BiggerPockets Podcast 118: Condos, Multifamily, and Dealing with Management with Himanshu Jain

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When getting started, should you go BIG or go small? On this episode of the BiggerPockets Podcast, learn how Himanshu Jain got started investing in real estate by buying BOTH a condo and a 20-unit apartment complex. Discover the lessons Himanshu learned in the process, as well as the pros and cons of each. Additionally, the discussion on property management is going to blow you away — especially when you learn why Himanshu uses not one but THREE different property managers to look after his portfolio.

Whether you want to diversify your real estate portfolio or you’re just interested in different forms of investing, check out this fascinating, innovative episode!

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In This Episode We Cover:

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  • How Himanshu got started with real estate investing
  • The pros and cons of getting a vacation rental as a first property
  • How he branched out into condo units
  • What exactly corporate housing is
  • Opinions on Homeowners Associations
  • How he made the big jump to multifamily
  • How to use another business to finance your next deal
  • Why exit strategy matters to Himanshu
  • The ins and outs of having multiple property managers
  • Tips on marketing multifamily units
  • How Himanshu finds properties
  • How he dealt with “unusual activity” in his multifamily unit
  • Why he became a real estate agent
  • And SO much more!

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Tweetable Topics:

  • “Buy with the end in mind.” (Tweet This!)
  • “Nobody will ever take as good a care when it comes to properties as yourself.” (Tweet This!)

Connect with Himanshu

About Author

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  1. Deshan Kennedy

    Himanshu, thank you for sharing your experience with us. I wanted to know as your real estate portfolio continues to grow, at what point do you start looking at creating your own property management/marketing company to handle the needs your properties along with other properties in the area? This way you grow your team and staff without really having to worry about the property manager/marketer growing their own properties to manage and having your properties suffer because of it?

    Also, I think the competition between the property managers/marketers is a great idea. Competition to be the best of the best and nothing less is the greatest!

  2. Nick Munsee

    Just listened to the podcast, Himanshu. Great stuff. I can definitely sympathize with your hassles with HOA’s. We’ve had a number of clients that bought condos as rental properties, only to find out they couldn’t rent them out because of HOA regulations. I’m glad you addressed the matter with the listeners. By the way, congrats on your success!

  3. Colin Murphy

    Really enjoyed listening to this podcast, Himanshu seems like a very shrewd and smart guy.

    However the craziest thing was what Brandon mentioned at the top of the show about Fannie Mae throwing their toys out of the pram because he put a property under contract as a cash deal with a private lender funding it. Exact same thing happened to me today!!

  4. Jason Dismukes

    I listened to your podcast this afternoon. I enjoyed it a lot. One thing jumped out at me. You have your system in place and your managment companies operate in your system as opposed to there’s. I would love to learn about this more. I am just getting a self directed Solo401k set up for real estate investing. I am trying to amagine how I can have RE in different parts of the country with different managment companies yet have something in place to track the whole portfolio. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

  5. Laura DelGuidice

    Sweet podcast. I love how relaxed, sophisticated, and eloquent you speak. There are some hyper interviewees who I cannot keep up with. I retained and processed all the insight I gained from your podcast before i fell asleep. I wish you the best of luck with your future business endeavors.

  6. Taheem Bellz

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I’m going to utilize that strategy ,it’s brilliant having few property management companies using your system not theirs ,and compete for your business WOW . Great success to you Himanshu.

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