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From Single Family to Multifamily: Strategies for a Smooth Transition w/ J Scott

by Jonathan Twombly
Last Updated: July 19, 2023

J Scott is the epitome of evolution in the real estate market. From flipping houses to becoming an active multifamily investor, his journey has encompassed highs, lows, and major pivots.

J started in single-family real estate, scaling up to flipping nearly 450 houses from 2008 to 2018. As market dynamics changed, so did his strategy; he switched gears towards large apartment complexes, primarily in Houston, Texas, accumulating a worth of over $150M in deals.

Yet, J’s success is rooted in more than just real estate–it’s a product of his invaluable experience in the corporate and tech arenas.

In this episode,we cover:
👉Navigating the complexities of expanding a flipping business, arming you with insights to overcome challenges efficiently.
👉The critical role that partnerships play in diversifying and growing your real estate ventures.
👉How to  strategically transition into multifamily real estate, setting yourself up for success
👉Common red flags and green flags: how to identify the ideal partners and team members to bolster your real estate success
👉How business sometimes requires you to step out of your comfort zone and why you should embrace it to level up

📑About J Scott

J Scott (he goes by “J”) is an entrepreneur, investor, advisor, author. An engineer and business guy by education, J spent much of his early career in Silicon Valley (California), where he held management positions at several Fortune 500 companies, including Microsoft and eBay.

In 2008, J and his wife Carol quit their corporate jobs, moved back East, got married, started a family and decided to focus on real estate and investing. In the past fourteen years, they have bought, built, rehabbed, sold, lent-on and held over $150M in property all around the country. J is also a strategic advisor and mentor to several companies, business owners and entrepreneurs.

J is partner at Bar Down Investments, focusing on purchasing and repositioning large multifamily projects. He is the former host of the top-rated BiggerPockets Business Podcast and is the author of five books on real estate investing, including the best-selling, The Book on Flipping Houses. His books have sold over 350,000 copies in the past nine years and have helped investors from around the world get their start with real estate. J and his family currently live in Sarasota, FL. J can be reached at j@jscott.com and you can connect with him at www.ConnectWithJScott.com.

🖋️ Some key points:

(02:23) – J’s story of burnout in real estate
(04:52) – challenges in scaling a real estate business
(08:05) – managing employees,
(13:07) – importance of partnerships in business,
(14:29) – alternatives to full-time employees,
(16:01) – transitioning into multifamily real estate,
(18:17) – contributing to the multifamily team,
(25:35) – understanding different perspectives,
(28:22) – the challenges of partnerships,
(29:11) – lessons from failed partnerships,
(30:56) – factors to consider in partnerships,
(38:14) – overcoming introversion, pushing yourself
(40:00) – what drives J Scott,
(41:17) – how to connect with J Scott

🌎Reach out to J Scott

Linktr.ee https://linktr.ee/jscottinvestor
Email: j@jscott.com
Phone: 770-906-6358

🌎Reach out to JonathanTwombly
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathandtwombly

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Make sure to also check some of our previous episodes:

Going From Working In Hospitality To Multifamily Investing & Hotel Conversions With Charlie Rushton

Hotel Conversions To Multi Family Housing With David Peters

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