Author: John Trautman

John Trautman has spent his entire adult life in real estate. Purchasing his first property at 23, he learned the process of flipping and real estate holding from the ground up. Real estate continue to be his passion while he spent eight years as an account executive and later a vice President for Washington Mutual in the mortgage division. Holding the position of President’s Council and several years of President’s Club, he learned the lending business from the mortgage office perspective and lender perspective. Throughout his life he has also been a small business owner, commercial real estate holder, property designer, and house flipper.

Build Your Network to Build Your Net Worth

Whether you are a professional real estate investor with years of experience or a novice, building and working your network should be a high priority item on your to-do list….

Real Estate Investing

Create the Right Real Estate Investing Mindset

You’ve read the books. You’ve taken some classes. You’ve listened to podcasts. You think you are ready to begin your real estate investing journey. However, have you considered the most…

Real Estate Investing

Don’t Fall For a Rip-Off: How to Tell If Your Real Estate Guru is a Scam

As the real estate market heats up, so does real estate investing interest. And, as interest increases, so do the number of people who want to “teach” you how to…

Commercial Real Estate Investing

Real Estate Terms Every Commercial Real Estate Investor Should Know

When jumping from residential real estate to commercial real estate, you’ll find that although the general flow is the same, the steps are far more complex. Plus, making a mistake…

Commercial Real Estate Investing

Commercial Real Estate Mentor: Three Reasons You Don’t Want to be Caught Without One

Are you considering buying commercial real estate investment property? You are not alone. Commercial real estate is a wealth building machine as long as you do it right. However, investing…

Commercial Real Estate Investing

What the Wealthy Understand About Commercial Real Estate

Did you know that a majority of millionaires in the US obtained their wealth through real estate? Because of the ability to provide regular income, favorable tax policies, and appreciation,…

Real Estate Investing

Networking: What New Real Estate Investors Should Invest In Most

As a new real estate investor, you may wonder where to start. Should you be looking at neighborhoods? Should you be finding funding? Should you be learning about renovations? The…

Real Estate Investing

You Are Who You Hang Out With

Over the years, I’ve learned that the great things about humans are that we can reinvent ourselves. If we are not happy with who or where we are in life,…

Real Estate Investing

Transactional Funding: A Fast Way to Get Real Estate Investment Financing

In the past, I’ve discussed several different ways to get finance your real estate investments. This includes traditional lending, using a hard money lender, finding other investors, and investing IRA…

Real Estate Investing

Rising Interest Rates and REITs: What It Means For You

As interest rates rise, so does the cost of financing property. Since REITs are in the business of property ownership, you may be wondering what’s going to happen now that…