EP 219 – Land Development In The Great Smoky Mountains w/ Real Estate Investor Austin Williams

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Show Notes

The pandemic turned the Great Smoky Mountains into a real estate hotspot, attracting buyers and investors alike. In this episode, host Dan Austin talks to East Tennessee native and land developer, Austin Williams of Compass Ventures. He dives into their vertically integrated business model, strategies for finding development opportunities, and the real estate boom in the region.

Austin recounts his journey from financial planner to real estate investor, discussing his transition into land development with Compass Ventures and their projects in workforce housing and cabin development.

He also shares an interesting story about successfully navigating a complex reversion clause to transform a low-income housing project into a valuable asset. Join this conversation on the opportunities in land development and the advantages of vertical integration!


Topics discussed in this episode:

  • The benefits of vertical integration in real estate
  • Austin’s path to real estate development
  • Challenges and opportunities in Knoxville’s real estate market
  • How Compass Ventures finds properties and finances projects
  • Compass Ventures’ core pillars, key projects, and future plans


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