Ep. 118 Rod Khleif: Leveraging Investment Goals into Real Estate Cashflow

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earn real estate cashflow with investment goalsMotivation: it’s something every one needs. Whether it’s a financial drive or a spiritual one, everyone needs something that keeps them focused and real estate investors are no different.

Setting investment goals is something that every investor does. But sometimes as investors, we find ourselves setting unrealistic investment goals or goals that may reap immediate rewards but lack long-term gain. Sometimes it can seem overwhelming trying to set manageable, realistic investment goals that can actually be leveraged into cashflow.

Investor, author and real estate investing mentor, Rod Khleif, believes in the power of actionable investment goals. By setting goals for himself that not only inspired him to become a successful real estate investor, they also empowered him to forge his path.

Rod was introduced to real estate investing early on. He managed to find success fairly quickly and, by 2006, had acquired thousands of properties across the U.S., including 800 in Florida.

Following the market crash however, Rod lost everything. Instead of accepting defeat, Rod took that as a learning opportunity. He realized that, while his investment goals had been earning him income, they did not lay the foundation for a successful, long-term cashflow strategy. Rod re-tooled his approach and, by aligning his investment strategy with philanthropic efforts, was able to form actionable, empowering investment goals.

The Key to Setting Investment Goals

  • Daily routine/morning ritual
  • Find personal drive in life, incorporate purpose into daily routine
  • Keep family, personal and business life evenly balanced
  • Write down goals
  • Spiritual, not just financial fulfillment


  • Tony Robbins – motivational speaker; psychology of success and self-empowerment
  • Lifetime Cashflow through Real Estate Investing podcast
  • How to Create Cash Flow Through Multi Family Properties
    • Text “Rod” to 41411 (free copy of book)
    • Website

For any other questions about setting investment goals to earn real estate cash flow, or to find out more about Rod’s mentor programs and investor education, check out his website!


Ep. 102 Michele Pasquale: Deferring Taxes with Cost Segregation

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cost segregationFor real estate investors, it’s all about the bottom line. Investors are always looking at how they can save on costs and expand their cash-flow. While many real estate investors might be aware of certain tax-breaks that can be taken advantage of for investment properties, deferring taxes through cost segregation may be one that investors overlook. Institutional investors are probably aware of this tax advantage, but smaller, individual investors or those just starting out in real estate investing may be unaware.

For Michele Pasquale, the bottom line is helping investors to get more out of their properties. Michele is owner and managing member of Meridian Financial Solutions. By working directly with investor clients and through alignment with CPA firms, Meridian seeks to establish effective, long-term tax-planning strategies resulting in greater ROI potential for investors. Michele brings over 16 years of experience in real estate acquisitions and finance to help investors maximize cash-flow. This episode, Michele shares some things investors should know about deferring taxes through cost segregation.

Cost Segregation

  • Tax-planning tool to help investors defer federal income taxes
  • Allows property owners to accelerate depreciation, resulting in reduced taxable income levels
  • Cost segregation study identifies all construction costs that qualify for accelerated depreciation
  • Breaks costs into depreciation values of 15, 7 and 5 years, so they can be written-off in a shorter time-span
  • Dependent on size and property type
  • For buy-and-hold investors

Cost Segregation Qualifiers

  • T.V. outlets
  • Wiring
  • Distribution panels
  • Dated jacks
  • Sinks and drains
  • De-mountable partitions
  • Floor coverings

When does Cost Segregation Apply?

  • Buying, building or renovating a property
  • Investors can go back 10 years or more on existing buildings and catch up on past depreciation
  • Before building or renovating, factor in cost segregation studies into design plans
  • Tax-planning strategy for 1031 Exchanges and Estate Planning

Tax-deferral, Not Tax Elimination

  • Investors should be aware that costs segregation is a strategy for deferring taxes to increase cash-flow. Taxes are applied at sale.

Contact Meridian Financial Solutions at (561) 252-7282 for more info about cost segregation and get a free estimate for tax-deferral savings.

Ep. 92 John Fedro: Using Mobile Homes to Get Started Investing in Florida Real Estate

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mobile home investingFlorida has its fair share of mobile homes. Whether providing seasonal residences or  year-round affordable housing, mobile homes have become an ever-present property class in the Florida real estate market. Though they have been a historically neglected asset class, investing in mobile homes can provide strong, consistent returns. As markets in other asset classes become more competitive, mobile homes may be a rising hot market for investors.

John Fedro is one investor who discovered the opportunity in mobile home investing early on. After entering full-time real estate investing in 2002, John purchased his first mobile home in a park in Florida. He quickly saw the potential investing in mobile homes and after his first year had acquired 14 properties. In a virtually untapped market, John was able to develop an investment strategy exclusively for mobile homes that ensured strong returns. He has since expanded his portfolio to Texas and is actively sourcing deals in other states.

  • Mobile Home Investment Types
    • Private land mobile homes – longer to close, traditional sale of real estate;
    • Mobile homes in parks – categorized as personal property in most states, not subject to title issues/other typical
    • Mobile Home Parks
  • Financing
    • Little to no conventional lending; mainly cash deals
    • Seller financing
    • Dodd-Frank regulations do apply to mobile homes w/ financing
      • Mortgage loan originators can assist with compliance
  •  Costs + Fees
    • Purchase for >$10k
    • Sell for <$25k on payments
    • Buyer repays minimum $300/month on property
    • Mobile homes in parks, buyer pays lot fees, utilities, possibly insurance
  • Move-in ready
    • Buyers will usually do refurbs/improvements
  • Marketing
    • Mobile homes in parks: Craigslist, driving through parks, talking w/ park managers
    • Mobile homes on private land: networking, direct-mailings, bandit signs, seller lists
  • Hot Florida Markets
    • Miami, Jacksonville, Tampa, Gainesville
    • Rural areas, small towns
    • Panhandle
  • Investment Tips
    • Do multiple deals
    • Effective marketing strategies
    • At least 60 mile radius for investment market
    • Seek knowledgeable investor

Check out John’s website for even more information on successful investment strategies for mobile homes. John has free videos and a podcast where he covers tips for investing in mobile homes. Contact John directly by email at support@mobilehomeinvesting.net

Ep. 72 Santosh Govindaraju – Florida Developer Applies Wall Street Lessons to the Tampa Market

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5xa5OmeFor the average Florida real estate investor, Wall Street banking and investing practices may seem worlds away. However, one investor and developer in the state has managed to successfully fuse his expertise in Wall Street investing with the Florida real estate market.

Santosh Govindaraju is a Florida developer with an interesting history. Prior to finding success in Florida real estate markets, Santosh was immersed in the world of high-strategy investment banking on Wall Street. After moving to Florida, Santosh applied his investment banking expertise to Florida real estate with a focus on the Tampa market. Santosh and his firm, Convergent Capital Partners, have been providing equity and debt investment options in a variety of Florida commercial real estate for over 17 years. This episode, he discusses his transition to real estate investing and what’s next for the Tampa market.

  • Wall Street Lessons
    • “Reversion to the Mean” – markets and prices fluctuate, but they will always indicate a trend, or mean
    • Relative-value trading – With two similar asset classes, sell asset class sitting above the mean and buy the asset class sitting below the mean
  • Convergent Capital Partners
    • Santosh paired his understanding of financial side of investing with partner’s physical knowledge of real estate
    • Saw relatively stable markets in FL during late 1990s
    • Opportunistic commercial investing: all commercial asset classes except industrial; looking for properties with mixed-use potential
    • Private Equity Platform Fund-Operation: base of 10 investors; deal offered first to fund as whole, then to individual memebers
  • Tampa Market
    • Strong recent investment/development growth
    • Institutional capital competing for projects
    • New vision for Downtown Tampa
    • Harbor Island Project: “The Point” – Convergent Capital developing 115k sqf. property in Tampa harbor

For more information about Convergent Capital’s current projects or to contact Santosh, visit their website

Ep. 58 Jefferson Lilly – Things You Should Know About Syndicating Real Estate

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361ee06A big concern for new real estate investors is the question of how to raise financing and build capital. Many investors are intimidated by traditional methods; using institutional debt-equity options and financing. Many who are hesitant about financing are unaware of alternative financing options. We have discussed alternative financing previously on the show, but this episode focuses on a specific method: syndicating real estate.

Jefferson Lilly also has a special focus when it comes to real estate investing. Jefferson specializes exclusively in mobile-home park property markets. Through his own company, Lilly & Company as well as through his co-partnership with Park Street Partners, Jefferson owns and manages 10 mobile-home parks from Wyoming to Ohio. Park Street Partners specializes in syndicating real estate deals, operating through a registered blind fund as opposed to raising financing through singular deals.

Things to Know About Syndicating Real Estate:

  • “Fundraising takes a life of its own”
    • Reputation and word-of-mouth marketing produces a snowball effect in syndicating real estate
    • More successfully executed deals translates to a greater willingness from investors to devote capital
  • Costs
    • Roughly $7500 to establish offering memorandum template in syndicating
    • Roughly equivalent in legal costs per deal for one-off financing
  • Syndicating
    • Blind funds- investors pool capital and allow broker/agent to make executive investment decisions
    • Largely adaptive to outsourcing options for financing and fundraising
    • Investors may conduct due diligence on broker/agents existing transaction records
  • Stipulations to Syndicating Real Estate
    • SEC requires strict operating stipulations for funds
    • Accredited investors permitted only
      • Private net-worth of $1,000,000 excluding home
      • Annual income of $200,000 (Individual)
      • Annual income of $300,000 (Married)
  • Advice
    • Due diligence is key
    • Generate customized contracts, tailored to specific investment goals
    • Provide enough time for both parties to process deal requirements
    • Seek guidance from a mentor

Jefferson Lilly got his start just like any other investor. He sought tools and resources to become informed in his market type. Some of Jefferson’s key mentors and resources are:



George Allen – Mobile-home park industry specialist, author of How to Find, Buy, Manage and Sell a Manufactured Home Community

To contact Jefferson with any questions regarding mobile-home park investing or syndicating real estate, contact him by email at jefferson@parkstreetpartners.net

For any other Investment opportunities with Jefferson’s company, join the mailing list on the company’s website: www.parkstreetpartners.com or join the LinkedIn group: Mobile Home Park Investors


How to Make $100k Investing in Mobile Home Parks

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449Mobile home parks seem to have earned an unjustly bad rap in the investment game. As a primarily affordable income based asset class, mobile home parks have received the reputation of being an investment with low returns and little value to an investor’s portfolio.

Mike Conlon, the “Mainstreet Millionaire” has some pretty convincing arguments that prove otherwise. After cutting his teeth in the Florida multi-family market, Mike bought his first 4-acre, 80 unit mobile home park in the mid-2000s. Now President of Affordable Communities Group (ACG) Mike’s company owns and manages 25 mobile home communities throughout the southeast. With each complex netting over $100k in returns, Mike shows that with due diligence and an emphasis on community, mobile home parks may present a sizable addition to any investors’ portfolio.

  • Mobile Home Park or Trailer Park?
    • Change the paradigm: affordable housing is not sub-standard
  • Property Class with Room to Grow
    • +50k parks in U.S.
    • No new developments in past 20 yrs.
  • Low Turnover on Units, but Stable Revenue Base
    • Permanent living situations for majority of residents
    • Costly and difficult to tow a mobile home, low incentive to leave
  • Own the Soil, Not the Unit
    • Easier and more cost-effective to lease space to mobile homeowners.
  • Recession-resistant… With Proper Management
    • Property class affected least by economic downturn
    • Demand for affordable housing increases during recessions
  • How to Earn +$100k
    • Know the area and the market
    • Stay within 30-40 min of metro areas
    • Look for high-occupancy complexes or look to improve occupancy
    • Build communities and increase resident involvement

You can get Mike’s best-selling book, Unconventional Wealth: The New Main $treet Millionaires on Amazon

Mike attributes his success in real estate to the book Rich Dad, Poor Dad, available on Amazon

Interested in a mentorship under Mike? Want to stay up-to-date with market news and information? Visit Mike’s website www.mainstreetmillionaire.com for these resources and more!

For more information on Mike’s mobile home parks visit acgmhc.com

EP27 – Kevin Bupp: Making Money with Mobile Home Parks

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Mobile Home Investing

It might not be the first asset class people consider when they start to invest in real estate, but there certainly are opportunities. Warren Buffett doesn’t involve Berkshire Hathaway in to businesses without great potential for return. Over 12 million live in mobile homes and post WWII manufactured housing has been the go-to solution for affordable housing. Potential for higher returns, increased tax incentives through deprecation and limited competition from new mobile home park developments are just some of the reasons this asset class should not be overlooked.

Our guest, Kevin Bupp, like many investors, got his start in single family homes, but soon realized that single family home investing did not offer the economies of scale to allow him to reach his lifestyle and financial goals. He saw an opportunity in mobile home parks, which tend to sell at higher CAP rates than apartments. Here are some highlights of our discussion with Kevin:

• Owning the land and not the trailer is the preferred form of ownership, as there is less management involved with the land.
• Management of a park is not that much different than running an apartment building
• Buyer competition is less intense at the moment than apartments, but the inventory is much lower as well
• City utilities is a big plus, as opposed to the park maintaining its own treatment plant or septic. If buying parks with septic, make sure the size is large enough so that you don’t lose a lot(s) if you have to upgrade the septic or rework it to bring it up to current code.
• Targets a 15% cash on cash return
• While based in Florida, he likes the Carolinas, Georgia, and the Midwest when seeking opportunities

Kevin also has his own podcast, Real Estate Investing for Cash Flow, where he covers many topics in commercial property, mobile home park and multifamily investing.

How to reach Kevin:


Real Estate Investing for Cash Flow – Podcast