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Dec 19


By Carole Ellis | News , REI Today Exclusive Content , REI Today Podcast

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How would you feel if I could distill the entire process involved in flipping commercial real estate on a MASSIVE SCALE into just four simple steps AND throw in there the key to surviving the NEXT REAL ESTATE CRASH IN STYLE? You’d be HUGELY excited! Good news. I’m Carole Ellis, and my guest, Sue Nelson, who has purchased thousands of apartments in her decade of commercial real estate investing, will break the entire process down for you today in Episode 21.

So let’s get right down to the four green flags you’re looking for when you’re thinking about investing in an apartment building. Now, for the sake of clarity, let’s take just a minute to define “apartment building.” If you listened to episode 20 (and if you haven’t, I HIGHLY recommend you do so immediately after you finish this one because my expert has a VERY UNIQUE way of looking at real estate deals that will truly revolutionize the process for you should you choose also to adopt it), then you know that Sue is not a big fan of the “small potatoes” apartment complex, say duplexes, triplexes, and quadplexes. So during this podcast, when we say “apartments” or “multifamily buildings” or “units,” just bear in mind, we’re talking BIG. And don’t let that intimidate you, because Sue is a true expert on the process of buying these things without using your own money and on flipping these things for fast, massive profits.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s get into the four things that Sue says you must do in order to know that an apartment deal is worth investing your time. If you’re just tuning in, our expert, Sue, is a long-time commercial real estate investing expert who has done it all and done it big for many years. She started out, however, as an art teacher, and only started flipping mega-properties when her daughter was born with some health issues. Sue tackled a 104-unit building as a “starter project” and literally made five times her teaching salary with one deal and never looked back. And speaking of not being intimidated, I can’t tell you how many times Sue said during the course of our exclusive interview with her, “If I can do it, anyone can!” And with these four “green flags” as a guideline, you’ll find it easy to believe her!

So, I asked Sue directly, “What are the things that you must check off on the list that would let you – or anyone doing this type of real estate – that they had a great deal.” Well, she’s a very methodical lady, and it turns out she has just such a checklist! And she agreed to share it here.

So, first of all, Sue checks cash flow. If the building doesn’t cash flow, then there is too much risk, she explained. That’s the first and biggest checkmark in the box.

Next, Sue evaluates the occupancy of the building. Occupancy is, as you might have guessed, the number of occupants in the building or, more specifically, the number of units that are occupied. “I usually only buy if the property is 85 percent or more occupied,” Sue told me, adding that in her opinion, numbers lower than 85 percent add too much risk to a deal and make it less attractive to investors and buyers.

Thirdly, Sue said, she evaluates the rehab costs on a building. Now, Sue gets a LOT of her properties from banks which is, much like the rest of commercial real estate, kind of an intimidating concept for a lot of people. However, Sue has certain MAGIC WORDS that she says to bankers that basically cause them to sit up, pay attention, and open up those REO (that’s real estate owned) books and start selling at a discount. If you want those words, by the way, as well as the ENTIRE, firsthand explanation from Sue about how to leverage these four green flags, head over to right now and register for Sue’s limited-time training. Returning to rehab, though, Sue looks for relatively low rehab costs so that she can add value to the property quickly not by fixing it up, but by, as she puts it, increasing income or decreasing expenses. And she’s not unclear: “I am not looking for large rehab deals,” she said on no uncertain terms.

Finally, Sue buys in what she calls “decent neighborhoods.” It is very, very difficult to fix a neighborhood, she warned me, adding that some areas – and you know what she’s talking about! – have a culture of non-repair that can really bog your projects down. “As much as you are dying to fix the world and help dilapidated areas, it’s very difficult to do that,” she said, pointing out it’s also very difficult to get other investors to invest in or buy those projects outright.

So there you have them, ladies and gentlemen. Four simple, straightforward green flags for buying BIG and doing BIG DEALS that should SELL FAST in commercial real estate, where six- and seven-digit deals are not at all uncommon. “When I have broken those rules, that’s when I’ve gotten in trouble,” Sue told me, and added that in her opinion, “If you follow those rules, you make it very, very possible that you are going to stay out of trouble regardless if we experience another 2008 market crash.” Given that she invested profitably and productively THROUGHOUT the crash, I’d listen to her on that one!

Now if you like what you’re hearing – and I know you do – in terms of clear, concise instructions for making big, BIG deals that probably seemed unimaginable for you before you started listening to this exclusive interview series with Sue happen in YOUR REAL ESTATE INVESTING BUSINESS, then you need to head over RIGHT NOW to to sign up for Sue’s extended, limited-time, FREE TRAINING. That’s When you do that, you’ll be able to not only get Sue’s personal, extended teachings on just how to make this stuff work, but you’ll also be able to view real-life case studies about how she did it. So RUN, don’t walk over to and get on that class roster before we run out of room.

And once you’ve registered for the class, take a minute to review our other materials from Sue on the website at You’ll see other podcasts, news and reporting on the topic, and far, far more insightful stuff that will make your real estate investing business safer, faster, and more profitable.

When you do that, you’ll also be able to GROW YOUR NETWORK by interacting with me and your fellow listeners to REI Today… so stop by to ask questions, make comments and network with other investors across the country in addition to having the chance to interact directly with Sue herself.

REI Nation, thanks for listening in. Now, more than ever, please remember this:

Your best investment is ALWAYS your own education.

Apr 27

REI Today Exclusive: Grant Funding Success Story – Miroslav V. ($100,000)

By Carole Ellis | REI Today Exclusive Content

Investor: Miroslav V.

State: Illinois

Investment Type: Small Business (NASA Contracting)

Total Funding: $100,000

When Miroslav first had the idea to start a company specifically geared toward his passions, computer science and research and development, he knew that he had all the right skills to make it happen. However, after founding Aries Design Automation in his home state of Illinois, Miroslav encountered some difficulties bringing his ideas to fruition. Research and development isn’t cheap, and often the payday comes after the development.

Miroslav feared that his business might end up shutting down before it could truly get started, but then he decided to take a final chance on applying for grant funding. “We were working on a computer science R&D (research and development) project that would be of use to NASA,” he said, recalling that he used a specialized grant that targeted R&D projects that would benefit our national space program to keep his business afloat during the early stages.

“I got an SBIR grant (Small-Business Innovative Research grant),” he said, happily noting that with this SBIR grant, as with many, many government-funding options, the recipient never has to pay the money back.

“The…amount is $100,000,” Miroslav added, giving full credit for his finding the grant and applying to Chris Johnson’s grant training, AVAILABLE HERE.

“Thank you tremendously!” Miroslav said.

The important lesson here is that government grant funding is available for just about anything, if you know two vitally important things:

  1. Where to look
  2. How to ask for it

Keep an eye on your email for some special podcast trainings from REI Today on these topics in the next few days!

Thank you for reading our REI Today Grant Funding Success Series!

Your comments and questions are welcomed below.

Want to know EVERY SINGLE DETAIL of how Miroslav did it? CLICK HERE.

Apr 07

REI Today Exclusive Content: Bankruptcy Secrets REVEALED: Question – What types of investments can I access through Bankruptcy Court Secrets?

By Carole Ellis | REI Today Exclusive Content

REI Today Exclusive Content: Bankruptcy Secrets REVEALED

Question: What types of investments can I access through Bankruptcy Court Secrets?


JT Singh, a Florida bankruptcy attorney also licensed in Colorado, New York, and New Jersey and Vice Chair for the Bankruptcy Division of the American Bar Association, answered this question. JT is also the CEO of Bankruptcy Court Secrets. You can meet him in person at the April 11, 2016 GaREIA General Meeting at the Wyndam Atlanta Galleria at 6345 Powers Ferry Road NW. Doors open at 5:30pm, and JT and his father will be available during the networking portion of the meeting to talk to attendees as well as presenting the keynote that evening.

Not local to Atlanta? Stay tuned for information about opportunities to learn from JT and his father, Manny, in future emails.

JT explained that while in his business, he focuses mainly on real estate, bankruptcy courts actually can seize – and distribute many other valuable, appreciating assets and investments. This is important for you because you can often, with the right knowledge and connections, gain ownership of these assets at deep, deep discounts.

“Banks don’t like dealing with bankruptcy,” JT said. “They’ve already been burned by bankruptcy courts and all the federal rules and regulations that go with them. They’ll often let things go very cheap,” he said, to avoid having to deal with the bankruptcy process directly.

Here is the list that JT made of all the assets that can be seized in a bankruptcy and that may be available to you if you understand the ins and outs of the bankruptcy system:

  • Residential real estate
  • Commercial real estate
  • Personal property
  • Notes and mortgages
  • Vehicles
  • Vacant land
  • Businesses
  • Time shares
  • Condos
  • Oil and mineral rights
  • Industrial equipement
  • Fine Jewelry (e.g. Rolex watches)

Every single one of these items represents a valuable business opportunity if you have the wherewithal to leverage them once you access them at these deep discounts. However, it’s important to know “how to play the game” when dealing with bankruptcy courts. JT and his father have decades of experience navigating these waters, negotiating deals within the system, and identifying the most promising opportunities in every state.

You can meet JT and Manny in person at the April 11, 2016 GaREIA General Meeting at the Wyndam Atlanta Galleria at 6345 Powers Ferry Road NW. Doors open at 5:30pm, and JT and his father will be available during the networking portion of the meeting to talk to attendees as well as presenting the keynote that evening.

Not local to Atlanta? Stay tuned for information about opportunities to learn from JT and his father, Manny, in future emails.


Apr 07

REI Today Exclusive: Grant Funding Success Story – Art F. ($128,450)

By Carole Ellis | REI Today Exclusive Content

Investor: Art F.
State: Massachusetts
Investment Type: Multifamily
Total Funding: $50,000 in hand + $78,450 processing = $128,450

When Maryland Investor Art F. first started buying multifamily properties, he did so in a manner very similar to that employed by other investors getting started in the business: he found a good deal on a multifamily property that needed some work, purchased the property, then set about rehabbing it so that he could install tenants and start generating monthly cash flow.

However, Art did one thing very differently: he did not take out a loan in order to do the rehab and repairs. Instead, he made the state government pay for them!

“I went to the Worcester, Massachusetts website and found HOME (the Massachusetts HOME Investment Partnerships Program) and other grants for low income rental property,” Art said. The HOME program is a funding program for which investors are eligible (this is unusual because most state and federal funding is tailored to homeowners). Art talked to city officials within the program, wrote and submitted a proposal and shortly thereafter received a grant of $50,000.

“We expect to receive additional grants of $40,750 and $38,000,” he added gleefully, noting that his proposal scored third out of 22 submissions, thereby positioning him for the additional funding.

Art credited his success in gaining access to this money, which will enable him to rehab the property without taking out loans, to Chris Johnson’s grant funding guide and personal assistance with the proposal.

“I sent Chris a copy to review,” he recounted, adding that “the materials in the course” helped him achieve his proposal’s high score. “Thank you!” he concluded.

Want to hear more? Keep an eye out for our next Success Story. You won’t believe what Miroslav V. was able to do to create his own DREAM BUSINESS in a special real estate niche. Here’s a hint: He thought he’d NEVER do it because it needed $100K in start-up money…




Apr 04

REI Today Exclusive: Grant Funding Success Story – Eric H. ($14,804)

By Carole Ellis | REI Today Exclusive Content

Eric H. is a contractor who lives on the Southwest side of Atlanta. He had hit something of a roadblock in his business because he needed new equipment but was unable to make the purchase and keep his bottom line intact. He had tried finding programs to help him with his dilemma on his own, but had failed to identify anything promising.

Finally, Eric decided to take matters into his own hands and contacted Chris directly.

“I contacted Chris via email about funding,” he said, adding that he “promptly” was emailed back “a list of resources” that directly corresponded to his needs. After that, as you’re probably starting see the trend developing here, it was mainly an issue of filling in the blanks.  

“I now have about $15,000 in equipment and supplies thanks to Chris’ program,” Eric told us gleefully. How about that for a major boost to the business? Imagine having that kind of budget for your own business needs!

Eric added, “Thank you Chris for all you have done and all you do.”

Even though Eric opted to purchase business-related equipment with his grant funding, his success story is an excellent example of just how flexible Chris Johnson’s program is when it comes to helping real estate investors, small business owners, entrepreneurs, and even college students. Attend Chris’ limited-time REI Today-EXCLUSIVE training today. This is offered for one day only, so act fast!


Want to hear more? Keep an eye out for our next Success Story. You won’t believe what Miroslav V. was able to do to create his own DREAM BUSINESS in a special real estate niche. Here’s a hint: He thought he’d NEVER do it because it needed $100K in start-up money…