When talking about the Texas commercial real estate industry, you cannot fail to mention top investor and developer, Hamza Ali. His work in the community and the commercial real estate field is significant, with a portfolio of over $270M. Hamza has also built a successful online brand that he is using to change the commercial real estate space and empower investors and developers. But what many do not know is that this phenomenal businessman has not always been this successful.
When he moved to the US to chase his American dream, Hamza Ali did not even have the money to build his first property. He had just left Dubai to search for an opportunity, as at that time, his country was undergoing a financial crisis.
Having worked in the Dubai real estate industry before moving to the US, Hamza wanted to try his luck in the same field but in a different market. However, it was not easy for him to get started. He was a foreigner trying to find his way in a new field, and getting approved for bank loans was challenging considering his low credit scores. This made it almost impossible to raise enough capital to launch his venture.
According to Hamza Ali, these obstacles made him feel like he had made the wrong decision. But he was not ready to surrender his American dream, and with few remaining options, he knew the only way to make this a reality was to step out of his comfort zone.
Hamza invested in his dream, and through hard work and determination, he was finally granted a construction loan that he used to develop his project. His unique strategy, deep understanding of the market, and solid network gave him an advantage as a commercial real estate investor/developer with his properties standing out in the market.
Hamza turned a $1M development into a $16M exit. He also managed to raise over $5M on TikTok for investments. He says that his goal is to continue growing his portfolio as he develops more commercial flex space in Houston and Texas. Hamza is redefining the commercial real estate sector and using the resources available to him to help other developers and investors.
He has built a personal brand on social media with over 52K followers on Instagram and 72K+ on TikTok. Hamza also started a YouTube channel where he shares tips to help others in the field find their way and potentially expand their portfolio.
“In life, there are numerous challenges, and not everything will work according to your expectations,” notes Hamza. But that doesn’t mean you should give up. Hamza adds that the only way to know what is on the other end is by working toward it and not letting any situation or person weigh you down.
If Hamza Ali had started blaming his circumstances at the time, he would never have achieved his American dream. He chose to focus on the positive, and by never giving up and fighting for his ideas, he is now a celebrated real estate investor and developer. His journey is a source of inspiration to others going through difficult situations, encouraging us to keep pushing no matter what.