Episode 180: From Prison to Real Estate Profits; A Transformational Chicago Journey Against All Odds with Mike Baker


From a rough upbringing to a successful REI career in Chicago, Mike Baker joins us to discuss his journey and his vast knowledge on wholesaling, flipping, and consulting. 

Mike begins by outlining his troubled past involving drugs, gangs, and prison. He shares some of the lessons learned in prison and the mindset shift required to get started and to succeed in real estate. Mike, Mark, and Tom share shocking stories about rehabbing in distressed neighborhoods. Mike closes by explaining how his experience gives him a competitive advantage and how he’s leveraging it to offer hourly, a la carte consulting services to investors looking for support and resources!

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03:23 Housing Provider Tip: Be sure you are cleaning and maintaining your fireplace!

05:40 Intro to our guest, Mike Baker!

06:50 Mike talks about his troubled past!

08:44 What did Mike learn from his time in prison that has been applicable in his real estate journey?

11:29 Mike talks about his start in real estate working for a wholesaler.

17:08 Mike shares stories about rehabbing in distressed neighborhoods!

24:05 What are some advantages of having experience in multiple facets of real estate like Mike does?

26:18 How can newer investors utilize joint-ventures and resources like A La Carte REI?

30:27 What is Mike’s motivation for starting A La Carte REI?

37:44 What is Mike’s competitive advantage? 

38:18 One piece of advice for new investors.

39:04 What do you do for fun?

39:45 Good book, podcast, or self development activity that you would recommend? 

40:37 Local Network Recommendation?

41:10 How can the listeners learn more about you and provide value to you?

That’s our show! Thanks for listening!

Guest Name: Mike Baker 

Guest Company: A La Carte REI 

Guest Linkhttps://alacarterei.com/

Other Links for show notes:

SUCI Episode 89

Mike Baker's Blog

Michael Kevorkian (Network Referral)

SUCI Episode 146

48 Laws of Power

Brie Schmidt (Network Referral)


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