11/11/12: Equity, Debt and Syndication – Finding the Money and the Deal

We think the greatest opportunity in real estate right now is syndication.  When you can put money and deals together and get a piece of the action, you not only get to do bigger, more interesting deals, but you can make a ton of money too!  What’s not to like?

Of course, what Uncle Ben told Peter Parker in the original Spider-Man movie remains one of the great pieces of cinematic wisdom:  “With great power comes great responsibility”. How come the older guys are always so smart?

Our point is that if you’re going to get rich using OPM (Other People’s Money), you’re taking on a big responsibility.  Don’t you think it would be a good idea to get some advice from an older, more experienced investor?

We thought so.  That’s why we packed our bags and headed out in search of sage real estate syndication wisdom.  We ended up in Los Angeles, California in the offices of Standard Management Company, where we sat down with one of the most seasoned, successful and respected syndicators around.

In the broadcast kitchen, cooking up another appetizing episode of The Real Estate Guys™ radio show:

  • Your just in thyme host, Robert Helms
  • The parsely talented co-host, Russell Gray
  • Our sage and seasoned special guest, Samuel K. Freshman

There are only a handful of real estate investors who are mainstream celebrities.  The most famous is probably Donald Trump.  Robert Kiyosaki is often thought of as a real estate investor, but he’s really much more about financial education (though he loves real estate).  But Kiyosaki’s done a good job highlighting his personal real estate advisor, Ken McElroy, who’s become a good friend of ours and is one of the most successful real estate syndicators around.

So who the heck is Samuel K. Freshman?

Like our very own Godfather of Real Estate, Bob Helms, Sam began his real estate investing career in 1957.  In 1961, Sam founded his real estate syndication company.  Since then, he’s been involved in deals exceeding $500 million.  And when you consider the price of real estate in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, that’s a lot of deals.

All that to say, Sam’s been around the block many times when it comes to real estate and syndication.

Now Sam is a generous guy who’s happy to share his wisdom.  In fact, he wrote a book called Principles of Real Estate Syndication, which is THE textbook for real estate syndication.  We highly recommend it.

As you listen to our interview with Sam, you’ll notice that he has a very no non-sense, pragmatic adherence to certain principles he considers essential to success.  It’s what makes him one of our favorite mentors and why we’re excited to share him with you.  His words of wisdom are time and field tested.  So grab your notepad and listen in to our conversation with master real estate syndicator, Sam Freshman!

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