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From W2 Employee to Real Estate Entrepreneur: Taking Back Control Over Your Life w/Jens Nielsen

by Jonathan Twombly
Last Updated: August 16, 2023

Let’s extend a warm welcome to Jens Nielsen, a seasoned real estate investor and high-performance coach known for reshaping traditional career paths.

Initially embarking on a conventional IT career spanning more than 20 years, Nielsen’s personal reflections and a longing for change led him to dip his toes into real estate investing.

Initially venturing into smaller property deals, Nielsen soon gravitated towards syndication and eventually transformed his investment efforts into a thriving business.

His compelling journey is marked by his relentless will to live life on his terms, and the choices he made to bring that vision to life.

In this episode, we cover:
👉why fostering robust relationships in real estate investing is a game-changer, setting the stage for successful deals
👉key insights on value-add investing strategies, enabling you to identify lucrative opportunities often overlooked by others.
👉 the perks and factors to keep in mind when making passive investments in real estate syndications to safeguard your financial future
👉taking calculated risks, learning from every success and failure, and progressively amplifying your investments
👉the power of networking events and conferences, expanding your realm of knowledge and growing your circle of industry peers

📑About Jens Nielsen

Jens Nielsen is the founder and principal of Open Doors Capital. Mr. Nielsen oversees the company’s acquisition analysis, business-development activities, and asset management. He also directs Open Doors Capital’s overall investment strategy. He brings to the company over 25 years of experience in computer system management and organizational leadership.

Open Doors Capital has purchased over 2,000 apartment units since 2016 valued at over $200M. The company focuses on B & C class value add apartment deals in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.


Mr. Nielsen is also a Certified High Performance Coach. He has coached over 70 clients to higher levels of success in their business and personal lives through strategy, accountability, and personal growth.

Prior to his entrepreneurial activities with Open Doors Capital, Mr. Nielsen held leadership and technical roles in telecommunication and IT companies around the world. Throughout his career, he specialized in system implementation, optimization, and management.

He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland with a Master of Science degree.

🌎Reach out to Jens Nielsen


🖋️ Some key points:

(00:28) – making the mindset shift,
(03:26) – overcoming limiting beliefs,
(08:36) – turning real estate into a business,
(14:06) – finding partners, building trust
(18:06) – visionary vs. integrator,
(20:45) – scaling up,
(22:48) – deal locations,
(27:55) – building trust with initial investors,
(29:23) – finding investors,
(30:44) – meetups
(32:01) – building relationships vs. selling,
(33:51) – high performance coaching,
(41:08) – contact information,
(41:31) – conclusion,

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

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