Charlotte and Alternative Investments w/ Billy Keels

Charlotte and Alternative Investments w/ Billy Keels

Many of us invest in real estate for the freedom and relative control that it provides. What if you could build a lifestyle that allows you to live wherever you want, invest wherever you want, and experience that freedom on your own terms? My guest this week is doing exactly that. Billy Keels is a fellow problem-solver, international real estate entrepreneur, author, mentor, and host of the Going Long Podcast.

Alternative Investments are a great compliment to your overall portfolio. Billy and I discuss some of the opportunities he’s found to compliment his real asset investing. We also discuss the Charlotte, NC MSA and what led Billy to invest there.

Key Points:

Billy shares his background and how he got into real estate (0:37)

How and why Billy selected the Charlotte, NC MSA (5:07)

Billy’s top two criteria for choosing a market (9:01)

Should you invest where you live, or choose a market strictly on investment criteria? (10:59)

If you are considering moving from part-time into full-time real estate, what is the best time to make that move? (14:15)

Billy shares his thoughts on what opportunities 2021 will bring and the investment landscape moving forward (15:57)

Opportunities in the energy sector for accredited investors (18:24)

Why types of underlying assets are in these energy investments? (21:35)

Thoughts around ESG investing and voting with your dollars (23:21)

How and why Billy got his capital working through ATM machines (24:10)

Billy Keels shares his thoughts on what is more important than money (27:22)

How to choose complimentary investments to benefit your real estate portfolio (28:43)


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Passion is an understatement when it comes to Christopher Mills and his desire to help families and family owned businesses. Chris has over 15 years of real estate experience as an investor, and has experience as a loan originator, property manager, and an agent. At The Haney Company, Chris specializes in working with individuals and organizations who have or desire real estate holdings and helping them map out and achieve their financial goals. His real estate experience helps him address the complexities and opportunities unique to real estate investors. His specialties include alternative investments, 1031 Exchanges, and liquidity solutions. Working closely with members of The Haney Company, attorneys, and CPAs, his clients are able to benefit from a comprehensive approach to each individual situation. Chris is the author of Legacy 101: A Practical Guide. He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and 3 children. In his free time, he enjoys gardening, hiking, cooking, and classical music.