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…

Trucks and trailers

Trucks and trailers

  We just did a land-home deal over in Adairsville. During the course of the purchase, the sellers found themselves in need of a truck. They were moving to Florida after the sale and were planning to live in a travel camper until they could decide where to buy and settle down.   They already owned a vehicle capable of pulling the camper, but something went wrong with it a…

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…

Why master leasing to an investor was good for a military service member

Why master leasing to an investor was good for a military service member

  I recently sat down with a property owner who was about to become a landlord unexpectedly. You’d be surprised how often this happens. Their scenarios range from inheriting property to going through a divorce or even just experiencing a job transfer. This particular owner falls into the last category. He’s being deployed overseas and received about a months’ notice.   Like I said — unexpected landlord.   Before I…

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…

The Proctor Doctor

The Proctor Doctor

  I’m a firm believer in chiropractors, and I’ve been going to them since I was 5 years old. During that time, I have witnessed them do some remarkable things. I’ve seen them break fevers, stop vertigo, heal migraines and much more.   One of the biggest of these things happened to me in Calhoun with Doctor Max Proctor. When I was 16, I was diagnosed with tendonitis in my…

Pay it forward

Pay it forward

  For Ashley and me, 2012 was a big year. We became full time investors, but more importantly, it was the year we started our family.   It was late December 2011, and I was painting a huge master closet in a house in Cartersville, when I received a message from Ashley with an image of a positive pregnancy test captioned “Congratulations Daddy.” With a surge of emotions, I immediately…

A teachable moment

A teachable moment

On a recent workday, I walked out of the door of a house we’d purchased the previous week and got into my truck. To quote Peg from the PBS show my kids watch, “Peg + Cat,” “I’m free-e-king out!”     When I arrived at the house, we found it was still completely full – as in, the seller hadn’t moved yet.   You see, they’d had until the day…

A tale of two rentals

A tale of two rentals

    Many people make the claim that owning rental property is the best way to get out of the rat race and achieve long-term financial success. I happen to be a proponent of rental property. That being said, I’d like to challenge the above statement and see if it’s completely true. I will do that with a tale of two rentals; both scenarios took place last weekend.   It…