Doing business with friends

  I was in the middle lane of Interstate 75 about a mile south of Exit 312 heading north. I needed to meet Ashley at Exit 315. People were slowing in front of me, so I decided to merge left. I glanced left, saw nothing and began to drift into the next lane. That’s when I heard an almost immediate crunch.     I whipped my truck back into the…

Lonnie Deals in Action

Today is a bittersweet day. We had a Lonnie Deal payoff for the very first time in over six years. It’s bitter because we just lost the $275 income stream this deal was paying us and now we have to go out and replace that money.   It’s sweet because I just got a text from my good friend named Mike Hicks. Mike’s a smart investor up in the Rossville…

Business and the beach

  Here’s my current situation: I’m in Fort Walton Beach Florida. As the waves roll in, their sound makes a constant yet subtle roar that I’m sure was designed by The All Mighty to soothe the soul. The bleached white sand gently tapers down into clear, light blue water that mixes with varying shades of green as you move deeper into the Gulf of Mexico —  I now understand why…

What exactly do you do?

  I was sitting in the living room of a couple looking to sell an unwanted house in Cartersville. The house was their previous home that they’d turned into a rental property.     I did what I always do when we sat down. I asked them how could I help them and then I told them, “My job is not necessarily to buy your house. My job is to…

A real-life offer

The purpose in making an offer isn’t to have some fancy paperwork that neither the seller nor the buyer understands. An offer is meant to start the process of a meeting of the minds. Once you have a meeting of the minds for both buyer and seller, you can make a deal.   I’m often asked how I figure out what to put in my offers. I’d like to walk…

Do you need a trouble tree?

  I came across this story a few years back. It’s one of those that makes its rounds on the internet and social media, but every time it resurfaces, I’ve always needed to hear it again. I’d like to share it with you. The author is unknown, but the title is “The trouble tree” as it appears on inspiration.net.     “The carpenter I hired to help restore my old…

Security is the foundation of every deal

  Peter Fortunato is arguably one of the most creative real estate deal structurers on the face of the planet. The way he crafts deals is nothing short of mind blowing. If he knows some key information, he can take a single house and give you at least 10 ways to construct a lucrative deal for both the buyer and seller. Every time I get to hang out with Pete,…

Why you should rent-to-own

  It’s my opinion that in today’s market, landlords should be offering all their rentals as rent-to-own. In this deal structure, a tenant buys the right to purchase the landlords property, for a predetermined price and time frame, all while renting the house. It’s also called a lease option.   So what makes this deal structure attractive? First, you’ll get market- or above- rent rates. That’s because the number of…

A day in the life of an investor

  I’m often asked when talking to aspiring real estate investors what a “full timer’s” daily schedule consists of. So far my reply has not been that we push computer buttons for 10 minutes each day, in order to make a bazillion dollars a day while enjoying umbrella drinks on exotic beaches. I say that because that’s how infomercials portray us. My experience, however, has been… well let me tell…

Happy New Year

You may be thinking that “Happy New Year” is a strange title for this column since we’re in the middle of April. Well it’s not. That’s because I’m talking about the Hebrew New Year. It just started, and we’re currently in the first month, the month of Abib.   The month of Abib is rife with Biblical awesomeness. Yahweh plagued Egypt and brought the children of Israel out of slavery;…