How I Bought an 18-Unit Apartment With No Money Out of Pocket

How I Bought an 18-Unit Apartment With No Money Out of Pocket

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Matt Faircloth

Matt Faircloth, co-founder and president of the DeRosa Group, is a seasoned real estate investor. The DeRosa Group, based in historic Trenton, N.J., is a developer and owner of commercial and residential property with a mission to “transform lives through real estate.” DeRosa creates partnerships to finance select real estate investments and has a proven track record of providing safe, profitable investment opportunities to their clients.

Matt, along with his wife Liz, started investing in real estate in 2004 with the purchase of a duplex outside of Philadelphia with a $30,000 private loan. They founded DeRosa Group in 2005 and have since grown the company to hundreds of units in residential and commercial assets throughout the East Coast. Under Matt’s leadership, DeRosa has completed tens of millions in real estate transactions involving private capital, including fix and flips, single family home rentals, mixed-use buildings, apartment buildings, and office buildings.

Matt is an active contributor to the BiggerPockets Blog and has been featured on the BiggerPockets Podcast three times (show #88, #203, and #289). He also regularly contributes to BiggerPockets’ Facebook Live sessions and teaches free educational webinars for the BiggerPockets Community.

Matt authored the Amazon Best Seller Raising Private Capital: Building Your Real Estate Empire Using Other People’s Money. The book is a comprehensive roadmap for investors looking to inject more private capital into their real estate investing business and is a must-read for anyone looking to grow their business by using private lenders and equity investors. Kirkus, the No. 1 trade review publication for books, had this to say about Raising Private Capital: “In this impressively accessible introduction to a complex subject, Faircloth covers every aspect of private funding, presuming little knowledge on the part of the reader.”

Matt and his wife Liz live in New Hope, Penn., with their two children.

Matt earned a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering with a minor in Business from Virginia Tech. (Go, Hokies!)

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I am sure you have heard people talk about “no money down” deals here on BiggerPockets. The skeptics would say, “That can’t be done in today’s market!” Well, it can be done! Here is my story of how I purchased an 18-unit apartment building with no money out of my own pocket. It is the biggest deal I have done (so far, of course).

Related: The Book on Investing in Real Estate with No (and Low) Money Down

In this case study, I tell the story of how we found the deal, how much we raised, and how we were able to achieve this goal. I made sure to provide specifics, which I hope you find helpful. I also share a few tips for all those that are interested in making this happen for yourself. It is not rocket science, but you need to have a great team, strategy, and plan in place.

[Editor’s Note: We are republishing this article to help out our newer readers.]

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