We specialize in providing flexible short-term hard money and transactional loans for real estate projects. We also invest in equity of strong real estate projects with proper leverage and strong sponsors.

009: New York’s Real Estate Market

Welcome back to the Big Mike Fund Podcast! My guest today is Eric Goodman. Eric and his father run Goodman Capital, a real estate investment firm that focuses on commercial real estate. Goodman Capital brokers closed fund deals and specialize in foreclosure sales.

Today, Eric tells me about his company’s fund structure and gives me some examples of sales that worked out for the best. We discuss the state of New York’s real estate market and how the pending tax reforms will affect the market.


00:00 — Introduction to the Big Mike Fund Podcast.

00:27 — Welcome Eric Goodman to the podcast.

00:47 — Eric’s background in real estate.

01:30 —  About Goodman Capital and commercial real estate.

03:00 — The types of deals Eric and his team look for.

04:46 — The difference between closed funds and open funds.

06:23 — What is a waterfall and how does Goodman Capital use the structure?

08:33 — The equity deals Eric and his team have seen in this market.

10:05 — The breakdown of Eric’s company’s capital.

12:49 — The difference between forced appreciation and natural appreciation.

13:22 — Examples of opportunities Eric has seen within the New York market.

16:13 — Where Goodman Capital gets its referrals.

17:16 — Eric’s predictions for New York’s real estate market.

19:45 — My opinion about the incoming tax reform and what that will mean for New York’s market.

23:30 — The top indicators of a market change.

25:25 — Thank you to Eric for joining the podcast.

25:45 — Eric’s contact information.

26:20 — Outro to the Big Mike Fund Podcast.


Goodman Capital

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008: The Value of Small Balance Real Estate Deals

My guest today is Darris Cassidy, the principal of Fairway America and the president of Fairway America Capital Markets Group. Fairway is an investment consulting firm that specializes in Small Balance Real Estate (SBRE) deals. Darris and his team help investors find the right investments for their money. The team also assists with capital raising as well as the administrative aspect of the deal.

On today’s episode, I thank Darris for Fairway’s service to me and my company and we explore the value Fairway America gives all their clients. We discuss the difference between an SBRE and a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), taking time to point out that one can significantly benefit the other in the long run. There is a lot of opportunity for investors with SBRE funds and Darris will help my audience see the tremendous value of one of these deals.


00:00 — Introduction to the Big Mike Fund Podcast.

00:23 — Welcome Darris Cassidy to the podcast.

02:17 — What are Small Balance Real Estate funds?

03:43 — What Fairway America does for their clients.

04:49 — Mike’s praise of Fairway America and the service they provide.

05:30 — Darris’s role as compliance representative for Fairway America.

06:19 — Mike’s experience with Darris and his team.

08:14 — How Darris and his team help clients raise capital.

08:45 — The difference between a SBRE and a REIT.

10:08 — The various types of SBRE funds.

10:40 — The benefits of SBRE funds.

14:07 — Why smaller deals are more flexible.

14:55 — How SBREs create value for REITs.

18:15 — Forced appreciation is a strong catalyst for growth.

19:40 — How  Fairway finds good deals for their clients.

21:26 — A deal Mike took because of Darris’s team involvement.

22:38 — Is fund administration different for smaller funds?

24:29 — Things that slow down an accountant’s work and make SBRE a slower process.

26:01 — Why REITs are a faster process.

26:54 — Observations on the deal compression market.

29:49 — Observations on equity deals.

32:02 — Darris’s opinion on investors’ expectations.

33:51 — Mike’s obligatory cryptocurrency mention.

35:10 — How to contact Darris and his team.

36:00 — Thank you Darris Cassidy for joining us today.

36:17 — Outro to the Big Mike Fund Podcast.


Fairway America


Redwood REA

Fiducia Labs

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Real Estate Investment Fund: How to Choose a SMART Real Estate Investing Fund: Top 10 Biggest Mistakes To Avoid Before Investing Into a Real Estate Fund (Private Money, REITs, Equity, Structure, Tax)  by Mike Zlotnick and Cory Boatright

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007: Why Chicago is a Great Real Estate Market

My guest today is Saul Zenkevicius (Saul Z. to those of us in the business.) Saul is a Chicago based realtor who has a one-stop shop for home ownership. His company Chicagoland Home Buyer handles appraising, mortgages, house flipping, and real estate brokering.

Saul and I discuss how he manages to run such a massive company and keep it all straight. We also explore the Chicago area real estate market. Saul shares some of the trends he is noticing in his city and the optimism that is emerging in the market. Chicago has a bright future!


00:00 — Introduction to the Big Mike Fund Podcast.

00:22 — Welcome Saul Z. to the podcast!

00:35 — The current weather in Chicago.

00:54 — What Chicagoland Home Buyer does for their clients.

02:35 — The importance of being diversified in today’s market.

02:58 — How Saul and his team keep track of all their services.

04:50 — The popular property options in Chicago.

07:10 — The current real estate trends in the Chicago area.

09:54 — What the new tax changes will mean for real estate trends.

10:33 — The declining population of Illinois and how it is affecting the market.

11:55 — Why Chicago is a great market for real estate.

13:11 — The possible market trend Saul is noticing in the Chicago’s Southside.

17:39 — How re-gentrification as helped New York’s rougher neighborhoods.

18:11 — Saul’s long-term investments.

19:30 — The market boom of industrial storage facilities and the reasons behind it.

23:00 — How to contact Saul and Chicagoland Home Buyer.

23:55 — Saul’s book recommendation.

25:11 — Outro to the Big Mike Fund Podcast.


Chicagoland Home Buyer


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006: Real Estate Trends in the Carolinas

My guests today are co-managers at a hard money lending company called Carolina Hard Money. Wendy Sweet and Bill Fairman have 50 years real estate development experience between the two of them. They specialize in multi-unit homes and Airbnb properties.

They discuss the exciting market developing over in the Carolinas (North and South) with me and the trends they have noticed. We also discuss the general trend of re-gentrification nationwide and the great opportunities it has created.

Plus, if you are interested in getting into the Airbnb model, Wendy has some awesome advice for you!


00:00 — Introduction to the Big Mike Fund Podcast.

00:23 — Welcome Wendy Sweet and Bill Fairman.

02:00 — The exciting real estate trends happening in the Carolinas and how Wendy and Bill are riding the wave.

05:11 — The nationwide trend of reviving “the downtown” areas.

05:50 — The preference for multi-unit homes in Charlotte, NC.

07:56 — Why Charleston, SC is resisting the multi-unit trend.

08:35 — My observations of re-gentrification in New York.

09:35 — How Wendy and Bill structured their fund.

15:40 — Why there is no such thing as a guarantee.

17:16 — Is the fund cumulative profit? And why the answer matters.

18:05 — Wendy’s experience with short-term rentals.

20:19 — The common misconceptions newcomers have about Airbnb.

21:44 — The appeal of short-term rentals.

23:05 — What Airbnb really involves.

23:56 — The red tape issues that come up with Airbnb.

25:45 — The key to a great Airbnb experience.

26:36 — How Wendy and Bill cope with compression in their market.

31:17 — Our book recommendations for the audience.

33:22 — Thank you to Wendy and Bill for joining me today on the podcast.

34:10 — Outro to the Big Mike Fund Podcast.



Wendy Sweet and Bill Fairman’s Freedom Founders Page

Carolina Hard Money

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni

Read Me Or Stay Broke: A Step-by-Step Guide to Restoring Your Financial Health: Guidance with (Money Management, Credit Ratings & Repair, Investing Basics, Financial Planning) by Mark Jackson II

Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom by Ron Paul

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005: Freedom Founders Mastermind Group

I have Dr. David Phelps on the podcast today. Dr. Phelps is a former dentist that found financial freedom in real estate investing. He left his practice for personal reasons and soon found that others were curious about his passive income method. This prompted Dr. Phelps to start the Freedom Founders mastermind group. The mastermind is for professionals who want to make serious connections in the world of real estate investing.

Today, Dr. Phelps and I discuss the importance of surrounding yourself with the right people. Dr. Phelps’ personal story is very touching and inspirational. He explains why he began the mastermind group and how the group has taught him to be a better leader. He also gives his two cents on cryptocurrency and the upcoming tax cuts.


00:00 — Introduction to the Big Mike Fund Podcast.

00:23 — Welcome Dr. David Phelps to the podcast.

01:16 — How great the Freedom Founders mastermind group really is!

02:52 — Why Dr. Phelps’ mastermind is for professionals.

04:00 — Why people have a need to find wise people.

04:38 — How masterminds work.

05:46 — Why Dr. Phelps left his practice.

08:22 — How Dr. Phelps began in real estate.

09:12 — The beginnings of Freedom Founders.

10:22 — My glowing endorsement of Freedom Founders.

11:35 — What does it mean to be “free?”

13:14 — There is no freedom in being a “lone wolf.”

14:01 — The qualities of a great leader.

17:20 — How vetting helps a mastermind group’s reputation.

18:57 — Dr. Phelps’ views on cryptocurrency.

20:22 — The value of differing opinions.

21:08 — Invest in what you know really well.

21:50 — Why you can’t build a financial portfolio on cryptocurrency.

22:40 — Dr. Phelps’ views on the tax cuts and “The Trump Effect.”

26:24 — How to find  Freedom Founders and Dr. David Phelps.

27:30 — Who is eligible for the Freedom Founders mastermind group.

28:38 — A special thank you to Dr. David Phelps for joining the podcast.

28:49 — Outro to the Big Mike Fund Podcast.


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Dentist Freedom Blueprint Podcast

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