Choosing the right agent

Choosing the right agent   Choosing the right real estate agent is something that’s important when buying — and especially when selling — real estate. This is because agents aren’t one-size-fits-all for every deal. And finding out what an agent is good at, and where they are located will help you determine whether or not you should hire them.   Let me explain.     Not all agents work in…

Is this the new normal?

Is this the new normal?   I was talking with a buddy of mine this week about how to evaluate the returns on rental property using the financial calculator. I’d like to share with you what we did.   Before we get started, if you haven’t had your morning cup of coffee, put me down and go get. This column is going to be numbers-heavy and will require an acute…

I almost missed it

I almost missed it   It was about 10:30 on Saturday night. We had just put the kids down, and Ashley and I were preparing for bed. At this point, my beautiful bride was considered full term in her pregnancy at 38 weeks. She lay down in the bed only to pop right back up with a startled look on her face as she said, “Whoa! I just had a…

Be careful where you get advice

Be careful where you get advice   Ashley and I went to a baby shower this week for some of our good friends Dorsie and Jimmy Kuni. Dorsie was absolutely glowing.   This will be their first, and as any good friend who already has kids should do, I asked Jimmy if he was excited or just plain scared. He laughed, and we joked about Owen Wilson’s line from “Armageddon”…

Did we buy an alligator?

Did we buy an alligator?   Real estate investors are known for being risk takers. As a matter of fact, most of the time the reason an investor gets into trouble is because they estimated too high on what a property would sale for once they fixed it up.   The outcome for this speculation is that the investor gets too thin with their numbers and overpays for the property….

How we did our first deal

How we did our first deal   When Ashley and I realized we needed to make our living as real estate investors, it was 2009. We were freshly married, just out of college and didn’t have two nickels to rub together. To put it bluntly, we were completely broke.   On top of not being able to find jobs that fit with our bachelor’s degrees, we had a mound of…

Trucks and trailers

  We just did a land-home deal over in Adairsville. During the course of the purchase, the sellers found themselves in need of a truck. They were moving to Florida after the sale and were planning to live in a travel camper until they could decide where to buy and settle down.   They already owned a vehicle capable of pulling the camper, but something went wrong with it a…

Working in your area

  One of the biggest mistakes I see beginning investors make is buying a property a long distance away from where they live.   And trust me, I understand. It was a great deal. And you hadn’t seen anything that cheap around you.     Ashley and I did the same thing when we bought a place for $8,000 45 minutes (one-way mind you) from where we lived. And that…

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…

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…