A good property management system

A good property management system   I have been out working on rentals a lot this past week. Contrary to what you hear about most landlords, I actually like working on our properties. The reason for this is because I get to see how our people are doing, how they are keeping the house up and if they are doing the four jobs of a tenant.   And just to…

Learning new things at eviction court

Learning new things at eviction court   We are 0 for 2 in magistrate court this month. How’s that for starting a real estate investor column?   Truth be told, we didn’t lose both cases. They got dismissed. The first one, which took place about two weeks ago, I wrote about in “COVID, cabinets and courthouses.” But we had to go again for a different property this week.   During…

COVID, cabinets and courthouses

COVID, cabinets and courthouses   The effects of COVID-19 have reached many facets of our lives in 2020. On the real estate business level, they have has affected our purchasing capabilities — specifically how we’ve been able to purchase materials on our rehabs. It started out with 5/4 boards not being available for building decks. Then the shortage moved into other lumber areas before the eventual price increase on almost…

Missing my friends

Missing my friends   I’m missing my friends a lot lately. I didn’t even realize how much until this past week when I got to see friendly faces I haven’t seen all year.   The first one was a total surprise. I came home for lunch and as I rounded the corner to my house, I saw a gold SUV sitting in my driveway. That SUV belonged to nonother than…

Cool it, buster

Cool it, buster   When you own rental property, there are a lot of expenses you should plan for. Most people understand making payments on their mortgage and property taxes monthly, but there are sporadic expenses you should be saving for monthly as well. They include things like vacancy and repairs. The savings we set aside for paying these costs is something we call a rental’s “expense factor.”   We…

Robbing Peter to pay Paul

Robbing Peter to pay Paul   We just had our first real hot days for this year, which means landlords are about to get calls about air conditioning not working properly.   Now, there are some normal things that can happen when central units go from being “off” during springtime to “on” full blast in the Georgia heat, and these typical malfunctions can hinder a unit’s ability to cool. But…

Money talks, but in-homes reveal

  Money talks, but in-homes reveal   Once upon a time, in land far, far away, Ashley and I bought a property in the township of Villanow — well it feels far away. But it’s really only about a 45-minute drive. Now, if you’re asking yourself where in the world Villanow is, many people share that sentiment when I bring it up.   Villanow is located in Walker County, Georgia…

Meeting of the minds

Meeting of the minds   I’ve recently had an opportunity to relearn how important the meeting of the minds is between buyer, seller and real estate investor, and I’d like to share some of that information with you. The example has to do with being snookered.   It happened while I was on the phone with a seller. We’d met multiple times in person and had always had great interactions….

Here’s what we’re seeing right now

Here’s what we’re seeing right now   Who would have predicted that a virus could’ve had this much of an impact on us? I didn’t see it coming.   So, what are we seeing right now?   April was good as far as rentals go. We are at about 90% on our collection rate. What I wrote to you about talking to our tenants and being proactive really proved to…