Things are changing

Things are changing   Ashley and I were sitting on the couch this morning, sleepy-eyed, but trying to make the most of our few moments together without child interruption as we sipped our coffee. You see, life has changed quite a bit for us this past month with having a newborn.   I’ve been saying this since our two-year-old was born. Having babies is a young man’s sport. And I…

This does concern you

This does concern you   This week, I met with a seller who had a beautiful, brick ranch in a very desirable subdivision in Calhoun. The house was in very good shape. It needed some updating since it still had original fixtures throughout the house as well as wallpaper from its construction era. The kitchen needed some love too, but it had nice hardwood floors, a great living space and…

Friends, family and business

Friends, family and business   I was talking to a landlord recently who had been put through the wringer by her tenants. You see, she had bought a freshly remodeled, four bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, 2,000-square-foot home and paid retail price for it.     Now, this landlord was not a hedge fund, and she was not a high roller looking to put lazy money to work. She was just…

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…

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…

Something is missing

Something is missing   My first nonretail job was as a residential painter in college. I then worked for a handyman and then a custom home builder. I finally landed on a rehab crew remodeling both rentals and flips for an investor in Atlanta, which is where I got exposed to real estate investing.   And since my background is in construction, one of my jobs in our company is…

I felt like I was lied to

I felt like I was lied to   Today I want to share something with you that is interwoven with real estate, but is really a message I hope that you’ll share with the younger people in your life.   It all started when I stopped by a flip project this week and began talking with my lead man, Charles, about a recent article he had read about the shortage…

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…