Sunny Shakhawala
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$45,000 in 15 Minutes

Choosing between two really good options is difficult. Many people describe that situation as a “good problem to have”.  This week, I came across one of those “good problems”. Here were my options:Make a $50K finder’s fee with no money out of pocket in 30 days by selling a fix and flip project to another investor.Potentially make […]

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Property 4: We Bought a Duplex

We closed on a duplex in Madison, NJ. There were many bumps along the way, but it should all be worth it.We have three exit strategies for this acquisition and I can’t wait to see how this all pans out.  Quick BackgroundA few months ago, I cold-called the listing agent for this property. However, the listing […]

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My Tech Stack as a Real Estate Investor

A “tech stack” is the combination of technologies a company uses to build and run its organization.  “Real Estate Investing” and “Technology” don’t often find themselves in the same sentence. After all, buying, holding, and selling real estate has been around forever. Until recently, I’ve been a one-man show relying on a handful of relatively inexpensive (or […]

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Who Not How

The Book in 3 SentencesInstead of asking, “How can I do this?” ask, “Who can do this for me?” Asking “who” instead of “how” creates freedom of time, money, relationship, and purpose. You are rewarded in life by the results you produce, not the effort you put in. ImpressionsThis book opened my eyes to why I’m not […]

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Get Your Refinance Docs In a Row

It took me about 6 months to refinance my 4-family investment property. I spent most of that time chasing loans I wouldn’t qualify for.Then my cousin found me a lender that was willing to do a “no-doc loan” at a decent rate and term. A “no-doc loan” requires very little, if any, documentation from the individual borrower. […]

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Is Elon Musk’s Twitter the Most Powerful Market Moving Social Media Account?

Ever since @realDonaldTrump’s account was permanently suspended, I think it’s safe to say there’s a new king of the hill on Twitter, and his handle is @ElonMusk.You may know Elon for one of many things:He’s the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX.He’s the founder of companies like The Boring Company, Neuralink, and OpenAI.He’s also (sometimes) the […]

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How I Lost 10 Pounds in 9 Weeks

We are going to Cancun in July, which means three things:First vacation in ~2 years!Luna will finally get to meet more of her mom’s side.Pandemic Body needs to transform into Summer Body.We booked our flights on February 20th and dialed in our nutrition on March 1st. I’m down 10 lbs in the past 9 weeks and […]

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Lessons From My Stint in Acting

I went through a quarter-life crisis back in 2013. On the surface, I had everything anyone can ask for: good health, a cush job, a great girl, a tight-knit group of friends, a loving family, etc.However, I couldn’t help but feel like something was missing. Like there was more out there for me.I tried my hand […]

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New Business Idea

If I had a dollar for every new business idea I ever came up with I would land somewhere between Bezos and Buffet on the Forbes list.However, if I had a dollar for every business idea I took action on, I’d barely be able to buy a latte from Starbucks.Nonetheless, coming up with new business […]

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Direct Marketing to Distressed Sellers

Building a portfolio of rental properties using the BRRRR method is hard work. Each stage comes with its own set of difficulties. First, you have to buy a property at a deep discount. Finding a motivated seller, especially in today’s market, is incredibly difficult.  Then, you have to manage a thorough renovation. Dealing with contractors is never […]

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