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

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.


TF Management Group

Freedom Founders

Dentist Freedom Blueprint Podcast

004: Making the Most of IRAs

The Chief Business Development Officer for New Direction IRA, Clay Malcolm joins me on today’s podcast. I have been doing business with New Direction for many years and have nothing but great things to say about them.

Clay and I discuss what IRA (Individual Retirement Accounts) accounts are and how an investor can use them as an income source. We explore the process and the benefits that an IRA offers investors. Clay explains what New Direction’s role is in the IRA agreement and how his company makes the experience as painless as possible.  


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

00:22 — Welcome Clay Malcolm.

00:48 — New Direction IRA’s awesome service.

01:23 — What is self-directed reinvesting?

01:33 — My personal experience with New Direction.

02:15 — What is an IRA and what are the benefits of one?

03:38 — The standard IRA account opening process.

04:24 — The benefits of having control in investment decisions.

05:47 — How loans are a great marriage with IRA accounts.

08:45 — What New Direction does for its clients.

10:12 — What is underlaid business income tax (UBIT)?

11:06 — How UBIT works in a traditional investment situation.

17:32 — My strategy for avoiding UBIT.

23:22 — The second option with my strategy.

24:06 — How my strategy benefits the business partner or “financial friend.”

27:21 — Clay’s reaction to my strategy.

30:06 — Other applications of my strategy.

31:05 — The cryptocurrency craze and does it qualify as an investment?

32:57 — The risks of cryptocurrency.

34:16 — Unusual investment choices Clay has seen in the past.

35:14 — How Bitcoin works in a real economy.

37:13 — The evitable evolution of Bitcoin.

38:11 — New Direction now offers an option for cryptocurrencies.

40:00 — A general conversation review.

41:07 — The webinar I am doing in partnership with New Direction IRA.

41:38 — How to contact Clay.

42:33 — A special thank you to Clay Malcolm and the audience.


TF Management Group

New Direction IRA

New Direction IRA Contact Information


003: The Benefits of Rent-To-Own Contracts

I welcome Joe Lieber to the podcast. Joe is a Cleveland based real estate investor who specializes in rental properties. Joe is a member of my mastermind group called Collective Genius and has really made a name for himself in the industry.

We discuss the exciting economic boom happening in Cleveland right now. This revitalization is very evident all over the city, including the housing market. Joe works with both traditional rental agreements and rent-to-own arrangements. Today he lets me know about the benefits of rent-to-own contracts and why he feels he is contributing to the American Dream.


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

00:23 — Welcome Joe Lieber.

01:00 — Why Cleveland has become a real estate hot spot.

04:06 — The types of properties Joe specializes in.

07:42 — Joe’s secret to building a  great portfolio.

10:37 — Real estate’s power to produce cash flow.

12:00 — Why Cleveland has seen a revitalization recently… possibly, LeBron James?

13:00 — Financing a rent-to-own home with traditional methods.

14:49 — Financing a rent-to-own home with an Owner finance. How Joe does it.

18:05 — The possibilities Joe has with these finance options.

19:03 — The upcoming interest rates increase.

19:50 — Rent-to-own is really just homeowner training.

22:46 — Joe’s typical rental agreement.

23:42 — How many tenants actually buy the home?

25:10 — The benefits of rent-to-own for landlords.

25:33 — The benefits of rent-to-own for tenants.

26:52 — Joe’s view on the current market.

27:42 — How to reach Joe.

28:33 — Thank you to Joe for joining the podcast.

29:19 — Outro to the Big Mike Fund Podcast.


TF Management Group

Real Estate Quest

Joe’s Contact Information


002: How the GOP Tax Plan May Impact Investors

Mike welcomes Jason Hartman to the podcast. Jason is the host of the Creating Wealth Podcast, a marketer, and a real estate investor who specializes in income properties.

Jason and Mike discuss the ups and downs of the real estate market and the new GOP Tax Plan (previously known as the Trump Plan.) They explore what the tax reform would mean for real estate investors and the economy in general. They also exchange opinions about the fad of crypto-currency and if it will be a game changer. If you are considering getting into the real estate market, specifically rental properties, today’s episode is for you!


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

00:20 — Welcome Jason Hartman.

00:54 — What Jason does in his business.

01:47 — The GOP Tax Plan and what it means for the economy.

02:20 — The type of people who invest with Jason.

02:34 — What the tax plan means for his investors.

03:47 — The home investment myth.

04:18 — Why people invest with Jason and the ideology he prescribes too.

04:58 — The rent to value ratio and Jason’s rule of thumb.

07:19 — The 4 basic benefits of real estate and income properties specifically.

09:34 — What will increased interest rates do to investment properties?

10:44 — Why landlords love high-interest rates.

12:52 — Jason’s theory, “Inflation Induced Debt Destruction.”

16:43 — The 3 dimensions of real estate.

17:33 — Why cryptocurrency isn’t going to work.

24:45 — What types of investments does Jason look for?

26:11 — The benefits of hard money lending.

27:20 — The downside of hard money lending.

28:47 — The Millennial Generation has been left out of the investment game.

32:28 — Real estate investors are benefiting from a construction boom.

33:38 — The way President Trump will help the economy.

35:43 — Why Mike and Jason believe it is a Bull market.

36:33 — Jason’s upcoming Meet the Masters conference.

36:55 — How to contact Jason.

37:17 — Thank you to Jason for joining the podcast.

37:33 — Outro to the Big Mike Fund Podcast.


Creating Wealth Podcast

Jason Hartman’s website

Meet the Masters of Income Property 2018

TF Management Group

001: Fund Investment with Tempo Funding

Mike Zlotnik and Cory Boatright launch the first episode of the Big Mike Fund Podcast! Mike is part of the investing team Tempo Funding Management. Cory is a real estate expert, entrepreneur, and business coach. Mike is excited to tell Cory about Tempo Funding Management and the investment services his team offers. They also plug a book they have co-written called Real Estate Investment Fund: How to Choose a SMART Real Estate Investing Fund: Top 10 Biggest Mistakes To Avoid Before Investing In a Real Estate Fund.

Mike discusses how a fund investment with Tempo Funding works. As well as who should consider investing in funds as opposed to individual investment opportunities. Tune in to hear about this unique investment option.


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

00:29 — Welcome Cory Boatright.

01:12 — Introduction to the book and what readers can expect from it.

03:06 — Are funds a safe investment?

03:51 — Why US bonds are the most secure investment.

04:21 — Safe investments don’t exist.

04:34 — Where the real “safety” is in fund investments.

05:32 — The typical ROI (return on investment) of a fund.

07:00 — The role forced appreciation plays in the value of an investment.

09.50 — The types of services and investments Tempo Funding offers.

11:05 — The types of investors that are drawn to funds.

11:30 — What IRR (Internal Rate of Return) means.

12:09 — The structure of a Temp Funding fund strategy.

12:40 — The expectations an investor can expect from a fund.

16:40 — The 3 sources of liquidity Tempo Funding uses.

22:05 — Tempo Funding’s communication process with investors.

26:50 — What fees an investor can expect when investing in Tempo Funding Management.

28:41 — Why you need to know your investment team and the level of their integrity.

29:55 — Cory’s glowing endorsement of Mike and Tempo Funding Management.

32:22 — The typical payout schedule of a fund.

33:16 — How Tempo Funding finds its deal flow.

35:41 — What is an open-ended fund?

37:27 — Who benefits the most from an open-ended fund.

41:04 — The pros and cons of investing in a fund.

45:48 — How to contact Mike and Tempo Funding Management.

46:52 — Special thank you to Cory Boatright and the audience.

47:13 — Mike’s drive to help people.

48:44 — Outro to the Big Mike Fund Podcast.


TF Management Group

Real Estate Investment Fund: How to Choose a SMART Real Estate Investing Fund: Top 10 Biggest Mistakes To Avoid Before Investing In a Real Estate Fund


Asset Inflation Keeping People Out of the Investor Class, Stagnation, Hard Money Lending, Wage Growth with Mike Zlotnik

As listeners to this program, you know real estate is the best class to hedge against inflation but if you also invest with institutional investors it may be time to fold your hand and become your own decision maker.The Oklahoma City JHU Live event and Property Tour also includes a special panel of experts who will share their stories and answer your questions.