Financial Engineering with Nikolai Ray
Play • 49 min

Our guest for today is the founder and CEO of MREX and as well as a professor in real estate financial engineering at MREX College. He's regarded as literally one of North America's leading experts in apartment investing with over ten billion dollars in analysis, underwriting, and transactions.

Our guest is often called to stand in as a teacher, advisor, and speaker. Prior to founding MREX, he founded and sold the real estate investment banking firm. He's also a successful multifamily real estate investor and developer specializing in heavy value-add, opportunistic, and even ground-up developments. With close to 40 apartment building acquisitions in the last 18 months.

Let’s dive right in and learn from Nikolai Ray on how to purchase real estate through the laws of finance. 

[00:01 – 13:39] Opening Segment 

  • We introduce our guest, Nikolai Ray
  • Nikolai talks about his background
  • Nikolai goes over his deals 

[13:40 – 20:23]  Overlooking The Highest And Best Use

  • Nikolai talks about a residential re-build 
  • Being creative and putting the work in 
  • Learn zoning 

[20:24 – 27:44]  Partnering And Creating A Joint Venture

  • Starting with real estate financial engenieering 
  • Return on human capital 
  • Getting to learn and expand as an investor

[27:45 – 37:56] Do You Utilize 100% Of Your Power?

  • 2 Bad Investing Tip
  • #1 Learn by Doing
  • #2 Establishing things on rule of thumb

[37:57 – 47:55] Closing Segment 

  • Final thoughts
  • Approaching ideas though another profession 
  • Nikolai's book recommendations:

The Blue Ocean Strategy

The Untethered Soul

“Well, you know, I'd rather have a smaller share, actually, of something much bigger and something where I will be the only one who has to try to think through all the decision-making processes or deal with all the problems eventually.” – Nikolai Ray

“I could probably make some more profit off of the arbitrage of, you know, the difference between building a property versus what it's actually worth” – Nikolai Ray

“So, you know, everyone talks about leveraged real estate. Well, there's financial leverage, but, you know, human leverage, human capital is probably the most important leverage that you could eventually learn how to master if you're in business or real investment.” – Nikolai Ray

"Yeah. I mean, obviously, you take fewer risks so you have fewer rewards, but that's not necessarily a bad thing if you can jump into more projects." – Nikolai Ray

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