Real estate investing can be a profitable and exciting venture, but it can also be complex and daunting for those who are new to the industry. In this episode, Joe Berko, CEO of Astor Realty Capital, shares his journey into the world of finance and commercial real estate. Managing assets like hotels, Joe shares his thoughts on the current state of the real estate market and where he sees it heading in the future. He also delves into how he evaluates potential operating partners and what traits he looks for in them. Find out some investment strategies he is pursuing in the current market.
Joe Berko is a nationally recognized, inspirational entrepreneur with over 25 years of success predicated on profitable investments, ethics, and generosity. A great believer in giving back, Joe serves on the board of several non-profit organizations and has been invited to speak at professional conferences.
Here are some power takeaways from today’s conversation:
[02:57] How Jim got interested in finance and real estate
[06:40] Building Berko & Associates
[09:08] Your name goes a long way.
[12:03] What to look for in an operator: Looking at the market and asset classes
[15:56] Resilient markets: The case of Scottsdale, Arizona
[22:28] The triple C’s in finding an operating partner
[25:06] How to evaluate an operating partner
[22:28] The Three Cs of Decision Making: Collateral, Credit, and Character
1. Collateral. This refers to the love and understanding of real estate, including its location and dynamics. Analyze to ensure you’re comfortable with all aspects of the investment.
2. Credit. While you work with many experienced individuals, not all of them have the financial resources to support the investment. Look for partners who have the ability to bring in financing, including the right banks, to ensure that you can move forward with confidence. Prioritize working with partners who are willing to invest their own money in the deal, as this demonstrates a strong commitment to its success.
3. Character. Real estate deals can be derailed by human error. It’s crucial to work with partners who have integrity, honesty, and a strong work ethic. There is no formula or spreadsheet for character, but it is essential for long-term success in any venture.
[25:06] How to Evaluate an Operating Partner
When it comes to finding the right operating partner, there are some key factors to consider. First and foremost, you need to feel comfortable with your partner. It’s not just about their years of experience or the size of their team. You need to look for someone with strong character, who is committed to the success of the venture.
One way to evaluate a potential partner is to pay attention to their behavior when things start to go wrong. This is when the true character of a person is revealed. Look for someone who can stay calm under pressure, who is willing to take responsibility for their mistakes, and who is proactive in finding
solutions. Intuition is also an important factor to consider. Trust your gut when making decisions about who to work with. Pay close attention to details, listen carefully, and be sensitive to any red flags that may arise. Ultimately, the goal is to find an operating partner who shares your values and is committed to your success. With the right partner by your side, you can achieve great things together.
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