Another statistic

Another statistic   Have you heard it said that 8 out 10 small businesses fail within the first 18 months? I have, and I just thought it was true. As a matter of fact, I went looking for it the other day and was kind of surprised as to what I found.   I found that statistic was stated in a Forbes article from 2013. But they gave no data…

Is cash king?

Is cash king?   I will never forget the first deal Ashley and I had ever done that was severely damaged by fire. The year was 2011, and the deal, which we call the burnout, was a 1992 single wide located in a mobile community in Dalton, Georgia.   That house was the third deal Ashley and I had ever done. A burnout on our third deal sounds pretty gutsy…

It can be exciting and scary

It can be exciting and scary   We went to dinner recently with a group of investor friends over in Dawsonville, Georgia. Some Ashley and I have known for years, and others we had just met that day.   As we sat around the table, we discovered that one of them had recently made the move to become a full-time investor. When I say recently, I mean three months ago….

I do not envy flippers

I do not envy flippers   I was told the same thing twice this week by two different financial advisors of mine. They both said, and I quote: “I do not envy flippers.”   The first instance happened on a weekly call I have with a company called Simple CFO. Simple CFO is a team of accountants with specialized knowledge about the real estate investing world, and they integrate a…

O appraisal, where art thou?

O appraisal, where art thou?   When Ashley and I did our first flip in 2012, the property was located on Atlas Way in Calhoun. It was a three bedroom, two bath brick ranch that we bought at a foreclosure auction for $19,178. That number sticks out in my mind because it was the biggest purchase I had ever made at the time. It was also the biggest cashier’s check…

If you don’t face your fears, then you don’t get to play with the kittens

If you don’t face your fears, then you don’t get to play with the kittens   After a bumpy week, behaviorally speaking, with my eight-year-old, I could tell I needed to spend some one-on-one time with my boy. So, I took him to work with me. This time together is something I cherish because I get to show him how we make our living, and I have the opportunity to…

Something to consider in a sellers’ market

Something to consider in a sellers’ market   Inventory is at an all-time low right now. For instance, there are only 48 houses actively on the market in Bartow County priced at $400,000 or below. That number drops to 28 houses at under $300,000 and it is nearly impossible to find anything for sale under $200,000.   That’s not a lot of houses for an entire county.     Whitfield…

Be very careful right now

Be very careful right now   You may not know this, but we lost the very first real estate investment deal I was ever a part of to foreclosure. How’s that for a credential?   It wasn’t a house we had bought to flip or rent out. It was a house my family was building to live in for a few years and then sell to bolster my parent’s retirement….

One-sided

One-sided   This week I got a call from an agent to go look at a potential deal. It was a 5-bedroom/ 3-bath house with over 3,000 square feet located in a very desirable area priced at only $100,000. When you see deals like that, you stop what you are doing and get to the house as soon as humanly possible.   It wasn’t hard to spot which house I…

Fear and proactivity

Fear and proactivity   I think that you will agree with that me that there’s a lot of uncertainty going on right now. And people do some strange things when they get scared. If you don’t believe me, go check out the toilet paper aisle at the grocery store. Now, I’ve had to make a run, or perhaps more of a waddle, for toilet paper before. But I’ve never seen…