Episode 154: Aaron Letzeiser

Feb 8, 2024Podcast

Real estate investment assets insurance is a critical aspect of property ownership and management in the modern real estate industry. It plays a pivotal role in protecting investors and investors from a wide array of potential risks and financial losses. This type of insurance covers damages caused by events like fire, natural disasters, theft, vandalism, and liability claims, offering a vital layer of security for real estate investments. It ensures that, as an investor, you can confidently navigate the complexities of the real estate market while minimizing the financial impact of unforeseen and unfortunate incidents. Real estate investment assets insurance policies not only safeguard the physical structures but also the financial interests tied to these investments, making them an indispensable tool for property owners.

In the episode, Aaron Letzeiser shares that working with an insurance specializing in real estate investment assets is a win. They possess an in-depth understanding of the insurance processes and have streamlined systems in place to liaise with you, your lender, escrow, and your carrier, ensuring you receive all the necessary notifications. According to Aaron, if you are working with a specialist in the insurance space, you will run into fewer issues while still being able to take advantage of the programs that you find attractive for your portfolio. He also shed light on the availability of diverse policy options that offer effective coverage and flexibility, eliminating the need for multiple policy transactions. This not only reduces non-refundable policy fees but also provides consistency in your coverage, ultimately giving you congruity in your coverage.

Aaron started Obie in collaboration with his brother Ryan, who brought significant expertise from his career in real estate private equity, where he focused on purchasing apartments for value and engaging in fix-and-flip strategies for his rental portfolio. By the time they started Obie, Ryan had firmly entrenched himself in the real estate industry. In contrast, Aaron’s professional background was rooted in insurance, having previously established several companies. However, his enduring interest in real estate drove their collective vision. Aaron explains that as an insurance technology company specializing in serving small and medium-sized residential real estate investors in the United States. Their goal is to make the insurance process more transparent and less painful than traditional insurance offerings—their mission centers on simplifying insurance for their target clientele.

That is what Aaron shares with Fuquan today. He emphasizes the importance of collaborating with insurance specialists dedicated to real estate investment assets for long-term gain. Given that insurance ranks among the most substantial financial commitments for investors, Aaron’s insights are invaluable to your investment journey.

Tune in to get insight into Aaron’s wealth of knowledge in the insurance space and discover how you can optimize your insurance strategies for sustained success in real estate investment.

Highlights from the interview

  • Aaron’s background and how he got started in real estate
  • The residential assets and areas that Obie covers in the insurance space
  • Doing your due diligence on the listing offer for the T12 insurance rate
  • Why new investors get different policy rates from what existing owners had
  • Portfolio insurance vs insurance of a single asset
  • How to strategically separate portfolio insurance policy with the notifications
  • The benefits of working with a specialist in the insurance space
  • The different types of policies that provide effective coverage for held-for-rent properties
  • Finding a good agent who can help you understand your coverage and advocate for you
  • Obie’s technology, how it works, and what differentiates it from other companies



About Aaron Letzeiser

Aaron Letzeiser is the Co-Founder & COO of Obie, a venture-backed insurance and risk management technology platform serving the 17 million real estate investors in the United States. Obie’s digital quoting platform and instant rate options make it the easiest and most transparent way in the market today for investors to obtain coverage.

Prior to founding Obie, Aaron started and grew several successful companies that he’s seen to an exit. In addition to his work at Obie, he is an active real estate investor and a Venture Partner at the San Francisco-based venture capital group Pioneer Fund. Aaron graduated from Michigan State University and was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list.

To learn more about Aaron, you can stay connected with him on his website, LinkedIn, and Twitter.