EP13 – {Podcast} When Did You Start Investing in Real Estate?

…this investor considered buying his first property shortly after buying his first car! Listen to more:

tony Muniz tampaTony Muniz, a Tampa, Fl native, started off in real estate investing at the ripe old age of 18, with no money and little real world experience.  Tony bought his first home in 1979 for $5,000 by convincing an owner to provide him financing.  By the age of twenty two years old he owned approximately eighty homes throughout Ybor city and Sulfur Springs.

Like every other real estate investor in America Tony was affected by the economic downturn of 2008, but he not only survived he came out stronger and shares his his experiences on tough markets.

Quotes and Tid Bits of Advice:

  • Real estate investors, especially, have to live within their means.”
  • Have the ability to realize when you are simply not fit for an investment.  Tony reveals that sometimes you need to, “Do what you do best”.  You should not waste your time, energy, or resources on tasks that you are not able to complete successfully.
  • Sometimes its better to me lucky than to be good…..Tony believes that Tampa’s bubbling economy contributed greatly to his real estate success.
  • Losing money is not necessarily a bad experience. The only way to know how to not get your nose bloodied is to get your nose bloodied and then make sure it does not happen again

Is he still in the Market?

Tony is currently looking to invest in retail centers that are anywhere from 20,000-50,000 square feet.

Most influential educational tool? Nothing Down: How to Buy Real Estate With Little or No Money Down ~ Robert Allen.

Favorite Restaurant –  Carmine’s in Ybor City.

The best way to reach Tony is his email Tony@gabrieltampa.com or his cell phone number which is 813-932-7944.

EP12 – Orlando Real Estate Market: It Is More Than Mickey Mouse



Tim Becker, Director of the Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Florida talks Orlando in the 2nd of 4 part series, covering the major real estate markets in the State of Florida.  In anticipation of the Bergstrom Center’s Trends and Strategies conference February 26-27 in Orlando.

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EP11 – Florida Investor Overcomes Obstacles to Own over $1m in Real Estate

Pinellas Real Estate InvestorTony Montanez was stuck in the daily grind of his carpentry and handyman business, but he dreamed of taking control of his professional life and longed for financial freedom. He saw real estate ownership as the potential solution.  The problem, however, was that the downturn in the market had hurt his credit and it was challenging for him to acquire the debt necessary to make ownership of real estate in critical mass a realistic possibility. But, Tony did not let his dream die quietly. Armed with the skills he had learned as a tradesman and the willingness to network whenever and wherever, Tony set the wheels in motion.  Creativity and open mindedness helped this Pinellas County investor obtain success in a very short period of time..

Listen to how Tony overcame his personal obstacles to put him on the path to realizing his goals and dreams.

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Show Notes:


“One of the worst things an inexperienced investor can have is good credit and some money”
“You can only do so much behind a computer.  Deals are done meeting with people.”

Favorite Florida Restaurant:

Bonaire – St Petersburg Beach – 36:30
Tony’s Band – Big Moon Rocket

EP10 – What is Happening in Miami Real Estate Development? Where Is the Market Headed?

The Miami real estate market is one of the most resilient markets in the world and certainly the strongest market in the State of Florida.  It was left for dead after the 2008 market downturn and even optimistic projects estimated it would take at least a decade to rebound.  Fast forward to 2015 and the Miami market is seeing eye-popping growth, not only in construction starts, but also a rebound in prices.

193x257_TimBecker_9988Tim Becker, CCIM & Director, Kelley A. Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies, is our special guest for this first of a four part series of the State of Florida’s major real estate markets, in preparation for the Center’s Trends and Strategies Conference February 26-27 in Orlando, Fl.

In this part of the series Tim gives a brief overview of what is moving and shaking in the Miami real estate development scene and some areas of potential concern.  If you are an active or aspiring real estate investor in the Florida markets, you will definitely want to catch all four parts of the series.


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Contact info:

Stutzin Hall
PO Box 117168
Gainesville, FL  32611-7169