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Small Axe Podcast

Mar 8, 2021

Today’s guest is John Burpee, the CEO and president of John Burpee & Associates. He has over 30 years of experience in multifamily real estate. Over his career, he has brokered over $.800 million in multi-family investment real estate in Florida. He is widely recognized as the premier expert for multi-family broker services at Tampa Bay and throughout Florida.

Let’s listen to John to learn more about his inspiring life story and real estate journey that takes him to financial freedom at such an early age.

[00:01 – 05:00] Opening Segment 

  • Let’s get to know John Burpee.
  • I talk about how we met.
  • John shares the story about his background and how he got to where he is today.
    • He grew up in a real estate family and industry.
    • He took over the family business after his father passed away at his early age.
  • John talks about the beginning of his career in real estate.
  • Time heals all wounds in real estate.
    • If you can weather the test of time, you’ll come out on the better side of the real estate investment no matter how bad it gets.


[05:01 – 11:44] The Generational Gap in the Family Business

  • John talks about the first few years when he took over the family business.
  • The age gap and generational difference.
    • They are bringing old knowledge into new technology.
  • John talks about where his business is located at the moment.
  • Why he chooses Tampa Bay, Florida.

[11:45 – 26:00] The Development and Growth in Tampa Bay

  • John talks about some of the fastest-growing regions in the Tampa Bay area,
  • The upsides of the Tampa Bay area.
    • It is known to be quiet coast vs. the east coast that is more metropolitan. 
  • John talks about the effect of the Pandemic in Tampa Bay and why it is not very affected much.
    • A quiet tourist destination.
  • John talks about some of the Government innovation projects in Tampa Bay.
  • Middle-class neighborhood to invest in Tampa Bay
    • The target area for the investor to invest in duplex and other properties.
    • The house flipping returns in the highly sought-after neighborhood.
  • Seminole Heights market
    • The go-to-market in Tampa Bay.
    • A definite amount of growth in those areas in 5 years.
  • The University area market in Tampa Bay.
    • It used to be a secondary market but now has come into its own.
    • 97.7% built out of usable land in the Tampa Bay area.
  • John talks about the investor market that is buying and targeting the Tampa Bay area.
    • The increase of investors from other states for the last six months.
  • The 2020 pandemic had zero effect on home prices in home sales during a year.
    • It’s just a matter of time, time going to heal the pandemic wound; it’s just how long we can endure for those wounds to go on.


[26:01 – 30:45] Consistency in Growth

  • John talks about the consistency and stability in investment growth.
  • John talks about one of his deal experiences.
    • Four full-price offers by the next day when he put it on the market.
  • John shares his family dynamic in real estate and his family business.
    • Building legacy.


[30:46 – 33:42] Closing segment


  • If your great-great grandkids are to write a book about you, how would you like it to be titled? 


    • Fiercely Honest
  • Connect with John. See the links below. 
  • Final words from me.


Tweetable Quotes:

If you can weather the test of time, you’ll come out on the better side of the real estate investment no matter how bad it gets..” –  John Burpee.

Bringing old knowledge into new technology.” –  John Burpee.

The 2020 pandemic had zero effect on home price in home sales during a year.” –  John Burpee.

You can connect with John through email at  or visit his website at


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