working hard to turn local communities around. And while Sean is great at making local communities grow, he knows that the best way to keep the growth going is to build in profits for those local communities, developers, and dealmakers. That’s why Sean’s take on public funding programs, government tax credits, and even federal real estate subsidies is EXTREMELY UNIQUE and extremely attractive to real estate investors at all levels.

During our recent interview, Sean disclosed a trend that he’s noticing in the national real estate market that is going to mean BIG TROUBLE for the vast majority of real estate investors like those of you listening. Here’s what he said: “The residential real estate space is crowded and reaching peak value. Go to an event anywhere around the country. You’ll see flipping this and flipping that in residential. There are a lot of people working in the space and it’s getting more and more crowded.” This is a big deal, folks, because national numbers indicate that even though more investors than ever are involved in residential real estate, fewer and fewer home BUYERS are able to afford to purchase that residential real estate, that is to say, fewer and fewer people are able to afford their own homes. In fact, according to a CNBC report on a recent Trulia study, some of the lowest interest rates in history are basically going to waste because people just can’t afford to buy. Down payments alone take up a full fifth or more of the average American’s annual salary, and that means that most would-be buyers are quite simply and wholly priced out of homeownership, possibly permanently. Does the combination of more and more people trying to get in and sell single-family homes (not even counting the actual homeowners out there trying to sell) and fewer and fewer people being able to AFFORD those homes sound like a toxic combination? You bet it does!

But Sean had a simple solution for forward thinking investors, and the nice thing about this solution is that not only is there relatively little competition in the space, but with the right knowledge and resources, you can actually just go ahead and get the federal government to basically support your personal real estate deals in this area and push you (financially, to be clear) toward bigger and better profits! Here’s what he said:

“Beat the bubble! What you won’t find is a whole lot of people working on commercial properties. And what you absolutely won’t find is a whole lot of people working on commercial properties AND bringing in government funding, which WORKS LIKE MAGIC and is a white-hot market right now. Affordable housing is a constant conversation and it’s the best (and sometimes only) way to sneak into the really hot markets.”

So what does Sean mean when he says “affordable housing” and tells you to get involved in government-funded commercial real estate deals? Well, it sounds a bit intimidating, but it’s actually quite simple. Here’s the 10-second breakdown: By obtaining government funding to do commercial deals that create economic development, local jobs, and affordable housing opportunities (because they’re multifamily rental properties in a lot of cases) you can do HUGELY PROFITABLE government-supported deals that land you not only profits but tax credits, great publicity, and SERIOUSLY VALUABLE experience that you can then leverage within and outside of the real estate industry by consulting if you don’t even want to do deals.

Sound exciting? Yes, I think so. And what’s perhaps even MORE exciting is that although this might sound a bit complicated, Sean is offering a limited-time extended training on this topic and REI Today is presenting it for a limited time this week. Reserve your spot now so that you can get all the details on exactly how to make the leap from your current real estate investing business to HUGELY PROFITABLE real estate endeavors supported by your government that, as a little bonus, create SHOVEL-READY JOBS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT and lead directly to further JOB CREATION and a total career shift (if you want it) into high-profile consulting and SERIOUSLY BENEFICIAL (for you and your community) projects and developments. Go to www.rei.today/exposed to register right now, because EXPOSED is what Sean is going to do to some of the BIGGEST and BEST-KEPT INSIDER SECRETS about how to make the federal government (we’re talking not just grants but tax credits, development funds, forgivable loans, the works) go to work for your real estate business the same way CONNECTED INSIDERS have been doing for YEARS. That’s www.rei.today/exposed. Folks, Sean has worked INSIDE The System and knows what makes federally-funded real estate really tick. Get access to all his insights during this extended training and make the switch for yourself. Go to www.rei.today/exposed right now.

REI Nation, thanks for listening in, and please always remember this:

Your best investment is your OWN education.

Jun 21

FAKE AGENT steals down payment from buyer

By Carole Ellis | News

A San Antonio woman is out $20,000 and her new home after trusting a man posing as a real estate agent. The buyer and local police allege that a man named Chris Hinojosa has been acting as a broker without a license in the city and accepted two separate “down payments” totaling $20,000 from a buyer on a –for-sale-by-owner property that was not his to sell. Although there are multiple warrants out for Hinojosa’s arrest, he remains at large at this time. The actual owner of the property had no idea that it was being shown or “purchased.”

“He fleeced this person,” said a local police sergeant, adding that “at no time did the victim sign a real estate title or any document recognized by the Texas Real Estate Commission.” The fallout for other local investors could be significant, since the police force is officially recommending that buyers not call “signs on the side of the road” if they want to purchase a home. At this point in time, it appears that the actual owner of the home is also suing Hinojosa.

Lesson Learned:

Make sure you know who you’re working with. While investors often work with other investors and third parties, don’t ever hand over cash or other forms of down payment without doing your due diligence on the sellers and agents as well as the property.

Point to Ponder:

Is it fair that the police are officially saying that home-buyers should work with licensed agents only?

Thank you for reading REI Today!

Your comments and questions are welcomed below.

Jun 21

3 TITLE ISSUES that will COST YOU YOUR CLOSING

By Carole Ellis | News

According to a recent survey of title companies, about one in every three real estate transactions ends up needing “extraordinary work” in order to clear the title and make a closing possible. Although most investors are aware that divorces, bankruptcies, and tax liens must be dealt with before a title is clear, many do not realize that other hidden issues could be lurking in the wings. Title companies say that one of three homes will have one of these title issues that can cost you your closing:

Issue #1: Mechanic Liens
Since some forms of mechanic liens expire after a certain amount of time, many homeowners and even investors believe that they will not create a title issue. However, these liens, which are placed on a property when a general contractor begins work on it in order to ensure that they are paid, will cause a cloud on the title if they are present when you attempt to close on the property.

Issue #2: Child Support
Even if only one former spouse actually owns the home, if the spouse that pays child support has missed a payment and the recipient filed for that money, their lawyer likely placed a lien on the delinquent spouse’s property. Even after the debt is resolved, the lien remains until it is deliberately removed.

Issue #3: Unreleased Debts
Whether the issue is a small debt or a large one, anyone who files a lien against a home essentially clouds the title, and that is the whole point. A seller must clear the debt in order to sell. However, in many cases, the debt is cleared far in advance of any sale and the lien-holder forgets to release the lien. In these cases, a title company will have to help you resolve the issue and establish if the debt has been paid.

Lesson Learned:

You can’t afford a clouded title, so make sure that your property is in the clear and has title insurance any time you do a deal.

Point to Ponder:

What is the worst title issue you’ve ever encountered?

Thank you for reading REI Today!

Your comments and questions are welcomed below.

Jun 21

Hugely Successful LEFT-WING INVESTOR Reveals: How TRUMP REALLY MADE HIS MONEY | Episode 80

By Carole Ellis | REI Today Podcast

The TRUTH about TRUMP is out at last: Real Estate Investing Today interviewed a HIGHLY CONNECTED real estate insider who basically blew the lid off just how Donald Trump has been so successful in real estate, and it’s not what you’ve heard before, and it’s something you can TOTALLY replicate, starting now. I’ve got the details in today’s episode. I’m Carole Ellis. This is episode 80.

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So what did Donald Trump REALLY DO to get so successful in real estate? We all know that spending money helps you make money, but where did the Donald get his? Well, thanks to an exclusive interview with highly connected real estate investor Sean Carpenter, who has spent the last few decades working within the public sector and LEVERAGING PUBLIC FUNDING PROGRAMS to not only fuel his own investing career, but also help local non-profits, state politicians, and even entire towns change the face of their housing markets using federal subsidies and tax credits, I can tell you that right now. Sean is an EXPERT in multifamily affordable housing and development (that means low-income housing in a lot of cases), and while you may not think TRUMP TOWER and affordable housing in the same sentence frequently, maybe you should. Here’s what Sean said about Donald Trump’s RISE in real estate, that is to say, what TRUMP did before he was “the Donald.”

Here’s the deal:

Think back, for a moment, to the time (perhaps blissful for you, perhaps not) before Donald Trump became the presumptive republican nominee for president. He was famous for any number of things, but most of all he is famous for his success in real estate. His fortune is built on it, and he wouldn’t have had the wherewithal to ever do the many other things he’s famously done (make and break himself multiple times, buy and sell casino empires, declare bankruptcy and come out smelling like a rose, start multiple hit television shows, own entire beauty pageant competitions…well, you get the idea) if it weren’t for real estate. And, if you’ve checked out REI Today’s somewhat notorious Trump Timeline, you already know that Trump has been in real estate his ENTIRE life and his family was in real estate before he was. But what enabled him to TRULY make the leap from pretty successful real estate developer to MEGA SUCCESSFUL? Well, that has always been a bit cloudy, and speculation has ranged from everything from dirty double dealing (no real evidence of that in the public purview by the way) to simply a lucky strike (or 10) in the New York City real estate market. But the truth, Sean points out, is actually much, much simpler and, most exciting, MUCH MORE ACCESSIBLE to real estate investors everywhere. Back in the day, when Donald Trump was just another real estate investor, he did something that any real estate investor can do literally RIGHT NOW:

He got into the government funding business and he started investing using the full power of the federal government to gain his success. Sean is the insider here guys. He’s been in the business for decades, and he knows how it’s done. Furthermore, he knows how Trump did it. Here ya’ go. Sean said: “Donald Trump is in the real estate business but even more importantly, he’s in the government funding business. He surrounds himself with people who do what we do, and one thing he says” (over and over again, I might add) is that “IGNORANCE IS MORE EXPENSIVE THAN EDUCATION.”

Now, Sean went on from there to detail three ways that Trump has been using the full force of federal funding for years in order to make money in real estate and let me assure you, he was doing it LONG before he started appeared on the presidential race scene. He was doing it back when he was getting started, just like so many REI Today listeners listening right now.

First, Sean said, Trump and investors like him use people LIKE SEAN to help identify government funding programs that provide them with GRANT MONEY that does not have to be paid back for their investments.  Did Trump identify each and every opportunity that any given project he took on represented as far as qualifying for government grants went? Absolutely not. He paid someone for that education so that he could keep on building his real estate empire, and by filling that gap in his education, that “ignorance” if you will, he was able to fund project after project to successful completion.

Second, Sean told me, Trump and investors like him ALWAYS go after low-income tax credits. Imagine knowing that huge chunks of your expenses on a project that was set to be HIGHLY PROFITABLE were going to be tax deductible thanks to someone else’s accounting know-how. Well, if you can imagine it, then once again you and the Donald have something in common.

Third, Sean exposed a HUGELY OVERLOOKED RESERVOIR OF DEAL FUNDING that Trump and investors like him tap into regularly: forgivable redevelopment loans. I think you probably know what that means: loans for your projects and deals that you don’t have to repay. They’re going to be FORGIVEN!

Now, if you had access to all of this “education” either in the form of directions for YOU or in the form of experts that would become part of your network and assist you, don’t you think you could be happy (not to mention successful) with the SAME START as DONALD TRUMP? Of course you could, and my great news for YOU is that Sean didn’t just do an interview, Sean did an EXTENDED TRAINING on this topic and REI Today is presenting it for a limited time this week. Reserve your spot now so that you can get all the details on the SAME THINGS that Trump did when he was starting out and all the details on how those programs have grown, changed, and IMPROVED to serve YOUR INVESTING NEEDS better than ever before in today’s real estate market. This training is a HUGE EXPOSURE for Sean and I’m so pleased that he decided to do it but, as you might imagine, space is limited and seats will fill fast. Go right now to www.rei.today/EXPOSED right now, because EXPOSED is what Sean is going to do to some of the BIGGEST and BEST-KEPT INSIDER SECRETS about how to make the federal government (we’re talking not just grants but tax credits, development funds, forgivable loans, the works) go to work for your real estate business the same way CONNECTED INSIDERS have been doing for YEARS. That’s www.rei.today/EXPOSED. Don’t delay because space is limited.

REI Nation, thanks for listening in, and please always remember this:

Just like Donald Trump (and Sean Carpenter) tell us:

Your best investment is your OWN education.