Zen and the Art of Real Estate Investing with Jonathan Greene

084: Building the Premier Multifamily Investing Community with Gino Barbaro


Having a community to lean on as a business owner and investor can be an invaluable resource in your back pocket when you have questions or concerns on this journey. Going it alone isn’t easy, and experienced investors understand the power of community.

In this episode of Zen and the Art of Real Estate Investing, Gino Barbaro, co-founder of Jake & Gino, joins Jonathan to talk about mindset, the power of community, and knowing your why when it comes to real estate investing. Gino and his partner, Jake Stenziano, are committed to building the premier multifamily investing community and helping their clients achieve investment success. Gino is an investor, author of three books, and entrepreneur who owns around 2,000 multifamily units, has $250 million under management and is a father of six kids.

Gino is the son of Italian immigrants, and Jonathan explores how his family’s background and their restaurant led him to real estate investing. They dive into how Gino met Jake and formed a partnership, Gino’s first forays into real estate investing, and what led him to multifamily properties. They also discuss why now is a great time to begin investing, the value of community and mindset in this industry, and what makes real estate a great path to wealth. Finally, Jonathan and Gino cover the importance of delayed gratification, establishing clear goals, and how investing in yourself can lead to greater success.

Your mindset is a critical part of becoming a successful investor, and Gino’s multifamily investing community is all about giving you the tools you need to create your path to wealth and success.

In this episode, you will hear:

  • Gino Barbaro’s entry into the real estate world in 2002 while working for his family’s restaurant

  • How his parents’ experiences in World War II Italy impacted his attitude toward savings and investing

  • The effect reading the book Secrets of the Millionaire Mind and the death of his father had on Gino’s decision to pursue real estate with his partner, Jake

  • Why you should never use your kids as an excuse to avoid pursuing something and instead use them as motivation

  • The natural path he took to create an investing community and create a business plan to monetize it

  • His decision to pivot toward multifamily investing and move away from the other asset types he was pursuing

  • Why now is the right time to get into real estate investing

  • Multifamily is a team sport

  • How Gino continues to grow his community and the role of mindset in real estate investing

  • Alternative financing and how it’s impacting the real estate market

  • Gino and Jake’s investing focus areas and the delayed gratification required in investing

  • Getting clear on your goals and continuing to educate yourself about real estate

  • The paradigm shift that occurs when you invest in yourself

  • The importance of self-awareness, self-love, and awareness as a real estate investor

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