Crazy as flip

Crazy as flip

  So, you’ve been telling everyone that you buy houses, and you’ve finally found someone who needs to sell their property quickly. After you inspect the house, you realize it needs work. But there could be a good profit if you fix it up and sell it. You get the seller to the kitchen table and structure the deal of the century. The seller accepts, and you close the deal….

How to get a quality tenant

How to get a quality tenant

  I’m often asked how I’ve learned to successfully manage rental property. You see, every landlord takes a course in property management, either via the school of hard knocks, or from a good teacher.   I was blessed to learn my property management system from two great teachers, Bill Cook and David Tilney. And because of their philosophies and strategies, we have a track record of getting great tenants who…

Pareto’s Principle

Pareto’s Principle

    Vilferado Pareto was an Italian economist in the late 1800s. While working at the University of Lausanne, in Switzerland, he noticed that income was unevenly distributed throughout Italy. After researching the issue, he determined that approximately 80 percent of the land in Italy was owned by 20 percent of the people. This led Pareto to investigate other countries where he discovered a similar statistic ⎯ 80 percent of the…

Don’t be stupid

Don’t be stupid

  I’ve been blessed to have a great friend — but an even better mentor — by the name of Bill Cook. He’s the man who taught me most of what I know when it comes to property management, creative deal structuring and running a real estate investing business. And to this day, he challenges me to be better.   You may be asking how Ashley and I earned the…

Read everything you sign

Read everything you sign

  We’re doing a property right now that has a propane furnace, so we went to see Ms. Sue over at Calhoun LP Gas. She got me taken care of and scheduled their guys to bring me a tank the following week, weather permitting.   As we were doing the paperwork, Ms. Sue noticed I was reading everything and remarked that that was fine, but that it was just their…

Working in your area

Working in your area

  One of the biggest mistakes I see beginning investors make is buying a property a long distance away from where they live.   And trust me, I understand. It was a great deal. And you hadn’t seen anything that cheap around you.     Ashley and I did the same thing when we bought a place for $8,000 45 minutes (one-way mind you) from where we lived. And that…

Oh B-1 can no beat

Oh B-1 can no beat

Oh B-1 can no beat.   That title was supposed to sound like the Star Wars character Obi-Wan Kenobi. Yeah I know it’s a stretch, but bear with me.   The reason I chose that title is because B-1 is the lot number of a Lonnie Deal we have down in Acworth. And I want to tell you about it because, to reference Star Wars again, “the force is strong…

Checking the state of your flock

Checking the state of your flock

  I was having lunch with a good friend and investor named Emmett, recently. We talked about the current market and strategies we’re implementing, and we discussed what we see our other investor friends doing.   One of those friends hasn’t done many deals lately because she got her start when the market was at the bottom. Now that the market is moving so much, she is afraid it will…

What direction are you going?

What direction are you going?

  According to a recent article by businessinsider.com, 80 percent of New Years resolutions fail by the second week of February. By the time you’re reading this, it will be the third week of February.   So let me ask you, how are you doing?   Another article I read by Forbes said only 8 percent of people achieve their New Year’s resolutions. That’s staggering.   I’ve never been a…

It’s not about you. It’s about them.

It’s not about you. It’s about them.

  I had two recent experiences that were the epitome of poor customer service. One was at a recent closing where the real estate professionals were bantering back and forth so loudly that the attorney and the buyer (the actual customer who is paying everyone’s salary at the table) couldn’t hear each other. The second was at a big box store where I had a less-than-enjoyable time picking up some…