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S1E31: Tapping into Emerging Real Estate Markets with David Lindahl
December 1, 2021 25 min

Episode Description

If you really want to scale, you need to be the operator who can handle it before it arrives! Dave Lindahl, the author of Multifamily Millions and Emerging Real Estate Markets, is the Founder and CEO of RE Mentor™. Starting with very little money and a desire to change his and his family's lives for the better, Dave began his real estate investing journey. Fast forward almost twenty years and Dave has bought and sold over 8,200 real estate units from foreclosures, short sales, wholesale deals, lease options, and rehabs with single-family, multi-family, and commercial properties! In an effort to help anyone who has an interest in changing their lives through real estate, Dave created RE Mentor™. Today, it is recognized worldwide as one of the leaders in real estate investing education.

What a treat today folks, a true leader in the space and personal mentor of mine. Let’s dive in and learn more about

Getting to know David Lindahl - [00:01 – 03:44]

  • I introduce David Lindahl to the show

  • Bio

  • David shares a bit of his background

  • His early motivation to get into business
    Buying his first property, no money down
    From David’s first deal to getting 40
    Learning to tap into emerging markets
    Scaling up to over 9,000 units

Tapping into Emerging Real Estate Markets - [03:45 – 12:40]

  • David’s tips on how he learned about emerging markets

  • Following job growth and household formations
    Communicating with the chamber of commerce
    What is attracting people?
    How strong is the leadership?

  • Go downstream, don’t travel against the current

  • Move with the markets

  • The biggest takeaways from David’s experience scaling as an operator

  • Build your infrastructure ahead of yourself
    Assume business success from the beginning
    Change the infrastructure as you scale
    Get a good accountant

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How to Upscale Your Skills as an Operator - [12:42 – 19:31]

  • David talks about his biggest lessons as an operator

  • Prepare to fire the management company the day you hire

  • Build up your real estate gut

  • David’s insights on the future of the rental housing market

  • A major correction will most likely come soon
    The markets will equalize again
    Be aware of GenZ coming into the market
    Continue to follow the market cycles

The Quattro Trio - [19:32 - 24:35]

  • What is your superpower?

  • The ability to look 3 to 5 steps ahead

  • What was your biggest failure?

  • Buying a 400 unit in Alabama
    Having to pay off investors after 6 years

  • How do you give back?

  • Summer Camp for the Handicapped

  • What you can get out of the RE Mentor Event

  • Final words

Tweetable Quotes:

“I started following job growth and I started following household formation. Those are the two big things that move markets.” - David Lindahl

“You need to build your infrastructure ahead of yourself… The businesses that are the most successful are the ones who set up their business systems and assume success at the beginning.” - David Lindahl

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Want to connect with David? You can follow him on LinkedIn and Twitter. Go check out - the best in real estate education.

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