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Investor Interview with Chris West


Friday, September 6, 2019

Investing is for all types of people, from many backgrounds and schools of thought. You may find similarities among other investors, or learn something new!

Herewith tips and insight, is Chris West, Investor & GC

Q: Who was your first business mentor?  

A: Mark Hawkins, one of my best friends. He has a very common sense approach toward business, investing and risk management. 


Q: Who was your first mentor in real estate?  

A: David Williams, who I met standing in line at the DMV. I couldn't believe how helpful he was, and willing to share information about real estate investing. I've come to learn that most investors have this mindset, and love to share what they've learned with others who are just getting started.

 

Q: What is your favorite book? 

A: The Gospel of John is the foundation for my faith. Think and Grow Rich gave me fuel and direction in my quest to leave my 9 to 5--which I did in 2015.

 

Q: What is the best lesson you have learned in real estate? 

A: Great partnerships are rare. Resist the urge to have a partner unless the situation and partner are unique and vetted properly.


Q: How many properties do you own? 

A: 40+

 

Q: When did you start investing? 

A: I bought my first rental in 2005, on Battle Row.

 

Q: Why do you Invest?

A: To have more freedom and choice in what I do.

 

Q: What is the best advice you have received?  

A: Sometimes the best deal is the one you never do.

  

Q: Do you have any hobbies?  

A: Going to the gym and playing racquetball


Q: What is the best advice you could give someone else? 

A: There will be bumps along the way. Use debt carefully and have reserves to weather tough times. 


Q: Is there a place for you where time slows down?  

A: Salter Path, NC

 

Q: Who first introduced you to Auben?

A: I met Tyson at Augusta REIA years ago. We knew each other casually for years, and I began working more closely with Auben starting in 2015.


Q: If you weren't investing in real estate you would be_______.

A: I'm doing what I love. I can't envision doing anything else.


Q: If you were to start over_______.

A: I wouldn't buy "weird" properties. It's hard to describe one, but you know one when you see it. They are cheap for a reason, and not profitable. 


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