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…

A trip down REI memory lane

A trip down REI memory lane

  Ashley and I took the long way home over Dug Gap Mountain to Villanow and then home through Sugar Valley after a recent date night in Dalton. This route is very familiar to us since Ashley grew up in Villanow and that’s where we started our life together. Since the kids were with Memaw and Poppy, we really got to savor our trip down memory lane.   Ashley and…

How to get started in real estate investing?

How to get started in real estate investing?

How to get started in real estate investing?   So what’s the best way to break into real estate investing? You may think you should start by getting approved for a loan. Maybe you think you should meet with contractors, realtors or even lawyers first. Perhaps you should buy one of those seminar packages who come with a mentor that will tell you exactly what to do next.   Here…

If you want to learn about real estate investing, buy the man lunch

If you want to learn about real estate investing, buy the man lunch

If you want to learn about real estate investing, buy the man lunch   I’m often asked where the best place to get education is for new investors.   Truthfully, some of the best seminars I’ve ever taken happened over lunch when I’ve taken out successful investors and had in-depth discussions.   Here is how I prepare: before we go, I tell the investor I want to be respectful of…

Investors need to have faith like potatoes

Investors need to have faith like potatoes

Investors need to have faith like potatoes:   Since Ashley and I got married, I’ve been trying to grow potatoes – notice I said “try”- It’s been crazy: every year something happens.   The first year I didn’t know you were supposed to mound. Mounding is when you put dirt around the stalk of the plant. If you mound as the plant grows, it stimulates the plant to produce more…

A no-good deed goes unnoticed

A no-good deed goes unnoticed

A no-good deed goes unnoticed:   The deed room is a very important place to frequent, especially once you put a house under contract to buy. You need to make sure the people selling you their house can legally do so.     Your closing attorney will look at the chain of title for you, but this often occurs a day or two before your scheduled closing date. By running…

A Zero Down Deal

A Zero Down Deal

When starting on the journey of real estate investing, it’s hard to figure out which way you should go. It make’s it even harder when you have little to no money.   This was the problem Ashley and I had experienced. We were broke. I mean flat broke. Like I was going door to door with my pressure washer trying to get up enough work for grocery money kind of…