Sean Sweeney is the Co-Founder of Hall Sweeney Properties, a Minnesota-based multi-family development company. On this episode, Sean talks about his journey working as a receptionist in the industry, navigating through the '08 crisis, and ultimately...
Sean Sweeney is the Co-Founder of Hall Sweeney Properties, a Minnesota-based multi-family development company. On this episode, Sean talks about his journey working as a receptionist in the industry, navigating through the '08 crisis, and ultimately founding his own firm.
Sean also breaks down the process of a ground-up development including what to look for in sites, bringing on architects and contractors, his passion for design, terms to look for in contracts, property management, and stabilization. Enjoy!
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(02:35) - Sean’s Background and Early Career as a Receptionist at Trammel Crowe
(07:52) - What did you do to position yourself as a person to hire for project manager when it was the right time?
(10:19) - Sean’s Movement During the ’08 Crisis
(17:01) - Sean’s Jump to Starting His Own Organization and Decision to Focus on Class A Urban Infill
(21:53) - How did you find your partner and what role does he play in the company?
(24:03) - Setting the Stage - Are there any other full-time employees in the company or is it just you and Jeff?
(26:58) - How long do these deals take from walking the site for the first time to where it’s stabilized?
(31:12) - What makes a site ‘great’ for you in a project?
(34:33) - Is most of the land you're putting under contract un-entitled for multi-family?
(36:16) - How do you find sites?
(39:07) - What does your preliminary underwriting process look like?
(42:12) - How do you pull rent prices?
(42:48) - The LOI Process & 3rd Party Reports
(47:06) - What terms matter in contracts and what does the site need to be when you’re ready to close a year later?
(50:58) - What stages of the contract do you put up hard money?
(52:13) - What city approvals are you typically getting on deals?
(54:05) - At what point are you hiring the architect and does the GC participate with them? How do you come up with a budget that fits your design and that you’re comfortable the GC can deliver?
(57:03) - Are there any big points in a contract with a GC that matter?
(1:00:47) - Who is accountable for the MEP and structural engineers: the architect, the contractor, or you?
(1:01:17) - Where do you get inspiration for design?
(1:03:35) - Do you spend more on projects because you’re so design-forward?
(1:06:03) - Do you get paid premiums in rent because of your design approach?
(1:07:27) - Property Management Needs on 45-unit Property vs. a 100+ Unit
(1:09:01) - Does your architect mock up your interior as well?
(1:09:41) - Who does your common amenity furniture?
(1:09:57) - How do you process draw requests?
(1:11:04) - How do you finance projects and what happens when you stabilize since you are looking for long-term holds?
(1:15:40) - What’s the most popular unit size right now?
(1:16:59) - What amenities matter right now?
(1:18:59) - Are there any repeat issues you’ve seen from design to breaking ground?
(1:20:46) - What are some of the biggest surprises that you weren’t expecting as you look back?
(1:22:42) - How did the civil unrest in MN last year affect your business?
(1:27:25) - What’s the best book you’ve ever read?
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
Emotional Intelligence (EQ) - Daniel Goldman
(1:29:33) - How can people find you?
Twitter - www.Twitter.com/SeanDSweeney
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