Old Dawg's REI Network with Bill Manassero

Welcome to the Old Dawg's REI Network where cash flow is king, real estate investing the means, so you can enjoy your retirement dreams! Your host is Bill Manassero who started investing in real estate at the youthful age of 58 years. In this show, he will share his real-life successes and blunders as he seeks his quest to acquire 1,000 doors/units in 6 years. This podcast is a fun, information-packed program that features knowledgeable, engaging guests who will provide practical and easy-to-understand tips on how to succeed in real estate investing. Geared toward 50plusers who are approaching retirement or already there, each episode addresses real estate investing in light of the challenges of retirement living and fixed incomes. Emphasis is on immediate cash flow, short-term strategies, passive income infrastructures and building a legacy for your family’s future. The show guests will include actual real estate investors, as well as industry experts, who share tips on how real estate investing is a viable means for generating additional retirement income now. You’ll hear from real investors doing real deals, making real money and building real wealth in the "perfect storm" of today's real estate arena. Whether you're a beginner, intermediate or advance investor, you'll learn not only the real world knowledge and skills you need today, but also the mindset necessary to grow your real estate portfolio at your pace -- to meet your investment goals. No hype, no sales pitches. Just the information, skills, mindset and insight that will help you succeed. To enjoy podcast episodes not shown here, visit
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May 31, 2016

Since 2007, Jeff Greenberg has been investing in multi-family assets in emerging markets. An MBA with over thirty-five years experience in management, staff supervision, development, and training, Jeff started real estate investing while employed full-time in a demanding job. Jeff focuses on acquisitions, investor relationships, contract negotiations, business systems development, business management and asset management.  In this episode Jeff shares how, with limited time, he carefully evaluated and selected properties that would yield the highest return on investment to set the foundation for the retirement of his dreams.

 What You Will Learn:

  • How to find and treat investors
  • What criteria to use for getting in and looking for investments
  • Top 3 or 4 things to put in place before purchasing a property
  • How to communicate with your broker
  • Different ways to invest
  • Much More...

More about Jeff Greenberg

Jeff’s interest in the real estate business was triggered after he went hiking with a friend in 2005. His friend mentioned that he was getting into real estate and as Jeff inquired further, he realized that there was so much more to this type of business than he had imagined. What also peaked his interest was that after his divorce, he had no funds for retirement, and he felt that this was a viable solution to that problem. He explored the market trying to find out exactly what he would be interested in doing and what niches would be best for him.

 For more information on Jeff Greenberg visit: or email Jeff

Courage to Continue

He courageously tried investing in single family homes, fix and flips through foreclosures ,and REOs during the economic crisis of 2007 but this would prove to be a bad time for such a move.  However, Jeff was not daunted.  Although he never did a single flip at that time and the only single family property he acquired was his own, when he was introduced to multi-family investing, he jumped in with excitement, making his first multi-family investment in a 20 unit property and has not looked back since.

Understanding the Dynamics of Investing in Real Estate

As you listen to this program, you will acquire a wealth of information about the dynamics of investing in real estate and how to use the seminar circuit and the importance of networking. Jeff honestly makes recommendations and gives pertinent advice to the newbies as to how they can educate themselves, network and spread their wings to be successful. He takes listeners through the process of dealing with property managers and explains the importance of having boots on the ground—someone who knows the local market well.

Real Estate Knowlege is Power

This is a phrase that we hear all the time, certainly, in this case, it is absolutely relevant. Having experienced the ups and downs, the pitfalls and the challenges, Jeff opens up about the biggest mistakes that he has made and how having the relevant information could have saved him thousands of dollars. He believes that it is of utmost importance that you delve deep into due diligence before putting one cent into investment properties. Here is your opportunity to learn how to do it the right way.

RAP-UP SESSION—Jeff’s Favorites

Favorite Real Estate Book

Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T Kiyosaki

According to Jeff, this book changed his paradigm and showed him that he could indeed be an entrepreneur and he did not have to settle for a 9 to 5 job.

Favorite General Business Book

E-Myth by Michael Gerber

Jeff thinks that this book shows you how to work on your business instead of in your business; as well as how to stop being so busy that you overlook what is really going on in the business.

Most Valuable Website Outside of His Own

For information, Jeff prefers as he thinks it is the best place to get real estate information. He also listens to several podcasts including

Old Capital, Joe Fearless and of course he will be adding the Old Dawg's REI Network podcast to that list.

Favorite App

Evernote is his favorite app to keep notes and he also likes it because he can use it on his phone and computer; that way the notes are always available. However, Dropbox is critical, and he uses it to store and protect his data and files instead of the flash drive or hard drive; like Evernote, he can get it on his phone and computer.

Thank you all, we appreciate everybody. Have a blessed day

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May 18, 2016

In this episode we examine the investment strategy of Michael Becker, a banker turned real estate investor. who acquired 3,000 units in three years.

About Michael

Michael Becker is a Principal at SPI Advisory LLC and heads SPI’s Frisco Texas office where he oversees all aspects of property operations, including asset management, property management oversight, accounting and taxation, capital improvement and renovation projects and investor relations. Michael is a 15 year veteran Commercial Real Estate Banker and has originated and managed numerous portfolios of permanent and bridge loans in all major asset classes. Over the last 5 years of his banking tenure, Michael focused exclusively on multi-family properties, where he was the number one loan producer for his division at a Top 3 National lender for his last 3 consecutive years. As a Portfolio Manager, Michael directly oversaw the management and financial performance of the countless C & B class Multi-Family properties he originated loans for. As a result, he accumulated an exceedingly diverse network of suppliers, contractors, consultants and service providers during his tenure. This gives him the ability to quickly and efficiently implement a breadth of value-added strategies for a fraction of the typical cost.

His “Lightbulb Moment” and the Launch of His New Company

  • Long time banker who made loans on multifamily where he put together  many successful deals.
  • One day he had his “light bulb” moment and said, “Hey, I’m on the wrong side of the transaction here.” Wondered why he wasn’t out there buying the properties. 
  • Bought 16 single family homes but it consumed way too much of his time (he self-managed) and he decided to sell the houses and go into multifamily
  • In 2013, he met an investor from Southern California who became his business partner in a company that has since acquired 3,000 units in 3 years.
  • Before he officially started the company, he wanted to create “critical mass” up front and immediately found and purchased 4 multifamily properties (800 units) with his new partner while he was still working full-time at the bank and while he still had most of his rental houses. 
  • Once the deals were done, he knew he could transition out of his “W2 job” and into running his new real estate investing business full-time

Being a Banker Definitely Helped in Putting Together and Positioning Deals

  • He put together so many deals in the past that he knew exactly what to look for and what lenders want to see in a deal
  • Because he had limited funds, he looked for deals they knew they could afford”
    • Class “C” deals (in Texas that meant built in 1960s-1970s)
    • Garden style apartments, 2-story
  • As they’ve grown and have more cash, they are trying to sell the class C properties and move more in class B (1980s -1990s) properties that have better features (cast iron vs. plastic sewer structures and getting away from aluminum wiring from late sixties, better construction quality) that result in less long term capital expenses.
  • The types of deals he seeks today are:
    • Class B that are in suburban settings
    • Have management problem that can be improved
    • Have some physical problem that can be improved
    • 10-15% below market rates
  • When they purchase they:
    • Fix properties up
    • Cured deferred maintence problems
    • Upgrade units (new appliances, paint. etc.)
    • Spruce up pool area
    • Add dog park or play area
    • Raise rents
  • Uses outside property management companies for their properties

Dallas is Becoming More Competitive but Still Can Put Together Good Deals

  • High demand
  • A lot of California investors in Dallas
  • 6.5 CAP rate
  • Qualify for great Fannie Mae loans
  • Looking at other areas - Nashville, Houston
  • Thinking rates will stay low
  • Currently getting 10-12 year fixed rate – 4%
  • Usually find either one JV (Joint Venture) partner or put together a syndication with many partners (15-20) – Do 50% JV, 50% syndications
  • JVs may want longer term hold
  • Syndications usually 3-5 year hold
  • Can do Fannie Mae Supplemental Loans to cash-out early, pay off investors and hold the property if they want to stay in
  • Typical syndication deals

Biggest Learning Opportunity (Mistake)

  • No major mistakes but two come to mind
  • In the past, used to get PPM (private placement memoradums) out, they used to to have one-on-one phone meetings with all members of the syndication
  • Now, they do more webinars with multiple people, record it and investors can listen to it when they want.  This addresses 90% of the questions
  • Another issue was when they were changing the name of a property and put it out to investors.  He was overwhelmed with recommendations and it is was tough to field and communication the decision.  Today he just lets investors know the name and fields any questions

Biggest Success

  • Bought a property in Irving, TX, near airport in May of 2014
  • Bought it at $33K per unit (260 units)
  • Mis-managed (self-managed)
  • 5 down units from roof leaks, stripped drywall, never fixed roof leak
  • Horse racer, gave his jockey a free unit
  • 5 employees had free rent units
  • Not billing residents for utilities
  • Doubled net operating income in first 18 months
  • Doubled value of the property
  • $2.3 million equity in deal
  • Got Fannie Mae Supplemental loan for $4 million after 20 months in the deal.  Able to pull out 180% of original investment

What Long Term Vision Do You Have For Your Company?

  • Adding more employees
  • Systemizing the business
  • Technology Centralization – Databases, etc.
  • Better communications (Newsletters)
  • He’s focusing more on the areas where is strengths lie
  • Goal: To maintain 4-5,000 units consistently
  • Add 2nd or 3rd  markets – be slow and steady to

Advice for Those Who Want to Get Started or Grow Their Investments

  • Maybe go smaller – get a house or two to start
  • Get involved with a simple syndicated deal where you don’t have to deal with the management but you get the yield

Rap-it UP! Session

How People Can Reach Michael

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May 17, 2016

In this episode we hear from Joe Fairless, a real estate investor and podcast host who has amassed $28 million in apartment buildings in three years.

About Joe

Joe Fairless is Principal at Fairless Investing and Host of the extremely popular leading iTunes podcast - BEST REAL ESTATE INVESTING ADVICE EVER.  He started buying multifamily properties in 2013 and now controls over $28,000,000 worth of real estate in Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and Cincinnati AND WHAT IS AMAZING IS THE FACT he achieved this in just 3 years. He currently lives in Cincinnati and has been investing in real estate since 2008.  Prior to that, he was the youngest vice president at an award-winning advertising agency in New York City.  His latest acquisition was a 155-unit apartment community in Houston and he currently consults other investors on multifamily investing.  As host of the popular show Best Real Estate Investing Advice Ever, which is the world’s longest running DAILY REAL ESTATE PODCAST he has interviewed guests such as Barbara Corcoran from the popular show Shark Tank and Robert Kiyosaki, author of the leading real estate investor book RICH DAD POOR DAD.  He is a strong advocate of GIVING BACK and serves on the Alumni Advisory Board for Texas Tech University and the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement in Cincinnati. AND, I also understand he is writing his first book that is due to come out soon. 

Additional Highlights of His Background

  • Had four single family homes but started getting interested in multifamily real estate after he was working out in a spreadsheet how many homes it would take for him to become financially independent.
  • Started educating himself on multifamily in 2012
  • Got a cash-out re-fi on one of his single family homes and had $50,000 to invest
  • Started his own REI company
  • Bought his first multifamily property in 2013, a 168-unit apartment in Cincinnati,  while he was still VP of an advertising firm in New York City
  • Waited two years before he bought any more – wanted to learn by owning
  • Two years later purchased a 250-unit and 155-unit apartment communities
  • Currently has a 320-unit under contract in Carrolton, TX

Find out how Joe made THE BIG JUMP from single family homes to apartments (168 UNITS) with almost NO MONEY DOWN from him!

  • Hear how his broker found the property (publically listed on, valued at $6.5 million, AND a seller willing to do creative financing
  • He shares a little known secret technique known as a Master Lease which basically gave him complete control of the property without having to pay up front. 
  • IMPORTANT FACT:  If you ever do a master lease, you must get the bank’s PRIOR APPROVAL otherwise they could call the note to pay it back immediately or negate your transaction.

Now – He had to raise the down payment!

  • Find out how he set out to raise $400,000 but, instead, raised over $1,300,000

Biggest Mistake – He had two!

  1. Poor due diligence on the property inspection with 168-unit deal
    1. Realized later that there were things he would need to fix
  2. Raising extra money for down payment but not setting funds aside for he operating budget or improvements to the property
    1. He almost put no money into the deal until this happened!  So he ended up putting in his own money in to cover operating expenses and property improvements

Biggest Success

  • Starting a daily podcast
    • Helped him raise over $800,000 for his deals
    • Learned great amount of information

Advice for Those Looking to Get Started in Real Estate Investing

  • Get educated – read a lot of books
  • Get educated before you get the mentor!

What Are You Excited About With Your Current Business?

  • His podcast and where it is going

What Vision Do You Have For the Future of Your Company

  • Reach $1 billion in holdings and then assess from there

Rap-It-UP! Session


He Will Send You A Free REI Resources Guide FOR FREE that includes:

  • Top recommended "must read" real estate books
  • Top Real Estate and Business Web Sites
  • Top Real Estate and Business Podcasts

To get the Resource Guide Free:  Send a TEXT to 38470 and type the word BEST


A Free Money Raising Spreadsheet

  • Send email to:, put the words “Money Raising Spreadsheet” in Subject line and mention the Old Dawg’s Podcast in the body copy.

How to Reach Joe

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May 16, 2016

Who We Are

  • The Old Dawg’s REI Network is unique community of  real estate investors 50 years of age and older who are motivated to learn and succeed in real esate investing
  • The “Network” provides education through
    • Newsletters
    • Blogs
    • Podcasts
    • Social Media
    • Opportunities to meet other investors

Our Audience

  • People who are approaching retirement or already retired who are interested in generating more income
  • Who also want to build a legacy for their children and grand children
  • Who want to boost income now!

Goals of the Podcast

  • Educate and inform
  • Provide resources to help people start real estate investing now
  • Feature successful guests that are real estate investors and other experts (bankers, brokers, property manetc.) who can share their experiences
  • Provide practical  “How-To” information and tips to get you where you want to go quickly in your real estate investing endeavor – not heavy handed theories
  • We want to make it fun!  Real estate can be dry at times so we want the show to be informative but also fun and entertaining

It’s YOUR Show -- Tell Us What You Want

  • This is YOUR network and we want it to be valuable for you
  • Share your thoughts & ideas
  • What would you like to see
  • What can we change or improve

Who I Am

  • Grew up in So Cal
  • Have a broad, diverse background
  • Worked in various corporations (financial services, retail, technology, internet, non-profit)
  • Writer, editor and teacher
  • Started/ran own businesses (Marketing consultant, Advertising/PR firm)
  • Professional musician
  • Went into full-time ministry
  • Started 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization – Child Hope International
  • Lived in Haiti last 15 years running a mission for orphaned, abandoned and at risk children
  • As I approached 60, concerned about my retirement

Move Into Real Estate

  • Saw real estate investing as viable means to carry us through retirement and grow a legacy for our children and grandchildren
  • First real estate investments purchased in 2014 using inheritance funds
    • Bought 3 properties (2 SFRs and one duplex) through turn-key provider in Memphis and Atlanta
    • In 2015, purchased a duplex and saw how multifamily made more sense for my goal to grow fast

My Goals

  • Made a Few Goals
    • To purchase or control 1,000 units/doors in 6 years
    • To share my real estate experiences (good, bad and otherwise), specifically as it pertains to seniors facing the samechallenges I face) and to outline the processes  I use to reach my goal
  • I am a student like you and am learning a lot as I move forward with my goal
  • I am not a guru or expert and I don’t have anything to sell
  • I am determined and focused on succeeding --  not just for myself but for those who join me on this journey
  • I want to see others succeed from listening to the podcast and being part of the Old Dawg’s network


  • The show is not about me.  It’s about you and how you can change your situation to create the retirement you always dream about
  • Again -- ee invite your feedback on what you want you like to see/hear, what you like and don’t like

How to Contact me

  • Visit our web site and email me at
  • Schedule a free 30 minute interview with me to discuss any of your questions on real estate investing.  And know – I won’t try to sell you anything.  I am here to help.

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  • We want others to know about the Old Dawg’s REI Network and one of the best ways to get the work out is through our podcast
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