Pistols and pit bulls

Pistols and pit bulls

Pistols and pit bulls   Ashley and I were presenting at a Real Estate Investor Association (REIA) recently, where the topic was talking to sellers. During the presentation, we made mention that Ashley goes door knocking without me. This led to the normal safety questions from the crowd, which almost always includes, “Aren’t you afraid someone is going to pull a gun on you?” That night, that question came from…

A reason why agents forget about investors

A reason why agents forget about investors

A reason why agents forget about investors   Ashley and I saw something last month and again this month that we haven’t seen in a long time. While out door knocking on the pre-foreclosures, we saw realtor signs in front of some of the houses being foreclosed on.   This happened a lot after the crash. Sellers would try to list their properties to get out from under a mortgage…

Protection in layers

Protection in layers

Protection in layers   One of things I remember about growing up in North Georgia was the excitement associated with the prediction of precipitation. Snow as a kid was just awesome! And the snow days I remember the most happened during the blizzard that hit us in 1993.   It happened right around my birthday, and we got hit hard. There was so much snow that I could jump my…

Just get it in writing

Just get it in writing

Just get it in writing   I met with a seller recently who had a beautiful house in the Sonoraville area of Gordon County. When I say beautiful, I mean it. This house was immaculately kept and well maintained.   The seller was getting ready to move into an assisted living faculty and needed top dollar to provide for those accommodations for the remainder of her life.   Realizing she…

Door knocking update

Door knocking update

Door knocking update   We have spent the last week and half door knocking at all the pre-foreclosures in Whitfield, Gordon and Bartow Counties. And I have tell you, things are different out there than when we first started this practice.   When we started door knocking on pre-foreclosures in 2012, there would be anywhere from 75 to 150 properties advertised in the paper for foreclosure in each county. When…

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…