Lex Levinrad Real Estate Investor, Speaker, Author & Mentor



Lex Levinrad, founder of the Distressed Real Estate Institute talks about distressed real estate, investing in real estate and how to make money by investing in short sales, foreclosures and bank owned properties.


  • Creating A Life of Financial Freedom

    26/07/2023 Duração: 44min

    On today's podcast I talk about creating a life of financial freedom.  I think this is a very approriate time for me to be talking about this becauase last week I returned from a two month trip to the Bahamas where I was living on my catamaran.  I was interviewed by my students Fred and Andy on Sunday night on an IG Live that they were hosting, and one of their main questions on that interview revolved around how to create financial freedom, and what it means to build your life by design and to have a freedom lifestyle.   But their real question was "How do you manage to be off the grid in the Bahamas for two months and still have your real estate business run so efficiently? So I thought I would talk about this concept of financial freedom on today's podcast episode.  Building a life by design means having intent in how you want to live your life, and then creating that life and that lifestlye by purposely planning for it. Learning how to invest in real estate and building a real estate business that buys an

  • The Current State of The Real Estate Market

    08/02/2023 Duração: 31min

    On today's podcast episode, I talk about the current state of the real estate market and where I think the market is heading.  One of the questions I get asked the most is "what do you think of the market right now" or "do you think the real estate market will crash. This podcast episode answers those questions.  Disclaimer: I cannot predict what will happen. No one can. There are too many unknown variables like war, interest rates, the Fed, the dollar, stock and bond markets, etc. However what I can tell you is my opinion on what I see and how I interpret it. That is what this episode is about.  Prices have moved exponentially higher. I was looking today at houses that were worth $150,000 in 2000 that are now on the MLS at $300,000. In many markets, prices have doubled in two years. So be very careful of listening to the "Case Shiller Home Price Index" and other data that is put out by mainstream companies because a lot of this data is skewed because it's an "average" or "median" of the entire country. Diffe

  • PPC & SEO For Motivated Sellers With Brandon Bateman

    19/10/2022 Duração: 30min

    On today's Podcast, I interview my friend Brandon Bateman about Pay Per Click (PPC) and SEO For motivated sellers. I first met Brandon at my Collective Genius mastermind when I was introduced to him by a mutual friend. Brandon is running the PPC and SEO campaigns for some of the biggest real estate investors in the country (including many of my friends in my mastermind). Since we spoke about motivated seller marketing on the last podcast episode on this show, I thought it would be a great time to ask Brandon to come on to the podcast so that he could share some of his PPC and SEO Wisdom with all of my listeners. This episode is packed with a lot of information related to marketing to motivated sellers. We talk about Google Ads (PPC), Facebook Ads, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), website design and many other concepts related to motivated seller marketing. Brandon is an expert in PPC and SEO, so get out your notepad and make sure you take some good notes from this podcast episode! OUR REAL ESTATE TRAINING PR

  • Marketing to Motivated Sellers

    06/10/2022 Duração: 24min

    On today's podcast episode I talk about marketing to motivated sellers. The main difference between new real estate investors, and expert real estate investors is the willingness to spend money on marketing. And this really boils down to understanding marketing costs and how marketing to motivated sellers really works. The first thing that you need to understand is cost per lead. If I mail out 10,000 postcards at a cost of 42 cents per postcard then my mail campaign cost me $4,200. If I get a response rate of 1/4 of 1 percent then that would work out to be 10,000 x 0.0025 which is 25 leads (sellers). If I spent $4,200 to generate those 25 seller leads, then my cost per lead is $4,200 divided by 25 which works out to be $168 per lead. So with that marketing campaign my cost per lead is $168. If after speaking to those 25 sellers, only 10 are truly motivated to sell and I decide to go on 10 seller appointments then the cost per seller appointment is $4,200 divided by 10 which is $420 per appointment. If I can c

  • Is The Real Estate Market Going To Crash?

    16/08/2022 Duração: 31min

    On this podcast episode I talk about one of the most frequent questions I am asked lately, which is: "Is the real estate market going to crash"? While I don't think it's going to be like 2008 (although there is a very small chance it could be), the more likely outcome is a pullback in prices that will entice buyers back to the table. The main difference between 2008 and now, is that the reason that we got into the financial crisis back then was because banks had made very bad loans to borrowers that should not have been getting approved for mortgages. There were No Income/No Job Loans (Ninja Loans), and No Income/No Assets (Nina Loans). Literally anyone with a pulse could get approved for a mortgage and "stated income" and "no doc" loans were very common. Many of these loans were adjustable rate mortgages which reset at a higher Interest rate and some of them were even negative amortization loans. We all know how that ended with the 2008 financial crisis (very badly). I suggest you watch the movie "The Big Sh

  • Creative Finance Methods That Work In Today's Market

    15/08/2022 Duração: 24min

    On this podcast episode I talk about creative finance methods that are working in today's market and how you can employ these methods to make you a better real estate investor. The biggest issue in today's market is that there is a gap between seller's expectations and what they think their house is worth, relative to what a cash investor is willing to pay. The reason for this is because prices went up so much for so long that sellers became accustomed to getting close to market value (or close to the Zillow estimate). When there is a gap between what a seller is willing to accept and what the cash investor is willing to pay, then often turning to creative financing methods will help bridge that gap. One strategy that helps sellers get closer to retail is the Novations Strategy which we spoke about with our guest Eric Brewer on a previous podcast episode. This works well if the seller wants a price that is close to retail, and will not come down to the price you are willing to pay for a cash offer. Another st

  • Interview with my Student Andy About Airbnb Rentals

    08/07/2022 Duração: 47min

    On this podcast episode, I interview my student Andy Saintilus and we talk about his success as a real estate investor, and how and why he transitioned from long term rentals to short term rentals. Andy is just 33 years old. He attended his first real estate training event with me around 5 or 6 years ago. Shortly after that, he signed up for my one on one coaching program. Over the past 5 years, Andy has purchased 10 rental properties in Miami using the Buy, Repair, Rent and Refinance strategy (BRRR). I loaned him the money on all 10 properties - which is one of the benefits of my coaching program. In the past few years, he has transitioned his long term Section 8 rentals into short term vacation rentals that are listed on Airbnb. He now has all 10 properties in Miami listed as short term rentals on Airbnb. Andy now generates over $50,000 a month in income from Airbnb. He has also increased his net worth by almost 2 million dollars. And he is only 33 years old! In November, Andy quit his corporate job for goo

  • The Opportunity in Bank Owned Properties

    24/05/2022 Duração: 17min

    On today's podcast episode, I talk about the opportunity that will be created as a result of the ending of the foreclosure moratorium. The Foreclosure Moratorium ended in September 2021, however the CDC recommended that banks not pursue homeowners in foreclosure until the end of the 2021. Most banks waited until the end of last year. Many States require a 120 day "grace period" before the bank can sue or foreclosure on an individual that is not paying their mortgage. That expired at the end of April 2022. So we are now going to see many homeowners who have not been paying their mortgages start receiving notices of default (NOD) or Lis Pendens (foreclosure lawsuit). The net result is that many of these homeowners will have to face some hard realities. They will have to either sell their home or lose it to foreclosure. These homeowners who have not been paying their mortgage (some since March of 2000) are going to have only 3 choices which are: 1. Have the bank agree to a loan modification 2. Sell their home be

  • Understanding Financial Freedom

    02/05/2022 Duração: 27min

    On today's podcast I talk about understanding financial freedom, the velocity of money and how these concepts are both related to your mindset about money. If you could buy a rental property today for $100,000, that was rented to a tenant that paid you $1,000 per month in rent, and your cost to maintain that property was $1,000 per month would you buy it? Unfortunately, for most new investors, the answer would be no. Would you feel like you were not getting a return on your money if the property was just breaking even? Most people would feel that way. And that is because they don't understand the velocity of money. Let's look what would happen with that same property if you had a 15 year fixed rate mortgage. In just 15 years, the property would be paid off, and you would own it free and clear (with no mortgage). 15 years later, not only would the value of the property double to $200,000, but the rents would double as well (from $1,000 to $2,000). And if you owned that property free and clear most of that $2,0

  • Exit Strategies in Real Estate

    16/03/2022 Duração: 29min

    On today's podcast episode, I talk about exit strategies in real estate. I find that too many educators and real estate podcasts out there are focusing on the acquisition strategy and finding properties. While finding deals is important, I think it's equally important to understand what to do with a property once you own it. Ironically, what you plan on doing with the property once you own it, is directly related to finding properties. If you know what you are looking for, then you know where to search and what to search for. This is the biggest mistake I see new real estate investors make. They are not sure what they are looking for. Once you identify the type of property that you want, then you can focus on the exit strategies which are: *Buying Rental Properties For Wealth *Selling Rentals with Owner Financing *Selling Rentals with Rent to Own *Fixing and Flipping The Property *Airbnb & Short Term Rentals Ultimately, if your goal is to create wealth and financial freedom, then you should focus on buyin

  • Buying Houses on Terms

    10/03/2022 Duração: 18min

    On today's episode, I talk about buying houses on terms. This is a follow up to our previous podcast episode, which spoke about the Novations Strategy. If you have not already listened to that episode I encourage you to do so. In today's market, if you are doing direct to seller marketing, you are going to be facing sellers who know that the market is hot and know that they can get top dollar. You are going to encounter many scenarios where the seller wants a retail price or close to retail, and as a cash investor you simply cannot pay that much. If you are paying cash, you are typically buying properties at around 70 cents on the dollar. Usually you are using a hard money or private lender to buy properties for cash and because the rates are high, you have to buy at a significant discount for the deal to make sense. But is there a case for you to buy properties at a higher price like 80 to 90 cents on the dollar? There may be, if there is existing financing in place and the rate is very low on that financing

  • Novations with Eric Brewer

    28/01/2022 Duração: 01h24min

    On today's podcast episode I invited my friend Eric Brewer, who is a member of my Collective Genius Mastermind to talk about Novations. I first heard Eric talking about Novations a few years ago, at one of our mastermind meetings. Since then, I have seen many of my friends from the mastermind implement this method in their own real estate investing. This strategy is perfect for deals where the seller wants more than you are willing to pay. It also allows you to earn bigger spreads. Eric explains how to use this novation method. There are a lot of golden nuggets in this episode! Make sure you take lots of notes. If you are brand new to real estate and want to learn more about our real estate training programs, investing in real estate, buying rental properties, wholesaling real estate, and fixing and flipping houses then please register using the free webinar training links below: FREE WHOLESALING TRAINING https://www.lexlevinrad.com/webinar FREE FIXING AND FLIPPING TRAINING If you want to learn how to fix and

  • Foreclosures, Short Sales & Bank Owned Properties

    14/12/2021 Duração: 23min

    On today's podcast episode, I talk about investing in foreclosures, short sales and bank owned properties. The Federal Eviction Moratorium and the Foreclosure Moratorium both recently expired (as of September 2021). Current government guidelines recommend that banks and mortgage servicers try to "work out" and negotiate with homeowners that are delinquent on their mortgage. Banks are able to modify the terms of the loan, can decrease interest rates, increase loan term, or add money owed to the back end of the loan. Many homeowners have taken advantage of forbearance options and will be able to modify their loan. However, homeowners that are delinquent on their mortgage and cannot pay will be facing foreclosure. There are currently millions of homeowners who are delinquent on their mortgage and not in forbearance. I anticipate that 2022 will be the year of foreclosures. Many of these homeowners will not be able to make their mortgage payments and the banks and mortgage service companies will be forced to file

  • The Opportunity in Short Term Rentals and Airbnb

    22/11/2021 Duração: 14min

    On today's podcast episode I talk about the opportunity in short term rentals and Airbnb. Over the past 2 years, some of my students have transitioned from rental properties and section 8 rentals to Airbnb. And the opportunity in short term rentals is something that you need to pay very close attention to. As an example, my student Andy had a Section 8 Rental Property in Miami that was generating around $2,200 per month. When the tenant moved out, he decided to turn the rental property into a short term Airbnb rental. That same property now generates north of $8,000 per month. Over the past 12 months he has been converting all of his rental properties to Airbnb. He is only 32 years old and he is already financially free. My student Davidson purchased a property on the West Coast of Florida in Lehigh Acres that he was originally intending on fixing and flipping. I encouraged him to explore the opportunity of keeping it as a short term rental. His listing just went live yesterday and in the first 24 hours he ha

  • Understanding Rental Property Returns

    01/11/2021 Duração: 28min

    On this podcast episode I talk about rental property returns and the components that make up the rental income and the rental expenses. As an example, I use a typical 3 bedroom 2 bathroom house that could be purchased for $250,000 in Port St Lucie FL. This house could be rented for $1,800 which would represent an annual gross rental income of $21,600. I break down the expenses on a property like this to show you how the rental income and expenses would be broken out in order to arrive at your net rental income (which is your real return). Gross Annual Income $21,600 Property Taxes $4,000 Property Insurance $3,000 Repairs & Maintenance $1,800 Vacancies and Evictions $1,800 Property Management $2,160 Net Rental Income $8,840. If you were to purchase this property for the price of $250,000 and you paid cash, then your return of $8,840 on a $250,000 would return you only 3.5% on your cash. Now granted that's better than a CD in the bank, but it's still a low return. So why invest in real estate? The answers a

  • Wholesaling Real Estate & Finding Deals

    13/10/2021 Duração: 27min

    On today's podcast episode I talk about why every real estate investor needs to know how to find wholesale deals. Even if you don't want to be a wholesaler, you should still know how to deploy the method that wholesalers use to find deals. If you are a landlord looking for a rental property you are looking for a wholesale deal at a wholesale price. If you are a rehabber looking for a fix and flip or your next Airbnb, you are looking for a wholesale deal at a wholesale price. And if you don't know how to find these deals, then you are paying a wholesaler a fee of $10,000 to $20,000 (or more) for each and every property that you buy. It would benefit you to learn how wholesalers find deals and to employ some of their tactics of finding deals directly from motivated sellers so that you can cut out the "middle man". On this podcast episode I talk about how wholesalers use different ways of marketing to motivated sellers to find deals. I discuss motivated seller marketing, text marketing, direct mail, pay per clic

  • Wholesaling Interview with Jon Carcone

    11/08/2021 Duração: 38min

    On today's podcast episode, I interview my good friend Jon Carcone about Wholesaling, and how he runs and operates his wholesaling Business. Jon runs a very impressive Wholesaling Business in Washington DC which is completely virtual. He has created systems and processes for his wholesaling business that allow him to operate his business with virtual employees in multiple locations. Jon shares with us how he transitioned from a fixing and flipping business that was generating $400,000 a year to a wholesaling business that made over $500,000 gross profit last month. He talks about moving from his "comfort zone" to massively scaling his business. Year to date he has generated 2.2 million in Gross Profit from Wholesaling. I know many wholesalers, but not many that have those types of profit numbers which are phenomenal for a wholesaling business. He shared his story about the transition as he moved from purchasing on market deals on the MLS to moving towards direct to seller marketing with direct mail. He discus

  • Buying Rental Properties

    10/08/2021 Duração: 29min

    On today's podcast episode I talk about buying rental properties. One of the most common questions I get from students is whether or not now is a good time to buy a rental property. The answer is yes. It's always a good time to buy a rental property as long as you can satisfy two criteria. 1. The property must cash flow from day one 2. You are buying the property at a discount With today's low interest rates where 30 year fixed mortgages are at 3%, and 15 year fixed mortgages are at 2.3%, it's an absolute no brainer to buy a rental property. The tax deductions and cash flow that you get from owning a rental property, along with the long term appreciation are some of the benefits of owning a rental property. Another benefit is that it's a great hedge against inflation. But by far, the fact that you will ultimately own the property free and clear and have no mortgage, is the real benefit of owning a rental property. Once you have no mortgage, the rental property will pay you income for the rest of your life. Yo

  • Eviction And Foreclosure Moratoriums

    09/08/2021 Duração: 18min

    On today's episode I talk about the current situation with the eviction and foreclosure moratoriums. The eviction moratorium will be ending this month, and the foreclosure moratorium will be ending by the end of 2021. How will this affect you as a real estate investor? One of the biggest issues over the past year has been that there has been no inventory for investors. Usually, there is a steady supply of foreclosures and short sales and disgruntled landlords that want to sell their properties. However with the moratoriums in place, landlords could not evict non paying tenants, and banks could not evict non paying borrowers. This created a situation where foreclosures and REO's that would have been listed on the market were not listed since the federal government effectively prohibited banks from foreclosing on borrowers. Landlords that had non paying tenants could not evict their tenants because of the eviction moratorium. There are an anticipated 9 to 10 million renters that have not been paying their rent.

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