First Deal Maker
The “First Deal Maker” coin is awarded to someone who has closed their first multifamily deal (2+ units), which triggers the Law of the First Deal, which means that the 2nd and 3rd deals will follow in rapid – almost automatic – succession and Financial Freedom is just 1-2 years away.
You’ve been on the journey for a while and just reached “base camp” (your first deal). You enjoy the moment, rest up, and celebrate a bit, and then you look up at the peak that lays ahead of you. The mountain peak represents the destination, which is financial freedom. It’s not that far away, and you know you’ll make it!
RECIPIENTS RECEIVING THEIR “FIRST DEAL MAKER” AWARDS AT DEAL MAKER LIVE 2019
First Deal Maker Award Recipients:
“… I bought Michael’s Ultimate Guide course to learn about syndication. A month later, we had a 34 unit under contract in Kansas City.”
I’m an officer in the navy and was looking for a way to replace my income. I discovered Michael’s podcast and decided to get started with small multifamily. I live in a 4-unit and rent out the other units and then I bought a triplex. I couldn’t scale fast enough, and that’s when I bought Michael’s Ultimate Guide course to learn about syndication. A month later, we had a 34 unit under contract in Kansas City.
Anthony Pinto – portsmouth, va
“The networking at Deal Maker Live changed my life, putting me on the road to 324 units in just 6 months!”
“My wife and I were doing SFH rentals, but it wasn’t replacing my W-2 income. So, in 2018, we decided to shift our business model to multifamily. I attended Deal Maker Live in January 2019 and connected with two experienced investors who have become my mentors. I ended up raising capital for them (and investing passively myself) in a 324-unit deal in Orlando. And now, syndicators, brokers and investors are calling ME!”
Duamel Vellon – Orlando, FL
“Thanks to Michael, I’m closing on my first deal—218 units in Little Rock!”
I discovered Michael Blank through his podcast and started investing in his programs 18 months ago. I used his Ultimate Guide to Apartment Building Investing to begin underwriting deals and leveraged the Deal Desk to raise money for my first multifamily syndication, an $11M 218-unit deal! With Michael’s platform, there’s no excuse NOT to succeed.
anthony metzger – Minneapolis, MN
“In March 2019, I closed on my first deal, a 128-unit property in Abilene, and now, I’m pursuing a 248-unit here in Dallas!”
With the help of Michael’s YouTube content and SDA, I was able to work through my first multifamily syndication. In fact, the Michael Blank offerings were key in convincing my wife that we could take on a deal of this size. Thank you, Michael, for everything you have done for me and my family!
Heath Jones – Tuscaloosa, AL
“First Deal: 16 units in Enterprise AL!”
In January of 2017, I made the commitment to become a multifamily real estate investor. After 16 months of trying to do it on my own and making little progress, I joined a mentorship program and by November 2018, I had my first deal under contract. Now I am comfortable going after $15M real estate deals, and Michael’s content was instrumental in motivating me. I haven’t missed a podcast in 2½ years!
chihiro kurokawa – dallas, tx
“In a little over 14 months, I was able to do 3 deals in which I raised $760K!”
I joined Michael’s mentoring program in February of 2018. By June, I had partnered with another student to close on my first deal! Since then, I have leveraged relationships with Michael’s network to close 2 additional deals. My focus is on raising capital, and in just 14 months, I have raised $760K. I encourage everyone to get involved with Michael’s program and network with other students to accelerate your success!
andy vaughan – monroe, la
“In the 6 months since acquiring the property, we’ve increased the NOI and the property value by 25%!”
I was looking for an alternative to the grind of my job in R&D for a major automaker when I came across Michael’s podcast. I used his Syndicated Deal Analyzer to get familiar with the numbers and lingo of multifamily. In January 2019, we closed on our first multifamily deal, a 16-unit building in Ann Arbor. Now, we’re working on our next deal, and I plan to quit my job within the year!
derek gibbs – Kalamazoo, MI
“I pulled the trigger and signed up for Michael’s coaching program in August 2018. By January 2019, I had my first multifamily deal under contract!”
I couldn’t stand the idea of being tied to my corporate paralegal job my entire adult life. I was looking for a way to accelerate my path to financial freedom when I found Michael’s podcast and decided on multifamily. Within 5 months of joining his coaching program, I had a 34-unit deal under contract in metro Atlanta. I partnered with 2 other coaching students, and together, we raised $700K and closed in May 2019. Now, brokers are calling me with off-market deals!
sheryl gurvey – atlanta, ga
“I haven't retired yet. I'm still full time, but with each deal, I'm getting closer to it.“
My wife and I used Michael’s Syndicated Deal Analyzer for our first multifamily deal and have used it ever since. It helps us calculate the numbers, the returns, underwrite deals to get people with passive money on board- it’s been really valuable in having deals run smoothly.
“I was able to raise $800,000 and have a huge amount of confidence for the future.“
It really clicked for me at the Financial Freedom Summit. I signed up for mentoring and going through a deal hands on had it all sink in. I was able to raise $800,000 and have a huge amount of confidence for the future.
“After making my first deal, believe it or not, two weeks later I was in escrow on a second building!“
I thought my heart was set on single-family homes, but after getting the Syndicated Deal Analyzer, I bought a 10-unit building. After making my first deal, believe it or not, two weeks later I was in escrow on a second building! And it’s all because of the education I’ve done with Michael Blank.
“I bought my first multi-family building 13 months ago and am in the process of refinancing it to put the funds into the next bigger project–an apartment building!”
I hooked up with Michael Blank on the Syndicated Deal Analyzer and by listening to his podcast and the training I’ve gotten has been unbelievable. I bought my first multi-family building 13 months ago and am in the process of refinancing it to put the funds into the next bigger project–an apartment building!
“Ultimately, in less than one year I’ve been able to raise $1M, and I’m that much closer to achieving financial freedom!”
I got my start investing in SFH rentals, but quickly realized that it was not scalable. After attending the Financial Freedom Summit in October of 2017, I went all-in on multifamily. Less than a year later, I had partnered with other students in Michael’s network on 2 deals for a total of 137 units, and I’ve got a third under contract. I’ve raised $1M in all, and it won’t be long until I achieve financial freedom!
seth robinson – marblehead, ma
“I just invested passively in a 13-unit deal, and the connections I made at Deal Maker Live made it happen!”
I work as an environmental project manager, cleaning up military bases. We’ve had several rounds of layoffs at work, and I’ve watched good people lose their jobs—without a backup plan. I didn’t want that for myself, and I’ve wanted to get into real estate for a long time. I found Michael’s podcast and attended Deal Maker Live, and the connections I made there led me to invest passively in a 13-unit syndication deal. Thanks for your help, Michael!
tom kirkpatrick – jefferson city, tn
“Within 11 months of joining Michael’s mentoring program, I closed on a 55-unit deal and have another 72 under contract!”
Thanks to the Investor Incubator, I had the opportunity to accelerate my timeline and go after much bigger deals than I would have on my own. In less than a year, I partnered with other investors in Michael’s network to land a $4M 55-unit deal in South Carolina, get 72 more units under contract, and secure a verbal agreement on another 80!
brian briscoe – washington d.c.
“I closed my first 24-unit JV deal in January 2020 and am pivoting to becoming a full-time capital raiser!”
I was interested in apartment investing and thought I’d use being an agent as a stepping-stone to becoming an investor. After listening to Michael’s podcast and doing the online Ultimate Guide training, I went to a Deal Maker Live event. It was at that event that the light bulb went off and I got clarity around the role I wanted to play in putting together deals. I closed my first 24-unit JV deal in January 2020 and am pivoting to becoming a full-time capital raiser.
melanie mcdaniel – norfolk, va
“After doing my first two deals with my own money, I gained the confidence to move to syndication and have completed my first 23-unit syndicated deal!”
I knew I wanted to get into multi-family and started listening to Michael Blank’s podcast and signed up for a mentoring program. Drew Kniffen, my one-on-one mentor, was an incredible help to me in selecting markets and analyzing deals. After doing my first two deals with my own money, I gained the confidence to move to syndication and have completed my first 23-unit syndicated deal.
brandon dahl – oregon
“Michael’s mentoring program really supported me with the mindset needed to persevere and now I’m closing on my own 48-unit deal!”
I knew I wanted to create additional income streams, but was really just spinning my wheels before I joined Michael Blank’s mentorship program. Listening to the podcast and working with my mentor, Drew Kniffen, gave me the foundation I needed to take control of my time and my future. My first deal actually fell through, but having an accountability partner really supported me with the mindset needed to persevere and now I’m closing on my own 48-unit deal.
“I’m a GP on a 32-unit deal in Atlanta and have another 46-unit deal under contract!”
I was working 56 hours per week as a CPA and looking for a way out of the “rat race.” Michael Blank’s podcasts, Strategic Deal Analyzer and Master Program gave me everything I needed to pursue multi-family investing full-time. So far, I’m a GP on a 32-unit deal in Atlanta and have another 46-unit deal in Oklahoma City under contract. I’m very happy and satisfied!
“We raised $400,000 in four weeks on our first deal – we ended up with a total of over a thousand units in under a year!”
My son (who is a police officer) and I initially took the Ultimate Guide Course and then we went towards capital raising. We raised $400,000 in four weeks on our first deal. And, then immediately raised another $325,000. We ended up with 403 units of ownership and another 403 units in just under 7 weeks. With a subsequent opportunity for another 250 units in a student housing deal, we ended up with a total of over a thousand units in under a year!
“within 5 months of my first training i closed on a 24-unit deal!”
Within 5 months of completing the Law of the First Deal training, I closed a 24-unit building in Bath, Maine. And as Michael says, after the first deal, everything flows smoothly. In the subsequent 5 months, we have an additional 204 units under contract!