Empathy versus sympathy

Empathy versus sympathy

Empathy versus sympathy   Empathy and sympathy are two very similar words that have related meanings. They both have to do with understanding someone else’s feelings. That being said, you have to focus on one versus the other when it comes to making offers.   The late, great, Zig Ziglar has a story he uses to illustrate the difference between the two concepts. He talks about when he sold Saladmaster…

Don’t get so busy you forget what you’re doing

Don’t get so busy you forget what you’re doing

Don’t get so busy you forget what you’re doing   I got to do something I haven’t done in a long time the other day. I got to spend some one-on-one time with the guy who taught me most of what I know about real estate investing. His name is Bill Cook.     The reason this was a rare opportunity for me is because Bill and his lovely wife,…

Why do an in-home interview?

Why do an in-home interview?

Why do an in-home interview?   We have three properties on market right now for rent, and the quality and amount of applications coming in is great. This is a stark difference from the craziness we experienced in late fall of last year. Then, we had 200 applications submitted for just one property. And of those, only 20 percent were filled out completely, but most of the applicants didn’t meet…

Investors make decisions a lot

Investors make decisions a lot

Investors make decisions a lot   Most entrepreneurs have to make a lot of decisions daily. For real estate investors, those decisions can range from tenant selection to tile selection, and everything in between.   Being able to make those decisions quickly and effectively plays an important role in your success. So today, I’d like to talk to you about three different methods I have learned to help make decisions…

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…

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…

Fighting for rental space

Fighting for rental space

Fighting for rental space   This year has been very strange as far as rentals go. First off, rent rates have skyrocketed. In 2018, we have seen two-bedroom, one-bath houses rent for as much as 3/2 floorplans were renting for just two years ago. With the spike in rent prices, odd things have started happening. For instance, we’ve had con artists trying rent people our houses.     In previous…

FiFa is a four-letter word

FiFa is a four-letter word

FiFa is a four-letter word   Well technically FiFa is not a four-letter word. It’s an abbreviation for the two Latin words Fieri Facias that translate to “you shall make happen,” which you’ll understand in a minute.     A FiFa is a lien issued by the clerk of court to a lawsuit winner who has been awarded a judgment. This lien becomes public record and gives the sheriff’s office…

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…