"Blue 42...Hot Route - RED 7 RED 7...settttt HUT!" In 2008 I fell in love with who is now my patient & caring wife and awesome mother to our children. She grew up (in-laws still reside) not far from Clemson, SC, so naturally she is a Tigers fan. Myself, I was blessed to be born … Continue reading How Collegiate Football Success Affects Real Estate Appreciation [case study]
I love this time of year. Time to reflect and time to focus on setting goals for the New Year. I took the above photo at my parents' over Christmas. Don't recall ever experiencing a sunset quite like this growing up there but then again I probably wasn't looking as a teenager. Wish the camera … Continue reading Time to Reflect, Time to Set 2018 Goals and Begin Pursuit
*Repost from December 2016; as we get into the holiday season, childhood family traditions become nostalgic and lead me back to this little story... "If you can move the house by the end of the month, you can just have the whole thing!" ____________________________________________________________ As the year is coming to an end, the sights, sounds, … Continue reading How to Find REI Opportunities: Just Ask
I hear this question a lot. The quick answer is No. Since the World Series (Congrats to the World Champion Houston Astros!) just wrapped up, I'll use some baseball analogies to help answer this question. Long has been the day since this 5'8, 120 lbs high school junior kept the pine warm for those starters … Continue reading Does Your Realtor Analyze Deals Before Bringing Them to You?
If you're keeping up with us, you know we've traditionally purchased SFR and small MFRs, but through some hard work, late nights and leveraging relationships, we were able to step into the Apartment Complex realm and the anticipated return on this turnaround project is better than any personal acquisition yet. Here's how we did it... … Continue reading Purchasing Our First Apartment Complex
Shortly after the letter was delivered via Certified USPS mail (signature on delivery), I received a phone call. Although short-lived, I was excited to learn the current occupant was willing to sign a lease. ____________________________________________________________ Back in November I wrote a blog titled My First Tax Deed Purchase and described the situation of an … Continue reading Results from Certified Letter to Unknown Occupant [Letter]
I'm eventually going to find the right lending partner(s) to have a long lasting relationship with and as we focus on our next acquisition, I selfishly wanted to create this punch list for my own future reference. ____________________________________________________________ In recent posts I've expressed my horrible experiences with a couple of unorganized lending institutions. As we … Continue reading How To Prepare for a Residential Loan Application for REI (spreadsheet)
And now for the after....we now have properly screened tenants (which are paying rent on time), an improved property and a decrease in criminal activity for the neighborhood. ____________________________________________________________ In February I posted a horrific scene of a recent tax deed purchase in Pensacola that turned into an eviction, that turned into the tenant destroying … Continue reading Evicted Tenant Destroys Property – 6 Month Follow-Up
Recently I discovered how to invest in Real Estate using a Self Directed IRA, commonly referred to as SDIRA. Now that we're a little further down the road with this one, I wanted to document our experience in hopes that it helps others. Keep in mind I'm not a legal or accounting professional and this … Continue reading How We Used Our IRA to Invest in Real Estate
When opportunities arise, we tenant proof our rental properties as much as possible. This usually means putting in hardwood or tile flooring. As properties turn-over, a hard surface floor is not only easier to maintain but should last longer (through multiple tenants). We are also finding this to be true in our personal home where … Continue reading Product Review: Hoover FloorMate® Deluxe Hard Floor Cleaner
When performing the Cash-on-Cash Return napkin test, I won't further analyze anything that is below 12%. The target is 15% and higher but if we can still hit our $100/month cash-flow minimum, we'll consider it with a lower CoCR. Cash-on-Cash Return or CoCR CoCR = annual cash flow before taxes divided by total cash … Continue reading Real Estate Investing Terms: Cash On Cash Return
The more time I spent at the property, seeing the # of kids riding their bicycles through, I'm happy we got him out and giving us a chance to clean up and improve the neighborhood. In a November 2016 post titled My First Tax Deed Purchase I talk about just that and the unknown tenant … Continue reading Evicted Tenant Destroys Property
Given that it has been 2+ years since we went through the process of purchasing our primary residence (and the Pensacola real estate market seems to be recovering), I was optimistically hopeful dealing with banks wouldn't be as painful this time around...boy was I wrong! ____________________________________________________________ In AH BANKS! Pardon My French - Part 1 … Continue reading AH BANKS! Pardon My French – Part 2
I wanted to save money, she wanted the comfort. Another DIY that solved a problem. ____________________________________________________________ Why we own the Nest Learning Thermostat: It bothers me to leave the HVAC running when we are not at our primary residence in Pensacola. Not as extreme as my dad, but I am focused on turning off our unit … Continue reading Product Review: Nest Learning Thermostat
It could have been that my wife passed the exam on her 1st try and I was convinced I wouldn't - we like to compete! ____________________________________________________________ Many Pensacola RE investors are also licensed Realtors. Being a life student (PMP, MBA, Six Sigma, MCP, BS, etc.), I thought it was only natural for me … Continue reading Should I or Should I Not Get My Real Estate License?