The Role of Head of Acquisitions, with Steve Mernick

Episode 68:

Episode Topic:

In this episode of Not Just a Transaction, hosts Nick Prefontaine and Zachary Beach chat with special guest Steve Mernick about his role as Head of Acquisitions at Original Real Estate. Steve explains how his work can help change the trajectory of the lives of the people they support and what he does to make that happen. He also shares a little bit about himself and how he went from hustling and working two jobs to making this his full-time passion.

Glossary of Special Terms Used in this Episode:

  • Down payment – An initial payment made when purchasing a home.
  • Rent-to-Own – An agreement between a homeowner and a renter that gives a renter the option to purchase the rented property before the end of the rental period.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Who Steve Mernick is and how he got into real estate
  • What the function is for Head of Acquisitions of a rent-to-own real estate business
  • Steve’s personal background and passion for woodworking
  • What a day as Head of Acquisitions looks like
  • The impact of Steve’s work and why he views it as “not just a transaction.”


Additional Resources:

Steve’s Bio:

Steve Mernick is a Real Estate expert in Creative Financial Real Estate with over 4 years of experience in this RE niche. He is also a Creative financial RE coach and mentor to students both nationally and internationally. Steve’s expertise involves Real Estate deal structuring and Joint venture partnerships, and he and his wife, Lauren, are the founders of Home on Your Terms. Steve and Lauren have 2 children and two dogs, and in his free time, Steve can be found playing Cornhole.

Nick’s Bio:

In 2003, Nick Prefontaine was in a snowboarding accident that left him in a coma for over 3 weeks. The doctors told his parents that he probably wouldn’t walk, talk, or eat on his own again. Less than 3 months later, he was running out of Franciscan Children’s hospital. Now Nick speaks to groups that benefit from his message of overcoming adversity.

Nick grew up in the real estate industry and got started at an early age. Most notably, he was knocking on Pre-Foreclosure doors at 16, doing up to 50 doors a day. This experience helped shape Nick’s real estate career. When someone opens the door you better have something compelling to say.

Now, Nick specializes in working with lease purchase buyers to get them into a home and on the path to homeownership. That includes working with them throughout the entire deal which ends in them being able to get their own loan. Getting buyers to the finish line is something Nick and the entire team at Original Real Estate take pride in. That is something that separates them from their competition. Regardless of a buyer’s credit situation, he looks at their complete financial picture and comes up with a plan to get them into a home.

Zachary’s Bio:

Zachary Beach is an Amazon Best-Selling Author of The New Rules of Real Estate Investing and revised edition of Real Estate On Your Terms. He has been an authority in real estate for 7 years now and has personally completed hundreds of real estate transactions and has mentored investors to complete thousands of transactions.

At the age of 25, Zachary decided to leave the world of bartending and personal training and jump into the family business. Now he is an equal partner and runs the acquisitions department, focusing on helping sellers accomplish their goal of selling their property.

If Zachary is not working, you will find him enjoying the outdoors or spending time with his wife Kayla and two kids, Remi and Bellamy. His passion for family and business is what keeps him motivated and excited to take on each day.