52 minutes | Aug 17th 2018

Chris Shaxted and I Discuss Lessons Learned from Building More than 10,000 Houses.

Chris & I Discuss • Developing Loyalty & Better Pricing with Trades/Contractors • $600,000 Profit on a Recent Deal • Delivering between 6-10 Houses Per Day to Retail Buyers • Good Leadership=Good Team Building 10,000 Houses Across the U.S. Chris Prefontaine is a bestselling author and real estate investor with over 26 years of experience in the field, including 18 years as a builder, realtor, broker/owner and investor.. He’s always been an entrepreneur even when he didn’t know it. When he used to drag his wagon up to the street corner and sell junk from his closet or when he used to purchase gum by the pack and sell by the slice in middle school. In 1991, Chris began building homes and built 100 homes before starting his own brokerage. He then become a broker/owner and was selling 100 homes a year with his small team. Since the 2008 debacle he realized he needed to reinvent his business so that he no longer had to use his own money or credit. Aer years of coaching independently, Chris founded Smart Real Estate Coach in 2014. The company coaches investors on how to scale & automate their business throughout the US and Canada- all without using their cash or credit. Chris and his team, which includes his kids, have done over $80 million in real estate transactions. They mentor, coach, consult and have Associates around the country doing exactly what they do. On top of that, they run their own buying and selling business so they’re in the trenches every single week. Between their existing Associates around the Country and their own deals, they’re still doing 5-10 properties every month and control as of now between $20 million -$25 million of real estate with little to no money down “I learned much about home design from my dad who was an architect, which helped me develop a passion for the business. I began my career as a Senior Project Manager at Ahmanson Developments in the 1980s and provided financing to major developers, locally and nationally. I evaluated business practices, observed winners and losers, and achieved an insider’s perspective regarding real estate management. I served as Vice President of Cambridge Homes where I helped develop new products, managed marketing and sales, and increased profits and grew annual sales making Cambridge the largest builder in Chicago. My experience also includes serving as President of Westfield Homes, quickly turning the company’s operating losses into profits. I joined with Buz Hoffman in the late 1990s as Executive Vice President of Lakewood Homes. Benefiting from a career involving experience within all aspects of the industry, I participated in Lakewood’s growth as it became a top Chicago-area builder with annual closings beyond 1,700 units and profits higher than industry averages.”
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