Public service announcement

Public service announcement

  I had an interesting time with contractors last week. We have five rehabs going right now, which means we are dealing with lots of contractors and many different schedules. And last week’ workflow was, well, inefficient at best.   I had one contractor go MIA. I chose that term because we didn’t know he was gone. He normally goes out, works and sends us his invoice when he is…

Why landlords need good tenants

Why landlords need good tenants

  I’m a firm believer in the idea that rental property is an essential part of attaining financial freedom. It’s different from any other capital asset you can purchase. I mean think about it: for what other asset can you get a loan for the purchase price? I’m not aware of any bank loans for stocks. But I do know a lot of programs geared toward obtaining mortgages.   Having…

Why master leasing to an investor was good for a military service member

Why master leasing to an investor was good for a military service member

  I recently sat down with a property owner who was about to become a landlord unexpectedly. You’d be surprised how often this happens. Their scenarios range from inheriting property to going through a divorce or even just experiencing a job transfer. This particular owner falls into the last category. He’s being deployed overseas and received about a months’ notice.   Like I said — unexpected landlord.   Before I…

The key to getting great tenants

The key to getting great tenants

I did something a little gutsy this week. I decided to do a Facebook live video were I walked the viewers through a house we had just gotten back from some vacating tenants. What made this move gutsy was the fact that I had no idea what the condition of the property would be. I just turned the camera on, unlocked the door and began filming.   The house was…

Seven Houses till Sunday

Seven Houses till Sunday

  Boy, do we have a full plate right now. We have four active rehab projects, plus three rentals houses we need to fill. Put it all together: yep, that’s seven open properties. Woohoo!   Rehab No.1 is located on Rush Chapel Road. Painting and light installation was completed Tuesday which meant I had to get cabinets and flooring ordered and delivered so the guys could keep moving forward.  …

How to get a quality tenant

How to get a quality tenant

  I’m often asked how I’ve learned to successfully manage rental property. You see, every landlord takes a course in property management, either via the school of hard knocks, or from a good teacher.   I was blessed to learn my property management system from two great teachers, Bill Cook and David Tilney. And because of their philosophies and strategies, we have a track record of getting great tenants who…

Doing business with friends

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…

Mold is a four letter word

Mold is a four letter word

  If you’re in real estate in Georgia, chances are you’ve heard someone talk about black mold. Most of the time it’s a potential tenant complaining about their current landlord, how he doesn’t fix anything and that there’s black mold all over the property.   As and aside, here a word to the wise: Stay away from tenants like that. It’s not always the case, but most of the time…

Can you make money without money in real estate?

Can you make money without money in real estate?

  The other day I was reading a forum discussing myths in real estate investing. One of the contributors said the phrase “it doesn’t take money to make money” is the biggest myth in real estate investing today.   I disagreed with the contributor from the standpoint of personal experience; Ashley and I had no money when we started. We were broke kids, straight out of college, with a ton…

Land lording: call of doody

Land lording: call of doody

  This has been the year of the septic system. So far we’ve put in three sets of field lines and had to learn what not to do on a lower pressure drip system. (After owning one for four years, we learned they have a filter that was supposed to be cleaned every six months. Not doing so overpressurized the low pressure system and literally blew holes in the yard….