Life Lessons on Prosperity with The Wealthy Gardener author John Soforic

 

Life Lessons on Prosperity with The Wealthy Gardener author John Soforic

 

Guest: Dr. John Soforic was a once chiropractor with 200k in student debt. He retired at 49 with a retirement income of $240,000. He then wrote a book for his son in college: The Wealthy Gardener: Lessons on Prosperity between Father and Son. The book became an Amazon bestseller, hit #46 worldwide on audible, and has been translated into 6 languages.

 

Big Idea: Generational Wealth is not just money, equity, or numbers on the balance sheet.   One very critical component of wealth his the knowledge on how to steward that wealth, a critical piece missing from so many estate plans.  John viewed this challenge in his own life as he sought to inspire his 19 year old son to absorb and learn the wisdom he’d discovered over the decade of building his own wealth.  And so The Wealthy Gardener was born.

I listened on audible myself and then found myself immediately recommending the book to a few friends of mine who are early in their real estate investing career.  I’d describe this book as the “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” for the new generation, but with a greater focus on real estate and the mindsets needed to create a wealthy life.  John and I discuss real estate, my juvenile delinquent past, our shared experience of having a child attend Temple University, and of course his book, The Wealthy Gardener.  Please enjoy this conversation with John Soforic.

 

    

Dan Breslin: Welcome to the R.E.I Diamond Show. I’m your host, Dan Breslin. And this is Episode 200 with Life Lessons on Prosperity with The Wealthy Gardener author John Soforic.

If you are into building wealth through real estate investing, you are in the right place. My goal is to identify high-caliber real estate investors and other industry service providers. I’d invite them on the show and then draw out the jewels of wisdom, those tactics and mindsets, and methods used to create millions of dollars or more in the business of real estate.

Dr. John Soforic was once a chiropractor with more than $200,000 in student debt. He retired at age 49, with a retirement income of $240,000 per year. He then wrote a book for his son in college, The Wealthy Gardener: Lessons on Prosperity Between Father and Son. The book went on to become an Amazon bestseller. Hit number 46 worldwide on Audible and has been translated into six languages.

Generational wealth is not just money. It’s not just equity or numbers on a balance sheet. One very critical component of wealth is the knowledge on how to steward that wealth, a critical piece missing from so many estate plans. John viewed this challenge in his own life as he sought to inspire his 19-year-old son to absorb and learn the wisdom he discovered over the decade or more building his own wealth. And so, The Wealthy Gardener was born.

I listened on Audible myself and then found myself immediately recommending the book to a few friends of mine who are early in their real estate investing career. I describe this book as the Rich Dad Poor Dad for the new generation, but with a greater focus on real estate and the mindsets needed to actually create that wealthy life.

John and I discussed real estate, my juvenile delinquent past, our shared experience of having a child attend Temple University and, of course, his book, The Wealthy Gardener. Please enjoy this conversation with John Soforic.

 

Episode Sponsored by the Deal Machine:

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Resources mentioned in this episode:

https://WealthyGardener.com/

 

John & I Discuss Life Lessons on Prosperity:

  • How to Pass on Generational Wealth

  • Overcoming Challenges in Life

  • Building a $20K Per Month Portfolio

  • The Wealthy Gardener


    

Relevant Episodes: (There are 200 Content Packed Interviews in Total)

 

The transcript of this episode can be found here.
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How to Rehab a House the RIGHT Way with Van Sturgeon

 

Episode: How to Rehab a House the RIGHT Way with Van Sturgeon

 

Guest: Van Sturgeon owns more than 1,000 rental properties throughout the U.S. & Canada.  He’s rehabbed even more-picking up countless methods along the way.

 

Big Idea: Rehabbing houses is a breeze for highly successful real estate investors.  Buying property cheap, due to condition, then renovating them to force value is one of the most powerful methods of real estate investing for compounding wealth.  BRRR, or the buy, renovate, rent, & refi strategy is one of real estate investor’s favorite strategy for building a large portfolio with a limited amount of capital.

 

 

    

 

Dan Breslin: Today’s guest, Van Sturgeon, personally owns more than 1,000 rental properties throughout the US and Canada. He’s rehabbed even more, picking up countless methods along the way. Rehabbing houses is a breeze for highly successful real estate investors. Buying property cheap due to the condition, then renovating those properties to force value is one of the most powerful methods for compounding wealth. The skill of rehab is crucial to the BRRRR method. You know, the Buy, Renovate, Rent, and Refi strategy is used to build a large portfolio using a limited amount of capital. During this episode, Van and I will dive deep into the renovation aspect of the real estate business along with other topics such as large multifamily investing and market selection. Let’s begin.

Van:  I went off to University. Graduated. I had an opportunity to go off and become a lawyer. Got accepted to several law schools, but my heart wasn’t in it. And I had a very difficult conversation with my parents saying, “Hey, I just don’t want to do this. I don’t see myself being a lawyer. I really enjoy Real Estate, really enjoy being a junk contractor.” And so, that’s where they begrudgingly gave their approval, and I went off in Chicago and became a general contractor. I started knocking on doors, started to network, started to create relationships with individuals, and trying to grow this business. Thankfully, the early 90s was a period of time that I started to get busier, and one of the things I kept running into were these career Real Estate Investors. People that this was their means of business, whether they were buying and flipping properties or buying and adding them to their portfolio. I started to network with these people. Start to see what these people are doing, and then I got around to actually doing it myself.

The first property, I remember it like it was yesterday, I purchased it for $43,000 or $44,000, something like that. It was a real beat-up little bungalow. I still have some decrepit, little photographs of it for what I did to it because I was so proud of it. I bought it and I renovated it. And several months later, it cost me around $17,000 to $18,000 at the time to renovate it, I put it up for sale. I sold it for 90 something thousand dollars. All in all, I made $30,000. At that time in 1991, to make $30,000, that was a heck of a lot of beans, because the average salary was around $25,000 to $30,000 and I made that in four, five months.

So I immediately got hooked on it and I was like, well, this is something that I wanted to do. So it was sort of, it ran in parallel. I was growing just the general contracting business and at the same time doing flips on the side and growing that side of the business. I’ve been very lucky and fortunate in my life and through real estate, I was able to create a number of successful businesses where I’ve been. I’ve built subdivisions, custom homes, real estate developers, property management companies, and do also restoration work on commercial high-rise buildings. I’ve done everything that you can think of under the sun and I’ve been truly, truly blessed to the point where I’ve got over a thousand properties across North America that I look after and that I collect income from. So it’s been a great ride.

 

Episode Sponsored by the Deal Machine:

Driving for Dollars Software to Build a Team of Drivers, Manage Routes, & Even Automate Marketing.  Free Access at  http://REIDealMachine.com/

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

www.VanSturgeon.com

 

Van & I Discuss How to Avoid Capital Gains Tax:

  • Market Selection-according to an International Real Estate Investor

  • Van’s best deal-which turned out even better for the next buyer

  • Why you should own a property management company

  • How to renovate a house on time & on budget


    

Relevant Episodes: (There are 193 Content Packed Interviews in Total)

 

The transcript of this episode can be found here.
Transcripts of all episodes can be found here.