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When was the last time you reviewed your due diligence process?

Too many real estate investors are so eager to do a deal that they cut corners on due diligence and hope for the best. But a robust due diligence checklist is essential to your success.

Jake Harris uses his superpower of methodically sorting through data to make real-world decisions on real estate, and his private equity firm has acquired more than $200M in assets in the last five years alone.

Jake is extremely detail-oriented in conducting due diligence, and he shares that expertise in his new book, Catching Knives: A Guide to Investing in Distressed Commercial Real Estate.

On this episode of Financial Freedom with Real Estate Investing, Jake joins cohost Garrett Lynch and me to discuss how he hit rock bottom during the recession and describe his transition from single family flips to commercial real estate.

Jake explores how to use deep knowledge of a given real estate market to your advantage and explains how due diligence can uncover significant downside risk in a commercial deal.

Listen in for Jake’s no-stone-unturned approach to due diligence and learn how to decide when a deal is worth the risk—and when to walk away.

Key Takeaways 

How Jake got his butt kicked in the recession

How Jake’s rock bottom experience changed him

What steps Jake took to get back into real estate

What inspired Jake’s transition to commercial investing

How Jake got his start investing in commercial real estate

How Jake uses deep knowledge of a market to his advantage

The key principles in Jake’s book on distressed properties

Jake’s insight around the importance of due diligence

Jake’s no-stone-unturned approach to due diligence

How to avoid analysis paralysis as a real estate investor

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