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….

Why do we fall?

Why do we fall?   Two people fell this week at the gym where I work out. They were both middle-aged women, and both falls were centered around some sort of running. As I reflected on what happened in each instance, I saw some very good learning lessons I’d like to share. But first, let me tell you about what happened. The first incident took place on the treadmill.  …

Comfort can kill you

Comfort can kill you   On a recent morning, I was heading back from a new acquire we have out in the Ranger area of Gordon County. The house is currently being rehabbed to get it rent ready.   I was at the house after leaving the gym before 7 a.m. to drop off some materials for the guys.   We got them unloaded, and I headed home to take…

Succession plan

Succession plan   I think most parents want to leave an inheritance to give a better financial life to their children and grandchildren. But should that wealth transfer happen haphazardly? Or should there be some real forethought as far as how the inheritance should take place?   What I’m talking about here is how you should be training your children and grandchildren to inherit the wealth in your estate and…

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…

Just Keep Going

Just Keep Going   Have you ever had Yahweh speak to you before? I’ve been blessed to hear Him three times. Now it wasn’t as grand as a booming voice from heaven, but it wasn’t something just impressing on my spirit either.   Three times now I’ve heard a still small voice in my ear that was not my own. The most recent was two years ago when I was…

Investing, family and footprints

Investing, family and footprints   Real estate investing is our family business, and I’m not just talking about Ashley being my partner. Our kids have also been involved their entire lives.   You see, Ashley was closing a short sale and fielding calls while giving birth to our first born. I’m not joking. I have the video to prove it. She was on the phone talking to a seller while…

It’s a journey

It’s a journey   I’m often asked by newer investors how long it took for Ashley and me to get out of corporate America. It’s an interesting question, because neither she nor I have ever been part of anything corporate other than the entities we’ve set up. Truthfully, I’ve never had a “real job.” And when I tell people that, I get some rather puzzled looks.   What I really…

Weighing in

Weighing in   I don’t know if I’ve told you this, but Ashley and I have been self producing a reality show called “What’s the Deal.” It’s a different concept than most of the real estate investor shows you see on TV. We’re trying to bridge the gap between what you might see on TV and what a mom-and-pop investor experience is like in real life.   The other thing…