Succession plan

Succession plan   I think most parents want to leave an inheritance to give a better financial life to their children and grandchildren. But should that wealth transfer happen haphazardly? Or should there be some real forethought as far as how the inheritance should take place?   What I’m talking about here is how you should be training your children and grandchildren to inherit the wealth in your estate and…

Just Keep Going

Just Keep Going   Have you ever had Yahweh speak to you before? I’ve been blessed to hear Him three times. Now it wasn’t as grand as a booming voice from heaven, but it wasn’t something just impressing on my spirit either.   Three times now I’ve heard a still small voice in my ear that was not my own. The most recent was two years ago when I was…

Investors make decisions a lot

Investors make decisions a lot   Most entrepreneurs have to make a lot of decisions daily. For real estate investors, those decisions can range from tenant selection to tile selection, and everything in between.   Being able to make those decisions quickly and effectively plays an important role in your success. So today, I’d like to talk to you about three different methods I have learned to help make decisions…

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….

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…

Remember to be Thankful

  Ashley and I went up to Kentucky to see her side of the family for an early Thanksgiving. It was great. Her Dad lives in Pulaski County, and the mountains there are just beautiful. We spent our time riding the kids through those mountains on four wheelers and visiting with family we see only a few times a year.     We came home the day before Thanksgiving. Traffic…

Knock on the door of success

Knock on the door of success:   It’s that time of year again. It’s time to evaluate last year, to celebrate your successes and investigate where you need to improve. Once that’s done, you can move on to the all-important task of setting goals for 2017. Are you excited?   Something I love about this time of year is that personal development goes into overdrive. If you’re like me, you’re…

How the Fourth Commandment will make you a successful investor

How the Fourth Commandment will make you a successful investor   It never fails: each time we start a new property a contractor will ask me why they can’t work for us on Saturdays.   You see, our job sites shut down on Saturdays. That’s because I observe Sabbath from sundown on Friday night to sundown on Saturday night – and no it’s not because I’m Jewish.   Believe it…

I Am

I Am:   I’d like to invite you into a night ritual my three year-old daughter and I share most evenings in her room.   I lay her on my chest while we sing songs and pray.   Before I lay her down, I ask her:   “Are you beautiful? Are you funny? Are you strong? Are you fast? Are you smart? Are you a princess of Yahweh?”   With…

Yohanan’s Might

Yohanan’s Might:   We learned late last Thursday evening that something terrible had happened in our community. A family in our congregation had lost a child. Their 18-month-old son, Obadiah Dillard, had died due to an accidental drowning. Obadiah was the fifth of six children born in the Dillard house.   As I lay down Thursday night, I wondered what could be done to help. It dawned on me that…