Real Estate Investing Profit Masters by Cory Boatright

Brian Ellwood used to shake the hands of strangers and ask them what they did for living.  He felt trapped in a  job where he had no control of his own time.  His strategy paid off and propelled him into property flipping and rental property investment.  On this episode Brian shares his story and provides really valuable insight along the way.

Brian begins by discussing how he got started in the business.  A stranger gave him the opportunity to get a lead for him.  The guy closed on the deal and gave Brian a one thousand dollar check.  At that moment it clicked for Brian and he realized there was a way to get paid for the value you add,  instead of your time.

As far as an example of a mistake, Brian said for him it was not hiring someone soon enough to do what he does.  He hired an acquisitions manager to deal with sellers and within months his business tripled.     

For a Profit Master investing strategy, Brian talks about the book, Profit First by Mike Michalowicz.  The traditional way to look at things is by sales minus expenses equals profit, but the book flips the script by using a different formula of sales minus profit equals expenses.  Brian has put this theory into action and he explains how it helps him watch his profitability stack up while forcing him to be more frugal.  

Brian offers his keys to running a successful real estate business.  He believes in running it by the numbers and explains it in several points including:

  • Define the key numbers that a business needs to be successful
  • Assign numbers to the employees who handle those areas
  • Hold a weekly scorecard meeting where everybody is accountable for their part
  • If somebody is not performing where they should be in the numbers, determine why

Brian offers the advice of:  shift your focus from looking for a job to creating a job and then, in theory,  you’ll have more money and with that learn to invest well in one niche.  Entrepreneurship and investing is the ultimate combination for him.  Brian says he most enjoys helping other people achieve their goals and remove their roadblocks.  As far as why Brian does what he does, he says he feels driven to improve himself every day and he loves to learn and create.  

Brian has a blog and podcast available on his website,  He hopes you’ll stop by his website and reach out to him.

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Episode 7:  Mike Cuevas Real Estate Marketing Dude with Systems in Chicago


This week Cory had the opportunity to sit down with Mike Cuevas, known as ‘the Real Estate Marketing Dude’. Mike knows how to get the systems in place and get the phone to ring.




Mike has been in the real estate business for 12 or 13 years, starting out as an agent learning the ins and outs. From there, he entered the short sale game and ran one of the largest short sale groups in the country. He created a short sale model , assembled a team and at one point was handling 25-35 closings a month for two years straight. “The only way you’re going to run something like that is by setting up systems and having the right team in place”.


Building Processes and Assembling Teams


QUOTE: “You don’t use difference recipes every time you make a meal. Same concept applies - use the same recipe, the same process, the same systems – just repeat and scale.”


Marketing and sales go hand in hand. You can’t be successful without both but you don’t have to do it all alone. Focus on your own strengths and assemble the right team. Creating processes and systems are the key to getting the job done.  Understand what you’re good at and outsource the rest.


Quote: “You are the average of the five people you surround yourself with.”


One of the biggest missed opportunities I see as an investor is using their real estate agent for their marketing. You have to do a lot of marketing to find the deal that works. The investors who are licensed can team up with the marketing for their real estate agents. 


QUOTE: “There is no better lesson than experience. Get out from behind your desk.”


Mike’s advice? 


One of the greatest lessons Mike’s learned is that there is no better lesson than experience, but you have to start somewhere. Build the business. Be you and do what you want to do, but you have to put in the work.  Learn from your mistakes.


Let someone walk you through the ropes. Get a mentor, someone who’s been around the block a few times.  Go out there shake hands and talk to people. Ask questions.


You have to have a ‘why’ to be successful. Mike works for his family and is grateful for them and the opportunity to have his own thoughts and work for himself doing something he loves. These are the things that lead to success. 


Recommended reading this episode


Now Discover Your Strengths”, Marcus Buckingham


Entreleadership”, Dave Ramsey


Start With Why”, Simon Sinek


Recommended Apps


Mike does the majority of his business on the web. You can find him teaching real estate on his website or connect with him on social media.  Find all of his handles at his website.


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Our guest today is Alex Pardo, a business partner and friend of Cory. Alex works out of Miami, Florida and use to work as a GE Financial Analyst. Now he focuses on real estate systems and how they help him flip houses in his area.


Alex began his career in 2005 with a short sale job. He has been involved in numerous deals, but he says his expertise is wholesaling. The last 3 years his focus has been creating a team so he can step away from the everyday process. Alex believes wholesaling should always be at the center of Real Estate.


At the age of 21 Alex took a job with General Electric and found he wanted to be his own boss. He found Kawasaki’s series about real estate and started working in the business. Alex suggests getting a coach as soon as possible. He personally waited 3 years to find a mentor or a coach and he knows he made a lot mistakes and lost a lot of money in those 3 years.


Alex says his biggest mistake happened in 2006. Alex and his partner bought a half million dollar property and decided to flip it. They took out a loan and lost 90 thousand dollars in the deal. After the disappointing deal Alex learned two big lessons.


  1. Know your market.
  2. Stick to what you are good at.


The strategy Alex says works best for him is aggressive pricing on wholesale deals. He remembers a deal that was worth 300 thousand and sold it for 247 thousand because of the location of the house. Don’t be afraid to ask for more money if the property is located in a desirable neighborhood.


Alex suggests that newcomers should ask themselves what they like about the real estate business and focus on that aspect. Then find a mentor, and spend a little money so that it will be a more serious investment. Don’t be complacent and keep marketing and networking. Focus more on personal development and become the person you want to be.


Recommended reading this episode:


Think and Grow Rich, by: Napoleon Hill

E-Myth, by: Michael Gerber

4 Hour Workweek, by Timothy Ferriss


Recommended apps:



Alex thinks the greatest lesson he has learned is surround yourself with the right people.  He credits his family and his faith with the why he is in the real estate business. He enjoys helping people and providing for his family.


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Cory talks with a father/son team Greg and Matt Sneyd of the Muve Group. The Muve Group is based out of Salt Lake City and is part of MG Property Solutions. They flip homes, new construction, rehabs, and even land deals in real estate. Greg and Matt are also part of the Collective Genius Mastermind.

Matt and Greg have been in the business for 9 years. The whole family is included in the business and it has grown to a successful venture. It all began with a real estate seminar from Ron Legrand. Then they invested in education every quarter to keep on top of the industry. Many things have been learned in this education experience, and it has helped the company diversify. MG Property Solutions is a very well developed brand. Matt created a polished presentation for customers that makes them stand out from the competition. Greg give these tips for a successful real estate business:

  • Implement what needs to be done.
  • Don’t give up.

Matt adds that if they were to do it over, they would have used their own money for flips or shopped around for the best lending deal. Lending partners should never be permanent parts of a business model. Recommended reading this episode: No Excuses by: Brian Tracy Matt says that most of their business comes from social media. So apps that make photos and sale content easier are extremely useful to their business. One of the biggest lessons the two have learned is work with people who are smarter than you. Matt adds that don’t believe everything you hear in seminars. Laws vary state to state and check into the ethics of it. To reach Matt and Greg visit or

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