Rental Application Procedure

Rental Application Procedure   The way we take rental applications has changed over time. When we first started, we would take lots of pictures, a video tour and then upload all that material to a website that we could advertise on for free that would also syndicate to other sites like Zillow and Trulia. We would then put hand-painted red signs in the yard of the property listing all the…

Find a routine

Find a routine   We got back from a weeklong stay at the beach at 10 p.m. last night. That’s kind of late for us. But we got everything in the house and were in bed by 11 p.m. so I could get up and be at the gym this morning by 5:30 a.m.   Now, I’m here to tell you, it felt really, really good to be in my…

Foreclosure Tidal Wave

Foreclosure Tidal Wave   I watched a pretty cool TED talk on how tidal waves are formed recently, and I learned some really interesting stuff I would like to share with you.   The first thing I learned was that the name of tidal wave is a little bit of a misnomer because they have nothing to do with the ocean tidal system. Then I learned about the term tsunami,…

It can be exciting and scary

It can be exciting and scary   We went to dinner recently with a group of investor friends over in Dawsonville, Georgia. Some Ashley and I have known for years, and others we had just met that day.   As we sat around the table, we discovered that one of them had recently made the move to become a full-time investor. When I say recently, I mean three months ago….

Should you go to a REIA?

Should you go to a REIA?   When Ashley and I got started in on our real estate investing journey we had no idea where to go or who to turn to for education — or guidance in general, for that matter. The first course we took was on creative financing. We overpaid, maxing out our credit cards to get the $12,500 class with a big-name investing education company.  …

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…