If you know your worth, a lot of opportunities will surely come along your way. Monick Halm sits down with Amanda Williams, The Travelling Realtor, to get valuable life advice on winning big in real estate. She discusses the importance of hiring a CPA who has personally flipped houses and how women can find power in the male-dominated real estate world. Amanda also shares how going live on Facebook while taking care of his cancer-stricken dad brought inspiration to her followers.
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Real Estate, Wealth, And Family: The Best Life Advice From Amanda Williams
I am super excited to have back with me again Amanda Williams, known as The Traveling Realtor. She is here to talk about her advice. Amanda is one of my featured ladies in the new book, Invest Like a Goddess: Advice From The Most Successful Women in Real Estate. I am very excited to feature her in the book, which we are launching on July 14th, 2022. It is available on Amazon, and to have her here to share some of the advice that she has gotten and also how she has grown since we last spoke.
To give you some background, Amanda Williams is a real estate investor, entrepreneur, a brokerage owner. She is from Raleigh, North Carolina, and has been living since 2022 in Mexico, Cabo. She has built multiple businesses in the real estate industry. She has a nice size rental portfolio, an Airbnb business, and a team leader for multiple real estate agents across the world. She is passionate about teaching others to live life in a positive way where they can attract anything they want. She has the heart to help real estate agents live the lifestyle of their dreams like she gets to and has chosen to go. I am super excited to have her. Welcome back.
Thank you, Monick. I appreciate it. That was great. I am super excited to be in the book with you. I appreciate all the work that you have put into that because I know that it was not an easy task.
It was a labor of love. I am excited that this book is being burst into the world and has your wisdom in it. I shared a little bit from your bio, but I would love it if you would share something from your bio that most people do not know about you.
When I was younger, I rode horses and I barrel raced. I was a rodeo girl. Those people would look at me, and they are like, “No way.” I am like, “I was a tomboy.”
I love asking this question. I always find out the most fascinating things about people. You are in the rodeo. That is so great. Switching back to real estate, what are you investing in? What is your focus? I know one exciting project you have going on, but what are you investing in? What’s exciting you?
It has changed because the project that I have been working on since March 2022 was a retreat center in Cabo San Lucas. Right before we were supposed to be closing, the seller decided he did not want to sell the property. I had invested in the crowdfunding attorneys, the architect, the design, and everything to make this project go because we were building a health and wealth retreat center. In Mexico, we are under contract. I could sue him, but it is going to take two years. The chances of me getting the property were not very high. I was like, “Do I want to go through two years of negativity, money, and attorney fees just to sue someone because he changed his mind and he did not want to sell his property? I am not going to do that.”You can always turn around your failures and learn from them. You can’t teach and train other people to get through something unless you’ve experienced it yourself. Click To Tweet
We had him sign first the right of refusal on the property. When he wants to sell, because he said he wants to sell in a year or two, then we are going to have first right. That fell through. I was sad about that, but there was nothing I could do. The more people I talk to, it is like, “Maybe it was the timing. Maybe it was the project. Something better will come along, or this deal will get better.”
When I have heard this, and this is advice that I have received, it has rung true for me. Rejection is God’s protection. When things do not work out, God, the universe, whatever you believe in, it is because there is something better in the store for you. It will be this or better.
I have learned so much, and I have connected with a lot of other women who have been doing crowdfunding and syndication projects. This has been a huge learning lesson. I am like, “I want to do that.” I enjoyed running the numbers and doing everything with the project. That is something I will be focusing on more heavily here in the near future.
Even the deals that do not “work,” we get so many lessons and learnings. This is feedback. I want to ask you for some advice. What is the best life advice you have ever received?
It is probably going to sound like everyone else’s, but it is trying to find the good in every situation. As my good friend Tim Story says, “Turn your mess into your message.” When my dad got cancer, that was a message and turned that into something cool, just like what this project is going bad. This was a mess. Much time, energy, and money went into this project. I am going to turn that into a message and a learning experience. Whatever it is, you can always turn that around and learn from it. You can teach others from it because you cannot teach, train, and help other people get through something unless you have been through it yourself. That is something I believe in. I think that would be my biggest life advice because you can use that for anything in life.
Tell us how you used your dad’s cancer and how you turned that into a positive.
When my dad got sick, we ended up taking him down to Mexico for some alternative cancer therapy. We ended up putting our house on Airbnb because we were going to be out of town for a while and have a big mortgage. We ended up paying our mortgage and our place in Mexico. It turned into a whole other business. Having him going through the treatments, which were so out of the ordinary because we were not going through the traditional chemotherapy and radiation, we were doing everything alternatively.
I went live every single day on Facebook and told my audience, “This is what we are doing. We are doing a vitamin CK3 treatment. We are doing ozone therapy. This is what that means.” I was educating and documenting what we were going through. It is crazy that many people’s lives that changed. I still have people come to me when themselves or their loved ones get cancer. They are coming to me and they are asking questions. They are going back and they are watching those videos. It turned into this beautiful thing of helping so many people.
To wrap that up, when I was in hospice with my dad a year after that because we did cure cancer in Mexico, but then something else happened. We were in hospice, and his hospice nurse came in, and she was like, “You are Amanda. This is your parent, Glen. I watched every single live that you did when you were in Mexico.” She was my dad’s hospice nurse.
My brother went to that place in Tijuana when he was going through his cancer journey. It is true. There are so many. Even in that, for me as well, are so many gifts. That is great advice, and it is not something other people have said. There are a lot of different ways of having positive advice. You take the blessings because life happens for us, not to us. It is true that there are always gifts in everything when you look for them, and you mind them. What is the best financial advice you have ever gotten?
Whatever it is that you are doing, whether it is flipping or syndicating projects if you could find a CPA that does that themselves is huge. Just because they are helping other investors that are doing that stuff does not mean they are experts in it. I believe that you become an expert when it is your money. You are doing it for yourself. That would be financial advice.
It is not just what you make that matters. It is what you get to keep. Taxes are a big way that you get to keep more or you spend more. I like that advice a lot and I wholeheartedly agree. In fact, ideally, for me, everybody on my team is an investor. My broker, my lender, my insurance, and my CPA lawyer, I like all of them to be investors because they understand it differently. When they are on that, they have been in my seat wearing my hat. What is the worst advice you could give someone?
From personal experience, I learned a lot about investing when I was very young. It took me two years to jump in because I wanted to learn, and I would not make a move. Finally, I made a move, but I made a baby move. I was a private money lender. It took me from 2006 until 2012 when I did my very first real investment, like flipping a property investment. It took me that long.
Just get into something. Do not sit on the sidelines and feel like you have to know every single thing because you are never going to know everything. Not until you actually get into the project are you going to learn every single time you do a deal. I do not care what kind of deal it is. That is why it is important to get in and get your hands dirty. Have the people around you that are going to be able to help you through it. Now that is important. Do not do it solo and not ask any questions. You are going to get into a lot of trouble.Don’t sit on the sidelines and wait for the perfect timing. You will never know everything until you actually get started. Click To Tweet
The worst advice is to wait until everything is perfect and then never take action. That is bad advice. Generally, in the interviews I have done, it is often a refrain like, “What do you wish you had known or what do you wish you had done differently?” It is like, “I wish I had gotten started earlier.” That would be bad advice like, “Do not take action. Wait until everything is perfect.” Who do you turn to for advice?
I have had coaches for a long time. I roll through coaches. At this point, I think I am looking for my next coach. I have built a great community around me. I have women and men, mostly women, that I respect and look up to. They are my partners. I love being able to call them, get advice from them, ask them questions, and vice versa. I am an expert in one way of real estate. They are an expert in another. We can collaborate that way and help each other. It is building out your community of people. It is a give-give. You are both giving to each other. It is not one person that is taking. Become an expert in something and build that community of people.
I love that we have been able to exchange advice. It is beautiful. What is the best advice you have for a woman investing in real estate, and how did you learn this?
I am learning an even harder lesson. It is standing up for yourself. Even though we are women, and I may be blind, I am not dumb. Getting into projects a lot of the time with men, and then they try to manipulate and make something sound like it is the best thing for you. It is not the best thing for you. It is the best thing for them. I think that it is important to know yourself like, “This is my project. I am not changing it. This is exactly how I want it to go down. You are either in or you are out. You give me money or you do not give me money. It is okay. I do not need your money.” Be stern on that. That this a big lesson that I learned myself.
Before we get into our end-of-show trinity, which is a brag, gratitude, and a desire, what is the best way that people can reach out and find out more about what you do?
I have branded everything Amanda The Traveling Realtor. I am super easy to find. AmandaTheTravelingRealtor.com. That is Instagram. I do events all the time. I think the best thing is to go to Amanda The Traveling Realtor. You could Google that and click on whatever is your preferred method, whether it is Facebook, Instagram, my website, whatever it is. You can contact me that way.
It is time for our trinity, which is a brag, gratitude, and desire. What are you celebrating? What is your brag?
I am celebrating my over-water bungalow. We will be done here, and I cannot wait. I think it is going to be done in October 2022. That is a smart, tiny house in Belize. It is amazing and beautiful. I cannot wait to go see it in person because I have not seen it yet. That is my brag. It is my very first international investment. I have always looked at the over-water bungalows and said, “I wish I could go on a vacation and stay in one of those.” Instead of going and staying in one, I just bought one. That was pretty cool.
What is one thing you are grateful for?
My support team, my family, my boyfriend, and my team, I call them my tribe. All of the people that I all have the relationships that I built over the years, I am just very grateful for that. It is a great community that I have surrounding me.
Last but not least, what is one desire?
My desire is coming to life. My desire is to have 10,000 real estate agents in my organization with my company and to be in every single country. We are buying a residency at sea to make that happen. We will go around and blow up the world.
So shall your desire to be or so much better than you can imagine under grace in a perfect place. This was awesome as always. I had to wish for a fun interview, and I certainly got that. It was super inspiring. You are always so inspiring. I love that. I love you dearly. I am excited for everybody to get this book and to read and hear more of your wisdom. Thank you, and thanks to all of you for reading. Subscribe and catch us next time for another interview.
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About Amanda Williams
Amanda Williams is a Real Estate Investor, Entrepreneur, and Real Estate Brokerage Owner in Raleigh, NC. At just 35 yrs old, she has built multiple businesses in the Real Estate Industry, including a nice size rental portfolio, AirBnb business, and is the team leader for multiple real estate agents across America helping them live a passive income lifestyle. Amanda is passionate about teaching others to look at life in a positive way where they can attract anything they want in life. She believes every real estate agent deserves to have a retirement plan and is on a mission to share that plan with as many people as possible. She is so excited to keep learning and growing her Real Estate businesses which have also funded her adventurous lifestyle and international travel that she is so passionate about.
She is known online as “Amanda The Traveling Realtor” and her vision is to help 10,000 realtors create multiple streams of income and live a passive income lifestyle by 2020.
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