Multifamily Insights: What You Must Know About Apartment Syndications with Jens Nielsen, Ep. 372

Jens immigrated from Denmark in 1996 and after a successful career in IT, Jens followed his passion for real estate and coaching and is now a full-time real estate investor and coach. He is currently a direct owner or General Partner in over 1,400 apartment units around the country, valued at over $100M.


Let’s dive in to learn more about Jen’s transition from being a limited partner to a general partner and his insights from the Cleveland market.


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[00:01 – 04:20] Opening Segment 

  • Jens talks about his background.
  • Why he left his IT career.
  • How he transitioned into active deals from the passive side.
  • She talks about why she is doing coaching and what her purpose is.

[04:20 – 11:56] Limited Partner VS General Partner

  • Jens talks about the differences between being an LP or GP.
  • The upsides and downsides of being a general partner.
  • He talks about the work involved in being an active investor.
  • Jen talks about a deal they’ve been working on.
  • The things you should watch out for when switching from LP to GP.
  • The importance of having a great team with complementary skills.

[11:56 – 23:13] The Cleveland Market

  • Jens talks about how they got into the Cleveland Market.
  • Why they specifically prefer the Cleveland Heights Market.
  • Jens breaks down what they focus on to find the best places to invest.
  • The reason they prefer to hold properties for 7 to 8 years.
  • How they are managing their properties.
  • The importance of managing the asset manager.


[23:13 – 26:59] Round of Insights

Apparent Failure:

Underestimating the amount of CapEx you need to put into old properties.


Digital Resource:

Asana and Slack


Most Recommended Book:

High Performance Habits


Daily Habit: 

Doing yoga in the mornings.


Curious about:

How inflation is going to impact their returns.


#1 Insight for Multifamily Investing:

Understanding the importance of asset management for the success of any deal you get into.


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Contact Jens:

To learn more, you can go to Jen’s  website or reach out to him via email.

Go to Ep.103 to listen to the previous episode Jens joined as a guest.


Tweetable Quotes:

“Think about your post-closing structure. Figure out what roles and responsibilities you need to have in place so that you’re ready to execute it the day the property closes.” - Jens Nielsen

“Asset management is so important for the success of any deal you get into.” - Jens Nielsen


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Multifamily Insights: What You Must Know About Apartment Syndications with Jens Nielsen, Ep. 372
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