#266: How to Invest in Commercial Real Estate & How it Compares to Owning a Business
My guest today is Mike Sowers. Mike rehabbed, flipped, wholesaled, and rented over a thousand properties in his first decade of investing, He was on the podcast sharing how he sold his residential rehab company for millions of dollars and all the things he learned (before and after the sale). Hegot involved in commercial real estate investing after selling his business and has done over $150 million in real estate transactions.
As the CEO and founder of Commercial Investors Group, author of Commercial Real Estate Investing, a step by step guide to finding and funding your first deal and the host of the Creative Commercial Real Estate Podcast, I thought he would be a wonderful guest and could give great insight on his process for investing in real estate. In fact, he has a 7 step process commercial real estate investing and he happily delves into that as well as his comparisons to investing in commercial real estate and viewing your company as a financial asset. Namely, how to view them both and how to grow value.
Mike is the real deal. This is not some BS fluffy episode about theories. He has real live stories from things he’s done and that are super actionable. He hands out tips that he has learned from his experience and shares stories about his journey into real estate.
What You Will Learn In Today's Podcast Interview
- Mike Sowers’ background and real estate journey
- How to invest in commercial real estate
- How real estate investment compares to owning your own business
- The perks of buying real estate
- The seven steps to successful commercial real estate investment
- Mike’s tips on how to invest in commercial real estate
- The perks of real estate partnerships and investing
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About the Guest:
Mike Sowers rehabbed, flipped, wholesaled, and rented over a thousand properties in his first decade of investing, but decided he was ready for something bigger. A LOT bigger. So he sold his multimillion-dollar remodeling business, modified his residential investing system for commercial use, and added an extra digit to every deal.
As of Today, Mike has done over $150 million in real estate transactions. He is the CEO and founder of Commercial Investors Group and the host of the Creative Commercial Real Estate Podcast. He cracked the code on how to automate a commercial real estate investing business and his team has done some mega deals netting multiple 7 figures per deal. He gives you the exact strategy he uses in this book to consistently generate off market deals and fund them by structuring equity partnerships to split the profits.
13:49 - “Most people know about depreciation. I find that a lot of people don’t know about bonus depreciation.” – Mike Sowers
16:17 - “You can participate in different forms, whether you’re super active or passive, but it’s about understanding the game and I think entrepreneurs like to participate a little more than handing over a little over a portfolio to a Schwab account and having no control.” – Ryan Tansom
46:33 - “So after the funding, you’re basically underwriting the deal, raising the equity, and you’re raising the debt.” – Mike Sowers
58:08 - “The last thing you need is to attend another seminar or read another book to get you excited. You’re either already excited or you're not. What you need to do is figure out if you’re an active or a passive investor.” – Mike Sowers
59:17 - “One of the hardest things for people to do, when they get started in this, is to walk through a property and put together a scope of work and a price.” – Mike Sowers
Links and Resources:
Mike’s previous episode, “Rebuilding with Purpose”
Free PDF of Mike’s book, Commercial Real Estate Investing
Reach out to me if you have questions about the boot camp!
Brought to you by Ryan Tansom of Intentional Growth