Self-Made: From Immigrant to Owning $250 Million in Real Estate with Emil Khodorkovsky

  • 01:00:37
  • 16 July, 2018
  • 48.56 MB

About Emil Khodorkovsky

Emil immigrated from Russia to the US at the age of 10. He started at an entry-level position at a mortgage company, quickly advanced, and ultimately became a partner at the firm. During that time, he began investing in real estate through private trust deeds as well as the acquisition of performing and non-performing notes. In 2011 he started Forbix – establishing a commercial mortgage bank, a direct lending platform for private debt, and an acquisition and development arm – all under one roof.

He has vast knowledge in the areas of real estate finance, asset management, construction, and has acted as a court-appointed receiver for real estate properties in California. Clients value his advice in real estate related matters including 1031 exchanges, multi-family developments, CMBS financing, and FHA apartment and construction financing. It is his unique background in both lending and real estate investment that has proven to be invaluable to his clients.

On the lending side, Forbix has collectively been involved in over $3 billion of debt funding, providing permanent, bridge, construction, mezzanine, private debt financing, agency, CMBS, portfolio loans, and 35-40 year fixed loans for existing and new construction of multifamily properties. On the investment side, Forbix focuses on value-add deals, with ownership of over 1,000 units nationwide, 500 units under development, and another 400 units starting construction in the next couple years, with a total aggregate value of $250 million. Emil also founded a non-profit organization to foster entrepreneurship among kids.

About the Episode

In this episode we go in-depth about financing real estate projects, both commercial and residential, Emil talks about the growing pains of starting and growing a company and from a lenders perspective, Emil shares his thoughts on the current state of the real estate market.

Show Notes

  • Who is Emil Khodorkovsky?
  • How and why did you decide to found Forbix?
  • What was the environment when you first started Forbix in 2011?
  • Have you had started a company in the past? Or was this your first venture?
  • How did the opportunity to start Forbix come about?
  • Emil talks about his strategy in the early days of Forbix
  • How is Forbix setup? Are there different divisions?
  • Emil talks about FHA apartment and construction loans and Forbix being 1 out of 100 designated lenders
  • What loan products do you have available for developers?
  • Why do you not do your own fix and flips anymore?
  • Emil talks about his strategy when it comes to buying investments
  • What is mezzanine financing and how does it work?
  • What are your thoughts on the current state of the market?
  • Emil talks about why investors choose to invest in markets like LA
  • What are your most active markets?
  • What factors do you look at when doing commercial loans?
  • How did you come up with the name Forbix?
  • What are some of the growing pains you encountered from starting Forbix?
  • How many partners are there in Forbix?
  • What was your vision when you first started Forbix? And has it changed since then?
  • Where do you see Forbix going in the future?
  • What have been your favorite projects that you’ve funded so far?
  • What is your bread and butter project that you finance?
  • How long have you been in the lending industry? And why real estate?
  • As a hard lender, how and where do the funds come from?

Question Round

  • What habits helped make you successful?
  • What is your best hiring tip or secret?
  • Have you ever turned down a client?
  • What is one thing you find to be true that most people would disagree with?
  • Do you have a favorite? Is there one that set you up for a future success?
  • If you had the chance to start over again, what would you do different
  • To what do you attribute your success?

Connect with Emil Khodorkovsky

Office: 888-936-7249
LinkedIn: Emil Khodorkovsky

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