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Mac Angelo on Team Building and Communication




Perhaps there’s no better place to learn leadership, responsibility, and management than the United States Army. Mac Angelo, a successful digital investor, founder, and entrepreneur, knows that firsthand. Mac is currently the owner of LevelXstream, a financial and investment agency that serves as a one-stop-shop for clients’ needs, from credit repair to funding and investment. Mac wasn’t always as disciplined and strategic as he is today, though.

“When I moved to the United States, I enlisted in the Army. I served for six years there. When I first entered, I didn’t have the value system that I do today built up yet. The army taught me so much about strategy and leadership. Believe it or not, but many of the principles that they taught us there apply directly to my business today,” he shares.

A core principle that Mac picked up in the army is dividing teams into small units for better management. “We divide our teams into smaller entities and pair them up with affiliates. Besides our in-house team, we have hundreds of affiliates that do much of the heavy lifting for us. Look, I haven’t even spent a cent on advertising or Facebook ads. It all comes from these affiliates. The affiliates are a major traffic driver for the company,” he explains.

Within LevelXstream, there is a Credit Repair Department, a Communications Department, a Business Department, and a Tradeline Department. Each of those units is focused on its own tasks first and foremost, but they are always in touch with the rest of the company and aware of what’s going on.

“This is how we’ve managed to streamline our work: division and specialization,” Mac notes. There is never any disconnect in the company, as departments function together like a well-oiled machine. Communication at the company is optimized with the help of technology. “We like to use Slack within the company. It’s quick, clear, and efficient,” remarks Mac. His future plans include developing an app where communication will play a crucial role.

Fulfillment is another central component of Mac’s company. “We have a giant third-party CRM. This is what helps us manage information and tasks effectively. For example, CRM comes in very handy in the process of credit repair. You have to be extremely organized and diligent with these things. I’m building my own CRM because I know that I can create something even more efficient than what we already have,” the entrepreneur points out.

Thanks to Mac’s impeccable leadership and strategies, LevelXstream continues to grow exponentially. Clients come in droves asking for the company’s services. It’s not at all uncommon to come in as a client with a dismal credit score hovering around 500 and come out on the other side with a clean slate and funded with $100,000 in a few short months. Clients hail Mac and his team as experts and are excited to refer friends and family to the company.

For more news, information, and tips from Mac Angelo, follow him on Instagram.

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The Perfect Investment: RAD Diversified and Income-Producing Farms




Amidst the global lockdown of 2020, Dutch Mendenhall, founder of RADD America, began looking for an alternative to standard residential real-estate investments. So, he turned his analysis to farms and was blown away by the immense potential he saw. After going public in late 2019, RADD America purchased US farmland and made slices of the real estate available at minimum investments of $10,000.

Income-producing farms vs. other real estate asset classes

According to Mendenhall, an apartment complex in today’s US real estate market commands approximately a 4% or 5% cap rate. Farms offer somewhere around a 15% to 20% cap rate.

“When I first began looking at investing in farms, I compared each acre to an apartment or housing unit,” Mendenhall recalls. “The variety that income-producing farms provide is what I really love about them as an opportunity. With one season producing wheat and corn the next, you can double tap — you can raise livestock on top of agriculture. Putting money into the farm only pays off in time. Everything from improving soil to increasing irrigation makes a major impact on potential income, and so much of America’s farmland has fallen into disrepair during the last 20 years.”

When Mendenhall began investing during the early days of the pandemic, sustainable acres of producing farmland sold anywhere from $3,500 to $5,000. Today, he finds that income-producing acres of farmland easily sell for $9,500 to $10,000.

“I’ve seen farmland values almost double during the last couple of years,” Mendenhall says. “Currently, we’re in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Idaho, but we are analyzing land all over America. What reports don’t show is the difference between a properly maintained acre of farmland and an acre that is in disarray. There’s only so much workable farmland on the market today. We’ve hit the tipping point, and now, there’s a scarcity of land for people to buy. If you have the opportunity to purchase amazing agricultural land, you have to pull the trigger quickly.”

Income-producing farms as an asset class

Mendenhall is no stranger to investors. Since 2006, he’s connected them to deals in short sales, wholesaling, residential properties, and storage units, though he admits that every asset class has caused the same excitement as farmland. “At this point, we can’t find enough bargains for our investors,” he says. “They take real pride in their investments and keep asking us for more.”

RADD America takes a true grassroots approach when connecting its investors to farmland. “The farming world is different from any other in real estate,” explains Mendenhall. “We start by having our acquisitions and agricultural teams meet with farmers. When we get ready to brand cattle or plant, all the local farmers come and help. In the same spirit, our teams go out and help the local farmers when it’s their turn to brand and plant. To do it right, you have to build a relationship and a connection that’s quite different than other types of investing.”

RADD America is composed of expert investors and expert farmers. The company offers its investments through fractionalized ownership. In other words, the company purchases one farm and then allows a joint pool of investors to own it together. 

“If you don’t have a team that knows how to farm and maximize income, you’re not going to get the best possible return for investors,” warns Mendenhall. “Thankfully, our team isn’t so big for this type of investing that we forget who we are, and we have the economy to scale at a great pace.”

The impact of global competition on income-producing farm investments

RADD America closely monitors global trends. In Mendenhall’s experience, investors win when they move before the market. However, when they move after the market, they lose.

“When Russian first invaded and sparked its war with Ukraine, for example, we kept a close eye on its global impact,” he says. “As one of the largest producers of wheat in the world, we knew that Ukraine — now in the midst of a war — wasn’t going to be able to produce wheat at the same scale, so someone else needs to step in and fill the gap. We’re constantly monitoring what’s happening in the world to stay on top of evolving trends.”

In terms of global competition, Mendenhall is frustrated by foreign entities staking ownership of American farmland and agriculture. In this area, China has positioned itself as the number one threat to the sovereignty of the United States.

“When foreign powers have ownership of agricultural land in the US, it puts us all at risk as Americans,” remarks Mendenhall. “Over the past few years, we’ve seen soil quality erode, closures of meatpacking plants, and numerous fires. The likelihood of nuclear war in this age is very small. The quiet war of buying American agriculture and unsettling the American dollar is the threat we face today.”

Clearly, RADD America has a lot to pay attention to at home and abroad. “We’re monitoring weather patterns and making one-year, three-year, and five-year predictions,” Mendenhall explains. “We’re also paying close attention to interest rates to see where this shifting economy is headed. The up-and-down cycles are faster than they’ve ever been. Monitoring the industry is critical. With expert investors and agricultural specialists from RADD America on your team, farmland can be one of your most promising and rewarding investment opportunities.”

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