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The Academy Presents podcast

Nov 27, 2023

What struggles do real estate investors face when scaling their portfolios, and how can they overcome them?


Angel Williams and Shawn Griffith, two experienced real estate investors, dive into the intricacies of building a property portfolio. They discuss their personal journeys, from early passive investments to syndicating multifamily properties. Shawn explains his strategy of focusing on value-add multifamily for long-term appreciation while branching into oil/gas and development for more cash flow. Other topics include being adaptive in an ever-changing market, helping other investors without burning out, and managing risk across a diverse portfolio.


Shawn Griffith is an experienced syndicator across multiple asset classes. While predominately focused on multifamily, he also covers oil & gas, self-storage, and ground-up development. His upcoming book merges his love of travel and real estate and helps investors to design their portfolios to support their travel habits. 



[00:00:00 - 00:08:00] Getting Started in Real Estate Investing

  • Don't get discouraged by investors who scale quickly - they likely have experience or capital behind them already.
  • You can accelerate deals by putting in more time, money, or both. Finding the right coach/program speeds up the learning curve.
  • Be patient, as it can take 6, 12, or even 24 months to land your first deal. Focus on building knowledge and connections.


[00:08:00 - 00:15:00] Navigating Constant Market Shifts

  • Fluidity and the ability to pivot are crucial right now with interest rates and other factors changing.
  • Retrading is more common and accepted compared to even 2 years ago.
  • Success comes from constantly educating yourself and knowing the right people to call for help.


[00:15:00 - 00:21:00] Teaching Others Without Burnout

  • Be cautious of developing a "give them a fish" mentality - it's not sustainable long-term.
  • Strive to teach investing principles that allow others to replicate deals on their own.
  • Saying no when overloaded prevents coaching from feeling like another job.


[00:21:00 - 00:24:00] Shawn's Investing Strategy and Portfolio Diversification

  • Figure out your thesis - cash flow, appreciation, etc - and risk tolerance to inform decisions.
  • Added oil/gas for increased cash flow and tax benefits of IDC write-offs.
  • His portfolio remains focused on multifamily for long-term wealth building through appreciation.



"If you're asking, how do I fix this? That's the wrong question. The right question is, who do I know that can help me?" - Shawn Griffith


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