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Started this discussion. Last reply by Manhattan Scout Apr 3, 2012.

I hope you are sitting down. In case you haven't heard through the REI grapevine, has relocated its business and social headquarters to Phuket, Thailand.

If there's one word that describes this place better than most, it would have to be MAGICAL.

My wife, little Matteo and I are here for six months. That did not happen by accident. This took careful planning and most of all the ability to walk away from our life in Bogota (I know, not so ordinary in and of itself) and fly 21 hours to Bangkok and then on to Phuket.

I rallied the troops to start out the trip with me and things got a little nuts.

Left to right is Colin Egbert of, Arturo the 5th (aka The Matador) whose family owns the European version of NetJets, Myself and Josh Perez, our REO and foreclosure insider at Fannie Mae.

Friends being able to join you reminds you of the choices you have made in life. Money, to me means Options. But not so much the amount of money but the type of money.

Over 26 close friends and probably another 50 colleagues were informed about the trip and urged to come join us. Out of all those invites, only 2 could make it.

Now an insecure person might take that personally but COME ON, we're talking about Thailand. This isn't asking for help moving your apartment or troubleshooting a plumbing issue.

Just about everyone I know has Southeast Asia on their goal list somewhere, with a loose time frame in mind called, "someday". Truth is, 90% of those people will never realize that dream. They will carry it to the grave with them. I know that's tough talk but we're talking about changing your entire life here, we really are. Besides, if you are reading this, you are a doer. Why else are you reading about real estate investing on the internet.

So now that we have established that you are a doer, the question I want to throw out to you guys is "when is someday"? Can you see it in your future? When are you going to have the income, the stability, the curiosity and the guts to come join me.

We would love to have you here. We have a Thailand dance that I made up that I'd LOVE to teach you. After you have been here for just 4 or 5 days you will completely understand it in about 30 seconds.

Just the other day my cousin was telling me, for a guy with no job you seem to live a pretty amazing life. You should write a book. To which I told him, I DID, DON'T YOU REMEMBER!

He says Oh yeah, that's right. You did. What was that link again. To which I heavily sighed,'s

That's where you can pick up a copy of my "how to run it from anywhere" book that's an "real estate investor" version of the Four Hour Workweek. If you are ready for the lifestyle and ready for everything about your life to change for the positive, keep reading.

This is so much more than real estate investing. This is a way of life and a way of thinking. BECOME GEOGRAPHICALLY INDEPENDENT. You are no longer tied to any location in the world. No longer tied to your desk, your laptop, your car, city, state or boring stay in the same place life.

Happiness is the opposite of boredom or better stated, BOREDOM IS THE OPPOSITE OF HAPPINESS

If you are ready to end boredom forever, it's probably time to get you moving in the right direction. Grab a copy of the book that started it all. Click to END Boredom Forever Learn to live the life without borders. Keeping things changing will allow you to grow what is probably a pretty stagnant existence.

There are about three people in the Real Estate Investing world that I know of that walk the walk on an International level. The top players in the industry will back me on that. It's been over two years now since I made the choice to live this lifestyle. No looking back.

I cured my fear of the dark here in a 300 foot ascent into a pitch black statue guarded by the same statues in Raiders of the lost ark. I pushed through 2 foot cavities into the unknown with nothing but a candle.

We are growing every single day. This is the first time in my entire life that I am doing what I feel I am supposed to be doing. ARE YOU?

Do you feel like you are treading water or worse, swimming upstream? Do you feel that there's something more you are supposed to be doing with your life?

Do you work a full day, earn great money and still feel empty?

Maybe it's time you started going somewhere with your life again. Maybe it's time to learn a little something a little different. Something a little more counter-intuitive to what you have previously been taught.

Before we can worry about travel and living the life of a multi-millionaire, we need to get your bills covered. My goal is to have you there within the next 8 weeks.

Most of my life changing decisions started with an ounce of curiosity..

Click only if you are READY FOR A NEW LIFE

See you on the other side.

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At 8:25pm on July 9, 2012, said…

Hello Matt.  Have you seen us yet?

We wanted to stop by and introduce ourselves.  We're REI Free Classifieds, a new online classifieds specializing in Investment Property, Commercial Property, Contractor Services and virtually every industry-related support and professional service.  We'd love to have you.


John Lydic, Founder

REI Free Classifieds

At 6:09am on April 16, 2010, Cindy Jensen, PhD. gave Matt Gerchow a gift
At 6:07am on April 16, 2010, Cindy Jensen, PhD. said…
Hey Matt,
Thank you for your help in getting me started on your website...I have connected with people that are interested in learning more about mobile home park ownership and I always teach what I know to those that work with me through lending or investing in our the business. Thanks again, Cj,
At 9:06am on February 9, 2010, Jennifer Griner said…
Thanks Matt!

I appreciate the feedback!

Looks like you're having a fabulous time in Phuket!

At 10:44pm on October 29, 2009, Preet said…
Capoeira photo? may be. But thanks for visiting my profile and starting a conversation. Matt, I see that you have categorized yourself as Teacher/Guru/Advisor. What do you teach and what are your expertise?
At 5:29pm on June 4, 2009, Sam Bell 3rd said…
Hey Matt,
Great site you have here. We should talk sometime, shoot me an email when you have a chance.
At 10:35pm on May 19, 2009, Tom Zeeb said…
The day after we had lunch we went down to La Vega and then out to Villa de Leyva for a few more days. I went into vacation mode and basically stayed off the computer… :-) We'll be back in December. Let's get together again if you are still in Bogota. Cheers, Tom
At 3:59pm on April 29, 2009, Kathy Kennebrook said…
sounds good, give me a call when you have a moment. Kathy
At 8:12pm on April 21, 2009, Glenn Muhammad said…
Funny you would ask, because I don't know where that picture was taken, but I took it from my daughter's website
At 4:19pm on April 19, 2009, Julio Paguada said…
Thanks matt, my wife and I are civil engineers in Florida and we are also landlord on a few houses. Looking to gain tips, help, and give them as well. If you know any developers in Florida looking for a civil engineer, pass them our way. They don't have to use us but if they at lease allow us to give them a proposal would be a step in the right direction. Thanks again, take care and god bless.
At 1:04pm on April 17, 2009, christi pemberton said…
Hi. Thank you. I live in Reidsville, a very small town...but looking to move to San Diego in the near future. I used to work a lot in Greensboro, NC.
At 7:40am on April 17, 2009, Karlos knox said…

The Texas Market is going great, lots of deal out there. I joined here just share some of them, gather advice from seasoned investors, and to learn about common mistakes.

hope be in contact soon with good questions,

At 6:19am on April 17, 2009, Klaus Kurenbach said…
Thank you Matt, of course I need contacts, not only in the U.S.A. In case I can help you here in Europe, let me know. On my website, there are only a few of my offers. There are much more investment possibilities, but as a lot of them are officially off market, they are of course not visable for the public.
At 7:00pm on April 16, 2009, Irene Brautigam said…
Hello Matt
Thank you for your friend request and I am happy to accept. I look forward to networking with you here. My, you are all over the map. How do they tie together? Are you also on other networks like ASW and International Luxury Real Estate. I am on about 20+ that are real estate related.
At 4:37am on April 7, 2009, Ron Barrow said…
Thank you for adding me to your contact list. I’m looking forward to building a long lasting relationship with you. Please feel free to contact me for any reason. Always remember that “Leverage” is your most powerful asset!

Only the best!

Your friend and partner in success,

At 10:22pm on March 27, 2009, Dan Auito said…
On the contrary, it's nice to be in your company Matt. You've got it going on brother!
At 11:18am on February 27, 2009, Pedro Gonzalez said…
Thank you Matt for setting up such a great site. I received your e-book and I have been enjoying the reading. I look forward to meeting you one day and having a cup of "tinto". Have a blessed day.
At 1:56pm on January 28, 2009, Gail Smith said…
Thanks Matt. Great site...way tooooo much to read! :). One bite at a time, right?
You also do mentoring? Maybe down the road.....
At 1:39am on December 31, 2008, Dan Auito said…
You have an excellent forum here Matt. Congrats on putting it together.
If anyone would like a copy of a getting started in real estate E-Book that I wrote their welcome to grab a copy here at no charge, no squeeze page or gimmicks just go and get it:
At 11:39am on December 9, 2008, Betty said…
Thank you. I am new to investing and trying to learn all I can.

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Existing Home Sales are UP UP UP. The most increase since May 2010 and higher than expected.

Finally a little bit of good news in the housing sector.  Bloomberg is posting that closings on "existing homes" (leaves out new construction) are up 12 percent.  That is higher than expected.  Get the full scoop here.

Posted on January 21, 2011 at 6:45am

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Government Reform seems to not be working.

From sources deep inside Fannie Mae, it appears that there are internal investigations going on regarding the signing of documents, without home-owers awareness. While investigations continue, MarketWatch has released the following.


WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The White House is unsure about how to go about reforming troubled housing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and a soon-to-be-released Obama administration report will reflect that uncertainty, regulatory observers were…


Posted on January 20, 2011 at 11:44am

Eight (8) States are Running Out of HomeBuyers

Seems after everything is said and done, there are more homes available than there are qualified buyers.

That makes sense, considering the banks were giving $400k loans to supermarket workers just 4 years ago.

I have seen people that are admin assistants buy $600k homes... all in order to keep up with the Jone'ses.

Here is a link to the detailed list of states that are running out of buyers. …


Posted on January 19, 2011 at 7:05am

You call the shots

Today's post is very short.

In real estate investing you have to remember that you are ultimately the buyer. you call the shots. You make the terms, you have the money.

I know that when you have the opportunity to make money you will have to step out and risk a little but just remember that a chain will break at its weakest link.

Make sure you are in touch with your gut. If it seems too risky it probably is. Be generous with your sellers, but not on the bottom… Continue

Posted on March 7, 2010 at 8:00pm

Sunday morning in Phuket

I have to say, every day is such an adventure in Phuket. You really don't know what is going to happen from one day to the next. There is so much to see and do.

I was informed yesterday that one could eat in a new restaurant for 500 days and by the time they got to the end there would probably be 500 more to choose from.

Met a couple from France this morning. Interesting twosome. They work in Internet Marketing for a company out of New York called Webgains.

Little… Continue

Posted on February 27, 2010 at 8:25pm


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