Get off your phone!

Get off your phone!   Ashley and I were recently at a cookout with some top-notch investors, and one of my really good friends was in attendance. As we were sitting around the fire pit, he told us about something that had just been revealed to him, which I felt like I should share with you.   It all happened at a mastermind he attended.   You see, masterminds are…

A different, but permanent fix

A different, but permanent fix   I recently walked into the Gordon County Tax Assessor’s office and approached the desk where I was promptly greeted by one of the assessors who asked, “How can I help you?” I told him that I was about to knock his socks off. He leaned slightly forward with a semi- concerned look, no doubt preparing for a disgruntled taxpayer, and asked, “How’s that?” I…

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…

Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should

Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should   I was talking to an investor friend, recently, who was facing a conundrum. You see, he had become very specialized in one area of real estate. And the strategy he’d been using to buy on auction platforms, do minimum rehabs and resell was no longer working. Referencing the book by Spencer Johnson M.D., my friend said, “My cheese moved.”    …

Atypical Day

Atypical Day   I’m often asked what my typical day looks like as a real estate investor. And I am often at a loss on how to answer that question because, well… let me tell you about a recent day.   I started out at 5:30 a.m. at Calhoun Spine and Wellness doing my workout. That morning was a partner exercise, and I got to work out with my good…

Why do your renters need insurance?

Why do your renters need insurance?   I’ll never forget the story of my mother-in-law’s best friend. She was up in Ringgold when that tornado hit in 2011. She lived in a single-story apartment complex with easy access to town and the interstate. This was fantastic for her because she got lots of convenience without having to worry with any home or yard maintenance.   She was on the phone…

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…

It came back to bite us

It came back to bite us   Having a well-thought-out tenant screening process is essential to your success as a landlord. If you haven’t developed this plan, you should really give it some thought.   Let me walk you through the major parts of our tenant selection process and then show you how not sticking to it resulted in us getting a house back in poor condition for the first…

A beginner’s struggle

A beginner’s struggle   Recently I was asked about the main struggles that Ashley and I faced when we began our investing journey.   These struggles really boiled down to two things. The first was where to get money for deals. You see, Ashley and I were broke kids with a mountain of student loan debt and no verifiable income when we started out. This meant that we weren’t good…