With a history of ups and downs, Alvin Hope Johnson’s life has always revolved around real estate. Now, Alvin runs a real estate company, focusing on building new apartments and buying existing apartments. Where he started, however, was much different: as a painter’s helper. This gave him the opportunity to be introduced to real estate, literally from the inside out. After working as an independent painter, a general contractor for a commercial hotel, going broke, starting a construction company from scratch, and starting a few successful mortgage companies, Alvin made it through the 2008 financial crisis.
At first, Alvin was motivated to start his business simply by his fundamental needs – he needed to eat, and this meant he had to work. Because of his volunteerism at other companies, he was naive enough to believe that he would pursue buying apartments with no money and little experience – and luckily, he was able to start finding success and overcome the large challenge of gaining access to capital, which is tricky for a new start up entrepreneur.
The ease of sliding into the real estate industry came for Alvin due to his early experience in adjacent work. Through his early work in real estate, Alvin was able to solidify his mindset in order to bring success, both personal and professional.
The real estate space is crowded. With his strong mindset, however, Alvin is able to further differentiate himself from the competition. He works toward being relentlessly creative, both in how he runs his business and approaches any problem or opportunity.
As a natural problem solver, it’s no surprise that Alvin has been able to find great professional and financial success.
In the new year, Alvin is looking forward to starting his 108 unit Class A project in May of 2021. This will be the first ground-up construction project he has tackled with his company, which is bound to bring about unique opportunities. In the next five years, Alvin is working towards 20,000 units in total.