The Investor Empowerment Series Radio Show

The real estate investment world is filled with late night infomericals, free seminars hosted by Reality TV show stars that lead to weekend boot camps and eventually empty wallets. The Investor Empowerment Radio Show was created as the host's outlet to provide free educational information intending to motivate and inspire the listener. You'll hear from the host and the show's guests years of experience to help guide you on your path to a successful real estate investment business!
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Apr 26, 2017

Heading to the IMN Conference again this coming weekend, which runs from May 1st to May 3rd in beautiful South Beach Miami, Florida!

We review what the conference is all about, what it offers, and my plan to podcast LIVE from the networking sessions.  You can review, sign up to attend, and learn more about the Single Family Rental Forum East here:

Also, I digress into what a "Sandwich" Lease Option is and how it's an example of a No Money Down type deal and how you may utilize it in starting out in your investment business.

Lastly but definitely not least, my goal to form an "Upper-Level" Mastermind group based in the Chicago area.

I've been thinking on this for 2 years, and as one of good friends tells me, when I mention something multiple times and keep talking about it for years, it generally comes to fruition.

I am calling out to all investors interested in being a part of this high level mastermind, which will meet monthly, during business hours, at private locations throughout the Chicago area.

The goal is to discuss partnership opportunities, dealing with challenges, working together to become even more financially successful in the future.

If you or someone you know are interested, email me at


Apr 19, 2017

Today's guest, Chad York, is a former Firefighter/Paramedic from the suburbs of Chicago.  Chad got his investing beginnings working with his father on projects around the house, including a full addition as a kid.  Eventually he began working for another Firefighter who was rehabbing houses in the local area, obtaining a better understanding of general contracting, gut rehabs, and fixing and flipping.

Chad eventually started his own real estate investment business, BC Property Solutions, partnering with his father who's based in Indiana.

So far Chad has successfully completed 3 VERY interesting deals that all ended up being solid money makers and all very unique situations.

This is truly a podcast that discusses the SOLUTIONS that can be derived by overcoming the obstacles we all potentially face in the real estate investment business!

Wholesaling, fix and flipping, real estate investing, flipping houses, planning, building a team, motivation, education, real estate investor, buy and hold, landlord, landlording, cashflow

Apr 12, 2017

Today's guest, Salma Bhatti, starting investing in real estate a few years ago after being inspired by her family's previous success with rental properties and watching other flippers succeed through various media sources.  So far she's completed 5 flips in the Chicago area, with flip #6 currently under contract to sell to a retail buyer, and flip #7 still under construction due to the scope and size of the project.

This episode focuses on getting started in investing, some of the challenges a new flipper can face in the real estate investing business, and ways to overcome them.

Vision, inspiration, desire, and motivation is an important aspect to any business, and flipping houses is no different.

If you are looking to get starting in real estate investing, this is an episode you don't want to miss as Salma's experiences are beneficial to hear for both the experienced and the inexperienced flipper.

Apr 5, 2017

Today's special guest is local Real Estate Investor and Broker Josh Brown.  Josh has 10 years experience investing in the Chicago area, starting his own construction company after completing a degree in construction management and turning that into a successful construction company and real estate investment career.

Josh is like most of us, starting small, and utilizing not only his formal education but also his personal skill set to purchase his first buy and hold property 10 years ago, which was a "stacked" 2 flat property in the 'burbs of Chicago.

Realizing he could increase his career and earnings, as he continued to run his own construction company he began investing in Tax Liens in a few of the collar counties of Chicago earning on average over a 16% RETURN!

Josh and I discuss the pros and cons of working with contractors, vetting the right partners, working within Joint Venture agreements, RIGHTs and WRONGs of getting these Flip projects completed in order to insure you've created a maximum profitable opportunity.

A few show notes on this one:

The Magic of Thinking Big

7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Personality Plus

The 16% Rule

Tax Liens: The Total Process to Buying, Selling, and Assigning Tax Liens

Another INFAMOUS Episode!!!  Don't miss it!

Mar 29, 2017

Rich has looked at over 8000 houses, flipped 650 since beginning his investment career, and has a rental portfolio of 139 houses and still runs his HomeVestors Franchise…. Where did that lead him?

Rich saw an opportunity and a need in the real estate investing market—Hard money lending with a personal spin.

Today we are going to talk about his personal real estate investment business, the importance of working with brokers for proper analysis of your deals, and having the right people on your team, and his 10 million dollar lending business.  We discuss getting "ready to get ready", understanding the process, doing your homework, working with contractors, borrowing from his company, RMAC Lending, and making the RIGHT improvements to expedite a sale when your rehab is finished.  Terms covered include Hard Money Lending, a Scope of Work and it’s importance, and working (or not) with Project Managers.

Rich funds 100% of the purchase price, 100% of the rehab costs, and meets with each investor every other month at a minimum. No down payment needed.  Check out his website @ for more information on adding Rich and his team to your real estate funding options for your next fix and flip project.

“Sometimes the Best Deal You do is the Deal you DON’T Do” is one of the many great nuggets that Rich brings to light.

Mar 22, 2017

Today's Episode is a little bit different compared to most, other than you've only got me on the show...

We review and update the audience on the outcome so far on IES Radio #37: The Art of the Note Deal.  Stay tuned for more on that...

We discuss one of our investor's recent AWESOME CASHFLOW acquisition in one of the local suburbs of Chicago which results in a 32% CASH ON CASH RETURN!!! And over $600 a month in cashflow!!!

Lastly stick around for this last tidbit about saving money on buying your materials from a unique and most likely overlooked store.

Short and sweet... Rate me on iTunes and Stitcher!

Mar 15, 2017

I know when I first got into real estate, dealing with mortgage notes as a buyer, seller, or investor was the "8th" Wonder of the World.

In this episode we review:

-What is a Non-performing and Performing Note

-Where to find them

-How to invest in them

-Educational resources available to all of us FOR FRIZZLE! (free) :)

-The POTENTIAL income streams you can create with them

In the final segment I review a recent deal I invested in and what my plans are to profit from it!

If you're interested in getting involved, reach out!!  Stop sitting by on the sidelines and take some action!  We need more investors, buyers, rehabbers, landlords, private lenders, and contractors!!!

Mar 8, 2017

Today on the Investor Empowerment Series Radio Show #36 I interview 30+ year investor and real estate broker Rick Harper, of Harper Real Estate Inc. on his years of experience, buying his first property in Oregon at the age of 16, succeeding with rental properties and investing in the Florida market for MASSIVE CASHFLOW!!!

Rick offers a full service "turnkey" style product if that's what you're looking for, or a situation where you can take on as much responsibility and work as you choose.

Most importantly, he emphasizes the need to TAKE ACTION and make smart investments to retire on!

Another NO-MISS Episode!!!

Mar 1, 2017

Know your market...

Know your Buyer...

Know your Finishes...

Listen up to learn how to find the right deal and finish it right.

Feb 22, 2017
IES Radio #34: Deal Structuring/Analysis of a Rental x2

On Today's episode of the Investor Empowerment Radio Show we break down the numbers on one of the completed rentals that you can find on my youtube channel if you'd like to see what it actually looks like from start for finish.

Start of the project:

Mid-way through:

Final Walk through:

We break down the 'structure' of the deal, the acquisition, private money component, the 'rough' costs and the final numbers after the refinance is completed.

Also, on the 2nd half of the episode, I break down the possibilities of another 'wholesale' type deal that is exceptionally unique. It's allows for an investor or wannabe investor to get in at a low money down, zero credit, no loan type opportunity.  Open your EYES and your EARS and listen to the opportunity!

Feb 15, 2017
IES Radio #33: Run your Business Like a Business

In this episode I discuss "running your business like a business."  Too many investors get ready to jump, and dip their toe in the water, or maybe get up to their knees, and then don't know where to go next.  After thousands of dollars worth of education, and enough information to be dangerous, and hours of time spent figuring things out... Now what?

Some need a kick in the *ss, some need some direction, maybe on this episode I can help with both.

We will cover scheduling your day, following up with leads, generating leads, and treating your business a an actual entity that needs to surpass your day to day grind and start running on it's own.

Feb 8, 2017
IES Radio #32: Self Directed IRA and 401k Q&A with Mike Todd of IRA Innovations

Today's guest is Mike Todd, founder of IRA Innovations.

I know that I really don't know what I don't know...  This is the first guest I've had on the show that covers the basics of how self-directed IRA's and 401k retirement funds work.  And it's an eye-opener!

I gotta admit I have been dragging my feet for years on taking advantage of this great opportunity, and now I have a goal to get mine set up for 2017, as a matter of fact by the end of the month of February.

Can you take the Tax Free retirement challenge and build your IRA account to over $1,000,000???

Feb 1, 2017
IES Radio #31: Working with Contractors and the

So, have you ever been burned by a contractor?  Are you considering getting started on your first rehab project and need to find some contractors?  Or are you dipping your little piggy toe in the water figuring out how this all works with contractors when rehabbing a property...???

This is the podcast for you... Today I discuss the "Down and Dirty," Nitty-Gritty, let's kick some 2017 A** Committee points that you want to utilize, consider, write down and bring to the table when rehabbing a property.

Whether you are salty & seasoned or sweet & supple to this game, Working with Contractors is a CRUCIAL part of the real estate investing business.

And you don't want to miss out on the description of and method to employ your own "Big Box Store" Spreadsheet for your investment business.

Questions?  Contact me @

Jan 25, 2017
IES Radio #30: Flipping your Way to Financial Freedom with Mark Ferguson

Today's guest is Mark Ferguson, an Investor, Author and Real Estate Broker based in Colorado.  Mark's been involved in real estate in some way, shape, or form since he was kid and now owns 16 rental properties and has flipped 120 Properties, while maintaining a successful real estate brokerage that sells several hundreds of homes per year.

Mark and I dive into discussing how he obtains his funding and the story behind building those relationships, his advice for the listeners just getting started, and his goal to own 100 rental properties.  He's currently working on 16 flips he's managing AT THE SAME TIME!!!

Mark has written several books including "Build a Rental Property Empire" and maintains an AWESOME website and blog at

I shouldn't have to say it... Don't miss it!!

Jan 18, 2017
IES Radio #29: The Dissection of an Owner Financed Deal w/ Mitch Stephens

Today’s Guest is Real Estate Entrepreneur and Author Mitch Stephens, a visionary and leader in the field of owner financed transactions.  Mitch is currently buying about 100 houses a year in which many end up as seller financed deals in his portfolio and has bought over 1500 houses in his massive real estate career spanning over 20 years.

The author is the 3 book series “My Life and 1000 Houses,” Mitch has been blowing up the San Antonio market and as of late has been all over the podcast, media, and mentoring waves throughout the country.  He’s a founding father when it comes to current real estate investing owner financing techniques and comes to your listening pleasure today to truly “Dissect” the Owner Financed Deal.  Don’t miss this one.

Visit to see Mitch’s Website

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Jan 11, 2017
IES Radio Show #28: Rent to Own to 175 Properties and Fix & Flipping w/ Bill Powers

Today our host Joe Mueller interviews Bill Powers from RTO Property, a Waukegan, Illinois based real estate investment business focusing on creating home ownership and improving & preserving communities in the Northern Illinois area.The cool story behind Bill's business and his strategy is that like most investors, it all started with one property and a dream.  Bill created a business model that generates above average rents per property, turns tenants in to homeowners, and improves the neighborhoods he invests in! All properties are fully renovated completely with new kitchens, bathrooms, flooring, windows, fully/partially finished basement, landscaping and more. And all homes are then sold via Bill's Rent To Own Strategy.If you are interested in learning how you can apply this method to your business, create growth through refinancing and help others in the process, download this podcast!Bill's website can be seen here: 

Jan 4, 2017
IES Radio #27: To Section 8 or NOT Section 8 Part 2 w/ Eddie Mccracken

Eddie Mccracken, guest on IES Radio Show #6 is back again to offer his views, opinions, and experiences on the Governmental Section 8 program after hearing my podcast covering the topic on episode #18.

We touch on some of the "gray" areas to look out for, dealing with tenants on section 8, lease renewals and auto-renewing with section 8 tenants.

A few other tidbits are his new recommendation on managing VA's for your real estate investing business, as well as my "CALL OUT" for sponsorships for my meetup group and the new lender I began working with that I can bring to you, our listeners.

Please contact me directly at for more information.

Dec 28, 2016
IES Radio #26: LIVE @ IMN w/ Joe Mueller- Lease to Own, Land Contracts, Contracts for Deeds, Seller Financing & Other Non-Traditional Retail Disposition Strategies


Not everyone has the ability to be a part of such a great gathering of Real Estate Investing Minds... That said, I am bringing it to you.

Today's podcast is a LIVE recording of the panel I moderated at the IMN conference on Dec. 6th, 2016, in Scottsdale, Arizona with Panelists as follows:

  • Joe Mueller, Moderator, Head of Investment Acquisition (TANIS GROUP LLC)
  • Cortland Plichta, CEO (HOMES DIRECT, INC.)
  • Puneet Singh, Managing Partner (LAW OFFICES OF KIMBALL, TIREY & ST. JOHN LLP)
  • Jack Bosch, Director (ORBIT INVESTMENTS, LLC)
  • Paul Turovsky, Chief Operating Officer (TRAC GLOBAL, LLC)


  • Size, definitions & ROIs of markets
  • Responsibilities of property upkeep
  • Foreclosure/eviction process when dealing w/ Seller Finance
  • Reactions to the less than positive press
  • Considerations for notes that are made up of alternative collateral
  • Documentation… What needs to be present? What can be unlawful? 
  • Control and who owns the property?
  • What type of customer/collateral are your target markets for these deals?




Dec 21, 2016
IES Radio #25: The IMN Conference Begins and the 2017 Market Forecast w/ Co-host Chris Davis of RRA Properties

Chris Davis and I are broadcasting LIVE from the  Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Beautiful Scottsdale Arizona, originally owned and designed by the Wrigley Family of Chicago (yes, that family) at the IMN Single Family Rental Forum Conference West.  This incredible experience is enlightening, motivational, inspirational and frankly provides that extra kick in the "*ss" that keeps the engine firing on all cylinders!

Chris and discuss the information we learned about the 2017 US Real Estate Market, new opportunities we are both planning on focusing on next year, and how awesome and powerful this conference is for any real estate investor!


Dec 14, 2016
IES Radio #24: Eric Wohlwend on Serving our Country and Building an Empire

Today's guest, Eric Wohlwend, has patriotic beginnings serving our country and took the opportunity to educate and motivate himself while still in the armed forces.  The day Eric was given his discharge papers, Eric drove straight to the local bank in the area and obtained financing to purchase his first rental property.  A few short years later he retired at the age of 30, after accumulating a sizable portfolio as a full time real estate investor.

Well, Eric didn't stop there, as he realized that an investor's appetite is rarely satiated, he got back at it, continuing to buy more assets and grow his empire, diversifying into mobile home parks, apartment buildings, and self-storage units.

Today Eric and I discuss his start up in real estate, his current ventures into a 60 unit apartment building, and working with sellers to "eliminate the bank" when financing your real estate deals!


Dec 7, 2016
IES Radio #23: Marvelous Mobile Home Park and Apartment Building Income with Jack Baczek of Marvel Equity

What comes to mind when you hear the term Mobile Home Park?

Well, if you've done your homework on it you'd find that it's like owning a large scale ATM machine without the hassles of the toilets and maintenance necessarily associated with owning the structure on a property.

Today's Podcast hosted by Joe Mueller of TANIS Group LLC and TANIS Group Realty interviews Jack Baczek of Marvel Equity.  Jack started his real estate investment career just 8 short years ago, and still at the young age of 31 is acquiring a large scale portfolio of both Mobile Home Park and Apartment units.  Jack dove into real investment FULL TIME and hasn't looked back since!  Can you remember what you were doing at the age of 30?  :)

Jack has been involved in acquiring, re-performing, holding, selling as well as wholesaling mobile home parks in the "Rust Belt" of the US.  We dig into the difference between owning the structure vs. just renting the land, MHP ROI and Cash on Cash returns, as well as his experiences in the apartment building business.

If you are interested in what opportunities exist in the Mobile Home Park investment market or are just curious about how it can be done, stay tuned!

Nov 30, 2016
IES Radio #22: Asset Protection and Real Estate Investing with An Attorney's Opinion...

Today on the Investor Empowerment Radio Show my special guest is Chris Emerald of CE Law.  Chris and I have been working together for several years in the Chicago area on not only my real estate investing opportunities but also the opportunities of other investors in the area.

Chris has been an active sponsor of the meetup group I host--

Since it's inception of the group, helping real estate investors establish business entities, representing investors and wholesalers on dozens of transactions and acting in a legal capacity when those "not so desirable" type questions come up in various situations of the real estate investing business.

Today we dive into Asset Protection strategies, Subject-to investment models, Articles of Agreement for Deed and having engaging Attorneys as a "necessary evil" in your real estate investing business!

Nov 23, 2016
IES Radio #21: Q&A with Co-Host Dan Clarton


You ask, you receive.  A bunch of the listeners (You) have been very receptive to the podcast, providing some questions and feedback.

This episode is a Q&A session with my previous guest from episode #4&5, Dan Clarton, as my co-host, responding to a bunch of the text, email, and in person questions I’ve received since starting the podcast. 

We touch on:

-Building a ‘Power Team’

-Wholesaling as the ‘gateway drug’

-Getting a broker license or not to get a broker license

-JV Deals, what they are and all about.


Listen up!

Nov 16, 2016
IES Radio #20: Private Money vs. Hard Money... What it's all about!

How much money do you need to succeed as a real estate investor?  Ummmm.... Infinite.  Right?  Beginner, intermediate, or expert investors need to know how important money is to their business.  I know a lot of you want to own your own little 'fix and flipping' island and 'don't need anyone' to succeed as a fix and flipper.  That's all good.  BUT, in order to exponentially grow your business, you WILL need additional funding to get that next best deal when all your funds are tied up, grab a rental property for every 1-2 fix and flips you do, or obtain some rehab funds for your first or last opportunity.

Let's explore what private money is, and how hard money works.


Nov 9, 2016
IES Radio #19: The Analysis of a Deal...again

I think part of the benefit of listening to podcasts is hearing the truth about how real estate investing REALLY works for an investor.  Do you want to be in the KNOW?

This particular deal is a real life example of what opportunities one could expect in our market, and what one should expect when looking to either fix and flip OR buy and hold a property.

This is RAW data, I sat down with my calculator, my invoices, and my receipts and added all the numbers together on one of my current projects.  I guarantee there are better and worse real estate investments out there, but I am going to give you the REAL data after one is completed.  I also video documented this project on my youtube channel:

My disclaimer is I initially had cost projections lower than than the final numbers, so I spent a bit more than I anticipated, but that's how REAL real estate investing happens!

I also touch on working with wholesalers and networking, and my beliefs on the “Education” circuit.

Want to see the FINAL Walk through Video, go to my youtube channel:

Also, see the other videos of this project to see the perspective start to finish:

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