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Episode Info: The Freedom Finders Podcast was created to help you find personal freedom through smart real estate investing.  No other market in the country allows for the growth and earning potential as real estate.  Listen in as your host Obi Dorsey of Freedom REI in Jacksonville, FL talks with some of the industry leaders in real estate investment.  Whether you into fix & flips, wholesaling, rentals or just curious about how people make money in real estate, this podcast is for you. Today our guest is: Don Costa (Host FlipTalk Podcast adn Owner of Strategic REI) (In his own words from the Flip|Talk Podcast page) I am a husband and a father, I am a real estate investor and for better or worse I am an entrepreneur. In 2012 I was broke and I don’t mean broke in the “I don’t have enough to do what I want” kind of way. I mean broke like I had to choose between groceries for the week or the electric bill. I would literally grocery shop with my calculator in hand so that I wouldn’t embarrass myself at checkout. More than once I pulled up to the gas station and bought one gallon of gas with quarters so that I could get my kids to the sitter. That year I mentally hit my lowest point, feeling defeated, scared, and in a deeper hole than most of you that are just starting out. I looked in the mirror and had that honest conversation with myself. “What is it I really want to be doing?” I knew I wanted to get back into real estate, but this time being more focused and running it like a proper business. I made the decision to build a true real estate investment company. So, how did I climb out of the hole and back into the light? I posted ads on Craigslist looking for joint venture partners and for agents that wanted to work with investors. Next, I started calling agents to let them know that I was a player looking for properties. I interviewed contractors, vendors, and spent some time at Home Depot learning product costs. What was the result? I met an investor through the Craigslist post and found an agent that had a property I could flip. I made connections with a few of the vendors that I still work with to this day. Lastly I gained team members who believed in me and helped in growing the business. All of this happened less than 30 days from the moment I made the choice to change my mindset and in a handful of months I had the first check. It was gone before I got it, of course, but regardless I was in business! As IRead more »

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