Episode 8 | ApartmentHacker | Cut Off Both Ends of the Ham

Get relentless about questioning the status quo!

In this episode of ApartmentHacker, I discuss cutting off both ends of the ham.

Or, better said – just because you’ve always done it one way doesn’t mean you can’t do it another way!

Get relentless about questioning the status quo!

Your, always challenging the status quo ApartmentHacker,


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Episode 5 | Apartment Hacker | Occupancy Permits

In this episode I opine on the topic of occupancy permits and the lack of consistency germane to the inspection process. I 100% appreciate and support the need for cities and municipalities to govern building and living quality in their respective housing stocks. It’s the lack of a consistent interpretation and application of the occupancy codes by inspectors that frustrates me. And, trust me; there is a second side of this coin falls squarely on the shoulders of operators. We need  solid deliverables in our turnover quality so as not to waste the time and limited city resource.

I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject.

Episode 4 | Apartment Hacker | Servant Leadership

I believe leaders are made with the right amount of love, care and respect.

In Episode 4 I give you my thoughts related to Servant Leadership.

Leadership is something I’ve held front and center in my career.

I believe leaders are made with the right amount of love, care and respect.

There is no SOP for leadership but there are principles to live by and I think it all starts with a servant’s mind.

You consistently searching for chances to serve the people who serve our space multifamily maniac,


Episode 1 | ApartmentHacker | One Take

I am taking the ApartmentHacker site down a new path starting today.

A New Path

This new path started with a name change (hopefully the last) from M Brewer Group to ApartmentHacker and will end with new and freshly packaged content. And, we are finally getting a logo. Not that I care so much about the logo but it will be a nice touch and hopefully help in the area of identity and recognition. All good change in my opinion but I am most excited about something I’ve not mentioned – video.

Producing Video

I’ve spent the past two months of nights and weekends producing 60 plus/minus short form videos for my Facebook page. And now that I have a library of content I am going to start sharing it here. For some of you; this is old news. For those who don’t follow me on FB; I hope you like what you see.

It’s a Process

I will admit; the first 25 plus/minus videos capture an absolute amateur trying to find his feet. While that is still the case today; I can tell it’s getting better. And my aim over time is to really refine the messages, the length and the overall production.

As you will hear in the first video; I took a page out of Gary Vanyerchuk’s and Dr. James Rouse’s playbook. In the early days Gary went with one-take vids. No edits. The same is still true for Dr. James with his daily offerings on FB.

Enjoy the Ride

I jumped in with no real expectation except to get started and get better over time.

With that, I hope you enjoy the new look when it goes live and I hope you enjoy the video content.

Your always trying something new Multifamily Maniac,


Elite Soccer Teams

Right Now leaves companies ten years behind their field at any given time.

“The elite soccer teams in the world emphasize pace over perfection. They recognize keeping the ball moving quickly is better than waiting and trying to make the ideal pass.” – Fast Company (December Issue, Page 16)

It is striking to me; one’s unwillingness or massive hesitation to ‘pass’ product, service or a story to the masses. People get in their way thinking quality, brilliance, superiority, excellence, perfection or even good enough has to exist before you can set caution to the wind and move the ball quickly. They prefer the safety of waiting in perpetuity for the perfect moment.

I see too many people set under the rule of reaction, fire chasing, got-a-minutes and the latest leadership impulse. I see too many people lead by whimsical, zero vision, mindless mission, vitriolic values and too small to see or nonexistent strategies. I see the proverbial 50/50 loss, intercepted pass, or consistent offside call because we think the ‘right now’ work matters most.

The problem with that type of thinking is that something always pulls our attention away from the things that move the ball quickly.

Right Now

Right Now moves paper from the left side of your desk to the right side. Right Now turns email into a conversational platform instead of moving a business forward platform. Right Now leaves mission to those socially well-attuned companies that are making a difference in the world. Right Now leaves vision to those who want to grow the human capital that will Scale a business Up. Right Now leaves defining values to those who give a damn about the people who CARE. Right Now leaves strategy to the élite masters of building cultures of thriving people. Right Now leaves companies ten years behind their field at any given time. Right Now leaves everyone sick and tired of being sick and tired (a dangerous spot). Lastly, Right Now leaves you to wonder why the team never gets the ball across centerfield.


Employee Survey

Don’t reduce employee survey results to one more item on your “to-do” list.

Survey results are not worth the paper unless used to make meaningful change.

Don’t reduce results to one more item on your “to-do” list.

Do pick two or three meaningful things to act on.

Don’t pick the low-hanging fruit.

Do act quickly.

Your digging through employee survey results presently multifamily maniac,



The chief aim of the exercise is to uncover your core values/virtues.

Steven Covey challenged readers to sit down and write their obituaries in his book: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.

It’s a crazy enlightening exercise written from four perspectives.

The instruction is to choose four people who have some level of influence in your life.

A friend, family member, business person and spiritual/civic person.

The chief aim of the exercise is to uncover your core values/virtues.

The follow-up is to craft a personal creed that you repeat to yourself twice daily. An exercise equally if not more difficult that writing the obits.

Want to Freak Yourself Out?

Do the exercise that Covey outlines in his book. Craft the Creed and follow the 2x’s a day routine for 90 days plus or minus.

The mind will go to work making sure you live your Creed.

Your challenging you to commit to a 90 day window of awesomeness Multifamily Maniac,



Multifamily Innovation

Create a free maintenance training school using your community as the learning lab.

Read about a Paraguayan newspaper launching a free journalism school.

Made me think about some multifamily angles:

1. free maintenance training school using your community as the learning lab

2. free property management training school using your community as the learning lab

3. free leadership training school using your property management company as the learning lab

Maybe the pupil comes to work for you; maybe they don’t.

In the process – you have taken a step to enrich the world.

Your thinking about enriching the world Multifamily Maniac,


You are the Work

Figure out quickly that you are the work that needs to happen in the world. Face each day understanding that each experience presents itself in an effort to build your character.

Realize one thing quickly…

You are the work.

What you do for a living is the catalyst/stimulus for the person you become.

The real work is YOU.

When you get this truth straight in your head – job descriptions and titles and the need for validation, inspiration and motivation (external) goes away.

You become your own best self every time you step into the day.

You become alive in knowing you are not tied to the whims of other people.

You own your destiny.

You own choice.

You own will.

Your encouraging you to do the work of YOU Multifamily Maniac,