Public service announcement

  I had an interesting time with contractors last week. We have five rehabs going right now, which means we are dealing with lots of contractors and many different schedules. And last week’ workflow was, well, inefficient at best.   I had one contractor go MIA. I chose that term because we didn’t know he was gone. He normally goes out, works and sends us his invoice when he is…

What comes first — the loan or the deal?

  The two main obstacles most beginner investors experience are “Where do I find a deal?” and “How do I pay for it?”   This situation feels a lot like the age-old question, “What comes first — the chicken or the egg?” In order to buy a house, you need to secure funds to pay for it. But in order to secure those funds, you need to have a deal…

Why landlords need good tenants

  I’m a firm believer in the idea that rental property is an essential part of attaining financial freedom. It’s different from any other capital asset you can purchase. I mean think about it: for what other asset can you get a loan for the purchase price? I’m not aware of any bank loans for stocks. But I do know a lot of programs geared toward obtaining mortgages.   Having…

Abraham: father of many nations, rockstar negotiator

  I recently read a book called “Negotiate This! By Caring, But Not T-H-A-T Much.” I really liked the author Herb Cohen. Not only is he funny, but he has some impressive negotiating credentials, like being hired to successfully negotiate a hostage crisis for the White House.   This book has a lot of great suggestions. In one section, Herb uses a biblical example to illustrate some key negotiation tactics….