Award becomes calling card for JV deals

"It has definitely given me more confidence,” he says. “When the veteran real estate investors and industry experts dissect your plan and give you their seal of approval, you know you're on the right track.”

For Dreskai, leveraging the credibility of the award has played an important part in his pitches to potential partners.

“It immensely increases your credibility to have industry veterans recognize your success,” he says. “All of a sudden, your investment plans are much more credible when backed up and recognized by the industry experts.”

In addition to using his status as an award-winner in his pitches, Dreskai uses his West Coast Top Investor Award as marketing material on his website.

The authority of the awards is tangible among peers and mentors. But in addition to recognizing talent within the industry, the awards act as an important benchmark to distinguish legitimate, trustworthy investors in a largely unregulated industry.

“The real estate investment industry does not get a lot of regulation - anyone can buy a property listed on MLS and call themselves a real estate investor and start looking for JV partners,” points out Dreskai. “The awards help seasoned investors who do their homework and have a successful track record differentiate themselves from the others. It helps JV partners have more confidence in whom to invest with.”

Nominations for the West Coast Top Investor Awards close Friday October 12. To learn more about the ten new categories added this year and to find out more about how you can vote, visit

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