If you don’t face your fears, then you don’t get to play with the kittens

If you don’t face your fears, then you don’t get to play with the kittens   After a bumpy week, behaviorally speaking, with my eight-year-old, I could tell I needed to spend some one-on-one time with my boy. So, I took him to work with me. This time together is something I cherish because I get to show him how we make our living, and I have the opportunity to…

Get off your phone!

Get off your phone!   Ashley and I were recently at a cookout with some top-notch investors, and one of my really good friends was in attendance. As we were sitting around the fire pit, he told us about something that had just been revealed to him, which I felt like I should share with you.   It all happened at a mastermind he attended.   You see, masterminds are…

A clarity break

A clarity break   It was around 3:45 p.m. today before I breathed a sigh of relief as Ashley, the family and I headed south on I-85 for Florida. At that time, we weren’t even an hour south of Atlanta despite the fact that we had left Calhoun at 10:30 a.m. That means five hours into a supposed 6 1/2 hour trip, we were no further than two hours away…

Something is missing

Something is missing   My first nonretail job was as a residential painter in college. I then worked for a handyman and then a custom home builder. I finally landed on a rehab crew remodeling both rentals and flips for an investor in Atlanta, which is where I got exposed to real estate investing.   And since my background is in construction, one of my jobs in our company is…

I felt like I was lied to

I felt like I was lied to   Today I want to share something with you that is interwoven with real estate, but is really a message I hope that you’ll share with the younger people in your life.   It all started when I stopped by a flip project this week and began talking with my lead man, Charles, about a recent article he had read about the shortage…

Do you take pride in your rentals?

Do you take pride in your rentals?   As I’ve told you before, I like doing service calls on our rentals. One of the big reasons for this is I get to see how our tenants are keeping the properties.   We pride ourselves on good customer service, which includes a fast response time on service calls. So when something breaks, I’m often there within a few hours. As such,…

A good property management system

A good property management system   I have been out working on rentals a lot this past week. Contrary to what you hear about most landlords, I actually like working on our properties. The reason for this is because I get to see how our people are doing, how they are keeping the house up and if they are doing the four jobs of a tenant.   And just to…

What exactly do you do?

What exactly do you do?   I have to confess that I’m guilty of something. I don’t do a lot of self promotion. Here is a case in point: This particular column marks the beginning of my sixth year writing this weekly article about real estate investing and then posting it to my blog. Yet I have friends and family who have no idea that I do it. I just…

A great reason to have assets

A great reason to have assets   I was talking with a friend recently who was going through a tough time. You see, my friend had had some medical complications that had caused her to have multiple surgeries over the past few years. (By multiple I mean 10 plus.) To make a long story short, every time the surgeon would go in to fix the problem, it weakened the adjacent…

Creative offers

Creative offers   Ashley and I were two broke kids straight out of college when we got started in real estate investing. We had a mound of student loan debt and no money in our pockets to invest. And because we had either been self-employed or full-time students while in school, we had no real, verifiable income. That fact, coupled with a high debt to income ratio from the loans,…