How To Invest In Real Estate: Lessons Learned From Our Fans

This JWB Not Your Average Investor Show episode is Fan Appreciation Day! We have selected several of our NYAI community members to join us and share some of the lessons they've learned while watching our interactive show. Many of our Not Your Average Investors were unaware of how to invest in real estate. But when they joined our twice-weekly online shows, they discovered for themselves why Jacksonville rentals are so desirable.

We've put out 150 episodes, and they're packed with value. But if you're new to investing, you're probably looking for the most valuable nuggets. That's why we brought our most active community members to tell you their biggest AHA! moments from the past year, such as:

  • The most impactful lessons they've learned from the show
  • How they've used these lessons to inform their investing journey
  • What keeps them coming back for more!

How Did These People Become Not Your Average Investors?

To many people, buying an investment property is intimidating. There is a lot to assess when you consider property taxes, where to invest in real estate, figuring out if it is worth flipping houses, and how your tenants will pay your mortgage payments on time. That is why we developed the JWB Not Your Average Investor Show in 2020. 

Our goal is to educate our community about residential real estate, positive cash flow with a steady rental income, and why an excellent property manager is critical to your success. Among the many topics we tackle, we discuss various investment strategies, how you have more control by owning single-family homes, and why you are not required to become a stressed-out, full-time landlord. 

 If you want to find financial freedom by becoming a real estate investor, you are in the right place! When you surround yourself with like-minded people who want to learn ways to grow their wealth through Jacksonville rentals, you will crave learning more about how to invest in real estate. Like all of the raving fans you see here on this show, you can learn so much from our community.

Be sure to watch the full episode to hear what our Not Your Average Investors said about JWB and their experiences owning Jacksonville rental properties.

Today Is The Second Annual Fan Appreciation Show! 

Thank you so much to everyone involved; we are excited to kick off the second round of our yearly tradition. This also marks our first show of the year, so Happy New Year!

 The guests on today's show were:

  • Jacky Hung
  • Jennifer Filzen
  • Rene Arreola
  • Miguel Angel Sanudo
  • Herve Francois
  • Leslie Wilson
  • Maria Lazo
  • Anthony Ditta
  • Lee Bishop

So, Gregg, What Do You Think About The Year? 

Seeing this come to life has been amazing; when we started, the thought of finding people that would find this interesting seemed so far in the distance. Look where we are now! In 2 days, it will be our 16th anniversary with JWB, and seeing people benefit their lives through us is so fulfilling. I am so thankful to be a part of this community and shine a light on all our guests' stories.

Let's Talk About Where We Were In 2021 And Where We're Headed In 2022. 

The rollercoaster ride of the real estate market, and investing in general, cements our commitment to the Jacksonville market. This COVID rollercoaster makes the last couple of years feel like a lifetime. The gains we have seen have been incredible, nobody expected to see 15-20% price gains in the past year, but here we are! The fundamental reasons why prices go up in real estate are still the same.

It comes down to supply and demand. We started with low inventory and low supply before COVID and increased demand as interest rates hit the bottom. No asset class has performed better than single-family rental homes in Jacksonville, and we are very proud of that. 

There has never been a better time to enter this asset class, but things will change. Investing is more convoluted than ever, and we want to help you demystify that world.

The Theme For This Year Is IRL, In Real Life.

Jennifer Filzen helped us launch our IRL adventure this past year, organizing and hosting our first meetups in person. Let's go around the room and meet everyone and ask how they are doing and if they had a chance to meet up!

So, Jacky, What Made You Show Up To Jen's Living Room?

Well, I first found my interest from your zoom meeting and decided to jump in and see what all the hype was about. I hopped on the zoom meeting, and before I knew it, I was showing up twice a week; I was hooked. 

The quality of the information and the way you delivered it really helped me understand Jacksonville; I don't think I could have found that information on my own. This led me to the IRL meetup with Jennifer Filzen! 

I am so happy to be a part of this; I look at it as a way to introduce good habits to my family and set us up for the future. I have a 17-year-old and a 20-year-old, and I hope they are ahead of other people their age when they are out of college.

What Makes You Keep Coming Back, And Do You Think That If Jen Hadn't Hosted IRL That You Would Have Still Invested? 

Well, it's the rich local information on Jacksonville; you can't get that anywhere else. Inviting city officials and bringing a focused local perspective is so valuable. I like the property of the week; it gives me an idea of what to shoot for when entering the market. 

Meeting at Jen's house confirmed my beliefs and solidified my goal to move forward. Meeting IRL pushed me to make the decision and bring everything into reality. I got first-hand information directly from people, face-to-face, and after that, there was no doubt!

Jacky, Thank You!

Just like Jen's meetups made everything real for you, you make this real for all the next investors. We will see you soon, in person!

Ok, Let's Move To Jennifer Filzen's House!

We met Jen in 2020, and she has since become an integral part of the show. So how did the IRL stuff start?

Gregg was vacationing at Pebble Beach, and we wanted to meet up! We got together for breakfast, and I decided to ask permission to bring our community together. Since I travel a lot for Rock Star Marketing, my marketing agency, it made sense to try and bring people together. 

How Did The First IRL Meetup Happen?

In Atlanta in June 2021, while we were there for work. Rene and I were on the “Property of the Week” show, and I invited people to meet up while we were in Atlanta. By chance, Drew Barnhill called me right away, and we agreed to meet up the next day! That started the first IRL get-together, and it has taken off since then! 

Jen, Wanna Give A Teaser Of Upcoming Meetups? 

Here's what we have planned: 

  • Our next meetup is on Feb. 5th, at the Meleen household in Los Altos, CA.
  • Early March, we will be in Kansas City.
  • For sure, we'll be in Seattle in late March or early April.
  • In late April, we will meet up in Denver.
  • Then in May, there will be a gathering in Pittsburgh, PA. 

Plus, we're thinking about meetups in Virginia, Los Angeles or San Diego, South Florida, and maybe even Spain in the future! We are so excited about what we'll be doing together in 2022, and we truly cannot wait to meet you all in person!

If you want to be part of our In Real Life meetups, send Jen Filzen a text at 408-833-9868 or send her an email at She's the person who spearheads these events, and that's why we call her the Fairy Godmother of the Not Your Average Investor Community!

Let's Head To Spain. Hi, Miguel Angel! 

Hello, everyone, from Andalucia. I met the JWB in 2019 after selling my property in Miami. Living overseas makes understanding a foreign market complicated, but JWB made everything smooth. 

They solved all of my doubts and problems, from buying to putting it on the market. They addressed all of my concerns and were there for me from step-1. I love to hear the inside information and how to solve super-specific real estate issues, like evictions and more. 

We Know You Experienced Some Pain With Real Estate Properties In The Past; What Has Our Community Done For You To Help You Move Past That?

Sometimes, I need an answer right away, and you guys are there for that when I need it! That means everything; this community provides that intimate relationship that helps you get to the bottom of a problem.

I can't wait to visit in person and meet you all!

Let's Catch Up With Our Friend Up In New Jersey, Herve Francois. 

Man, I got hooked on the show. I found myself coming back, week after week, even when you pronounced my name wrong, haha! I appreciated your convictions and your energy; it really fired me up. 

My portfolio with JWB started growing to where I needed to stay on top of what was happening in Jacksonville real estate. This podcast helped me bridge the gap and get a more “on the ground” experience, keeping my finger on the pulse. It's like you guys are my eyes and ears in the community. 

I own shares in mutual funds, and those portfolio managers don't have a bi-weekly podcast where I can meet them and ask them questions; directly. It makes investing super personal and makes me feel like I have a real team on my side. My schedule is so busy; these shows were never on my calendar; until last year. 

Now, I put time aside, especially for this podcast, because I enjoy the community so much and have seen so much value from it. I'm hooked, for real. I have met friends and partners and made exciting plans for the future, all by getting together with JWB on this podcast. I have no closer relationship with asset managers than with you.

Let's Meet Leslie Wilson In Denver; What Made You Start Coming? 

Well, in 2014, I found out about some opportunities in Detroit with another asset management company, and I got burned, bad. I learned that not everyone is ethical, and not everyone is honest. That was my first foray outside of the Denver market, and it made me wait longer than I would have liked to get involved in Jacksonville. 

However, watching this show gave me the confidence to pull the trigger. It took me about six months, but I have four properties now, and I plan to buy more! Jen, I think I found my tribe!

It's lonely being a full-time investor; I used to do my own remodels, and I got the “little lady” treatment left and right. When I found out that you could get already rehabbed properties, I figured that might work for me. 

Watching the JWB podcast showed me how transparent you are, and it helped me leverage my own time, money, and effort to actively work ON my business (not IN my business). I am so much better with a team, and you are my team! You guys are very good partners.

Amazing, Leslie!

We think it is so cool that in this industry that is usually a “boys club,” we get to feature women bosses, like yourself and so many other JWB investors!

That Leads Us To Maria, Our NYC Girl Boss!

Well, I have been following you guys for a while, low-key stalking, haha! I kept hearing about JWB; people whispered, “JWB, JWB, JWB,” and I knew that I needed to find out who you were and why everyone kept talking about you. 

To me, you are just an arm's reach away; I was getting to know Jacksonville, and you guys gave me an insider perspective. I figured out what areas were good, where I might be interested, and how I would move forward. I love the energy you guys have; it draws me in as a younger investor. 

To be honest, a lot of investor groups are much older, and I don't feel as comfortable as I do with this group. Lastly, because you guys are such a big player and because there is such a long way to go….this whole experience just feels cool; it is so exciting!

Thanks, Maria!

Having people your age in our community and being able to help you reach your dreams is why we started. I think a lot of us can identify with that experience, and we are so proud to be a part of it!

Anthony Ditta, Tell Us How You Got To The Show?

I got started with JWB back in 2019. Another investment company recommended me, and I am so glad I was! I flew into Jacksonville back in 2019 to check out my first properties. 

After that, I knew that I had to come for the meetup, which was amazing. Meeting Jen, Rene, and everyone else was so fun. We all went out to karaoke, danced the night away, and cemented some lifelong friendships!

My whole goal is to be completely passive income; I want to own 20 properties. Learning about different ways to invest your money, meeting others, and sharing ideas are beneficial in getting me to that point. At one point in my life, I was unemployed, and I had some bad experiences with previous investments; JWB changed all of that for me. Truly a life-changing experience.

Welcome, Lee Bishop, Our MVP Of The Community!

I just want to say that it is an honor to be a part of this group and to share the stage with all of you amazing people. The energy is fantastic, and I am continually surprised by everyone. Real estate investing is a “people business.” 

This platform you created makes sense. It provides people a service that you can't really find elsewhere. I am so impressed with the talent we meet on these Tuesday & Thursday calls. I stepped away for a bit to handle my own business, and it was heartwarming to hear everyone asking for me to return.

COVID brought us together, funny enough. JWB is a community of like-minded investors, and at the beginning of COVID, we all had a lot of questions; this platform lets us air those frustrations and questions. Together, the community worked to come to solutions, and what an amazing result we've had! I said I was going to invest more, and I think I'll have that opportunity with JWB this coming year.

Thank You, Lee! 

Lee, we appreciate you so much. You were an early believer, and we can't thank you enough! Thanks for busting our chops and for being such a great friend, haha!

Before We Head Out…  

Thank you so much to everyone involved, and we can't wait to see you all on Thursday! Be sure to watch a replay of this episode so you can see the World Premiere of the video we made from the December 3, 2021 meetup we had in JAX. 

If you want to be part of our In Real Life meetups, send Jen Filzen a text at 408-833-9868 or send her an email at She's the person who spearheads these events, and that's why we call her the Fairy Godmother of the Not Your Average Investor Community!

How Do I Find Out More About Investing In Turnkey Rentals With JWB?  

If you want to invest in Jacksonville real estate, you are in the right place. Go to and find out how we can help you reach your financial goals through turnkey single-family rental homes. Contact the JWB team to begin the discussion.

If you want to become part of the JWB online community, join us in the JWB Facebook Group at  

 You can also go to to see what properties are currently available. We encourage you to contact the JWB team for a consultation to determine how our turnkey rental properties can deliver positive passive cash flow. 

Jacksonville rentals continue to be an excellent return for our JWB NYAI Community for anyone interested in learning how to invest in real estate. Join us every Tuesday for our Not Your Average Investor Show and our Property Of The Week Show every Thursday. When you join our community and learn from these weekly shows, you will see why the Jacksonville real estate market continues to attract investors seeking financial freedom. 

To Your Success,

Gregg Cohen

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