There are three undeniable certainties in life.
We are born. We live. We die.
We don’t have control over the birth and death part, but we can decide how we want to live.
In this episode of The Real Estate Guys™, we have invited Gene Guarino to teach us his secret solution to the age-old problem of, well … aging. Gene won’t be sharing secrets about erasing wrinkles, but he will teach us how to invest money wisely by following one undeniable demographic — the Baby Boomers.
Gene has trained thousands of investors and entrepreneurs about how to invest in and operate Residential Assisted Living homes. And today Gene is teaching us how the baby boomer generation can bring a financial boom to your bank account.
Listen in to the show today to hear from:
- Your timeless host, Robert Helms
- His hopefully-on-time co-host, Russell Gray
- Founder and CEO of Residential Assisted Living Academy, Gene Guarino
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Mums the word
Gene Guarino started looking at his finances and his family a little differently years ago when his mother was getting older and needed more daily assistance.
Typically when families decide to move aging parents into care centers, they think there are only two options:
1) high-end, budget breaking assisted living communities or
2) government-subsidized centers with too many tenants and not enough staff.
When Gene started looking at the big-box care centers, he wasn’t too impressed. He wanted his mom to feel at home. He wanted her to feel like she was part of a close-knit community.
And that’s when he had his ah-ha moment.
In order for his mom to feel at home, she actually needed to be in just that … a home!
Many assisted living centers for the elderly are large structures housing anywhere from 100-500 residents. This hardly makes it easy to feel connected to your community.
Gene does assisted living differently and he’s teaching thousands to do the same.
The waves of change
Gene has a little nickname for the impact the Baby Boomer generation is going to have on just about everything from real estate to health care. He calls it the “silver tsunami.”
“You can’t argue with the demographics,” Gene says. “We are talking a demographic shift that is undeniable. There are elderly citizens in every state. You can make money doing this anywhere.”
So what exactly is Gene doing about the silver tsunami?
He invests in regular houses, makes a few key renovations, adds in tenants, staff, and caregivers … and just like that, he goes from landlord to business owner.
The philosophy of Residential Assisted Living appeals to Gene’s customers because they feel comforted that grandma or grandpa will be living a normal lifestyle.
And it appeals to Gene’s personal philosophy to “do good and do well.”
“We always have to remember that our tenant is not actually our customer,” Gene says. “Our customer is who we like to call ‘Daughter Judy.’ In other words, the tenant’s children who are looking for a clean, safe, happy home where their beloved parent will be well cared for.”
Home sweet home
Care and accommodations are crucial to the business model’s success. The average Residential Assisted Living property will house 10-12 residents. Living spaces such as offices and dining rooms can be converted into bedrooms.
Each state has their own rules regarding things like occupancy and structural regulations.
“We have to remember this is a home, not a hospital,” Gene says. “So it needs to feel comfortable. An ideal property to convert would be a single-level ranch style house divided into 300 square feet per resident.”
Over the years, Gene has found that some areas are better than others for Residential Assisted Living. As with all real estate it’s always about location, location, location.
Gene prefers to stay away from HOA neighborhoods because although they can work for the facility, they sometimes cause a little more headache than needed.
“When selecting a location, think about the community,” says Gene. “Don’t buy the property first with the intent to fill it up. First find your tenants and they will lead you to the prime real estate.”
The learning curve
This style of assisted living is new. It’s innovative. Gene started traveling uncharted territory, but he’s now the expert tour guide anxious to get new recruits onboard.
Each year Gene personally hosts the Residential Assisted Living Academy where individuals can learn the business model, tour properties, and speak to field experts and first-time owners.
This three-day, intensive course benefits the students because they can dive right in to see what life is like as a landlord and business owner.
Once finished with Gene’s courses each graduate has the confidence, systems, resources, and support to successfully operate their own Residential Assisted Living business.
Interested in seeing the possibilities for you?
Click here to learn more about Residential Assisted Living Academy Training.
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