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Will You Sink or Swim?

By Russ Hiner on December 6, 2015
Russ Hiner

This is your life. You have decided that real estate investing is something you want to do. But…

Are you sinking or swimming?

Right now, I am teaching a 58 year old friend to swim. I can see his fear. He is thinking, “What if I drown?” or “What if I can't do this and I look silly?” We all have fears about uncertainties; fear is natural and good—it can keep us out of trouble! But, when fear controls you, when it stops and paralyzes you, when it keeps you from success, it is a problem.

Remember: There is no such thing as a dead end.

Your fears can be conquered easily through calculated action and baby steps.

How is your business like learning to swim? Like my friend, you probably have fear. Maybe you fear loss of financial security or not being able to know a bad deal from a great deal. Maybe you fear failure, or you fear what people will think if you make bad decisions. Maybe you even fear success. The problem is that fear will wear you out and kill your drive. Just like the swimmer, you need to know when to swim and when to float. You need to learn to trust the system and yourself. Read More >>


Are You Working On the Wrong Things?

By Ron LeGrand on December 6, 2015
Ron LeGrand

I recently conducted the first two days of one of my boot camps and shortly thereafter spent two hours on the phone doing one-on-one calls with students. There’s a common mistake I see students making over and over again, and it doesn’t seem to matter if they are new or been around awhile. That mistake is: doing everything they can to feel busy except the critical things required to stay in business.

It’s so easy to be busy. Anyone can do it, and most people would say they’re very busy almost all the time. I hear things like: “If only I had more time, the days just aren’t long enough, so much to do and so little time.” A rat in a circular cage is busy running in circles, but getting nowhere. Pretty soon he has a heart attack and dies. Being busy will not make you rich. In fact, it can have the opposite effect and prevent you from ever achieving wealth. Don’t get me wrong. Rich people are busy too. I’m very busy most of the time with something always chasing my attention. There’s always an endless supply of things to work on that suck up my time. The difference is I constantly and consciously work on…only those items I can’t delegate and are worthy of my attention.

Minutia is a deadly disease that steals away the most productive time of your life and robs you of the great things you could accomplish…if you only had time. Well, I suppose I don’t have to tell you that we all have the same amount of time in a day and no bonus hours will ever be added. Rich people and poor people alike are granted the same opportunity to turn that time into greatness or waste it the same way, day in and day out until they’re dead. Read More >>


Leveraging the Right Way

By Mark Jackson on December 6, 2015
Mark Jackson

Investing in real estate is one of the most advantageous and attractive avenues to use to build a business and ultimately wealth. I would say it has three times the potential of making money than most any other business. Using REIA comps to guide your investment choices protects against the turns made by market forces. I want to share with you some advantages that I believe will be most beneficial for you.

As a rule, there is more stability. Real estate investments are traditionally considered a stable and rich gainer, provided if one takes it seriously and becomes a student of the game. As a rule of thumb, if you have an area where there are plenty of resources available and low stable mortgage rates, you have good reason for investing in that real estate market. On the contrary, if you find a property in a place, which is under high inflation, it may not be a prime location.

With real estate, necessity is the mother of all inventions. Acquiring all the knowledge and skills through experience of selling and purchasing properties requires guidance and consistency. The support REIA comps provides gives you a leg up on property valuation and purchase. Take the time to gain education and hone your craft in order to have a formidable business. Doing market research, using or developing the right real estate strategies can make deals happen for you in the right manner. Read More >>


Squeeze Page Madness! A Quick Guide to Setting Up Your First Squeeze Page - Part 1

By Tony Pearl on December 6, 2015
Tony Pearl

What the heck is a Squeeze Page? And why should you care?

Ok, so there’s this whole “thing” called Internet Marketing. All the kids are doing it these days. The thing is… it works! And one of the neat things that work in Internet Marketing is Squeeze Pages, because they get you LEADS for your business...BIG Time!

I wrote this article because a lot of people have been asking me lately about what’s working in the world of internet marketing to help real estate investors get more leads from the internet. When I ask them if they have any Squeeze Pages up, they either give me a blank stare or silence. Or both.

So if that’s you, then this article is for you & people like you - people who have very little to no knowledge or experience in the powerful yet confusing world of internet marketing.  Trust me, it's very, very easy to get lost down this rabbit hole. I'll save my story for another day. Read More >>


Are You Secure? Three Protections of the Real Estate IRA

By Jim Hitt on December 6, 2015
Jim Hitt

How secure is your retirement nest egg? If you own a Real Estate IRA, you might have an idea about what kinds of protections your retirement income has; but if you’ve never heard of the things, now’s as good a time as any to learn what your options are.

While many people associate an investment in real estate with speculation, the truth is that real estate can be a highly secure way to ensure that you have enough for retirement. Not only does real estate provide an opportunity for growth, but it’s capable of providing you with a stable income that you can use when you need it the most. And with the following three protections built right in to the Real Estate IRA structure itself, you’ll see that these investments can be much more secure than you originally thought. Read More >>


Learning the Basics of “Paper” - Part 2

By Larry Harbolt on December 6, 2015
Larry Harbolt

You Must Get Your Personal Debt Under Control If You Want to Quickly Achieve Financial Freedom. This Can Be Done Much Faster Once You Eliminate All of Your Highest Interest Rate Consumer Debts First.

This month I want to start with examples of how you can eliminate your personal debts much, much faster without sacrifice or having to bring in one more penny every month. I am going to explain to you how to pay off your consumer debts much faster which will save you thousands of dollars of interest you will never have to pay. Here is an example of what I am talking about.

Let’s say the payment of your highest interest rate debt is $212.83 minimum payment. If you will add the $93.00 (a good number for a family of four at a nice restaurant) you saved by not dining out each month with your family will total $305.83 ($212.83 + $93.00 = $305.83). If you pay that amount each month for this debt until it is paid in full, it will greatly shorten the payback time of that debt saving you hundreds or even thousands of dollars of interest. Read More >>


Get Ready for 2016: QuickBooks Can Help

By Karen Bershad on December 6, 2015
Karen Bershad

We’ll be ringing in the New Year soon. Will you have wrapped up your 2015 finances by then?

There’s something very satisfying about turning our calendars to January. It always feels like a fresh start. We resolve to develop new, better ways of using our work and leisure time. We reflect on what we accomplished in the last 12 months, and we look forward to achieving even more in the next 12.

But sometimes we have a nagging feeling that we forgot something. And it often has to do with our finances, both personal and professional.

You can take steps now to make New Year’s Day less worrisome. Doing some extra work in QuickBooks during December will ensure that you’ll start 2016 ready to move ahead, rather than scrambling to see what you missed on January 2. Read More >>


Two Court Decisions That Could Change Everything for Homeowners

By Bob Massey on December 6, 2015
Bob Massey

Despite what you may be hearing in the news, foreclosures are increasing nationwide. Sure the media has been trying to paint a rosy picture by showing areas where foreclosures have been decreasing, but those are only specific areas. When looked at nationwide, things do not look so great. Foreclosures are bad enough, but the fact that the vast majority of these are sham foreclosures pushed through by pretender-lenders with no right to foreclose should be a source of national shame. Fortunately there have been two major court decisions that show the tide is continuing to turn against the banks and in favor of homeowners and real estate investors.

In US District Court for Oregon, a judge reaffirmed that the Supreme Court of the United States settled that a rescission is effective at the time that the notice is sent, whether or not it is sent within the three-year period set out by TILA. The bank in this case was arguing that the law was never intended to let borrowers cancel their loan transactions. The court specifically shot this notion down, saying that, while the banks and trustees have an interest in the finality of these transactions, consumers have a “countervailing interest in avoiding wrongful foreclosure.” This is a HUGE decision because it affirms that, no matter what the banks say or what lower courts try to argue, a rescission is effective as an operation of law the moment it is dropped in the mail. It does not matter if the rescission is done 15 years after the loan is consummated. If the bank fails to contest the rescission during the 20 day period established by TILA, the note and mortgage are gone. Their only option after that period is to go to a court that has the proper jurisdiction and prove that the rescission is wrongful and that they can prove standing without using the note or mortgage (now legally nonexistent) as evidence. Read More >>


Co-Wholesaling: Legit or Problematic?

By Frank Iglesias on December 6, 2015
Frank Iglesias

Lots of real estate courses out there talk about the subject of co-wholesaling or JV’ing. (Joint Venturing for short) It sounds simple enough. If you are new, work with someone experienced to do business together that seem trustworthy. If you are experienced, work with people you know and trust. You can market their deals for them and hopefully bring them a Buyer. It’s very simple so what could go wrong?

In a word: Everything

If there is one topic that I think is one of the most scathing I hear from Buyers, it’s co-wholesaling. It ranks right up there with off base renovation estimates.   How can something so simple be so problematic?

Let’s take a look at the issues so you can see how to avoid these pitfalls and have more success with this underutilized subject. This is a simple subject as long as you get it right. Read More >>


Focused Investors

By Michael Vazquez on December 6, 2015
Michael Vazquez

Entrepreneur’s minds go a hundred miles an hour in many directions. This can be great at times and at other times not so great. In the case of real estate investors, it tends to be the latter. Real estate investors have a habit of learning how to make money in one aspect of real estate investing and then another and then another etc.

Before the investor realizes it, he/she is just doing what comes easiest and not considering the most profitable exit strategy. Or worst, the investor has not fully learned one strategy and is not maximizing profit. How can you solve this issue? FOCUS!

Investors usually progress in the following order: bird dog, wholesaler, flipper, landlord, and lender. This is not mandatory but it tends to be a natural progression for many. At the beginning bird dog will usually only bird dog because it is all they know how to do. Naturally, by being in the real estate investing community, they begin to learn how to wholesale.

At this point, the wholesaler will still be pretty focused but then he/she begins to buy-fix-sell properties. This is where it gets tricky. Should the investor wholesale a property he/she finds or invest in the property himself/herself. This question comes up every time the investor puts a property under contract.

Then after a few homerun deals the investor decides it is time to begin keeping a few homes as rentals. A few months go by and now the question to wholesale, fix-sell, or fix-rent begins soon after placing a property under contract. Read More >>


Long Term Benefits of Using Direct Mail to Locate Motivated Sellers

By Kathy Kennebrook on December 6, 2015
Kathy Kennebrook

As you probably know if you have been reading my articles, I strongly advocate using direct mail to locate highly motivated sellers for your Real Estate Investing business no matter what market you live in and no matter what your real estate market is doing. With the market being in its current state of affairs, there are more motivated sellers than ever before if you know how to find them.

As a seasoned Real Estate Investor I fully understand that I need to be locating the most highly motivated sellers in order to construct the very best deals. Remember, the profit on a deal is made when you buy a property.

In addition, while many investors enjoy working with pre-foreclosures, short sales, REO properties and buying houses on the court house steps, these properties take time to close on and there is a lot of competition for them.

In the meantime you need to be able to continue to fill your funnel with cash producing deals in order to keep your business moving forward. Working with motivated sellers that your competition knows nothing about is definitely the way to accomplish this goal and direct mail is the best technique to draw in these very motivated sellers. Read More >>


Conference Call with Scott Ulmer Wed, Dec 2nd @ 7PM on ABLE System

By Savannah REIA on November 30, 2015
Wed, Dec 2nd @ 7PM - Teleconference with Scott Ulmer
Conference Call with Scott Ulmer and Team
Conference Call with Scott Ulmer
Wed, Dec 2nd @ 7PM

Call 857-216-3692 & use PIN 73951

Scott UlmerWe will be hosting a Teleconference Call on December 2nd at 7:00PM with Scott Ulmer of Little Pink Houses of America and ABLE Mentoring. Scott, Mike and Marcy will all be on call to talk about the ABLE System, talk about some example deals, outline the 2 Day ABLE Crash Course Event and to field some questions about the program. If you have any specific questions regarding the ABLE Platform or the 2 Day Crash Course, this is the time to get the answers directly from the guys and gals out doing these kinds of deals every day.

Teleconference Call-In Information

Date & Time: Wednesday, December 2nd at 7PM ET
Dial in Number: 857-216-3692 PIN: 73951

See Atlanta REIA Events Calendar for More Events!
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Special Message from Scott Ulmer About His Upcoming ABLE Mentoring 2 Day Crash Course in December

By Savannah REIA on November 30, 2015
Sat & Sun, Dec 5th & 6th - Buford, GA
ABLE Mentoring
2 Day Crash Course

With Scott Ulmer & Staff
December 5th & 6th from 9AM-6PM
1960 Skylar Hill Dr, Buford, GA
Learn to Use Lease Purchases To Make A Minimum Of $10,000 Every Time!

Scott Ulmer of ABLE Mentoring wanted us to post this email to everyone who was or was not able to attend the Beginning Investors Group (BIG) where Scott spoke on Monday, November 16th...

ABLE Mentoring

From the Desk of Scott Ulmer...

Scott UlmerWe will be back in Atlanta on December 5th & 6th for our 2 Day ABLE Mentoring Crash Course at the Atlanta REIA Office located at 1960 Skylar Hill Dr, Suite D, in Buford, GA. During those 2-days, we will train you on how to implement our ABLE strategy immediately, and show you how you too can make a minimum of $10,000 for every deal you do. I have two passions outside of my family and religion… Perfecting the ABLE exit strategy, and seeing others succeed using the ABLE system. My team and I are going to give you 110% during these two days!

You will also receive the following:

  • Access to 100% of our Real-Time Marketing.
  • Live Breakout Sessions Where We Will Call Your Leads.
  • Flow Charts Laying Out The Process.
  • Several Real Deal Examples.
  • Common Seller Objections and Rebuttals.
  • And Much, Much More!

We are offering all of this for NOT $1995, NOT $995... Just $197 for Atlanta REIA Gold Members, $297 for Silver Members and $497 for Non-Members. Based on your Minimum Payday of $10,000, the ROI on this training can be hugely significant. You simply cannot find a more applicable and sound investment strategy in today’s real estate investing world. Banking restrictions are more stringent than ever, and believe it or not, the FDIC is getting ready to raise rates. Even more reason “non-traditional” sales, for both buyers and sellers alike, are becoming the wave of the future when it comes to transacting residential real estate. The timing for this training could not be any better.

We feel So Strongly about you chances for success that we are willing to offer you a 100% money-back guarantee. If after the 1st day you don’t feel you can make a substantial amount of money and a substantial ROI (potentially 20 to 1 on your first deal), we will refund your money, no questions asked.

For those rehabbers and flippers this same strategy can apply to your current investment properties. We will show you how you can DOUBLE and sometimes even TRIPLE your profits utilizing ABLE’s back-end system. We put together a video detailing how you can recognize the full value of this exit strategy in your own personal investments.

See this short video with Scott detailing how he can nearly triple his profits on a typical fix and flip deal:

Watch Video!

Elevate Your Success!

This is a genuine opportunity to enhance your financial life, increase your success and increase your business. Spend two information-packed days learning some of today’s best techniques and approaches with the market transformers who pioneered this investing strategy, and hear how they broke through complexity, constraints and constrictions to achieve greater abundance, freedom and success.

You owe it to yourself to be here, to learn this strategy. This is a tremendous value and can be a tremendous addition to your existing real estate portfolio. Regardless of all of the “white noise” out there and all of the latest and greatest investing strategies, this program, its details and merits, and ability to generate a payday immediately exist nowhere else.

Register Now!

We are excited to see you all again on December 5th & 6th at the Atlanta REIA Office located at 1960 Skylar Hill Dr, Suite D, in Buford, GA. Please reserve your seat asap. Seats are limited and are on a first come first served basis.

Mark off December 5th and 6th and we will see you there!

Sincerely,

Scott Ulmer

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How Scott Made 11K in Less Than 40 days with NO Money and NO Credit

By Savannah REIA on November 30, 2015
Sat & Sun, Dec 5th & 6th - Buford, GA
BIG SALE
BIG 2 Day ABLE Crash Course

Scott Ulmer wanted us to share a short video with you highlighting a deal that he put together using his ABLE Strategy. In this video Scott will discuss the numbers and the details showing you the process from contract to closing. He cleared $11K in profit on a lower price point home in a short period of time. His ABLE System will work in any market at any price point. Check it out...

Watch Video!

Be one of few to take advantage of this 2 Day ABLE Mentoring Crash Course on Sat & Sun, December 5th & 6th. If you've been frustrated and unable to connect the dots with your real estate investing, then this training is exactly what you need. Read more about the ABLE Crash Course here below. Also checkout the upcoming Teleseminar on Wed, Dec 2, 2015 at 7PM to learn more about the ABLE System.

See Atlanta REIA Events Calendar for More Events!
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Savannah REIA Meets on November 9th, 2015 with Frank Iglesias on Using Virtual Assistants

By Savannah REIA on November 9, 2015
Mon, November 9th at 6:30 PM in Savannah, GA
Savannah REIA
Explode Your Business Now!
Do More Deals by Working Less & Leveraging Virtual Assistants!

with Frank Iglesias
Monday, November 9th, 6:30PM
Hilton Garden Inn Savannah Midtown
5711 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA

Savannah REIA Members Please RSVP on Meetup.com
Savannah REIA Members & Guests, Please RSVP on Meetup.com

Frank IglesiasThis month we have a very special treat for you! Whether you are new to real estate, getting back in, or building your business and working more than you’d like to, you NEED to be at this month’s Savannah REIA Meeting! Our guest speaker Frank Iglesias is the real deal. He’s currently running a very successful real estate business, and he’s built it so that it doesn’t suck up all his time! As a result, he’s able to enjoy the lifestyle that most real estate investors only dream about. How? By effectively leveraging his time!

Join us at the Savannah REIA Monthly Meeting on Monday, November 9th at 6:30PM at Hilton Garden Inn Savannah Midtown located at 5711 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA. where Frank will share his secrets on how he was able to grow his business, make more ca$h, do more deals, and buy more houses by using VA’s! If you have been around real estate for any length of time, you’ve probably heard about Virtual Assistants, or “VAs” for short. Sounds sexy, but how can you use them effectively?

Recently, Frank gave a talk and asked the audience what came to their minds when he said the term ‘Virtual Assistant’. The answers were, like almost any other time he’s asked: 1) International, 2) Cheap, 3) Hard to Understand, 4) Do busy work tasks. No wonder more people don’t leverage this awesome opportunity to its capacity--the mindset is not one for success before the relationship even begins!

Join us at the Savannah REIA Meeting on Monday, November 9th, when Frank will break this mold by discussing several key points, including:

Reality is, running a business does take some work, but it does not have to be overly complicated, time consuming or difficult. It does, however, require preparation, planning and ultimately, systems. It won’t happen until you first decide to Stop Doing It All Yourself!

What you will learn: Frank will cover a lot of ground on how VAs play a vital part of his thriving real estate business, including:

Bottom line, it’s competitive out there with the market picking up speed and more investors vying for the same deals. To make more money at a faster pace requires efficiency and speed. Having the right team in place is critical to achieving this successfully. Having just one helping hand daily can make a huge impact on your growth. VAs can help you accomplish this with greatly reduced costs, if done properly. So mark your calendars now and get ready for an action packed evening at Savannah REIA on Monday, November 9th! Bring your questions and take lots of notes so you too can Stop Doing It All Yourself! See you there!

Savannah REIA Members Please RSVP on Meetup.com
Savannah REIA Members & Guests, Please RSVP on Meetup.com

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The Profit Newsletter November 2015 Edition

By Savannah REIA on November 9, 2015
Download The Profit Newsletter for November 2015 (PDF)
The November 2015 Edition of
The Profit is Available for Download!

The Profit Newsletter - November 2015The November 2015 Edition of The Profit Newsletter is available for download. There are46 pages of valuable information this month for your real estate investing success. Download it and check it out! The Profit is Atlanta REIA's digital, interactive newsletter for serious real estate investors delivered as an Adobe PDF file to read on your PC, Mac, Smart Phone, iPad or other mobile ready devices. Many of the articles and ads in The Profit contain many hyperlinks you can click to get more information online! The high res version of The Profit is "print ready" for those who want to print the newsletter on their home or business printer. Be sure to Subscribe to The Profit by Email or Subscribe to The Profit by Text so you don't miss a single issue.

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Are You One of the Lucky Investors Who Qualify for the Solo 401k?

By Dorsie Boddiford on November 8, 2015
Dorsie Boddiford

If the Roth IRA is the Corvette of real estate investing vehicles, then the Roth Solo 401k is the Ferrari.

Ok, so I know nothing about fancy cars. But I do know a thing or two about Solo 401ks. After setting up my own Solo 401k awhile back, I realized that there was very little out there where we as real estate investors could learn more about this unique retirement plan. After months of research and hours of consulting with some of the nation’s top custodians and lawyers, I enlisted the help of my father who has invested in real estate for over 35 years. Together, we compiled a book that I hope will serve as a valuable resource for real estate investors who are interested in strengthening their retirement accounts.

Never heard of a Solo 401k? It’s not surprising. Recent changes in the tax law have made this investment vehicle even more powerful. The Solo 401k is basically your average 401k without the huge company and all the extra employees so many of the ERISA rules do not apply. You may have heard it referred to as the Individual 401k or the Self-Employed 401k.

The Solo 401k is similar to an IRA in that you can self-direct the account into alternative investments such as real estate. There is also a Roth component of the Solo 401k where your after-tax contribution can grow tax-free. The contribution limits for the Solo 401k are much higher than those for the IRA. You may make an elective deferral of up to $18,000 ($24,000 if you are age 50 or older) per year. Your company that provides the plan can also contribute tax-deferred funds to the traditional portion of the Solo-401k for a maximum total contribution of $53,000 ($59,000 for those investors age 50 or older). Read More >>


What To Do After You've Rescinded Your Loan

By Bob Massey on November 8, 2015
Bob Massey

Let’s say you’re behind on your mortgage and the bank has filed foreclosure. You look into it a little bit and you see that your loan was securitized and sold as part of a big bundle and has been traded around the banking industry for the last 5 years like almost every other mortgage out there. You decide you’re going to take action and, using the rules established in the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), you send a notice of rescission to the bank and anyone who might try to claim ownership of your loan. The 20 days have passed and all the bank has done is sent you a letter saying they’re not going to honor the rescission. If you’ve been reading my previous articles you know that holds no water, and that by operation of law your note and mortgage are void. You can now be expecting the bank to return your canceled note, remove it from the property records, and return all of the money you ever paid on the loan, right? Wrong. You still have more work to do.

While the Supreme Court has given homeowners some power back against the banks with the January’s Jesinoski ruling, the chances are you will still need to take the bank to court to enforce the rescission. You’re going to want to move quickly because after one year from the rescission, you lose all right to the money that you paid the bank for the loan. The mortgage is still void, but you’re never going to get your money back. On the flip side, after a year the bank can no longer collect any of the money that you received with the loan. Read More >>


Commercial Deals Are Like Home Deals, And Here’s Why – Part 2

By Ron LeGrand on November 8, 2015
Ron LeGrand

Last month we began talking about commercial properties. This month we will continue talking about opportunities you can find with small apartments, self-storage, large apartments, shopping centers, office buildings and industrial.

I think of my friend, Lance Edwards, who specializes in small apartments. Small apartments meaning anything from 4 to 100 units. In fact, Lance will be at our upcoming boot camp in August, and he will be at the summit in February. Lance is very successful in that small apartment niche.

And there’s self-storage. My friend, Scott Myers, is the king of self-storage, he has hundreds of units starting from scratch with no money or credit and has built an empire by buying and redeveloping or by buying land and building self-storage units on it, which has always been a hot commercial component in the market because even when people use their homes, they still need a place to store their Junk. Did you know that self-storage is the only type that you can literally get 100% financing on? That’s how much the banks think of self-storage. Scott will also be at my commercial boot camp, and he is a wealth of information when it comes to the self-storage business. Read More >>


Invest in Real Estate with Your 401(k)

By Jim Hitt on November 8, 2015
Jim Hitt

Many people want to invest in real estate “if I could only find the cash for the down payment on a property or two.” But for many would be investors – the answer to getting started in direct real estate investment is right under their nose: You can use a self-directed 401(k) to invest in real estate.

Techniques

For Employees

If you don’t own your own company (so you can become the sponsor of your own 401(k) plan, you have a couple of options:

Borrow. If your plan allows, you may be able to borrow up to $50,000 or 50% of your account value (whichever is less) to invest in real estate in a taxable account. If you go this route, understand you only have five years to repay the loan. Otherwise it’s considered a taxable distribution and if you are under age 59½, may generate penalties to boot. Read More >>


Wish I Had a Do-Over

By Bill Cook on November 8, 2015
Bill Cook

I’m writing this on Friday, October 9, 2015. It’s a heavy day for me. Today is the sixth anniversary of Jack Miller’s passing, and for the past few days he has been frequently on my mind.

Many of you have never heard of Jack Miller; even fewer took the opportunity to learn from this great man. Jack, hands down, was the best all-around real estate investor I’ve ever met. He was the definition of original. There was no boundary he wouldn’t push.

Put simply: Many of the creative deal-structuring and funding techniques investors use today were born in Jack’s wonderful imagination. There has never been, or will ever be, another Jack Miller.

I wish I had a do over. Although I attended most of Jack’s seminars, there were more than a handful that I missed. If I could get that do-over, I’d be front and center at each one of the meetings – taking notes like crazy!

Kim asked what I’d pay to attend just one more of Jack’s seminars. I said one hundred thousand dollars wouldn’t be too much. God, to hear Jack ring his big bell that let folks know that class was back in session...yep, one hundred thousand dollars would be well-spent money!

When Jack passed, he was nearly eighty years old and at the top of his game. Here are some of Jack’s quotes I wrote down at his February 2009 Money Matters seminar…which turned out to be the last seminar he taught!
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The Meeting with the Mighty BPO

By Kimberlee Frank on November 8, 2015
Kimberlee Frank

I have spoken with several Realtors and Investors who say that they don’t like short sales and I always ask them “WHY?” They tell me that the Short Sale Lenders never come back with a value that matches the offer that they have on the property. I always ask them did they go out and meet the real estate agent or the appraiser who was sent from Short Sale Lender to provide the value back to the Lender? Their answer is always “NO.” In fact, many Realtors who list short sales will list high because they are paid on commission thinking that the house should sell at list price. However, they never take into account all the repairs needed or the updates that are required to allow the house to obtain an appraisal at list price. Therefore, their short sale sits for months and ends up going to foreclosure sale. In fact, because they said they didn’t go meet the BPO Agent and just gave them the lockbox code or they have an electronic lock box on the house, the BPO Agent is able to get into the house and only spends about 5 minutes at the house.

As a Real Estate Broker who gets commission on short sales, I would always like to get as much as I can, however, not meeting the BPO Agent can cost me big time and big money. Read More >>


The Tortoise vs. the Hare – Persistency and Consistency Wins the Real Estate Wealth Race

By Russ Hiner on November 8, 2015
Russ Hiner

Over the past six months I have discussed excuses on why people are failing in the real estate business. I had discussed the excuse of lack of money, the excuse of lack of time, the excuse of lack of leads, the excuse of lack of a system, and last month I did a piece on accountability partners. Each one of these segments has been designed to eliminate the distractions and excuses for individuals that are desiring to get involved in real estate and are not accomplishing anything. This month I want to discuss how persistence and consistency will get you to your financial goals faster.

I go to the gym on a regular basis. There are individuals in the gym every time I am there, and I typically go 5 times a week. I have noticed that those individuals who are dedicated to their weight training and eating right have absolutely incredible bodies. The individuals, who come inconsistently, do not have the same success. For example take the individual who comes in on Monday and because it's a Monday decides that they are only going to do a short exercise routine. That same individual on Friday decides that “hey it's Friday and I will just do a light day”. That same individual comes in and spends 20 min. talking to everybody and socializing. That individual is not making head way on their exercise routine, maintaining their weight, and eating right. There are individuals who say that they are doing all of the right things, however their actions speak louder than words. These “quasi health nuts” are consumed by distractions and excuses. Read More >>


Make it Work: Interior Design App Review

By Don DeRosa on November 8, 2015
Don DeRosa

“Measuring and laying out a room in advance can save you a lot of headaches.” ~ David Bromstad

Design for iPad By Black Mana Studios is one of my favorite apps. I usually don’t bother with apps if they exceed $3, but I heard good things about this. I think it’s worth every penny to be honest. I’m not colorblind, but I do struggle sometimes with how to pair materials and textures together. This app doesn’t build a lush virtual world, but it gives me a base to plan interiors that don’t disappoint.

It is a drag and drop interface, which is great since you can change things around in an instant. I find that the color and materials palette has great variety, so I can find that same wood finish or paint color (or something close to it) when I get to the big box store or wholesale warehouse.

This app is really useful with placing furniture too. It has a lot of different options to offer with sofas and tables. You can find items that you already purchased and arrange them before you move them. Or you can play with shapes and placement before you commit to buying anything. I found the dimensions to be very accurate. Read More >>


Fortune Favors the Bold

By Tony Pearl on November 8, 2015
Tony Pearl

Almost two thousand years ago, the Roman leader Julius Caesar used three bold words to describe a quick victory he accomplished in a war: "Veni. Vidi. Vici," meaning "I came. I saw. I conquered."

The fact that we, as a species: 1. Still know who Caesar was, 2. Still know what he said that long ago, and 3. Still hold him in high regard - is a testament that he did some great things in his time.

So how the heck does that apply to you as a real estate investor? Or anything else, for that matter?

It actually applies in many ways. You see, Caesar was the kind of guy that didn't really mess around. He went to work and handled his business.

If Julius Caesar was a real estate investor in today's times, he'd probably be someone like a Donald Trump. Wait...Did I just compare Caesar to Trump? Yeah, I guess I did.

In fact, I can pretty much assure that any time anybody did anything worthwhile, they were acting in a BOLD way.

Want to run for President? (on any level, even Grade School) You've got to be BOLD. Read More >>


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