Zen and the Art of Real Estate Investing with Jonathan Greene

040: Creating a Blueprint for Real Estate Success with Drew Breneman


Successful investors often take an interest in investing at an early age. One of the great gifts of youth is the self-confidence to try new things without knowing all the things that can go wrong. Without that information, you can make decisions at 20 that can completely change the trajectory of your life that you wouldn’t have made at 40.

House hacking may be a new term, but the concept isn’t. It’s a great way to get started in real estate investing if you don’t have a lot of funds to make an initial investment. And it’s a common theme for successful real estate investors.

In this episode of Zen and the Art of Real Estate Investing, Drew Breneman from Breneman Capital talks to Jonathan about how he started investing in real estate at 19 years old. Drew house hacked his first investment property, and his real estate portfolio has grown to $200 million. You’ll hear how he did it and some lessons he’s learned along the way.

Don’t miss Drew’s philosophy on investing and the book that changed his perception on dealing with people.

In this episode, you will hear:

  • Drew’s interest in real estate from an early age, his entrepreneurial spirit in middle and high school, and how he started investing at 19 years old

  • Why learning by doing is often the best way to learn about something

  • The process Drew used to purchase his first property and why he never worried about developing a relationship with a real estate agent who would take him seriously

  • What he learned by interning with an industrial company that develops properties and how that turned into his first real estate partnership

  • The properties Drew is most interested in and the types he focuses on now

  • How he took advantage of house hacking to fund his initial investment property

  • Drew’s advice to manage your first few deals yourself and what that teaches you

  • Be willing to reach out to those who are farther along in the investing journey

  • The How to Win Friends and Influence People book’s influence on him and the importance of long-term thinking

  • The one piece of advice Drew would give to new investors

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