A beginner’s struggle

A beginner’s struggle

A beginner’s struggle   Recently I was asked about the main struggles that Ashley and I faced when we began our investing journey.   These struggles really boiled down to two things. The first was where to get money for deals. You see, Ashley and I were broke kids with a mountain of student loan debt and no verifiable income when we started out. This meant that we weren’t good…

What’s in a day

What’s in a day

What’s in a day   New and aspiring investors often ask me what a typical day looks like for us. I’m not sure we have “typical” days. Some are just smoother than others.   Take yesterday for instance.   I woke up and was at the gym by 6:15 a.m. (note: Ashley is there by 5:15 a.m. We play tag team on our workouts to make sure someone is home…

Rolling in the dough

Rolling in the dough

Rolling in the dough   Ashley and I recently had an interesting conversation with some friends of ours. They were talking about a new car they wanted to buy. And when I say new, I mean brand new. And based off what I could tell, the starting price on this vehicle was going to be close to $35,000. That was the starting price.   As we talked further, our friends…

What can an in-home tell you?

What can an in-home tell you?

What can an in-home tell you?   I’m sure you have all heard the horror stories of some poor landlord who took the first person with money who came along and rented to them their nice, newly renovated rental home only to have it destroyed in a matter of months, right?   While that does happen, there’s something you can do as a landlord to limit and pretty much prevent…

Builders, Handymen and Remodelers

Builders, Handymen and Remodelers

Builders, Handymen and Remodelers   So, I was standing on some exposed floor joist talking to (but really interviewing) two contractors who had reached out to us for work on one of the many projects we have going. And as we talked, I thought the conversation would make a good column.   Now, you may be thinking to yourself, “How did Joey end up on an exposed floor joist if…

“What Box” is coming

“What Box” is coming

“What Box” is coming   I’m often asked where I go to learn about real estate investing. Truthfully, Ashley and I have been blessed to meet, befriend and attend seminars with some the most creative real estate investors out there. And we go back to the same classes time and time again.     Chances are that if you are reading this column on Sunday morning in Bartow County, I’m…

Our first occupied sit-out

Our first occupied sit-out

Our first occupied sit-out   We recently had to do one of the most uncomfortable things I feel like a person has to do as a landlord. It’s called a sit-out.   If you don’t know what that is, a sit-out is the culmination of the dispossessory proceedings. It’s where the landlord has to go in and physically remove all of someone’s personal possessions from the interior of their property…

The anonymity of a land trust

The anonymity of a land trust

The anonymity of a land trust   When people are getting started in real estate investing, they often assume they need to form an entity like an LLC or an S Corp first thing. The two main reasons for this are to protect their assets from lawsuit and to take advantage of certain tax breaks.   In my opinion, due to formation and maintenance costs, neither of these entities are…

I am, I change

I am, I change

I am, I change   Today, I would like to revisit a topic that I’ve written about before. It resurfaced recently.   Once upon a time I invited you into a night ritual that I had with my then 3-year-old daughter. She’s now 6. The ritual went like this:   I’d lay her on my chest while we sang songs and prayed.   Before I’d lay her down, I’d ask…

A servant’s heart

A servant’s heart

A servant’s heart   Today I want to dote on one of my people. She’s a delight to be around and is as positive and upbeat as someone can be. Chances are, if you’re from Gordon County, you probably already recognize her smiling face. Her name is Marybeth Dismuke.   Marybeth came to work with us in April of 2018. Every morning since, when I’ve come walking into the office,…