Zen and the Art of Real Estate Investing with Jonathan Greene

043: Building Community as an Apartment Addict with Ashley Wilson


Real estate investors often jump into it as a way to diversify their investment portfolio and create some passive income streams. For some investors, the investing bug hits, and they discover they love it.

The more you invest in real estate, the more you discover the parts you like–and the parts you don’t. That’s when you can begin to niche your assets. And the more you niche your career, the more lucrative you can become because you’ll have less competition.

In this episode of Zen and the Art of Real Estate Investing, Jonathan welcomes guest Ashley Wilson of Bar Down Investments and Apartment Addicts. Ashley began investing in real estate with her husband in 2009. Today, she is the bestselling author of The Only Woman in the Room, has managed over $10 million in construction, and has been involved in over $120 million in transactions.

Ashley’s success in the real estate world and her grit make her a force to be reckoned with.

In this episode, you will hear:

  • How Ashley was introduced to real estate and began investing as a way for her and her husband to diversify their retirement portfolio

  • The reason they started their company, Bar Down Investments, and a coaching company called Apartment Addicts

  • Why pride of ownership is important and how you can help tenants achieve that when you purchase a property

  • Purchasing a distressed property and resolving the issues that come with that

  • What Apartment Addicts teaches people about owning and managing multifamily assets

  • The differences between landlord-friendly and tenant-friendly states and how having a niche can make it more lucrative

  • What Ashley finds hardest about tenant management in today’s economic climate

  • The biggest challenge for investors looking to purchase large-scale apartments

  • Why grit matters in real estate investing

  • The lessons she learned from watching her dad working hands-on in real estate

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