I Practice What I Preach –– It Just Makes Great Investing Sense
 
For many years now, my firm ICG or the International Capital Group Real Estate Investments has been helping people invest in real estate to grow their wealth. ICG has helped them secure their retirement riches, fund big purchases, kids’ education or just a higher standard of living, they tell me. But they also ask me, Adiel, do you follow your own advice? Do you invest in property as you advise others to?

I am ICG’s biggest investor.

My answer to them is, I absolutely do follow my advice. It is my own experience that has taught me that brand new single family homes are the best option. It all started with me wanting to create wealth for myself. As a Silicon Valley engineer, I wasn’t content to just keep grinding away with nothing much to show after decades of hard work.
So, ICG is something that I started for myself and a small group of investor friends. It was born out of my desire to create an empire for myself. It grew from then on, but I still continued to be the biggest investor for the firm. I have invested in literally hundreds of properties. We have closed thousands of deals over the years, and those include my own investments as well. So yes, I certainly follow my own advice and I continue to invest in real estate – same as I tell my clients.

Getting the ICG advantage.

If you choose wisely, the property will start to yield a rental income right away and the prices will appreciate over time to give you great longer term benefits. This is what we help you do at ICG. People tell me how ICG has helped them connect with developers, financers, property managers and so on. We have our ear to the ground and have a network of connections that make it all very simple for investors – what we call remote control investing.
The bottom line is that I put my money where my mouth is. I own more properties than any other ICG investor. Over time, I gained valuable insight into the business of real estate investments and this is the insight that my team and I share with our clients.
I have bought hundreds of homes, and I would buy even more properties than I currently have – except for this small issue. Click to find out what it is.
 
So, here’s a question I get asked often by investors, after I've explained the advantages of working with ICG: what will it cost me? When I explain how, in most cases, it’s going to cost them nothing, the next question is something like – what’s the catch? Or, then how does ICG make its money? These are legitimate questions, because we all know, there’s no such thing as a free lunch. The answer is, yes, ICG does get paid. However, it isn't you, dear investor, that pays us.

The ICG Real Estate Advantage.

When you work with us at ICG, you are introduced to a whole network of builders, realtors, property managers and even financers. You are given a variety of options and there is always someone there to show you the ropes. I have worked long and hard to simplify the process of real estate investing for my clients, and it works – whether an investor wants to buy one or one hundred homes!
It’s a self-sustaining system, as I explain in this short video. There are a lot of people that are beholden to ICG for bringing buyers and customers their way. It is these people who share their commission with us: realtors, property management teams and so on. However, there are times when buyers have to pay a small amount – as in the case of the Raleigh-Durham area. Here, commissions are really low right now and buyers are having to make up the difference in terms of the brokerage.

Can you afford not to have the ICG advantage?

I think of my own property portfolio as the best advertisement for ICG Real Estate. People see how well I have secured my own financial future and they want ICG to do that for them! We deal in volumes – while the amounts that we make from our various business partners may not be large amounts, it all adds up to a lot.
So really the question you should be asking is not, can I afford to work with ICG, but can I afford to not work with ICG? Check out this episode to know what it’s all about, and check out ICG Events to find out about exciting real estate investment opportunities that you cannot afford to miss.
At ICG Real Estate, we are all about helping you build a secure financial future with savvy real estate investments that are going to fetch you the best possible returns. We crunch the numbers, look at growth trajectories and weed out areas that don’t make sense. We then facilitate your investment by giving you access to our network of developers, property managers, financers and so on.
This helps you and also helps strengthen our networks. So really, it's a win-win for all concerned. However, it is important to invest based on sound market insight and not get carried away by what is trendy or just doing what everyone and their cousin are doing right now.

Territories that just don’t make sense right now.

There was a time when territories like Boise (Idaho), Baton Rouge (Louisiana) or Salt Lake City (Utah) made a lot of sense for real estate investors. At the time this made sense for people who wanted to buy, bide their time and reap good profits ten, fifteen or twenty years later.
Right now, however, these territories aren't a good idea at all. There are no properties to buy and not even any waiting lists you can get on. Each time someone puts up properties to sell, buyers seem to be jostling to buy. Common sense tells us that we don’t buy in a sellers’ market. 
So where do you buy?

The ICG Advantage.

Now your financial aims may be varied – you may want to finance college for your kids or even grandkids. You may want to ensure a comfortable, even luxurious retired life. Or you may just want to have a financial fallback of sorts. Whatever your aims, right now, investing in single family homes in carefully chosen real estate markets seems to be your best bet. Not only does ICG Real Estate examine future growth prospects, but we also examine numbers that make sense in terms of rent – a passive income source for our investors.
Like I said, it’s a win-win for our investors – who pay nothing extra – and for us because it helps us strengthen our networks. You can contact us to set up an investment meeting, or ask us to send you exclusive property listings. You can also attend our quarterly Expo events where we talk about real estate investments and have a lot of fun! We even have teams present from the markets that are good to invest in to share their insights with you.  Reach out to us if you have a question or if you're ready to take the next step to safeguard your financial future – we can tell you how!
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