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Investor Interview with Jefferson Morris

Thursday, November 7, 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 Jefferson Morris, Investor & Entrepreneur

Q: Who was your first business mentor?  

A: My father.  He had such a strong business acumen, and was passionate about sharing his knowledge.


Q: Who was your first mentor in real estate?  

A: My brother.  He coached me through the process of buying my first house and has a wealth of knowledge in all things real estate.

 

Q: What is your favorite book? 

A:  I've always thought Jim Collins' 'Good To Great' is a fantastic read.


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

A: If a vendor/contractor cannot give you a price before work begins, find a new vendor/contractor.  

  

Q: How many properties do you own? 

A: 16

 

Q: When did you start investing? 

A: I began actively investing in 2005.

 

Q: Why do you Invest?

A: Not only is it good for the community, it can provide financial stability when done properly.


Q: What is the best advice you have received?  

A:  Make your contracts bulletproof.  Be as specific as possible.  Doing so will save a lot of headaches, confrontation, and money.

 

Q: Do you have a favorite podcast?  

A:  Stuff You Should Know or 99% Invisible


Q: Any hobbies? 

A: I love all things outdoors: snow skiing, hiking, urban exploring, boating, biking, etc. 


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

A:  When having any roof work, schedule the last draw to be paid after it rains, not after the work is complete.


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

A:  Any island in the tropics.


Q: If you were a member of a music group, it would be _________?

A:  The Beach Boys. 


Q: I was introduced to Auben ______.

A:  In 2009 when I decided it was time to find a management company for my growing portfolio.


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

A:  doing what I am doing now, but missing out on some amazing opportunities.


Q: If you were to start over_______.

A: I would have better leveraged the myriad of tax benefits from investing in real estate.


Investor Interview with Jaime Guerry

Friday, October 25, 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 Jaime Guerry, Realtor & Investor

Q: Who was your first business mentor?  

A: My dad


Q: Who was your first mentor in real estate?  

A: Tyson, the owner of Auben Realty

 

Q: What is your favorite book? 

A:  "Rich Dad Poor Dad" by Robert Kiyosaki


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

A: Don't make big decisions while in an emotional state. Also, every problem is solvable, so there is no use stressing about it.

  

Q: How many properties do you own? 

A: Six. One is a duplex, so seven units total.

 

Q: When did you start investing? 

A: I bought my first foreclosure at age 22, and flipped it with my husband.

 

Q: Why do you Invest?

A: To make money and gain financial freedom. I would like to be self-employed sooner rather than later. 


Q: What is the best advice you have received?  

A:  Anyone can invest in real estate, but most people won't. The best advice I got was to just take action by buying my first home. 

 

Q: Do you have a favorite podcast?  

A:  Crime Documentaries: Dirty John and Serial


Q: Any hobbies? 

A: Investing in real estate is my hobby (unfortunately!)


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

A:  Stop waiting around and looking for the perfect home to invest in.There is no perfect property. I have had a lot of people ask for real estate advice, but most never end up investing because it "isn't a good time" or "they can't find the right investment."


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

A:  http://www.solitudepointe.com/


Q: If you were a member of a music group, it would be _________?

A:  with Beyonce. 

 

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

A:  homeless on the streets somewhere. This hobby keeps me grounded!


Q: If you were to start over_______.

A: I would buy more properties in low income areas. Trump's opportunity zones have driven up the prices like crazy. 


Investor Interview with Richard Early

Thursday, October 17, 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 Richard Early, Realtor & Investor

Q: Who was your first business mentor?  

A: My dad


Q: Who was your first mentor in real estate?  

A: Betsey Davis

 

Q: What is your favorite book? 

A:  For business: "The Book of Rental Property Investing" For pleasure: "The Godfather"


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

A: When it comes to maintaining your property, don't procrastinate. Small repairs will turn into big repairs if left unchecked.

  

Q: How many properties do you own? 

A: One, but working to acquire a second

 

Q: When did you start investing? 

A: March 2019

 

 Q: Why do you Invest?

A: So that I can retire early and spend more time with my family, and less time working.


Q: What is the best advice you have received?  

A:  Under promise, over deliver.

 

Q: Do you have a favorite podcast?  

A:  Bigger Pockets


Q: Any hobbies? 

A: Golf, running, hiking, visiting the beach


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

A:  I'm still new to it; but for anyone who is thinking about investing that hasn't officially started yet, thinking won't get you anywhere, be a doer.


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

A:  On a country road driving with the windows down.


Q: If you were a member of a music group, it would be _________?

A:  The Rolling Stones 

 

Q: Who first introduced you to Auben?

A:  I interviewed to work there in November 2018.


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

A: saving up money to start a brewery


Q: If you were to start over_______.

A: I would have started investing sooner!


Investor Interview with Chad Williams

Thursday, October 10, 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 Chad Williams, Investor

Q: Who was your first business mentor?  

A: My grandfather, Edward Williams.  He built a successful construction business from the ground up, and ran it for over 50 years.  He believed that by helping others to achieve their potential one could achieve their own highest potential.  He built a strong reputation through honesty and executing quality work at a very high level.  I was always amazed by his ability to simplify a complicated situation.


Q: Who was your first mentor in real estate?  

A: David Caballero, a real estate investor and business owner in Baton Rouge, LA.  David owned a loan servicing company and invested heavily in the distressed housing market during the downturn.  I learned a lot from David in terms of property acquisition and just the general hustle of real estate investing.

 

Q: What is your favorite book? 

A:  My favorite book right now is “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg.  It's very well written, and relatable to just about any personal or professional challenge you may be working to overcome or improve.


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

A: It's really pretty simple…  Buy it right and have multiple exit strategies.

  

Q: How many properties do you own? 

A: I currently own 3 properties.  I also flip 7 to 10 properties annually.

 

Q: When did you start investing? 

A: I started investing in real estate over 9 years ago by partnering with friends, and flipping a house or two.  From there I ventured out on my own to wholesaling.  I moved to acquiring rental properties about 3 years ago through the advice of Tyson Schuetze.

 

 Q: Why do you Invest?

A: Honestly, I was first drawn to real estate investing as way to make extra money--putting my money to work on making money.  I fell in love with it because of the diversity, challenges and ever-evolving nature of the business. I’ve never been good at doing the same thing day in and day out.  You certainly don’t have to worry about that with investing!


Q: What is the best advice you have received?  

A: “Sustainable, long-term success is derived from consistent short-term growth.”  Break your larger goals down into smaller goals.

 

Q: Do you have any hobbies?  

A:  I love spending time outdoors with friends and family: Hanging by a body of water, fishing, skiing, hiking or playing any sport that involves competition.  I am especially fond of golf and basketball.  


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

A:  I often get asked about finding money for deals--especially from new investors.  The best advice I can give would probably be to “find the deal and you will find the money.”


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

A: Time really slows down for me when I am surrounded by nature.  It just seems easier to appreciate the current moment, and really enjoy the natural state of this beautiful place we get to live.  


Q: If you were a member of a music group, you would be _________?

A:  a part of Steely Dan.  I've always been a big fan of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, and enjoy the eclectic, intelligent, clean sounds of their music. 

 

Q: Who first introduced you to Auben?

A:  A mutual acquaintance, Jim Hadden, four years ago. I've really enjoyed working with such a talented, progressive group.   


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

A: the owner of a contracting or construction business.  I grew up working in the construction world and love the challenges it brings.  It’s also very rewarding to be able to visually appreciate the fruits of your labor.


Q: If you were to start over_______.

A: I would have purchased more rental properties when I first started.  Housing prices were low, and inventory was high. If I only knew how easy it was to get the funding and financing at the time.  Buying rentals is definitely a great long-term strategy for growing your business and growing wealth.

Investor Interview with Havird Usry

Thursday, October 3, 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 Havird Usry, Investor, Chef & Entrepreneur

Q: Who was your first business mentor?  

A: My dad, Brad Usry, was and still is.


Q: Who was your first mentor in real estate?  

A: My grandfather, Jack Hodges, taught me how to take care of things, especially property.

 

Q: What is your favorite book? 

A:  "The Devil In the Kitchen," by: Marco Pierre White


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

A: Be willing to walk away. Numbers don't lie.    


Q: How many properties do you own? 

A: We own 9 properties: A solid mix of commercial and residential. 

 

Q: When did you start investing? 

A: We started investing in real estate about two years ago.  

 

Q: Why do you Invest?

A: Our city is in a unique position right now. We want to be a part of that and capitalize on it.


Q: What is the best advice you have received?  

A: A dollar saved is much more than a dollar made. 

  

Q: Do you have any hobbies?  

A:  I enjoy hanging with my family and being outside. 


Q: Do you have a favorite podcast?

A: The Forward - Lance Armstrong


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

A:  Surround yourself with the best people and work hard. Pray.


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

A: Life slows down when I'm with my wife and two little girls. 


Q: If you were a member of a music group, you would be _________?

A:  a drummer for Aerosmith. My wife would think I was pretty cool.

 

Q: Who first introduced you to Auben?

A:  I knew of Auben for several years but started working with Auben just last year. 


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

A: Not smart.


Q: If you were to start over_______.

A: I'd slow things down. Talk less and listen more. It would be like watching a good movie for the second time catching all the details I missed.

Investor Interview with Betsey Davis

Thursday, September 26, 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 Betsey Davis, Investor & Real Estate Agent

Q: Who was your first business mentor?  

A: My grandfather, Jasper Davis.


Q: Who was your first mentor in real estate?  

A: Same as above. When I was six, he started charging me rent for the picnic table I using to sell lemonade and sand dollars. 

 

Q: What is your favorite book? 

A:  "Man's Search for Meaning" Viktor Frankl 


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

A: I am not a plumber or electrician, nor should I ever be.  


Q: How many properties do you own? 

A: Not nearly enough.

 

Q: When did you start investing? 

A: I purchased my first property in 2004.

 

Q: Why do you Invest?

A: I can't think of a good reason not to invest. 


Q: What is the best advice you have received?  

A: Ask questions, and listen for the answers.

  

Q: Do you have any hobbies?  

A: We bought a 100 yr. old house. Since then, that house has become my hobby. 


Q: Do you have a favorite sport?

A: Rugby


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

A: Have a team of professionals on your side.


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

A: Sudlow Lake in North Augusta


Q: Where is your favorite city in the world?

A: I'd go back to Boise Idaho any day of the week.

 

Q: Who first introduced you to Auben?

A: Natalie Walls and Patrick Jasper while I was working at Crums on Central. 


Q: If you were to start over_______.

A: I would have met Auben six years sooner than I did.

Investor Interview with Stan Nurnberger

Wednesday, September 18, 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 Stan Nurnberger, Investor 

Q: Who was your first business mentor?  

A: Myself and books.


Q: Who was your first mentor in real estate?  

A: Myself and books.

 

Q: What is your favorite book? 

A:  It is hard to say I read so many. "Spenser" books by Robert Parker, and the works on Christianity by Bart Ehrman

 

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

A: It is hard to find a property management team that does more than find tenants and collect rent. Very, very few tenants will take good care of your property. Don't stop looking. There's a reason why companies like Auben are growing.


Q: How many properties do you own? 

A: Up to 10.

 

Q: When did you start investing? 

A: As soon as I graduated and got a full-time job.

 

Q: Why do you Invest?

A: It's what I was taught: Invest and save for the security of the future. "If I'd known retirement was so wonderful, I would have saved more and retired sooner."

 

Q: What is the best advice you have received?  

A: Know who you are and how you come across to other people. Even if your motives are good and honorable, that might not be the way you are perceived.

  

Q: Do you have any hobbies?  

A: SCUBA diving; handyman work; digitizing, investigating, dating and editing very old family photos.


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

A: Being in business for yourself is very rewarding, but it is also important to look at your ability for future retirement security, medical insurance, etc.--that, in the past, came from corporate employers.


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

A: When I take time to learn new things.


Q: If you were a member of a music group, you would be _________?

A: If I had any musical ability, I would enjoy being a drummer in a marching band.

 

Q: Who first introduced you to Auben?

A: I met Tyson Schuetze in 2009, probably before Auben first started.


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

A: More involved in the stock market.


Q: If you were to start over_______.

A: It would be easier to decide to go into business for myself since corporations are not as paternal or generous as they were in the past. 

What Makes Us Auben?

Friday, September 13, 2019

Take a seat, this is a long one.

Next month, marks 10 years in business for Auben. As we look towards a bright future, I thought I would take a minute to tell a little about our past and how we got here. There were several entities that smashed together to give birth to Auben Realty in the fall of 2009.

Sitting squarely in one of the greatest depressions in the history of the United States, I liked our chances. We were inexperienced, naïve and optimistic—all of the things you need to start a business.

Over the years, many things have changed but our ambition has never wavered. Even back in 2008, before Auben even existed, I was already looking international for our property acquisitions. We were a family run business with a global reach—an interesting combination.

I typed the word “plan” into my computer and 1627 results showed up. Further evidence that we had no idea what we were doing, so I personally had to be extremely flexible--so much so that someone once made a shirt for me that said I am flexible and it wasn’t for my ability to touch my knees.

But Auben is not about me and my knees. When working correctly, Auben is about a collective groundswell of energy that builds and builds until it becomes an engine of change--until we become changemakers.

As the energy builds, my job is to help us up our game and find a bigger field. I am working diligently to do this. However, there are several others who deserve the real credit for Auben. They are folks who don’t crave the limelight but deserve the recognition. Two are my family and one I have always thought of as a sister—we have had enough fights that surely we have to be related.

Auben would not be here without Natalie Walls, Audrey Schuetze and Bill Schuetze. Each one of them has worked relentlessly and selflessly to help Auben keep it’s doors opened and they all deserve our gratitude.

You will be hard-pressed to outwork these 3 people and I have images seared in my brain of my mom working at midnight reviewing handwritten time sheets, my father sitting in a windowless room calling back every single lead that called in and patiently listening before promising that I would weave bricks into gold.

The last person, Natalie Walls is Auben. She is one of the hardest working, most loyal human beings I have ever met. I love her and I am lucky to have met her. She embodies Auben’s underdog spirit and relentless push. She can be prickly like a cactus but there is so much love beneath those thorns. She kept me inline so many times it has been ridiculous. She has been the balance the organization needed to my optimism. And frankly we wouldn’t still be in business if I hadn’t met her. When I was trying to build spaceships, she was tracking nickels in our bank account.

I have been very fortunate in my life for many reasons. But one of the biggest reasons I have been successful is that my parents wanted nothing more than improvement for their children and they  have spent a lifetime investing in my knowledge, education and experience. It has truly been a gift and I am fortunate beyond belief. With this fortune comes an obligation to pay it forward and the promise that I make to all of you is that I will try with all my might. I have made a lot of mistakes and will make plenty more but my daughter’s book bag (which she created on her own) tells me we are on the right path

“I am a Changemaker—You can be one too”---Margot Schuetze

Thanks for being apart of this journey and making this a truly special organization,

Tyson Schuetze.

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. 

Investor Interview with Joe Felz

Friday, August 30, 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 Joe Felz, Investor & GC

Q: Who was your first mentor in real estate?  

A: Malcom and Brian Estroff

 

Q: What is your favorite book? 

A: "Sapiens" by Noah Yuval Harrari or "Born to Run" by Chris McDougall

 

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

A: Borrower is servant to the lender. DON'T BE CHEAP.


Q: How many properties do you own? 

A: 35-37

 

Q: When did you start investing? 

A: 2012

 

Q: Why do you Invest?

A: So I can travel the world and see things. I don't know what else I would do with the money.

 

Q: What is the best advice you have received?  

A: "The important things get done." --Mike Felz and "Leave it better than you found it." --Fran Noftsier

  

Q: Do you have any hobbies?  

A: Ultra-running, hiking, fishing, reading...heckling climate change deniers 


Q: What is your favorite podcast?

A: Never listened to one.


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

A: DON'T BE CHEAP.

 

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

A: Running on the trail about an hour before sunrise when everything starts to turn from pitch black to grey.


Q: If you could be a member of any music group, you would be? 

A: Led Zeppelin, duh.

 

Q: Who first introduced you to Auben?

A: Betsey Davis


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

A: Living on a self-sustained farm with a spring and solar power--somewhere far away from society.


Q: If you were to start over_______.

A: I would skip the 2-3 years of college, and travel extensively instead. 


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