FiFa is a four-letter word

FiFa is a four-letter word

FiFa is a four-letter word   Well technically FiFa is not a four-letter word. It’s an abbreviation for the two Latin words Fieri Facias that translate to “you shall make happen,” which you’ll understand in a minute.     A FiFa is a lien issued by the clerk of court to a lawsuit winner who has been awarded a judgment. This lien becomes public record and gives the sheriff’s office…

Paid time off

Paid time off

As I write this, I am sitting in the Destin area of Florida in a town called Miramar Beach, and today has been the best day of our vacation.   That being said, getting here wasn’t easy.   The last workday before left was beyond full. I left the house at 7 a.m. to make my first stop at the Calhoun Home Depot to pick up a large order for…

Don’t forget to remember your expenses

Don’t forget to remember your expenses

  Every industry has expenses associated with the cost of doing business. In real estate, however, those cost may not be as apparent, especially for new and aspiring investors. I know this because I got to explain some of those expenses to two different investors involved in two different deals this week.   I would like to talk you through both scenarios so you’ll be better prepared to account for…

Learn to create great deals

Learn to create great deals

  I got a call from a newer investor recently, and he was about to do his first subject-to deal. That’s where you buy a house and leave the seller’s mortgage in place after closing. You then make payments on that mortgage until you either pay it off, refinance the house or sell the property.   The investor was looking for some guidance on how to set up and properly…

Oh pool-ease

Oh pool-ease

  Ashley and I had a first recently. We bought a house with an in-ground pool in the backyard. Now we’ve bought houses with above-grounds pools many times. But that’s an easy situation to remedy. Depending on the style of pool, you can either take a razor knife to the side or post a picture of the pool on social media with a line that reads, “Free — come and…

Moores Scary

Moores Scary

  Have you ever started on a property just knowing it was going to be a homerun? I know we have. One that sticks out in my memory was a 2,000-square-foot, three bedroom, three full bath, brick ranch on eight acres.   We purchased this house for $40,000 and did a jam up rehab, including custom tile, hardwoods and new counter tops. We put a new roof on it, installed…

What comes first — the loan or the deal?

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…

Making an offer

Making an offer

Making an offer is sometimes intimidating for a beginner – mainly because you’re scared the seller will accept, and you have no idea what to do next. Or you’re scared you’ll mess something up.   Either way, I totally understand.   But something that gave Ashley and I confidence was to realize that you aren’t contractually bound by anything just because you made an offer.   An offer, is just…

Does this deal work?

Does this deal work?

  I have one of those aftermarket, Bluetooth- equipped, Kenwood stereos in my truck. Since I got it, everyone in the car is privy to my phone conversations.   As I drove to Cartersville with my 18-year-old helper, I got a call from an investor looking to sell his two rental properties. Consequently, Lucas got to listen in on the call.   The investor had two properties, which he had…

Lien on me

Lien on me

    We’re buying a house over in Adairsville — one of those buy-it-in-less-than-a-week-type deals — which means that for things to move that quickly, everything has to line up just right.   We got the house under contract Sunday, hoping to close it on Friday.   Monday morning, my closing attorney ordered a title search. This is important for two reasons. No. 1, you need to make sure your…