Safe, secure income

Safe, secure income

Safe, secure income   “Go and get a safe and secure job with a good company with great benefits.” That was the advice my grandfather gave to my dad when he was a young man.     This advice was a little strange coming from my grandfather. You see, he ran his own pharmacy and soda fountain on the west side of Atlanta. He had always provided for his family…

What does a day look like?

What does a day look like?

What does a day look like?   I’m often asked what a typical day looks like for a full-time investor. This is a hard thing to answer because any given day can be different. But to give you some insight as to the possibilities, let me tell you about yesterday.   I woke up at 4:30 a.m. (that’s not a typo.) The reason I get up so early is so…

It’s not what you make, but what you keep that matters

It’s not what you make, but what you keep that matters

It’s not what you make, but what you keep that matters.   How many of you have heard stories about lottery winners who win it big, only to lose  everything in a short period of time? I was reading a web article on this subject recently and it was mind blowing. The article went through many stories of how different people had won millions, only to lose it in 10…

Be careful where you get advice

Be careful where you get advice

Be careful where you get advice   Ashley and I went to a baby shower this week for some of our good friends Dorsie and Jimmy Kuni. Dorsie was absolutely glowing.   This will be their first, and as any good friend who already has kids should do, I asked Jimmy if he was excited or just plain scared. He laughed, and we joked about Owen Wilson’s line from “Armageddon”…

What is a market inversion?

What is a market inversion?

What is a market inversion?   Are you familiar with the term market inversion? If not, that’s OK. I wasn’t until recently. But as real estate investors, you need to understand what it is, and more importantly, what it means for the current and upcoming real estate market.   First off, let me give a quick overview as to what market inversion is from my understanding, and then I’ll tell…

Start the ball rolling

Start the ball rolling

Start the ball rolling   Does this scenario sounds familiar?   Rent is due on the first and late after the fifth. After 5p.m. on the fifth, you send a letter of demand via email and a text that says the tenant needs to pay or move from the property by the ninth. If not, you’ll have to file dispossessory at court.   On the morning of the ninth you…

What’s in a day

What’s in a day

What’s in a day   New and aspiring investors often ask me what a typical day looks like for us. I’m not sure we have “typical” days. Some are just smoother than others.   Take yesterday for instance.   I woke up and was at the gym by 6:15 a.m. (note: Ashley is there by 5:15 a.m. We play tag team on our workouts to make sure someone is home…

Rolling in the dough

Rolling in the dough

Rolling in the dough   Ashley and I recently had an interesting conversation with some friends of ours. They were talking about a new car they wanted to buy. And when I say new, I mean brand new. And based off what I could tell, the starting price on this vehicle was going to be close to $35,000. That was the starting price.   As we talked further, our friends…

The anonymity of a land trust

The anonymity of a land trust

The anonymity of a land trust   When people are getting started in real estate investing, they often assume they need to form an entity like an LLC or an S Corp first thing. The two main reasons for this are to protect their assets from lawsuit and to take advantage of certain tax breaks.   In my opinion, due to formation and maintenance costs, neither of these entities are…

Lease option vs. lease purchase

Lease option vs. lease purchase

Lease option vs. lease purchase   I got a call from an investor recently needing some help with structuring a deal. He was in the process of buying a property and wanted to do “one of those lease option, lease purchase things” as his exit strategy.   As we talked, I realized just how easy it is to get those two terms confused and how freely people use them synonymously….