Matt Drouin is Partner at OakGrove Development, a real estate investment and development firm with a special focus on value-add commercial and residential properties in Rochester, NY. Over the last 15 years, Matt has been in real estate management, brokerage and development, and has grown his portfolio to 120 units of residential and commercial property. Matt believes that you can do well and do good as a real estate developer and that ultimately community centric development boosts long term profits for investors.
We spoke to Matt about how losing his parents made a tremendous change in his approach to financial freedom, the importance of investing in your business, what historic adaptive reuse is, and commercial real estate.
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[00:01 – 05:49] Opening Segment
Matt talks about his background.
He talks about how he got into investing.
He talks about his dad’s influence on him getting into investing.
[05:49 – 12:37] A Transformation into a True Investor
How losing both his parents in his 20s affected Matt’s approach to his future.
How Matt’s trip to Europe inspired him to pursue financial freedom.
He talks about the sacrifices his parents made and how that changed his approach to financial freedom.
John talks about the importance of having a big “why” to get into real estate investing.
[12:37 – 31:35] Growth and Commercial Real Estate
The importance of investing in your business.
How he went from a four-unit property to multi-million dollar deals.
Matt explains what “Historic adaptive reuse” is.
How Matt adds value to the neighborhoods he invests in.
The importance of having a long-term approach.
What Matt looks for in a community and a market before he invests.
The reasons why Matt prefers commercial real estate.
[31:35 – 37:21] Round of Insights
Understanding his own limitations.
The Reminders App
Most Recommended Book:
#1 Insight for Investing
Focus on building a core competency that gives you a built-in inherent advantage over everybody else.
Best Place to Grab a Bite in New York:
To learn more and download the e-book, go to Matt’s website.
“The desire to have a little bit of extra money is not a big enough “why”.” – Matt Drouin
“You can utilize your for-profit business to actually do good through its very actions.” – Matt Drouin
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