Is cash king?

Is cash king?   I will never forget the first deal Ashley and I had ever done that was severely damaged by fire. The year was 2011, and the deal, which we call the burnout, was a 1992 single wide located in a mobile community in Dalton, Georgia.   That house was the third deal Ashley and I had ever done. A burnout on our third deal sounds pretty gutsy…

O appraisal, where art thou?

O appraisal, where art thou?   When Ashley and I did our first flip in 2012, the property was located on Atlas Way in Calhoun. It was a three bedroom, two bath brick ranch that we bought at a foreclosure auction for $19,178. That number sticks out in my mind because it was the biggest purchase I had ever made at the time. It was also the biggest cashier’s check…

Something to consider in a sellers’ market

Something to consider in a sellers’ market   Inventory is at an all-time low right now. For instance, there are only 48 houses actively on the market in Bartow County priced at $400,000 or below. That number drops to 28 houses at under $300,000 and it is nearly impossible to find anything for sale under $200,000.   That’s not a lot of houses for an entire county.     Whitfield…

Creative offers

Creative offers   Ashley and I were two broke kids straight out of college when we got started in real estate investing. We had a mound of student loan debt and no money in our pockets to invest. And because we had either been self-employed or full-time students while in school, we had no real, verifiable income. That fact, coupled with a high debt to income ratio from the loans,…

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…

What does a day look like?

What does a day look like?   I’m often asked what a typical day looks like for a full-time investor. This is a hard thing to answer because any given day can be different. But to give you some insight as to the possibilities, let me tell you about yesterday.   I woke up at 4:30 a.m. (that’s not a typo.) The reason I get up so early is so…

Multiple Offers

Multiple Offers   How many of you would love to get multiple offers on one of your flip properties? Normally I would too because that means better offers when buyers are competing over you. But we have had multiple offers on a great house up in Whitfield County that — well, let me just tell you about the situation.   First off, when I say this is a great house,…

Lease option vs. lease purchase

Lease option vs. lease purchase   I got a call from an investor recently needing some help with structuring a deal. He was in the process of buying a property and wanted to do “one of those lease option, lease purchase things” as his exit strategy.   As we talked, I realized just how easy it is to get those two terms confused and how freely people use them synonymously….

Examining you offers

  We bought a little three-bedroom mill house recently, that we had intended to keep. The problem was that we got so busy working on other projects that the house sat for a while. We kept rationalizing that since we got it at such a good deal, it was OK for it to sit. But after two months, we could see that it was costing us money just sitting there,…

Not all offers are created equal

    So you just completed the rehab on a flip. Before you put it on market to sale, you and your realtor check the numbers one more time to make sure you get the most out of the house. Your agent reveals there have been some better comparable sales since you started the project and suggests a higher list price than you had anticipated.   Excited, you put the…