Get off your phone!

Get off your phone!   Ashley and I were recently at a cookout with some top-notch investors, and one of my really good friends was in attendance. As we were sitting around the fire pit, he told us about something that had just been revealed to him, which I felt like I should share with you.   It all happened at a mastermind he attended.   You see, masterminds are…

A different, but permanent fix

A different, but permanent fix   I recently walked into the Gordon County Tax Assessor’s office and approached the desk where I was promptly greeted by one of the assessors who asked, “How can I help you?” I told him that I was about to knock his socks off. He leaned slightly forward with a semi- concerned look, no doubt preparing for a disgruntled taxpayer, and asked, “How’s that?” I…

A lose-lose situation

A lose-lose situation   We try as real estate investors to create win-win situations when constructing our deals. This endeavor takes a lot of practice and a lot of training to accomplish. We spend countless hours reading books about negotiating and creative deal structuring, and we regularly attend seminars on the subject. We do this so we can be prepared to help as many people as possible solve their real…

Something to consider in a sellers’ market

Something to consider in a sellers’ market   Inventory is at an all-time low right now. For instance, there are only 48 houses actively on the market in Bartow County priced at $400,000 or below. That number drops to 28 houses at under $300,000 and it is nearly impossible to find anything for sale under $200,000.   That’s not a lot of houses for an entire county.     Whitfield…

A clarity break

A clarity break   It was around 3:45 p.m. today before I breathed a sigh of relief as Ashley, the family and I headed south on I-85 for Florida. At that time, we weren’t even an hour south of Atlanta despite the fact that we had left Calhoun at 10:30 a.m. That means five hours into a supposed 6 1/2 hour trip, we were no further than two hours away…

Something is missing

Something is missing   My first nonretail job was as a residential painter in college. I then worked for a handyman and then a custom home builder. I finally landed on a rehab crew remodeling both rentals and flips for an investor in Atlanta, which is where I got exposed to real estate investing.   And since my background is in construction, one of my jobs in our company is…

Letter of demand

Letter of demand   Most landlords in our area have their residential leases set up so rent is due on the first and late after the fifth of each month. That scenario means that on the sixth of the month, a letter of demand should be issued to any tenant who has not paid. This letter is often referred to as a “pay or quit” letter, and it should read…

Living in a rehab

Living in a rehab   When Ashley and I got married, we bought the house she grew up in from her mother in Villanow. Now, if you don’t know where Villanow is, you are not alone. It’s located in Walker County and borders Whitfield County and the Johns Mountain Wildlife Management Area where state Route 136 and state Route 201 intersect.   Villanow isn’t a city — it’s a little…

Problem solving a poor baby

Problem solving a poor baby   We had a bad night this week. As a matter of fact, it was one of the worst I can remember in our child rearing career. And it all started while we had the kids working at a flip project we just finished on Sunday.   Real estate investing is our family business. As such, we try to get the kids involved as much…

Do it wrong, do it long

Do it wrong, do it long   When I was in middle and high school, I was on the football team. Notice how I intentionally phrased that statement. Let me explain.   When I was in middle school, we lived in a little town in Madison County called Hull on the outskirts of Athens Ga. As such, I went to Madison County Middle School. There, I wasn’t just on the…