Welcome to another exciting episode of the Straight Up Chicago Investor Podcast! In this episode, we have the pleasure of hosting Drew McCluskey, an active real estate investor, former intern of BiggerPockets' Brandon Turner, and Co-Founder of BrightInvestor. Drew shares his journey, from his first rehab horror story to leveraging opportunities and creating powerful data visualization software for real estate investors. Join us as we explore the importance of taking action, providing value, and seizing life-changing opportunities.
A Horror Story Turned Opportunity: Drew kicks off the episode by recounting his first deal, a rehab on a 4-unit building. He shares the challenges he faced and the valuable lessons he learned from this experience. Despite the initial setbacks, Drew's ability to adapt and persevere set the stage for his future success.
Meeting Brandon Turner and the Power of Networking: Drew shares how he turned a challenging situation into an opportunity to meet and provide value to Brandon Turner, a renowned figure in the real estate industry and co-host of the BiggerPockets podcast. This encounter eventually led to an internship under Brandon Turner, where Drew gained invaluable knowledge and insights.
Introducing BrightInvestor: Drew discusses the creation and power of BrightInvestor, a data visualization software designed to streamline market research for real estate investors. He explains how the software allows investors to access building permit information, crime statistics, and other crucial data to identify emerging markets. BrightInvestor empowers investors to make informed decisions and maximize their investment potential.
The Importance of Taking Action and Providing Value: Through his journey, Drew emphasizes the significance of taking action and providing value to others. He shares how these principles opened doors and created life-changing opportunities for him. Drew's story serves as a powerful reminder that success in real estate investing is not solely dependent on knowledge but also on the willingness to take action and add value to others.
Drew McCluskey's story is a testament to the transformative power of taking action and providing value. From his first rehab horror story to his internship with Brandon Turner and the creation of BrightInvestor, Drew's journey exemplifies the rewards that come from seizing opportunities and making a positive impact. Join us in this episode as we delve into the world of real estate investing and discover how taking action can lead to tremendous success.
Questions We Answer In this Show:
Q. From Fan to Colleague: The Unbelievable Journey of Interning for Brandon Turner from Bigger Pockets!
Q. The Magic Touch: Brandon Turner's Extraordinary Skill to Spread Happiness
Q. Unlock Your Competitive Edge: Embrace New Mindsets for Success
03:53 Housing Provider Tip: Understand risks with accepting credit cards for rent payments!
06:41 Intro to our guest, Drew McCluskey!
07:22 Drew’s start in real estate!
15:02 Bouncing back from a rough start in real estate.
19:27 Exchanging value with BiggerPockets’ Brandon Turner!
26:08 Drew’s internship under Brandon Turner!
34:44 The development of BrightInvestor!
43:46 Value that BrightInvestor brings to local investors.
48:30 What is Drew’s competitive advantage?
49:03 One piece of advice for new investors.
49:51 What do you do for fun?
50:20 Good book, podcast, or self development activity that you would recommend?
51:10 Local Network Recommendation?
51:55 How can the listeners learn more about you and provide value to you?
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Guest Name: Drew McCluskey
Guest Company: BrightInvestor
Guest Link: https://linktr.ee/drewmccluskey
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