Predictable passive income backed by Texas land

 

WHAT WE DO

Hawthorne Capital is a Houston-based private equity firm that couples Doug Smith’s funds with those of other investors to purchase, subdivide and sell large tracts of rural Texas land.

Our unique business model generates steady and predictable passive income for our investors and private lenders. Investments are backed by tangible assets and often outperform the stock market.

Our managers and advisors have over 100 years of combined real estate investing experience and have bought and sold over $100 million in real estate assets, including over 3,000 acres of rural land.

CORE VALUES

Below are our core values. They reflect what is truly important to us as an organization. These values do not change over time, but rather they are the underpinning of our culture.

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    Utilizing honest and ethical business practices.

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    Making calculated investments that improve the welfare of investors.

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    Embracing a sense of optimism and possibility.

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    Supporting team member happiness and excellence.

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    Focusing on productivity and attention to detail.

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    Attracting, developing, and retaining the best talent.

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    Actively pursuing measurable results to guide our business decisions.

OUR STORY

I started Hawthorne Capital to build and protect my own wealth, and that goal remains the same today. I am proud to be one of the company’s largest investors.

A good partnership is one where everyone wins together. When you partner with us, you won’t find any hidden fees or complex structures. Our returns are created through real profits and not financial engineering.

I am privileged to partner with you and want to thank you for considering Hawthorne Capital for your investment needs.

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Founder and CEO

TEAM

The team behind Hawthorne Capital offers a collective expertise earned from years of successful real estate investment and operations experience.  Our rare combination of skills, including deep industry, technical, financial, operating and transactional capabilities, make us the preferred partner for discerning investors.

Doug Smith

Doug Smith

Founder and CEO

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Doug Smith

BIO

Previously a software developer for ExxonMobil, Doug has gone on to buy and sell over 100 houses and over 3,000 acres of Texas land. Much of that land has been transacted from within Hawthorne Capital, thus providing our investors with predictable passive income. Apart from his real estate investments, he serves as the founder and partner of REI Network, which owns and operates MyHouseDeals.com. This company regularly lands on the lists of Inc. 5,000 Fastest Growing Companies and HBJ Best Places to Work. Doug was recently named to the HBJ 40 Under 40 list and became bilingual after spending a year living in Spain and Chile. To give back, he invests in veteran-owned businesses, mentors local entrepreneurs and grants scholarships to graduating high school seniors. Doug graduated from the Business and Honors Colleges at Texas Tech University, finishing with a 4.0 GPA and as the top graduate out of 570 students. Connect with Doug on Linkedin or Facebook.

Spencer Grogan

Spencer Grogan

President of Hawthorne Income Fund

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Spencer Grogan

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Spencer is a proven sales, operations and organizational leader. A former collegiate and professional baseball player, he has gone on to hold various leadership positions in his corporate career. During his decade-long tenure at Baker Hughes, he rose to the positions of global sales director and North America product line director, ultimately leading teams of over 200 employees. He then went on to hold the titles of vice president and director of the board for other companies in oil field services and private equity. He is most recognized for consistently driving revenues while cutting costs, even during market downturns. His extensive management and sales experience combined with his passion for rural land make him an indispensable part of the team. Spencer holds a BBA in Business Management and Marketing from Oklahoma State University and is nearing completion of an Executive MBA from Rice University.

Mark Inyart

President of Hawthorne Ventures Fund

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Mark Inyart

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Mark has bought, sold or leased over 200 properties valued at over $15 million. Included in those properties are the over 3,000 acres of rural land that he’s bought and sold over the last few years. According to Mark, he wouldn’t be where he is today without the support of the real estate clubs he’s been actively involved in, the seasoned investors he’s met and turned into peers, and, of course, the hardworking team of 20+ professionals that he's put together. A self-admitted workaholic who spends most of his time doing deals and managing his team, he does find time to learn, teach and give back. He served on the board of the Realty Investment Club of Houston, has educated fellow investors at local meetings and is proud to be a part of a small, prestigious and invite-only group comprising Houston’s top real estate investors. But even with all he's accomplished thus far, you'll often find him saying, "This is just the beginning."

Jack Berger

Jack Berger

Vice President of Investor Relations

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Jack Berger

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Jack is passionate about helping others. At Hawthorne Capital, that entails educating clients on our investment offerings and guiding them through the decision-making process. Jack sits on the board or serves as president of various non-profit organizations, many of which aim to advance human rights. He has risen to various leadership roles throughout his career. More recently, he has held the position of advertising account executive for one of Houston’s premier publications. Jack was previously the executive director for the Greater Houston Sports Foundation. He also owned and operated a sports marketing and sponsorship procurement agency for many years. Clients included the Grand Prix of Houston, Reliant Park, The Big 12 Conference and the Houston Dynamo. He can often be found at Houston sporting events with clients or rooting on the Texas A&M Aggies with his two sons. Jack is a dual-degree graduate from Syracuse University.

John Ernst

John Ernst

Licensed Texas Broker

Key Partner

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Richard Drake

Richard Drake

Real estate investor & business owner

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Eddie Gant

Eddie Gant

Real estate investor & business owner

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Brant Phillips

Brant Phillips

Real estate investor & business owner

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Glenn Dickson

Glenn Dickson

Real estate investor & business owner

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Jaime Alvizar

Jaime Alvizar

Operations Manager

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Ellen Mangrum

Ellen Mangrum

Investment Coordinator

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PROJECTS

Below are a few projects by Hawthorne Capital or one of Doug's other business entities. Inquire for details on these and others.

260 Acres Near Alvin

Purchase Price: $550,000      Return on Investment: 2.3x      Project Duration: 18 months

This deal was extremely successful with high cash-on-cash returns despite a longer than expected timeline. We sold larger tracts, mostly on owner financing, although a large buyer came in and bought some for cash.

88 Acres Near Waller

Purchase Price: $440,000      Return on Investment: 1.6x      Project Duration: 12 months

The cash-on-cash return on this deal was even higher than Alvin due to securing bank financing and completing the deal in just 12 months. Tracts were 11 acres each. Most sold on owner financing.

151 Acres in Rock Island

Purchase Price: $803,374      Return on Investment: 1.6x      Project Duration: 10 months

We subdivided this tract into 10 parcels of 10 to 20 acres each. Two sold for cash, and the rest sold on owner financing.

99 Acres in Garwood

Project in progress. For more details Send Inquiry.

205 Acres in Eagle Lake

Project in progress. For more details Send Inquiry.

852 Acres in East Bernard

Project in progress. For more details Send Inquiry.

160 Acres in Eagle Lake

Project in progress. For more details Send Inquiry.

117 Acres in Ganado

Project in progress. For more details Send Inquiry.

309 Acres in Sealy

Project in progress. For more details Send Inquiry.

134 Acres in Cleveland

Map and pictures coming soon. For more details Send Inquiry.

INQUIRE ABOUT INVESTING WITH US

Please fill out the form below, and we'll provide a free phone consultation regarding our investment opportunities and keep you informed via occasional emails.

We are constantly evaluating and purchasing rural Texas land and providing predictable passive income to our investors. However, we only raise capital during certain periods, and we may or may not be doing that at this time. The ability for an investor to participate in a fund is done on a first come, first served basis.

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    Contact

    Physical Address:
    1210 West Clay Street, Suite 8, Houston, TX 77019
    Tel: (832) 205-3444
    Mailing Address:
    PO Box 667243, Houston, TX 77266
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