Believe

Believe

Believe   There was recently an all-day Star Warsathone on TNT. Google says it takes at least 15 hours to watch all seven movies. I wasn’t prepared to spend 15 hours in front of the TV, but periodically, I’d switch it on to see what the Skywalkers were up to.     I found one scene during “The Empire Strikes Back” very insightful for this time of year. It was…

Do your tenants meet your core values?

Do your tenants meet your core values?

Do your tenants meet your core values?   We recently welcomed a business consultant by the name of Gary Harper into our office. Gary is with Sharper Business Solutions, and He and his wonder wife Susan, helped us with a number of things ranging from writing out a vision for our company to properly defining all of our departments. They also helped us set up an accountability chart for those…

How we did our first deal

Lonnie Deals in Action

How we did our first deal   When Ashley and I realized we needed to make our living as real estate investors, it was 2009. We were freshly married, just out of college and didn’t have two nickels to rub together. To put it bluntly, we were completely broke.   On top of not being able to find jobs that fit with our bachelor’s degrees, we had a mound of…

Keep your eyes on your goal

Keep your eyes on your goal

Keep your eyes on your goal   The normal bedtime routine for the English house starts with the telling of a story. Most of the time, I contrive some sort of imaginative situation where a little boy or girl goes off and does something spectacular. The story ends after a grand adventure with the little one feeling so tired that they “go home, get in their bed and go to…

Only rejoicing

Only rejoicing

Only rejoicing I’m writing this during the Feast of Tabernacles, which is the fall feast mentioned in Leviticus Chapter 23. The feast brings with it two purposes. The first is a remembrance for the Children of Israel of how Yahweh made them to dwell in booths for the 40 years they were in the wilderness prior to entering the Promised Land.   During those years the Children of Israel were…

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:…

Consider this before going full time

Consider this before going full time

  I had an opportunity this week to evaluate some qualities one needs in order to be successful as a full-time investor or real estate professional. It started Monday morning as I was heading to the office for our weekly staff meeting.   The project at forefront of my mind was completion of the rehab on a flip that was about to sell. We were running behind on it and…

Mental quicksand

Mental quicksand

  So, I had an epic fail this week … in front of everybody.   We have a praise day at my congregation a couple of times a year. The praise offerings range from the reading of psalms and other verses that have spoken to the reader to recitations of poems — and then, of course, music.   I had planned to sing and play a special song on my…

Flip the Script

Flip the Script

  As I was going through the TSA checkpoint at Hartsfield International Airport, I got an opportunity to practice some principles I learned from Dale Carnegie in his book, “How to Win Friends and Influence People.”     As we waited in the crazy long line at the security check, I noticed some of the TSA agents didn’t look thrilled to be at work.   I decided to interfere with…

Don’t be stupid

Don’t be stupid

  I’ve been blessed to have a great friend — but an even better mentor — by the name of Bill Cook. He’s the man who taught me most of what I know when it comes to property management, creative deal structuring and running a real estate investing business. And to this day, he challenges me to be better.   You may be asking how Ashley and I earned the…