Zen and the Art of Real Estate Investing with Jonathan Greene

065: Financial Freedom For Everyone with Charlie Hardage


Part of the challenge in real estate investing is finding the right niche. Residential real estate isn’t for everyone–especially if you’re an investor seeking more passive investment vehicles.

In this episode of Zen and the Art of Real Estate Investing, Jonathan welcomes Charlie Hardage to the show. Charlie is a military veteran who believes financial freedom should be attainable for everyone. After reading Rich Dad Poor Dad while deployed, Charlie began learning more and more about real estate investing. You’ll hear him explain how he won his wife’s support, how he discovered his niche, and why you need a personal brand if you’re going to be a successful real estate investor.

Charlie Hardage is the co-founder of H&K Investment Group and Passive Profits, both based in the Nashville, Tennessee, area. A former member of the U.S. Army, today, Charlie is a full-time multifamily investor passionate about teaching others how to use real estate investing to achieve financial freedom.

If you want advice on finding your niche and overcoming your investing fears, this episode is for you.

In this episode, you will hear:

  • Charlie Hardage’s exposure to real estate at an early age

  • The increase in popularity of real estate investing in the military

  • How Charlie discovered his real estate niche after he left the military and why he struggled with “shiny object syndrome”

  • His wife’s involvement in their real estate investing and why it took a while for her to come around to the idea

  • Due diligence as a limited partner and how that changed over time as he became more comfortable with investing

  • Why he wants to know the worst deal a co-GP has done and its importance

  • The markets where he’s investing now and how he’s discovering those areas

  • The types of real estate Charlie is investing in now and where his focus is

  • How you can overcome your aversion to risk and take the first step toward investing

  • What financial freedom means to Charlie and why he wants to help bring it to everyone

  • The need for a personal brand when you begin raising capital

  • Charlie’s advice for getting information about other investors

  • The value in personalization when you’re competing with conglomerates

  • Where he’s looking to invest next and the impact he’s having with his content

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