Ari Rastegar is a prominent real estate entrepreneur based in Dallas, the headquarters of his firm, Rastegar Capital. What sets the firm apart, he says, is that it offers clients a direct relationship unencumbered by acquisition and origination fees.
He says that Rastegar Capital has a focus on investments that are nearly recession-proof, such as self-storage. “When you have the big house and the economy is booming and you buy the new couch,” he asked, “where do you put the old couch? In self-storage. That’s what Americans do. We love our stuff. What happens when the economy goes down and we have another 2008, when people start losing their houses and temporarily need to downsize into an apartment? Where do you put all your stuff that was filling up your big house? Our answer to that is self-storage. Self-storage is recession-resilient.”
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According to the Bloomberg Riskless Return Ranking, self-storage companies had the best risk-adjusted return among ten real estate investment trust indexes in the United States from about 2002 to 2012. They also had the highest total return and the third-lowest volatility. The owners of other commercial real estate investments, such as office buildings and warehouses, fared the worst.
There are four big companies that control most of the self-storage market in the United States, Ari Rastegar said. “It creates a good opportunity if you are a good operator.” He founded Rastegar Capital in 2015. He is a Texas native who holds a law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law.
Ari Rastegar is the founder and CEO of Rastegar Capital, and a “millennial millionaire” who says one of the keys to wise investing lies in good health.
“What people don’t get is, or they don’t think about, is that your body is all you have,” he said. Treating it poorly with bad eating habits is going to impede the performance of the brain. “So if my brain isn’t working, how can I think clearly? And if I’m not thinking clearly, you think I’m going to make the right investment decisions?”
The secret to good health, he says, is that there is no secret. “You eat the things that don’t have labels on them. You eat the boring stuff. That’s the secret. So there’s really no secret. Eat all the stuff that you’ve been told to eat your whole life, like your broccoli.”
Many health experts would agree. Eating more whole foods – those things that don’t have labels on them – is the best way to improve health and prevent disease. To put it another way, it means eating food that is minimally processed; that looks about the same as it did growing naturally.
It also means consuming a lot of plant-based food. “And if you’re having a substantially plant-based diet, if you eat certain types of lean meats, try to stay away from the red meats as much as you can, it’s basic common sense. But the problem with common sense is that not many people really have it anymore; it’s not so common.”
Eating right to stay healthy has allowed Ari Rastegar to put in the long hours it takes to succeed. “The better I treat my body, the better my hormonal function is; my aptitude is higher, I can be awake longer without being tired. Which all plays into the strategies that would make someone successful.”
Interview, May 25, 2016