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Power 180 - Squeeze Test

Jul 23, 2021


Welcome back to the newest installment of Power 180- 3 minutes of Housing Literacy that can change your life (sponsored by Powerful Homes). Today’s question: What do you do first…the hard thing or the easy thing that’s familiar? Don’t overthink it. Think about your last 30 days. Have you stretched to grow in ways that are uncomfortable? How about the last year? If you’re like most people, you tend to do what you know and is easy. Here at Powerful Homes, we seek out and try and be at our best during a SQUEEZE TEST. It’s our calling card and what sets us apart. Our hope is that what is on the inside comes out when we are under pressure and squeezed.



Episode Transcript:

Welcome to the Housing Literacy Podcast with host Matt Guarino, founder of Powerful Homes. Matt's mission is to empower dreams through home ownership. We're here to help. We're going to do this together and now Matt Guarino.

My name is Matt Guarino and this is Power 180, 3 minutes of housing literacy that can empower your dreams and transform your life. So today's question is what do you do first? The hard thing or the easy thing that's familiar? Don't overthink it. You know, think about the last 30 days, have you stretched to grow in ways that are uncomfortable or have you in the last year had done things like that? Just give it some thought. So if you're like most people you tend to do what is, you know, and what is easy. So here at Powerful homes, and as it relates to real estate, we seek out and try to be at our best during a thing we like to call a squeeze test. It's our calling card. And it's what sets us apart. Our hope is that what is on the inside of all of us at powerful homes comes out when we're squeezed and under pressure. That's how we look at it.

So our vision is to empower dreams through real estate. Our mission is to help 10,000 buyers in the next 10 years purchase their first home or investment property. And our values are to be bold, keep it real and bring the fun. So those are the things that we hope come out when we're under pressure. So we always like to have the receipts. What I'd like to do is share a couple of quick stories with you, one person at one professional about how this works for us. So for me, on a personal level as you might know, from listening to other podcasts I started with nothing. I got a paper route when I was a kid. Bought my first home when I was 31, moved to Colorado and went all in, you know, I went all in with real estate and I started with buying one home, ended up buying hundreds of homes.

So the squeeze test that I would like to talk about there is my wife when we had an all the, while we had four young kids, our last was born when Earl was five. So we had five kids, four and under, I went all in on real estate and I was scared to death. And there was so many squeeze tests throughout that process. And what I learned was I had what it takes. I was more alert during that time than it would have been if I didn't put myself under pressure and good things came out.

The professional story is the last six months working with first-time home buyers. It's so intense trying to find a property that's not overpriced. So we've been buying off market and on market for buyers. And one thing we'd like to say is that we decide upfront how we're going to act. So during the process, which can be very stressful, we send a first aid kit to our buyers to get them through so that when they go through that squeeze test, their biggest values and the virtues can come out. So we'd love to be your guides. We'd love to help you buy your first home or your first investment property. We're Powerful Homes, and you can check us out online at, and you can do this and together, we got this.

Thank you for listening to another episode of the housing literacy podcast. Don't forget to like comment and hit that subscribe button and stay connected with Matt Guarino by visiting


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