Hi, my name is Tony and I’m from Washington State. I’m a full time employee at a software company and on the side, I’m a part time real estate investor. I got into real estate because I wanted to take control of my financial future, not just do what my manager tells me to do, and some day be able to have financial freedom, to be able to leave my full time job and spend more time with family, travel, take care of things around the house, and just enjoy life more. If you just keep working every day, you’re pretty much going to work every day, potentially until the day you leave this earth, and you know, I really wanted to look at how to enjoy life to the fullest and be able to take control of that.
That’s why I got involved in real estate. I found that real estate is something to market, where everyone needs a place to live. Everyone understands what it’s like to live in a house, how to maintain a house to some prospect. It’s always in demand.
I learned quite a lot with the Freedom Mentor program, I joined it in July of 2016 and it’s coming up on December 2016, and in that period I was able to get my business started, I’ve been following all the steps in the blue print and the training videos and the coaching calls. Phil and his team were able to guide me and educate me on how to be more productive with my time.
I was able to get my first real deal closed just two weeks ago and that was really exciting. Let me tell you about it first, I found a lead from my internet marketing ads that I had set up, the lead, the seller, if you will, she was really in a bad situation. Her home was in disrepair, she had a tenant next door that was not paying rent, she was coming up on tax foreclosure, but she hadn’t paid taxes in years and she had a lot of equity in the house, but she was going to lose it all in the foreclosure. She got a hold of me, I came in, and worked out a settlement with her to pay off all of her leans as well as make sure that she had $50,000 in her pocket. She was able to get some of that equity, as opposed to just losing it all to the county. In doing so I had to also get her tenant relocated to another neighborhood, because her tenant hadn’t been paying rent, but also because she was just going to sit it out for the full eviction so I was able to figure out a way to not pay lawyers, but actually take care of her and get her moved into a new place, which she needed.
At the same time I was able to get a buyer that was going to turn the place around and actually make it into a really nice facility. This may be a very unique situation, it wasn’t a standard routine buyer, but the house was not going to be sold to a routine buyer so this was just a win-win all around. I must say that my wife and I really feel blessed that we have this opportunity to help so many people and do the match making, to get the place turned around and give a home to a non-profit organization actually that wants to turn it into a facility to help disabled adults.
I just wanted to say thank you to Phil and his team for the mentorship and I just want to say good luck to anyone that’s actually doing this program. It’s going to take a lot of hard work, but in the end you can manage this, even with a full time job working on nights and weekends and it really will pay off. You just have to be willing to put yourself outside of your comfort zone and follow all the steps as best you can and ask for help when you don’t know what to do. That’s what the Freedom Mentor program’s all about. It’s having those coaches there to support you, so that you don’t learn the hard way. You learn from their previous learnings or their mistakes. Yes, you might make some mistakes on your own, but as long as you’re learning from those, you can move on and you’re always growing to get better. I wish you the best of luck and I just want to say thanks to Phil and his team.