Is a master lease a good strategy?

Is a master lease a good strategy?   The very first rental property Ashley and I ever managed was a little three-bedroom, two-bath house on Kids Drive up in Dalton. At the time, we lived in Villanow, and Dalton was a place we frequented. It was also a place that we did a lot of door knocking trying to find deals, which is how we found the house on Kids…

Time is money more than money

Time is money more than money   When I was first exposed to real estate investing, I was working for an investor down in Atlanta on his rehab crew. The guy’s name was Andy, and he had two of my friends and me doing everything on his rehabs that didn’t require a license, along with some stuff that probably should have. It was great for me. I was getting to…

How we handled our rent increase

How we handled our rent increase   Last week, I talked to you about the increased property maintenance costs landlords are facing on their rental properties. We showed how some repairs are now costing 50% more than they did just a year ago. And we also talked about how price increases are prevalent on both property taxes and insurances. I concluded by showing you how landlords have no other option…

Why rents must go up

Why rents must go up   Price increases are staggering right now. I know everyone is feeling it at the gas pumps and at the grocery stores. But what about us landlords? I can say from personal experience that we are feeling it in lots of places. Let me explain. This last week I was on a call with Matt from Simple CFO. Simple CFO is a company that offers…

Paying on-time is not a favor

Paying on-time is not a favor   We experienced an anomaly this month. We had three different tenants who experienced difficulties paying on time, and they all had different circumstances.     The first tenant actually did get his payment in on time. Truthfully, he was early. But the difficulty stemmed from the fact that his personal bank account had been closed down due to fraudulent activity, and the rent…

Writ of possession

Writ of possession   I meet with a tired landlord recently at a property where they’d just finished the eviction process. And this person said multiple times during our meeting that they never wanted to be a landlord ever again.   The reason for this was the tenants owed the landlord quit a bit of money. Months prior to the eviction, one of the tenants had moved out. Because of…

Friends, family and business

Friends, family and business   I was talking to a landlord recently who had been put through the wringer by her tenants. You see, she had bought a freshly remodeled, four bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, 2,000-square-foot home and paid retail price for it.     Now, this landlord was not a hedge fund, and she was not a high roller looking to put lazy money to work. She was just…

Rental Application Procedure

Rental Application Procedure   The way we take rental applications has changed over time. When we first started, we would take lots of pictures, a video tour and then upload all that material to a website that we could advertise on for free that would also syndicate to other sites like Zillow and Trulia. We would then put hand-painted red signs in the yard of the property listing all the…

You have to go inside the house

You have to go inside the house   My sister and her three kids are moving cross country — and I mean literally from one coast to the other. On the fifth day of their long car trip, they finally made it to Georgia and stopped in to spend the night at our house for some family time and a much-needed reprieve from hotel rooms and restaurant food.   We…

Passive income equals freedom

Passive income equals freedom   I was sitting on a plane recently getting ready to take the longest flight I have ever been on. It was from Atlanta to Portland, and it was going to take 5 1/2 hours. And I was wondering what I was going to do with myself for that long.   When I boarded the plane, I was a little taken aback. It was huge. A…