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When I went along on my real estate journey and—all of a sudden—apartments became the thing that I wanted, there was a level of excitement that I had not experienced before… I imagine myself owning many apartment buildings, and that’s the vision I’ve set for myself.’

In December of 2016, veteran Seattle police officer David Sweeney turned 53. After a 30-year career, he had reached the minimum retirement age, but David knew he could not stop working if he wanted his family to have a comfortable life. Looking for new options for himself and his family, he started exploring real estate. David liked the ring of ‘multi-family investor,’ so he started looking for duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes. By April, he had secured his real estate license to gain access to the MLS, and he spent the next five months evaluating 400-plus deals.

Though a few deals fell through, David was motivated by his goal. He refinanced his own home and pulled $380K—and waited for the right opportunity. By August, David had started thinking bigger, and when he came across a 24-unit property in Centralia, he made an offer that was accepted. Now David is looking for his next deal and looking to help other aspiring investors find deals of their own. Today he shares his process for analyzing deals and how he made the mindset shift from pursuing duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes to apartment buildings. He discusses the challenges he faced in getting a loan and how he leverages his commercial lender as a ‘second set of eyes.’ Listen in for David’s bold 2018 goals and his advice for aspiring investors around increasing your productivity through purpose!

Key Takeaways

[0:40] The trigger that moved David to pursue real estate

[2:15] David’s initial strategy

[4:32] How David moved forward toward his goals

[8:16] David’s mindset from April through August

[10:28] David’s shift to thinking big

[15:58] David’s first deal

[19:08] David’s goals for 2018

[22:16] The challenges David faced in doing his first deal

[24:28] How David’s first deal is performing

[26:57] David’s advice for aspiring real estate investors

Connect with David Sweeney

David’s Website


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Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Podcast Show Notes

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