Dealing in benefits, the story continues

Dealing in benefits, the story continues   Last week we talked about a seller I encountered who was in a precarious position. ( You can read that blog here) She was thousands of dollars behind on her mortgage and in active foreclosure. She was older and couldn’t afford to take care of the house physically or financially.   When we left off last week, we were sitting outside with the…

Buying out-of-state property

Buying out-of-state property   We are selling a house right now, and it’s not a normal situation for us. It’s not a flip or a rental property. Instead, it’s the house my Grandmother owned until she passed in 2013.   There are some people who are cool with buying and owning property all over the world and back. But that idea is scary to me. I like having properties I…

Steady wins the race

Steady wins the race   During a recent walk with my kids, my first-born was showing out on his roller blades and my daughter was rolling around on a three-wheeled scooter. As we were walking and talking, the story of the tortoise and the hare got brought up.   Now I don’t know about you, but when I think about that story I don’t see a book of Aesop’s Fables….

Choosing the right agent

Choosing the right agent   Choosing the right real estate agent is something that’s important when buying — and especially when selling — real estate. This is because agents aren’t one-size-fits-all for every deal. And finding out what an agent is good at, and where they are located will help you determine whether or not you should hire them.   Let me explain.     Not all agents work in…

Controlled chaos

Controlled chaos   Sometimes, things are just hectic. In the real estate world, however, I think you have to accept that things are constantly going to come up and alter your plans. You’ll have to succumb to the fact that you will be living a life of controlled chaos at work.   Take this morning for instance.   I got through with my workout and went to go see V…

Is this the new normal?

Is this the new normal?   I was talking with a buddy of mine this week about how to evaluate the returns on rental property using the financial calculator. I’d like to share with you what we did.   Before we get started, if you haven’t had your morning cup of coffee, put me down and go get. This column is going to be numbers-heavy and will require an acute…

Atypical Day

Atypical Day   I’m often asked what my typical day looks like as a real estate investor. And I am often at a loss on how to answer that question because, well… let me tell you about a recent day.   I started out at 5:30 a.m. at Calhoun Spine and Wellness doing my workout. That morning was a partner exercise, and I got to work out with my good…

Don’t kill the golden goose

Don’t kill the golden goose   I was talking with an investor the other day who had just received some really great news. His portfolio of rental properties had an equity value of over $1 million. I asked him how he found this out, and he told me he’d been working with a financial advisor who had challenged him to find fair market values for each piece of property he…

Business and babies

Business and babies   I’m running on fumes this morning. That’s to be expected with a newborn, but the last couple of days have been exhausting, especially for Ashley.   Last night we got the baby down for the night at 11:30 p.m. by swaddling him on my chest. While I enjoyed the tenderness of those moments, it also meant I was going to need to sleep in a semi-upright…

Don’t let innovation disrupt you

Don’t let innovation disrupt you   There’s a really cool book you should check out called “Disrupt You” by Jay Samit. Jay is a serial entrepreneur with a background in media and computer programming.   To define the concept of what a disruption is, Jay tells a personal story about how he failed big-time. He had a computer programming company that was bidding on a state contract to make kiosks…