I almost missed it

I almost missed it

I almost missed it   It was about 10:30 on Saturday night. We had just put the kids down, and Ashley and I were preparing for bed. At this point, my beautiful bride was considered full term in her pregnancy at 38 weeks. She lay down in the bed only to pop right back up with a startled look on her face as she said, “Whoa! I just had a…

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…

Why do your renters need insurance?

Why do your renters need insurance?

Why do your renters need insurance?   I’ll never forget the story of my mother-in-law’s best friend. She was up in Ringgold when that tornado hit in 2011. She lived in a single-story apartment complex with easy access to town and the interstate. This was fantastic for her because she got lots of convenience without having to worry with any home or yard maintenance.   She was on the phone…

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…

How can we structure this deal?

How can we structure this deal?

How can we structure this deal?   In the summer of 2010, I was blessed to have a sure-enough successful husband-and-wife real estate investor team take Ashley and me under their wings. They have a passion for giving and enjoyed teaching aspiring and established investors alike on how to creatively structure deals. Without them, Ashley and I wouldn’t be where we are. That passion lives on today as they travel…

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….

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.  …