Inaction

Inaction

Inaction   I was reading a Facebook thread today where one my friends were asking what we thought the No. 1 killer of success was. That’s easy — inaction.     Inaction manifests itself in all kinds of forms. Sometimes it’s fear-based like when people are afraid to fail or even afraid to succeed. I can’t tell you how many times this very thing happened to Ashley and me when…

What is better, notes or rentals?

What is better, notes or rentals?

What is better, notes or rentals?   If you’re like most investors, you have a renewed perspective on your business right now. That’s because you’ve just analyzed all your rentals, done an inventory of your cashflow and have gotten things ready to send to your CPA. We call this process our end-of-year review.   During this process you’re seeing what kind of cashflow your properties actually brought in. The reason…

What happens when you die?

What happens when you die?

What happens when you die?   Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. There’s just something about making a gratitude list and eating great food with family that puts a smile on my face and cheer in my heart.   This year, however, things went a little differently for me.     On Thanksgiving day, we learned that a man we had been praying for had passed away. His name…

Think hard before killing your goose

Think hard before killing your goose

Think hard before killing your goose   I’d like to tell you about one of Aesop’s Fables. It is one called “The Goose and the Golden Egg.” It’s a great story and it goes something like this:   There once was a farmer who had a goose he visited every day. One morning, he went to see the goose and noticed it had a glittery, golden egg laying in its…

Overcoming obscurity

Overcoming obscurity

Overcoming obscurity   I will never forget that day. I was at a function at my congregation and Britt, one of my friends there, pointed over to my truck and asked who it belonged to. The truck had a “We Buy Houses” wrap on the tailgate, and Britt had never seen the vehicle before because we normally show up to functions like these in Ashley’s van.     When I…

Fighting for rental space

Fighting for rental space

Fighting for rental space   This year has been very strange as far as rentals go. First off, rent rates have skyrocketed. In 2018, we have seen two-bedroom, one-bath houses rent for as much as 3/2 floorplans were renting for just two years ago. With the spike in rent prices, odd things have started happening. For instance, we’ve had con artists trying rent people our houses.     In previous…

Examining you offers

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,…

What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

  I was reading a thread online this week in which a real estate professional was questioning why an investor would create a company instead of running a sole proprietorship using their own name.   That’s a great question. And for many real estate professionals, it could be somewhat confusing because we see a lot of brokerages named after their owners. Take one of the biggest names in realty today:…

Paid time off

Paid time off

As I write this, I am sitting in the Destin area of Florida in a town called Miramar Beach, and today has been the best day of our vacation.   That being said, getting here wasn’t easy.   The last workday before left was beyond full. I left the house at 7 a.m. to make my first stop at the Calhoun Home Depot to pick up a large order for…

Don’t forget to remember your expenses

Don’t forget to remember your expenses

  Every industry has expenses associated with the cost of doing business. In real estate, however, those cost may not be as apparent, especially for new and aspiring investors. I know this because I got to explain some of those expenses to two different investors involved in two different deals this week.   I would like to talk you through both scenarios so you’ll be better prepared to account for…