How to start a passive investment business in real estate with Alina Trigub – AEP #9

Guest: ​​​​Alina Trigub
​Company / Business name: ​SAMO Financial
Business web site 


Alina is the founder and the Managing Partner of SAMO Financial. It’s a boutique private equity firm specializing in helping a select group of people passively invest in the commercial real estate. Alina's business motto has been articulated well by Warren Buffett's indicating that, "Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago". Alina is the founder of two Meetup groups named, “The Power of Passive Investing through Real Estate”, which gather in NY and NJ.

Alina has helped her clients to acquire and invest in:

  • over 1200 apartment doors
  • over 500 storage units
 over 5MM of funds focused on mobile home parks and storage


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Show Notes:

2:37 minute mark:

Agile entrepreneur takeaway: Your own needs can give you an idea for starting a business.

Alina talks about syndication in commercial real estate and how that can give passive income to investors. Alina also talks about her desire to get her investments diversified led her to learn more about syndicates and private placements in real estate business.

4:59 minute mark:

Agile entrepreneur takeaway: Identifying key success factors in each business will reap rewards.

Alina educates us about the syndication business where experienced partners identify viable real estate properties and then bring the audience into the deals. Credibility of experience and due diligence are absolutely important in the business.

7:26 minute mark:

Agile entrepreneur takeaway: Don’t be afraid of challenges. Treat them as opportunities.

Alina talks about starting a side business like she is doing now, Even though she is full employed, her desire to diversify led her into becoming an accidental entrepreneur. Alina talks about the support she gets from her family to get her going.

11:05 minute mark:

Agile entrepreneur takeaway: Focus on areas that can open doors instead of harping on issues that limit growth.

Alina brings an interesting aspect of close-knit groups in real estate industry and a gender bias. But she says if one can ignore that it opens up plenty of opportunities. She talks about how it allowed her to move forward once she ignored the cliques.

14:47 minute mark:

Agile entrepreneur takeaway: Understanding your business model and tweaking where necessary is important.

Alina talks about her business model where she makes her money by working on the investor relations side. She also talks about how she plans to grow her business by expanding the investor pool as well as expanding the portfolio of asset classes.

17:37 minute mark:

Agile entrepreneur takeaway: Get the necessary first steps of starting a business out of the way quickly.

Alina gives advice to would be entrepreneurs with the first tip to get an accountant and a lawyer in the same room to align on a corporate structure. Then she talks about getting a website and building a leadership platform to build credibility.

19:00 minute mark:

Agile entrepreneur takeaway: Get the necessary first steps of starting a business out of the way quickly.

Alina talks why it’s important to start early in life to build a business and how other obligations may come in the way later in life. Alina talks about the need to address ‘WHY’, why you are starting a business as it’ll help you get through tough times.

​Episode Transcript (Click to expand)



About the Author Ramesh Dontha

I am an entrepreneur, writer, and blogger. I build businesses and love to share my experiences of my successes and failures. My mottos is: Live with purpose, Be Passionate about that purpose, Persevere through ups and downs and keep exploring Possibilities.

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