The Oldest Recorded Deed

As you walk into a deed room, it can feel a little scary.   First, you realize you’re in a vault in the depths of your local court house. Second, the thick steel doors that protect the deed room from fire and flood are similar to something from a 1930’s bank heist. You’re sure Bonnie and Clyde are looming somewhere close. And since you are on the bottom floor, it…

Working on your Retirement

Right now it’s 5:38 a.m. My back, hands and neck hurt, and I’m not the alert morning person I normally am. Straight up: I didn’t get enough sleep. I worked on three different rentals yesterday. It was a full day.   Rental No.1: We had a busted pipe. When I got the call, it was 30 minutes till Home Depot closed. That meant if we didn’t get all the right…

The confusion between a buzzard and an eagle

The other day, Ashley and I were driving in the mountains of Tennessee. As we came into town, we stopped on a bridge that over looked a beautiful mountain river.   Ashley said, “Joey! Look at the size of that buzzard!”   I looked over to see a very large, dark bird in the trees over the river. Strangely, it had white tail feathers. I asked Ashley had she ever…

Pay or quit

Rent is due on the first and late after the fifth for most rental properties. See if this scenario sounds familiar.   It is 5p.m. on the fifth and you get a frantic call from a tenant. They’re giving you every reason under the sun for paying late.   They say things like, “Please, please give me until next Friday.”   Next Friday comes. No payment. Before you know it,…