Learning new things at eviction court

Learning new things at eviction court   We are 0 for 2 in magistrate court this month. How’s that for starting a real estate investor column?   Truth be told, we didn’t lose both cases. They got dismissed. The first one, which took place about two weeks ago, I wrote about in “COVID, cabinets and courthouses.” But we had to go again for a different property this week.   During…

Learn to rest, not quit

Learn to rest, not quit   I am so sore right now. And I have been all week. That’s because we have two things going on at the gym. First, we are having a team competition to see who can achieve the highest average max effort points, or MEPs, this month. These points are calculated based off what range your heart rate is in as compared to your calculated max…

COVID, cabinets and courthouses

COVID, cabinets and courthouses   The effects of COVID-19 have reached many facets of our lives in 2020. On the real estate business level, they have has affected our purchasing capabilities — specifically how we’ve been able to purchase materials on our rehabs. It started out with 5/4 boards not being available for building decks. Then the shortage moved into other lumber areas before the eventual price increase on almost…

2020: the year of clarity

2020: the year of clarity   As folks were doing their planning for the beginning of this year, a common theme was that 2020 was going to be “the year of clear vision.” I even have a really cool t-shirt printed with the saying that I got from a business mastermind meeting. Now that we are almost to the end of the year, things look a little different than expected….

Missing my friends

Missing my friends   I’m missing my friends a lot lately. I didn’t even realize how much until this past week when I got to see friendly faces I haven’t seen all year.   The first one was a total surprise. I came home for lunch and as I rounded the corner to my house, I saw a gold SUV sitting in my driveway. That SUV belonged to nonother than…

What will your legacy be?

What will your legacy be?   I went to a good funeral yesterday. I can’t believe I just wrote the words “good” and “funeral” in the same sentence, but it really was. It was for Ashley’s great aunt on her mom’s side whose name was Carrie Holcomb. She and her husband of over 60 years, named John, lived in Chatsworth.   During the service, the preacher did a fantastic job….

Dealing in benefits, the story continues

Dealing in benefits, the story continues   Last week we talked about a seller I encountered who was in a precarious position. ( You can read that blog here) She was thousands of dollars behind on her mortgage and in active foreclosure. She was older and couldn’t afford to take care of the house physically or financially.   When we left off last week, we were sitting outside with the…

Dealing in benefits

Dealing in benefits   I was out door knocking recently, and I came across a seller in a precarious position. You see, she was thousands of dollars behind on her mortgage, she was older and the house was too much for her to take care of. Oh, and she was two and half weeks away from being foreclosed on.   When I first knocked on her door, she admitted she…

King me

King me   The other day, I was having some alone time with my 8-year-old, and he wanted to play a game of checkers. As we got the game out, which was one of those nice wooden ones, I noticed that we didn’t have all of the wood playing pieces.   My son looked at me sheepishly and confessed that he had lost some of them. But he told me…

Buying out-of-state property

Buying out-of-state property   We are selling a house right now, and it’s not a normal situation for us. It’s not a flip or a rental property. Instead, it’s the house my Grandmother owned until she passed in 2013.   There are some people who are cool with buying and owning property all over the world and back. But that idea is scary to me. I like having properties I…