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What you’ll learn in just 17 minutes from today’s episode:
  • Find out how to rake in not only cash flow but build real wealth from your properties 
  • Learn how to weather-proof your real estate business in any economic turn of events 
  • Find out Sensei’s learning experiences in real estate that you can learn from to avoid making the same mistakes in your real estate 



Sensei Gilliland of SoCal is the founder of Black Belt Investors. In 1995, he began his investing endeavors. Since that time, Sensei has created cash through wholesale real estate, obtained wealth through rental properties, and continues to teach his methods through educational events helping people to achieve their financial dreams. 

In this episode, Sensei talks about the three arms of his real estate business focusing on education, consulting, and investing. Where learning experiences are concerned, one thing he emphasizes is the need to be ready to adapt to changing markets as this is the key to your business continuity. He shares investment strategies that has him not only getting a steady stream of cash flows from but also truly is providing wealth for him and his investors. 

Topics Covered: 

01:30 – From martial arts to real estate – the birth of Blackbelt Investors 

03:38 – How delegation let him juggle between his many businesses 

05:25 – The three arms of his real estate business 

06:06 – What his primary bread and butter is 

09:40 – What kind of properties does he buy and hold 

10:46 – How does his service ‘Remote Rehab’ work 

12:38 – Learning lessons from his real estate journey 

17:25 – The two ways he’s building his rental portfolio 

Key Takeaways: 

“I figured out this one thing, and that is, real estate controls all businesses.” – Sensei Gilliland 

“When you’re a fix and flipper, you abide by a certain type of criteria, number one is affordability.” – Sensei Gilliland 

“I was all about buy and sell, but there’s a point, you can’t be wealthy buying and selling property.” – Sensei Gilliland 

I’m not your commercial investor, I’m residential, strictly residential. By far, it’s like playing Monopoly. If you guys have ever played, you buy cheap properties, the cheap properties that make dollar sense with a good exit strategy, and those are typically houses.” – Sensei Gilliland 

Most of our investors buy houses because they’re easy stepping stones, and also offer the best exit strategies.” – Sensei Gilliland 

“I don’t invest in areas just for cash flow, I can find that anywhere, I can find cheap properties that cash flow anywhere, for me and for my clients, I want to make sure that we get the most bang for our buck. And so, I seek out undervalued markets that have the potential to grow.” – Sensei Gilliland 

“When you put the ingredients of cash flow, appreciation, tax benefits, that’s the combination needed to build wealth.” – Sensei Gilliland 

“I found that many made the mistake not knowing how to adapt to the market. And for me, that was a learning lesson.” – Sensei Gilliland 

“My business tanked because I wasn’t ready to adapt to changing markets. You don’t need to be a master in one niche. I say master one niche and when you’ve mastered it, add on another master’s degree in that real estate niche, because you don’t want to be a jack of all trades and a master of none.” – Sensei Gilliland 

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