064: Passive Investing for Working Professionals with Lane Kawaoka

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Lane Kawaoka is a City Project Engineer and a Licensed Professional with a Masters degree in Civil Engineering and a Bachelors in Industrial Engineering both from the University of Washington in Seattle. Aside from his day job, he is the co-owner of MPFE Investments, focused on value-add multifamily apartments (currently own 260+ units), and manager of the Simple Passive Cashflow Fund.

Lane’s passion project SimplePassiveCashflow.com, is a free podcast and online learning resource in passive real estate investing. Working as a high paid professional in Corporate America and frustrated by the traditional wealth building dogma, Lane was compelled to inspire and mentor other working professionals on how to do real estate investing and build their own portfolios. Lane urges other working professionals to just get started saving the for the 20% down payment for a conventional loan to acquire a single family home rental. The Simple Passive Cashflow method is for buying investments with a healthy cashflow buffer that can withstand a market downturn. Lane has received much appreciation for his work via kind words from his audience.

In addition to mentoring, Lane also partners with beginning investors who want to build their portfolio, but are too busy to handle direct investments. He uses his engineering mind, investing knowledge, and network to optimize investment returns for others via a diversified fund backed by real estate called “The Simple Passive Cashflow Fund.”

Key Points

  1. Getting started investing in real estate accidentally – by chasing the American dream
  2. Live where you want to and invest where the numbers make sense
  3. Identifying your highest and best use of your time
  4. Changing your mindset in order to transition to large multifamily deals

Lightning Questions

  1. What was your biggest hurdle getting started in real estate investing, and how did you overcome it?
    • Lane became an accidental landlord. He first needed proof of concept before he got started.
  2. Do you have a personal habit that contributes to your success.
    • Lane gets things done starting every day with a morning routine.
  3. Do you have an online resource that you find valuable?
    • Lane googles things to find out the things he doesn know, with the mentality of “take life by the horns”
  4. What book would you recommend to the listeners and why?
  5. If you were to give advice to your 20 year old self to get started in real estate investing, what would it be?
    • Lane started small, protected his downside, and focuses on growth. Lane credits much of his success to the mindset around getting started. Own the suck.



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