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Andrew Ragusa wants to provide over 100 families with work and opportunities by 2025 through his real estate brokerage and private equity fund that invests in real estate. He wants to share with these families the support that was given to him by the most important person in his life, his Aunt Lilla.
Andrew went to college and earned a master’s degree in health care administration. After graduating he was $60K in debt and only making about $30K annually. Throughout his struggle, he had his Aunt Lilla who watched over him and took care of him financially while he was finding his place in the world.
After some years trying to find a job that put his knowledge to work, Andrew decided to beef up his resume by taking courses and getting certifications left and right. He was certified in all of Microsoft Office and even became a Notary Public.
Andrew started in real estate by October 2015, fully supported by his Aunt Lilla, who promised to help see him through this career change. And lo and behold, just after four months of getting his license, Andrew was already shining.
In early 2016, Andrew won Top 40 Under 40, in 2017 he was awarded Excellence in Real Estate, he was in the Keller Williams Silver Circle in 2018, and awarded the King of Queens (NY) for 2019. Even this year, Andrew just got notified he will be awarded Top 40 Under 40 again.
Once Andrew’s friends and family saw how well things were going for him, they decided to invest in his projects, which gave him more capital for flipping. This snowballed into what is now Andrew’s private equity fund called Assets for Opportunity, which is named after his Aunt Lilla.
Being involved in RE has given Andrew the opportunity to do what he had always wanted: to help other people, which is why he had originally studied to be in the healthcare business. Through real estate, he is helping people with their biggest financial decision of their lives, which is what will be their home and/or how to invest in properties.
Andrew is constantly looking to create more opportunities for people to invest in themselves and work hard to create an abundant productive life that feels good and accomplished.
But there are several challenges that can get in the way when doing this or starting a business, such as the noise in life that can distract you or slow you down. This is why Andrew recommends understanding what it means to have integrity and stay true to yourself.
Andrew also believes that fear is an indicator that whatever is in front of us is just something we have not learned how to do. Whenever we are afraid of something it is because we do not know what that something is. For Andrew, fear is the next level for his mind to grow, and as a leader to his team he needs to be able to create certainty by controlling fear and learning from it.
Andrew’s next projects include working on his private equity fund, which will be pretty unique in that the people investing in it will get lump sums on a regular basis, rather than when a building is sold down the road. Both his Real Estate Brokerage and Construction projects are hiring more and more people regularly. He will also continue to care for his Aunt Lilla, and keep pushing to create opportunities for multiple families.
To learn more about Andrew Ragusa’s journey on instagram, click here.