Man on a wire

Man on a wire

Man on a wire   Real estate investing is not for the faint of heart. Nor is it for the faltering soul. To be successful at it, you have to be willing to ride the roller coaster while pushing forward. Take what happened to us last week for instance.     As I was leaving my house after lunch on Monday, I get a call from one of the pre-foreclosure…

Empathy versus sympathy

Empathy versus sympathy

Empathy versus sympathy   Empathy and sympathy are two very similar words that have related meanings. They both have to do with understanding someone else’s feelings. That being said, you have to focus on one versus the other when it comes to making offers.   The late, great, Zig Ziglar has a story he uses to illustrate the difference between the two concepts. He talks about when he sold Saladmaster…

Don’t get so busy you forget what you’re doing

Don’t get so busy you forget what you’re doing

Don’t get so busy you forget what you’re doing   I got to do something I haven’t done in a long time the other day. I got to spend some one-on-one time with the guy who taught me most of what I know about real estate investing. His name is Bill Cook.     The reason this was a rare opportunity for me is because Bill and his lovely wife,…

Evaluating a big fat juicy deal

Evaluating a big fat juicy deal

Evaluating a big fat juicy deal   How many of you romance the idea of getting that big juicy deal that nets you $75,000 or more in profit? I know I do.     Logic dictates that in order to get bigger profits like this, you’re going to need to work with houses at higher price points. Right?   Well, it just so happened that we got a call last…

Subject-to deals

Subject-to deals

Subject-to deals   Subject-to seems to be the new buzz-word circling through many of the real estate investor teaching arenas. That’s because in our current market, subject-to deals present a great opportunity. Before I get into that, let me explain what one is.   A subject-to deal is where you buy a house from someone with a mortgage in place. Instead of getting your own loan to pay off your…

Expenses Escaped

Expenses Escaped

Expenses Escaped   Ashley and I have been blessed to have Peter Fortunato as one of our main teachers since we got into real estate investing.   When it comes to creative real estate transactions, Pete is like one of those guys that does chainsaw wood carving. He walks up to something that looks like a stump to everyone standing around, cranks up his creative chainsaw mind and begins to…

FiFa is a four-letter word

FiFa is a four-letter word

FiFa is a four-letter word   Well technically FiFa is not a four-letter word. It’s an abbreviation for the two Latin words Fieri Facias that translate to “you shall make happen,” which you’ll understand in a minute.     A FiFa is a lien issued by the clerk of court to a lawsuit winner who has been awarded a judgment. This lien becomes public record and gives the sheriff’s office…

Learn to create great deals

Learn to create great deals

  I got a call from a newer investor recently, and he was about to do his first subject-to deal. That’s where you buy a house and leave the seller’s mortgage in place after closing. You then make payments on that mortgage until you either pay it off, refinance the house or sell the property.   The investor was looking for some guidance on how to set up and properly…

What comes first — the loan or the deal?

What comes first — the loan or the deal?

  The two main obstacles most beginner investors experience are “Where do I find a deal?” and “How do I pay for it?”   This situation feels a lot like the age-old question, “What comes first — the chicken or the egg?” In order to buy a house, you need to secure funds to pay for it. But in order to secure those funds, you need to have a deal…

Making an offer

Making an offer

Making an offer is sometimes intimidating for a beginner – mainly because you’re scared the seller will accept, and you have no idea what to do next. Or you’re scared you’ll mess something up.   Either way, I totally understand.   But something that gave Ashley and I confidence was to realize that you aren’t contractually bound by anything just because you made an offer.   An offer, is just…