3 Low Budget Spruce Ups for A Tired Apartment

      Does your rental need some sprucing up but time and cash are low?  No worries, there are plenty of ways to breath new life into a rental without sucking the life out of your wallet. Cabinet knobs and drawer handles I feel like knobs and handles are overlooked and underrated improvements.  If your cabinets are in sturdy shape, hardware is a great way to add a new spin on them. Adding hardware even has Read more…

The Importance of A Morning Routine

Last year I had a book recommended to me by my brother-in-law.  Normally his book recommendations are heavily based in business procedure and protocol. So foolishly…I put the recommendation on the bottom of the list.  Last summer, the timing seemed right so I cracked it open. While I didn’t care for the writing style, the content was important and more interesting than I had thought. We’ve all heard how our mornings set the tone for Read more…

7 Ways to Break The Ice At a Networking Event

Networking events can be daunting.  It’s walking into a room where (hopefully) there is a lot of new faces.  We are all there to make connections yet we all become a little trigger shy when it comes to striking up a conversation.   1. Have A Wingman (or Lady). It doesn’t need to be your spouse or business partner.  Bring someone else you know that may benefit from the event.  Strength in number always works. Just Read more…

CPAs and Your Taxes

It’s tax time. If you are ambitious, you may already have them done. I am not part of that category when it comes to taxes.  My poor accountant usually receives my reports middle of March.  Which might not be a problem if it didn’t involve 3 businesses.  Even if you have finished your taxes this year already, continue to read because this article isn’t strictly about getting your taxes down this year.   When I Read more…

Tenant Proofing Your Units: Is There Such A Thing?

Most landlords would agree that the most aggravating aspect of being a real estate investor is tenant damage.  It is also one of the reasons most of us fear turnovers (preparing the unit for the next tenant).  Especially we have a gut feeling about the the unit condition. I was listening to a real estate podcast a few months ago and the investor being interviewed mentioned he was attempting to develop a formula for “tenant-proofing” Read more…

Five Famous Thinkers And What We Can Learn From Them

One of the best ways to learn is from your mistakes or others.  There is a bountiful knowledge of business advice from those who have gone before you.  One could spend weeks researching all the knowledge that was amassed by Harry Gordon Selfridge, Henry Ford, Walt Disney, Richard Branson, etc.  (Fifty fake points to you if you know who Harry Gordon Selfridge is.)  I am constantly reading biographies (and when available the autobiography) of famous Read more…

Do Credit Cards and Real Estate Mix?

  It is a very heated topic among experienced real estate investors.  Using credit cards in real estate.  Some investors swear by it saying it is one the best forms of leverage they have.  Others would rather pass on a good deal than enter the realm of credit cards in real estate.  Factually, there are many ways credit cards can be utilized in real estate (all depending on your credit limit).  What you use them for Read more…

Why New Years Resolutions Set You Up For Failure

Happy Yuletide cheer to you all! It’s the season of Christmas trees, champagne, and resolutions.  Humans are creatures who always wish to be better than what we are, its in our DNA.  So every year after Christmas and before January 1, we look back on the previous year and whine about what we didn’t do or how it didn’t meet our expectations.In a moment of inspiration we scribble down sentiments meant to correct us in Read more…

Real Estate Books To Grow Your Portfolio

As originally seen on waaonline.org One of the first Facebook live events I did was a compilation of the best books I’ve read for real estate investors and entrepreneurs. At LED earlier in the month I was asked to do a series of blog posts on the books I’ve read and talked about either on FB Lives or in blogs.  I decided to break the series down over a couple of months because I don’t Read more…

Productivity Is a Constant Demon

In the past two years I had noticed a sort of phenomenon with myself. I realized I haven’t been consistently paralyzed by a to-do list.  Don’t get me wrong I’ve had some stressful days that are jam packed and of those days (which aren’t a high number), I’ve only been distraught or depressed at the end of the day a handful of times. Today I clicked yet again on another article regarding time efficiency and Read more…