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Toby Mathis
Apartment Syndication & Passive Real Estate Investing

You know it’s time to make a career change when your job becomes more difficult to be both profitable and fun. Today, Toby Mathis of Anderson Business Advisors talks to Ken Harris of Harris Properties Investment Real Estate and Austin Commercial Real Estate Investing Group. Ken was born and raised in Houston. He went to the University of North Texas to study economics and finance because he wanted to be a banker or stockbroker. However, after serving in Vietnam for one year and then four years in the Air Force, he decided to return to Texas, but not Houston. 


  • How did Ken end up in real estate? He didn’t want a state job or to work for a corporation and then be transferred after a few years 
  • Why did Ken wish he would’ve never done residential real estate? Didn’t know any better
  • What should Ken have done? Started directly with commercial business, mostly doing side acquisition for users
  • What happened to Texas in the mid-80s? Economic crisis, a total collapse, where Ken ended up with a lot of debt and real estate
  • Why did some of the richest people and home builders in Texas declare bankruptcy? Lenders no longer giving loans or wanted loans paid back
  • How did a two-week projet turn into a 25-year career? A friend in construction business asked Ken to find locations, property owners, and negotiate deals for cell phone towers
  • What is Ken’s secret to success? Living a long time and owning places so long to build up some good equity
  • Why did Ken decide to be a passive investor by getting into apartment syndication? Didn’t want to work hard or have as much responsibility, so converted his equities
  • Why did Ken decide not to be a deal sponsor? Wanted to build a portfolio around his lifestyle and love for the outdoors 
  • How did Ken pick his syndications? Focus on who’s running/sponsoring them; know those people are in a position to take care of what needs to be done
  • Why meetup for lunch every Tuesday? Networking and education are primary focuses for Austin Commercial Real Estate Investing Group
  • What are some of Ken’s biggest wins? Holding onto real estate and then selling it; although it stabilizes, it doesn’t usually go down much
  • What’s Ken’s advice about the world of investing? Understand what passive income is, how you establish it, and how you can make it work


Austin Commercial Real Estate Investing Group

Ken Harris’s Phone: 512-288-2022 or 512-663-2022

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Full Episode Transcript

Toby: Welcome to the Anderson Business Advisors Podcast. This Toby Mathis. Today, I have a great guest with a group I have actually been down and spoken to. It’s really an exceptional group as far as experience, with Ken Harris, who is down there with Austin Apartments buyers. Fantastic guy. Welcome, Ken.

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