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Straight Up Chicago Investor

Jun 26, 2020

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, where he is a general and limited partner of $60M in real estate holding spread across 800+ units.
Brian was born and raised in the Southwest Suburbs and provides tremendous local insights to popular areas such as Tinley Park and Oak Lawn - including the 95th ave corridor, what to look out for in the common 1960s-built properties, and to how to prepare for tax increases. We also take a deep dive into his recent South Shore acquisition and discuss what attracted him to this new deal outside of his typical geographical pocket.
Brian's the founder of the Chicago Chapter of the MultiFamily Masters meetup which is a great event (and it's free!), so check please check it out. Have a listen and if you find value in today’s episode, hit that subscribe button and leave us that 5 STAR REVIEW.

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Guest: Brian Kochendorfer from the Essex Realty Group

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Landlord tip. 4:30

Guest intro. 6:00

Guest Questions

What are you currently focusing on? 6:40

What attracted you to your South Shore deal? 7:35

What’s the attraction of the south and southwest suburbs? 11:20

How has the area changed over your career and what’s driving development? 12:15

What are some common issues people should look out for in old houses? 14:00

What are nuances an investor should know about rental laws and expectations? 15:20

How did you jump from broker to investor? 18:40

How did you scale to 60MM? 20:45

How did you build partnerships when going into active investing? 22:50

What’s your process for raising capital? 24:30

Tell us about your multifamily networking group? 27:02

What should new investors know about MFH investing? 30:00


Wrap up questions

What is your competitive advantage? 31:40

What is one piece of advice you’d give someone? 32:25

What do you do for fun? 32:53

What is a good self development activity you’d recommend? 33:20

Who is one person you'd recommend from your local network? 34:10

How can we learn more about you? 34:45


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