Money talks, but in-homes reveal

Money talks, but in-homes reveal

  Money talks, but in-homes reveal   Once upon a time, in land far, far away, Ashley and I bought a property in the township of Villanow — well it feels far away. But it’s really only about a 45-minute drive. Now, if you’re asking yourself where in the world Villanow is, many people share that sentiment when I bring it up.   Villanow is located in Walker County, Georgia…

Meeting of the minds

Meeting of the minds

Meeting of the minds   I’ve recently had an opportunity to relearn how important the meeting of the minds is between buyer, seller and real estate investor, and I’d like to share some of that information with you. The example has to do with being snookered.   It happened while I was on the phone with a seller. We’d met multiple times in person and had always had great interactions….

Here’s what we’re seeing right now

What can an in-home tell you?

Here’s what we’re seeing right now   Who would have predicted that a virus could’ve had this much of an impact on us? I didn’t see it coming.   So, what are we seeing right now?   April was good as far as rentals go. We are at about 90% on our collection rate. What I wrote to you about talking to our tenants and being proactive really proved to…

Fear and proactivity

Fear and proactivity

Fear and proactivity   I think that you will agree with that me that there’s a lot of uncertainty going on right now. And people do some strange things when they get scared. If you don’t believe me, go check out the toilet paper aisle at the grocery store. Now, I’ve had to make a run, or perhaps more of a waddle, for toilet paper before. But I’ve never seen…

Application with push-button capability

Application with push-button capability

Application with push-button capability   We’re about to see some things change dramatically in the way we market our rentals. Our normal procedure has been to go take pictures and videos of a property, upload them to Zillow’s Rent Manager and then use that link to post the property all over Facebook. We still put signs in the yards, but most of our calls come from online sources these days….

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…

Holidays, vacancies and late payees

Holidays, vacancies and late payees

Holidays, vacancies and late payees   I got a call recently from someone needing advice about their landlord/ tenant relationship. This caller was the tenant, rather than the landlord.   This tenant was upset that they had just received — and I quote — “a nasty letter” from their landlord. The letter said the tenant either needed to pay what was owed in full or move from the property.  …

It came back to bite us

It came back to bite us

It came back to bite us   Having a well-thought-out tenant screening process is essential to your success as a landlord. If you haven’t developed this plan, you should really give it some thought.   Let me walk you through the major parts of our tenant selection process and then show you how not sticking to it resulted in us getting a house back in poor condition for the first…

Move-in inspections

Move-in inspections

Move-in inspections   I was out doing service calls on some of our rentals yesterday. There’s a reason for that. It’s mainly that I like to handle the repairs listed on a newly installed tenants’ move-in inspection sheet. First, let me tell you about the importance of the move-in inspection process, and then, I’ll explain why I like to handle those repairs myself.   During the lease-up process, which is…