Aaron Leatherdale is a born entrepreneur who caught the real estate “bug” at age 22 when he purchased his first 4plex. Aaron then went on to build a portfolio of 40+ rental units in the US and Canada while launching multiple businesses including SFR home-flipping, a short term rental business (Airbnb’s), an outdoor advertising company, and a sales business serving real estate investors across the nation and generating over $3MM of sales in its first year. Aaron also built a property management company from scratch with 60+ rental units for the sole purpose of learning and experiencing firsthand the PM business, only to dissolve that company and liquidate his portfolio to invest the equity into larger assets.
In 2021, Aaron founded Oak IQ Investments and grew the company to $115MM+ of multifamily AUM in 3 states. Aaron is also the founder and CEO of Arkbuilt Construction which currently oversees $7MM+ of renovation projects in Kansas City.
When it comes to real estate investing, Aaron’s philosophy is, “You don’t find deals, you create them”. As a result, Aaron has been involved in many unique and creative real estate transactions including converting condominiums to multifamily properties, compiling townhomes and houses into packages and selling them for a profit, wholesaling, house-hacking, NNN master leases of multifamily properties, purchase options, high-end SFR flips, short term rentals, renovating properties destroyed by fire, complex syndications and JV partnerships, seller-financed deals, 1031 exchanges, and various TIC structures designed to defer tax. Aaron has negotiated and transacted on a wide range of investment properties from packages of SFR’s all the way up to 300+ unit Class A apartment buildings straight from the developer.
Aaron is highly skilled and knowledgeable with creative financing and varied capital stacks including low/no money down deals, owner-financing and seller carry back loans, hard money/private loans (secured and unsecured), mezz debt, pref equity, common equity, conventional mortgages in both the US and Canada, bank debt, and Fannie/Freddie agency financing.
A persistent negotiator and optimist, Aaron has closed many deals that others said could not be closed. With a winning mindset, Aaron finds fulfillment and joy in adding value wherever possible, and helping his clients, partners, and friends grow into their fullest potential.