Founders Club - For Real Estate Entrepreneurs

Founders Club - For Real Estate Entrepreneurs

Join Founders Club with Oliver Graf, the show for Real Estate Entrepreneurs, created and dedicated to you, the realtor, broker, investor, agent, digital marketer, or any other real estate industry professional. If you're looking for inspiration, motivation and actionable advice on how to grow your real estate business, then join us each episode for a new discussion, interview or case study. Discover how you can learn to generate more real estate leads, convert more customers, and do more business. Join us for a casual conversation over a beer with high achievers from throughout the real estate industry. From developers to top producers and everything in between. Oliver's company Big Block Realty, has been named the Inc 500's fastest growing real estate brokerage in America (three years in a row) and #26, #31 and #33 overall on the Inc 500. Big Block Realty was named one of the top 360 entrepreneurial companies by Entrepreneur in 2018 and featured in Inman multiple times. He is a seri... Show More

How do you build relationships with high-net-worth individuals who have the resources to invest in your real estate deals? By treating them like friends, not ATMs.

Sal Buscemi is Managing Director at Dandrew Partners, a market leader in short-term loans and equity financing. He mentors aspiring fund managers through The Commercial Investor, a division of Dandrew that teaches wealth creation through real estate the Wall Street way. Sal started his career as an investment banker with Goldman Sachs before transitioning to real estate, and to date, he has raised a total of $500M in capital for other people’s projects as well as his own. He is also a sought-after speaker in the realm of real estate finance and has written countless articles on residential and commercial investing.

Today, Sal joins Oliver to discuss the details of his current project, a 166K square-foot class A industrial development in Las Vegas. He shares his three rules for choosing an operator and offers advice on vetting real estate deals ‘like a jilted ex-lover going through the cell phone records.’ Sal also provides guidance on presenting deals to potential investors, staying top-of-mind without becoming annoying, and conducting a capital call for a new deal. Listen in for insight into how Sal raised money for his current commercial investment and learn how to build and nurture positive relationships with a network of investors!

Key Takeaways

[0:45] An overview of Sal’s current project

  • 166K ft2 industrial development
  • Class A (credit-worthy tenants)
  • [3:54] Sal’s background and experience

  • 5 years at Goldman Sachs
  • ‘Hired gun’ for family office
  • Two distressed credit funds
  • [9:42] Sal’s 3 rules for choosing operators

  • Audited track record
  • Been through 2 market cycles
  • 10% hard equity in game
  • [21:01] Sal’s advice on vetting deals

  • Compare to market (cap rate)
  • Rental income drives value
  • [24:38] Why Sal prefers industrial to multifamily

  • Fewer inefficiencies
  • Steady, credible tenants
  • [31:18] How to present a deal if you can’t put your own money in

  • Equity in building business and relationships
  • Demo conviction in other ways (e.g.: no management fee)
  • [35:20] Sal’s guidance around raising money

  • Talk to people trust, build following
  • Handle concerns re: liquidity
  • [40:16] How to build positive relationships with HNWI

  • Get involved with charities, boards
  • Treat network like friends
  • Avoid conspicuous spending
  • [46:33] How to present deals to potential investors

  • Reach out with newsletter on market
  • Host cocktail mixers at office
  • [48:43] How to stay top-of-mind without becoming annoying

  • Send article or text once per quarter
  • Dedicated time to reach out via email
  • [59:36] How to conduct a capital call

  • Offer fast-action bonuses
  • Be specific with deadlines to create urgency
  • [1:06:07] How to deal with overbearing investors

  • Recommend different asset
  • Put in place (professional, passive investment)
  • [1:09:23] Sal’s process for offering a new deal

  • Send out tear sheet
  • Wiring instructions on page 1 of email
  • Connect with Sal

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