Episode 030: Firefighter Sells $30 Million in Real Estate on his ‘Days Off’

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My Guest on the Show…

Ben Arredondo – Firefighter and Founder of The Envision Real Estate Team in Phoenix, Arizona.

For those of you who didn’t know, I am not only the founder/creator of Money Peach Blog, Money Peach Podcast, and Awesome Money Course, I am also a full-time firefighter in Phoenix, Arizona. I mention this because my guest on the show today is also a full-time firefighter and a very successful real estate agent in the Phoenix area.

Some of his accolades are:

Top 40 under 40 Real Estate Agents 4 Years in a Row

$30 Million in Homes Sold in 2016

Ranked #31 out of 40,000 agents across Arizona

Featured in multiple Firefighter Calendars Pin Ups 🙂

I bring Ben on the show to tell his story. He comes from extremely humble beginnings and has built up a real estate business that is simply impressive. He has a very unique view on debt, the power of paying cash, on saving for retirement, and learning to live on less than you make.


Some of my favorite takeaways from this episode:

“Living within your means right now can really set yourself up for success later down the road”

“My parents told me if you have a credit card, you pay it off every month. You pay cash and you only buy things you can afford and you never have a car payment.

“It doesn’t make sense to pay interest on something that goes down in value”

“If you are going to make money, you should always save and invest it somewhere”

“If you surround yourself by the right people, with the right mentors, really good things can happen”

“You have to just start doing it. You can figure out the details later just as long as you start to creating a tornado of action. If you put enough work in, you will figure out the details along the way. If you are sitting waiting for the perfect plan, you’re probably going to fail. Perfection doesn’t necessarily exist.”

“The more mistakes you make and the quicker you make them, the quicker you are going to have success”

My parents never taught me how to make money. They taught me how to take care of the people around me and then the money followed

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Mentioned in this Episode


The Envision Team

Contact Ben

Awesome Money Course

Show Notes

Humble Beginnings [2:20]

The Real Estate Dream [2:16]

The Red Rocket [7:58]

The Short Sale Failure [10:10]

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Chris Petrie

Chris (Peach) Petrie is a personal finance expert, money coach, speaker and podcaster.

In 2011, Chris and his family were exhausted from living paycheck-to-paycheck and facing a mountain of debt. They started going against the society standards of misbehaving with money and made the decision to take back control of their lives and money. Within seven months they paid off $52,000, started saving like crazy and began building real wealth.

The word spread fast and Chris started showing friends how to create a budget over dinner. Soon after he started showing their friends how to do the same and eventually Chris started teaching personal finance classes around the community. As the need for the classes grew, Chris launched Money Peach in 2015.

Money Peach was created to help everyday people remove the stress and fear of money by showing them how to save more, make more, and keep more of their money.

Chris Peach has been featured in places like Business Insider, The Huffington Post, Elite Daily, and CheddarTV.

When Chris isn’t at “work” he can be found at the Crossfit gym or riding on the fire truck — Chris is also a full-time firefighter in Phoenix, Arizona.


    • Hey Ryan! Thanks for listening and for your comment. This interview has been one of the most listened to and most shared out of the 30 we have done. Therefore, there will be more of these types of shows in the future 🙂


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