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Are you a real estate investor in Chicago or someone looking to invest in the Chicagoland Market? If so, this podcast is for you! We break down the neighborhoods, different sides of the city, and surrounding suburbs so you can understand the uniqueness of investing in Chicago real estate. The hosts and guests are Chicago investors and Property Managers who are making it happen in and around the Windy City. We share information, winning strategies, obstacles, success stories, and most importa ...
 
The Nonprofit Optimist podcast showcases positive change agents and talks through lessons that their small nonprofits have learned. With interviews of executive directors, founders, board members and staff leaders, we share practical advice based on real experiences working in the non-profit sector. Since most nonprofit professionals wear many hats, this is a great opportunity to learn how to grow your small nonprofit without needing to re-invent the wheel!
 
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Jason Marcordes, owner of Landmark Property Management, provides insight into how Pilsen has evolved and why he thinks it still has a runway for growth. Jason dives into tenants expectations and several nuances that come with investing in one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. Aside from Pilsen, we touch on surrounding neighborhoods such as L…
 
Neal Bawa, the founder of Grocapitus, has built an immense empire of 3,000 units with nearly 40,000 students studying his data driven approach. On today’s episode, Neal dives into the key advantages and disadvantages of investing in Chicago compared to other major metros. He also provides his thoughts on opportunity zones, including the major benef…
 
Today’s episode provides great insights for anyone investing in Chicago, specifically for those unfamiliar with the area. Author, coach, and entrepreneur Kathy Fettke has been featured on The Wall Street Journal, ABC, CNBC, NPR, MarketWatch, among other major media outlets. With over 50,000 members following her advice through her RealWealth Networ…
 
Chance Badertscher from Lavelle Law, specializes in Commercial and Residential real estate as well as business formation in and around Chicagoland. In this episode, Chance provides nuggets on how to properly interview a real estate attorney and how an attorney should quarterback your transaction. Chance also goes into the role the attorney plays in…
 
Our guest today, Noah Birk, is the highest producing multi-family broker in Chicago since 2014. In this episode, Noah provides great hyper-local insights on MFH investing in neighborhoods like South Shore, Auburn Gresham, Washington Park and Englewood. We discuss the impact that the Obama Center and Tiger Woods Golf Course play into the area’s appr…
 
Matt Fritzshall is the President and Founder of Triton Realty Group with over 200MM in transactions under his belt. Matt was highly successful during the Logan Square boom and in this episode, he'll discuss other Northside markets such as Hermosa and Belmont Gardens that have the potential to be the next Logan Square. Matt also weighs in on the age…
 
Prashanth Mahakali is the owner of PMPC Architecture firm here in Chicago and an active contributor to Bigger Pockets. He is also an investor and has built his firm under the notion of smoothly handling all headache permits for his clients. In today’s episode, Prashanth talks in depth on handling building violations, expediting permits, and navigat…
 
After selling a successful logistics company, and actively investing in real estate, Jake Fugman has carved a niche as a high-performing investor-friendly agent. In this episode, Jake provides a ton of market knowledge and deep insights into many desirable and upcoming Chicago neighborhoods, including Hermosa, Belmont Gardens, Portage Park, Marshal…
 
Last week we got into the top ten mistakes borrowers make with Renovo Financial. This week, Eric Workman continues counting down the top 10 with numbers 5 all the way down to #1. Eric has a long background in real estate with experience in construction, brokering deals, flipping houses, etc. When Brandon Moulton, our guest from the previous episode…
 
You've heard their name tossed around on earlier episodes, and now we have Renovo Financial here to address some of the biggest mistakes they see when dealing with Chicagoland investors. Brandon Moulton is the Senior VP of Lending at Renovo Financial and has been featured on Crain's Chicago People on the Move. Brandon takes on Part 1 of the top ten…
 
Local real estate and commercial litigator, Bibek Das, has spent the last 20+ years educating and protecting Chicagoland investors and landlords. In this episode, Bibek drops a ton of knowledge (and NUGGETS!) to ensure you are running your real estate business appropriately. This includes an overview of Chicago's Residential and Landlord Tenant Ord…
 
After a successful career in corporate finance, Eric took his skillset (which he originally honed at THE University of Illinois) and transitioned full-time into real estate. Eric is a co-founder of 33 Realty, a vertically integrated company that has the ability to takes its clients through the entire lifecycle of a real estate investment. In this e…
 
John Casmon is a successful Chicago househacker turned syndicator and the founder of Casmon Capital Group. In addition, John hosts the Target Market Insights Podcast, heads up the Chicago Multifamily Club Meetup, and is the co-creator of the Midwest RE Networking Summit (coming up on 7/25-7/26). In this episode, John provides a wealth of knowledge,…
 
One doesn't accomplish $600,000,000 in real estate transactions without thoroughly understanding the ins and outs of the business and which neighborhoods are primed for sound investments. Our guest today, Brian Kochendorfer, has a ton of nuggets to drop from his experience as a broker, passive investor, and managing member of Arc Equity Group, wher…
 
There's a reason Ben Walhood has already been a featured guest on numerous high-profile podcasts, including Bigger Pockets, The Best Ever Real Estate Podcast with Joe Fairless, Target Market Insights with John Casmon, and has been interviewed by CNBC and The Chicago Tribune. Over the last decade, Ben has consistently grown his portfolio in Dupage C…
 
With 20 years in the business, Joe Mueller got his start buying REO (bank owned) properties at auctions. From there, Joe networked extensively to develop a robust acquisitions strategy and eventually implement multiple streams of income. Most recently, Joe started a title company suited for investors who wanted to transact in off market property wi…
 
Investor and property manager Jared Kott lives and breathes the Southeast neighborhoods of Chicago. After leaving corporate America in 2013, Jared enrolled in a property management class the following Monday to get his feet wet doing whatever takes. This experience was the springboard that lead to Jared owning over 100 properties, predominately in …
 
Chicagoland is an insanely competitive market, making constant deal flow one of the toughest challenges for investors across the city. As an investor, how successful would you be if you constantly had 80-100 off-market deals calling you each month asking you to make an offer? Through years of hard work, our guest, Blake McCreight, has created that …
 
Price points can be appealing in the Western Suburbs, especially compared to each areas of the city. However, it's not as simple as looking at rental rates and population statistics; our guest today is uniquely qualified to shed light on all the pros and cons that come along with investing in the numerous Western Suburbs East of 294. John Warren is…
 
So many people working day jobs want to build wealth through real estate but don’t know how to get started. Ibn gives great advice on how to leverage the day job as a springboard to grow your real estate business. Ibn not only oversee his own rehabs and self-manage his tenants, but goes the extra mile to understand his community and create win-wins…
 
Nothing kills a real estate investing career quicker than a horrendous rehab experience that spirals from the original budget and timeline. In this episode, Bryan Sonn gives golden advise on how to avoid this scenario and ultimately scale your construction process. Bryan has a skill for people that has earned him a consistent network of quality wor…
 
Have you considered investing in Lake County? Or minimizing vacancies with a 3yr rent-to-own lease? Our guest today, Bill Powers, has successfully done both of these actions to scale his business to 250+ rent to own properties in the last ten years. Listen to Bill lay out his strategies on how to find the perfect asset, screen each tenant, and assi…
 
If you've gone on the Bigger Pockets forums, you've probably seen the wealth of knowledge she shares with everyone, but today Brie Schmidt of Second City Real Estate is getting down to the Chicago specific details for you. Ever wonder why north center has had such a strong population decline while prices have skyrocketed? Or how you can house hack …
 
How can you use your skills from your day job to scale an investment portfolio to 450 units? Listen to our guest, Ron Plonis, explain how he used his computer science background to help him build systems and scale his own portfolio, then sold it off completely. His career has spanned nearly 15 years, and his experiences give insight into how things…
 
Andrew and Angie Taggart, an electrician and a teacher by trade, walk us through how their drive for learning and growth has pivoted their careers into scaling up a real estate portfolio. They give tons of great information on networking events that have been pivotal in getting momentum, the strategy they use and unique rules relating to BRRRR inve…
 
Originally from Philadelphia, Dan is a great case study of how an out of state investor can crush it in this market. Today he operates in three markets: Chicago, Philadelphia and Atlanta. Starting in ‘06 as a wholesaler with not much guidance, Dan gives tremendous insight into his journey from those early days wholesaling to today where in 2019 he …
 
Mark and Tom introduce the first podcast to deep dive into real estate investing in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. We are going to take a look at specific neighborhoods and specific strategies, dissect obstacles that real investors have dealt and explore the solutions used to overcome them. Listen to Mark and Tom have a candid conversation ab…
 
Julia Gatten is the Communications Director for AfricAid and she shares some of the biggest lessons she's learned about how to tell your story to donors. In this conversation, we talk about how AfricAid puts together their weekly blogs through contributions of staff in Tanzania and America, and how they engage a volunteer in a substantial role. We …
 
Sean MacCready and Stephenie Lazarus from Horizons for Youth share the lessons they have learned about partnering with donors, creating a major giving program, and participating in their first Giving Tuesday. You can check out the outline of topics discussed here: NPO 040. Nonprofit Optimist information: Become a Patron of the Nonprofit Optimist: w…
 
Dr. Susan Blaustein of WomenStrong International shares the lessons she's learned about community and international development through her work. You can check out the outline of topics discussed here: NPO 039. Nonprofit Optimist information: Become a Patron of the Nonprofit Optimist: www.Patreon.com/nonprofitoptimist Website: www.nonprofitoptimist…
 
Super quick episode sharing a fun announcement (picture here!) and a few shout outs. Website: www.nonprofitoptimist.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/nonprofitoptimist Instagram: www.instagram.com/nonprofitoptimist Become a Patron of the Nonprofit Optimist: www.Patreon.com/nonprofitoptimist Back to regular interview-style episodes on Tuesday! Get exci…
 
Become a Patron: www.patreon.com/nonprofitoptimist For $2 or $4 per month, support the Nonprofit Optimist podcast! Today's Guest: Rose Hart As a lifelong resident of Marshall County, WV, was part of the first graduating class of John Marshall High School in 1969. She spent 30 years of her career working for the United States Postal Service as a let…
 
My guest for today’s episode is Byron Sigcho, the executive director of Pilsen Alliance, here in Chicago. Pilsen Alliance is a social justice organization committed to developing grassroots leadership in Pilsen and neighboring working class, immigrant communities in Chicago’s Lower West Side. They work for quality public education, affordable housi…
 
Announcements: Molly will be at Podcast Movement conference next week! If you'll be there- email me: nonprofitoptimist@gmail.com. Come to our Nonprofit Meetup! Attend the panel where Molly and other nonprofit rockstars will be speaking! Molly's husband (Sean MacCready) has a great podcast you should check out-- The Philanthropy Podcast. Review the …
 
Today’s guest is Stacy Horst, one of the founders of Erin’s Hope for Friends. Erin’s Hope for Friends believes that extending opportunities to form friendships to kids with High Functioning Autism Spectrum and Asperger’s can change their lives. In our conversation, Stacy shares how they formed their ideas for E’s Club and the different ways they’ve…
 
Carrie Collins-Fadell is the executive director of the Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona and is today's guest on the Nonprofit Optimist! Our conversation is dedicated to fundraising through events and Carrie has great ideas to share on this! Carrie has been able to plan and execute several large events for their organization and this year, they offe…
 
My guest today is Shay Beider, the founder and executive director of Integrative Touch for Kids. Shay has been a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine for the past 17 years. Integrative Touch for Kids is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to enhance well being, minimize suffering and facilitate healing for children with chronic, acute…
 
Helene Dudley is today's guest and she helped establish The Colombia Project in 2000, a zero-overhead, sustainable micro-loan program. This program evolved to include TCP Global in 2014 and now supports loan programs in 7 countries, including one with former Florida foster care youth in Miami. Helene served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia an…
 
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