Face to face

Face to face     Monday morning was super busy for me. You see, we had a closing where we were purchasing a double wide on it’s on land, and I needed to prepare closing docs, get a cashier’s check for that closing and also attend to my normal Monday morning commitments.   Due to labor shortages, my bank’s local branch had its lobby closed. As such, I had to…

Writ of possession

Writ of possession   I meet with a tired landlord recently at a property where they’d just finished the eviction process. And this person said multiple times during our meeting that they never wanted to be a landlord ever again.   The reason for this was the tenants owed the landlord quit a bit of money. Months prior to the eviction, one of the tenants had moved out. Because of…

Friends, family and business

Friends, family and business   I was talking to a landlord recently who had been put through the wringer by her tenants. You see, she had bought a freshly remodeled, four bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, 2,000-square-foot home and paid retail price for it.     Now, this landlord was not a hedge fund, and she was not a high roller looking to put lazy money to work. She was just…

Another statistic

Another statistic   Have you heard it said that 8 out 10 small businesses fail within the first 18 months? I have, and I just thought it was true. As a matter of fact, I went looking for it the other day and was kind of surprised as to what I found.   I found that statistic was stated in a Forbes article from 2013. But they gave no data…

To be, or not be free and clear

To be, or not be free and clear   I come from the Dave Ramsey school of thought when it comes to managing finances. I don’t like personal debt, and I prefer to pay cash for things. As a matter of fact, Ashley and I have never had a car payment during our marriage. We no longer have any student loan debt, and we only use our personal credit cards…

Find your pace

Find your pace   Last week, we talked about my experience with the swim portion of the Lake Lanier Island Sprint Triathlon, which I recently participated in. We left off at the very end of the swim when I was finally able to make it past the crowd and start swimming normally.   As I stood up and started to run out of the water, Ashley cheered me on. I…

Swim, bike, run

Swim, bike, run   I recently participated in the Lake Lanier Island Sprint Triathlon … and it was awesome. If you are not familiar with a sprint triathlon, it’s a race that consists of a quarter-mile swim, a 13-mile bike ride and then a 5k run, which is 3.10 miles.     This was my first one ever. And to say I was nervous was an understatement.   We got…

Going on an adventure

Going on an adventure   We just got back from driving an RV across the United States to see the Grand Canyon in Arizona. And it was awesome.   We rented a 30-foot class C motor home to take us on our journey. When it got delivered, the whole family excitedly piled in to check out the new ride. You should have seen the looks on my kids faces.  …

‘Someday’

‘Someday’   On a recent trip, I pulled off the highway and into a mom-and-pop filling station called the Sunset Gas & Grill. It was just outside the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Texas. I always thought filling station wasn’t an adequate way to describe such establishments because you don’t just fill there — you empty as well. And I really needed to.   I pulled alongside the pump in a…

Walking a mortgage

Walking a mortgage   I will never forget that day. I was on my way down to Atlanta to attend Gary Johnston’s Financial Freedom Principle’s seminar. As I was driving, I was listening to another course that featured speakers like Jack Miller, Peter Fortunato, Jimmy Napier and Clyde Wilson.   I pulled up to the Financial Freedom event, and I walked in and found Kim Cook, the wonderful lady I…