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Doing things backwards

Just had an interesting exchange on a call with the other people participating in my panel at IMN’s Winter Opportunities conference. Our moderator, an attorney experienced in putting together large real estate funds, asked the panel about our experience transitioning from raising capital on a deal by deal basis to raising commingled funds. I piped

How I quit worrying and learned to love raising capital

All the capital for my second through 12th deals came from one of my best friends from highschool. Once he forced me to start raising money from other people, I remember complaining to him that I hated raising capital. You should have seen the stupefied look on his face, right before he said: “You realize

An olive branch to the competition

For years, I struggled with whether I should keep writing this blog. On the plus side, the blog has introduced me to hundreds of people who became brokerage clients, property management clients and/or investors in our deals. On the negative side, I have educated a whole legion of people who compete with me for deals,

On the growth of Adaptive

I have a very clear vision for my career. I have known where I want to go (I want Adaptive to be a huge company) and I know what I have to do to make that happen (a series of very good deals for the people who trust me with their money, so that they will

Connecting the generations with real estate

Years ago, when we were still working on the Better Dwellings portfolio, before we started Adaptive, I remember having a conversation which I now realize contributed to my bias towards holding real estate permanently. Can’t remember who it was, but the person told me about checks he receives each quarter. The source of the funds?

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