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Who We Are

Skyrise Equity Group is a boutique real estate investment company on a mission to make financial freedom possible and easily accessible for investors. We leverage our vast experience in the industry, our stringent market research, a wide network of contacts, and state-of-the-art technology to find and manage the highest-yielding investment opportunities in the market.

Strategic Advisors

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Led by Ashley Wilson and J Scott, Bar Down Investments was founded in 2018 and has acquired over $60m in multifamily apartments across multiple states.

Ashley has been a real estate investor since 2008 and is a sought after speaker on

multifamily operations, inclusive of asset & construction management. She has consulted and advised several well-known owners across the country and leads a multifamily coaching program, helping other investors learn to invest in apartments. J is an industry leader, having written four best-selling investment books, and has personally bought and sold over $70M in residential real estate since 2008. He is a sought-after speaker and mentor. After a prominent technology career, J still participates as a strategic advisor for several venture-backed companies in the real estate space.


Marco Barbaro

Co-founder of MIH Mastermind

In 1996, Marco graduated from Fairfield University and turned down a job with GE Capital to go into the restaurant business with his brother Gino.  At the age of 23, he bought his first multifamily property, a 4-family, in New York. In 2013, he began investing with his brother and Jake in Knoxville Tennessee, where they purchased their first twenty-five unit deal.  Since then, he has partnered with Jake & Gino and on his own on over 2,800 units, and has witnessed and participated in the growth of the company.

Hadar Orkibi

Principal and Managing Partner of MFI Holdings.

With over two decades of experience as a property investor and trader, Hadar’s focus is on multifamily apartment buildings with high potential. Utilizing his expert strategies in house flipping, subdivision, new construction, NNN commercial real estate, joint ventures, and multifamily investing, Hadar has helped thousands of investors diversify their portfolios.


Bastian Kneuse

CEO & Founder

Utilizing 20 years of experience in real estate, finance, capital markets, and process optimization, Bastian has been successfully locating, negotiating, acquiring, and managing high-performing assets throughout the Sun Belt region of the United States. He has ownership and management interests in 480+ units of multifamily across AL, AZ, TX and OK.

Driven by data and risk/return optimization, Bastian’s proprietary data analytics tool further set Skyrise’s investment methodology apart from the rest. He has been responsible for Skyrise’s initial underwriting, deals analysis, contract negotiation, capital raising, and deal closing.

Bastian gained a wealth of experience in financial planning, analysis, modeling, and operations as a senior finance officer in firms like American Express and Wells Fargo in New York and San Francisco. 

With a Masters in Finance and a MBA in International Business, Bastian’s education helped him blaze a trail in the financial sector. His master thesis focused on the Performance of Sustainable Investment Funds. He is also a CFA candidate, a patent holder, and certified in Six Sigma Lean.


Born and raised in the Munich area of Germany, Bastian’s first career was as a professional basketball player in the German basketball league. He currently resides in Charlotte, NC with his family.


Our Core Values

Integrity and trust

We do the right thing even when no one is looking. We receive respect and trust by giving the utmost respect to all, whether staff, investors, potential clients, sellers, or tenants. We are wholly transparent and we believe in honesty in every transaction and interaction.

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We succeed when you thrive. Our relationships are built on trust and we believe in listening, helping, and supporting each other so we can all collectively achieve our dreams while giving back to the community.



We employ only the most strategic tools and data-driven processes to deliver high-quality services that are designed to elevate wealth and enhance wellbeing. Our proven solutions have brought financial independence to many investors and partners.

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