Investment Strategies

From Speech Therapist to Million Dollar “Capital Connector”

Raising capital for commercial real estate deals is a far more useful skill than most people realize. If you have a strong knack for networking and the social skills to connect with many different individuals, you could be the exact piece that almost every investor is looking for. As more investors get into the hot commercial real estate market, they’ll need private capital to fund their deals. So who better than you to connect the investor and the deal finder for a piece of the cash flow pie?

If you’re worried about the time commitment of raising capital, let us introduce you to Esther Reizes-Lowenbein, who not only worked as a broker, capital raiser, and investor but also is raising her eight children while doing it. Fortunately for Esther, raising capital is something she loves to do, as she has a strong communication background with her former training in speech pathology.

If you’re getting the itch to start investing in bigger deals, but don’t know how to get started, Esther can help. She walks through the different roles in commercial real estate, whether to invest, syndicate, or stick with small deals, and how to become a capital raiser yourself (the right, legal way).

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5 Myths Holding You Back From Raising Capital for Real Estate Syndications:

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Show notes at:

0:00 Intro
3:47 Quick Tip
5:13 Raising Many Millions in Capital
13:21 The Different Roles in Commercial Investing
15:22 Invest, Syndicate, or Stick to Small Deals?
17:49 How to Become a Capital Raiser
22:27 Mistakes You Should Avoid
29:05 Esther’s Portfolio
32:29 Short-Term Rentals and SFHs
41:04 Questions to Ask a Partner
46:57 How Risky Should You Go?
51:18 Deal Deep Dive
56:07 Fire Round
58:54 Famous Four

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