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  • Writer's pictureJohn Casmon

Cash Flow is King in the Queen City with Mike Ealy, Episode 127

Cash flow is king. It's a common saying in real estate circles, and Mike Ealy learned the meaning of this phrase the hard way. Since then, he’s made it a principle of his investing throughout the Cincinnati market. He finds deals in strong cash flow areas and uses various strategies to optimize returns. He shares key lessons learned, strategies to optimize returns, and details about the Cincinnati market.

Key Insights

  • Started with a house hack and invested in car washes before losing it all

  • Moved in with his mom and dad when he was 30 years old, before he was able to get back on his feet

  • Lesson Learned: Focus, create proper budgets with reserves – 3% of gross rent

  • Key Insight: Watch your leverage and be disciplined

  • Uses life insurance strategies to provide greater tax benefits – infinite banking

  • Currently seeks undervalued deals with renovation opportunities

  • Millennials are seeking opportunities in the city and are open to historically rougher neighborhoods

  • Used entity transfer to help control tax increases – school boards are

  • When using entity transfer - Do a title search and consult your attorney

  • Value in Cincinnati as rents are some of the lowest in the country, yields are some of the highest and the market is seeing growth

  • Provides 6-8% preferred and 30% of the deal to investors

  • Advantages being vertically integrated on portfolios less than 100 units

Bull’s Eye Tips:

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Daily Habit

Prayer and Meditation and Working Out

Wish I Knew Starting Out

The value of cash flow

Wish I Knew Last Year


Real World Advice

Everything is about perception – life is difficult, “if you believe it’s difficult, it is difficult.”

Best Place to Grab a Bite

Skyline (According to his son. I strongly disagree, don’t @ me!)

Jeff Ruby’s Steakhosue

Redland Grill

Island Fryday’s


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“If you believe it’s difficult, it will be difficult.”

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