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Meet Christopher Govoruhk of Govoruhk Group in Woodland Hills

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christopher Govoruhk.

Christopher, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My father began investing in real estate on the side when I was about 12 years old. He was doing small deals such as flips and rental homes which exposed me to the concept of owning real estate for profit at a young age. It intrigued me and I really developed a passion for the design and architecture side. I began educating myself every way I could with books and the internet. Ever since then I knew it was what I wanted to do. I started my first company as soon as I could at 18 years old. Now here I am at 23 just building and expanding my network, my business, my portfolio.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I would have to say my greatest challenge thus far has been, “It takes money to make money”, as the old saying goes. Many of my business contemporaries, especially young ones, in their late 20s or early 30s, were lucky enough to be born with a silver spoon.

They got a lot of their seed money from family. Although my father did have his successes in life, the recession was not easy and I would only say I had a middle-class child hood. That being said, I didn’t have the “family money” others got to begin with.

Now at 23, most of those I graduated High School with are still in or just getting out of college and I’ve been working in an office since I was 15 and building my own business since I was 18. Part of what I need to do is leverage my position with investors in order to put a deal together. This is not only an obstacle that makes a deal more difficult, but it becomes an expense on my bottom-line.

Please tell us about Govoruhk Group.
My development projects to date comprise of over 5 million square feet of real estate.

Now in addition to this, I have grown my business into providing private capital financing, both debt, and equity, to other investor/developers. Being a developer myself, I provide a unique mindset and perspective that allows me to finance projects that others won’t. It’s not 2006. The big banks don’t provide financing for land and construction like they used to, and that’s where I can step in. I do provide bridge capital for easy deals, but I pride myself on being able to do all the difficult projects like; rural or unimproved land, entitlement, ground up construction, fix and flips, water and fire damaged, and special purpose properties.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
There will always be ups and downs. Real Estate is an extremely volatile industry. But no matter what, real estate is land, and there is only so much of it. There will always be a use, need and value to it. It is all a matter of knowing what is happening in the world and how it is affecting every move you make.

One day people are spending like crazy and I am building an ultra-luxury Beverly Hills mansion with views, and the next we are in a recession and I have to be building a new Dollar Tree on a busy Los Angeles corner. There is always a way to make money in real estate despite the market, you just have to be flexible.

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Christopher Andrew Govoruhk

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