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…

Home Inspections

  So you bought a house to flip, did a jam-up rehab on it, and already have it under contract with some buyers who love it. Things are going great. During the due diligence period, the buyers pay for a home inspector to go out and look the place over.     Then it happens. Your agent calls and says, after the home inspection, your buyers have concerns. You’re wondering…

Closings cost a lot

  We are doing our taxes right now. You may notice it’s August rather than April. Our reason for filling an extension is twofold. One, we get our accountant focused on just us instead of having to share her brain with everyone else. Two – and this is just rumor – I’ve heard you’re less likely to get audited by the IRS if you file an extension.   I don’t…

Contract terminations

Contract terminations   Pete Fortunato has a wonderful way of defining contracts. He says a contract is a memorial of the meeting of the minds.   Isn’t that poetic?   For us real estate investors, our paper work tells the story of what happened when the buyer and the seller had a meeting of the minds and agreed to a deal.     Sometimes I think we lose the simplicity…

Seek out great Agents

Seek out great Agents   The other day, a young agent contacted me about a deal down in Cartersville. It was a great deal, and since the agent brought it to my attention, I made my offer through him.   As I was going through the paperwork, I noticed something called an “Exclusive Buyer Brokerage Agreement.” Be careful of these. As this particular document stated, “the buyer hereby agrees to…