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Mon, February 2nd at 5:00 PM in Norcross, GA Atlanta REIA Main Monthly Meeting& Vendor Trade Show Feb 2nd @ Atlanta Unity, Norcross, GA Make Big Money with Unwanted, Vacant, Distressed Properties With Special Guest, Reggie Brooks Atlanta REIA Members Can Attend at No Charge. This month, Guests Can RSVP Online Now for $20 or […]
Tues, Jan 27th @ 6:30 PM in Peachtree City, GA Peachtree City EPIC GroupAvoiding the Tenant from Hell!Screening for Success with Trent Ratliff Come join us at the Peachtree City EPIC Group on Tuesday, January 27th at 6:30PM at Green Ginger Asian Fusion Restaurant located at 200 Market Place Connector in Peachtree City, GA where […]
Mon, January 26th @ 6:30 PM in Marietta, GA Atlanta REIA WestWhat Winners Do, Thoughts And Habits Of Successful Investors.with Leslie Mathis & Catherine McFarland Come join us at the Atlanta REIA Wild Wild West Group on Monday, January 26th at 6:30PM at Cherokee Cattle Company located at 2710 Canton Rd in Marietta, and start […]
Tue, January 20th @ Noon in Decatur, GA Onsite Renovation Group Meets Tuesday, January 20th at NOON 576 John Wesley Dobbs Ave, Atlanta, GA 30312 This Month, on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 at NOON, the Onsite Renovation Group property located at 576 John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312 where we are doing a […]
Mon, January 19th @ 6:00 PM in Sandy Springs, GA The Beginning Investors Group What You Need To Know About Making Offers!with Regina Sitterley All Members & Guests Must RSVP Online to Attend Members Attend for FREE and Guests for $15 Online or Pay $20 at the Door. Guests can join Atlanta REIA for Only […]
Mon, January 19th @ 6:00 PM in Sandy Springs, GA The Beginning Investors Group What You Need To Know About Making Offers!with Regina Sitterley All Members & Guests Must RSVP Online to Attend Members Attend for FREE and Guests for $15 Online or Pay $20 at the Door. Guests can join Atlanta REIA for Only […]
Atlanta Houses are not designed to handle sustained temperatures in low single digits. With low temperatures and higher winds the wind chill over the next several days will be brutal. If you have vacant houses you might consider antifreeze in the traps, drain water lines where you can and drip faucets. Even occupied homes with […]
Sat, Mar 21st, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM in Buford, GA Wholesaling 101 Workshop With Russ Hiner on March 21, 2015from 9AM – 5PM1960 Skylar Hill Dr, Suite D, Buford, GA Do you want to play the real estate investing game but don’t know where to start? Do you have little or no cash or […]
The Ugly House Boot CampPart 1: Wholesaling A 3 Day Boot Camp with Russ Hiner & Rock Shukoorin Atlanta, Charlotte & Tampa Learn to Buy Ugly Houses with…   No Money! No Credit! No Repairs! No Tenants! The Wholesale Technique for doing Real Estate Deals is Simple, Fun and Highly Profitable! You can learn to […]
Download The Profit Newsletter for January 2015 (PDF) The January 2015 Edition ofThe Profit is Available for Download! The January 2015 Edition of The Profit Newsletter is available for download just in time for our Atlanta REIA Main Meeting on January 5th. The Profit is Atlanta REIA’s digital, interactive newsletter for serious real estate investors […]
Sat, January 31, 9am-5pm – Buford, GA Deal Structuring Workshop A Full Day Workshop with Don DeRosa January 31, 9AM-5PM 1960 Skylar Hill Dr, Suite D, Buford, GA Attendees Get Don’s Creative Deal Structuring Manual! Would you like to learn how to structure deals so you can buy houses with little or none of your […]
Robert Schuller came up with a great quote in 1973: What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? As 2015 begins, after finding yourself a quiet place to write down your goals, place Mr. Schuller’s quote in front of you. Next, with each goal you put to paper ask yourself: […]

Your Latte or Your Life

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Keeping It Oh So Simple

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What’s Wrong With Work?

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Flippers Earning Record Profits

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New Year Resolutions

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Happy New Year! I know a lot of you are looking for a “break out” this year and some are looking to continue their multifamily growth in 2015. No matter what your goals for the year are, they all begin with one very important concept… Focus! At the beginning of every year most people make […]

Who Values the House More?

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What’s New in QuickBooks 2015?

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Mon, January 5th at 5:00 PM in Norcross, GA Atlanta REIA Main Monthly Meeting& Vendor Trade Show Jan 5th @ Atlanta Unity, Norcross, GA The Atlanta Real Estate MarketPast, Present & Future With Rhonda Duffy, Dyches Boddiford & Bill Cook Atlanta REIA Members Can Attend at No Charge. This month, Guests Can RSVP Online Now […]
Mon, January at 5:00 PM in Norcross, GA Atlanta REIA Main Monthly Meeting& Vendor Trade Show Jan 5th @ Atlanta Unity, Norcross, GA The Atlanta Real Estate MarketPast, Present & Future With Rhonda Duffy, Dyches Boddiford & Bill Cook Atlanta REIA Members Can Attend at No Charge. This month, Guests Can RSVP Online Now for […]

Rhonda Duffy

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Rhonda Duffy

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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidaysfrom Atlanta REIA All of us at Atlanta REIA want to thank you so much for being a part of our organization this year and want to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Very Happy, Healthy and Wealthy New Year! We look forward to another great year […]
Mon, Dec 15th at 6:30 PM @ Hudson Grille, Sandy Springs Atlanta REIA BIG Christmas Party! Mon, Dec 15th at the Hudson Grille Sandy Springswith Special Guest Speakers & Sponsors All Members & Guests MUST RSVP Online to Attend.*Food & Non-Alcoholic Beverages Included! Atlanta REIA wants to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy […]
Would You Like to Advertise inThe Atlanta REIA Profit NewsletterFor as Little as $495/year? New Year Special! The Profit Newsletter Advertising Special for 2015: Also, we have a great New Year Special running on One Full Page Ad in The Profit Newsletter for Atlanta REIA Business Members. Gold Members can get One Full Page Ad […]
Wed, Dec 3rd @ 6:00 PM in College Park, GA Atlanta REIA South GroupFail To Plan, Plan To Failwith Special Guest, Joe Thompson at Club E in College Park We are pleased to announce that Joe Thompson will be our special guest speaker this month at the Atlanta REIA South Group on Wednesday, December 3rd […]
Wed, Dec 3rd @ 6:00 PM in College Park, GA Atlanta REIA South GroupFail To Plan, Plan To Failwith Special Guest, Joe Thompson at Club E in College Park We are pleased to announce that Joe Thompson will be our special guest speaker this month at the Atlanta REIA South Group on Wednesday, December 3rd […]
Wed, Dec 3rd @ 6:00 PM in College Park, GA Atlanta REIA South GroupFail To Plan, Plan To Failwith Special Guest, Joe Thompson at Club E in College Park We are pleased to announce that Joe Thompson will be our special guest speaker this month at the Atlanta REIA South Group on Wednesday, December 3rd […]

Regina Sitterley

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Regina Sitterley

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Regina Sitterley

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Thurs, Dec 4th @ 11:30 AM in Sandy Springs, GA Small Business GroupDo You Have Alternative Financing Options in Place for 2015? with Special Guest, Eric Barlow at 5 Seasons Brewing, Sandy Springs, GA Mr. Eric Barlow of FundSource Financial, LLC will be speaking about Alternative Financing Options for 2015 at the next Small Business […]
Mon, December 8th @ 7PM – Hudson Grille, Sandy Springs, GA All Inclusive Marketing (AIM) Group Relationship MarketingThe Most Powerful Form of All Marketing with Roger Salam on December 8th at the Hudson Grille, Sandy Springs, GA Atlanta REIA Members & Guests Can Attend This Month at No Charge! The next monthly meeting of the […]
Mon, December 1st at 5:00 PM in Norcross, GA Atlanta REIA Main Monthly Meeting& Vendor Trade Show Dec 1st @ Atlanta Unity, Norcross, GA The New Paradigm of Real Estate Investing Success How You Can Double, Triple or Quadruple Your Real Estate Success in 2015 with Roger Salam “In times of change learners inherit the […]
Download The Profit Newsletter for December 2014 (PDF) The December 2014 Edition ofThe Profit is Available for Download! The December 2014 Edition of The Profit Newsletter is available for download just in time for our Atlanta REIA Main Meeting on December 1st. The Profit is an digital, interactive newsletter for new and seasoned real estate […]

Appreciation?

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly House

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Subordination

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Using Forms to Free Up More Time

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Year End Tasks

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It is the goal of this column to answer questions about QuickBooks and how it is used in the REI arena. Know how to record transactions in the proper way and have your set of books in good shape when it comes time for taxes. It is our intention to do this by you the […]

Year End Tasks

Posted on November 28, 2014 by
It is the goal of this column to answer questions about QuickBooks and how it is used in the REI arena. Know how to record transactions in the proper way and have your set of books in good shape when it comes time for taxes. It is our intention to do this by you the […]

The Secret to Real Rehab Profits

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Starters, Estate Builders and Enders

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Why We Do What We Do

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Outsourcing Your Wholesaling

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Roger Salam

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W. “Roger” Salam is an award winning inspirational speaker, best-selling author of several books on sales & marketing and Real Estate investing courses. He’s been listed in America’s Premiere Experts and the recipient of “Thought Leader of The Year” award by the National Academy of Best-Selling Authors. Roger is the chairman and founder of The […]
Mon, November 24th @ 6:30 PM in Marietta, GA Atlanta REIA West How To Buy Yourself A New Home For The Holidayswith Leslie Mathis Come join us at the Atlanta REIA Wild Wild West Group on Monday, November 24th at 6:30PM at Cherokee Cattle Company located at 2710 Canton Rd in Marietta, where Leslie Mathis […]
Tues, Nov 25th @ 6:30 PM in Peachtree City, GA Peachtree City EPIC GroupMeasuring Your MoneyBefore You Buy with Barry Garner Come join us at the Peachtree City EPIC Group on Tuesday, November 25th at 6:30PM at Green Ginger Asian Fusion Restaurant located at 200 Market Place Connector in Peachtree City, GA where Barry Garner […]
Mon, November 17th @ 6:00 PM in Sandy Springs, GA The Beginning Investors Group Your Career inReal Estate Investing with Kim Cook, Dorsie Boddiford, Leslie Mathis & Regina Sitterley All Members & Guests Must RSVP Online to Attend Members Attend for FREE and Guests for $15 Online or Pay $20 at the Door. Guests can […]
Tue, November 18th @ Noon in Decatur, GA The Onsite Renovation Group Meets Tuesday, November 18th at NOON 2010 Delphine Drive, Decatur, GA 30032 This month, on Tuesday, November 18th at NOON, the Onsite Group will again meet at 2010 Delphine Drive, Decatur, GA 30032 which is a property that Craftbuilt just purchased a few […]

Pretty Houses vs Ugly Houses Webinar

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Wed, Nov 19th @ 6:30 PM in Buford, GA Atlanta REIA North Meeting Is Dealing In Ugly Houses More Profitable Than Pretty Houses? with Russ Hiner on Nov 19th Join us Wednesday, November 19th at the Atlanta REIA North Meeting on located at 1960 Skylar Hill Dr, Suite D, Buford, Georgia with Russ Hiner who […]
Fri, Nov 21st @ 7:00 PM in Buford, GA You’re Invited to Our FirstFriday Night Real Estate InvestorSocial Event in Buford, GAwith Rock Shukoor & Russ Hiner We wanted to personally invite you to our first, invitation only, Friday Night Real Estate Investor Social this Friday, November 21st, at our Atlanta REIA North Office in […]
Mon, November 10th @ 7PM – Hudson Grille, Sandy Springs, GA All Inclusive Marketing (AIM) Group How to Find the Leads You Need to Succeed Quickly & Easily! with Rock Shukoor on November 10th at the Hudson Grille, Sandy Springs, GA Atlanta REIA Members & Guests Can Attend This Month at No Charge! The next […]
November 20th – 22nd, 2014 in Buford, GA The Ugly House Boot CampPart 1: Wholesaling November 20th – 22nd, 2014 A 3 Day Boot Camp with Russ Hiner & Rock Shukoor Learn to Buy Ugly Houses with…   No Money! No Credit! No Repairs! No Tenants! The Wholesale Technique for doing Real Estate Deals is […]
November 12th – 14th, 2014 in Buford, GA The Pretty House Boot Camp Part 1: Buying Pretty Houses December 12-14, 2014 A 3 Day Boot Camp with Don DeRosa & Dustin Griffin Learn How to Buy Beautiful Homes in Nice Neighborhoods with No Bank Qualifying,No Credit Check & No Money Down! You’ve probably heard it […]
January 18th – 24th, 2015: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Island REIA Winter Retreat* January 18th – 24th, 2015Hard Rock Hotel & CasinoPunta Cana, Dominican Republic Be part of the first ever Island REIA Winter Retreat on January 18th – 24th, 2015 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. There […]
Download The Profit Newsletter for November 2014 (PDF) The November 2014 Edition ofThe Profit is Available for Download! The November 2014 Edition of The Profit Newsletter is available for download just in time for our Atlanta REIA Main Meeting on November 3rd. The Profit is an digital, interactive newsletter for new and seasoned real estate […]

Nesting: Warmth for the Winter

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Nesting: Warmth for the Winter

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“It doesn’t make a difference what temperature a room is, it’s always room temperature.” ~ Steven Wright There are certain people who should never touch anything mechanical. My Aunt Effy is like that. She didn’t get her brakes fixed until one of the brake pads actually fell out of her car. She bought a sewing […]

To Deal or Not To Deal?

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Why I Still Teach

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Would-be Tenants From Hades

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For those of you with an interest in real estate, yes, you can buy pre-foreclosure properties using a Self-Directed IRA. The same goes for other self-directed retirement accounts, including 401(k)s, SEPs, SIMPLE IRAs, and even Coverdell Education Savings Accounts and Health Savings Accounts, if your balances are large enough to make it work! There are […]

Getting Sponsored

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Mon, November 3rd at 5:00 PM in Atlanta, GA Atlanta REIA Main Meeting,Open House & Vendor Trade Show Nov 3rd @ Atlanta Unity, Norcross, GA Atlanta REIA Members & GuestsCan Attend This Month at No Charge! Buying Pretty Houses vs Ugly HousesWhich is Best for You? A Panel Discussion with Don DeRosa, Russ Hiner, Rock […]
PLEASE NOTE: On November 3rd, the Atlanta REIA Main Monthly Meeting will be held at Atlanta Unity located at 3597 Parkway Lane in Norcross, GA. Atlanta Unity is set to be the location for our future Atlanta REIA Meetings.
Mon, October 27th @ 6:30 PM in Marietta, GA Atlanta REIA West Keeping it Legal When Raising Private Money to Fund Your Dealswith Jim Hitt Come join us at the Atlanta REIA West Group on Monday, October 27th at 6:30PM at Cherokee Cattle Company located at 2710 Canton Rd in Marietta, where Jim Hitt will […]
Tues, Oct 28th @ 6:30 PM in Peachtree City, GA (NEW GROUP!) Peachtree City EPIC Group NEW!Keeping Vacancies To A Minimumwith Chris & Donna Littleton Come join us at the Atlanta REIA Peachtree City EPIC Group on Tuesday, October 28th at 6:30PM at Green Ginger Asian Fusion Restaurant located at 200 Market Place Connector in […]
Tue, October 21st @ Noon in Decatur, GA Onsite Renovation Group Meets Tuesday, September 16th at NOON 576 John Wesley Dobbs Ave, Atlanta, GA 30312 This Month, on Tuesday, October 21stat NOON, the Onsite Renovation Group property located at 576 John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312 where we are doing a new construction. […]
Tue, October 21st @ Noon in Decatur, GA Onsite Renovation Group Meets Tuesday, September 16th at NOON 576 John Wesley Dobbs Ave, Atlanta, GA 30312 This Month, on Tuesday, October 21stat NOON, the Onsite Renovation Group property located at 576 John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312 where we are doing a new construction. […]

Alisha Spence

Posted on October 14, 2014 by
Alisha Spence is an Associate Broker with Duffy Realty who has been specializing in the valuation, sales, and marketing of investment real estate in the Metro Atlanta suburbs since 2005. Alisha is experienced in many aspects of real estate including residential and commercial property management, managing operations, acquisitions and sales for one of the largest […]

Alisha Spence

Posted on October 14, 2014 by
Alisha Spence is an Associate Broker with Duffy Realty who has been specializing in the valuation, sales, and marketing of investment real estate in the Metro Atlanta suburbs since 2005. Alisha is experienced in many aspects of real estate including residential and commercial property management, managing operations, acquisitions and sales for one of the largest […]
Mon, October 13th @ 7PM – Hudson Grille, Sandy Springs, GA All Inclusive Marketing (AIM) Group How to Sell Houses in 3 Days& Build a Huge Buyers List with Greg Cesar on October 13 at Hudson Grille, Sandy Springs, GA Atlanta REIA Members & Guests Can Attend This Month at No Charge! We are very […]
Wed, Oct 15th @ 6:30 PM in Buford, GA Atlanta REIA North Meeting Taking the Mystery Out of Closing& Understanding the Hud-1 Settlement Statement with Attorney Fred Kross on Oct 15th On Wednesday, October 15th 6:30PM at the the Atlanta REIA North Meeting located at 1960 Skylar Hill Dr, Suite D, Buford, Georgia, Attorney Fred […]
Mon, October 20th @ 6:00 PM in Sandy Springs, GA Beginning Investors Group Insider Info on Building a GREAT Working Relationships with Realtors!with Alisha Spence All Members & Guests Must RSVP Online to Attend Members Attend for FREE and Guests for $15 Online or Pay $20 at the Door. Guests can join Atlanta REIA for […]
Sat, November 1st at 9:00 AM in Buford, GA Atlanta REIA Presents: Know Your Facts Before You Buy:Due Diligence Workshop A Full Day Workshop with Gordon Catts, Alisha Spence & Catherine McFarland Saturday, November 1st from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM at 1960 Skylar Hill Dr, Suite D, Buford, GA Bring Pen, Paper & Dress […]
Sat, November 1st at 9:00 AM in Buford, GA Atlanta REIA Presents: Know Your Facts Before You Buy:Due Diligence Workshop A Full Day Workshop with Gordon Catts, Alisha Spence & Catherine McFarland Saturday, November 1st from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM at 1960 Skylar Hill Dr, Suite D, Buford, GA Bring Pen, Paper & Dress […]
Mon, October 6th at 5:00 PM in Atlanta, GA Atlanta REIA – October 6that DoubleTree Roswell Land Trusts & Personal Property Trusts for the Real Estate Investor with Dyches Boddiford Atlanta REIA Members Can Attend at No Charge. This month, Guests Can RSVP Online Now for $20 or Pay $25 at the Door. We are […]
Download The Profit Newsletter for October 2014 (PDF) The October 2014 Edition ofThe Profit is Available for Download! The October 2014 Edition of The Profit Newsletter is available for download just in time for our Atlanta REIA Main Meeting on October 6th. The Profit is an digital, interactive newsletter for new and seasoned real estate […]
If it’s a combination of high contribution limits and downright simplicity and ease of administration you’re looking for, and you have significant cash flow coming from your own business, practice as an independent contractor or other earned income from self-employment, then the SEP IRA, including the Self-Directed SEP IRA may be the way to go. […]

A Few Horror Stories

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Knowledge = Success

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Places Count: Your Healthy Office

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The Fast Track to Failure

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I recently had a transaction wherein the Homeowner was attempting to use a Stated Income Loan Program which requires 1) that the property be purchased in a Limited Liability Company and 2) a 35% to 40% down payment. I was very concerned, yet excited about the Loan, due to the fact that these lenders are […]

Leveraging Investor

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The Truth Can Run Around Naked!

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Wed, October 1st @ 6:30 PM in Sandy Springs, GA Creative Deal Structuring Group How To Systematize Your Rehabwith Stacy RowlesNew Location: Hudson Grille in Sandy SpringsAtlanta REIA Members FREE – Guests $20 At The Door Have you ever wondered how to succeed in rehabbing a house? There are many different working parts and it […]
Sat, October 11th at 9:00 AM in Buford, GA Atlanta REIA Presents: Wholesaling: Making Big Money in Real Estate with a Minimum of Time and Fuss A Full Day Workshop with Don DeRosa Saturday, October 11th from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM at 1960 Skylar Hill Dr, Suite D, Buford, GA Bring Your iPad, Tablet […]
PLEASE NOTE: On October 6th, the Atlanta REIA Main Monthly Meeting with Dyches Boddiford will be held at the DoubleTree Roswell located at 1075 Holcomb Bridge Rd in Roswell, GA. This is for the October 6 meeting only. The future meeting place of our meetings will be announced soon.
Mon, September 22nd @ 6:30 PM near Marietta, GA Atlanta REIA West The Amazing Secret That Generates4-6 Figures In Real Estatewith Brian Vinson Investing in real estate can be tough. There is no “one way” to success in our business. It does help to model yourself and your investing business with successful people that have […]
Wed, Sept 17th @ 6:30 PM in Buford, GA Atlanta REIA North Meeting Working with Contractors& Overcoming Conflictswith Barry Beers Problems occurring with investors and their contractors often seems to be an everyday occurrence. Even the most experienced real estate investors run into these problems daily. At the Atlanta REIA North Meeting on Wednesday, September […]
Tue, September 16th @ Noon in Decatur, GA Onsite Renovation Group Meets Tuesday, September 16th at NOON 2010 Delphine Drive, Decatur, GA 30032 This Month, on Tuesday, September 16th at NOON, the Onsite Renovation Group will once again meet at 2010 Delphine Drive, Decatur, GA 30032 which is a property that Craftbuilt purchased recently. Last […]
Download The Profit Newsletter for September 2014 (PDF) The September 2014 Edition ofThe Profit is Available for Download! The September 2014 Edition of The Profit Newsletter is available for download just in time for our Atlanta REIA Main Meeting on September 8th. The Profit is an digital, interactive newsletter for new and seasoned real estate […]
Duncan Wierman’s Online Lead Finder Version 3.3.08 Just Released (9/5/2014) PLEASE NOTE: If you are an Atlanta REIA Member you can download the software for free by logging in to the Atlanta REIA Members Only Website and navigating to the Members Only Downloads & Bonuses. If you are a Gold Member, follow the instructions in […]
Mon, Sept 15th @ 6:00 PM in Sandy Springs, GA Beginning Investors Group Is It a Deal or No Deal?!?with Don DeRosa, Russ Hiner, Rock Shukoor, Gordon Catts & Dustin Griffin Many beginning real estate investors are often thwarted by trying to determine if an investment opportunity is a “Deal” or “No Deal”. Some new […]
Mon, September 8th at 5:00 PM in Atlanta, GA Atlanta REIA – September 8th Extreme Online Lead Generation & Virtual Real Estate Investing Forget Investing the Old Fashioned Way! Let Technology do the Heavy Lifting! with Duncan Wierman Atlanta REIA Members Can Attend at No Charge. This month, Guests Can RSVP Online Now for $20 […]

The Biggest Real Estate Myth

Posted on September 2, 2014 by
We all think we’re in the real estate business.  That is a fundamental mistake! It’s true that we have checks written to us in exchange for services of buying and selling houses, so it’s understandable to think we’re in the business of real estate. When someone at a party asks what we do, we naturally […]

Working Healthy Now

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Knowing When to Move On!

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Making $13,000 With No Money Invested

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Unplugging… To Recharge

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As I write these words, the summer is almost over. School has already begun in many places throughout our country, and will soon start in the rest. Vacations have (hopefully) been taken, and before you know it, it’s back to the ol’ grind again. Yay! So, have YOU taken a vacation? Did you have the […]
Self-Directed Real Estate IRAs are a powerful tool that allow for tax-free and tax-deferred profits. In some cases, capital gains taxes can even be avoided when investing within an IRA. Still many people are still unclear on how to transition from investing in real estate outside their IRA into investing in real estate within their […]

The Art of Partnerships

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To Guru or Not to Guru

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Mon, September 13th at 9:00 AM in Roswell, GA How to Beat The Competition, Increase ROI & Do More Deals! A Full Day Internet Marketing Workshop & Strategy Session with Duncan WiermanSeptember 13th, 2014 from 9AM to 4PMDoubletree Hotel – Roswell, GA Get Duncan’s Workbook on “How to Beat the Competition, Increase ROI & Boost […]
Mon, August 25th @ 6:30 PM in Marietta, GA Atlanta REIA West Creating Win-Win Negotiations To Get What You Want NOW! with Catherine McFarland Are you tired of investing your precious time and money only to lose a deal? Is it time to learn to become a stronger “closer”? Would you rather work your fingers […]
Tue, August 19th @ Noon in Decatur, GA The Onsite Renovation Group Meets Tuesday, August 19th at NOON 2010 Delphine Drive, Decatur, GA 30032 This month, on Tuesday, August 19th at NOON, the Onsite group will meet at 2010 Delphine Drive, Decatur, GA 30032 which a property that Craftbuilt has just purchased and is preparing […]
Tue, August 19th @ Noon in Decatur, GA The Onsite Renovation Group Meets Tuesday, August 19th at NOON 2010 Delphine Drive, Decatur, GA 30032 This month, on Tuesday, August 19th at NOON, the Onsite group will meet at 2010 Delphine Drive, Decatur, GA 30032 which a property that Craftbuilt has just purchased and is preparing […]
Wed, Aug 20th @ 6:30 PM in Buford, GA Atlanta REIA North Meeting The Safest Way to Sell with Owner Financing – How to be Dodd-Frank Compliant with Rick Girgis We are pleased to announce that Rick Girgis, a licensed Mortgage Loan Originator and funding manager, will be the presenter at the Atlanta REIA North […]
Mon, Aug 18th @ 6:00 PM in Sandy Springs, GA Beginning Investors Group Give Your Investing the Edge You Need to Succeed with Handheld Technology with Don DeRosa Members Attend for FREE and Guests for $15 Online or Pay $20 at the Door. Guests can join Atlanta REIA for Only $100/year and Attend for FREE! […]
Sat, August 23rd at 9:00 AM @ Doubletree Roswell Atlanta REIA Presents: Making a Fortune Buying Houses with No Money and No Credit The Ultimate “How To” Workshop on Buying Houses “Subject To” A Full Day Workshop with Don DeRosa Saturday, August 23rd from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM at the Doubletree Hotel Roswell Bring […]
Mon, August 11th @ 7PM – Hudson Grille, Sandy Springs, GA All Inclusive Marketing (AIM) Group How to Automatically Capture Leads 24/7/365 with Websites, Live Operators & Voice Mail Systems with Eric Eric Schurke on August 11th at Hudson Grille, Sandy Springs, GA Atlanta REIA Members & Guests Can Attend This Month at No Charge! Eric Schurke, […]
Joe Thompson, leader of the Haves & Wants Speed Marketing Session at the Atlanta REIA Main Meeting and the Haves & Wants Thursday Meetings, put these flyers together from last night’s Atlanta REIA meeting. They are from our members and vendors.Thanks Joe!   Download Haves & Wants Flyers – August 4, 2014
Joe Thompson, leader of the Haves & Wants Speed Marketing Session at the Atlanta REIA Main Meeting and the Haves & Wants Thursday Meetings, put these flyers together from last night’s Atlanta REIA meeting. They are from our members and vendors.Thanks Joe!   Download Haves & Wants Flyers – August 4, 2014
Sat, August 9th, 9am-5pm – Sandy Springs, GA Real Estate Investing 101 A Full Day Workshopwith Russ Hiner & Rock Shukoor August 9th, 9am-5pm – *Keller Williams 200 Glenridge Point Pkwy, STE 100, Sandy Springs It’s a proven fact that real estate has created more millionaires than any other investment in history, so what’s stopping […]
Mon, August 4th at 5:00 PM in Atlanta, GA Atlanta REIA – August 4th Buying Houses “Subject-To”In Today’s Real Estate Market with Don DeRosa Atlanta REIA Members Can Attend at No Charge. This month, Guests Can RSVP Online Now for $20 or Pay $25 at the Door. Don DeRosa is a part time real estate […]
Sat, August 9th, 9am-5pm – Sandy Springs, GA Real Estate Investing 101 A Full Day Workshopwith Russ Hiner & Rock Shukoor August 9th, 9am-5pm – *Keller Williams 200 Glenridge Point Pkwy, STE 100, Sandy Springs SOLD OUT. NO MORE SEATS. It’s a proven fact that real estate has created more millionaires than any other investment […]
This is one of my favorite ways to buy!!! I do several of these a year. It’s HOT, HOT, HOT out there, and if you’ve been sitting on the sidelines, wondering if real estate investing is for you, now is a great time to dive in! Today, let’s focus on one of my favorite investment […]

Working Probate

Posted on July 28, 2014 by

Pre-Screening Prospects

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How Do You Fund Your Deals?

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Just met with a would-be real estate investor.  For two years she’s been trying to get into the investing business.  Problem is, she has yet to meet with a seller face-to-face. When I asked why she hasn’t met with any sellers, she said: “What if the seller takes my offer?  How am I gonna pay […]
I received several emails after my article last month regarding “Are Investors Flipping over the Gray Line.” The questions were about Land Trusts and transferring the beneficial interest at the time of closing.  So … I am writing to all of those individuals who might be ‘Flipping Over the Gray Line’ but not really knowing […]

How to Add Real Estate to My IRA

Posted on July 28, 2014 by

No One Cares

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It is the goal of this column to answer questions about QuickBooks and how it is used in the REI arena. Knowing how to record transactions in the proper way and have your set of books in good shape when it comes time for taxes. It is our intention to do this with you, the […]
Mon, July 28th @ 6:30 PM near Marietta, GA Atlanta REIA West Is Fear Stopping You From Talking to Buyers, Sellers & Making Offers?Learn to Tame the Fear Monster!with Leslie Mathis Is the fear of talking to sellers stopping you from making offers? Are you afraid that your good deal is not really a good […]
Wed, July 28th @ 6:30 PM near Marietta, GA Atlanta REIA West Is Fear Stopping You From Talking to Buyers, Sellers & Making Offers?Learn to Tame the Fear Monster!with Leslie Mathis Is the fear of talking to sellers stopping you from making offers? Are you afraid that your good deal is not really a good […]
Wed, July 16th @ 6:30 PM in Buford, GA Atlanta REIA North Meeting Show & Tell: Online AssetsFor Real Estate Investors with Gordon Catts We are pleased to announce that Gordon Catts will be the presenter at the Atlanta REIA North is a of the Atlanta Real Estate Investors Alliance that meets on the 3rd […]
Mon, July 14th @ 7PM – Hudson Grille, Sandy Springs, GA All Inclusive Marketing (AIM) Group Is Direct Mail Marketing Dead??? with Rock Shukoor on July 14that Hudson Grille, Sandy Springs, GA Atlanta REIA Members & Guests Can Attend This Month at No Charge! Is Direct Mail Marketing Dead? To find out more and find […]
Tue, July 15th @ Noon in Atlanta, GA The Onsite Renovation Group Meets Tuesday, July 15th at NOON 233 Kinsey Court NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 This month, on Tuesday, July 15th at NOON, the Onsite group will meet at a project that is in a large house that has been divided into apartments located at […]

Happy 4th of July!

Posted on July 4, 2014 by
Happy 4th of July from Atlanta REIA! The 4th of July not only marks our Nation’s Independence Day, but it also serves as Atlanta REIA’s 4 year Anniversary. We started Atlanta REIA four years ago to not only celebrate our life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but also the pursuit our Financial Freedom and Independence […]
Wed, July 2nd @ 6:30 PM in Chamblee, GA The Creative Deal Structuring Group How To Explosively GrowYour IRA TAX FREE!! with Jim Hitt Please Note the New Meeting Location Below Come join us at Creative Deal Structuring on Wednesday, July 2nd at 6:30PM at 57th Fighter Group Restaurant located at 3829 Clairmont Rd in […]
Mon, July 7th at 5:00 PM in Atlanta, GA Atlanta REIA – July 7th Join us for an Expert Panel Discussion on… Understanding the Ever-Changing Atlanta Real Estate Market Atlanta REIA Members Can Attend at No Charge. This month, Guests Can RSVP Online Now for $20 or Pay $25 at the Door. We are very […]

Doing a Subject-to Deal?

Posted on July 1, 2014 by

Calling in the Home Pro

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Selling Houses Fast

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Practicing Mastery

Posted on July 1, 2014 by
Does this sound like you: “I have spent thousands of dollars on education…I have spent time researching the properties…I have been in a coaching program…I have spent money on marketing… So why is it I haven’t done a deal?” I challenge you to consider this: Could it be fear of taking a risk that is […]

Got Private Money?

Posted on July 1, 2014 by

Money Now or Money Later

Posted on July 1, 2014 by
It is the goal of this column to answer questions about QuickBooks and how it is used in the REI arena. Knowing how to record transactions in the proper way and have your set of books in good shape when it comes time for taxes. It is our intention to do this with you, the […]
Atlanta REIA Business Members: I have two important things I wanted to tell you about this month… Vendor Table Special: I am extending the Buy 3, Get 1 Free Vendor Table Special since many of you said you somehow missed it last month. See details below or Order Now! Profit Newsletter Advertising Special: Also, I […]
Thu, June 26th @ 11:30 AM in Sandy Springs, GA Commercial & Multi-Family Group Repositioning Multi-Family Properties with Steve Brown & Bill Ham This month at the Commercial & Multi-Family Real Estate Group, we will be covering how to reposition multi-family properties. Our presentation will include understanding value plays, repositioning and analysis of a reposition […]
Mon, June 23rd @ 6:30 PM in Marietta, GA Atlanta REIA WestMaximizing the “WOW” Factorto Sell Houses Fast!with Jim Greeley Come join us at the Atlanta REIA Wild Wild West Group on Monday, June 23rd at 6:30PM at Cherokee Cattle Company located at 2710 Canton Rd in Marietta, where Jim Greeley will be showing YOU […]
Sat, June 28 @ 8:15 AM – Smyrna, GA Join us on June 28th for a REAL, LIVE, HANDS-ON… Door Knocking Field TripWith Bill Cook Do you want to SEE the fastest, cheapest, most effective way to get face-to-face with motivated sellers? Then join me, Bill Cook, for a day full of door knocking with […]

Jim Greeley

Posted on June 18, 2014 by
Sat & Sun, June 21st & 22nd in Atlanta, GA Peter Fortunato’s Real Estate Acquisition Techniques ClassSat & Sun, June 21st & 22nd in Atlanta, GA This Event is Sold Out Over Capacity.Please Do Not Register. No Seats Left. Atlanta REIA is very excited to announce the legendary Peter Fortunato will teach his two day […]
Sat & Sun, June 21st & 22nd in Atlanta, GA Peter Fortunato’s Real Estate Acquisition Techniques ClassSat & Sun, June 21st & 22nd in Atlanta, GA This Event is Sold Out Over Capacity.Please Do Not Register. No Seats Left. Atlanta REIA is very excited to announce the legendary Peter Fortunato will teach his two day […]
Wed, June 18th @ 6:30 PM in Buford, GA Atlanta REIA North MeetingDeal Analysis, Due Diligence& Determining the ARV with Special Guest, Alisha Spence We are pleased to announce that Alisha Spence will be the presenter at the Atlanta REIA North is a of the Atlanta Real Estate Investors Alliance that meets on the 3rd […]
Mon, June 9th @ 7PM – Hudson Grille, Sandy Springs, GA All Inclusive Marketing (AIM) Group How to Market & Sell Houses FastIn Today’s Marketplace with Frank Iglesias on June 9that Hudson Grille, Sandy Springs, GA Atlanta REIA Members & Guests Can Attend This Month at No Charge! The all new Atlanta REIA All Inclusive […]
Mon, June 9th @ 7PM – Hudson Grille, Sandy Springs, GA All Inclusive Marketing (AIM) Group How to Market & Sell Houses FastIn Today’s Marketplace with Frank Iglesias on June 9that Hudson Grille, Sandy Springs, GA Atlanta REIA Members & Guests Can Attend This Month at No Charge! The all new Atlanta REIA All Inclusive […]
Download The Profit Newsletter for June 2014 (PDF) The June 2014 Edition ofThe Profit is Available for Download! The June 2014 Edition of The Profit Newsletter is available for download just in time for our Atlanta REIA Main Meeting on June 2nd. The Profit is an digital, interactive newsletter for new and seasoned real estate […]

Testing Mobile Site

Posted on June 1, 2014 by
Do you have doubts about being a real estate investor?  Are you scared to make offers because you are afraid of making a mistake that could cost you tens of thousands of dollars?  Are you having a hard time finding the time to grow your real estate business?   If you answered yes to any of […]

What is a Subject-to Deal?

Posted on May 31, 2014 by

Are You One of the Elite?

Posted on May 31, 2014 by

Closing the Deal

Posted on May 31, 2014 by
“The soul never thinks without a picture.” ~ Aristotle It’s summer! It’s time for gadgets! Last month, we talked about some of the smaller extras you might want to get for your new tablet or smartphone – things like screen protectors and styluses and cases. This month, I’m going to talk about some bigger investments […]

Creative Due Diligence

Posted on May 31, 2014 by

True Cost of Money

Posted on May 31, 2014 by
If you invest in real estate you have been told time and time again that the key to success and longevity as an investor is OPM, other people’s money. Whether you are borrowing the entire investment amount or just leveraging your own money you need to know the true cost of money. Some costs are […]
PLEASE NOTE: On June 2nd, the Atlanta REIA Main Monthly Meeting with Robyn Thompson will be held at the DoubleTree Roswell located at 1075 Holcomb Bridge Rd in Roswell, GA. This is for the June 2nd meeting only. Our July 7th Meeting we will be back at the Salvation Army Building as usual. Sorry for […]
Saturday, June 7th, 9AM- 5PM @ Doubletree Roswell Atlanta REIA – June 7th Doubletree Roswell from 9AM – 5PM Learn How to Quick Turn Houses That Need Renovations into Fast Cash in Today’s Fast Paced Market!A Full Day Rehab Workshop with Robyn Thompson Robyn is the nation’s leading expert on buying properties from motivated sellers […]
POSTPONED for May Atlanta REIA North MeetingPostponed until June Meeting Atlanta REIA North is a of the Atlanta Real Estate Investors Alliance that meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at 1960 Skylar Hill Dr, Suite D, Buford, Georgia in North Gwinnett County just a few miles […]
Tue, May 20th @ Noon in Atlanta, GA The Onsite Renovation GroupMeets Tuesday, May 20th at NOON 2726 Eastfield Rd, Smyrna, GA 30080 This month, on Tuesday, May 20th at NOON, the Onsite group will return to the same brick ranch located at 2726 Eastfield Rd in Smyrna, GA.  Last month the demolition phase of the […]
Tue, May 20th @ Noon in Atlanta, GA The Onsite Renovation GroupMeets Tuesday, May 20th at NOON 2726 Eastfield Rd, Smyrna, GA 30080 This month, on Tuesday, May 20th at NOON, the Onsite group will return to the same brick ranch located at 2726 Eastfield Rd in Smyrna, GA.  Last month the demolition phase of the […]
PLEASE NOTE: On June 2nd, the Atlanta REIA Main Monthly Meeting with Robyn Thompson will be held at the DoubleTree Roswell located at 1075 Holcomb Bridge Rd in Roswell, GA. This is for the June 2nd meeting only. Our July 7th Meeting we will be back at the Salvation Army Building as usual. Sorry for […]
Mon, May 19th @ 6:00 PM in Sandy Springs, GA The Beginning Investors Group You Could of Had a VA!with Elsa Palmer-Oden at Hudson Grille All Members & Guests Must RSVP Online to Attend Members Attend for FREE and Guests for $15 Online or Pay $20 at the Door. Guests can Join Atlanta REIA for […]
Mon, May 19th @ 6:00 PM in Sandy Springs, GA The Beginning Investors Group You Could of Had a VA!with Elsa Palmer-Oden at Hudson Grille All Members & Guests Must RSVP Online to Attend Members Attend for FREE and Guests for $15 Online or Pay $20 at the Door. Guests can Join Atlanta REIA for […]
Wed, May 7th @ 6:30 PM in Atlanta, GA The Creative Deal Structuring Group Learn All About Creative Deal Structuring with Russ Hiner Come join us at CDS on Wednesday, May 7th at 6:30PM at Craftbuilt Offices located at 644 Antone St Suite 10, in Atlanta, where active real estate investor, mentor, coach and regular […]
Download The Profit Newsletter for May 2014 (PDF) The May 2014 Edition ofThe Profit is Available for Download! The May 2014 Edition of The Profit Newsletter is available for download just in time for our Atlanta REIA Main Meeting on May 7th. The Profit is an digital, interactive newsletter for new and seasoned real estate […]

Quantum Coincidences

Posted on May 2, 2014 by
I’ve been known to say that “Coincidence is God’s way of staying anonymous,” and I feel like my life, and my career is proof of that! You may not know it, but I moonlight as a world famous composer. I started writing music at 17, and while I didn’t put out my first album until […]

Follow Up – Part 2

Posted on May 2, 2014 by
At this point, we’re down to the area where we’re ready to fill out a contract. And we’ll come back to that in step five after we get through the follow up step which is the next one on our list. But before we do all of that let’s talk about the other steps involved […]

Follow Up – Part 2

Posted on May 2, 2014 by
At this point, we’re down to the area where we’re ready to fill out a contract. And we’ll come back to that in step five after we get through the follow up step which is the next one on our list. But before we do all of that let’s talk about the other steps involved […]

Dung Beetle Meets Honey Badger

Posted on May 2, 2014 by

The DO NOTS of Wholesaling

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Where is the Money?

Posted on May 2, 2014 by

Expansion

Posted on May 2, 2014 by
Atlanta REIA Monthly MeetingAgenda for May 5, 2014 Atlanta REIA Members Can Attend at No Charge. This month, Guests Can RSVP Online Now for $20 or Pay $25 at the Door. PLEASE NOTE: The Atlanta REIA Meeting is being held at the Salvation Army Building located at 2090 N Druid Hills Rd NE, Atlanta, GA […]
Atlanta REIA Monthly MeetingAgenda for May 5, 2014 Atlanta REIA Members Can Attend at No Charge. This month, Guests Can RSVP Online Now for $20 or Pay $25 at the Door. PLEASE NOTE: The Atlanta REIA Meeting is being held at the Salvation Army Building located at 2090 N Druid Hills Rd NE, Atlanta, GA […]
Mon, April 28th @ 6:30 PM in Marietta, GA The Wild Wild West Group How to Use Video to Promote Your Business & Generate Leads with Rock Shukoor Are you looking for effective ways to market your real estate business and get the word out about what you do? Do you need to create a […]
Atlanta Homebuyers Society is Now Taking Applications for Membership PLEASE NOTE: Last week the email we requested for you to send the applications to was not working. If you attempted to send in your application last week, we did not get it. Please try resending today to applications@atlantahomebuyerssociety.com for fax to 770-216-1560. Wed, Apr 16th […]
Atlanta Homebuyers Society is Now Taking Applications for Membership PLEASE NOTE: Last week the email we requested for you to send the applications to was not working. If you attempted to send in your application last week, we did not get it. Please try resending today to applications@atlantahomebuyerssociety.com for fax to 770-216-1560. Wed, Apr 16th […]
Tue, April 15th @ Noon in Atlanta, GA The Onsite Renovation GroupMeets Tuesday, April 15th at NOON 2726 Eastfield Rd, Smyrna, GA 30080 This month, on Tuesday, April 15 at NOON, the Onsite group will meet at a brick ranch located at 2726 Eastfield Rd in Smyrna, GA. We will be deep into the demolition […]
Tue, April 15th @ Noon in Atlanta, GA The Onsite Renovation GroupMeets Tuesday, April 15th at NOON 2726 Eastfield Rd, Smyrna, GA 30080 This month, on Tuesday, April 15 at NOON, the Onsite group will meet at a brick ranch located at 2726 Eastfield Rd in Smyrna, GA. We will be deep into the demolition […]
Mon, April 21st @ 6:00 PM @ Famous Pub in Atlanta The Beginning Investors Group Show Me The Equity!How To Fund YOUR Deals! with Dorsie Boddiford at Famous Pub in ATL All Members & Guests Must RSVP Online to Attend Members Attend for FREE and Guests for $15 Online or Pay $20 at the Door. […]
The New Atlanta Homebuyers Society is Now Taking Applications for Membership The Atlanta Homebuyers Society (AHS) is a brand new membership program and discussion group (a mastermind alliance) for persons interested in buying and selling houses for fun and profit that was inspired by Ron LeGrand’s Homebuyers Society in Jacksonville, FL. The program consists of […]
Are you interested in finding wholesale deals at will? Do you have all the deals you can buy and sell? Are you interested in finding hot deals no one else can? If so, then you need to be at the Atlanta REIA Meeting on the 7th where I will be the guest speaker. My name […]

Be A Pro

Posted on April 4, 2014 by

Follow Up – Part 1

Posted on April 4, 2014 by
Last month we discussed presenting offers. This month, we’ll talk about the next step which is follow up; the fourth in our five steps to success. There are actually three times when you’re going to need to follow up so we’ll discuss each one. The first is when you’re dealing with a prospect after you […]

Joint Venturing

Posted on April 4, 2014 by

How to Add Value to a House

Posted on April 4, 2014 by
I believe that one of the greatest challenges to any real estate investor is raising the money or finding creative ways to fund deals. Going to the bank for money can be a long and arduous task, and while you are waiting weeks for approval, another investor with ready funds just bought your deal. Plus, […]

Tips for Using QuickBooks

Posted on April 4, 2014 by

A Fresh Start

Posted on April 4, 2014 by
Atlanta REIA Monthly Meeting Agenda for April 7, 2014 Atlanta REIA Members Can Attend at No Charge. This month, Guests Can RSVP Online Now for $20 or Pay $25 at the Door. PLEASE NOTE: The Atlanta REIA Meeting is being held at the Salvation Army Building located at 2090 N Druid Hills Rd NE, Atlanta, […]
Sat, April 19th, 9am-5pm – Atanta TBA Rock Shukoor’s Real EstateMarketing Madness WorkshopApril 19th, 9am-5pm – Location TBA Do you want to learn the fastest and easiest wayto make money in real estate? It’s a proven fact that real estate has created more millionaires than any other investment in history, so what’s stopping you from […]
High Tech Home Buying AcademyMarch 27th – 30th in Atlanta, GA Registration Starts at 8:00AM. Class Starts at 9:00AM Come join Don DeRosa, Dustin Griffin and their subject matter experts at this jam packed, fun 4-day workshop. The High Tech Real Estate Academy will be in session March 27-30th at the Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta […]
Mon, Mar 24th @ 6:30 PM in Marietta, GA Atlanta REIA West Learn to Cover Your Assets& Avoid Unnecessary Risk! with Special Guest, Attorney Doug Shaddix You’re working hard to put together a real estate portfolio to financially take care of you and your family.  Have you stopped long enough to be sure you’ve done […]

Come Learn from “Papa”

Posted on March 21, 2014 by
Sat, March 22nd at 8:30 AM in Atlanta, GA Come Learn to ACT Fast & Do More Deals at the Fast Track To Wealth Seminar with Ron LeGrandSaturday, March 22nd from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM DoubleTree Hotel, Roswell, GA Atlanta REIA is very excited to announce that Ron LeGrand will be teaching his all-day […]

What is ACTS?

Posted on March 21, 2014 by
It’s New! It’s Hot! It’s Very Profitable! It’s ACTS! We now have a simple program called ACTS, which stands for “Assignment of Contract & Terms System”, that’s almost instantly doubling the revenue of my students and my own house business. It’s an amazing, instant exit for sellers who are over financed and upside down as […]
TONIGHT: A Special Teleseminarwith Ron LeGrand at 7:30PMSATURDAY: A Full Day Seminar with Ron LeGrand from 9:00AM – 5:00PM Hey Atlanta REIA Members and Friends, We are super excited about our Fast Track to Wealth Seminar in Atlanta on March 22nd with Ron LeGrand. You will get to spend a day with the man who […]
Tue, March 18th @ Noon in Atlanta, GA The Onsite Renovation Group Meets Tuesday, March 18th at NOON 839 Gilbert St SE, Atlanta GA 30316 This month, on Tuesday, March 18th at Noon, the Atlanta REIA Onsite Renovation Group makes a final visit to 839 Gilbert St SE, Atlanta GA 30316 in Ormewood Park. We’ve […]
Tue, March 18th @ Noon in Atlanta, GA The Onsite Renovation Group Meets Tuesday, March 18th at NOON 839 Gilbert St SE, Atlanta GA 30316 This month, on Tuesday, March 18th at Noon, the Atlanta REIA Onsite Renovation Group makes a final visit to 839 Gilbert St SE, Atlanta GA 30316 in Ormewood Park. We’ve […]
Mon, March 17th @ 6:00 PM in Sandy Springs, GA The Beginning Investors GroupThe 7 Tips For Success in Real Estate Investing with Mark Jackson on March 17th All Members & Guests Must RSVP Online to Attend Members Attend for FREE and Guests for $15 Online or Pay $20 at the Door. Guests can Join […]
Thurs, March 13, 2014 @ 10:30 AM – Online via Live Simulcast ACTS Live Simulcast Training Class with Ron LeGrand on March 13th from 10:30AM-3:30PM Set your calendars now for the upcoming ACTS Live Simulcast delivered by Ron LeGrand and Scott on March 13th from 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM EST. On this 5 hour […]

Clyde Wilson

Posted on March 11, 2014 by
Clyde Wilson dropped out of high school in 1950 when he was 16 years old. Clyde has mastered the ability to spot incredible opportunities and structure profitable transactions. You’ll never find Clyde without his financial calculator which he uses to investigate various “what if” scenarios to improve cash flow, yields, and/or profits. Clyde has an […]
Mon, Mar 10th @ 7PM – La Madeleine Perimeter, Atlanta, GA All Inclusive Marketing (AIM) Group The Effective Use of Branding & Social Media for Your Business with Rock Shukoor & Terra Thurmond on Mar 10th Atlanta REIA Members & Guests Can Attend This Month at No Charge! The all new Atlanta REIA All Inclusive […]
Mon, Mar 10th @ 7PM – La Madeleine Perimeter, Atlanta, GA All Inclusive Marketing (AIM) Group The Effective Use of Branding & Social Media for Your Business with Rock Shukoor & Terra Thurmond on Mar 10th Atlanta REIA Members & Guests Can Attend This Month at No Charge! The all new Atlanta REIA All Inclusive […]
The High Tech Home Buying AcademyMarch 27th – 30th in Atlanta, GA Atlanta REIA Members $495/ea. Non-Members $995/ea. Come join Don DeRosa, Dustin Griffin and their subject matter experts at this jam packed, fun 4-day workshop. The High Tech Real Estate Academy will be in session March 27-30th at the Hilton Garden Inn Perimeter Center […]
Mon, March 3rd at 9:30 PM @ Famous Pub The All New Late Nite NetworkingNew Venue, New Theme & New Opportunities! After the conclusion of the Atlanta REIA Main Meeting, we will be reconvening at the Famous Pub located at 2947 N Druid Hills Road NE in Atlanta, GA (in the Toco Hills Shopping Center) […]
Download The Profit Newsletter for March 2014 (PDF) The March 2014 Edition ofThe Profit is Available for Download! The March 2014 Edition of The Profit Newsletter is available for download just in time for our Atlanta REIA Main Meeting on March 3rd. You can download The Profit Newsletter as a High Quality PDF (recommended) or […]

You Can Choose Not To Be Broke

Posted on February 28, 2014 by

Presenting Offers – Part 2

Posted on February 28, 2014 by

7 Mistakes Investors Make

Posted on February 28, 2014 by

Work Smart – Play Hard

Posted on February 28, 2014 by
Investors get into the real estate business to become ‘Millionaires,’ however, many listen to courses that contain outdated information where the systems are no longer working.  They follow the wrong advice which seriously stalls a successful kick start.  This industry is changing monthly; be sure your trainings are coming from a Mentor who is out […]
Investors get into the real estate business to become ‘Millionaires,’ however, many listen to courses that contain outdated information where the systems are no longer working.  They follow the wrong advice which seriously stalls a successful kick start.  This industry is changing monthly; be sure your trainings are coming from a Mentor who is out […]

Begin With The End In Mind

Posted on February 28, 2014 by

Begin With The End In Mind

Posted on February 28, 2014 by

Private Funding

Posted on February 28, 2014 by
PLEASE NOTE: The Atlanta REIA Main Monthly Meeting on March 3rd has moved to the Salvation Army Headquarters located at 2090 N Druid Hills Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30329. Mon, March 3rd at 5PM @ Salvation Army Headquarters, Atlanta The Atlanta REIA Main Meeting “How to Dramatically Increase Your Cash Flow” with Jimmy Napier On […]

Jimmy Napier

Posted on February 24, 2014 by
Mon, Feb 24th @ 6:30 PM in Marietta, GA Atlanta REIA West Ignite Your Real EstateInvesting Business Tonight! Presented by New York Times best-Selling Author, International Speaker, Personal Development Life Coach, and Real Estate Entrepreneur Wahid Shakur aka Mr. Tycoon! Join us TONIGHT, Monday, February 24th at 6:30PM at the Atlanta REIA Wild Wild West […]
The Beginning Investors Group is Getting BIGGER! We Had 125+ New & Seasoned Investors at Our February Meeting! Once again the Atlanta REIA Beginning Investors Group (BIG) had a record turnout on Monday, February 17, 2014 at the Hudson Grille located at 6317 Roswell Rd in Sandy Springs.   Investors packed the house to hear […]
The Beginning Investors Group is Getting BIGGER! We Had 125+ New & Seasoned Investors at Our February Meeting! Once again the Atlanta REIA Beginning Investors Group (BIG) had a record turnout on Monday, February 17, 2014 at the Hudson Grille located at 6317 Roswell Rd in Sandy Springs.   Investors packed the house to hear […]
Sat, Feb 22nd @ 9:00 AM – Atlanta, GA Atlanta REIA Presents…The All New Mobile Real Estate Rockstars WorkshopHow to Use Mobile Technology for Fun & Profit!With Don DeRosa on Feb 22, 2014 from 9AM – 5PM On Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (check in starts at 8:30 am) at […]
The Onsite Renovation Group Meets Tuesday, February 18th at NOON 839 Gilbert St SE, Atlanta GA 30316 This month, on Tuesday, February 18th at Noon, the Atlanta REIA Onsite Renovation Group returns to 839 Gilbert St SE, Atlanta GA 30316 in Ormewood Park. This month, on Tuesday, February 18st at Noon, the Onsite Renovation Group […]
Mon, Feb 17th @ 6:00 PM – Hudson Grille, Sandy Springs, GA The Beginning Investors Group – Feb 17 Getting Deals Done Without Banks with Special Guest, Bill Ham All Members & Guests Must RSVP Online to Attend Members Attend for FREE and Guests for $15 Online or Pay $20 at the Door. Guests can […]
Mon, Feb @ 7:00 PM – La Madeleine Perimeter, Atlanta, GA All Inclusive Marketing (AIM) – Feb 10th Learn Effective Public Speaking& Communication SkillsFor Business Leaders with Special Guest, Ariel Ghing Atlanta REIA Members & Guests Can Attend This Month at No Charge! The all new Atlanta REIA All Inclusive Marketing (AIM) Group (formerly the […]
Mon, Feb 17th @ 6:00 PM – Hudson Grille, Sandy Springs, GA The Beginning Investors Group – Feb 17 Getting Deals Done Without Banks with Special Guest, Bill Ham All Members & Guests Must RSVP Online to Attend Members Attend for FREE and Guests for $15 Online or Pay $20 at the Door. Guests can […]
Mon, Jan 27th @ 6:30 PM – Marietta, GA Atlanta REIA West Meeting – Jan 27 with Special Mystery Speaker “Mr. E” Come join us at the Atlanta REIA Wild Wild West Group on Monday, January 27th at 6:30PM at Cherokee Cattle Company located at 2710 Canton Road in Marietta, just off I-75 where “Mr. […]
Mon, Jan 27th @ 6:30 PM – Marietta, GA Atlanta REIA West Meeting – Jan 27 with Special Mystery Speaker “Mr. E” Come join us at the Atlanta REIA Wild Wild West Group on Monday, January 27th at 6:30PM at Cherokee Cattle Company located at 2710 Canton Road in Marietta, just off I-75 where “Mr. […]
Sat, Feb 8th, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM in Atlanta, GA Wholesaling 101 WorkshopWith Russ Hiner on Feb 8, 2014 from 9AM – 5PM at*Keller Williams, 200 Glenridge Point Pkwy NE,Suite 100, Sandy Springs, GA Do you want to play the real estate investing game but don’t know where to start? Do you have little […]
Mon, Feb 3rd at 5:00 PM @ Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta The Atlanta REIA Main Meeting“How to be a Mobile Real Estate Rockstar Investor!”with Don DeRosa on February 3rd Atlanta REIA Members Can Attend at No Charge.Guests Can RSVP Online Now for $20 or Pay $25 at the Door. Join us at Atlanta REIA on […]
Mon, Feb 3rd at 5:00 PM @ Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta The Atlanta REIA Main Meeting“How to be a Mobile Real Estate Rockstar Investor!”with Don DeRosa on February 3rd Atlanta REIA Members Can Attend at No Charge.Guests Can RSVP Online Now for $20 or Pay $25 at the Door. Join us at Atlanta REIA on […]
Download The Profit Newsletter for February 2014 (PDF) The February 2014 Edition ofThe Profit is Available for Download! The February 2014 Edition of The Profit Newsletter is available for download just in time for our Atlanta REIA Main Meeting on February 6th. You can download The Profit Newsletter as a High Quality PDF (recommended) or […]
Download The Profit Newsletter for February 2014 (PDF) The February 2014 Edition ofThe Profit is Available for Download! The February 2014 Edition of The Profit Newsletter is available for download just in time for our Atlanta REIA Main Meeting on February 6th. You can download The Profit Newsletter as a High Quality PDF (recommended) or […]
Every once in a while, I like to take a close look at my business to make sure I’m still reaching my full income and personal potential. Hopefully, you do the same from time to time, because it takes diligence to maintain success for the long haul. Students of mine know that if something isn’t […]

Where is Your Market Place?

Posted on January 24, 2014 by
In last month’s article we discussed Step #2 of “Determining Your Marketing Plan in 7 Easy Steps” which was to “Determine Your Market”. In Step 2 we covered “Who and What is Your Market”. Using Wholesaling as our investment strategy, we determined that our ideal property prospect was a distressed, vacant, ugly house with no […]

What is Your 2014 Headline?

Posted on January 24, 2014 by

Presenting Offers – Part 1

Posted on January 24, 2014 by

Learning About Real Estate Investing

Posted on January 24, 2014 by

Marketing to Senior Homeowners

Posted on January 24, 2014 by

Money Loves Speed

Posted on January 24, 2014 by
Did the title of the article get your attention?  I thought so.  Money does love speed.  Money in general loves speed.  That means getting off your “you know what” and putting in to action whatever it is that needs to be done in your business (and in life).  And the faster you do it, the […]

Why an IRA-Owned LLC or Trust?

Posted on January 24, 2014 by

Get Seller Financing

Posted on January 24, 2014 by

Due Diligence

Posted on January 24, 2014 by
The Beginning Investors Group is Getting BIG! We Had 116+ Investors at Our January Meeting! Yes, you read that right, 116+ people gathered together at January’s BIG meeting for a record turnout. We listened to an action oriented, powerful presentation made by William Crowley on Credit Restoration. William informed us of a lot of points […]
The Beginning Investors Group is Getting BIG! We Had 116+ Investors at Our January Meeting! Yes, you read that right, 116+ people gathered together at January’s BIG meeting for a record turnout. We listened to an action oriented, powerful presentation made by William Crowley on Credit Restoration. William informed us of a lot of points […]
Are You a 1st Time House Flipper? Would You Like to See Your 1st Deal On TV? Learn How You Could Be On The DIY Network’sNew TV Show About First Time Flippers! Atlanta REIA has been contacted by the casting department for the DIY Network’s new show called “First Time Flippers”. They are looking for […]
We are excited to announce that we have setup a new Atlanta REIA Google Group for active members of the Atlanta Real Estate Investors Alliance (Atlanta REIA – an Atlanta Georgia Real Estate Investors Association) and other invited guests for the purpose of sharing valuable real estate related information, asking questions and exchanging contacts, leads […]
Consider Sponsoring the Beginning Investors Group in 2014! 3rd Monday of each month withSpecial Guest Speakers & Sponsors The Atlanta REIA Beginning Investors Group which takes place on the 3rd Monday of each month at 6:30 PM at the Hudson Grille in Sandy Springs has been experiencing tremendous growth and attendance throughout 2013 and will […]
Mon, Jan 20th@ 6:30 PM – Hudson Grille, Sandy Springs, GA The Beginning Investors Group – Jan 20 How Credit Repair Really Workswith William Crowley (AKA “The Credit Man”) All Members & Guests Must RSVP Online to Attend Members Attend for FREE and Guests for $15 Online or Pay $20 at the Door. Guests can […]
Mon, Jan 6th at 5:00 PM @ Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta The Atlanta REIA Main MeetingMake 2014 Your Best Financial Year Yet!with Gary Johnston on Jan 6th Atlanta REIA Members Can Attend at No Charge.Guests Can RSVP Online Now for $20 or Pay $25 at the Door. On Monday, January 6th financial freedom expert, Gary […]
Mon, Jan 6th at 5:30 PM @ Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta The Atlanta REIA Main MeetingMake 2014 Your Best Financial Year Yet!with Gary Johnston on Jan 6th Atlanta REIA Members Can Attend at No Charge.Guests Can RSVP Online Now for $20 or Pay $25 at the Door. On Monday, January 6th financial freedom expert, Gary […]
Duncan Wierman’s Online Lead FinderVersion 2.8 Just Released (12/30/2013) PLEASE NOTE: If you are an Atlanta REIA Member you can download the software for free by logging in to the Atlanta REIA Members Only Website and navigating to the Members Only Downloads & Bonuses. If you are a Gold Member, follow the instructions in the […]
Download The Profit Newsletter for January 2014 (PDF) The January 2014 Edition ofThe Profit is Available for Download! The January 2014 Edition of The Profit Newsletter is available for download just in time for our Atlanta REIA Main Meeting on January 6th. You can download The Profit Newsletter as a High Quality PDF (recommended) or […]

Who and What is Your Market?

Posted on December 30, 2013 by

Constructing Offers

Posted on December 30, 2013 by
Last month, we discussed Prescreening Prospects, so this month we’re going to talk about constructing offers to sellers. Once the seller is called by either you or your virtual assistant using our property information sheet, the prospects will come at you in one of four categories:  they’ll be free and clear there’ll be a mortgage […]

What’s New in QuickBooks 2014?

Posted on December 30, 2013 by

Wait – My Phone Will Do What???

Posted on December 30, 2013 by

True Cost

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Why Do Courts Let Banks Steal Houses?

Posted on December 30, 2013 by
If the courts rule against the banks in the homeowners’ favor, but no news outlets report it, does it really happen?  That’s the situation we’re in now.  If you’ve been digging deep, you might have seen that the estimate of bank losses from mortgage related lawsuits has increased to $100 BILLION in future payouts.  This […]

Master Lease Options 101

Posted on December 30, 2013 by
All of us at Atlanta REIA want to thank you so much for being a part of our organization this year and want to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Very Happy, Healthy and Wealthy New Year! We look forward to doing much more in 2014… More deals, more networking opportunities, […]

Stay Focused On Your Area

Posted on December 23, 2013 by

Are Women Better Real Estate Investors?

Posted on December 23, 2013 by

Cut Through The Obvious

Posted on December 23, 2013 by

Vacancies Are a Fact of Life

Posted on December 23, 2013 by

He Appealed to My Greed

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But I Don’t Have the Money

Posted on December 23, 2013 by

I’m A Failure…Or Am I?

Posted on December 23, 2013 by

Gary Johnston

Posted on December 23, 2013 by
Mon, December 16th at 6:30 PM @ Hudson Grille, Sandy Springs Atlanta REIA BIG Christmas Party! Mon, Dec 16th at the Hudson Grille Sandy Springswith Special Guest Speakers & Sponsors All Members & Guests Must RSVP Online to Attend.*Food & Non-Alcoholic Beverages Included!Early Registration Expires Tonight at Midnight! Atlanta REIA wants to wish you a […]
Sat & Sun, Dec 7th & 8th – Atlanta, GA David Lindahl & Atlanta REIA Presents… FREE 2 Day Wealth BuildingEvent in Atlanta This Weekend! Attend at No Charge & Get 2 Awesome Bonuses!Yes, You Can Bring a Friend or Share This Link With Them! This weekend, one of our country’s most renowned real estate […]
Download The Profit Newsletter for December 2013 (PDF) The December 2013 Edition ofThe Profit is Available for Download! The December 2013 Edition of The Profit Newsletter is available for download just in time for our Atlanta REIA Main Meeting on December 4th. You can download The Profit Newsletter as a High Quality PDF or Low […]

Busy Season? Don’t Lose Your Mynd!

Posted on November 26, 2013 by

How Many Units to Retirement?

Posted on November 26, 2013 by

Prescreening Prospects

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You Can Rely on Assessed Value

Posted on November 26, 2013 by

A Barrel Full of Fishhooks

Posted on November 26, 2013 by

The Contractor

Posted on November 26, 2013 by
With the holidays here everyone begins to think about everything they are thankful for having in their lives. I did the same and came up with the same things everyone else thinks about like family, friends, having a roof over my head, a career I love, etc.  Then I began to think about what I […]

Year End Business Health Check Up

Posted on November 26, 2013 by
The last several months have been extremely encouraging for real estate investors who are purchasing notes from banks!  Every day more and more judgments in foreclosure cases are coming down in the homeowner’s favor as judges become aware of the depth of fraud the banks have committed. What we are seeing in the market is […]
Mon, Nov 25th at 6:30 PM in Marietta, GA Atlanta REIA Wild West Groupwith Special Guest, Rock Shukoor on…7 Ways To Find 7 Great Deals in 7 Days Join us at the Atlanta REIA West Meeting on Monday, November 25th at 6:30PM at the Cherokee Cattle Company where our special guest will be Rock Shukoor […]
Wed, Nov 20th @ 6:30 PM in Buford, GA Atlanta REIA North Meeting No Bank, No Cash, No Credit!Buying Houses Subject-To, With Wrap Around Mortgages, Owner Financing & More! Learn how a local investor is finding hot deals in this hot sellers’ market. Learn how he is able to purchase them using no banks, none […]
Mon, Nov 18th @ 6:30 PM in Sandy Springs, GA The Beginning Investors Group Nov 18th at 6:30 PM @ Hudson Grille Sandy Springs How to Create a Cash FlowFortune With Tax Sales!With Special Guest, Tom DiAgostino Seating is Limited. ALL Attendees Must RSVP Here… Atlanta REIA Members Can RSVP at No Charge Guests Can […]
Saturday, November 23rd at 9:00AM in Buford, GA Atlanta REIA Presents: How to Buy Houses Fast with asLittle as $275 Using Tax Sales A Full Day Workshop with Tom DiAgostino On November 23rd from 9AM – 4PM1960 Skylar Hill Dr, Suite D, Buford, GA Sold Out. Sold Out. Sold Out. Elite Tax Sale Training: How […]
Mon, November 18th @ 6:30 PM in Sandy Springs, GA The Beginning Investors Group Nov 18th at 6:30 PM @ Hudson Grille Sandy Springs How to Create a Cash FlowFortune With Tax Sales!With Special Guest, Tom DiAgostino Seating is Limited. ALL Attendees Must RSVP Here… Atlanta REIA Members Can RSVP at No Charge Guests Can […]

Tom DiAgostino

Posted on October 31, 2013 by
Tom DiAgostino grew up the hard way in the Monroe Housing Projects in the South Bronx of New York City. He seized opportunity and started his college career at CUNY and then Pace University, joined the Army ROTC and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, eventually retiring from the Army. At Pace he did an internship […]
When I began my career as a real estate investor in 1985, I stumbled across a little known area of real estate that had the potential to make us a ton of money. This was an area of the market that went unnoticed by most people. This was the area of abandoned properties. How To […]

Five Marketing Musts

Posted on October 30, 2013 by
When it comes to 800 Pound Guerilla Marketing, I have learned that the number of motivated buyer and seller leads I am able to generate only seem to be limited by the time, effort and creativity I put into the marketing process, rather than how much money I spend. When I put in the time, […]

Five Marketing Musts

Posted on October 30, 2013 by
When it comes to 800 Pound Guerilla Marketing, I have learned that the number of motivated buyer and seller leads I am able to generate only seem to be limited by the time, effort and creativity I put into the marketing process, rather than how much money I spend. When I put in the time, […]

Building a Better Blog

Posted on October 30, 2013 by

The Right Title Company

Posted on October 30, 2013 by

Choosing the Road to Wealth

Posted on October 30, 2013 by

Making the Impossible Deals Possible

Posted on October 30, 2013 by

Locating Prospects

Posted on October 30, 2013 by
One of the most important rules to remember is that…Cash Flow Starts and Stops a Business.  As my career has matured, I have realized that the best way for me to grow my business is by making others wealthy — making YOU wealthy. I want you to learn from my mistakes and enhance your life […]

Negotiate Like A Pro

Posted on October 30, 2013 by
This article is the second in a two-part discussion about contractor’s liens, specifically called mechanic’s and materialman’s liens in legal terminology.  In last month’s article, I pledged to discuss two important items in more detail: (1) the requirements when filing a lien and (2) the requirement to file suit to enforce a lien. First, the […]
This article is the second in a two-part discussion about contractor’s liens, specifically called mechanic’s and materialman’s liens in legal terminology.  In last month’s article, I pledged to discuss two important items in more detail: (1) the requirements when filing a lien and (2) the requirement to file suit to enforce a lien. First, the […]

Do You Need Help with Reports?

Posted on October 30, 2013 by
The Goblins Are Coming!Are You Afraid?!? Don’t let them scare you! Now of course we don’t get scared by the Goblins on Halloween, but many times we do let the Goblins scare us the rest of the year… scare us away from doing profitable deals. After all, many of us get scared away from potential […]

Online Lead Finder Version 2.7

Posted on October 29, 2013 by
“You’re About to Discover a Software Tool That Tirelessly Works for You To Find HOT Leads and Create Massive Profits!” PLEASE NOTE: If you are an Atlanta REIA Member you can download the software for free by logging in to the Atlanta REIA Members Only Website and navigating to the Members Only Downloads & Bonuses. […]
Mon, Nov 4th at 5 PM @ Holiday Inn Atlanta Perimeter Atlanta REIA Main Meeting Nov 4th at 5PM at the Holiday Inn Atlanta Perimeter/Dunwoody How to Make Big Profits with Abandoned Propertieswith Special Guest, Reggie Brooks Atlanta REIA Members Can Attend at No Charge.Guests Can RSVP Online Now for $15 or Pay $20 at […]
Mon, Oct 28th @ 6:30 PM in Marietta, GA Atlanta REIA WestWholesaling in the New EconomyPresented by New York Times best-Selling Author, International Speaker, Personal Development Life Coach, and Real Estate Entrepreneur Wahid Shakur aka Mr. Tycoon! Whether you are new or just getting back in the game, Mr. Tycoon has news you need NOW […]
Sat, Nov 16th at 9AM @ Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta, GA Making Big Profits withAbandoned Properties Workshop Learn How You Can Make $10,000in CASH in the Next 60 Days!A Full Day Training Workshop with Reggie BrooksSat, Nov 16th – Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta, GA Are you “too busy” like so many others, earning a living, […]

Wahid Shakur

Posted on October 23, 2013 by
Internationally-renowned Motivational Speaker, Personal Development Coach, Investment Real Estate Guru, and Entrepreneur of Success, Wahid Shakur, aka Mr. Tycoon, is legendary for his “tough but fair” deal- making and negotiation skills. His bestselling book, “Success Is Not A Secret, It’s A System,” extracts the lessons he learned on the road to building his successful real […]

Wahid Shakur

Posted on October 23, 2013 by
Internationally-renowned Motivational Speaker, Personal Development Coach, Investment Real Estate Guru, and Entrepreneur of Success, Wahid Shakur, aka Mr. Tycoon, is legendary for his “tough but fair” deal- making and negotiation skills. His bestselling book, “Success Is Not A Secret, It’s A System,” extracts the lessons he learned on the road to building his successful real […]

The Objective is a Written Offer

Posted on October 22, 2013 by
A common mistake made by real estate investors is to forget why they knock on the seller’s door. By “forget,” I don’t mean the seller answers the door and the investor stands there with a stupid, lost look on his face.  I mean the investor doesn’t understand the basic objective of why he’s there. Do […]

The Objective is a Written Offer

Posted on October 22, 2013 by
A common mistake made by real estate investors is to forget why they knock on the seller’s door. By “forget,” I don’t mean the seller answers the door and the investor stands there with a stupid, lost look on his face.  I mean the investor doesn’t understand the basic objective of why he’s there. Do […]

Test2

Posted on October 18, 2013 by
This is a test…
One thing that REALLY sticks in my craw is the number of folks who claim that all I do is make low-ball offers when making offers to buy houses.  Kim and I have heard this nonsense for more than 18 years.  Want the truth?  Can you handle the truth?  Almost every offer I make includes […]
Mon, Oct 21st @ 6:30 PM in Sandy Springs, GA The Beginning Investors GroupWhat Happens When You Lock4 Attorneys in a Room Full of EagerNew Real Estate Investors?Get Your REI Legal Questions Answered by anAll Star Attorney Panel on Mon, Oct 21st Non-Members RSVP Online for $15.00 or $20 at the door.Atlanta REIA Members are […]
If your goal is to become a real estate investor, but you are a little fearful of knocking on a seller’s door, then spend a Saturday cruising yard sales.  Sometimes, a homeowner hosting a yard sale just might need to sell their yard.  And you might find it easier to talk to a homeowner in […]

Silence is a Form of Acceptance

Posted on October 16, 2013 by
What Do Successful Real Estate Investors Know About Putting Together Profitable Deals That You Don’t?with Special Guest, Larry Harbolt Have you ever wondered why those successful investors are continually finding and doing profitable deal after deal? Did you ever ask yourself what they look for and what they think about before they ever make an [...]

How Kim Spent Her Summer Vacation

Posted on October 15, 2013 by
Tues, Oct 15th @ NOON in Atlanta The Onsite Renovation Group Meets Tuesday, Oct 15th at NOON 651 Holderness St SW, Atlanta, GA 30310 On Tuesday, October 15th at Noon, the Onsite Renovation Group will be returning to 651 Holderness St SW, Atlanta, GA 30310. You may remember that we visited this gut-out project back [...]

Reggie Brooks

Posted on October 8, 2013 by

To Blog or Not to Blog?

Posted on October 5, 2013 by
In this article, I begin a two-part discussion about contractor’s liens.  Under Georgia law, these liens are called mechanic’s and materialmen’s liens.  I call them contractor’s liens for simplicity because these liens apply to a broad array of contractors including laborers, professionals and traditional subcontractors.  Contractor’s liens were first introduced into the United States during [...]
Several members have asked me to lay out the steps required to get your first check with a detailed description of each.  That’s exactly what you’ll get, but it’ll take several editions to get it done.  You may want to copy these lessons and build your own manual as we go. Here are the steps [...]
New to the Atlanta REIA vendor family of services, FirstCall Claims is one of the largest and most experienced public adjusting firms in the Southeast, representing your best interests in the insurance claims process. Ever approach one of your properties just to be greeted by a pile of ashes, splintered wood, or soggy drywall? Major [...]
Have you ever heard the saying, “Work smart, not hard”? It’s one of my personal favorites, and I’m here as a coach to show you how you can do it. I’m guessing that when you think about buying a property, you’re assuming a lot of leg work: traveling to the property, inspecting it, doing the [...]

Changing with the Times

Posted on October 5, 2013 by
At the beginning of the year most people only considered a deal if it was at 65% loan to value (LTV) including repairs. As the year continued 70% LTV was acceptable and then 75% LTV. Today, there are investors buying properties as high as 80% LTV. The real estate market has changed and will continue [...]
It is the goal of this column to answer questions about QuickBooks and how it is used in the REI arena. Know how to record transactions in the proper way and have your set of books in good shape when it comes time for taxes. It is our intention to do this by you the [...]
Major Zane Purdy’s life crumbled overnight… Maj. Zane Purdy was making over $100,000 a year employed by defense contracting company, General Dynamics, when his identity was stolen and sold to an identity theft and tax fraud ring. Now, Purdy makes $7.25 an hour at a Krystal to support his wife and two children.    In 18 [...]
Sat, November 2nd @ 9:00 AM – Atlanta, GA How to Maximize Your Profits on Every Real Estate Deal You Do! A Full Day Workshop with Larry HarboltNovember 2, 2013 from 9AM – 5PMCrown Plaza Ravinia, 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, GA Have you ever wondered why those successful investors are continually finding and doing [...]
Duncan has updated his famous Online Lead Finder Software repeatedly over the past few weeks. Now, as of today, October 1st, Duncan has done it once again with version 2.6.4! If you are an Atlanta REIA Member you can download the software for free by logging in to the Atlanta REIA Members Only Website and [...]
Mon, Oct 7th at 5:00 PM @ Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta Atlanta REIA Main Meeting Oct 7th at 5PM at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia What Do Successful Real Estate Investors Know About Putting Together Profitable Deals That You Don’t?with Special Guest, Larry Harbolt Atlanta REIA Members Can Attend at No Charge.Guests Can RSVP Online Now [...]
On September 20, 2013, Dustin Griffin conducted Session #3 the 101+ Ways to Generate Motivated Buyer & Seller Leads Online Workshop to teach you many of the 800 Pound Guerilla Marketing Strategies and Techniques he and other successful investors use to generate all the buyer and seller leads they can handle on a low budget [...]
What’s Happening at Atlanta REIA Workshops & Meetings You Don’t Want to Miss! Mon, Sept 23rd @ 6:30 PM – Marietta, GA Atlanta REIA West MeetingHow to Talk with Sellers to Seal the Deal & Get Them Under Contract with Leslie Mathis & Special Guests So, you’re excited about this being the best time EVER [...]
Wed, Sept 18th @ 6:30PM in Buford, GA Atlanta REIA North MeetingBuying Houses Subject-Towith No Banks, No Money Down & No Credit Check!With Gordon Catts & Steve Jordan Gordon Catts is pleased to announce that his Special Guest for the Atlanta REIA North Meeting on Wednesday, September 18th will be long time real estate investor, [...]
Mon, Sept 23rd @ 6:30 PM – Marietta, GA Atlanta REIA West MeetingHow to Talk with Sellers to Seal the Deal & Get Them Under Contractwith Leslie Mathis So, you’re excited about this being the best time EVER to be in real estate, you’re pumped and ready to go, chomping at the bit to do [...]
On September 13, 2013, Dustin Griffin conducted Session #2 the 101+ Ways to Generate Motivated Buyer & Seller Leads Online Workshop to teach you many of the 800 Pound Guerilla Marketing Strategies and Techniques he and other successful investors use to generate all the buyer and seller leads they can handle on a low budget [...]
Have you ever considered doing short sales as a real estate investment strategy but avoided doing so because you heard that short sales and lenders can be a real pain? Have you heard that short sales can be really time consuming and not worth the effort? If so, short sale expert, Kimberlee Frank sets the [...]
Mon, Sept 16th @ 6:30 PM – Sandy Springs, GA The Beginning Investors GroupHow to Find It, Fund It, Fix It & Flip Itwith Aaron McGinnis on Monday, Sept 16th Non-Members RSVP Online for $15.00 or $20 at the door.Atlanta REIA Members are always FREE! Join us at the Beginning Investors Group on Monday, September [...]
Tues, September 17th @ NOON in Atlanta The Onsite Renovation GroupMeets Tuesday, September 17th at NOON at3040 Waters Road, Atlanta, GA 30354 (map) This month, on Tuesday, September 17th at Noon, the Onsite Renovation Group meets at 3040 Waters Road, Atlanta, GA 30354 (map). Last month we had a great turn out of almost 50 investors [...]

Never Forget 9-11-2001

Posted on September 11, 2013 by
On September 6, 2013, Dustin Griffin kicked off the 101+ Ways to Generate Motivated Buyer & Seller Leads Online Workshop to teach you many of the 800 Pound Guerilla Marketing Strategies and Techniques he and other successful investors use to generate all the buyer and seller leads they can handle on a low budget and [...]
Dyches Boddiford will be our special Guest at the Active Investor Group Meeting on Monday, September 9th at 3:00 PM at Total Wine & More located at 124 Perimeter Center W (see map). Dyches will be discussing the concepts as well as the practical aspects of legal entities such as Land Trusts, S and C [...]
Download The Profit Newsletter for September 2013 (PDF) The September 2013 Edition ofThe Profit is Ready for Download! The September 2013 edition of The Profit Newsletter is available for download just in time for our Atlanta REIA Main Meeting on September 9th. You can download The Profit Newsletter as a High Quality PDF (recommended) or [...]
Don’t Question Having a Mentor… JUST HAVE ONE! I remember when I decided to quit my job as a legal secretary and become a millionaire in real estate!  I started with Carleton Sheets’ course.  Once it arrived, I was to read it and take action.  Yeah, right!  I found that between my J.O.B. (Just Over [...]
Last month’s article was on “Driving for Dollars and Farming with Flyers”. As you are out driving neighborhoods in search of houses to buy, you will soon discover that there are many vacant houses out there. Some of these houses are obviously for sale or rent as indicated by a sign in the yard, but [...]
Welcome back! Here’s what we covered in the last article: Why the PHONE is an essential element of your marketing and why there’s a big need for several different phone numbers for various reasons and functions for your business. We also mentioned how having several phone numbers can add up to be an expensive ongoing [...]
As the market improves, I have more and more people coming to me for coaching. I am excited about this because it means that you are taking responsibility for your success. You are reading my articles, and you are talking with me to achieve what you want in your life. One thing that I continually [...]
(This article is continued from Part 2 in the August 2013 Edition of The Profit Newsletter.) Lack of action. There’s an old saying that goes “Even a turtle won’t get anywhere until he sticks his neck out.” Another old saying (that I made up) is “You’re never going to get rich sitting on your behind [...]
By now you have heard in the news about robo-signing, MERS, etc. and how the economy was brought down by Mortgage Backed Securities.  But what, specifically, does that mean and how does it affect us as homeowners and real estate investors?  As can be expected, the greatest financial fraud every pulled over in the history [...]
With the real estate markets slowing in many areas of the country, we are seeing a resurgence of owner carryback financing. Most of you are aware of the basics of such financing, but you may not have been exposed to some of the more creative approaches. Let’s look at Jack who wants to move away [...]
I’ve written a weekly real estate investing newspaper column for more than ten years. During this time, we’ve looked at all kinds of creative deal structures and financing…but what exactly are these? The easiest way to tell you what creative deal structuring is, is to tell you what it’s NOT. It’s not finding a house [...]

Too-Cool Tools: Embracing Tomorrow

Posted on September 2, 2013 by
“The future starts today, not tomorrow.” ~ Pope John Paul II Remember last month, when I talked about how amazing it is that one little smartphone or tablet can do so many useful things? Well, not everyone has much use for smartphones. Take my Uncle Milt: He’s convinced that true happiness lies in a phone [...]
When a real estate developer runs into a snag, and needs additional money to complete a project, or he wants a shorter-term loan of, say, six months to six years, he frequently turns to the “hard-money” market. In a nutshell, these are lenders who are looking to get a decent return on their money, with [...]

Terminating Contracts

Posted on September 2, 2013 by
As investors, we all hope and wish that all of our contracts go smoothly. As much as we hate to admit it, the truth is that some things are out of our control. Appraisals, hidden renovation cost, weather and financing are just a few examples of what we have little to no control over. How [...]
If I could wave a magic wand and re-live my early real estate investing career from the beginning, I think I would first try to learn more about what seller’s needs and thoughts are. I would also want to better understand the thoughts and logic that run through a seller’s mind when they are motivated [...]

Got Funding? Get Creative!

Posted on September 2, 2013 by
Funding can be one of the largest barriers to entry in the real estate business. I remember the very first time I walked into a lenders office and tried to discuss funding for my first apartment complex I wanted to buy. My experience (or lack of) was immediately brought to my attention not to mention [...]

Taking the Plunge to Go Full Time

Posted on September 2, 2013 by
If someone would have told me one year ago that I would be a full time real estate investor together with my husband and flipping houses for a living, I would have laughed at them! To be totally honest, real estate was never a passion of mine and I hadn’t given it much thought until [...]
You can locate motivated sellers even if you have little or no money to work with. Way back in the early days of my business I used some very inexpensive techniques to locate very motivated sellers, since we only had a limited budget to work with like many people who are just starting out in [...]
Though recent signs have pointed to a lessening of the ongoing housing inventory crunch, many markets in the Atlanta metro area are still experiencing shortages of homes for sale. With consistent reports of inventory overall declining in the metro area, we found some bright spots. Using REIAComps helps to quickly see the number of sales and [...]

Answers to Your QuickBooks Queries

Posted on September 2, 2013 by
It is the goal of this column to answer questions about QuickBooks and how it is used in the REI arena. Know how to record transactions in the proper way and have your set of books in good shape when it comes time for taxes. It is our intention to do this by you the [...]

Atlanta REIA Welcomes the Sign Mafia!

Posted on September 2, 2013 by
If you’ve been around the real estate investing community for a while, you already know the Sign Mafia. They have been serving our community of interest since 2002. They are best known for their bandit signs and property marketing packages. What are bandit signs? They are any signage placed in highly visible spots, designed to [...]
Mon, September 9th at 5:00 PM @ Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta Atlanta REIA Main Meeting Sept 9th at 5PM at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia How to Short Sale Properties For Huge Profitswith Special Guest, Kimberlee Frank Atlanta REIA Members Can Attend at No Charge.Guests Can RSVP Online Now for $15 or Pay $20 at the [...]
Sept 6, 13, 20 & 27 – Online at AtlantaREIA.com 101 Plus Ways to GenerateMotivated Buyer & Seller LeadsOnline WorkshopA 4 Part Online Workshop with Dustin GriffinStarting on September 6th PLEASE NOTE: This online training is being offered in lieu of the live training that was scheduled for August 31st that had to be postponed. [...]
Sat, September 14th @ 9:00 AM – Location TBA Foreclosures Gone Wild WorkshopLearn How to Make Huge Profits with Short Saleswith Kimberlee Frank on September 14th Realtors and Real Estate Investors: Have you taken advantage of the fact that Foreclosures Have Gone Wild? If not, why… Fear? Lack of experience? Discouragement? No matter if you [...]
Sat, September 28th @ 9:00 AM – Buford, GA Wholesaling 101 WorkshopWith Russ Hiner on Sept 28, 2013 from 9AM – 5PMat 1960 Skylar Hill Dr, Suite D, Buford, GA Do you want to play the real estate investing game but don’t know where to start? Do you have little or no cash or credit? [...]
What’s Happening at Atlanta REIA Workshops & Meetings You Don’t Want to Miss! Monday, August 19th @ 6:30 PM – Sandy Springs, GA The Beginning Investors GroupHow Accurate Comps Can Make or Save You $1000′s on Your Next Dealwith Linda Dana on Monday, August 19th Non-Members RSVP Online for $10.00 or $20 at the door.Atlanta [...]

Get the Real Numbers

Posted on August 18, 2013 by
Wed, August 21st @ 6:30PM in Buford, GA Atlanta REIA North Meeting“Getting the Real Numbers”With Gordon Catts & John Mangham Join Gordon Catts and John Mangnum at the Atlanta REIA North Meeting on Wednesday, August 21st at 6:30PM located at 1960 Skylar Hill Dr, Suite D in Buford, GA as they discuss the “Real Numbers” [...]
Duncan has updated his famous Online Lead Finder Software once again! Now, as of today, August 15th, Duncan has done it once again with version 2.5.3! Duncan also wanted us to advise you on some upcoming changes to the Online Lead Finder Software as he continues to add more and more features. In the next, [...]
Saturday, August 24th @ 8:30 AM in Buford, GA Real Estate Investing 101 A Full Day Workshop with Russ HinerOn August 24, 2013 from 8:30AM – 5PMAt 1960 Skylar Hill Dr, Suite D in Buford, GA Real Estate Investing 101 is a new Atlanta REIA workshop designed to give students an overview of the exciting [...]
Mon, August 19th @ 6:30 PM – Sandy Springs, GA The Beginning Investors GroupHow Accurate Comps Can Make or Save You $1000′s on Your Next Dealwith Linda Dana on Monday, August 19th Non-Members RSVP Online for $10.00 or $20 at the door.Atlanta REIA Members are always FREE! Join us at the Beginning Investors Group on [...]
Tues, August 20th @ NOON in Decatur The Onsite Renovation GroupMeets Tuesday, August 20th at NOON at3702 Sandy Shoals Ln, Decatur, GA 30034 (map) This month, on Tuesday, August 20th at Noon, the Onsite Renovation Group meets at 3702 Sandy Shoals Ln, Decatur, GA 30034 (map). This project is fairly far-afield for our humble group, [...]
Thu, Aug 8th @ 6:30 PM in College Park, GA (New Location!) Atlanta REIA South MeetingHosted by Reggie Jackson & Gordon CattsPlease Note the New Meeting Location Below The Atlanta REIA South Monthly Meeting, run by Reggie Jackson and Gordon Catts, is held on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM at the Piccadilly [...]

Linda Dana

Posted on August 7, 2013 by
Linda Dana began her investing career over 10 years ago. Linda is a single mom who has become a highly successful Investor and has proven to all those naysayers out there… that you can be an Investor and Invest in Real Estate without having a  A++ credit rating and without having a lot of money.  [...]
Island REIAJamaica – June 2014 “How I wish that somewhere there existed an island for those who are wise and of good will.” ~ Albert Einstein More info is coming soon. Dustin is headed down to Jamaica in August to check out the all-inclusive resort where we will be staying.
Download The Profit Newsletter for August 2013 (PDF) The August 2013 Edition ofThe Profit is Ready for Download! The August 2013 edition of The Profit Newsletter has arrived just in time for our Atlanta REIA Main Meeting on August 5th. You can download The Profit Newsletter as a High Quality PDF (recommended) or Low Res [...]
One of our favorite and most cost effective ways to market our home buying business is through the frequent use of flyers. In fact, flyers are one most versatile and low cost forms of advertising we use at One Hour Homebuyers to generate leads on a regular basis. Flyers can be used in a variety [...]
Hello fellow investors, I hope you enjoyed the 4th of July last month and took a moment to think about the fact that this country has fought many wars to give each one of us independence and the ability to create and do business as we wish with unlimited income potential. In this country our [...]
Today, I’m going to combine marketing & technology to share an extremely powerful tool that you can use for a TON of different uses in your home or office – all for absolutely FREE! As anyone in marketing knows, the PHONE is one of the strongest weapons you need to use. Making calls, taking calls, [...]
One of the biggest mistakes we continually see real estate investors make is buying a rental property that produces a NEGATIVE monthly cash flow.  When it comes to rental properties, positive cash flow is much more important than equity! Here’s a typical example: An investor buys a single-family rental for $90,000.  The property will rent [...]

Real Estate Investment Hats

Posted on July 31, 2013 by
When in real estate, a person wears many hats and learns to adapt to a ton of situations. This mean, however, you must be knowledgeable enough to do so. You may be a buyer’s representative, seller’s representative, wholesaler, investor, contractor, mediator, property manager; the list goes on and on. The only thing that remains constant [...]
OTHER TRUSTS There are numerous possibilities for the name given to a trust. Such names are often chosen to reflect the primary function of the trust: Education Trust; Wealth Replacement Trust; Charitable Remainder Trust; Spendthrift Dynasty Trust, etc. Since names are assigned to trusts the public can get the wrong impression. It is often assumed [...]
It is the goal of this column to answer questions about QuickBooks and how it is used in the REI arena. Know how to record transactions in the proper way and have your set of books in good shape when it comes time for taxes. Submit your questions to Karen@smallbusinessadvisor.biz and we will do our [...]

Is Buying a Note a Good Deal?

Posted on July 31, 2013 by
Which is better for real estate investors – buying a note in pre-foreclosure, buying the house through a short sale, or waiting until the house comes on the market as an REO? That depends on the difference in the discounts expected, the condition of the house, and the likelihood of reaching an agreement with the [...]
“To say that I am organized is an understatement, but my car tells a different story.”~ Emily Procter I love summertime, don’t you? So many memories in the making! Barbecues with the family. Long, lazy evenings by the pool. Ball games and beer.  Mowing the lawn. Mowing the lawn again. And mowing the lawn again…. [...]

CASH or CASH FLOW???

Posted on July 31, 2013 by
Hope everyone is doing well and out there putting out their marketing, getting leads, and doing deals. You can’t make much money in real estate if you aren’t doing deals, right? Real estate “Deals” can come in many forms. You can have a wholesale flip, where you are basically flipping the contract for a fee [...]

Rehabbing with Creative Financing

Posted on July 31, 2013 by
If you have looked at more than a few deals over the last year you have undoubtedly seen a distressed asset. Repairs needed, low occupancy, bad management (or tenants) are some examples, just to name a few. From single family to large apartment complexes there are distressed assets in all types of real estate these [...]
It is as easy to succeed as it is to fail. Why does this sound untrue? Because most of us forget that we have a choice: we can enjoy the good and overcome the negative. What we must remember is that when we encounter something that we initially see as negative, we have a choice [...]
(This article is continued from Part 1 in the July 2013 Edition of The Profit Newsletter.) Listening to poor advice. This is something you probably already know. As you go through life, there will never be a shortage of people who want to give you advice. Your parents, your spouse, friends, in-laws, kids, they all [...]
Combining a self-directed IRA and real estate is a trend that is picking up speed fast! Real estate investors are redirecting their focus and purchasing homes with their self-directed IRAs in mass. Partly because they refuse to settle for living on the measly average $1,230 per month social security check that many retirees are forced [...]
I am consistently asked about liens.  Who can file a lien?  How can I file one?  What are my rights?  These are all common questions I hear from real estate brokers, contractors, landlords and others.  For the next few months, I will discuss different industries that have the right to file a lien against real [...]
So how are we going to get ready to have a conversation with our motivated sellers? I believe that readiness is a state of mind, and I have put together some ideas for you designed to help you have meaningful and successful conversations with motivated sellers resulting in profitable deals. First of all, expect to [...]
Okay, the media in general is touting the US economy is doing better than it has over the last bunch of quarters. People across the country are working again. Typically this news leads people to feel better about the overall economy. More directly, this has translated to a recovery in the real estate market. Signs [...]
A conversation with Elsa Palmer, Owner of VA Staffing, a new business member with Atlanta REIA.  Hello Elsa and welcome to the Atlanta Real Estate Investors Alliance. Tell our membership a little about VA Staffing. Virtual Office VA Staffing was designed for today’s business professional in mind. We pride ourselves in offering top-notch results to [...]
When it comes to Ponzi schemers, Bernie Madoff and Lou Pearlman are rank armatures when compared to many of our elected officials.  Can you spell D-e-t-r-o-i-t? A Ponzi scheme is a FRAUDULENT investment operation that promises to pay BIG returns to its investors.  Problem is, the investors are paid with money gotten from additional investors, [...]
We’ve been managing rental properties and tenants for nearly two decades.  Over the years, we’ve learned TONS – mostly through the school of hard knocks!  In the beginning, we were clueless – as green as the fungus between my toes.  In our middle phase of landlording, we often made things much more complicated than they [...]
Mon, August 5th at 5:00 PM @ Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta Atlanta REIA Main MeetingAugust 5th at 5PM at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia Two Presentations on… “The Truth About Automation” with Dustin Griffin& “Selling Your Houses Fast” with Don DeRosa Atlanta REIA Members Can Attend at No Charge.Guests Can RSVP Online Now for $15 or [...]
Last week, Kim and I drove to Savannah, Georgia to speak to the Savannah REIA (Real Estate Investors Association).  When teaching, in addition to presenting at a REIA’s monthly meeting, I do something most real estate investing teachers won’t do: I take the REIA members out to knock on sellers’ doors before the meeting. Kim [...]
Sat & Sun, Sept 14th & 15th @ 9:00 AM in Tampa, FL Peter Fortunato’sOne Step Beyond Class Sat & Sun, Sept 14th & 15th in Tampa, FL Atlanta REIA is very excited to announce Peter Fortunato is having his 2 day One Step Beyond Class in Tampa, FL on September 14th and 15th. We [...]
Monday is Atlanta REIA West Meeting where Gordon Catts will be discussing the ever changing real estate marketplace. Tuesday is the Note Buyers Group with Tom Boyer in Smyrna. Thursday is the Cash Cows Commercial Group with special guest, Bill Ham, at 5 Seasons Brewing in Sandy Springs, GA. Thursday is also Joe Thompson’s Haves [...]

Matt & Courtney Larsen

Posted on July 20, 2013 by
Matt and Courtney Larsen are a husband and wife real estate investing team specializing in wholesale property deals. Courtney is also a licensed Realtor with Keller Williams – Tampa Central. Together, their mission is to provide Real Estate Investors with deep discount properties that maximize cash flow and profits. They are committed to helping others [...]
It has been less than one week since we last informed you that Duncan updated his famous Online Lead Finder Software. Duncan takes your feedback seriously and is constantly working to improve the software and make it better for active real estate investors like you. Now, as of today,  July 17th, he has done it [...]
Monday is the Beginning Investors Group with Dustin Griffin who will be teaching you multiple ways to generate leads for your real estate investing business. Tuesday is the Onsite Renovation Group which is a networking and educational group for new and seasoned rehabbers that meets this month at a property located at 651 Holderness St [...]
I just wanted to let you know that Duncan Wierman just sent me an updated copy of his Online Lead Finder Software Version. As of today, July 12, 2013 he is up to version 2.4 since he is always working to improve the software and make it better for active real estate investors. PLEASE NOTE: [...]
Mon, July 15th @ 6:30 PM – Sandy Springs, GA The Beginning Investors GroupGenerating Leads with Guerilla Marketing Strategies & Techniqueswith Dustin Griffin Non-Members RSVP Online for $10.00 or $20 at the door.Atlanta REIA Members are always FREE! As a new or “new again” investor, are you generating enough motivated buyer and seller leads each [...]
To steal a quote from Pete Fortunato: I have a very high opinion of my opinion.  I think that 99% of the time, I’m 100% right.  Welcome to Willieland!  Just imagine what beautiful Kim has to put up with every single day. Real estate investors regularly call seeking our opinion about potential deals.  Too often, [...]
Kim and I are headed to Tampa tomorrow to attend Pete Fortunato’s Acquisitions seminar.  Pete is THE BEST creative deal structurer we’ve ever met.  This will be the twelfth or thirteenth time we’ve taken this course! This raised a question from a fellow real estate investor: Why do you attend so many real estate investing [...]
Most folks think real estate investing is about buying, then selling a house, and walking away with a big pile of cash.  This is known as “flipping.” If your goal is to AVOID retiring wealthy, then flipping is definitely the way to go!  The government steals nearly half of a flipper’s profits, and the flipper [...]
If you were at Hammond Park on June 26th, you had some terrific tasting hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans and potato salad that couldn’t be beat.  Over 180 Atlanta REIA members and guests were a part of a great time, took advantage of a tremendous networking opportunity, and listened to Dorsie Boddiford, talk about her [...]
Austin Boston Berry (aka Austin Boston) bought his first investment property about two weeks ago.  It’s a nice four-bedroom, two-bath, all-brick home on Grassdale Road in Cartersville, Georgia.  And here’s the best part – Austin Boston is only twenty-four years old! The key to Austin getting this deal was his tenaciousness.  He stayed after this [...]
Sat , August 17th @ 8:00 AM in Atlanta, GA Join Don DeRosa at his upcoming full daySelling Houses Fast Boot CampOn August 17, 2013 from 8AM – 5PMCrowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta, GA If you have ever been to one of Don DeRosa’s Events, you know that Don will provide you with his 17 years [...]
Download The Profit Newsletter for July 2013 (PDF) The July 2013 Edition ofThe Profit is Ready for Download! The July 2013 edition of The Profit Newsletter has arrived just in time for our 3rd Annual Vendor Trade Show and 3 Year Anniversary Celebration. The Profit Newsletter is now ready for download as a High Quality [...]
Choosing a great domain name (aka “web address” or “URL”) for your business and company website can be just as important as choosing your company name. In fact, when I am thinking about starting a new company or online venture, I often choose my domain name first since finding an excellent domain name that is [...]

Working Asset Protection

Posted on June 27, 2013 by
Recently, I heard a talk show host say that all properties should have their own LLC and that a corporation should own all of the LLCs so that it will be the umbrella under which the LLC’s are safe. Let me offer another point of view that, after years of experience, I can say has [...]
Working an effective short sale can seem impossible if your Seller is not providing you with accurate information.  The very first thing I require from all Sellers is a ‘complete’ Seller Information Sheet.  My Seller Information Sheet is customized to specifically catch every pertinent fact about the Seller and the house. Below are several things [...]
“Compassion brings us to a stop, and for a moment we rise above ourselves.” ~ Mason Cooley Aunt Tillie is on fire! Not literally, of course. She’s hot into real estate investing. She’s got six rental houses, all occupied, and every tenant is up-to-date on the rent. At least, they were up-to-date until last month. [...]
Welcome back! If you’re joining us from last time, you’ll remember that we talked about the “Biggest Mistake Most People Make in Their Lead Gen Marketing”. Whether you’ve read it or not, I’ll just re-cover it here, so that we’re all on the same page. The biggest mistake is that most people try to SELL [...]

Exit Strategies

Posted on June 27, 2013 by
When in real estate, a person has to learn to adapt to any situation. In order to do this, you must have the knowledge to do so. In real estate you can try to “fake it til you make it” but sooner rather than later you will be discovered. To prevent embarrassment and improve your [...]
Over the last 23+ years, I’ve known many investors and entrepreneurs. I’ve seen every possible scenario, from overnight success to plodding, sit-on-your-butt-and-do-nothing failure. I’ve known people who would get off to a great start, and then fade away, and some who would piddle around and never seem to get anywhere. I’ve known those who made [...]
Have you recently bought a property and need to ready it for tenants? Can’t sell your property because it’s not ‘market’ ready? Having trouble finding reliable contractors? Sparkle Property Cleaning can help you save time and money as your “One-Stop Property Cleanup Shop!” Sparkle Property Cleaning, LLC specializes in the clearing out and cleaning up [...]
One of the concerns many of my students seem to run into is; once they find the deal, what do they say to the motivated sellers? How should that conversation go? On top of these concerns, many of my students say they are not really comfortable with having a conversation with a stranger, so how [...]
Hello fellow investors, Now that summer is officially upon us it’s time to do some serious thinking how to maximize our profits over the next several months in the most effective ways. A few years ago I noticed another investor I knew who became very intensively busy starting in late March and early April. One [...]
I recently read an article which stated… “If you thought that all you wanted was skyrocketing appreciation on your home or investment property, then one real estate ratings firm is warning you to think again.” At REIAComps.com, along with its Property Valuation Support and Training, you will know the truth for yourself. Let’s continue with [...]
Trusts have been used as an entity to hold assets, such as real estate for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Obviously, it’s old stuff. But, with each generation’s trials and tribulations, trusts evolve to meet new challenges. High Taxes and aggressive litigation are today’s motivators. Tax risks range from income tax to draconian death [...]

Be Valuable

Posted on June 27, 2013 by
Of all the creative financing techniques I use to build my business, the one that made me the most money and will make you the most money is the art of being valuable. Creative financing is one of the fastest ways to get started in the real estate business. This can include things such as [...]
A lot of people ask me a lot of questions about Back to Back closings and so I thought I would share some of what I have seen over the past 15 years or so on them. A lot of lawyers will tell you that they are flat out illegal, and this is generally untrue. [...]
You’re prepared right? The first step is one that many real estate investors have already taken care of…drafting a Last Will and Testament. So, you have it all spelled out…you have met with your lawyer and carefully drafted a Will that details who inherits all of your assets right down to your great great grandfather’s [...]
It is the goal of this column to answer questions about QuickBooks and how it is used in the REI arena. Know how to record transactions in the proper way and have your set of books in good shape when it comes time for taxes. It is our intention to do this by you the [...]
Lenders like to argue that when a homeowner gets behind on the mortgage the issues involved in foreclosure are cut-and-dried.  The homeowner owes on the mortgage, they have not been able to catch up over many months, so they should pay and/or lose the house.  The reality is far less clear-cut.  In many cases homeowners [...]

The Gag Reflex

Posted on June 27, 2013 by
Last month, Kim and I were part of a panel discussion at Dustin Griffin’s Atlanta REIA monthly meeting.  The topic was about how we’re structuring our deals in the current real estate market.  A lot of time was spent answering questions about hedge funds and how they’re driving up home prices. Because hedge funds are [...]
Many real estate investors dealing with foreclosures, pre-foreclosures or foreclosure workouts are familiar with the case Reese v. Provident Funding Associates.[1]  In Reese, the Court of Appeals of Georgia held that failure to follow a notice requirement identifying the foreclosing lender was fatal to the foreclosure process.  Many real estate law scholars believed this ruling [...]
Atlanta REIA 3rd Annual Vendor Trade Show & 3 Year Anniversary Celebration Monday, July 1, 2013 @ 5:00 PM at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia Hotel FREE Admission for Members & Guests Who RSVP! The Atlanta Real Estate Investors Alliance (Atlanta REIA) is very excited to announce that on Monday, July 1st at 5:00 PM at [...]
Mon, July 1st at 3:00 PM @Total Wine & More Perimeter July 1st Meeting Before the Meetingwith Bob Massey On July 1st at the “Meeting-Before-The-Meeting” at Total Wine & More located at 124 Perimeter Center W (see map), I am giving a presentation that you don’t want to miss. We’re going to be talking about [...]
3rd Annual Atlanta REIAVendor Trade Show & 3 Year Anniversary Celebration on July 1st Dear Atlanta REIA Business Members: On July 1st, Atlanta REIA will be celebrating our 3 Year Anniversary and hosting our 3rd Annual Vendor Trade Show at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia. This event will be similar to the mini trade show we [...]
Wed, June 26th @ 6:00 PM in Sandy Springs, GA The Beginning Investors Group1st Annual BIG Summer Cookout!with Special Guests, Bill Cook & Dorsie Boddiford We Have Over 200 Reservations and are having to close down FREE reservations. PLEASE NOTE: We had over 200 reservations for this event and had to shut down the FREE [...]
Mon, June 24th @ 6:30 PM in Marietta, GA Atlanta REIA West MeetingProperty Management Pros Share Tips & Techniques of Tenant ScreeningHosted by Leslie Mathis Industry studies have found that the true cost of an eviction is over $5000! This situation can frequently be avoided by carefully checking out the applicants for your rental property [...]
Atlanta REIA West MeetingProperty Management Pros Share Tips & Techniques of Tenant ScreeningHosted by Leslie Mathis Industry studies have found that the true cost of an eviction is over $5000! This situation can frequently be avoided by carefully checking out the applicants for your rental property before you hand over the keys. National Tenant Network [...]
Mon, June 17th @ 6:30 PM in Sandy Springs, GA The Beginning Investors Group “Selling & Filling Your Houses Fast” with Special Guest, Don DeRosa The Beginning Investors Group (BIG) meets this month on Monday, June 17th at 6:30 PM at Hudson Grille located at 6317 Roswell Rd NE in Sandy Springs, GA. This meeting [...]
The Beginning Investors Group (BIG) meets this month on Monday, June 17th at 6:30 PM at Hudson Grille located at 6317 Roswell Rd NE in Sandy Springs, GA. This meeting is FREE for Atlanta REIA Members. Guests and Non-Members can pay $20.00 at the door or RSVP Online for $10.00. If you Join Atlanta REIA [...]
How many of you have leads coming to you everyday at a low price and high quality? What is the most effective marketing in today real estate market? How many of you are marketing on line? Do you have a website? Do you have a video? When are you going to get one? Video is [...]
Wed, June 12th @ 7 PM in Sandy Springs, GA The I Love Marketing Group with Special Guest, Russ Hiner How many of you have leads coming to you everyday at a low price and high quality? What is the most effective marketing in today real estate market? How many of you are marketing on [...]
Thu, June 13th @ 1:30 PM in Sandy Springs, GA Haves & Wants Weekly MeetingHosted by Joe Thompson Haves and Wants is a weekly investor’s networking, brainstorming and deal making jam session hosted by Joe Thompson and held every Thursday at 5 Seasons Brewing at the Prado from 1:30 PM till approximately 3:00 PM. This [...]
On Tuesday, June 18th at Noon, the Onsite Renovation Group meets at 1010 Brookdale Dr, East Point, GA 30344. Come out to Onsite Renovation Group as we explore the changing market of East Point, GA. Forces have been changing the face of the Atlanta Real Estate Market and East Point has not escaped the tidal [...]
Download The Profit Newsletter for June 2013 (PDF) The June 2013 Edition ofThe Profit is Ready for Download! The June 2013 edition of The Profit Newsletter is now ready for download as a High Quality PDF or Low Res PDF format. The Profit is the official newsletter of the Atlanta Real Estate Investors Alliance (Atlanta [...]
Sat & Sun, June 15th & 16th @ 9:00 AM in Tampa, FL Peter Fortunato’s Real Estate Acquisition Techniques ClassSat & Sun, June 15th & 16th in Tampa, FL Atlanta REIA is very excited to announce Peter Fortunato’s upcoming, 2 day Real Estate Acquisition Techniques Class in Tampa, FL on June 15th and 16th. Keep [...]
Do you have a business card? Do you keep them with you at all times since you never know when or where you’re going to meet someone important such as a potential buyer, seller, joint venture partner or private money lender? It never ceases to amaze me how many investors I meet at seminars, conventions [...]
First-quarter results of the Atlanta real estate market are in! If you’re an investor who is determined to buy real estate right now, while things are hot, then this information is definitely for you! So let’s get down to – or into – business! Make no mistake:The Atlanta real estate market isn’t just hot – [...]

How We Financed The Deal

Posted on May 31, 2013 by
Our last column sure brought in a ton of calls and emails!  In that column, we explained how last month we found, closed and financed a home in just three days by knocking on sellers’ doors – and didn’t use any of our own money.  (Click here for the article titled “What’s Old is What’s [...]
“Without a sense of teamwork I think it’s really hard to build a great business.”~ Martha Stewart Sticker shock. I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling it these days. In the doctor’s office, at my kid’s college, and at the grocery store. Business expenses are going up, too. Have you priced Microsoft Office Pro [...]
It is impossible to outline a single set of guidelines for due diligence, but here is a basic checklist, in no particular order, to begin your due diligence with a deal presented by another investor (referred to as offeror here). No money or commitment should change hands until you have satisfied at least this preliminary [...]
WARNING: If You Own Any Properties In Your Own Name Statistics Show You Have A Huge Target On Your Back And A Damaging Lawsuit Is Just Around The Corner If You Don’t Do Something FAST To Prevent This From Happening To You! Let me share some very important facts that unless you do something FAST [...]
Has This Ever Happened To You? You spend a good chunk of time writing what you think is a KILLER ad. You’ve picked where you’re going to advertise (Offline? Online? Both?). You set aside some marketing money, and hope that it works out by bringing you back some leads, which should turn out to be [...]

GET-ER-DONE!

Posted on May 31, 2013 by
It amazes me how some people, most in fact, who have the same amount of hours in a day, get so little done. I’ve always had a hard time understanding why people intentionally waste time and live an unproductive life. Most people are just hanging around waiting to die. Every day is the same, more [...]
There are innumerable issues that can be caught in a forensic audit and used to argue either that a title is clouded or a foreclosure proceeding is improper.  Here’s a list of nine common problems that may lead to a positive outcome for a homeowner doing legal battle with a lender or servicer: An individual [...]
When writing killer copy for an ad, there are several components that need to be addressed. The first of these is to grab the reader’s attention. If you don’t get the reader’s attention immediately, you will lose them. You need to remember that the average person is bombarded with hundreds of advertising pieces per day [...]
Going through a Foreclosure action and losing your home is a very stressful situation for anyone.  Until you walk in those shoes yourself, it’s hard for an Investor or Realtor to understand what a Seller is facing in their day to day life.  I would like to share how a Seller feels during this process [...]
Years ago I learned appraisers and other property valuation folks use three methods to build a value for a piece of property. The sales comparable or market approach basically look at what comparable properties sell for, the cost approach looks at what it would cost to build the property, and the income approach considers the [...]
Lack of Knowledge Many people make mistakes due to a lack of understanding of the governing rules. This article covers two of the most common mistakes. Understanding these rules can help you grow your self-directed IRA without fear of losing out to avoidable errors. Violating Once-Per Year IRA-To-IRA Rollover Rule You have two options when [...]
When a tenant is in default, many landlords face a common question: whether pursuing their tenant for a money judgment is worth the extra time and expense.   All experienced landlords know that they can quickly evict a tenant.  However, the extra effort to obtain a money judgment[1] and even more effort to collect on that [...]

Working With Brokers and Agents

Posted on May 31, 2013 by
“What’s the best way to find deals?” This is the number one question I get asked by my real estate students. The answer is in the title. Most people new to the real estate business these days are looking for a “magic bullet” system that will bring them all the good deals they can handle. [...]
Managed by Alexandra Spollen and based in Acworth Georgia, Georgia Home Deals is a full service investment property wholesaler, retailer, property management and lease purchase company.  Alexandra has 20 years experience as a loan officer and is well suited to assist with full service property acquisition related transactions. They are well connected to the investment community [...]

Error On Line XX?

Posted on May 31, 2013 by
It is the goal of this column to answer questions about QuickBooks and how it is used in the REI arena. Know how to record transactions in the proper way and have your set of books in good shape when it comes time for taxes. It is our intention to do this by you the [...]

To Sign or Not to Sign

Posted on May 31, 2013 by
Over the years, it has become easier and easier to identify a motivated seller. As an active real estate investor you will run across plenty of, what I like to call, price checker. These sellers have no motivation to sell but will sell for the right price. The problem is the right price to these [...]

Rehabbing How-to’s

Posted on May 30, 2013 by
In 1988, I was living in Paris, France with my brother, Sam.  Sam was a fashion photographer.  His job was to take pictures of lots of very pretty girls – and get paid to do it!  Needless to say, I L-O-V-E-D Paris! I got a call from my dad.  My grandmother was very sick.  He [...]
What a difference three years can make!  At the May 2010 foreclosure auction, there were only 5 real estate investors on the courthouse steps bidding on 186 foreclosures advertised for sale in the legal section of the newspaper.  Two days ago, at the May 2013 auction, there were over sixty investors bidding on less than [...]

What’s Old Is What’s New

Posted on May 28, 2013 by
April’s foreclosure auction put Kim and me on a quest: To discover where the best real estate investing deals can be found.  Due to a huge increase in the number of bidders, a significant decrease in the number of foreclosures and rapidly shrinking profit margins, the most profitable deals are no longer happening on the [...]
If you’ve been following our real estate investing column, you know that since the beginning of April, Kim and I have been on a quest to find out where the cheese moved.  At April’s foreclosure auction, we noticed a sudden and dramatic shift in the real estate market.  For reasons pointed out in earlier columns, [...]

Where Did The Cheese Go?

Posted on May 26, 2013 by
Last week’s column – The Cheese Has Moved – was about the dramatic change Kim and I witnessed at April’s foreclosure auction.  We watched investors pay a lot more for properties.  Higher purchase prices ensure thinner profit margins, and thinner profit margins mean greater risk – it reminded us a bit of 2005 and 2006. [...]

The Cheese Has Moved!

Posted on May 25, 2013 by
If you haven’t read Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson, it’s time to – especially if you’re a real estate investor – because folks, when it comes to buying property at the foreclosure auction, the cheese has definitely M-O-V-E-D! From December through March, Kim and I took some time down and didn’t work foreclosures.  [...]
Mon, June 3rd at 5:00 PM @ Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta Atlanta REIA Main MeetingJune 3rd at 5PM at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia A Panel Discussion on… “Changing Strategies for aChanging Real Estate Market”with Don DeRosa, Russ Hiner, Bill Cook,Kim Cook and Dorsie Boddiford Atlanta REIA Members Can Attend at No Charge.Guests Can RSVP Online [...]

Get Theory or Just Do It

Posted on May 24, 2013 by
Recently, I spoke with a real estate investor who’s having a tough time moving up to the next level of investing.  She’s very smart – she has a college degree and is working on her masters.  She isn’t the least bit afraid of hard work.  She and her husband have already done a couple of [...]
Handling Seller Calls Like a PROat the Atlanta REIA West Meeting on May 29th What if there was a way to stop endlessly looking at houses that you don’t even have a chance of buying because you and your sellers don’t see eye to eye?  Would that cut down on wasted time and increase your [...]
We’ve all heard that too much of a good thing can be bad.  Let’s look at two examples and see if this theory holds water: rental property and chicken poop. I have a long-time friend who owns more than 100 single-family rental houses.  Most people look at this guy with awe.  Sadly, I’m forced to [...]
Attending Gary Johnston’s Financial Freedom Principals seminar last year (GaryJohnston.com) caused us to make a radical change in what we teach. Since 1997, Kim and I have taught people how to successfully invest in real estate.  Gary’s seminar was the springboard that shifted our teaching from just real estate investing, to how to gain financial [...]
I just wanted to let you know that Duncan Wierman just sent me an updated copy of his Online Lead Finder Software Version. As of today, May 22, 2013 he is up to version 2.3.3.8 since he is always working to improve the software. PLEASE NOTE: If you already installed any previous versions of Online [...]
Negotiations 101 Workshop On June 15th, 2013 from 9AM – 5PM 1960 Skylar Hill Dr, Suite D, Buford, GA Have you ever done a real estate deal only to later realize you did get what you wanted or expected? Here’s your chance to learn many of the negotiation tools, tips and techniques that professional negotiators [...]
Monday is the Beginning Investors Group with Russ Hiner who will be teaching “Negotiating Tactics for Newbies”. Tuesday is the Onsite Renovation Group which is a networking and educational group for new and seasoned rehabbers that meets this month at a property located at 1338 DeKalb Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. Thursday is the Cash [...]
On Tuesday, May 21st at Noon, the Onsite Renovation Group meets at 1338 DeKalb Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30307. This is a true Candler Park renovation that should resell in the upper-300s or lower-400s. The project was funded by Lima One Capital, and a Lima One executive will be on site during the meeting to [...]
Wednesday is the Atlanta REIA North Meeting with Gordon Catts and Steve Brown on “Real Estate Strategies For a Changing Marketplace” which will be followed by Late Nite Networking at the Mall of Georgia Taco Mac after the meeting. Thursday is Haves & Wants with Joe Thompson at 5 Seasons Brewing in Sandy Springs, GA. [...]
The real estate market in the Atlanta Metro Area has changed dramatically in the last 6 months. It has gone from a buyer’s market to a seller’s market due to the inventory shortage. Hedge Funds are stepping all over each other purchasing foreclosures and are running up the prices. The “courthouse gang” is now being [...]
JUST ANNOUNCED: The Beginning Investors Group (BIG) is going back to a monthly meeting format starting Monday, May 20th at 6:30 PM at Hudson Grille located at 6317 Roswell Rd NE in Sandy Springs, GA. This meeting is FREE for Atlanta REIA Members. Guests and Non-Members can pay $20.00 at the door or RSVP Online [...]
Join Don DeRosa for an Innovative Day at his upcomingiPad Boot CampFor Real Estate Investors!On May 25, 2013 from 8AM – 5PMCrowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta, GA It’s a GREAT time to be a real estate investor. But if you want to be the most effective, competitive, profitable investor, you need toLet Technology Do the Work [...]
Download The Profit Newsletter for May 2013 (PDF) The May 2013 Edition ofThe Profit is Ready for Download! The May 2013 edition of The Profit Newsletter is now ready for download as a High Quality PDF or Low Res PDF format. The Profit is the official newsletter of Atlanta REIA ( the Atlanta Real Estate [...]
The process is a long one after a home is foreclosed by the bank. These days banks take weeks if not months or a year after foreclosure to get their paperwork together, do evictions, minor clean up and make the assignments to the real estate brokers who they have hired to handle their properties. But [...]
Branding is the marketing practice of creating a name, symbol or design that identifies and differentiates your business, product or service from any and all other competitors. Put another way… your brand is your business’s promise to your customer. Your brand tells your customer what they can expect from your company, products and services. Your [...]

Nine Pillars of Success

Posted on May 1, 2013 by
A civic group asked if I would speak to its members about success.  After being in “the game” for nearly 40 years and achieving much success – along with experiencing a ton of failures – I’ve whittled my list of attributes needed for success down to nine.  First, let’s acknowledge that each person’s definition of [...]

WRAP Loan Technique

Posted on May 1, 2013 by
When you sell a property, a wrap will assure you retain control of a loan you have on the property. This may be a loan you got using the property as collateral or a subject-to loan when you purchased the property. After the sale, the buyer pays you the full payment on the wrap and [...]

Discovering an Old Favorite

Posted on May 1, 2013 by
“A self-taught man usually has a poor teacher.” ~ Henny Youngman Did you know that the little iPhone I carry around with me is more powerful than the computer that took Apollo 11 to the moon? It’s true. The Apollo 11 computer was just 64 kilobytes! It’s amazing, isn’t it? I can balance my checking [...]
Commercial Real Estate Buying Commercial real estate with your self-directed IRA is not much different than buying a residential property, except commercial real estate purchases require a whole lot more due diligence. Commercial Real Estate – Get the Real Numbers! The offering says gross potential, (a.k.a. pro forma). This is one of the things you’ll [...]
When do you know if you have a great house to purchase, fix and flip?  Many investors start out their career looking for fast money.  They focus on Wholesaling by looking for deals to get under contract and then wholesale for a $2,000 to $5,000 profit.  I’m not saying that you can’t make money in [...]
Over the last couple of months, I have described some of the options lenders have when borrowers default on a real estate loan.  In this article, I will discuss borrower’s rights and lender’s obligations when lenders foreclose upon mortgaged real estate.  If the loan documents are drafted properly, lenders have the right to foreclose without [...]
Anyone who has been to one of the Atlanta REIA monthly general  meetings has probably seen the Craftbuilt booth – they ‘re the company with the projector showing a picture montage of houses in various states of repair and disrepair. So who is Craftbuilt? They’re an Atlanta based Design-Build construction firm that serves the entire [...]
I see a lot of people going into Short Sales these days and it really surprises me. A lot of these deals always seem to be more trouble than they are worth. But with decreasing inventory as we work through the last of the foreclosures from the 2008 recession, a lot of people are looking [...]
There are several great and easy way to increase the response rates you are getting from your direct mail campaigns. The higher response rate you get from your mailings the more deals you are likely to create. One way to increase the number of responses you get from your mailings is to use lumpy mail [...]

15 Type of Houses to Avoid

Posted on May 1, 2013 by
Over the past 30 plus years I have learned that there are some different types of houses I shouldn’t have bought. Each of these types of houses gave me a financial seminar I didn’t really want to take but because of my inexperience at the time I made mistakes I don’t want you to have [...]
In recent Washington State Supreme Court decision (Bain v. MERS), the court ruled that the Mortgage Electronic Registration System (MERS) is not and cannot be a legal beneficiary under Washington State Law.  In effect only the legal holder of the note, the real creditor, has the power to appoint a substitute trustee in order to [...]

My First Real Estate Mistake

Posted on May 1, 2013 by
My first property turned out to be my first mistake in the real estate business and one of the best lessons I ever learned. I am a pilot by trade. I graduated college and went straight into the flight academy. I flew and instructed there until my first real job as a corporate pilot for [...]

Mentoring

Posted on May 1, 2013 by
One thing everyone knows or should know about me by now is that I always make sure each transaction I participate in is a win-win situation. I do this to insure that the people I do business with continue to come back, become my walking billboards and think about me any time they have another [...]
Method Number Three: Call Ads I know this doesn’t sound appealing but if you’ll do it my way, you’ll probably grow to love it. You see, I don’t want you to call ads, I want you to get someone else to do it for you. Someone who will do it every night because it’s their [...]

Deal or No Deal?

Posted on May 1, 2013 by
I’m excited. I am using new techniques and they are working! Where do I learn new techniques? Recently I took training because I know that change is one of the key factors of staying ahead of changes in the economy, the market, and life in general. I chose trainings about lease options and 0% owner [...]
In our last issue, I’d promised to deliver to you a fast, easy, and FREE way of getting a good chunk of motivated Seller Leads, so that you could start filling your pipeline full of deals, in order to avoid the dreaded condition known as “One-Deal-Itis!”  Sound familiar?  Great! We’re all caught up. In this [...]
It is the goal of this column to answer questions about QuickBooks and how it is used in the REI arena. Know how to record transactions in the proper way and have your set of books in good shape when it comes time for taxes. It is our intention to do this by you the [...]
Mon, May 6th at 5:00 PM @ Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta Atlanta REIA Main Meeting with Mark Jackson on You Don’t Know What You Don’t KnowAbout Market Analysis & Deal Evaluation May 6th at 5PM at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia Atlanta REIA Members Can Attend at No Charge.Guests Can RSVP Online Now for $15 or [...]
Reserve a Vendor Table at the May 6th Atlanta REIA Meeting Atlanta REIA Business Members: Our next Atlanta REIA Main Meeting is on Monday, May 6th at 5PM at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia Hotel located at 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road in Atlanta, GA. This month, real estate appraiser founder of Investor Comps Online, Mark Jackson [...]
I just wanted to let you know that Duncan Wierman just sent me an updated copy of his Online Lead Finder Software Version. As of today, 4/29/2013 he is up to version 2.2.3.5 since he is always working to improve the software. With this latest update he fixed a major bug with Craigslist and Yahoo [...]
Thu, April 25th @ 11:30 AM in Sandy Springs, GA Cash Cows Commercial Group “6 Reasons Why I Love Mobile Home Parks”with Steve Brown Thursday’s Cash Cows Group will be on why I love mobile home parks. The number #1 reason is because mobile home parks have a very high rate of return… more than [...]
Early Registration Expires TONIGHT for the Full Day Money Making Seminar with Ron LeGrand & Jay Conner TODAY (4/24) is Your LAST CHANCE to SAVE& Get Two for the Price of One! With our next Real Estate Investing Workshop coming up this Saturday, April 27th, I have a very important question to ask you: Is [...]
Deal or Dud? PLUS…Guest Speaker LaGaylia Applebee shows you where to easily find FREE money! Come join us this month as Subgroup Leader Leslie Mathis shares with you how to sift and sort your leads so you’ll know whether to pass or play, balk or buy. Real deals and what Leslie did Quick and easy [...]
In a recent article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sunday, April 13th by Arielle Kass entitled “More Than 40% of Georgia Homes Underwater”, she quotes… “In an arc that stretches from Cartersville to McDonough to Winder, dozens of metro Atlanta neighborhoods are drowning. There’s not another metro area in the United States with as many [...]
I just wanted to let you know that Duncan Wierman just sent me an updated copy of his Online Lead Finder Software Version. As of today, 4/17/2013 he is up to version 2.2.3.3  since he is always working to improve the software. This is the same software we will be talking about at my upcoming [...]
Sat, April 20th @ 8:30 AM – Buford, GA 101 Plus Ways to Generate Motivated Buyer & Seller Leads WorkshopA Full Day Workshop with Dustin Griffin on April 20thFrom 8:30AM – 5PM at 1960 Skylar Hill Dr, Buford, GA This Event Sold Out. We are out of seats.Please do not register. Discover How to Generate [...]
Tuesday is the Brand New “Onsite Renovation Group” hosted by Aaron McGinnis of Craftbuilt Properties which is a networking and educational group for new and seasoned rehabbers. Wednesday is Atlanta REIA North with special guest Eric Schurke of VoiceNation who will be talking about using live operators and voice mail systems within your real estate [...]
Sat, April 27th @ 8:00 AM – Atlanta, GA A Full Day Money Making SeminarFor Real Estate Investors with Ron LeGrand & Jay Conner 8AM – 4PM on April 27th, 2013 Crowne Plaza Atlanta-Airport, 1325 Virginia Ave in Atlanta, GA Your seat for Ron LeGrand and Jay Conner’s Full Day Money Making Seminar on April [...]
Mon, April 1st at 5:00 PM @ Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta Atlanta REIA Main Meeting with Jay Connner on Learn to Work Smarter, Not HarderBy Automating Your Real Estate Investment Business at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia on April 1st Atlanta REIA Members Can Attend at No Charge.Guests Can RSVP Online Now for $15 or Pay [...]
Sat, April 27th @ 8:00 AM – Atlanta, GA Atlanta REIA Presents A Full Day Money Making SeminarFor Real Estate Investors with Ron LeGrand & Jay Conner 8AM – 4PM on April 27th, 2013 Crowne Plaza Atlanta-Airport, 1325 Virginia Ave in Atlanta, GA Atlanta REIA is very excited to announce that Ron LeGrand  and Jay [...]
Download The Profit Newsletter for April 2013 (PDF) The April 2013 Edition ofThe Profit is Ready for Download! The April 2013 edition of The Profit Newsletter is now ready for download as a High Quality PDF or Low Res PDF format. The Profit is the official newsletter of Atlanta REIA ( the Atlanta Real Estate [...]

800 Pound Guerilla Marketing

Posted on March 26, 2013 by
What is the first thing you need to do for your first or next successful real estate deal? You need leads of course. How many leads do you need to do one single deal? If you are a new investor or even a seasoned one, you may need to go through as many as 10 [...]
(A Confidential Conversation between a Private Lender and a Real Estate Investor) When I started out investing in Real Estate, I did it ALL THE WRONG WAY! Like so many other Real Estate Investors, I was taken to the slaughter house. I went to my local banker and was able to do a few deals…but [...]
Last month I began this two-part article on the options and procedures that lenders may take when a borrower defaults on their real estate loan.  Understanding this process is important to real estate professionals whether they are lenders, borrowers, agents or investors attempting to buy or manage property during the default process.  When a borrower [...]
THE WHY Why are you investing in real estate? Do you have a plan? Every business that seeks to grow and achieve success has a detailed business plan. Any real estate entrepreneur that expects cash flow and asset growth in any reasonable time period should have a detailed plan as well. The first question is [...]
Recently, an investor asked us to explain the difference between “yield” and “return.”  When Kim and I first became real estate investors, we asked this exact same question. Yield and return are different ends of the same stick.  A yield looks forward – it’s looking into the future.  It hasn’t happened yet.  It’s what you [...]

The Art of Master Lease Options

Posted on March 26, 2013 by
Master lease options are a great way to get started in the real estate business but are often misunderstood. A master lease option is two separate contracts, the master lease and the option to purchase. Together they make up the master lease option (MLO). A master lease gives you the right to “rent” an entire [...]
In last month’s article I explained how the housing boom of the early 2000s created an equally big boom in mortgage fraud.  While the housing collapse changed the nature of the crime, the ensuing flood of foreclosures just gave the banks another reason to commit fraud. Fortunately for homeowners, there has been a wave of [...]
“Treat your password like your toothbrush. Don’t let anybody else use it, and get a new one every six months.” ~ Clifford Stoll Tonight you’re closing on a lucrative short sale. Afterwards, you’ve got a special dinner planned. And it’s good to know your seller will sleep better than she has in months. Yes, it’s [...]
“Listen to advice and accept correction, and in the end you will be wise. People can make all kinds of plans, but only the Lord’s plan will happen.” (Proverbs 19:20-21)(NCV) Many smart business men and women pride themselves in knowing the trends, critical success factors, competitive strategies and other business indicators that could affect the [...]
How to Find Investors – It’s Fairly Simple! When you’re looking for private money, it is not an art. It’s a fairly simple process. How to Find Investors – Benefits The benefits really depend upon the negotiation with you and the lender. Here are a few of the many possible benefits: You’re dealing with an [...]
Let me ask you a question; are you properly managing your prospects? Are you taking the time to follow up with the sellers who didn’t initially accept your offers, or the sellers you still need to make offers to? Did you know that you are leaving thousands of dollars in potential income behind if you [...]
Working on short sales is always exhilarating when you receive updated title work which shows there are additional liens against the property.  Many Realtors, Investors and Short Sale Negotiators aren’t knowledgeable or prepared to fight the fight against Credit Card Liens on short sales.  I recommend that the first thing you do when working a [...]
I thought this might be a good time to explain why a seller will be better off selling their property they have never personally lived in if they were to give the investor/buyer seller financing terms instead of the seller getting all cash for their property. When you are negotiating with a seller who thinks [...]

Is Flipping Illegal?

Posted on March 26, 2013 by
I regularly get phone calls asking me “Do you do Flips?” and my response is always the same: If done correctly I am willing to do a Flip. While many people, even some lawyers will tell you that any Flip is illegal, in fact there are legal ways to do Flips in Georgia. The simplest [...]

Auctions Without Bidding

Posted on March 26, 2013 by
One way to invest at auctions is to not bid at all. This sounds crazy, but hear me out… First, you must attend a few of the auctions in the counties you would like to invest. Secondly, identify the winners and/or the regulars. These are the bidders/ buyers you want to speak with, get to [...]
Method Number Two: Direct Mail Campaigns This can be a full marketing machine all in one if you do nothing else. Not only does it work well for many people, but also the list of targets is so big you can target your chosen prospects and never run out of mailing campaigns. Even though signs [...]

Attitude + Action = Wealth

Posted on March 26, 2013 by
Once again, we are at the end of the first quarter. Over time, I have asked you to make a plan, do your research, and utilize your mentor’s skills. Now I want you to consider something essential. As a mentor, I have begun to ask people these questions: What kind of relationship do you have [...]
How’s it going? I was recently talking with someone about a real estate deal he was working on. After listening to him for a couple minutes, something became painfully clear to me: He was obsessed with this ONE deal because he didn’t have a good, consistent, reliable SYSTEM of bringing in more real estate leads [...]
Roof Rescue is an Atlanta-based roofing company specializing in residential and commercial roofing systems. Gutters too! With offices located in Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama, Roof Rescue is one of the most trusted and knowledgeable roofing contractors in the Southeast. As a State licensed general contractor, they have the resources and the expertise to address every [...]
Focusing on current real estate comps will prepare you for making deals happen in today’s real estate atmosphere.  Are you ready to dive into the real estate market by investing in a rental property? The opportunities are ripe, but don’t make rookie mistakes. Follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to securing a [...]

Who’s Your Coach?

Posted on March 25, 2013 by
Atlanta REIA West Meetingwith Leslie Mathis on March 25th Howdy Partners!  Here’s a quick reminder about the Wild Wild West Meeting at 7pm TONIGHT, Monday March 25th, at the Cherokee Cattle Company on Canton Road in Marietta.  Tonight we’re covering some pretty important info that you need to know to catapult your success in your real [...]

Mark Jackson

Posted on March 24, 2013 by
Mark Jackson, fondly known as MJ, has become the go to Valuation Specialist for people who want to achieve more in their real estate investing business. In 1999, MJ founded an appraisal company and soon after found his true gift was Analyzing Property value for real estate investors. Once MJ began investing himself, the flood [...]
I just wanted to let you know that Duncan Wierman just sent me a copy of his latest edition Online Lead Finder Software Version 2.2.0. This is the same software I talked about at the Atlanta REIA Meeting this month and the very same software that Don DeRosa was demonstrating at his 2 Day Subject-To [...]
Dear Atlanta REIA members and guests… The 35th Annual Spring Atlanta Home Show begins this Friday! As a special opportunity, and because you play an important role in the home improvement industry, on Friday, March 22nd from 10am to 6:00pm, your Atlanta REIA Membership Card or business card is your ticket at the door. Join [...]
Wed, Mar 20th @ 6:30 PM – Buford, GA Atlanta REIA North Meeting Mar 20th “800 Pound Guerilla Marketing Strategies & Techniques”with Dustin Griffin Members can attend at NO CHARGE and Guests for Only $10 at the Door. Are you generating enough motivated buyer and seller leads each month to survive and thrive in today’s [...]
Sat, April 20th @ 8:30 AM – Buford, GA 101 Plus Ways to GenerateMotivated Buyer & Seller LeadsA Full Day Workshop with Dustin Griffin on April 20thFrom 8:30AM – 5PM in Buford, GA Part of the 800 Pound Guerilla Marketing Training Series Join us on Saturday, April 20th at 8:30 AM at the Atlanta REIA North [...]
Co-sponsored by Atlanta REIA Come see why prior attendees keep coming back to this conference. Each year we pick new topics and enhance prior topics that provide practical solutions to investor situations. Our topics for the 19th Annual Advanced Strategies Conference will be Income & Estate Tax changes, Title Law and Real Estate Options. This [...]
Advertise in The Profit NewsletterFor Only $24.83 Per Month! Dear Atlanta REIA Members and Friends, Surely you have seen, heard of, or read a copy of the Atlanta REIA Profit Newsletter by now, but have you considered advertising your business in The Profit? If so, we have a very special offer for our Gold and [...]
We get lots of calls from real estate investors who want to go with me to see what it’s really like to knock on sellers’ doors.  I got such a call a few weeks back.  The investor flew in and we went door knocking. Need to back up a minute.  Tom (the investor) and I [...]
I just wanted to let you know that my good friend Duncan Wierman just sent me a copy of his latest edition Online Lead Finder Software (Version 2.1.0) for harvesting leads off the Internet in seconds. Because of our close friendship, Duncan is allowing me to give this incredible software away for FREE to our [...]
Mon, March 4th at 5:30 PM @ Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta Atlanta REIA Main Meeting with Don DeRosa on The “New Subject-To” Strategies That Work in Today’s Real Estate Market at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia on March 4th Atlanta REIA Members Can Attend at No Charge.Guests Can RSVP Online Now for $15 or Pay $20 [...]
Making a Fortune Buying Houses with No Money and No Credit The Ultimate 2 Day Boot Camp to Buying Houses “Subject To”with Don DeRosa on March 23 & 24, 2013 from 8AM – 5PM at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta, GAEarly Registration Special Ends Wed, Mar 20th Don will be recording this event in efforts [...]
Download The Profit Newsletter for March 2013 (PDF) The March 2013 Edition ofThe Profit is Ready for Download! The March 2013 edition of The Profit Newsletter is now ready for download as a High Quality PDF or Low Res PDF format. The Profit is the official newsletter of the Atlanta Real Estate Investors Alliance and [...]
“The right tool for the job” ~ slogan for True Temper Tools Congratulations – you made it through the winter and spring is on its way!  I think spring is a perfect time to take an inventory of your real estate investment “tools.” And if you’ve been sitting on the sidelines, wondering if real estate [...]
WGC Commercial Lending is a National full service commercial finance company, providing all types of commercial real estate and business financing to real estate investors and small/medium size businesses. WGC provides financing across four major categories which are; commercial real estate, general small business loans/lines of credit, equipment leasing and asset based lending.  The company [...]
To Deed…Or NOT To Deed? THAT Is the Question(When Buying Real Estate) Welcome back again! If you’ve been keeping up with my last 2 articles, you’ll remember that we’ve been discussing one of the best strategies for doing deals in 2013 & beyond – Wholesaling Pretty Houses! This type of deal is most advantageous for [...]

Are Self Directed IRAs Safe?

Posted on February 28, 2013 by
FDIC Insured All un-invested cash in your self directed IRA is FDIC insured. As a note, FDIC insurance only covers cash balances, not once you make a purchase of a non-traditional asset. All credit card transactions are safe — American IRA is certified by Security Metrics. All accounting is processed through a top-rated trust accounting [...]
Kim and I are teaching a financial calculator course later this month (February 23, 2013).  Yesterday, an investor called to ask whether he really needed to take the course.  I explained that a contractor’s most important tool is a hammer, a NASCAR driver’s most important tool is a racecar, and a real estate investor’s most [...]

How Banks Are Committing Fraud, Part 1

Posted on February 28, 2013 by
Throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, we experienced an unprecedented housing boom.  Easy credit flooded the marketplace and home ownership surged to unheard of levels.  Along with inflating an unsustainable bubble, the housing boom created a rich climate for mortgage fraud. The bust that followed changed the nature of the crime, but it has [...]
“The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself.” (Proverbs 11:25-26) Have you ever asked yourself the question, “how much should I give to my church or synagogue?” This has always been a touchy subject, with many different views. Of course, the answer is always personal and depends [...]

Auctions

Posted on February 28, 2013 by
If you are sending out a good amount of offers for yourself or for clients, you know that it feels as if though the selling agent has “Please send your highest and best…” as an auto reply. Once you think about it you will realize that offering on MLS properties has become somewhat of an [...]
We should start with defining what a pretty house really is. It’s not the price that makes the definition. The house could be high-priced, but most people in the pretty house business work in a range from $70-$200,000. If you’re in a high-priced market such as San Francisco where a $200,000 house is rare, your [...]

Are You David or Are You Goliath?

Posted on February 28, 2013 by
Last month I mentioned that there has been a turn in the market. A recent Creative Loafing article confirmed the information that I gave you—that the market is looking different than it has in a long while. Many people are afraid of another bubble. And in the last few articles, I’ve asked you to plan, [...]
Recently, I was asked to describe the options and procedures that lenders may take when a borrower defaults on their real estate loan.  Understanding this process is vital to real estate professionals whether they are lenders, borrowers, agents or investors attempting to buy or manage property during the default process. When a borrower defaults on [...]
It is the goal of this column to answer questions about QuickBooks and how it is used in the real estate investing arena. Submit your QuickBooks questions to me at Karen@SmallBusinessAdvisor.biz to get them answered here. Q: I just purchased QuickBooks Pro 2013 and have my old file in my computer from an earlier version [...]
This is the big question that I get a lot! The true secret to success for a Real Estate Investor is finding sellers who really need to sell. I use several different targeted direct mail campaigns to locate different types of highly motivated sellers. Some examples of these types of mailings are out of state [...]
This is the big question that I get a lot! The true secret to success for a Real Estate Investor is finding sellers who really need to sell. I use several different targeted direct mail campaigns to locate different types of highly motivated sellers. Some examples of these types of mailings are out of state [...]

Facts About Loan Modifications

Posted on February 28, 2013 by
Many of the Sellers that are upside down on their home are stressed out and don’t know what to do.  First off, I want all Sellers to know that when they got a loan from the bank their money was given to the bank from an investor.  This investor could be a trust, reit, or [...]

Facts About Loan Modifications

Posted on February 28, 2013 by
Many of the Sellers that are upside down on their home are stressed out and don’t know what to do.  First off, I want all Sellers to know that when they got a loan from the bank their money was given to the bank from an investor.  This investor could be a trust, reit, or [...]
It amazes me how so many so called real estate investors who have been in the business for less than five years think they know enough about investing in profitable properties to be able to create a fortune. Think about this for a minute, if you have been an investor for 5 years or less [...]
It amazes me how so many so called real estate investors who have been in the business for less than five years think they know enough about investing in profitable properties to be able to create a fortune. Think about this for a minute, if you have been an investor for 5 years or less [...]

Making Creative Offers

Posted on February 28, 2013 by
Making creative offers is one of the most lucrative skills a real estate entrepreneur can master. Creative offers lead to creative financing and creative financing leads to faster financial freedom. I have built a portfolio of almost 400 units and I have never walked into a bank, qualified for a loan and put money down. [...]

Making Creative Offers

Posted on February 28, 2013 by
Making creative offers is one of the most lucrative skills a real estate entrepreneur can master. Creative offers lead to creative financing and creative financing leads to faster financial freedom. I have built a portfolio of almost 400 units and I have never walked into a bank, qualified for a loan and put money down. [...]
Wholesaling 101 WorkshopWith Russ Hiner on March 30, 2012 from 9AM – 5PMAt 315 W. Ponce de Leon Ave, Ste 100, Decatur, GA Do you want to play the real estate investing game but don’t know where to start? Do you have little or no cash or credit? Want to avoid risk, repairs, tenants and [...]
Monday is Atlanta REIA West with special guest, Rock Shukoor, who will be teaching attendees how to build a huge buyers list so you can sell or rent your properties faster than ever before in 2013. There will be Late Nite Networking after the Atlanta REIA West Meeting. Tuesday is the Note Buyers Group with [...]
Hi there, Partners!  Yee-haw, I just have to share with you an absolutely fabulous opportunity we have coming up for you next Monday at Wild Wild West subgroup of Atlanta REIA.  Our guest speaker has over ten years experience as a real estate investor, consultant, mentor, and coach.  He has done phenomenally well in the [...]

Wealth with the Financial Calculator

Posted on February 21, 2013 by
Folks, This Saturday – February 23, 2013, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Kim and I will be teaching investors how to use their financial calculator. It ain’t sexy, and I know you’re probably thinking it’s boring stuff.  The truth is, a financial calculator is an investor’s MOST valuable tool!  It’s the tool that you [...]

Wealth with the Financial Calculator

Posted on February 21, 2013 by
Folks, This Saturday – February 23, 2013, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Kim and I will be teaching investors how to use their financial calculator. It ain’t sexy, and I know you’re probably thinking it’s boring stuff.  The truth is, a financial calculator is an investor’s MOST valuable tool!  It’s the tool that you [...]
Sat, Feb 23 at 9AM – Hilton Garden Inn, Cartersville, GA Grow Your Wealth With The Financial Calculator A Full Day Workshop with Bill & Kim Cook Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 9am – 5pm At the Hilton Garden Inn, Cartersville, GA Want to know how to use the financial calculator to help determine whether [...]
(POSTPONED) Wed, Feb 20th @ 6:30 PM in Buford, GA Atlanta REIA North Meeting POSTPONED UNTIL MARCH 20TH (POSTPONED UNTIL MARCH 20TH) Atlanta REIA North is a of the Atlanta Real Estate Investors Alliance that meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at 1960 Skylar Hill Dr, [...]
Kim and I were at our horse ranch when the Adairsville tornado came spinning through last week.  When the rain began blowing sideways and we saw a couple of our trees crash to the ground, we beelined it for the hall closet. Almost immediately, TV news began showing all the destruction the tornado had done [...]

Are You An Eagle Or An Oyster?

Posted on February 2, 2013 by
Last week’s column brought in lots of calls and emails asking for more information about how we buy mobile homes for cash and then sell them with terms.  The two most common questions we received were: 1) How do we determine our purchase price?  2) How do we determine our sale price? Today, let’s answer [...]
Mon, February 4th at 5:30 PM @ Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta Atlanta REIA Main Meetingwith Bill Cook on“How to Earn Mail Box Money”at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia on February 4th Atlanta REIA Members Can Attend at No Charge.Guests Can RSVP Online Now for $15 or Pay $20 at the Door. Atlanta REIA is very excited [...]

The Profit February 2013 Edition

Posted on January 30, 2013 by
Download The Profit Newsletter for February 2013 (PDF) The February 2013 Edition ofThe Profit is Ready for Download! The February 2013 edition of The Profit Newsletter is now ready for download as a High Quality PDF or Low Res PDF format. The Profit Newsletter is the official newsletter of the Atlanta Real Estate Investors Alliance [...]
Our bank savings account is earning less than 1% interest.  It’s not even keeping up with inflation.  Meanwhile, Kim and I did a Lonnie Deal a few weeks back and we’re getting an eye-popping 50.38% yield on our investment.  If you’re like us, you believe it makes better financial sense to get a higher yield [...]
We are already in the second month of 2013 and I just had a conversation with one of my students who wanted to know how to create wealth in the shortest possible period of time. The following is my idea how wealth for any real estate investor can be created in the shortest period of [...]
Have you ever thought about getting into the multifamily business? It’s not easy and it’s not for everyone, but if you have what it takes I can show you how! I created Real Estate Raw to pull back the curtain on the commercial multifamily business. I have survived the down turn of the economy and [...]
Landlords often have mixed emotions when their tenants call and offer them money after a dispossessory warrant (an eviction) has been filed.  On one hand, landlords are in the business of collecting rent.  However, they worry how it may affect moving forward with the eviction.  Accepting a payment after an eviction is filed does affect [...]
D. S. Murphy & Associates is a full service real estate appraisal firm with over 25 residential and commercial appraisal associates. Their average years of experience are over 15 years. The firm is headquartered in Atlanta with offices also in North Carolina and Florida. Each D.S. Murphy associate is an expert in their local area. [...]

Learn How to Be a Blue Collar Genius!

Posted on January 30, 2013 by
Blue Collar Genius Defined A Blue Collar Genius is all of us who have mastered our craft with hard work, diligence, taking action, creating experience, making mistakes, and most importantly never giving up! That’s a blue collar genius by my definition. How many times have you said I’m smarter than he is, but he’s driving [...]
In my last article, I explained that there are two approaches investors can take to determine whether or not a lender has been negligent or committed fraud.  The first approach I described is to look through the paper trail to dig up issues.  The second approach is to follow the money. Not many people truly [...]

Short Sales Are Sailing

Posted on January 30, 2013 by
Many Investors and Realtors avoid short sales like the plague. They are definitely missing the boat! My business specializes primarily in short sales and I have seen an increase in the number of approvals we are getting. The time line for a short sale varies from 90 to 120 days if you submit the lender [...]

CaptureNotes: Your Life, Color-Coded

Posted on January 30, 2013 by
“I’m known for my handwritten notes.” ~ Pamela Anderson  You’re driving your Uncle Bugsy to the doctor when you spot a “for sale by owner” sign in front of a nice little brick house. You’re already running late, but you’ve been watching this house – it’s got a big blue tarp draped over the roof [...]
By remembering just a few basics, you, as a Real Estate Investor, can quickly determine whether or not a seller is motivated to sell their property. First of all, a motivated seller will ask questions like “how soon can you buy my house?” or “How can you help me get out of this situation?” or [...]
It is the goal of this column to answer questions about QuickBooks and how it is used in the real estate investor arena. Know how to record transactions in the proper way and have your set of books in good shape when it comes time for taxes. It is our intention to do this by [...]
“Greedy people bring trouble to their families, but the person who can’t be paid to do wrong will live.” (Pr 15:27)(NCV)  The relentless drive to acquire the elusive “American Dream”, is what fuels many business professionals. To many, in pursuit of the world’s definition of success, means “getting more and more”, “climbing the corporate ladder [...]

New Territories

Posted on January 30, 2013 by
With each New Year comes new ventures. More and more often investors have to expand their investment territories in order to stay active. As technology continues to make the world a smaller place many investors are also looking at investing in different states and some in different countries. By doing this the amount of inventory [...]
Every New Year’s Day, people consider what they want to accomplish in the following year. Well, we are now 30 days into 2013, and I am sure that you have reflected on 2012. What resolutions did you follow to success? What results have you seen from last year’s work? At the beginning of 2013, I [...]
Welcome back!  If you read Part One of this article, you know that we covered the other different types of popular real estate deals that most people do, and the biggest problems with them these days. Then we talked about how advantageous it is to do the new type of deals: Wholesaling Pretty Houses!  But [...]

Bill Ham

Posted on January 30, 2013 by
Bill Ham has been investing in real estate for 8 years and has created a portfolio of nearly 400 units in Macon, GA. He created his entire real estate investing portfolio using creative and seller financing.

Jon David Huffman

Posted on January 30, 2013 by
Jon David Huffman is a litigation attorney specializing in real estate disputes, business disputes and commercial collections. With more than a decade of experience managing small businesses before attending Emory Law School, he brings a business owner’s perspective to the practice of law.
Dear Atlanta REIA Business Members: Our next Atlanta REIA Main Meeting is on Monday, February 4th at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia Hotel located at 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road in Atlanta, GA. This month, local real estate expert, Bill Cook will be our main speaker and will be talking about how to make extremely high yields [...]
Monday is Atlanta REIA West with special guest Joe Thompson who will be speaking on the importance of having well defined goals for 2013. Three will be Late Nite Networking after the Atlanta REIA West Meeting. Thursday is the Haves & Wants Meeting with Joe Thompson at 5 Seasons Brewing in Sandy Springs. Next Monday [...]
Folks, Lonnie Scruggs, the father of Lonnie Deals, published a new book today: Taking the Mystery Out of Money You can download it today AND TODAY ONLY for F-R-E-E! Lonnie is a national treasure and one of the most talented and successful real estate investors in the country. We LOVE this guy!!! Here’s a link [...]
We’re kicking off 2013 with a bang at the Wild Wild West Group! Saddle up and hold on to your bootstraps, cause believe me, partner, you’re in for a real treat. Join us next Monday, January 28th at 7pm at The Cherokee Cattle Company as we host our special guest speaker, local successful businessman Joe [...]

The Profit January 2013 Edition

Posted on January 1, 2013 by
Download The Profit Newsletter for January 2013 (PDF) The January 2013 Edition ofThe Profit is Ready for Download! The January 2013 edition of The Profit Newsletter for Atlanta REIA is now ready for download as a High Quality PDF or Low Res PDF format. In cash you didn’t know, The Profit Newsletter is a digitally [...]

The Five Critical Steps to Success

Posted on January 1, 2013 by
There’s a lot of ways to make a million bucks, but most involve some kind of business, and that business must have the potential to achieve a high income, or all one has is a low paying job he/she happens to own.  We all have a choice.  So, why not choose a business that can [...]
Are you tired of making offers on houses listed in the MLS only to have the price bid up by other investors and hedge funds? Well, that’s what happens when there is an inventory shortage and everyone is chasing the same leads.  The minute a new listing hits the MLS, there are often multiple offers [...]
Isn’t that a great headline! Wouldn’t it be great to have hit the real estate bottom in Atlanta? We all know that the real estate market in any city is micro economic. This means that you can pick an area that is white hot… and within one mile of that location you will find an [...]
One of the first things to consider when you are starting your real estate business is how you are going structure your business or businesses. I probably would say in most cases the word businesses! Over the years of dealing with my business, working with clients and the people whom I do business with, I [...]
This month I want to give you an example of different ways any investor can use notes to buy houses instead of using CASH. Once upon a time I knew an investor who was trying to structure a deal with a seller who wanted the money from the sale of his property to buy a [...]
With over 30 years of Atlanta real Estate under my belt, one begins to think you’ve heard or seen it all.  Not true!   As an analytical person that usually utilizes this column to the explain Atlanta market statistics, I decided the end of the year needed a little levity.  Those of you that know me, [...]

Note Buyers

Posted on January 1, 2013 by
By now everyone has heard that banks have ceased foreclosures for the holidays. This has made finding inventory much more difficult for a few investors that depend on just those foreclosures as leads. In the last few years I have began working with non-performing note buyers or NPN buyers. These buyers buy notes from the [...]
I strongly believe that pre-screening sellers is one of the most important tasks you will undertake in your real estate investing business. The more quickly you learn to pre-screen prospects, the more money you will make in your Real Estate Investing business. This article is focused on teaching you how to tell a good deal [...]
Mon, January 7th at 5:30 PM @ Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta Atlanta REIA Main Meeting& Annual New Year’s Partywith Ron LeGrand on“Quick Turning Real Estate for Fast Cash”at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia on January 7th Atlanta REIA Members Can Attend at No Charge.Guests Can RSVP Online Now for $15 or Pay $20 at the Door. [...]
As I write this, it’s coming up on the end of 2012. The real estate market is still crazy, and there are a lot of questions in people’s heads as to what the market is going to do.  What else is new? Ever since I first got in to real estate investing, back in 1996 [...]

New Habits for a New Year

Posted on January 1, 2013 by
Time and health are two precious assets that we don’t recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted.” ~ Denis Waitley Wow. What a year! The turkey leftovers are gone. There are just a few pine needles left in the carpet. And your Aunt Miriam, thank goodness, has gone home to Indiana and has taken [...]
There are two approaches you can take to determine whether or not there has been negligence or fraud in the loan process.  Both paths can be equally effective in uncovering lender misconduct and providing you with leverage for negotiations with the bank.  One path follows the documentation from mortgage application through foreclosure documentation, and the [...]
Real Estate IRA Investing – The Purchase A young couple found a home they wanted to purchase with their real estate IRA. The purchase price was $50,000. They borrowed $55,000 and had $800 worth of repairs. I know that $800 worth of repairs for a house purchased with 1,400 square feet, three bedrooms, and two [...]

The Winners and The Losers

Posted on January 1, 2013 by
“Such wicked people are detestable to the Lord, but he offers his friendship to the godly.” (Pr 3:32, NLT) As a business person, have you ever considered that honesty produces a substantial financial gain? Or, that dishonesty inherently produces huge monetary losses? I realize that everyone might not agree with this conclusion. However, the biblical [...]
The Short Sale lenders are getting crazier and crazier.  That is why you need to stay current with the short sale changes.  Approximately 3 years ago, Bank of America was the first short sale lender to start requesting that the new buyer of the property consent to not resell the property for less than 30 [...]
It is the goal of this column to answer questions about QuickBooks and how it is used in the REI arena. Know how to record transactions in the proper way and have your set of books in good shape when it comes time for taxes. It is our intention to do this by you the [...]

How We Structured That Subject-to Deal

Posted on December 31, 2012 by
Two weeks ago, our column was about a lady who, because of a divorce, was being forced to move back home to Mississippi.  Problem was, she owed a lot more on her house than it was worth. In that column, I briefly described the seller’s situation and touched on the creative deal structure I used [...]
Jim Hitt will be our special guest speaker this month at the Creative Deal Structuring Group on January 9th (NOT Jan 2nd as usual) at 7PM at the Whitehall Tavern in Atlanta. Jim talking about how to use your IRA and others IRAs to make money! What it would be like to structure a deal [...]
After last night’s real estate investors meeting, three new folks came up and asked me the best ways to learn about real estate investing. The two short answers are: 1) Sit down with a seller and ask, “Why are you selling such a nice house like this?”  2) Meet regularly with other real estate investors [...]
On January 7th at 3 PM at Total Wine & More located at 124 Perimeter Center W (see map), I am giving a presentation that you don’t want to miss. I am going to be going over the details of a $875,000 short sale I just closed that most investors would have abandoned months ago. Instead of giving up, I modified my strategies and ended up making more than if everything had gone according to the original plan! We are also going to be discussing mortgage fraud, securitization issues, and foreclosures. The banks have been defrauding homeowners for years, and we now have a way to use that...
All of us at Atlanta REIA want to thank you so much for being a part of our organization this year and want to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Wealthy New Year! We look forward to spending another prosperous year with you! Thanks again!

Subject-to Deals May Be The Ticket

Posted on December 21, 2012 by
Today, I spent the day working with a guy who wants to get into real estate investing. For almost twenty years, he’s worked for a big company.  Now he realizes that his efforts and ideas are making that company prosperous.  Meanwhile, his net worth is only creeping up a millimeter at a time.  He’s very concerned about his future financial well-being. We knocked on the first seller’s door at 9:15.  We found the property while driving through a neighborhood that Kim and I regularly work.  The property owner had a For Sale sign in the yard.  After the seller told us her asking price and the...

Is Financial Freedom A Choice?

Posted on December 19, 2012 by
Folks, this week’s column is very different from my usual.  I’m afraid a lot of you will think it’s overly harsh and that I’m one big jerk.  Who knows – you may be right on both counts.  It’s just that I truly feel that success – financial freedom – is a choice.  Actually, it’s more like millions of little-bitty, every-day choices – maybe call them habits – that we make each day.  If you make more bad choices than good, you won’t be pleased with the results.  Make more good choices than bad, and you’ll end up on easy street.  Simple as that! Yesterday, I met with a friend (we’ll call him Ben)...

Where’s Your Emergency Fund?

Posted on December 17, 2012 by
We’ve all heard the wise, old saying: Save for a rainy day.  Dave Ramsey calls it an emergency fund.  Whatever you call it, it should be enough cash to support you and your family for three to six months.  Because these funds need to be liquid – in case of an emergency, you want to be able to get to your money quickly – it’s best to keep this money in a money market account. This morning, I met with a couple of other real estate investors to discuss year-end and 2013 tax strategies.  Part of our discussion was about our emergency funds and the question of when is enough really enough? Right...
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take an extremely successful real estate investor out to dinner?  What questions would you ask them?  What would you want to know?  What are you just dying to find out that will make a significant impact on your investing?  What is it that will help you make a lot more $$$$ in 2013?  What difference would that make for you in your business and your life? Well guess what?  I’ve already arranged this opportunity FOR YOU, and it happens this coming Monday, December 17th at Wild Wild West Subgroup of Atlanta REIA!  Listen up, folks, this is...

Best & Worst Deals in 2012

Posted on December 14, 2012 by
The December meeting of North Georgia REIA is one of our favorites.  Real estate investors from around Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama show up to answer this question: What was your best and/or worst deal in 2012? Why is it such an important question?  Because one of the best ways to learn how to be a better, wiser investor is to learn from the experiences – both good and bad – of other investors around you.  This keeps you from trying to reinvent the wheel.  Remember the old saying: A smart man learns from his mistakes.  A wise man learns from others’ mistakes.  During the meeting, the first...

Change Is Gonna Do You Good!

Posted on December 12, 2012 by
I was born a blonde, but as I got older my hair turned auburn(ish).  When I was diagnosed with cancer, my sister colored my hair red to give me a much-needed lift, both mentally and physically.  But now that I’m pushing 55, my hair is turning grey and I find that it’s harder to keep it colored red.  Ah, everything in life changes, doesn’t it?  If we are fearful of change, and reject it, then we miss out on so many great opportunities. Change is happening to our real estate business, as well.  Years ago, Bill and I worked hard to buy properties before they hit the ‘steps’ at the foreclosure...
You’re probably asking “Are you really gonna talk about financial calculators?” and thinking: Yawn, yawn, yawn – wake me when it’s over! Here’s the thing: Our real estate investors group is geared for experienced investors.  To master creative deal structuring and financing, we all need to know how to speak the same language.  A great communication device that accomplishes this task is a financial calculator.  Remember, a financial calculator is about MONEY, not math!  Knowing how to make it sing and dance is critical to achieving financial freedom.  I promise, once you know how to use a...

The Profit December 2012 Edition

Posted on November 28, 2012 by
The December 2012 Edition of The Profit is Ready for Download!The December 2012 edition of The Profit, the official newsletter of the Atlanta Real Estate Investors Alliance (Atlanta REIA), is now ready for download in high or low resolution format. This month you can read and enjoy a variety of articles on real estate investing and more from David Lindahl, Tony Pearl, Jeff Nix, Larry Harbolt, Kathy Kennebrook, Russ Hiner, Bob Massey, Don DeRosa, Jim Hitt, Michael Vazquez, Kimberlee Frank and Karen Bershad. And don’t forget, Atlanta REIA Business Members can advertise in The Profit at...

The Big Property Grab!!

Posted on November 28, 2012 by
Three years from now you could be living in a water front property, sleeping in on Monday mornings, doing only the things you want to do and excitedly walking to the mailbox everyday  ready to gather that days set of cash flow checks the Postman dropped off . It’s those cash flow checks that allow you to live this life of leisure and it never stops to amaze you how they have gotten as high as they are and they keep increasing!! …Or…you could wake up on Monday morning three years from now, living the same life your living now….and if that’s OK with you, that’s OK with me. But if you want to...
Since we just finished our 5-part journey of “Real Estate + The Internet = The Perfect Marriage,” (see previous issues) we’re going to do something a little different in this article.  We’re going back to the ‘Old School’ style of real estate investing. Specifically: How To Get Started in Real Estate Investing… Again! The great thing about technology is that it really helps you leverage your time.  When set up correctly, you can have computers & systems do a lot of the work FOR you, and that’s wonderful!  However, it takes time, thought, money, and reliable technology.  And that’s just to...
An inspection from Pete’s Friendly Home Inspection is a complete evaluation of the home from roof to foundation and everything in between. Other home inspectors will tell you they do the best job, they’ve been at it for 20+ years, they used to be a builder and they will inspect everything in the home with a 50+ page inspection report. One way Pete’s goes above and beyond the competition is by backing the inspection with a FREE 90-day, zero deductable home warranty in writing. Pete’s Friendly Home Inspection was formed on the idea that a quality inspection is essential...
“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” ~ Derek Bok When I started over 30 years ago, like many of you I didn’t have any extra money to pay a mentor or buy an investing course. I decided I would learn the real estate investing business by just doing it. I thought I could shorten my learning curve by going to real estate meetings. I went to a popular real estate meeting in my area for several months. Then I got the bright idea that if going to one meeting was a good idea it would have to be better to go to more meetings. So I decided I would go to four meetings in my area...
One of the most important aspects to a marketing campaign to find highly qualified sellers and buyers that is going to work is to create a solid mail piece for your business. These are key points for creating a solid direct mail piece that folks will respond to no matter what business you are in.The first thing you’ll want to do is to “touch” your prospective customer or seller with “the dream”, or “the solution” to their problem. You’ll want to touch the basic emotions and the needs of your client or seller within the body of your letter, whether that is fear, relief, greed, pride or...

“Free” Kittens?

Posted on November 28, 2012 by
Last week, I was offered some very cute “Free Kittens.” They were small, playful balls of fur tumbling over each other and looking up at me pleadingly. I’ve had cats before, so I was tempted. But even considering the benefits, I refrained because I know that there is no such thing as “free.” As I walked away from the kittens, I considered the idea that if something looks too good to be true, it probably is. This holds true with real estate deals also: they may look great in the heat and excitement of the potential purchase, the promise of a great deal, the money that we know we will make. The...

The Mystery of the Missing Trusts

Posted on November 28, 2012 by
The more researchers and attorneys investigate the structure and composition of securitized trusts the more phantom-like they become.  Amazingly, what is being found in many, if not most, is there was no  trustor, beneficiary, funding, assets, bank accounts or even the sham appearance of being managed by a trust department.  No one has even been moving money through the trust, or with reference to a trust, to its “holders.” Often when investigators try to establish a money trail between the holders of a mortgage-backed security, to a pretender-lender and then on to a homeowner to...
“Discretion in speech is more important than eloquence.” ~ English proverb It’s eight p.m. on a Saturday night. You’ve just settled into your front-row seat at the opera – you’re seeing your favorite, La Traviata. Okay, so you’re really at a WWE wrestling smackdown. Work with me here. At any rate, you’re in your seat waiting for the action to begin, and your phone vibrates. Caller ID says it’s Francine Fudley, a very motivated seller who’s on the verge of signing a contract. But wait, that’s wrong! Isn’t Francine Fudley the name of your brother’s second wife’s third cousin? The seller’s name...
Due Diligence When Investing With a Self-directed IRA and/or Self-directed 401(k)– Where do I Start? With a self-directed IRA and/or a self-directed 401(k) you are always hearing that you must do your ‘due diligence’. At American IRA, we discovered that many clients did not know how to do their ‘due diligence’.  While we cannot give investment advice at American IRA, we can offer a detailed summary of ‘due diligence’ items that our clients can use as a guide. This list gives our clients a healthy starting point that they can use during discussions with their professionals. In this article we...

Daisy Chains

Posted on November 28, 2012 by
More and more often there are real estate investors that advertise, “Please no daisy chains!” To clarify, daisy chains exist when seller A contracts a property to seller B who then contracts it to seller C and so on until it finally reaches you the buyer. I will admit that I too was not a fan of them myself. Typically, these daisy chains ended up not closing because the property was never really under contract or someone in the daisy chain sold it and did not inform the rest of the daisy chain. If you have ever attempted one of these you know what I am referring to. If you have always avoided...
You Can close Your Short Sales with Only ONE WEEK of Work! Ever wonder how much you earn per hour by the time you close a short sale deal?  The industry has transformed from being extremely difficult without standardization to becoming streamlined with a specific system per lender.  Many investors hate the idea of doing short sales because of the fallacy that they are so time consuming.  Is this true…literally?  Have you ever broken it down per deal?  The time you actually spend on 1 deal versus the cash you earn is really quite exciting!  The market got tighter with fewer houses for sale,...
You Can close Your Short Sales with Only ONE WEEK of Work! Ever wonder how much you earn per hour by the time you close a short sale deal?  The industry has transformed from being extremely difficult without standardization to becoming streamlined with a specific system per lender.  Many investors hate the idea of doing short sales because of the fallacy that they are so time consuming.  Is this true…literally?  Have you ever broken it down per deal?  The time you actually spend on 1 deal versus the cash you earn is really quite exciting!  The market got tighter with fewer houses for sale,...

You Have Questions, We Have Answers

Posted on November 28, 2012 by
I just started to use QuickBooks and when I look at my chart of accounts I found an account called “Opening Balance Equity”. I did not create this account. How did it get there and what is it used for?  J.L. Marietta The account “Opening Balance Equity” is not a General Accounting Practice account; it is an account that is generated by QuickBooks specifically for setting up specific accounts that will have a beginning balance. For instance: bank accounts, credit card accounts, mortgages and several other types of accounts. QuickBooks “assumes” that the brand new user may not know where to put...

You Have Questions, We Have Answers

Posted on November 28, 2012 by
I just started to use QuickBooks and when I look at my chart of accounts I found an account called “Opening Balance Equity”. I did not create this account. How did it get there and what is it used for?  J.L. Marietta The account “Opening Balance Equity” is not a General Accounting Practice account; it is an account that is generated by QuickBooks specifically for setting up specific accounts that will have a beginning balance. For instance: bank accounts, credit card accounts, mortgages and several other types of accounts. QuickBooks “assumes” that the brand new user may not know where to put...
Do YOU Really Want to Become Wealthy in the New Year? Do you have what it takes to be rich?  Are you investing your time, resources and effort to make this happen? Are you ready, willing and able to become wealthy in 2013?   If you answered “YES”, we are inviting you a guest to attend The Multi-Family Investing Workshop with commercial real estate expert, David Lindahl, on Saturday, January 5th, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia Hotel in Atlanta, GA starting at 8:30 AM. Our early registration special starts as low as $19.95 for Atlanta REIA Gold Members and a qualified guest! Prices will...

Year End Check Up!

Posted on November 28, 2012 by
Come to the Small Business Group and check up on where you are BEFORE it is tax time.Do you know what your Safe Harbor is? Do you know when you have reached that point in your business? Are you getting all the tax deductions you are entitled to? How do you know any of this if you are not keeping a good set of books?Looking forward to seeing you at the 5 Seasons at the Prado on Thursday – 11/29/12 – 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Mon, December 3rd at 5:30 PM @ Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta Atlanta REIA Main Meeting & Annual Christmas Party with David Lindahl on Apartment House Riches at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia on December 3rd Atlanta REIA Members Can Attend at No Charge. Guests Can RSVP Online Now for $20 or Pay $20 at the Door.Atlanta REIA wants to wish a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! On Monday, December 3rd, we are having a very special Atlanta REIA Meeting and Christmas Party. Atlanta REIA Members may attend at no charge and non-members and guests may attend for $20. Starting at 5:30 PM on...
Thurs, Dec 6th at 7:00 PM @ Crowne Plaza Ravinia, AtlantaRobert Shemin, Wealth advisor for both CNN, FOX News, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of “How Come That Idiot’s Rich and I’m Not”. Robert Shemin is one of the nation’s most sought after and respected real estate investment and financial market forecasters today. Join Robert and his team, December 6th at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia Hotel from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Robert is expanding his investment business and is looking for great partners to join him. This is a RARE...
Just Announced: New Location for South Meeting Atlanta REIA South Meeting Hosted by Reggie Jackson & Gordon Catts New Meeting Location The Atlanta REIA South Monthly Meeting, run by Reggie Jackson and Gordon Catts, is held on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM at The Barbecue Kitchen located at 1437 Virginia Ave, College Park, GA (map). Please show up at 6:30 PM to eat and network before the meeting officially starts at 7:00 PM. Atlanta REIA Members may attend at no charge. Guests may attend for $5.00. We hope you will come out and eat, network, learn and have fun with us!

A Change Is Afoot On The Steps

Posted on November 5, 2012 by
Something new and bizarre is happening at the foreclosure auction in Bartow County.  It seems to be a seismic event that marks an increase in the price properties are selling for on the steps. A few months ago, a different kind of investor showed up at the Bartow County auction.  Their mission is to buy around 200 properties a month in the Atlanta area.  One company buying two hundred properties a month is unheard of in Georgia! The buyer is some sort of investment company that controls a conglomerate of money.  Here’s how it seems to work: The investment company has a good number of folks...

Are NFL Football Players Rich?

Posted on November 4, 2012 by
Just mention tenants and rental property at a party filled with “normal” folks and the partygoers scatter like mice after the lights go on.  POOF!  They can’t get away from me fast enough! I don’t get it.  Many folks can’t retire because they’re broke.  They’ve worked their whole lives and have little to show for it.  Lord knows, getting a $1,000 Social Security check every month isn’t my idea of a retirement plan.  However, receiving $15,000 a month in mailbox money is a lot more like it – don’t you agree? People often point to the downside of being an investor – tenants.  True – if you put...

Paint ‘Em Pepto-Bismol Pink

Posted on November 3, 2012 by
Just finished having a nice lunch with two experienced real estate professionals.  One was a realtor, the other a mortgage broker.  To be specific, they wanted to know how quickly I thought property values would rise from this point forward. All real estate is local.  Just because values may be skyrocketing in New York, it doesn’t mean they’re also skyrocketing in North Georgia.  These are two completely different areas.  Thankfully, in Adairsville, we’re not covered up with hard-to-understand Yankees! Home values have been dragging along the bottom for about a year.  I explained that values...
Now Is Your Time To Make A Fortune In Real Estate! The Real Estate Game Changer Event We would like to invite you to join us in Atlanta, Georgia in November to learn how you can take your real estate business to the next level and beyond. “The Real Estate Game Changer Event” will blow you away on how easy it is to make fast money and long-term financial security for you and your family. You need to attend this powerful event in Atlanta on November 16th – 18th at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia Hotel located at 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Rd in Atlanta, GA. The tuition for this 3 day event is Only $34.95...
She rang the doorbell and silently prayed for guidance: “Lord, help me to say the right thing.”  The homeowner answered and invited her in…and she started yakking.  Yak. Yak. Yak.  She yakked about her experience in real estate, her precious dog and her friend’s struggling business.  The homeowner listened patiently, even offering encouraging words of advice.  When the meeting was over and she walked to her car, she realized that she knew nothing about the homeowner’s situation and hadn’t a clue how to help – but the homeowner sure knew a lot about her!  That ‘she’ was me, sixteen...

The Profit November 2012 Edition

Posted on November 1, 2012 by
The November 2012 Edition of The Profit is Ready for Download!The November 2012 edition of The Profit, the official newsletter of the Atlanta Real Estate Investors Alliance (Atlanta REIA), is now ready for download in high or low resolution format. Read and enjoy a variety of articles on real estate investing and more from David Tilney, Jim Hitt, Karen Bersad, Don DeRosa, Russ Hiner, Michael Vazquez, Kimberlee Frank, Erven Kimble, Chris Littleton, Deborah Harris, Tony Pearl, Mike Barnes, Kathy Kennebrook, Larry Harbolt, Bill Cook and Bob Massey. And don’t forget, Atlanta REIA Business...

Are You Hiring the Right Tenants?

Posted on November 1, 2012 by
I have a friend in Colorado Springs who owns a bank. Many years ago I complimented him on the caliber of his employees as well as the longevity of their employment. My banker and I both understood that his most important assets walked out of the bank each night to go to their respective homes and his job was to motivate them to come back each morning. His key for hiring great employees was to screen for proper job skills, attitude and moral code. His key to retaining these employees was to empower them to be the best they could be and to treat them with respect and appreciation.  A light bulb...
Private Lending Explained If someone wants to just simply hold the paper secured by an asset, they’re actually going to be a private lender for that asset. That’s right…private lending simply means a private individual is loaning the money rather than a bank or lending institution. Private Lending…The Numbers In this example, Jack Brown has $100,000 in a Rollover IRA, which is just another way of saying Traditional IRA. He wants to loan it to an investor as a first mortgage on a property worth $135,000. Private Lending…Determining the Value Perhaps Jack’s realtor, an appraiser or some...

How Can We Help You Today?

Posted on November 1, 2012 by
It is the goal of this column to answer questions about QuickBooks and how it is used in the real estate investing arena. Know how to record transactions in the proper way and have your set of books in good shape when it comes time for taxes. It is our intention to do this by you the members submitting questions and getting answers here in this column. But first, choosing the appropriate management software package is essential to the success of your business. You need a package that is appropriate for your business currently, but that can grow and evolve as well. QuickBooks software is the...

MDScan: Quick! I Need it Yesterday!

Posted on November 1, 2012 by
“A picture is worth a thousand words.” ~ Anonymous Today, here’s on offering for you Android fans. Let’s set the scene: You’ve found a terrific little house to buy. You’ve finally reached an agreement with the seller, but one of his requirements is a little unusual. You want to run it by your lawyer. Unfortunately, it’s 4:00 p.m. on Friday. In one hour, your attorney is flying to the Himalayas for three weeks to climb Mt. Everest. Even if he could get a signal up there, he has no intention of answering his phone while he’s gone. If he receives the offer before he leaves, he will read it on...

Staying Smart

Posted on November 1, 2012 by
The Atlanta real-estate market has finally hit bottom which means that things can only go up. How do I know that? Stupid money has returned: once again, people are willing to pay too much for properties, and banks are willing to look the other way. In fact, there is big money from hedge funds that are allowing people to buy many properties at once. What this means for us, the agents and small investors, is that we face more competition for the properties which are priced right. So what do we do? We arm ourselves with research. Without knowing what we are up against, we cannot make informed...

The REO Agent

Posted on November 1, 2012 by
Today, the person that has the inventory calls the shots and the infamous REO agent has the inventory everyone wants. There are currently more investors with the willingness and ability to buy but not enough deals. More and more of the “investment deals” that are circulating are beginning to show smaller and smaller margins. If you have the ability to establish a strong long lasting relationship with a REO agent your success as an investor can become more stable. The number one thing you have to remember about an REO agent is that they are not the final decision makers. They answer to asset...

Short Sale Liens Get Mean

Posted on November 1, 2012 by
Now IS the perfect time to purchase and resell short sale properties.  Why?  Due to major mistakes by Lenders made at the time Homeowners obtained financing, our market is flooded with homes in which the Lenders are willing to accept short sales.  Lenders such as Bank of America, Wells Fargo, GMAC, CitiMortgage and Chase from 2006 to 2008, have major mistakes in their paperwork.  They are reaching out to Homeowners asking them to do a Short Sale or Deed-in-Lieu.  However, many of the Homeowners aren’t aware of the fact that they can’t do a Deed-in-Lieu if they have a second lien.  And, if...
“The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.” (Pr 13:4) Some think wealth accumulation is the result of a series of uncontrollable events called luck or chance. Others believe it is solely the result of a person’s deliberate, well thought out financial planning and activities performed during the course of their lives. Our look into the Wisdom of God reveals that, “diligence is at the source of wealth accumulation and laziness is the culprit behind poverty and despair”. It takes more than just wants and desires to produce...
Whenever I am out and about talking about real estate investing or teaching on property management, someone always asks the age old question. What does it take to be a good property manager? There are four distinctive skill sets required to manage property effectively that I call the four buckets of property management. Each one of these buckets requires very different personality traits and proficiency. A property manager or management company must have the “right people, in the right seat on the bus” to insure your success as a real estate investor.  Property Managers use two basic business...
Georgia has become one of the top five states for film production thanks to our Georgia Legislature.   This dramatic increase in filming in Georgia is due to the tax credits afforded to production companies spending at least $500,000 on qualified production and post-production making them eligible for a 20% tax credit.   Furthermore, if the production company includes a Georgia promotional logo in the feature film, television series, music videos, or video game, can receive an additional 10% tax credit.  Commercial and music videos spending $500,000 or more are also eligible for a 20% tax...
Welcome back! We’ve come a long way so far, and made a LOT of progress. But we’re not quite done yet, so listen up… In our last article, you got a great introduction to Keyword Research, SEO (Search Engine Optimization)-both On-Page and Off-Page (remember?), and how to get started on getting a ton of FREE Traffic to your website. Go back to last month’s issue for a refresher on that – it’s worth the read. So now we come to the next part, and that is: How to Get a Ton of Laser-Targeted Traffic to Your Site-FAST! Before we embark on this particular adventure, I need to set the stage properly. ...
Mobile landing pages are different from traditional web pages. Users of mobile devices have less patience, yet are more engaged when they find what they want. Knowing about web landing pages and what makes them successful isn’t the same as what you need to know about mobile landing pages. The tracking method, the conversions, and the need to keep your pages up to date with the latest devices are important to the success of your marketing plan. 1st Must – Know Your Goals. Be specific about which aspects of mobile marketing are critical to your business. Whether your priorities are...
Where can I find a good mailing list to find motivated sellers? How can I create my own list to find highly motivated sellers? These are the big questions that I get a lot from Real Estate Investors! The true secret to success for a Real Estate Investor is finding sellers who really need to sell. I use different direct mail campaigns to locate different types of motivated sellers: out of state owners, properties quit-claimed from one person to another, expired listings, burned out landlords, vacant properties, military transfers, and pre-foreclosures, just to name a few. The best part is that...

Tenants Are Your Real Capital Asset

Posted on November 1, 2012 by
For almost two decades, I’ve been teaching folks that it’s better to be wealthy than rich.  And to be wealthy, you must own capital assets that provide you with mailbox money.  Mailbox money is money you make while you sleep. In my opinion, the best capital asset for the average American to own is rental property.  After all, what other investment vehicle can be purchased for 40-cents-on-the-dollar, provide incredible tax breaks, be financed with a long-term note, generate monthly mailbox money, and as a bonus, be paid for by someone else (your tenants)? Well folks, last week, after talking...
Thinking Like A Successful Investor An investor of real estate understands that general knowledge is not what it takes to create wealth. If general knowledge was what it took to create wealth, college professors would be the wealthiest people in this country and we all know that is not the case. Successful real estate investors know that it takes specific knowledge to create wealth. That is why real estate investors buy hard assets, (such as the seller’s house) at a price or with terms conducive to making a profit. If an investor can’t make a profit, they usually have no reason to buy a...

The Securitization Fraud

Posted on November 1, 2012 by
A fraud has been perpetrated upon the American people all in the name of greed.  Fraud is defined as deception in the execution of an agreement where some parties to the transaction are deceived as to the real nature of what is being agreed to.  When some parties to an agreement are not clear, or some parties enter into the contract deceptively, then the agreement is null and void.  A securitized loan is just such a fraudulent agreement. A securitized loan is one where private investors, pension funds, insurance companies and others have purchased the cashflows from a group of mortgages that...

I’ve Got Rental Roaches – Yikes!

Posted on November 1, 2012 by
A couple of weeks ago, I spent the day inspecting several of our rental properties.  At one of the properties, I quickly realized that something was definitely amiss.  The home’s interior was filthy and the yard hadn’t been mowed.  Turned out the tenant’s wife had left him two months before.  The poor fella didn’t know whether he was coming or going. As we sat at the kitchen table discussing his problems, a big, honkin’ two-pound cockroach ran across the table.  I FREAKED out!  I HATE roaches!!! The man finished what he was saying with: “Oh, and I have roaches, too.” This family had been in...

How To Creatively Fund Your Deals

Posted on October 31, 2012 by
When it’s time to buy an investment property, most would-be real estate investors think that it’s as simple as going to a bank, filling out some paperwork and getting a mortgage.   While that may have been true back in 2004 and 2005, that’s not how it’s done today.  In fact, if you need purchase-money funds, good luck getting them from a bank! So how and where do you get the money you need to fund a real estate investing deal?  Easy answer – the money is all around you!  Do you think anyone likes keeping their money in the bank, where they’re only earning around 1% interest?  Think about it:...

Chris Bowser

Posted on October 30, 2012 by
Over the past 10 years Chris Bowser has been making money online. He has bought and sold tens of thousands of products over the internet. Starting 10 years ago selling products on eBay as a hobby, Chris has teamed up with his brother Adam, together they have developed a hand’s off system for making money on the Internet. Just 10 years ago, Chris and Adam had no eBay or Internet experience whatsoever. They were introduced to the internet business and started buying and reselling products all over the world. Before you knew it Chris was selling 30 to 40 products a week bringing in $2,500 per...

Andrew Cordle

Posted on October 29, 2012 by
Andrew Cordle, the founder of Financial Momentum began in Real Estate just over ten years ago. His first rehab was the spark that ignited Andrew’s passion for flipping. The transaction took 90 days from start to finish, then he received a check for just under $32,000. Andrew was hooked. One house became two, two projects became three, three rehabs became four, and before he knew it, Andrew was buying, rehabbing and selling close to five beautiful homes each month. His average profit was around $55,000 per home, and his record profit was just over $272,000 on ONE house!! During this time,...

Albert Lowry

Posted on October 29, 2012 by
Epitomizing the saga of “rags to riches”, Dr. Albert Lowry has risen to become America’s premiere authority on real estate investing. Starting with no money, a desire to succeed, and a great amount of common sense, he pursued his dream. Within a very short time, he mastered the real estate market and began creating concepts and techniques that are the backbone of the “Lowry Formula”. Al spent his childhood in orphanages and foster homes. Working in a variety of jobs from sheet metal laborer to butcher, Dr. Lowry realized how much he wanted financial...

Chris Johnson

Posted on October 29, 2012 by
Chris Johnson is known as America’s Top Educator teaching people how to find and obtain the Grant Funding they need to buy & fix up Real Estate, start or expand a Business or get a college or university Education!  His knowledge and expertise regularly has him sharing the stage with well known financial and investment experts such as Sir Richard Branson, Donald Trump, Suze Orman, Tony Robbins and Robert Kiyosaki with thousands of people in attendance. The U.S. Government is the largest “Money Vault” on the planet. When Chris is asked… What does he mean by this? He responds… “Well just...
I like to sit down to dinner with my close friends whenever I get a chance and when I was down in Tampa the weekend before last, I got to catch up with one of my close friends and mentors, Robyn Thompson. For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Robyn, she is an amazing woman! In our real estate circles she is called “The Queen of Rehab”. In the past 14 years she has bought, fixed and sold 320+ homes with price ranges as low as $8,000 to as high as $3,500,000. She has spent as much as $2,100,000 in labor and materials in one year to renovate properties with...
Mon, Nov 5th at 5:30 PM @ Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta Atlanta REIA Main Meeting with David Tilney on Property Management at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia on November 5thAtlanta REIA Members Can Attend at No Charge. Guests Can RSVP Online Now for $10 or Pay $20 at the Door. We are excited to announce Property Management Expert, David Tilney, will be our guest speaker at Atlanta REIA on November 5th at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia Hotel located at 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road in Atlanta, GA. David has been involved in the real estate business since 1978 and property management since 1981. He has...

David Tilney

Posted on October 23, 2012 by
David Tilney has been involved in the real estate business since 1978. He first “failed” into managing houses in 1981 while acting as a buyer’s broker. He has invested in rentals, notes, foreclosures, tax sales, IRS liens and leasehold interests. David has become the “go to” guy for management of single family homes and loves being a landlord. He looks forward to hearing from his tenants, but often feels like the Maytag repairman who rarely gets a call. David and Mary, his wife of 39 years, winter in Naples FL and summer in Colorado Springs. They manage their own portfolio of...
We have another awesome lineup of meetings and webcasts for real estate investors this week at Atlanta REIA. Tuesday is an Evening With a Real Estate Expert Webcast with Mike Warren. Also, the Note Buyers Group with Tom Boyer meets on Tuesday Evening. Wednesday is a Training Opportunity Webcast with Robyn Thompson on “How to Run Your Real Estate Investing Business Like a Business and Not a Hobby” with Robyn Thompson. Thursday is a Webcast on “99 Ways to Beat the IRS” with Patrick James. Thursday is also the Cash Cows Commercial Group Meeting which is on “Death...
On October 8, 2012, we did a webinar with Larry Harbolt on “Seller Financing Made Easy”. Larry is a long time real estate investor and trainer who specializes in using Seller Financing and Creative Deal Structuring to purchase real estate so that he does not need to use his own cash or credit. On this webcast, Larry is going to teach you how you can too! Larry is also going to tell us about his upcoming 4 day training event in Orlando, FL in November.Watch Webcast Below…Sorry, this content is for Atlanta REIA Members Only.Please Login Now or Join Atlanta REIA. ...
On October 8, 2012, we did another webcast with The Queen of Rehab, Robyn Thompson on her “Wealth Building Plan for Real Estate Investors”. In the past, Robyn has made several appearances at Atlanta REIA and did a few webinars with us on “Fixing and Flipping Properties” (Rehabbing) as well as on “How to Run Your Business Like a Business and Not a Hobby”. But on this webinar, Robyn talked about her long term strategies for accumulating wealth beyond the short term cash she receives from renovating and flipping houses. She also talked about her upcoming 4 day...
We have another exciting week of meetings and webcasts for real estate investors at Atlanta REIA. Tuesday (before the Presidential Debate) we have a webcast with Patrick James on “99 Ways to Beat the IRS”. Tuesday evening we also have the Gwinnett County Subgroup. Wednesday is the Atlanta REIA North with Gordon Catts on Courthouse Research. Thursday is the Haves & Wants Meeting with Joe Thompson and an Evening with a Real Estate Expert Mike Warren on Investing in Liens and Judgements. Tuesday, October 16th at 7:00 PM – Online Webinar 99 Ways to Beat the IRS! A Webinar...
When it comes to creating small businesses, some may say “You didn’t build that”, but any small business owner knows the blood, sweat and tears they put into their growing small business with or without the governments assistance or intrusion. Those same bureaucrats say that small business owners and anyone else they label as being “rich” need to “pay their fair share” and that it is “unpatriotic” to do otherwise. The more you and your small business make, the more the bureaucrats in Washington want to take. Well, if you feel you and your small business are taxed enough already, there is good...

Mike Warren

Posted on October 15, 2012 by
Mike Warren is a nationally known author, investor, and instructor specializing in investing in judgments and liens which are secured by real estate. Mr. Warren holds a double MBA in real estate and finance and is CEO of a diversified investment and consulting firm. Mr. Warren started in the business of collecting judgments and liens many years ago when he was presented with the opportunity to buy a judgment attached to an investment property for $1,000. What resulted would forever change his financial future. He very quickly was able to collect on the judgment making an astounding $7500...

Patrick James

Posted on October 15, 2012 by
Patrick James is President and CEO of Tax Strategies and Solutions, Inc., and has dedicated his entire career to helping people create and preserve wealth through knowledge. His business expertise was instrumental in launching U.S.ITAP, a tax reduction program. For over 10 years, Patrick has traveled the country teaching tens of thousands of people how the tax code really works and what they can do to minimize their tax burden by taking advantage of every possible tax deduction in order to minimize tax liabilities and maximize tax deductions. Patrick is a graduate of the University of...

Patrick James

Posted on October 15, 2012 by
Patrick James is President and CEO of Tax Strategies and Solutions, Inc., and has dedicated his entire career to helping people create and preserve wealth through knowledge. His business expertise was instrumental in launching U.S.ITAP, a tax reduction program. For over 10 years, Patrick has traveled the country teaching tens of thousands of people how the tax code really works and what they can do to minimize their tax burden by taking advantage of every possible tax deduction in order to minimize tax liabilities and maximize tax deductions. Patrick is a graduate of the University of...
True Stories from United States Income Tax Audit Protection Janitorial Business Operator Cleans House CM was the victim of an IRS audit. While she was busy operating her large janitorial business, she left her books and records to the hands of her trusty accountant. As luck would have it, her “less than competent” accountant had no solid documentation of her business transactions, and the IRS was now claiming she owed more than $2.5 million in back taxes, penalties, and interest. That’s when CM found US-iTap. Through a process called an “offer in compromise,” US-iTap was able to convince the...
When was the last time you got to hear from a real, in the trenches advanced investor? One who is prospering in these challenging times? Join us to hear a 14 year investing veteran shares his Tax Deed Strategies as well as his take on in-town properties. You’ll learn learn how to purchase a deed for pennies on the dollar. Learn to purchase vacant lots at fire sales. Learn to get excellent returns on your investment with no tenants and no toilets. Michael Keefe will be our speaker for this month’s Active Investor Group on Monday, October 1st at 3:00 PM at Total Wine & More...
on September 20th, 2012, real estate investor, author, national speaker and trainer and private lending expert, Alan Cowgill joined us for a very special Evening with a Real Estate Expert Webcast. On this webcast, we introduced our attendees to Alan, talked about how he got started in the real estate investing business, and talked about how he and his students raise and use private money to buy all of their single-family houses, commercial buildings, apartment complexes or other investment properties regardless of their cash on hand, credit or financial situation. Alan also talked to us about...

The Profit October 2012 Edition

Posted on September 25, 2012 by
The October 2012 Edition of The Profit is Ready for Download! The October 2012 edition of The Profit, the official newsletter of the Atlanta Real Estate Investors Alliance (Atlanta REIA), is now ready for download in high or low resolution format. Read and enjoy a variety of articles on real estate investing and more from Alan Cowgill, Deborah Harris, Bob Massey, Jeff Nix, Don DeRosa, Larry Harbolt, Russ Hiner, Jim Hitt, Robyn Thompson, Erven Kimble, Michael Vazquez, Tony Pearl and Mike Barnes. And don’t forget, Atlanta REIA Business Members can advertise in The Profit at deeply...

Why You Need Private Money

Posted on September 25, 2012 by
The topic of Private Money is near and dear to my heart.  When I started my real estate investing career many years ago, I heard about the necessity of finding private lenders.  In fact I even found two.  But then I stopped.  For four years I PROCRASTINATED.  I didn’t get it!!!  For four years I continued to go to banks and jump through their hoops in order to fund my deals.  I also had used hard money lenders, but found them very expensive.   It wasn’t until I quit my J.O.B. and found that banks wouldn’t loan me money that I realized that I needed to bring private lenders...
Several years ago, I attended my first real estate seminar and decided this was the business for me. I could do it in my own time and at my own pace and still make money. Considering I was still working a full time job at the time, this seemed to be just the scenario I was looking for. One of the things they taught us in those seminars was that finding truly motivated sellers was going to be the cornerstone to this business because without motivated sellers there simply are no deals to be made. After spending a number of years in sales prior to becoming a real estate entrepreneur, I knew that...
As a veteran real estate agent in the Atlanta Market for over 30 years (Yes, I started in real estate when I was 12), the current market is the darnedest thing I have ever seen. First and foremost, listing inventory is down by 36% from May 2011, sending home values up 2.35% from March 2012 for the first time, and, above the national average of 1.3% according to the Case-Shiller Report of June 2012. These new numbers indicate a firming of the market in a positive direction.  Is this a signal that the metro Atlanta real estate market will continue to show signs of improvement for sellers? With...
On an annual basis foreclosures have dropped 24% according to CoreLogic. Anyone who has been to a foreclosure auction lately knows that there are fewer sales of foreclosed homes coming through to market. Instead, lenders refinanced over 425,000 underwater loans under HARP in the first 6 months of 2012, the same number as were done all last year.  Short sales are up also.  According to RealtyTrac Q1 2012 short sale activity was up 25% over the year. Does this mean we’ve got the lenders on the run?   It appears as if lenders have finally gotten the message that it is better to resolve a...
Advanta IRA Administration, LLC is a self-directed individual retirement arrangement (IRA) administrator headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Self-directed IRAs give you the freedom to diversify your portfolio by broadening your investment choices to include real estate. In fact, over 70% of Advanta IRA clients invest in some form real estate including, rental properties, notes, rehabs, trust deeds and much more. By taking advantage of a self-directed IRA, you are completely in control of the investments you make. Monte Smith is the Educational Director for Advanta IRA, offering seminars and...
“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” ~ Benjamin Franklin Remember when your dear Aunt Myrtle asked you to help her sell that Miami condo? You did the research, helped arrange some inexpensive upgrades, priced the home sensibly, and voila! It sold in a week and a half. Aunt Myrtle was so grateful she sent you homemade bread and cookies for a year. But that was then.  This isn’t your Aunt Myrtle’s condo market anymore, and it’s not just because of the Great Recession. While prices were hurtling downward, the amount and availability of information online was increasing like...

Never Eat Your Seed Corn

Posted on September 25, 2012 by
When I started investing in real estate 30 some years ago it never dawned on me that there was a strategy to become wealthy.  I thought all you had to do was buy houses, fix them up and resell them, make money then repeat the process. It sounded like a good plan but it was a flawed plan because the money I made from the deals I did went to feed my family first, then what was left went to rehab the next property. I had no plan to accumulate wealth. I had no plan for the future; all I had was a plan to create a job for myself I had to go to work every day to support my family. One day I was...

It’s Very Simple: Consistency

Posted on September 25, 2012 by
Here it is the Tuesday after Labor Day, and I’m excited about the upcoming month. The market seems to be changing positively, and I am doing an increasing number of real estate deals. Also, I’m energized because I rested over the three-day holiday. I spent time with my friends relaxing and enjoying great conversation along with sharing ideas. With all of that renewed energy, I made grand plans for the upcoming week.  But, you know what they say about well-laid plans. Instead of getting to my list, I find myself trying to answer calls as the phone rings off the hook. My plan to...
Buzz Words and Warning Signs As investors, we must always be aware that there are fraud promoters lurking in every corner waiting for their next opportunity to pounce on an un-expecting investor. To help you avoid falling victim to fraud, here’s a recent study of SEC Investor Alerts which show some very obvious but worth mentioning ‘buzz’ words every investor should watch out for:Guaranteed Can’t Miss Extremely High Returns Safe and Risk Free Promised _____% ReturnsIn the SEC alerts they are primarily discussing investing in LLCs and Private Placements; however, these warnings are...
Many real estate investors shy away from the ugly house business because they fear hiring contractors. We have all heard the horror stories of rehabbers who loose their shirt because a contractor took them to the cleaners. I am here to tell you that contractors can be your worst enemy or your best friend, depending if you hire a good one or a bad one. So how can the beginning novice real estate investor make the correct choice- the hard working team player that gets the job done on time, on budget and at a high standard of quality? The answer is by following all eight of the critical...
“He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, And He will pay back what he has given.” (Pr 19:17 NLT) Every investment has a Risk/Return factor associated with it. When a business man or business woman is asked to put their finances and/or time into a venture it is wise for them to consider the projected return. The return is compared to the possible loss that is associated with an investment. Conventional wisdom says; “the greater the projected return, the greater the risk one might have to take.” Whether or not greater risk can be justified by larger projected profit depends...

The Wholesaler

Posted on September 25, 2012 by
Now it’s time to discuss a subject that I have intimate knowledge about, the wholesaler. It seems that no matter which direction you look you will always find a “wholesaler.” From my experience many people are too quick in being self proclaimed wholesalers. Anyone that is truly a wholesaler and a successful wholesaler can tell you that although it is very profitable it is not something one can be learn over night. Good wholesalers are usually a jack of all trades in the investment world. They are knowledgeable about construction, creative financing, determining values and rents, some are...
Ok, you’ve built your site. You have it all set up, targeting your proper audience. You have a freebie give-away, such as a report, video, or guaranteed offer on their house, and all they need to do to get it is give you their name, email, and phone number. So you’re ready for the next step… Now you just need some people to see it. This is called ‘Traffic.’ It’s the lifeblood of your website. It’s the first step in your marketing funnel – Generate Prospects. Without eyeballs on your site, you’re done. Might as well not even have a site to begin with! But you do have a site, so let’s get you...
Did you know you can quickly build a wholesale buyers list by having your prospects “text” to automatically join your list? Building a text message marketing list will not only prove to be easier than building an email list, but you will also have a higher chance of getting your message opened and read by your prospects. After all, about 95% of all text messages are opened and read within minutes of being sent. People also find it is easier to simply text to a number to join your list rather than having to go online, fill out a form, check their email for a verification message and then...
Did you know you can quickly build a wholesale buyers list by having your prospects “text” to automatically join your list? Building a text message marketing list will not only prove to be easier than building an email list, but you will also have a higher chance of getting your message opened and read by your prospects. After all, about 95% of all text messages are opened and read within minutes of being sent. People also find it is easier to simply text to a number to join your list rather than having to go online, fill out a form, check their email for a verification message and then...
We have another exciting week of meetings and webcasts for real estate investors this week at Atlanta REIA. Monday is Atlanta REIA West with special guest Rock Shukoor on “45 Ways to Find Under Valued Properties” with Late Nite Networking afterwards. Tuesday and Thursday at 7 PM we are having a live webcast replay with Alan Cowgill on “Raising Private Money”. Tuesday is also the Note Buyers Group with Tom Boyer. Wednesday is the Beginning Investors Group with Alan McDonald. Thursday is the Cash Cow Commercial Group with Steve Brown and his special guest speakers and...
PLEASE NOTE: The Atlanta REIA Main Monthly Meeting has moved to the Crowne Plaza Ravinia Hotel located at 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road in Atlanta, GA. Mon, Oct 1st at 5:30 PM @ Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta Atlanta REIA Main Meeting with Alan Cowgill at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia on October 1st Atlanta REIA Members Can Attend at No Charge. Guests Can RSVP Online Now for $10 or Pay $20 at the Door. We are excited to announce Private Lending Expert, Alan Cowgill, will be our guest speaker at Atlanta REIA on October 1st. Alan is an author, a national speaker, and a private lending consultant...
Hey fellow real estate investors, let me ask you a question.  Do you have all the motivated sellers you can handle contacting you to sell you their house?  Are you so bogged down in leads that you don’t know what to do with them all?  My guess is your answer is a resounding “no”.  This is one of the biggest mistakes I see both new and seasoned investors make.  They wonder why they aren’t doing deals, while somehow missing the very important fact that they aren’t focused on marketing that will get their phone to ring consistently with motivated sellers who need to sell their house NOW.  Miss...
Could You Use An Unlimited Supply Of Money To Fund All the Real Estate Deals You Can Find? Now is your chance to learn how to raise all the private money you need to fund all your residential and commercial real estate deals. On Saturday, October 6th, Atlanta REIA is having a Private Lending Workshop with Private Lending Expert, Alan Cowgill, at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia Hotel located at 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road in Atlanta, GA. Alan is a real estate investor, author, a national speaker, and a private lending consultant who will show you how you can get the money you need to buy single-family...

Seph, Meet Your Parents – Back Then

Posted on September 17, 2012 by
Joseph David English, welcome to the world!  By the time you’re able to read and fully understand this letter, your parents, Joe and Ashley, will be wealthy real estate investors who, it will appear to you, have nothing better to do than travel the world having fun while constantly interfering in your life.  I’m writing this to you, Seph, because it’s important you know that your parents weren’t born with silver spoons in their mouths.  Their success wasn’t due to luck or a winning lottery ticket.  Your mom and dad’s success was a worked-at, strived-for thing.  In the early years of their...

Oh, How I Love Trusts!

Posted on September 17, 2012 by
Business owners, here’s something to consider: Let’s say you’re a real estate investor and you’ve spent the past fifteen years working and sacrificing to build a portfolio of twenty single-family rental homes.  Your portfolio has a lot of equity and great cash flow.  You’ve finally reached the point where you can relax, travel and enjoy life – Oh, and yes, you DID build it yourself! Then you get The Call.  It’s from one of those one-call-that’s-all, flea-bag attorneys who tells you that he’s representing one of your tenants who was seriously injured after falling down some steps at one of...

Landlords’ #1 Legal Mistake

Posted on September 17, 2012 by
Last week, Houston Long, a fellow real estate investor and longtime friend (though he doesn’t like admitting to the “longtime friend” part), had to take a tenant to Magistrate Court to seek an eviction.  The tenant had quit paying rent.  This left Houston with no option but to try and get the tenant out and his rental property back. Taking a tenant to court should be a no-other-choice decision.  For Houston, who’s been managing tenants and rental properties for more than eight years, this is the first time he’s had to take a tenant to court.  Previously, he had been able to resolve all...

What We See When Working Foreclosures

Posted on September 17, 2012 by
We bought two properties at the August foreclosure auction in Bartow County.  After the auction, a new real estate investor asked us a question we hear often: What do you see when you’re out working foreclosures?  Today’s column answers this question. A couple of days ago, I headed out to look at some properties scheduled to be sold at the September foreclosure auction.  Joining me were my buddies Houston Long and John Clark.  Houston is an experienced investor who has one of the best creative deal-structuring minds around.  John is new to real estate investing and is a quick learner. Our...
In the first two parts (Part 1 & Part 2) of this series, we discussed the best way for real estate investors to quickly find folks who want to sell their home.  Today, let’s talk about what to do once you’re face-to-face with a seller. OK, you’re in the seller’s house.  What should you do first?  The thing I want to do first is go straight to the seller’s kitchen table and find out why she is selling her home.  But what usually happens is that I’m given a grand tour of the property. In years past, these tours bored me to tears.  I’d think: Wow, there’s a bathroom and a couple of bedrooms...
This week, Movers & Shakers meets on Monday. Tuesday is a webcast on Mobile Websites for Real Estate Investors with Dustin Griffin. Wednesday is Atlanta REIA North on Marketing Techniques for Real Estate Investors followed by Late Nite Networking at the Tilted Kilt Buford. Thursday is the Haves & Wants Meeting and an Evening with a Real Estate Expert webcast with Private Money Expert, Alan Cowgill. Saturday is the “How to Make $20K Days Workshop” with Don DeRosa. Saturday, September 22nd at 8:30 AM – Westin Atlanta Perimeter Learn How to Make $20K in 30 Days, Part...

Six Member-Only Webcast Replays

Posted on September 7, 2012 by
Real Estate Joint Ventures & Wealth Without Risk with Dustin Griffin & Duncan Wierman on August 30, 2012 On this webcast, Duncan Wierman taught us about how to use real estate joint ventures to create wealth without risk using the latest real estate investing techniques and technology. If you would like to learn how to use technology to help you buy and sell more houses than you ever thought possible, without even leaving your house, this is a webcast replay you don’t want to miss. Watch Webcast→More Mobile Media Marketing for Real Estate Investors with Dustin Griffin &...
Bob Massey here, and I hope to see you this Monday, September 10th at 3pm for the Atlanta REIA Foreclosure Subgroup meeting. At this meeting I am going to be covering some critical information you need to be a successful investor in this crazy market. We’re going to be talking about the foreclosure process, short sales, and beyond. We’ll explain both the foreclosure and short sale processes from top to bottom, including what strategies are working best today, and the key mistakes that will absolutely kill your deals. We’re also going to be explaining the securitization...
On August 30, 2012, Duncan Wierman joined us for Training Opportunity Webcast where he taught us about “Real Estate Joint Ventures & Wealth Without Risk” using the latest real estate investing techniques and technology. If you would like to learn how to use technology to help you buy and sell more houses than you ever thought possible, without even leaving your house, this is a webcast replay you don’t want to miss. Watch the webcast replay now! On this webcast, Duncan showed us how to…Locate property owners who NEED to sell FAST Pick up great properties below...
On August 28, 2012, mobile media marketing expert, Mike Barnes joined us for a Business Opportunity Webcast to followup the webcast he did with us on August 21, 2012, that introduced us to several Mobile Media Marketing Techniques that you should be considering adding to your overall Internet Marketing Strategy. During this follow-up webcast, Mike showed us some of the tools we use create and maintain our mobile websites as well as the Mobile Media Marketing Platform we use for QR code Marketing, Text Message Marketing and so much more. If you are truly interested in being cutting edge and...

The Profit September 2012 Edition

Posted on September 5, 2012 by
The Profit for September 2012 is Here! The 4th edition of The Profit, the official newsletter of the Atlanta Real Estate Investors Alliance (Atlanta REIA), is out for the month September 2012! Read and enjoy a variety of articles on real estate investing and more from Don DeRosa, Jeff Nix, Larry Harbolt, Russ Hiner, Mike Barnes, Bob Massey, Erven Kimble, Jim Hitt, Deborah Harris, Michael Vazquez, Tony Pearl, Robyn Thompson, Kathy Kennebrook, Craig Halperin and Chris Littleton. And don’t forget, Atlanta REIA Business Members can advertise in The Profit at discounted rates.High Res...
PLEASE NOTE: As of September 10th, the Atlanta REIA Main Monthly Meeting is moving to a new venue at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia Hotel located at 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road in Atlanta, GA just across the street from Perimeter Mall. Mon, Sept 10th at 5:30 PM @ Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta Atlanta REIA Main Meeting with Don DeRosa at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia on Sept 10th Atlanta REIA Members Can Attend at No Charge. Guests Can RSVP Online Now for $10 or Pay $20 at the Door. Atlanta REIA is excited to announce that our very own Don DeRosa will be our keynote speaker on Monday, September 10th at...

How to Get a “Yes” to Your Offer

Posted on September 5, 2012 by
“An agreement cannot be the result of an imposition” ~ Nestor Kirchner Imagine. You have a hot lead in your hands that could make you thousands in the next 30 days. Tens of thousands. Appears to be a decent house. Needs a little updating. Good neighborhood. Great schools. But the owner tells you he’s talked to other investors. He tells you, “Don’t bother to come if all you’re going to do is make a low offer.” So…do you go? Even if you’re going to make a low offer. The answer is yes. Always yes. You’ll go because you’ll get a ‘yes’ to your offer. You’ll be prepared. You’ll do your due...
AquaGuard has been associated with Real Estate Investment Associations for many years.  They are sensitive to the wants and needs of investors because of their real estate involvement with due diligence periods as well as what is trying to be accomplished for either the seller or buyer.  The options for repair can be very different.  AquaGuard’s written price protection guarantee insures investors get the absolute best repair with the best nationally backed transferable warranty in the industry at the absolute best price. The AquaGuard mission statement reads:  To create a positive, growth...
Today I am seeing all too many investors making mistakes that are costing them thousands of dollars of profit every year simply because they lack focus. Any truly successful investor will tell you that you must focus on what you are doing and become the very best at what you have chosen. Having been an investor for over thirty years, I learned there are five common reasons why many investors fail to make more money, especially in today’s market of properties with mortgage balances higher than what the properties are worth and thousands more properties in the foreclosure process. Believe it or...

Is This House a Deal or No Deal?

Posted on September 5, 2012 by
There is a house located in a working class neighborhood.  The Realtor is offering it for $60,000. It is a 3/2 bath house in average condition,  10 years old and 1200 sq ft with a one car carport. Taxes are $950/year. Insurance is $850/year. The repairs are quoted by a shade tree contractor for $9,500. This would get you paint inside and out, carpet, counter top, and door knobs. The roof is 10 years old, the hot water heater is 3 years old, and the bath room is 10 years old. I figure since owner does not recognize that the house smells like smoke and cat urine, the 3 cats must be smoking 2...
Have you created a mobile friendly version of your website(s) yet? If not, why not? Your customers are not going to wait until you do. Statistics are warning us of this! With more people accessing your website/blog, Twitter posts and Facebook posts using their smartphones, they are also visiting and seeing your marketing with a smartphones as well. If your website is not easily readable on a mobile phone, you’re in trouble since many (or most) mobile users will simply leave your site and take their business elsewhere. More than half of all users say they wouldn’t recommend a business with a...

The Truth About Securitized Mortgages

Posted on September 5, 2012 by
The majority of mortgages in the United States are sold into securitized trusts called REMICS and are not held as in-house or “portfolio” loans.  All sub-prime loans are sold off in this way and have been since the late 1960s.  The practice became especially common in the 1990s when the writing of sub-prime loans became more prevalent.  Many prime loans also wind up sold as mortgage-backed securities. REMIC is short for Real Estate Mortgage Investment Conduit.  They are investment vehicles which hold commercial and residential mortgages in trusts and then issue securities representing an...
“My child, if you have put up security for a friend’s debt, or agreed to guarantee the debt of a stranger; if you have trapped yourself by your agreement and are caught by what you said— follow my advice and save yourself, for you have placed yourself at your friend’s mercy. Now swallow your pride; go and beg to have your name erased. Don’t put it off; do it now! Do not rest until you do. Save yourself like agazelle escaping from a hunter, like a bird fleeing from a net.” (Pr 6:1-5)(NLT) By definition, a co-signer is obligated to pay when the other person defaults on their...
The Dream George L., a client of American IRA, LLC, wanted to purchase a 56 unit, 1.2 million dollar mobile home park inside his IRA account. The Details George was determined to make this dream a reality and worked hard in negotiations with the owner of the mobile home park finally settling on these details:Purchase price $1,200,000 Down Payment $200,000 from an old 401(k) plan Owner financing $1,000,000 at 6% interestA Word of Caution about Loans inside an IRA The American IRA account specialist informed George that the owner financing needed to be “non-recourse” to qualify for IRA...

The Fellow Investor

Posted on September 5, 2012 by
Up to this point the sellers that have been mentioned had no interests in being investors. They usually saw the extra property as a burden of some sort. Now negotiating with a fellow investor is different because they know the value of their property and/or its’ potential. When negotiating with an investor you need to be at the same experience level. If you are new to real estate investing and are trying to “fake it til you make it” in negotiating with seasoned investors, they will see right through you and move on to another buyer. Admit that you are new to investing and the selling investor...
Hello again! Picking up from where we left off last month, we were discussing how almost everyone now has a smartphone, email, Facebook, and they read their text messages within 5 minutes of getting it.  We also discussed how most other types of traditional media are on the way out: Yellow Pages, newspapers, etc.  Basically, everyone is using the internet these days. So if you’re in business, you need to not only BE on there, you also need to position yourself correctly AND take advantage of the emerging technologies that your prospects are using to possibly find you. This includes having an...
Is this depressed housing market making you nervous? Are you thinking that you can’t make money when real estate prices have dropped by as much as 50%? Do you think it is impossible to sell a house in today’s market?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, this special report was written for you. Many real estate investors are shying away from the ugly house business right now because they fear selling houses in a depressed real estate market. We have all heard the horror stories of real estate investors who lose their shirt because they get stuck with a property they just can’t sell...

So Sue Me

Posted on September 5, 2012 by
Throughout your life, no matter who you are or how you earn your living, you need to be concerned about protecting your assets. Your assets may include your home, vehicles, jewelry, boats, artwork, properties and whatever other assets you accumulate along the way. After all, you work hard for what you have and there are always going to be people out there who want something for nothing. The more money you have the greater a target you become, and you’ll want to protect yourself from frivolous lawsuits. In the real estate investing business this is especially true. The real estate business is...
If you are one of those investors that have been waiting for the bottom, you’ve missed it!  Foreclosures are seeing multiple offers with “up bidding” because these are the properties that are perfect for investors wanting high cap rates from rentals. Monthly sales were considerably stronger in January through May compared to both of the last two years and June sales will likely be equal or higher once lagged closings are processed.  The usual seasonal low points in January were higher in both 2011 and 2012, possibly indicating a firmer base for continued sales growth following...
Real estate investors must protect their assets by assuring that parties with sufficient legal authority execute purchase and sale agreements and other documents associated with their business. Failure to do so may result in voided transactions and a complete loss of title on the property. Multi-member LLCs, partnerships, and corporations are at greater risk for such oversights, but all investors who do business through asset protection entities should be aware of legal guidelines for real estate transactions in Georgia to avoid potential losses. In general, entities must be in “good...
Get on the Bus with Us on Sept 29th & 30th! We are living in a rare moment in history. Housing can be purchased for less than the cost to build, interest rates are at an all-time low, and the pool of qualified renters is an all-time high. Now is the time to GET ON THE BUS and take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity! Whether you are a seasoned investor, just getting started, or just need to find out what all the talk is about, a great option is to participate in a Property Foreclosure Tour. These tours are showing up in every major market across the nation in many shapes and...
Would You Like to Make More by Working Less? Is this really possible? Real estate expert, Don DeRosa says “15 hours a week is all you need to build short term cash flow and long term wealth by investing in real estate.” Imagine taking any seller lead and creating a profitable, winning deal… making thousands of dollars in profit where you thought there was none. Wouldn’t this be nice? No more wasted marketing dollars. No more wasted phone calls. No more wasted time. If you want to learn how to make more and work less by investing in real estate, be sure to join Don...
This week, don’t forget our Atlanta REIA Main Meeting with Don DeRosa has been rescheduled for Monday, September 10th due to the Labor Day Holiday. Tuesday is Mountain REIA with Gordon Catts. Wednesday is the Creative Deal Structuring Group with Russ Hiner. Thursday is the Haves & Wants Meeting with Joe Thompson. PLEASE NOTE: Our next Atlanta REIA Main Meeting is being held on September 10th instead of the first Monday of the month due to the Labor Day Holiday. ALSO NOTE: The Atlanta REIA Main Monthly Meeting is also moving to a new venue at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia Hotel located...
2 Day Foreclosure Training & Tour Saturday, Sept 29th & Sunday, Sept 30th At the SRN Academy Training Facility, Tyrone GA.The SRN Academy has openings for New Real Estate Investor Clients!Are you investing in Real Estate? If not, do you think that it is:Too Expensive? Too Risky? Too Time Consuming?If you could easily purchase single family rental homes with:Excellent Returns and Cash Flow Rehab & Tenant Placement for Your Property Expert Property Management in Place All Within a 30 to 60 Day WindowWould you be willing to invest 2 days learning to identify &...
On August 21st, 2012, we did a What’s Hot in Real Estate Investing Webcast with mobile media marketing expert, Mike Barnes. On this webcast, Mike introduced attendees to some of the major Mobile Media Marketing Tools that you need to consider adding to your marketing efforts to help to build your buyer, seller, tenant and customer lists, to reach your lists more effectively, to generate more traffic to your websites and/or place of business and to dramatically increase your sales and profits! The Mobile Internet and Mobile Media Marketing are here to stay whether you are paying...
Wealth Blueprint Workshop Attendees… Download Robyn’s Bonus Audios For those of you that attended Robyn Thompson and Larry Harbolt’s Wealth Blue Print Workshop on August 18th, we have your final 2 Audio Courses for download that were unavailable at the event. You can now download “How to Buy Winning Properties and Avoid the Losers” ($99 value) and “How to Wholesale REOs” ($99 value). If you attended the event, click here we will email you the links to download the audio courses as a zip file of MP3 audios that you can playback on your computer or mobile device. Workshop...
We have another exciting week of meetings and webcasts for real estate investors this week at Atlanta REIA. Monday is Atlanta REIA West with Dyches Boddiford on Trusts and Asset Protection. Tuesday is a Webcast with Mike Barnes on More Mobile Media Marketing. Thursday is the Haves & Wants Meeting with Joe Thompson and a Webcast with Duncan Wierman on Joint Ventures and Wealth Without Risk. Bonus Downloads from Robyn Thompson Wealth Blueprint Workshop Attendees… Download Robyn’s Bonus Audios For those of you that attended Robyn Thompson and Larry Harbolt’s Wealth Blue...
PLEASE NOTE: Our next Atlanta REIA Main Meeting is being held on September 10th instead of the first Monday of the month due to the Labor Day Holiday. ALSO NOTE: The Atlanta REIA Main Monthly Meeting is also moving to a new venue at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia Hotel located at 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road in Atlanta, GA just across the street from Perimeter Mall. This will be our new meeting place each month until further notice.
On August 16, 2012 we held a special Training Opportunity Webcast entitled “Making a Fortune in the Real Estate Recovery” with real estate expert Marc Hrisko. Marc describes this webcast as “A dynamic presentation that will keep you on the edge of your seat. There is a mountain of opportunity out there if you know where to look, and more importantly, what to do when you find it.” On this webcast, Marc will shows you…How to work with banks who are overwhelmed with foreclosures and will actually beg you to take their inventory for pennies on the dollar How to...
Are you a sitting duck for creditors and predators and not even aware of it?  How should you hold title to your own home?   What’s the best way to hold title to your rental real estate and other assets?  You may be surprised to learn the answers. We’ve got those answers and more as a special treat for y’all coming up this month at Wild Wild West Subgroup of Atlanta REIA — Dyches Boddiford is appearing live and in person on Monday, August 27th!  Come join the group for a great dinner, wonderful networking, and a real treat to hear this true Expert speak on Trusts.  Dyches knows Trusts...
We have another exciting week of meetings and webcasts for real estate investors this week at Atlanta REIA. Monday is the Movers & Shakers Meeting in Alpharetta with Gordon Catts. Tuesday is a What’s Hot in Real Estate Investing Webcast on Mobile Media Marketing with Mike Barnes as well as the Fish Club Meeting with Aaron McGinnis. Wednesday is the Beginning Investors Group with Alan McDonald. Thursday is the Cash Cows Commercial Group with Steve Brown as well as the Haves & Wants Meeting with Joe Thompson. Next Monday is Atlanta REIA West with Dyches Boddiford. Monday, August...
Join us at our next What’s Hot in Real Estate Investing Webcast on Tuesday, August 21st at 7 PM on GoToWebinar. Our special guest speaker will be mobile media marketing expert, Mike Barnes from Florida, who will introduce you to some of the major Mobile Media Marketing Tools that you need to consider adding to your marketing efforts to help to build your customer list, reach your lists more effectively, generate more traffic and dramatically increase your sales and profits! Register for the Webcast Now!On the Webcast, Mike will teach you:The staggering statistics of the Mobile...
On August 14, 2012, real estate expert Larry Harbolt joined us for a very informative webcast on how and why you should be using Land Trusts to purchase and control your real estate deals. Larry talked about…What is a Land Trust Why you should be using a Land Trust Advantages of Using Land Trusts Disadvantages of Land Trusts & what to do about it How to create a Land Trust in minutes and much more!Larry also gave us a preview of what he will be teaching at his full day workshop with Robyn Thompson on August 18, 2012 in Atlanta called The Wealth Blue Print to a Millionaire Mind....
Atlanta REIA West Meeting with Dyches Boddiford on August 27th Whether you are a seasoned investor with a lot of houses, or just starting out, you don’t want to miss this chance to hear and meet Dyches Boddiford up close and personal on August 27th at 6:30 PM at the Atlanta REIA West Meeting being held at the Cherokee Cattle Company at 2710 Canton Road in Marietta, GA. Even if your credit is in the toilet and you have no assets, judgment proofing can be useful to you. Learn how to protect yourself from lawsuit predators. Protect yourself from crazy tenants who are looking to sue someone and...
This Tuesday we have a live webinar with Larry Harbolt on how to use Land Trusts to control and hold real estate. Wednesday is the Atlanta REIA North Meeting with Mike Barnes on Mobile Media Marketing for Real Estate Investors and other small businesses. Thursday is the Haves & Wants Meeting and a special webcast with Mark Hrisko on Making a Fortune in the Real Estate Recovery. Saturday is a full day workshop called the Wealth Blue Print to a Millionaire Mind with Robyn Thompson and Larry Harbolt. Tuesday, August 14th @ 7:00 PM on GoToWebinar.com Using Land Trusts to Control & Hold...

Mike Barnes

Posted on August 13, 2012 by
Mike Barnes, founder of SEO Alien, and co-founder of Mobile Ready Marketing has become recognized through his innovations in Social Media Optimization using Social Media. Mike has also been invited to speak nationally, sharing his knowledge and expertise on several subjects such as Search Engine Optimization, Social Media Marketing, Social Media Management and Mobile Marketing. He is dedicated to help his customers reach the highest in optimization. With over 16 years of online marketing experience, Mike has the expertise and the sales knowledge to help his customers succeed. Always taking...
On Tuesday, August 14th at 7PM we have an exciting and informative webcast scheduled with creative real estate expert, Larry Harbolt, on how and why you should be using Land Trusts to purchase and control your real estate deals. Register now for FREE and Larry will teach you things like…What is a Land Trust Why you should be using a Land Trust Advantages of Using Land Trusts Disadvantages of Land Trusts & what to do about it How to create a Land Trust in minutes and much more!Larry will also be giving us a preview of what he will be teaching at his full day workshop with Robyn...
This week at Atlanta REIA, on Monday we have the Mobile Real Estate Rockstars Group with Don DeRosa as well as the Atlanta REIA Main Meeting for August with Robyn Thompson. Tuesday is Mountain REIA with Gordon Catts in Cumming, GA. On Wednesday we have the Spanish Investors Group (SING) and the I Love Marketing Group (ILM) on Wednesday. Thursday is the Haves & Wants Meeting with Joe Thompson in Sandy Springs as well as the Atlanta REIA South Meeting in Eastpoint with Reggie Jackson and Gordon Catts. Also, be sure to check out the August Edition of The Profit, Atlanta REIA’s new...
We’ve built a successful real estate investing business by constantly knocking on seller’s doors and asking Pete Fortunato’s famous question: Why are you selling such a nice house like this? Remember: The BEST way to find great deals is to meet face to face with sellers and help them solve their real estate problems. We knock on seller’s doors because it’s – BY FAR – the most effective, affordable and quickest way to get face to face with a seller. Today, let’s discuss what to say and do after knocking on the seller’s door.  One thing: There’s a lot in this world I know nothing about – but...
On August 30th at 7:00 PM, Duncan Wierman will be joining us for another Training Opportunity Webcast where he will be teaching us about “Real Estate Joint Ventures & Wealth Without Risk”. Below is just a taste of what Duncan Wierman will be teaching on the webinar. Register now for FREE and Duncan will show you how to…Locate property owners who NEED to sell FAST Pick up great properties below market value without doing any of the leg work Automate your entire real estate business with a few clicks of your mouse Put wholesale deals together by using joint...

Alan Cowgill

Posted on August 3, 2012 by
Alan Cowgill is the owner of Colby Properties, LLC. and President of Integrity Home Buyers, Inc. Alan is a full-time Real Estate Investor, investing in single family and small multi-family properties in Springfield, Ohio. Since 1995, Alan has bought and sold over 150 investment properties. He uses Private Lenders, not banks, to fund his real estate purchases. By doing this, he has created his own private bank of more than $2,000,000 to fund his deals. Alan looks for “Win–Win–Win” situations, where the seller, the lender, and the eventual homeowner can all “Win”. He is...
For real estate investors, the magic happens at the seller’s kitchen table!  Three Big Questions: How do you get to the seller’s kitchen table?  Once there, what do you say?  Finally, how do you “convince” the seller to sell you his/her home? Austin Boston Berry recently graduated from Georgia Tech.  There were two career paths from which he could choose: Either get a J-O-B with a big company working in a cubical and becoming a wage slave, or go to work for himself without the “security” (or constraints) of working for someone else.  Austin Boston chose the brave – and much harder, hungrier...

I Am My Beat-up, Old Diesel Truck

Posted on August 1, 2012 by
I couldn’t stop myself from watching a real estate investing TV infomercial last night.  You know the one, the guy promises big bags of cash if you’ll just buy his special, super-secret “system.”  In the infomercial, you can’t help but notice that the “millionaire” guru is driving a new Mercedes-Benz.  Sadly, a lot of folks tell themselves, “I gotta get me some of that!” and then pick up their phone and dial the number. The next morning I got in my vehicle, fired up the engine, and headed out to do property inspections at some rentals.  While driving, I thought again about the guru’s...

Roaches and Prolific Barkers

Posted on August 1, 2012 by
Last month, because of a job transfer, one of our long-term tenants moved out.  They’d been in our single-family rental for six years.  The home was returned in great shape, but we decided it was time to paint the property and replace the ten-year-old carpet.  The shave-and-haircut rehab came out great, and the home looked wonderful! As soon as we put For Rent signs in the yard, the phone began ringing like crazy.  Folks love to rent nice looking, well-maintained homes that are located in solid neighborhoods and rent for below-market rates. One of the first applications faxed to us was a...
We have a special Training Opportunity Webcast scheduled with Marc Hrisko on Thursday, August 16th at 7:00 PM on “Making a Fortune in the Real Estate Recovery”. Marc says this webcast will be “A dynamic presentation that will keep you on the edge of your seat. There is a mountain of opportunity out there if you know where to look, and more importantly, what to do when you find it.” Register now for FREE and Marc will show you…How to work with banks who are overwhelmed with foreclosures and will actually beg you to take their inventory for pennies on the...

The Profit August 2012 Edition

Posted on July 30, 2012 by
The Profit for August 2012 is Here! The 3rd edition of The Profit, the official newsletter of the Atlanta Real Estate Investors Alliance (Atlanta REIA), is out for the month August 2012! Read and enjoy a variety of articles on real estate investing from Robyn Thompson, Dustin Griffin, Larry Harbolt, Russ Hiner, Don DeRosa, Bob Massey, Erven Kimble, Jim Hitt, Deborah Harris, Michael Vazquez, Tony Pearl, Chris Littleton, Kathy Kennebrook and Craig Halperin and more. Don’t forget, Atlanta REIA Business Members can advertise in The Profit at discounted rates.High Res Version (28mb) / Low...
If you’ve ever wanted to have a ‘leg up’ or an unfair advantage over the competition, there’s a secret weapon that is available now for you to use… It’s called ‘SMS Marketing,’ otherwise known as ‘Text Message Marketing.’ Those few who have it and know how to use it properly are absolutely killing it, while those who have yet to discover its power are totally missing out, and losing business to their competitors who have embraced this new way to use an old technology to promote their businesses. It’s no secret that most people have a smartphone these days.  You can’t leave home without it. ...
I have become financially independent renovating houses, and you can do the same; however, if you aren’t prepared, the process can become completely overwhelming. To help you avoid the pitfalls that are out there, I have developed eight key strategies to assist you in growing your house renovation business.  If you are willing to learn from my experience, you will enjoy greater success much sooner.  While I was able to renovate 17 homes during my second year in the business, by employing the following strategies, I have grown my business to the point that I can, in today’s environment,...

Did Your Lender Discriminate?

Posted on July 30, 2012 by
The robo-signing fiasco has revealed the seedier side of the mortgage business to the general public.  These issues are coming back to haunt many lenders in the form of law suits and settlements with state and federal governments.  Over the last several years, homeowners and the public in general have become increasingly familiar with some of the issues that could lead to a case of fraud against a lender stemming from the way documents were signed, notarized, or dated incorrectly for mortgages or foreclosure filings.  The issues that were included in the foreclosure settlement against Bank of...
Fact: Getting Bank financing this year or any year in the near future for real estate investors is no longer a reality. If you haven’t noticed the real estate investing business has had a major make-over, and in my opinion not for the better. What this means for the real estate investor is, affordable financing to buy houses just isn’t going to be in the cards for them. Some of you may think you can actually get a loan from a bank or you think it will be easy for you to find a private lender with lots of money who will fund your deals, all I can say is Good Luck. Many of you are still making...

The High Price of Hope

Posted on July 30, 2012 by
On June 7, Creative Loafing did an article on “The High Price of Hope”; the article talked about a man named Angel, who put himself in a financial bind in Southwest Atlanta. This is something that happens to a lot of investors. As an investor I also took a financial hit, and this is my story. Angel’s focus was not on the alligators but was on the ether of Adair Park, the beltline, and a cheap house. He bought this shell of a house that was in a crime-ridden area with a huge number of vacancies, and prostitution for $14,000. Angel had a lot in his favor, he was very resourceful. He knew people...
“Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.”  Samuel Johnson This looks like a great place to invest. There are decent cars in the driveways. Lawns are mowed. Flowerbeds are neat. I feel safe. Houses don’t look too expensive and would probably cash flow. I wonder what that great little Cape Cod with the white picket fence is going for?” Well, now there’s an iPhone app that can tell you that, and more. Homesnap is a free app that you can use on your iPhone and iPad. Just snap a picture of the house and it’ll give you an estimate of...
“A man devoid of understanding shakes hands in a pledge, And becomes surety for his friend.” Proverbs 17:18 The biblical terms “shakes hands in a pledge” and “becomes surety” means that a person co-signs on someone else’s debt. In the business community, this also relates to a loan guarantor who has no collateral or control. Co-signing, simply put, is a risky and unwise personal and business practice. This bible verse is a strong words against, what seems to be, an acceptable and routine practice in our society.  However, to imply that a person lacks understanding is an accurate...
Are You New to Self-Directed IRA Investing? Many people are not sure if they have enough money in their IRA/401(k) account to even begin thinking about investing with it via a self-directed account. We have many clients who have taken accounts with small account balances and grown them into sizeable accounts simply by making one successful investment at a time. In this article, we will share the story of one of our clients, David G.’s 1st self-directed Roth IRA investment. David G., by the way, grew his account from $6,800 to $293,000 in 5 short years. David G. Decides on What His First...
Over the past five years, the real estate market took some now obvious twists and turns. In recent months, many local markets have made a noticeable shift into seller’s market conditions.  Fear of loss is new ingredient in the buying process, especially in popular markets, and, markets under $200,000, that have seen drastic shortages of acceptable homes for sale.  No longer are buyers looking at ALL of the available inventory before deciding to make an offer. In fact, many investors are making “blind” offers on properties that they have never seen before. Most investors participate in the...

Inherited Property

Posted on July 30, 2012 by
When someone inherits a property there was either a will in place assigning the new owner or it went through probate. If the deceased left a will they could have either willed the property to a person or assigned an executor to their estate to do with the property and proceeds as the deceased wished. There are also properties that are inherited that went or must go through probate in order for the new owner to sell. When it comes to inherited property it can become very complicated. When there is a will in place the new owner can do with the property as he/she wishes. Keep in mind that when a...
Ok, let’s have a quick review from where we left off last time: In our last article, we covered how almost everyone is online these days.  Most people you know have email. They have Facebook. Some have Twitter and other ‘Flavors of the Week.’  In addition to that, more and more people are using their Smartphones (iPhones, Droids, Blackberrys, etc.) to get online. Let’s face it: Traditional advertising media, such as the Yellow Pages, newspapers and the like are dying a slow death as the internet continues its surge in popularity and ease of use.  Quick test: When was the last time YOU used...
Landlords and Property Managers come in all shapes and sizes and we sometimes overlook great opportunities in commercial real estate because of the complexities.  A good relationship with a commercial property manager can help overcome those issues. With the current down market in commercial real estate you can find great opportunities to buy and hold. This should remain good for the buyers who have a good business and management plan in place. We are seeing a trend with current commercial property owners being forced to the sell their properties for much less than replacement cost values due...
I am often asked by women at events I speak at whether or not I think a woman can make a go of the real estate investing business on their own. My personal answer to this question is always a resounding-YES! Actually, women have a distinct advantage over men in the real estate investing business. Sorry guys, it’s the truth! You see women are generally much more comfortable working with other women. That’s a given. So this makes the whole process go a lot more smoothly. And Men really like working with Women because it kind of levels the playing field. Women are seen as easier to work with. So...
When a real estate investor or his attorney is filing for a Limited Liability Company (or any other business entity) with the Georgia Secretary of State’s office, it is pertinent to make sure that he or she acquires a federal Employer Information Number (EIN) from the IRS as well. Federal law requires federal taxpayer identification for income and employment taxation purposes. Furthermore, banks generally require an EIN to open any business account. For these and other reasons, business owners will benefit by applying for their EINs as early as possible in their business entity formation...

Marc Hrisko

Posted on July 30, 2012 by
One of the youngest members ever to be inducted into the Real Estate Hall of Fame, Marc Hrisko has been labeled a “rising star” and one of America’s most dynamic wealth and entrepreneur strategists. A top speaker for Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad, Poor Dad national seminars and Dean Graziosi’s The Insiders Edge Events, Marc Hrisko’s speeches and wealth-building seminars have been enjoyed by thousands of entrepreneurs in virtually every major city in the United States. In his role as a business coach, Marc has been responsible for helping launch the careers of some of the nation’s top...
Robyn Thompson, “The Queen of Rehab” was our special guest on the Evening with a Real Estate Expert Webcast on July 26, 2012. Robyn shared her story on how she got started investing in real estate as a broke waitress back in the 90′s and has since bought, fixed and sold 320+ homes and did as many as 51 houses in a single year. Robyn talked in detail about how to decide which houses to flip for quick cash versus which houses to keep and hold for long term wealth creation and cash flow. She also talked about making the mental transition from the employee mindset to the 7...
Robyn Thompson Wants You To Be A Multi Millionaire or At Least Drive Like One!! Dear Real Estate Investor, My good friend, Robyn Thompson, wants you to be a multi millionaire or at least drive like one! In fact, she is giving away a brand new 2013 Mercedes Benz at her Fifth Annual Millionaire Mastermind Convention on October 25th – 28th, 2012 in Tampa, FL and you could be the lucky winner for ABSOLUTELY FREE!This gorgeous state of the art fully loaded car will be a 2013 Jet Black Mercedes C Class. You could be driving home this sweet ride after the event in October 2012! Let me make myself...
Do you want killer real estate deals? Do you want deals as low as 10 cents on the dollar? If so, be sure to listen to the replay of the Training Opportunity Webcast with did like with real estate expert and President of Charleston REIA, Robert Woodruff, on July 19th where he taught attendees 5 of the Best, Easiest, Cheapest and Safest Ways to market your real estate investing business. Don’t waste your time and money on marketing strategies that don’t work when you can learn how to save thousands of dollars on your advertising costs. After investing more money than most people make a year on...
Mon, Aug 6th @ 5:30 PM in Atlanta Perimeter Hotel & SuitesAtlanta REIA Main Meeting with Robyn Thompson on Aug 6th Atlanta REIA Members Can Attend at No Charge Guests Can RSVP Online Now for FREE or Pay $20 at the DoorAtlanta REIA is excited to announce that Robyn Thompson, “The Queen of Rehab”, will be our main speaker at our Main Meeting on August 6th at 5:30 PM at the Atlanta Perimeter Hotel & Suites, located at 111 Perimeter Center West in Atlanta, GA. Robyn is the nation’s leading expert on buying properties at deep discounts, renovating them at lightning speed and selling...
I was like any other investor, I did the best with what I knew and when I knew better, I did better. I used to find my properties by searching for them on the internet or hiring a Realtor to scout the local market for good deals. I remember the very first creative financing property I bought was so dirty we had to set up a tent in the master bedroom just to save us from the bugs. The deals I got were normal deals. Somebody would find me a deal, I would fix it, and I would wait for somebody else would sell it. My marketing efforts were not bold by any means, but worked fairly well for some...
We have another exciting week of meetings and webcasts for real estate investors this week at Atlanta REIA. Monday is the Atlanta REIA West with guest speaker “Cash Flow” Tom Boyer on how to use a financial calculator. Tuesday is the Note Buyers Group as well as a webcast with Stefan Kasian. Wednesday is the Beginning Investors Group Meeting. Thursday is the Cash Cows Commercial Group, the Haves & Wants Meeting and an Evening with an Expert Webcast with Robyn Thompson. Saturday is a full day workshop with Robert Woodruff on 51 Ways to Find Seller Leads. Monday, July 23rd @...

Let The Best Deals Find You

Posted on July 21, 2012 by
I’m coming to your city next weekend for 1 Purpose and 1 Purpose Only … to put more money into your bank account by saving you tens-of-thousands in needless marketing costs. When I leave, you will know how to get sellers who’ll crawl over broken glass to sell their homes regardless of your credit or financial situation. Have You Ever Wondered How Millionaire Investors Find the Best Deals? Well, I have news for you! Contrary to popular belief; Millionaire Investors don’t find deals.  The Best Deals find THEM. Do You Want Killer Deals? …Real Estate for 10 cents on the dollar? On Saturday, I’m...
Dear Fellow Real Estate Investor, Do you know a homeowner who can answer yes to any of these questions:You are at risk of losing your home and other properties You are running out of money to pay your loans Adjustable interest payments increasing soon Have sellers calling you facing foreclosure Short sales too long and frustrating, not big enough discounts Loan Mods not working, still owe too much In over your head and want an easy way of the mess Facing foreclosure? Want a new way to stop it that actually works?Look, its not your fault. This economy is the result of a deliberately...
How to Use a Financial Calculator & More! with “Cash Flow” Tom Boyer It’s no secret that there’s no better time in history to buy real estate than right now.  Deals are abundant and many sellers are now open to owner financing.  And there is certainly no shortage of buyers who want to take advantage of lease purchase and owner finance deals in today’s market conditions.  All this sounds very exciting and great opportunity exists for those who know how to work the numbers and structure deals to work in their favor.  Are you among the enterprising elite who know how to do this...
Robyn Thompson, the “Rehab Queen”, is the nation’s leading expert on buying properties at deep discounts, renovating them at lightning speed and selling them quickly for huge chunks of cash. Robyn has rehabbed over 320 properties in her 15 years of investing and actually rehabbed 51 houses in single year. She takes her business very serious and runs it like a fine tuned money machine and not a hobby. Larry Harbolt, the “King of Creative Financing”, has been buying and selling real estate for over 30 years, has completed over 400 seller finance deals and is the nation’s leading creative seller...
3 Day Foreclosure Training & Tour Friday, July 27th thru Sunday July 29th At the SRN Academy Training Facility, Tyrone GA.The SRN Academy has openings for New Real Estate Investor Clients!Are you investing in Real Estate? If not, do you think that it is:Too Expensive? Too Risky? Too Time Consuming?If you could easily purchase single family rental homes with:Excellent Returns and Cash Flow Rehab & Tenant Placement for Your Property Expert Property Management in Place All Within a 30 to 60 Day WindowWould you be willing to invest 3 days learning to identify & acquire...
Do You Want Killer Real Estate Deals? Deals as Low as 10 Cents on the Dollar? If so, join us on Thursday, July 19th at 7PM for our next Training Opportunity Webcast with real estate expert and President of Charleston REIA, Robert Woodruff, who is going to going to teach you 5 of The Best, Easiest, Cheapest and Safest Ways to market your real estate investing business. Some marketing strategies work for some businesses, some strategies work for ALL businesses. Some strategies cost $5,000 to $10,000 every month and provide little results. Knowing which strategies work and which strategies waste...
Please join us on July 26th at 7 PM ET for a very special Evening with a Real Estate Expert Webcast with Robyn Thompson, “The Queen of Rehab”. On this webcast, Robyn will share her story on how she got started investing in real estate as a broke waitress back in the 90′s and has since bought, fixed and sold 320+ homes with price ranges as low as $8,000 to as high as $4,000,000. She has rehabbed as many as 51 houses in one year. Robyn has since relocated to Ocala, FL where she still buys, renovates and sells houses to this very day. She treats her business as a serious cash...
POSTPONED: Will Reschedule ASAP – On Tuesday, July 24th at 7PM we have an exciting webinar for you that will spill the beans on a done-for-you killer tactic to turn the tables on any bank and convert a mortgage mess into a pile of cash. Hi, my name is Stefan Kasian and I am an ex-Wall Street insider – turned real estate investor with nearly 2 decades of real-world in-the-trenches real estate and deal making experience that I will share with you on how you can put the latest dirt on the banking scandals that keep hitting the news daily—to work for you. Its starting to catch on: many...

John Holman

Posted on July 16, 2012 by
John Holman has been buying and selling residential real estate in the Atlanta Market for 11 years. As a franchisee of HomeVestors of America, Inc (the “We Buy Ugly Houses” company), John has consistently placed in the top ranks of the 250 offices in the U.S, earning him wide recognition including: President of the Atlanta Ad Council, Chairman of the Franchise Advisory Council, Franchise of the year as well as many individual awards for sustained performance in buying and selling houses . Since 2001, John has purchased and sold over 400 houses. Holman has had an active involvement...
We have another exciting week of meetings and webcasts for real estate investors this week at Atlanta REIA. Monday is the Movers and Shakers Meeting with John Holman of HomeVestors, the “We Buy Ugly Houses” people. Tuesday the Fish Club Meeting in Gwinnett County. Wednesday is the Atlanta REIA North Meeting with special guest, Aaron McGinnis on Rehabbing Houses. Thursday is the Haves & Wants Meeting as well as a Training Opportunity Webcast on Marketing with Robert Woodruff of Charleston REIA. Monday, July 16th @ 11:00 AM in Alpharetta, GA Movers & Shakers Lunch...
Eric Shurke, of Voice Nation, was our special guest speaker on the Business Opportunity Webcast on June 28, 2012. Eric talked about how successful real estate investors leverage automated voice mail systems and live answering specialists to capture leads 24/7 effortlessly so they can “work smarter” and not harder to earn more money. Eric discussed:Various ways to automate your business with voice mail systems and live operators Why you should offer your potential customers a 24 hour recorded message When to use Google Voice vs a more robust voice mail system What to do when a...
Owning a business is hard work and many small business owners work more than 40 hours a week and it begs the question. Do you own your business or does your business own you? Join us at the Small Business Group on Thursday, July 12th at 3:30 PM at 5 Seasons Brewing at 5600 Roswell Rd, Sandy Springs, GA (map) and learn hands on techniques that are simple changes to how you run your company. You will learn how to reduce the hours you put in your company but increase your productivity and make more money. Come learn what a Summit Personal Assistant can virtually do for you and your...
Most mornings I’m at my desk and working by 4:30 a.m. This is especially true on the first Tuesday of each month – this is the day Georgia’s foreclosure properties are auctioned off. If you’ve seen Kim and me at the auction in Bartow County, we usually look calm, cool and collected…everything under control.  Just wish you could see us a few hours before the auction starts – the picture is VERY different! Foreclosure morning is chaos around here.  Papers are flying around, computer keyboards click furiously, our foreclosure book is flipped through continuously, and the phone rings...

How Many Sellers Have YOU Seen?

Posted on July 3, 2012 by
A few minutes before this month’s real estate investors meeting began, I asked, “Who has done an interesting deal this month?”  About 20 people milling around stared at me blankly.  No one said anything.  Crickets. “So no one has done any deals this month?  This is great news,” I said.  A lady asked, “Why is this great news?”  I answered, “Because we’re about to have our first ah-hah moment of the night.” I asked each of the 20 people, “How many sellers have you met with in the past month?”  Altogether, the group had met with at total of ten sellers – ten sellers, that’s it. Next, I asked,...
If you are serious about your real estate investing success, you need to be sure watch this webcast replay that we recorded with Robert Woodruff on June 26th, 2012. What Robert is going to show you is a closely guarded secret used by Professional “Seasoned” Real Estate Investors all across the country. “How to Get the Power out of Your Power of Attorney” is a simple, yet brilliant way of tying-up and controlling investment property that Robert is going to share with you. Using this strategy will save you tens of thousands of dollars each year acquiring property. It...
On June 21, 2012 we did a special Business Opportunity Webcast with Atlanta REIA Business Member, LaGaylia Appleby of Real Estate Works 4 U! LaGaylia and her company works diligently to lower property taxes for both homeowners and real estate investors across the Atlanta Metro Area. She’s got many tips and techniques to share with us on how we can go about lowering our property taxes legally, ethically, and honestly. By working within the laws and guidelines of our government agencies, she’s been able to save her customers thousands of dollars on their annual property taxes. On...
Are you even familiar with the term “subject to deals”? Do you know how to do “subject to deals”? What kind of paperwork is needed to do “subject to deals”? Are you familiar with the term option? Do you know how to do options? What kind of paperwork is needed to do an option? Would you like to learn how to finance your deals without going to the bank? On July 11th, real estate expert and leader of North Georgia REIA, Bill Cook, will be our guest speaker at the Creative Deal Structuring Group where he will show you how to put together a creative real estate...

Big Bucks in Bankruptcy

Posted on June 27, 2012 by
Are you tired of searching the MLS for REOs and then getting into a bidding war with other investors or having the properties sold before you can even get your offer submitted? “Stupid money” is back in the market. Are you tired of seeing properties going for 20+% over listed price because of multiple offers? Tired of no/low equity deals where you have to wrestle with the bank to do a short sale?  Tired of watching the lender sell the same property at the courthouse steps for less than your short sale offer? If so, you might want to consider other purchase options. Atlanta REIA is pleased to...

Matthew Lettich

Posted on June 27, 2012 by
Matthew Lettich is a practicing Attorney whose area of practice is primarily involved in bankruptcy representing both debtors and creditors. His other specialty is immigration. Matthew is affiliated with John J. McManus & Associates, PC. Their main office is located in Tucker, however Matthew is fairly well known in Gwinnett County since he has spent most of the last three and a half years practicing in the field of bankruptcy in Lawrenceville, where they currently have a satellite office.  His firm has also conducted real estate closings, foreclosure, foreclosure defense, litigation,...
We have another exciting week of meetings and webcasts for real estate investors this week at Atlanta REIA. Monday is Atlanta REIA West with Leslie Mathis. Tuesday is special webcast with Robert Woodruff on “Getting the Power Out of Your Power of Attorney”. Tuesday is also the Note Buyers Group with Tom Boyer. Wednesday is the Beginning Investors Group with Alan McDonald. Thursday is the Cash Cow Commercial Group with Russ Hiner, the Haves & Wants Meeting with Joe Thompson and a Live Webcast with Eric Shurke of VoiceNation on Voice Mail Systems and Live Operators for real...
June 26th & July 19th @ 7:00 PM on GoToWebinar.com Live Webcast: How to Get the POWER Out of Your Power of Attorney with Robert Woodruff On June 26th & July 19th at 7:00 PM ET If you are serious about your real estate investing success, you need to be sure you are on this live webcast with Robert Woodruff on June 26th and July 19th at 7:00 PM ET. What Robert is going to show you is a closely guarded secret used by Professional “Seasoned” Real Estate Investors all across the country. “How to Get the Power out of Your Power of Attorney” is a simple, yet...

Become a Massage Therapist?

Posted on June 25, 2012 by
First, let me preface this article by saying that massage therapists are amazingly talented and giving people.  They spend hours leaning over a table, using their hands and their knowledge of muscles to help rejuvenate tired bodies. With that said, a few weeks ago, Bill and I were cruising down I-85 heading to Florida when a commercial for a Massage Therapy School came on the radio.  The announcer touted the benefits of a career in massage therapy, and when the commercial ended, Bill turned to me and said, “You know, a therapist’s income stops every time a body gets off their table.” Well...

Become a Massage Therapist?

Posted on June 25, 2012 by
First, let me preface this article by saying that massage therapists are amazingly talented and giving people.  They spend hours leaning over a table, using their hands and their knowledge of muscles to help rejuvenate tired bodies. With that said, a few weeks ago, Bill and I were cruising down I-85 heading to Florida when a commercial for a Massage Therapy School came on the radio.  The announcer touted the benefits of a career in massage therapy, and when the commercial ended, Bill turned to me and said, “You know, a therapist’s income stops every time a body gets off their table.” Well...
Atlanta REIA 2nd Annual Vendor Trade Show & 2 Year Anniversary Celebration Monday, July 2, 2012@ 5:00 PM Atlanta Perimeter Hotel & Suites Members are FREE! Guests Can RSVP Online for $10 or $20 at the DoorAttention Atlanta REIA Members, friends, followers and guests, The Atlanta Real Estate Investors Alliance is very excited to announce that on Monday, July 2nd at 5:00 PM, we will be having our 2nd Annual Atlanta REIA Vendor Trade Show to celebrate our 2 Year Anniversary. We will be meeting at the Atlanta Perimeter Hotel & Suites located at 111 Perimeter Center West in Dunwoody,...
Real Estate Investors establishing multi-member LLCs should always consider how broadly or narrowly to define the rights, duties, and powers of their members and managers based on the structures and needs of their respective companies. A thorough declaration of rights and duties in an LLC operating agreement will reduce the likelihood of future confusion and conflict. Furthermore, it will ensure that the members and managers of the LLC understand and have agreed upon each party’s responsibilities and limitations. Real estate investment LLCs, especially those that either have a member or...

Why Do You Do What You Do?

Posted on June 25, 2012 by
I want to talk to you about the reason you chose to get into real-estate. The “why” we are willing to risk, and spend our resources in real estate as a vehicle to create income for ourselves will make or break the adventure. I was working in a job and the boss passed me over for a promotion. I decided I would make enough money from real estate to buy the house across the street and on both sides of her house. Then I would rent to the house to social misfits. This would drive down her property value, make her life miserable, and I would have my pound of flesh. What happened was I made enough...
Goldmine Properties Mike Cherwenka and Goldmine Properties offers step-by-step real estate success through a proven system with a 17 year track record of over 1,700 wholesale deals on the books.  “With our system, we’ve taken all the risk out of the deal for you” says Cherwenka. Goldmine’s streamlined process includes sourcing properties at 65% of the after repair value, inclusive of the purchase price, providing a certified appraisal, financing of purchase and repairs, providing contractor estimates, agent support for selling or property management for buy and hold properties, and much more....

The Profit July 2012 Edition

Posted on June 25, 2012 by
The Profit for July 2012 is Here! The 2nd edition of The Profit, the official newsletter of the Atlanta Real Estate Investors Alliance (Atlanta REIA), is out for the month July 2012! Read and enjoy articles from Jim Hitt, Chris Littleton, Don DeRosa, Erven Kimble, Tony Pearl, Mike Vazquez, Bob Massey, Gordon Catts, Russ Hiner, Deborah Harris, Jeff Nix, Craig Halperin, Robert Woodruff, Dustin Griffin and more. Don’t forget, Atlanta REIA Business Members can advertise in The Profit at discounted rates.Low Res Version (5mb) / High Res Version (17mb) PLEASE NOTE: The Low Res Version is...
The good news for the Atlanta Real estate Market is that 2012 year to date sales rose over 17.1% in 2011 and 23.3 % over 2010. Sales gains in 1Q and 2Q 2011 were even more significant since they were being compared to 2 periods in 2010 which were boosted by government tax incentive purchases, making the 1Q 2012 increase above those gains even more significant (Chart 1).Chart 1 A lot of this has to do with the drastic increase in the quantity of sales since 1 Q 2011 and especially since 3rd quarter 2011. And, while the number sold increased, 42% of the sales were under $100,000 and 70% of...
In many Metro Atlanta Counties, the tax assessments have been mailed and the deadline to file an appeal is fast approaching.  If you have not received a notice, check with the county.  You do not want to miss the opportunity to appeal if your assessment is unreasonable.    If you are seeking information for a particular county, you can Google the County name to get the Tax assessor’s contact information.  It is important to be proactive on this.  In many areas of the country Property values have dropped substantially over the last several years. The rash of foreclosures, a shrinking...
Our government seems to be placing its bet on large-scale investment groups to help get the country out of the foreclosure mess.  In May the Federal Housing Finance Agency will announce who from among 3- or 400 investor groups will be allowed to compete for a stock of 2500 Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac properties in several major foreclosure markets.  A group of these properties are in the Atlanta area and will be sold in bulk to qualified investors. The bigger investment groups will be able to put up millions of dollars in cash and will, more than likely, be able to drive the prices down below 70%...

The Owner Occupant

Posted on June 25, 2012 by
When contracting a property from an owner occupant you have to first find out how attached the seller is to the home. Discovering the reason the owner has decided to sell can help in determining the owner’s level of attachment. In most cases, contracting from an owner occupant is more complex because there are usually more emotions involved. For this reason, negotiations should be done in person. The bright side is you do not have to worry about competing with hundreds of buyers. Your competition is smaller thus your chance of contracting the property is higher. With that said, these types of...
Hello, my name is Tony Pearl. I’m a successful veteran real estate investor who has done a lot of deals but got bored with it all a few years ago and started ‘playing around’ with marketing on the internet.  Translation: When the crap hit the fan and real estate started sucking in 2008, I had to do something else to put food on the table, and I chose the internet. It is my pleasure to bring you the ‘inside scoop’ on how things are progressing for me and other real estate investors who are successfully going online to get buyers, sellers, private lenders, and almost anyone or anything else you...

Doing Business in Deep Waters!

Posted on June 25, 2012 by
“Those who go down to the sea in ships, Who do business on great waters, They see the works of the Lord, And His wonders in the deep. For He commands and raises the stormy wind, Which lifts up the waves of the sea. They mount up to the heavens, They go down again to the depths; Their soul melts because of trouble. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, And are at their wits’ end. Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble, And He brings them out of their distresses. He calms the storm, So that its waves are still. Then they are glad because they are quiet; So He guides them...
“We should not only use the brains we have, but all that we can borrow.” Thomas Woodrow Wilson One of the scariest things for new – and even experienced – investors is estimating the cost of repairs on a prospective investment property. If you’re off by even a little, it can cost you thousands in profits. If you’re off by a LOT, well, instead of walking away from the closing with a check for thousands, you might be bringing money to the table. Finding a reliable contractor is a good first step. (Hint: go to your REIA meetings and network. Ask for recommendations....
How you monitor the condition of the property will influence your relationship with your tenant, how quickly you can turn the property when a tenant moves out, and the over-all income of the property. If you plan on holding a security deposit to be used for damages against a property, you must conduct a comprehensive move-in/move-out inspection. This article addresses how communication, documentation and setting expectations with your tenants through scheduled inspections will result in a better landlord-tenant relationship, a better maintained property and avoid costly court cases, all of...
Ever wondered how millionaire investors find the most profitable deals? Satisfy your curiosity and save yourself time, effort, and loads of cash by consuming these five fundamentals that millionaire marketers use to gain massive wealth & prestige. 1. Don’t get caught up in the “BIG PICTURE” Stay focused on your marketing.  One of the biggest mistakes professionals make is they start to believe that they’re only a doctor or lawyer or mechanic. They forget that their number-one responsibility is marketing.  Without marketing, there are no patients to see, clients to advise, or cars to work...
Tidal Wave Warning: Real Estate Investors Know the Real Estate Market is Swelling with Opportunity! Grab those Real Estate Investment Opportunities and Get that Cash Flowing! Cash Flow Real Estate in Your IRA? You Betcha! The folks on TV talk a lot about the importance of funding your IRA – and they’re always on about investing in stocks, bonds and mutual funds. Some of the more conservative pundits also mention annuities and CDs. But what if you’re not thrilled with the prospects for return in any of these assets? After all, interest rates are still near record lows all along the length of...
PLEASE NOTE: Robert Woodruff will be doing 2 Specially Scheduled Webcasts with us on June 26th and July 19th, both at 7 PM ET, to talk about generating quality seller leads and his upcoming “51 Ways to Find Motivated Sellers Workshop” in Tampa, Charleston and Atlanta. Register now and attend the webcasts for FREE!51 Ways to Find Motivated Sellers Workshop – July 2012 July in Tampa, Charleston & Atlanta with Robert Woodruff If you want to know how real estate investors find the best deals, this is your chance. At this live event in Atlanta, Tampa or Charleston, Robert...

Tony Pearl

Posted on June 22, 2012 by
Tony Pearl is an entrepreneur, copywriter, proud father, mentor, marketing consultant and talented teacher who resides in the Washington, DC area. He has traveled to over 26 countries, speaks 4 languages, and continues to travel extensively. He has been a professional Ballroom and Latin dance instructor, competitor, and exhibitor for over 19 years. As a Real Estate Investor, Tony has bought and sold over Ten Million dollars worth of real estate, and has been educated by and associates with the best.

Robert Woodruff

Posted on June 22, 2012 by
Robert Woodruff has been investing in real estate for over 15 years, is the President of the Charleston SC Real Estate Investors Association (Charleston REIA), and a national speaker, and author of several training programs for investors such as “How to Find Killer Deals” & “The Keys to Cash Flow” and the new “51 Ways to Find Motivated Sellers”. Robert loves to teach people how to make money investing by showing them how to quickly and easily identify opportunities in the real estate and personal property markets. His personal goal in sharing his specialized...
Most savvy real estate investors and business owners agree that the bulk of their business relies on effective marketing to produce a steady flow of leads. But what happens when you learn to market well and your phone starts ringing at all hours, day or night? What’s next? The next step is to capture information from those callers so that you can follow-up with them and convert them from “suspects” into real “prospects”. When a potential customer calls, you can have a pre-recorded message that informs them about your business and urges them to leave a brief voice mail...

Eric Shurke

Posted on June 19, 2012 by
Eric Schurke is the Director of Operations at VoiceNation, LLC, a local Buford, GA company providing toll free and local virtual office solutions and live answering services to thousands of businesses worldwide. During his nine years at VoiceNation, Eric has worked closely with many real estate investors and REIA’s (including Atlanta REIA and Super Smart) to create custom voice mail and live answering solutions to help them operate more efficiently so they can work smarter and not harder.

Where Best To Invest $93,000

Posted on June 18, 2012 by
Many folks who get into real estate investing say they’re doing it for the money.  The truth is, no one does anything for the money – NO ONE!  When you’re done scratching your head, think about this: If you give someone $100,000 cash, would that person simply put the money on the table and stare at it for the next 30 years?  Of course not!  People don’t want money.  They want the things money can buy. Let’s say that today you’re given a big pot of money.  What would you do with it?  Too many folks (broke folks) would rush out and trade their pot of money for a shiny red thing that honks and...
Dear Atlanta REIA Business Members: On July 2nd, Atlanta REIA will be celebrating our 2 Year Anniversary with our 2nd Annual Vendor Trade Show. We have rented all 3 ballrooms at the Atlanta Perimeter Hotel & Suites for the event. This event will be similar to the mini trade show we do each month, it will just be BIGGER and we will have a lot more time dedicated to networking with vendors. More details are coming soon. We are offering vendor tables this week only for $40 for Gold Business Members, $50 for Silver Business Members and $75 for Guests. Next week these prices will go up by $20...
We have another great week of meetings and webcasts for real estate investors this week at Atlanta REIA. Monday is Movers & Shakers in Alpharetta with Gordon Catts. Tuesday is the Fish Club in Duluth with Aaron McGinnis. Wednesday is the Atlanta REIA North Meeting in Buford with Eric Shurke. Thursday we are having a webcast with LaGaylia Appleby on reducing your Ga Property Taxes before the upcoming deadlines. Monday, June 18th @ 11:00 AM in Alpharetta, GA Movers & Shakers Lunch Meeting Hosted by Gordon Catts Movers and Shakers is an educational and networking group led by Gordon...
This week at Atlanta REIA, we have the Spanish Investors Group (SING) and the I Love Marketing Group (ILM) on Wednesday. At ILM, Rock Shukoor will be talking about how business owners can dominate their niche online using video marketing. Thursday is the Haves & Wants Meeting with Joe Thompson in Sandy Sprints as well as the Atlanta REIA South Meeting in Eastpoint with Reggie Jackson and Gordon Catts. Also, be sure to check out the June Edition of The Profit, Atlanta REIA’s new interactive, digital newsletter in case you missed it! Wednesday, June 13th @ 6:30 PM in Lawrenceville,...
Hello everyone, What did you think about the fantastic job Larry Harbolt did for us on Saturday teaching how to structure deals creatively without going to the bank? Were the creative strategies he taught us great or what?!? After the day was over, I read the reviews given by those who attended and they said that what he showed us was not only GREAT information, but that it was NEW information many had never heard of before! He gave us information you can’t get anywhere else no matter what you have to pay for it. The strategies he taught are how the true “masters” of real estate investing do...
Now is Your Chance to Advertise Your Business in The Profit Atlanta REIA’s Hot New Digital Interactive Newsletter For Real Estate Investors & EntrepreneursThe Profit is Atlanta REIA’s brand new, digital newsletter. The purpose of The Profit is to help keep our members, guests, friends and followers updated on all the ups and downs of the real estate market; changing laws, rules and regulations; the latest real estate investing techniques, strategies and so much more! The Profit is also designed to all of our subscribers updated and informed of all the events and happenings...
Overcoming Fear. When I first got started in the real estate business I had a tremendous amount of fear. There was the fear that prevented me from placing the ads, the fear that prevented me from making offers, and the fear that paralyzed me to the point that I was not able to move forward in a real estate investing career. Knowing The Numbers And Exit Strategies. After I made my first 50 offers I overcame that fear. After I got an agreement accepted I had the fear of not knowing what I was going to do with the property and whether or not it was going to be profitable. The exit strategy is...

Contracting

Posted on June 6, 2012 by
Finding an investment deal today, although not easy, is not as difficult as it once was. When financing was easy to qualify for and no doc loans were offered by all, deals were harder to come by. Many people still believe that finding the deal is the hardest part of investing. I would have to say that finding the deal is less difficult than putting it under contract. Why? Well, by the time a contract is being discussed you know you want to contract the property and the seller knows he/she wants to sell. However, how much the seller will accept and what the buyer will pay rarely matches...
Have you noticed a declining number of people attending real estate meetings lately? Well, maybe not at Atlanta REIA Meetings, but this is true of many other REIAs across the country. I’ve run a weekly real estate meeting myself for over 10 years down in St Petersburg, FL and I’ve seen my own group attendance diminish from an average of 200 people each week to approximately 50 over the past couple of years. I realize many investors are confused, scared and have lost faith in the real estate investing business and who can blame them? You can’t open a newspaper or turn on the television without...
Rental Properties in Your IRA For legions of investors frustrated with puny yields on savings and bonds, slow growth retarding stock market returns, and the usual substantial risk involved in security investing (any given stock or bond can potentially become worthless overnight), we have good news: The combination of declining real estate prices and steady or increasing rents have opened up a window of opportunity in real estate for income-oriented investors. In fact, years after the “smart money” was selling off real estate ahead of the bubble collapse, we are seeing signs that smart money...
As Director of Business Membership, in keeping with the kickoff the inaugural issue of The Profit, I’d like to take the opportunity to personally thank all the business members who contribute their valuable time, talent, and resources to making Atlanta REIA what it is, and what it is becoming.  Atlanta REIA is a collective success because of you and what you bring to the organization. While many of you attend the monthly general meeting or some of the subgroup gatherings, there are many others companies behind the scenes who offer a nearly endless variety of goods and services that support...

Erven Kimble

Posted on June 6, 2012 by
Erven Kimble is an accomplished pastor, teacher, author, community leader, licensed Christian Counselor and Real Estate entrepreneur. Erven is a visionary that has faithfully served as the Senior Pastor of a local church in Lilburn, Georgia for twenty years. Erven searched the Book of Proverbs and extracted wisdom that reference business and finances to produce the series of articles called “Business By The Book”. The purpose of these articles present time tested Biblical principles in a way that is practical, relevant and beneficial to the average business person.
“They may say, “Come and join us … let’s ambush the innocent! …Think of the great things we’ll get! We’ll fill our houses with all the stuff we take. Come, throw in your lot with us; we’ll all share the loot.” My child, don’t go along with them! Stay far away from their paths.” (Proverbs 1:11-15) We have all faced the question; “Is this a good business opportunity for me?” The answer to this question may come from your professional training on how to evaluate a deal. Sometimes, we find ourselves enrolled in the...
As an attorney who specializes in real estate transactions for investors, I always try and stress the importance of using an attorney to form your business entity, more specifically an LLC, to shield your real estate assets from liability, as opposed to trying to take on this task on your own, or using an online service. No matter how many times we suggest this, investors sometimes overlook the importance of seeking an attorney’s advice during initial registration of LLC documents. As a result, many investors are forced to amend their Articles of Organization, sometimes more than once....
The Mortgage Electronic Registration System is just that—an electronic registration system. MERS came into being after the GSEs produced a white paper in 1993 stating the case for an electronic registration system to track mortgage assignments. It was officially launched in 1997. From the point of view of the mortgage industry MERS made it possible to transfer mortgages or merge lender acquisitions efficiently without triggering local transfer taxes and other recording fees. It changes what has always been a public documentation process to a private one. The industry claims the MERS system...
In last week’s column, we described what an option is and the advantages of using them.  This week, let’s look at a couple of different types of options in action.  (If you missed last week’s column, you’ll find it here.) Let’s begin with the type of option that most folks are familiar with – lease options.  Lease options are best structured using two documents – a lease contract and an option contract.  The lease outlines the agreement between the landlord and tenant regarding property rental. The option outlines the agreement between the property owner (usually the landlord) and the tenant...
Kim and I have been investing in real estate since 1995.  Long ago, we learned that options are – BY FAR – the most powerful tool in real estate.  If you are not using options as one of your primary real estate investing tools, then you’re leaving a lot of money and opportunity on the table. When most folks hear the word “option,” they automatically think lease options.  While lease options are very popular, they are just the tip of the option iceberg. Options allow you to control a property – a little or a lot depending on how the option is written – without the risks that come with property...
The Ultimate Fast Track to Your Business Success Workshop A Full Day Workshop & Strategy Session with Larry Harbolt on June 9th, 2012 Right now is the best time in modern history to buy real estate. Join Larry Harbolt on Saturday, June 4, 2012, and he will share with you his secrets on how to make money in today’s real estate market. Larry will show you what you really need to know to buy real estate profitably with only $10 down, even if you have bad credit or are bankrupt! At this workshop, you will learn:Buy real estate profitably in any market or economic cycle. Learn how to...
The Profit, Atlanta REIA’s brand new, interactive, digital newsletter has now been released for June 2012! The purpose of The Profit is to help keep you and our members, guests, friends and followers updated on all the ups and downs of the real estate market; changing laws, rules and regulations; the latest real estate investing techniques, strategies and so much more! The Profit is also designed to keep you and other subscribers updated and informed of all the events and happenings going on at Atlanta REIA each month as well as exposing you to a wide variety of vendors and suppliers...

The Profit Has Arrived!

Posted on June 4, 2012 by
The Profit has finally arrived just in time for Atlanta REIA’s 2 year birthday celebration. That’s right, it has already been 2 years since we decided to start Atlanta REIA back in June 2010 and to hold our first meeting on July 5th, 2010. Ever since we started Atlanta REIA, our mission has always been to help insure our members real estate success by providing affordable, quality real estate investing education, frequent, fun real estate networking opportunities and community outreach programs to build, renovate and repair homes for needy Atlanta families.  We’ve been able to achieve this...
Below is a testimonial from Mark Mackie, an Atlanta REIA Member who just saved $700 this week, the very first time he used our new Atlanta REIA Community Buying Group Member Discounts at Sherwin Williams and Lowes. Mark saved enough money to pay for his Atlanta REIA Membership for 7 Years! Congratulations Mark, we hope you keep saving big!To William (CBG Account Representative),   THANK YOU for your help today getting me hooked up on short notice!  With your help and key info, I walked into my Sherwin Williams store, placed my order for 40 gallons of Superpaint needed for my latest rehab,...
The Profit, Atlanta REIA’s new interactive newsletter, has arrived! The Atlanta REIA Main Meeting is on Monday with Larry Harbolt on Buying and Selling Creative Owner Financing. The Meeting-Before-the-Meeting is on Foreclosures & Short Sales with Bob Massey. There will also be Late Nite Networking at the Meeting-After-the-Meeting at the Tilted Kilt. On Tuesday, there is a Super Smart Technology Webcast and a Mountain REIA Meeting with Jim Hitt of American IRA. Wednesday is the Creative Deal Structuring Group with Steve Brown on Master Lease Options. Thursday is the weekly Haves...
Mon, June 4th @ 5:30 PM – Atlanta Perimeter Hotel & SuitesAtlanta REIA Main Meeting on June 4, 2012 Members are FREE! Guests Can RSVP Online for $15 or $20 at the Door Never Step Into a Bank Again! And Buy All the Houses You Will Ever Need to Become Independently Wealthy! with Special Guest, Larry HarboltAre You A New Investor Who Doesn’t Know Where To Start? Or, An Old Salt Who Can’t Find Deals – Or You Can’t Find Cheap Enough Money to Buy Properties? The Truth is many investors only know one way to buy property… with Cash. And now that banks are not lending to just...
If you missed Ben Rao, President of the Community Buying Group, at the Atlanta REIA Main Meeting for May, he joined us on a What’s Hot in Real Estate Investing Webcast where he updated us on all of the hot new Member Benefits available to Atlanta REIA Members through our new relationship with the Community Buying Group. Don’t miss this opportunity to pick up new ideas on doing business better and how to save money on products and services you may already be using from suppliers such as Lowe’s, Sun Belt Tool Rentals, Sherwin Williams, Sears Commercial, Sprint /Nextel, Rent...
Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Savannah REIA is meeting on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28th at 6 PM at Barnes Restaurant in Savannah. Haves & Wants with Joe Thompson will be meeting on Thursday, May 31st at 1:30 PM at 5 Seasons Brewing in Sandy Springs. And don’t forget, the Atlanta REIA Main Meeting is coming up on Monday, June 4th with Larry Harbolt on Buying and Selling Creative Owner Financing! Monday, May 28th @ 6:00 PM in Savannah, GA Savannah Real Estate Investors Alliance with Special Guest Tony StanfordWould you like to learn a new and proven System for Buying Houses with...

The #1 Killer of Success

Posted on May 25, 2012 by
These days, with so much negative information out there pummeling us every day, it’s critical that we counterbalance all the doom and gloom news with twice as much positive information and stories. For example, Kim and I spent this past week in Florida. One morning we went yard selling. This particular day, we came across a guy who was selling almost everything he owned. Turned out he was losing his home to foreclosure and had to be moved out in a couple of days. The guy was so negative we had to stand a few extra steps back to ensure we didn’t catch his negative funk. He blamed...
You’ve done great! You bought an investment property, did an outstanding rehab and listed it with your realtor. Then it happens: You get a written offer from a potential buyer. Now what? Let’s first look at what’s normally done, then look at another way that may work better. Your realtor emails you the offer that is usually lower – sometimes a lot lower – than your asking price. Also, the seller is regularly asked to pay a portion of the buyer’s closing costs. Lastly, you’re given two days to respond to the buyer’s offer. After thinking...
“Real Estate Investing, In My Opinion, Is One of the Greatest Business Opportunities Available to Everyone, Regardless of the Investors Credit Score and Cash Reserves.” When I started over 30 years ago I had neither good credit nor money to buy real estate. All I had was a burning desire to create money to care for my family and live a lifestyle I could only dream of at the time. At that time in my life it took all the money I could earn just to feed and clothe my 6 children. I’m sure many of you today, like myself back then, are unable to get a loan even if you try, but why let...

Larry Harbolt

Posted on May 25, 2012 by
Larry Harbolt is the nation’s leading creative Seller Financing expert as well as a popular national real estate speaker and teacher whose time-tested strategies and nuts and bolts teaching style has helped thousands of aspiring real estate entrepreneurs realize their financial dreams with little or no money and without the need for credit. Larry has been successful creatively buying and selling real estate for over 30 years and has written numerous popular articles and real estate courses. Larry is so respected in the industry that NBA Super Star, Shaquille O’Neill has purchased...
How can you sell a house before you’ve ever purchased it? Well technically you can’t since you don’t own or control it yet, but the point is the property can be as “good as sold” before you ever buy it by having a ready, willing and able buyer already lined up and ready to go. Perhaps you’ve been hearing a lot of buzz lately about “reverse wholesaling” lately. It is really nothing new… it just means finding the buyer first and then finding the buyer a house rather than finding a house first, putting it under contract and then finding a buyer. Basically your buyer(s) tell you what the type of...
We have another great week of special interest group meetings and webcasts for our Atlanta REIA Members and Guests. Monday is Movers & Shakers with LaGaylia Appleby and Atlanta REIA West in Marietta with Russ Hiner. Tuesday is the Note Buyers Group with Tom Boyer. Wednesday is the Beginning Investors Group with Rock Shukoor. The Cash Cows Commercial Group is on Thursday with Steve Brown on investing in Mobile Home Parks followed by Haves & Wants with Joe Thompson. Thursday night is an Atlanta REIA Webcast with Ben Rao of the Community Buying Group on brand new Atlanta REIA Member...
We have another great week of special interest group meetings and webcasts for our Atlanta REIA Members and Guests. Monday is Movers & Shakers with LaGaylia Appleby and Atlanta REIA West in Marietta with Russ Hiner. Tuesday is the Note Buyers Group with Tom Boyer. Wednesday is the Beginning Investors Group with Rock Shukoor. The Cash Cows Commercial Group is on Thursday with Steve Brown on investing in Mobile Home Parks followed by Haves & Wants with Joe Thompson. Thursday night is an Atlanta REIA Webcast with Ben Rao of the Community Buying Group on brand new Atlanta REIA Member...
Oprah Winfrey knows about a $40 Billion Dollar niche, and Russ Hiner has the Insider’s Secrets on how you can get your piece of the pie! Ever wondered what happens to the all of the money at a foreclosure sale when there’s a bid over the amount of the mortgage? What about when there’s an over bid at the tax sale-where do those funds go? Russ will show us where there’s money that’s FREE for the customer, and abundant for you. Russ is speaking at Atlanta REIA West on coming Monday, April 21st. Here’s what you’ll learn at this very special...
Mountain REIA is a new REIA being formed by Gordon Catts and Richard Benthal that will be meeting on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM at the Golden Corral located at 2025 Market Place Blvd in Cumming, Georgia. This group is an educational and networking group that brings in local, active investors and to provide information and education in a low or no-sales environment. This group is open to everyone.   The speaker for the first Mountain REIA Meeting on June 5th will be Jim Hitt, President of American IRA, LLC. Self Directed IRA’s allow an individual to manage their own retirement...
We have another great week of meetings for our Atlanta REIA Members and Guests. Tuesday is the Gwinnett Investors Group, AKA “The Fish Club” hosted by Aaron McGinnis. Wednesday is the Atlanta REIA North meeting with special guest, Donn Myers, who will be discussing how real estate investors can accurately determine the market value of houses before they buy. Thursday is the Haves & Wants Meeting with Joe Thompson. See Atlanta REIA’s Event Calendar for more dates. Tuesday, May 15th @ 7 PM in Duluth, GA Gwinnett Investors Group Hosted by Aaron McGinnis The Gwinnett...
How to Easily Build Your Brand & Dominate Your Competition Online Today is Your Last Chance to Signup For A Full Day Workshop with Duncan Wierman on May 12th, 2012 Sat, May 12th @ 9:00 AM – Atlanta Perimeter Hotel & Suites Join Duncan Wierman, a master of Strategic Internet Marketing, on Saturday, May 12th from 9 AM to 4 PM at the Atlanta Perimeter Hotel & Suites located at 111 Perimeter Center West for a live 6-hour Internet Marketing Workshop and Strategy Session entitled “Building Your Brand & Dominating Your Niche” to find out how you can easily leverage...
When Kim and I were in our thirties, we knew we needed to start preparing for our retirement years.  We both had family and friends who were in their mid-sixties and had to keep working because they couldn’t afford to retire.  (Social Security is no substitute for a retirement plan!) Our big concern was where to invest.  My folks had done well in the stock market.  Kim’s had done well investing in real estate – they owned rental property.  Kim and I decided that real estate was the best way for us to go. OK, we’ve all heard lots of landlord-tenant horror stories.  Sadly, because of these...
Landlords – especially new landlords – often wonder (and worry) whether they are using an effective lease agreement.  Truth is, most landlords use terrible agreements. When we bought our first rental property in 1995, we didn’t know anything about managing rental property or tenants.  Needless to say, we also knew nothing about lease agreements.  The realtor we used gave us a lease written by the Georgia Association of Realtors (GAR).  We thought it was the greatest document ever written! As our experience quickly grew – and after attending several landlording seminars – we realized...
Build Your Brand & Dominate Your Niche A Full Day Workshop & Strategy Session with Duncan Wierman on May 12th, 2012 Get Duncan’s Workbook on “How to Beat the Competition, Increase ROI & Boost Sales” for Attending* Join Duncan Wierman, a master of Strategic Internet Marketing, on Saturday, May 12th from 9 AM to 4 PM at the Atlanta Perimeter Hotel & Suites located at 111 Perimeter Center West for a live 6-hour Internet Marketing Workshop and Strategy Session entitled “Building Your Brand & Dominating Your Niche” to find out how you can easily...
On April 10, 2012, Dustin Griffin hosted the 9th installment of the Super Smart High Tech Home Buying & Selling Workshop Series for 2012 which is being held online and recorded for 24/7 playback for Atlanta REIA Members. In Part 9 of this workshop, Dustin picked up where he left off last month in Workshop #8 and talked about using the Super Smart Sell Site Back Office to build your buyers list, manage your tenant/buyer leads and more. Anyone can attend this live workshop series for FREE by registering here and Atlanta REIA Members can login here and watch the Workshop Replay below. Sorry,...
It’s really frustrating when a real estate investor calls to ask for advice, then argues when he doesn’t like the advice I give – especially when the advice is square dead-on. Last July, an investor – we’ll call him David – called asking about a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity that he had been told about.  It was a three-bedroom, one-bath home in downtown Atlanta that he could buy for just over $14,000, rehab quickly for $7,000, then sell for $75,000 to pocket a cool $54,000 profit.  Needless to say the investor was hot to trot. A wholesaler brought David the deal.  A wholesaler is someone...
In our first installment of the new Insider Secrets to Upgrade Your Prosperity Webcast Series, hosted by Dr. Stefan Kasian, on April 24th, 2012, he and a credit repair expert discussed how to get negatives deleted off your credit report. This is a unique step-by-step webcast with a consultant who got fed up with all the misinformation from the credit bureaus, all the hype from other companies, and figured out a powerful formula that you can put to use immediately to start removing stuff from your credit bureaus. He will show you, in webinar format, plain and simple before and after examples...
On February 9, 2012, Dustin Griffin taught the 11th installment of the Atlanta REIA Internet Marketing Online Boot Camp, a series of live, online webcast workshops that are designed to teach you how to establish a strong Internet presence, get your websites, pages and profiles to the top of the major search engines quickly and to generate all the leads you can handle using the power of the Internet. In Workshop #11, Dustin reviewed everything covered in the previous 10 sessions, talked about how all the various Internet Marketing techniques work together, how to track marketing results, how...
We have another great week of meetings, webcasts and workshops for our Atlanta REIA Members and Guests. Monday is Atlanta REIA Main Meeting for May with special guests Duncan Wierman and Ben Rao. Prior to the Main Meeting, we have our very first Mobile Real Estate Rockstars Subgroup Meeting with Don DeRosa at the “Meeting-Before-the-Meeting”. Tuesday is the Super Smart Technology Webcast. Wednesday is the Spanish Investors Networking Group with Michael Vazquez and the I Love Marketing Group with Rock Shukoor. Thursday is the Haves & Wants Meeting, the Small Business Meeting...
Joe Thompson will be speaking on the current chaos in the mortgage market as well as quiet title at the Small Business Group on May 10th, 2012 at 3:30 PM at 5 Seasons Brewing at 5600 Roswell Rd, Sandy Springs, GA (map). Joe will discuss…Quiet Title – What is it? Banking & Mortgages – What Happened? Opportunity for Underwater Home Owners What’s in it for me?The Atlanta REIA Small Business Group (SBG) is an educational and networking designed to help real estate entrepreneurs and other small business owners run their business more efficiently and profitably so...
Mon, May 7th @ 3:00 PM – Total Wine & More Atlanta The Mobile Real Estate Rockstars Group Is the “Meeting-Before-the-Meeting” This Month with Don DeRosa (with FREE WINE TASTING!) Please join us at our very first “Mobile Real Estate Rockstars Group” (Rockstars) hosted by Don DeRosa at our “Meeting-Before-The-Meeting” on May 7th at 3:00 PM in a private meeting room at Total Wine & More located at 124 Perimeter Center W (see map). The Mobile Real Estate Rockstar Group is an educational and networking group for investors who want to leverage...