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The Entrepreneurial Agent

May 30, 2023

In this engaging podcast episode, host Paul Neal warmly welcomes Bryan Driscoll, a successful real estate investor and digital marketer, to share his unique journey, his distinctive approach to wealth management, and to reflect on current market conditions.

Neal opens the conversation, turning the spotlight on Bryan's early challenges in real estate investment. Bryan narrates his struggles due to inadequate finances, scarce knowledge, and an unfortunate scamming incident, which forced him to dig into his personal savings to the tune of $40,000. This experience knocked him back, leading to a challenging period of mental recovery. However, Bryan's resilience is undeniable. He didn't let failure deter him but instead, hopped back into the saddle, driven by his steadfast determination.

Using his past experiences as invaluable lessons, Bryan cleverly married his proficiency in digital marketing with his rekindled passion for real estate, birthing the thriving agency, Think Big Marketing. He highlights his unique budgeting system involving multiple accounts catering to various needs such as reserves, taxes, and philanthropy. Bryan reveals how setting aside 10% of his income for charitable causes has facilitated his contributions to communities in need.

Bryan, a goal-oriented individual, confesses that he struggles to truly enjoy his victories. His remedy? Immersing himself in real estate projects which keeps him energized and focused.

Turning the conversation to current market trends, Paul predicts a drop in rates, which might heat up competition for retail homes in the real estate sector. He observes an easing inflation and improving bond yields, while suggesting the Fed should have commenced raising rates sooner. With limited housing inventory, homebuyers are locked in fierce competition, leading to some quite astonishing situations in the market.

On a personal note, Bryan candidly shares his health transformation story. He describes his wake-up call when he realized he was close to 240 pounds. Committing to making 2022 his 'health year', he engaged a personal trainer and shed almost 50 pounds. He underscores the necessity of maintaining good health, especially in high-stress professions like real estate investment.

Bryan wraps up his chat with an insightful anecdote, stressing the significance of prompt responses in potential sales situations. He shares how a lead he chased immediately while in Vegas eventually bore fruit, reinforcing the importance of quick action in the real estate world.

In summary, Bryan's experiences illuminate the ups and downs of a real estate investor's journey. Combining his digital marketing skills with real estate, Bryan has created Think Big Marketing, and his generosity has had a significant impact on his community. Meanwhile, Paul Neal's market predictions provide insights into the present scenario and future possibilities in the real estate market. This podcast episode is a treasure trove of insights for anyone interested in real estate investing or digital marketing.

Bryan Driscoll got his first taste of real estate at 18 years old when he invested in a course that taught him how to make money without spending any of his own. Although he failed at the time, he learned a lot about the industry. In 2004, Bryan got into digital marketing, starting out as an SEO consultant. Soon, he opened his agency, Think Big Marketing, where he dealt with bigger projects like e-commerce and national lead generation. After a while, he got back into real estate, saw a deal on Craigslist, closed on the property, and discovered the wholesale fee of $15,000. This new insight inspired him to try marketing his area for leads, and he eventually started a company called Motivated Leads, where they generate leads for real estate investors.

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Meet the Host: Paul Neal is the founder and Principal Funding Strategist at Vantage Point Commercial Capital, a firm that focuses on helping entrepreneurs, businesses, and real estate investors win by funding their growth and dreams in nontraditional ways. 

Paul’s unique perspective has been honed over 30 years as an entrepreneur, financial strategist, professional speaker, and executive coach. He took the road less traveled choosing to leave engineering right out of college to become a serial entrepreneur. From great early successes in the 90s and 2000s, to completely losing his primary business in the Great Recession of 2008, to bouncing back and just recently selling another business for a healthy 7-figure sum…he’s experienced it all. Paul offers a wealth of experience and passion to the entrepreneurial community in an engaging, upbeat, encouraging, and witty way. 

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