Zen and the Art of Real Estate Investing with Jonathan Greene

117: Simplifying Real Estate Investing to Find Real Wealth with Kathy Fettke


Kathy Fettke is a name in real estate you may recognize. From her guest appearances on media outlets to her long-running podcasts, Kathy is an experienced investor who found real wealth in real estate.

On this episode of Zen and the Art of Real Estate Investing, Jonathan sits down with Kathy Fettke to explore both her career and the lessons she’s learned along the way. A guest expert on media outlets such as CNN, CNBC, Fox News, NPR, CBS MarketWatch, and the Wall Street Journal, she is also the founder of RealWealth, a real estate investment club based in Malibu. Kathy is also one of the four co-hosts of On the Market, a Bigger Pockets podcast.  Additionally, she hosts the RealWealth Show and the Real Estate News for Investors podcasts.

Jonathan and Kathy begin their conversation by sharing her initial exposure to real estate as a child when he father purchased a home in the San Francisco area, which rose exponentially in value over the years he owned it. Her real estate career began when she figured out how to help her father do a 1031 exchange when a syndication he was invested in was sold. Their discussion covers the increasing popularity of communal living, how her husband’s cancer diagnosis gave Kathy the push she needed to make real estate work for them, and her tips for identifying what’s authentic and what isn’t when you’re looking for information to educate yourself. Finally, Jonathan and Kathy talk about why timing is everything, the three components she looks for in investments, and the power of mindset in success.

Kathy Fettke is living proof of creating success with mindset in real estate investing, and she uses her decades of lived experience in this industry to help you formulate a game plan.

In this episode, you will hear:

  • Kathy Fettke’s early exposure to real estate investing when her parents purchased a home in Atherton, California
  • How Kathy helped her dad when the syndication he was in sold and needed another property to prevent a massive tax bill, which led to her first real estate investment
  • The agreement she made with her father to inherit the house she helped him find and why they got the deal in writing
  • The increasing popularity of communal living
  • The turning point in Kathy’s real estate career when her husband faced a cancer diagnosis
  • Identifying what’s real and what’s not when it comes to finding information about real estate investing and educating yourself
  • Kathy’s entry into multifamily properties and who she sought advice from to pursue it
  • Why timing is everything in real estate
  • The three components that work for Kathy when she looks for new investment assets
  • Taking calculated risks and knowing what to look for when the housing market changes
  • What Kathy did during the pandemic to ease panic
  • The power of your mindset in your success

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