January 2020 Newsletter

Happy New Year!!

How is your aim setting going? I actually get pleasure from trying again on the yr and analyzing how I did and what I can be doing to enhance. I additionally benefit from the train of setting targets for the brand new yr. It is so motivating!

Pine Financial hit our group targets for the second yr in a row! We made it by one loan that Travis was capable of get accomplished proper on the deadline. Thanks Travis!! We did over $65 million in loans. It is thrilling to see progress and I’m proud that we’re capable of assist our debtors generate income on their tasks. It additionally feels nice that we’re serving to our non-public buyers make passive revenue. We paid out over$8,678,000 in curiosity to our buyers in 2019!! Wow!

Sean and Kim are each flying into our headquarters in two weeks. We can be sitting right down to do some enterprise planning and, due to the superior group we’ve got, we can be discussing our subsequent reward journey. Cabo was nice, what does the following journey seem like?

We are mixing up our Success Summits this yr. We moved the Minnesota occasion to early within the yr. We acquired suggestions that individuals are simply too busy within the fall, so we’re going to strive one thing new. If you might be in Minnesota, mark your calendars for February fifteenth, for an all-day occasion centered on residential actual property investing. Tons of nice audio system with no gross sales pitches, interval. We are extraordinarily happy with this occasion. Come see why at mniss.com

Finally, it’s unhappy to report that Charlotte has determine to go away Pine Financial to remain residence together with her daughter. She can be looking for new alternatives later within the yr. I want her the best possible. She was an enormous piece to our group and can be dearly missed. Check out just a few photographs from her going away social gathering on our Facebook web page.

With an ending comes a unbelievable new alternative. Justina began late within the yr and was capable of get some coaching in earlier than Charlotte’s final day. She is making enormous progress and becoming proper in. I’m so completely happy she utilized and accepted the place. She has the fervour and vitality to assist us develop in 2020!!


Five Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Next Networking Event

“Your net worth is equal to your network.” Or “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” I don’t know who initially mentioned both of these well-known quotes, but it surely was Zig Ziglar that mentioned, “You can have anything in life that you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”

I’ve written different articles about how necessary your community is, however I’ve not spoken a lot about my expertise constructing that community by networking. It is a brand new yr and time to get actually good at a brand new talent. What in the event you centered on a talent that can make you a fortune? Here are 5 elements to deal with once you attend your subsequent networking occasion.

Location, Location, Location: I’m positive you’ve neverheard that phrase. As actual property buyers, we’re taught early on that the three most necessary issues in actual property are the placement, the placement, and the placement. In networking, being in the correct room is much extra necessary than the way you costume, your charisma, or your elevator pitch. Networking is advertising and marketing and hitting the correct goal is important. For me, elevating cash to fund actual property offers is important, so I should be in rooms with folks with cash. I community at actual property occasions, positive, however I additionally attend different investing conferences. Find the conferences the place folks can be which have what you might be on the lookout for. You can discover many of those conferences on meetup.com, you should definitely be a part of our teams if you are there, however you must also ask round. There are a number of highly effective networking teams that by no means get marketed on MeetUp.

Show Up Early: I do know that you just wish to make your entrance. Growing up I used to be all the time informed to not be the primary to the social gathering. Something about that was not cool, and I actually needed to be cool. The downside with displaying up fashionably late is that you just miss out on the very best networking alternatives. Most folks attend networking occasions to meet up with their associates, you might be there to satisfy somebody new. You ought to wish to be there earlier than different folks’s associates arrive and distract them. When individuals are not already glued to a click on, it’s simpler to method them. Not to say, it offers you an opportunity to satisfy somebody that you may later come again to as you progress all through the room. And it offers you extra time to make the correct connection. I see no draw back to being early or on time.

Have Fun: This sounds easy, but it surely in case you are not having enjoyable as you speak to somebody, you might be seemingly not making a connection. I’d counsel breaking away from the dialog and making an attempt to satisfy somebody you’ll get pleasure from speaking to. If you might be having fun with the dialog, it’s seemingly that you’ve one thing in widespread. If you aren’t dominating the dialog, and you might be typically attending to know somebody, they’re having enjoyable too, due to this fact the possibilities of constructing a high quality connection is excessive. I alsobelieve that in case you are having enjoyable you can be extra comfy, and you’ll seemingly be your self. It can be simpler to speak to strangers and you should have rather more optimistic vitality.

Although I imagine it is very important have a aim in thoughts with what you want to accomplish at an occasion, like meet somebody who can wholesale a property or discover a roofer, it will possibly harm your outcomes to place stress on your self. It is difficult to have enjoyable when you’re feeling stress.

Focus on Value: As Zig says, you could assist otherpeople get what they need. Many instances, that’s as easy and simply listening to their story. Or, it may very well be making an introduction or sending them a referral. Or instructing them one thing they didn’t know. I’m full on add worth after I meet somebody new. I wish to get to know them and their enterprise and see what I can do to assist them. I all the time ask for his or her card and by no means inform them what I do, or by no means hand them a card until they ask. They virtually all the time do. It is much extra necessary to get a enterprise card than to present one, and it’s a flip off to be too into your self and never fascinated with them. With this mentioned, you’ll get requested for enterprise playing cards, so be ready. It is tremendous awkward when you’re networking and you do not have playing cards, or you’ll be able to’t discover the place they’re. I’d counsel ensuring you’ve playing cards and all the time preserve them in a separate pocket. Do not combine them with the playing cards you might be gathering. I preserve my enterprise playing cards in my left pocket, I put the playing cards I’m gathering in my proper, and I separate anybody who confirmed curiosity in investing with me and put these in my again pocket.

Follow Up: Obvious, however typically missed. The worth is within the observe up. When I accumulate a card from somebody, they go into my database and begin receiving emails from me with high quality content material and invitations to free occasions. Remember including worth? At Pine Financial, we by no means spam our listand our record performs properly. It is all about including worth and never making use of stress.

If I get a card from somebody that confirmed curiosity in what I’m on the lookout for, they get a private observe up from me. Often it is going to be a name the following day or two days later. Sometimes it is going to be an e mail with extra info on what they’re on the lookout for. From there, they go into my observe up system the place they are going to get seven to 10 private touches from me. If we’ve got not accomplished enterprise after that many touches, I assume they do not wish to work collectively, and I cease following up personally, however they continue to be in our database to obtain our customary correspondence. You can be stunned with what number of shoppers we’ve got that had been adopted up with seven or extra instances earlier than deciding to work collectively. Of course, they’re completely happy they did.

I sit up for seeing you on the subsequent networking occasion!



By: Sean Blomquist

“Real Estate Fever”… has hit the nation like a plague. There are numerous exhibits about flipping, renovating and shopping for homes. You cannot take heed to the radio with out listening to an advert for some guru in your market on the lookout for folks to affix their “team”. Many “newbies” are stepping into the sport, making an attempt to make massive cash in a short while. I meet them on a regular basis, and sadly many are making massive errors!

Mistake #1: Stock Market Mentality

You’d suppose after dropping $7 trillion within the inventory market folks would have discovered! Nope, they’re making the identical mistake, which is assuming what occurred yesterday will occur tomorrow. Nine of ten new buyers I meet say they’re fascinated with actual property as a result of they noticed another person generate income from the speedy appreciation of the market over the previous couple of years. But, shopping for actual property solely for short-term appreciation is usually an enormous gamble! If you purchase actual property to carry for 15 years or extra, the possibilities are you’ll come out on high. If you purchase a property and flip it in inside a yr, you most likely are tremendous, too. And, regardless of the danger, many individuals can intelligently time the “boom” of an area market (or subdivision inside a market) and make a revenue. But, in the event you purchase a rental property for full market value, to solely maintain it for a few years of appreciation, you’d higher have a backup plan if the market would not preserve going up. Investing is so much like browsing… if you do not know easy methods to trip the wave, you’ll drown!

So, do you have to chorus from investing in the event you suppose the market has peaked? Absolutely not! You can discover bargain-priced properties in each actual property market, even the most popular. You can discover low-interest fee financing that can enhance your money circulation so if values drop, you continue to are lined. You can plan short-term (six to 12 months), as a result of actual property markets sometimes rise and fall slowly. And, in the event you preserve a money reserve for what you are promoting, you will not sweat when the market tanks, as a result of you understand that in the long term, actual property markets just about all the time come again.

Mistake #2: Investing Blind

I see this a minimum of twice each single month. New buyers blindly shopping for actual property primarily based on bogus recommendation or full lack of training. Real property is among the few investments through which danger is immediately proportional to data. True, it has a better studying curve than investing within the inventory market, however there isn’t any proof that having data of the inventory market reduces danger (simply ask your mutual fund supervisor).

I learn a touch upon an actual property dialogue group on the Internet. In response to an inquiry as as to whether a selected seminar or coaching program was definitely worth the cash, somebody answered, “Why waste your money on that stuff? Just use your money as a down payment and learn as you go.” While I partially agree with not paying a fortune for some seminar, I additionally suppose this isn’t good recommendation for a newbie. You want to teach your self earlier than making the leap into this. Money for actual property offers is straightforward to search out if yow will discover good offers. But you will not know what a great deal is with out having first invested in your training! There are loads of books, movies and native Real Estate Groups that you may put money into to get extra training with out spending your whole financial savings on one specific seminar. We host an amazing occasion annually in CO and MN for folks to be taught, community and get offers accomplished of their native markets. Our MN Success Summit is coming upon Saturday February fifteenth! Find out extra info and register at mniss.com

The extra data of actual property investing methods, financing, acquisition, negotiating and, in fact, your native market, the much less dangerous your investments can be. A cut price actual property buy will typically all the time be a secure funding.

Mistake #3: No Cash Reserves

Ask anybody in actual property long run (or another enterprise, for that matter) and they’ll inform you the 2 most necessary phrases for survival are: “cash flow.” Even the large firms like Ok-Mart didn’t be taught that worthwhile lesson!

In order to remain in actual property long run, you want money reserves. Buying actual property with nothing down is straightforward; dealing with destructive money circulation, repairs and different bills within the meantime is the trick. In truth, in the event you can deal with the dangerous instances, actual property will all the time make you come out on high. Lack of money reserves places pointless stress on you to do substandard repairs, settle for lower than certified tenants and provides into tenants’ calls for for concern of emptiness.

When you’ve a ample money reserve, you act rationally. You maintain out for a better gross sales value. You maintain out for a certified tenant. You go away properties vacant somewhat than hire to substandard tenants. You name a tenant’s bluff after they threaten to go away. You handle vital repairs and enhancements in your properties. It’s a complete completely different ballgame than working from an absence of money. Like I mentioned, shopping for properties with no cash down is not laborious; it is dealing with the money circulation. In different phrases, you should purchase actual property with out cash, you simply cannot survive in enterprise with out money reserves. Thus, take into account accumulating money reserves as one of the crucial necessary issues earlier than investing in actual property.

Mistake #4: Being Greedy

Many buyers get began wholesaling properties to otherinvestors, which is a good suggestion to generate money reserves. However, you have to be sensible about how a lot revenue is in a deal. If there’s a potential for a $20,000 revenue in a rehab venture, you’ll be able to’t count on to make $10,000 wholesaling that property to a rehabber. A rehabber has an enormous danger in embarking in such a venture and needs a big sufficient revenue to justify the danger.

For instance, in the event you discover a cope with $20,000 in revenue potential, how may you count on to get $10,000 for flipping the property if the rehab investor you flip it to is just going to make $10,000? You ought to be completely happy making a pair thousand and shifting on to the following deal. If you wish to make greater than $2,500 on such a deal, then you need to discover and negotiate a greater cut price that has extra revenue potential.

Another instance of that is folks missing reserves to get offers accomplished. Wouldn’t it’s higher to companion with somebody on a deal to get it accomplished vs having to go since you needed all of the revenue for your self? 50% of one thing is healthier than 100% of nothing.

Mistake #5: Treating Real Estate as Anything Other Than a Business

People are lured to actual property due to the fast buckthat it guarantees. Don’t maintain your breath, you will not get wealthy fast. An “overnight sensation” normally takes a few years. How many individuals that take a seminar, really get some offers accomplished or turn out to be successful? I’ve spoken with those who host these seminars and train folks the fundamentals of stepping into actual property investing they usually estimate that greater than ninety p.c of the individuals who take an actual property seminar give up after three months.

Why the excessive fallout fee? Lack of motion and unrealistic expectations. Real property investing ought to be handled with the seriousness of a profession. It takes months, even years for a enterprise to domesticate clients and have a lifetime of its personal. You must deal with actual property like another enterprise. Give your self a minimum of six months to see if actual property works for you. It could even take a yr before you purchase your first property. Maybe within the second yr you’ll purchase three or 4 properties. If you’re employed laborious at it and preserve your eyes and ears open, chances are you’ll even discover your first deal in 30 days. Certainly, you’ll not generate income by speaking or enthusiastic about it; you need to exit and take motion.


We wish to thanks for serving to make our 2019 a smashing success. I hope we had been in a position that can assist you together with your success final yr. We are actually trying ahead to a different profitable and worthwhile yr.

Pine Financial Group was based by Kevin. Kevin has a background in finance and actual property. After serving 4 years within the US Military, Kevin acquired his diploma in finance. He has since been part of over 1,300 actual property transactions as a purchaser, a vendor or as a personal lender.

Kevin has been within the mortgage and actual property industries for the final sixteen years and has intensive data and expertise within the secondary mortgage markets and dealing with actual property buyers in Colorado and Minnesota. He now focuses on elevating and loaning non-public cash.

Kevin can also be the Author of, “The 45 Day Investor,” a guide devoted to serving to starting actual property buyers obtain success.

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