Steady wins the race

Steady wins the race

Steady wins the race   During a recent walk with my kids, my first-born was showing out on his roller blades and my daughter was rolling around on a three-wheeled scooter. As we were walking and talking, the story of the tortoise and the hare got brought up.   Now I don’t know about you, but when I think about that story I don’t see a book of Aesop’s Fables….

Be very careful right now

Be very careful right now

Be very careful right now   You may not know this, but we lost the very first real estate investment deal I was ever a part of to foreclosure. How’s that for a credential?   It wasn’t a house we had bought to flip or rent out. It was a house my family was building to live in for a few years and then sell to bolster my parent’s retirement….

$2 in the tank

$2 in the tank

$2 in the tank   This morning’s workout was exceptionally difficult for me — yet it was not an exceptionally difficult workout. I just had no energy. You know, most of the time you get a second wind when you’re working out. But for me this morning, I never caught my first wind.   It’s kind of weird, too. I ate well yesterday. I went to bed on time, and…

Comfort can kill you

Comfort can kill you

Comfort can kill you   On a recent morning, I was heading back from a new acquire we have out in the Ranger area of Gordon County. The house is currently being rehabbed to get it rent ready.   I was at the house after leaving the gym before 7 a.m. to drop off some materials for the guys.   We got them unloaded, and I headed home to take…

Don’t kill the golden goose

Don’t kill the golden goose

Don’t kill the golden goose   I was talking with an investor the other day who had just received some really great news. His portfolio of rental properties had an equity value of over $1 million. I asked him how he found this out, and he told me he’d been working with a financial advisor who had challenged him to find fair market values for each piece of property he…

Cool it, buster

Cool it, buster

Cool it, buster   When you own rental property, there are a lot of expenses you should plan for. Most people understand making payments on their mortgage and property taxes monthly, but there are sporadic expenses you should be saving for monthly as well. They include things like vacancy and repairs. The savings we set aside for paying these costs is something we call a rental’s “expense factor.”   We…

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…

Don’t let innovation disrupt you

Don’t let innovation disrupt you

Don’t let innovation disrupt you   There’s a really cool book you should check out called “Disrupt You” by Jay Samit. Jay is a serial entrepreneur with a background in media and computer programming.   To define the concept of what a disruption is, Jay tells a personal story about how he failed big-time. He had a computer programming company that was bidding on a state contract to make kiosks…

Running and real estate

Running and real estate

Running and real estate:   I spent most of my childhood growing up in a little town called Hull located in Madison County Georgia — that’s right next to Athens where the UGA main campus is located. I went to Colbert Elementary and then on to Madison County Middle School.   During those years I was involved in sports playing baseball and soccer at the county rec department. In seventh…

Preparing for a market downturn

Preparing for a market downturn

Preparing for a market downturn   I was part of a webinar this morning where the topic was what someone should do in a market downturn like what we’re getting ready to experience. Actually, I’d say we’re already in the downturn. We just haven’t seen how it will manifest itself in the real estate world yet.   During the call, we first talked about things we’re doing differently in our…