From Corporate Puppet To Real Estate Success

Our guest today, Cliff Hayden, is a real estate investor and the founder of—an online software tool that automates the most difficult part of property management: finding and screening qualified leads.

In the late 90’s, Cliff was tired of being a puppet on a string for the corporation he worked for. Intrigued by real estate, he wanted to pursue it but wanted to make sure it was going to be the right avenue for him.

Then with timing on his side, he found a way to give real estate a try it before he left the comfort of a paycheck… he got himself suspended!

After making his salary in just the first month and holding the longest suspension in his company’s history, Cliff decided to go all in and quit his job to pursue real estate investing as a career.

Business was good for Cliff but he grew tired of taking hundreds of calls and emails from unqualified leads just to find that one good renter. He was tired of managing showings and following up with people.

He was struggling to find time for his family. He decided he needed a better way. And when he couldn’t find a better way, he built it.

Since developing, Cliff is able to focus on his business and let the website manage the leads so he can spend more quality time with the people he loves.

I do have some regrets and one of them was not being around for my two older kids like I should’ve been because I was working all the time. So I’m trying to make up for that now and with this system and with the other systems we’re using I have time to do whatever I want, it’s a new feeling but it’s a great feeling to have freedom in your day.

Listen in as Cliff shares the details of those early days and how he made the transition from trading time for money to finding the right balance of priorities in his life.

Also, find out:

  • How ShowMeTheRental works
  • Cliff’s first investment property
  • How he leads by example for his kids

Cliff went from a corporate puppet to real estate success because he had one thing…burning desire. And that, paired with a smart exit strategy was the perfect recipe to create the lifestyle he desired.


Mark: Go to, it’s a great tool at an amazing value of $49 until your house rents.

Scott: This book could help our listeners who struggle with sales. Check out, Questions that Sell: The Powerful Process for Discovering What Your Customer Really Wants by Paul Cherry.

Cliff: Check out the app, Blinkist. Key takeaways from books that will take 15 to 20 minutes to read. It’s a really good tool to keep your mind sharp.

Isn’t it time to create passive income so you can work where you want, when you want and with whomever you want?

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