Risk versus reward

Risk versus reward

Risk versus reward   I had a really good opportunity for a private money lender, recently. I emailed the information to everyone I thought would be interested. The deal was to loan money to us at 6% interest only. I noted in the email that 6% was three times what the, and I quote, “high yield” CDs and bonds being are offered for in 2020, according to bankrate.com.   The…

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…

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…

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 can an in-home tell you?

What can an in-home tell you?

What can an in-home tell you?   I’m sure you have all heard the horror stories of some poor landlord who took the first person with money who came along and rented to them their nice, newly renovated rental home only to have it destroyed in a matter of months, right?   While that does happen, there’s something you can do as a landlord to limit and pretty much prevent…

Our first occupied sit-out

Our first occupied sit-out

Our first occupied sit-out   We recently had to do one of the most uncomfortable things I feel like a person has to do as a landlord. It’s called a sit-out.   If you don’t know what that is, a sit-out is the culmination of the dispossessory proceedings. It’s where the landlord has to go in and physically remove all of someone’s personal possessions from the interior of their property…

They think differently than we do

They think differently than we do

They think differently than we do   Ashley and I were out knocking the pre-foreclosure doors in Whitfield county yesterday. While we were there, we had an interesting experience that I would like to tell you about.   The first couple of houses we went to were your normal $125-140k house in nice neighborhoods. I say “normal” because that’s the price range that the average person lives in in our…