• IKEA Ringhult kitchen
    Real Estate

    Why I Only Install IKEA Kitchens

    (Note: This is not a sponsored post and contains no affiliate links. I just honestly love IKEA kitchens, for reasons detailed below. I hope you find this helpful if you are considering an IKEA kitchen renovation) After our third flip, we were fed up with our cabinet supplier. Something was always wrong with the design, the measurements not quite exact, or something lost in communication. And the cabinets took FOREVER to arrive. Weeks. As investors, time is money. A month of delays can cost us $3000. Which is why we were irate every time we had to order some more missing parts, which would take another 2 weeks to arrive.…

  • Sawtooth Lake
    Destinations

    7 Rocky Mountain Towns Worth Exploring

    We spent this entire summer exploring the Rocky Mountains. It was awesome. We began in the foothills of New Mexico, spent a couple months in Colorado, and finished the summer exploring Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. We enjoyed exploring the local scene, both natural and urban. Here are some of our favorite Rocky Mountain towns and cities. 1. Santa Fe, NM – pop 83,875 Starting at the southern end we have Santa Fe, capital of New Mexico and artist hub. Santa Fe is primarily on this list because of Meow Wolf. A unique art installation unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before. You just have to experience it. I’m a little obsessed.…

  • investing with anxiety
    Real Estate

    Investing with Anxiety

    I have lived with anxiety for much of my life. As a teenager, I had crippling social anxiety. I was bullied as a child and I felt that any social interaction could lead to my being victimized again. When you’re bullied at seemingly random times and after random actions, you start to look for patterns. When you don’t find a pattern, you develop the anxiety that at any given point, something terrible will happen to you. That’s a scary way to live your life and a very unpleasant one. It leads to avoidance and fear of many situations which are involved in having a simple quality of life. My social…

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    Real Estate,  Staffing

    The One Thing Real Estate Investors MUST be Doing

    I’m a big fan of The One Thing. It’s a short book but you really don’t have to read it to get the gist of it. Figure out what your one thing is: the thing that if you do it, makes everything else unnecessary. It’s a bit of voodoo. Think of it like the minimalism of an Apple TV ad. Minimize. Minimize. Minimize. Figure out where you get the most leverage in your business, which activity pays the most, and then do that thing. ​ Entrepreneurs are constantly pulled in a million different directions. But as you build your business, you’ll see that only a few tasks actually pay big…

  • Salespeople. Photo by picjumbo.com from Pexels
    Staffing

    The Best Salespeople Come from Tech Support

    There is a lot of voodoo on the internet and in sales seminars about what truly makes a good salesperson. We have hired, trained, fired, and rehired repeatedly over the years and in this article, we’ll share how we arrived at the goldmine where great future salespeople live: tech support. Good tech support staff can only survive if they do the following: listen, empathize, diagnose, offer a solution, and execute on that solution. They are taught to do so quickly and efficiently and then move on to the next call. They cannot do the steps out of order. For example, they can’t offer a solution before they’ve heard out the…

  • Financing home purchase. Photo by Binyamin Mellish from Pexels
    Finances,  Real Estate

    Home Purchase Negotiation Tips: Focus on Financing

    We’re often asked for home purchase negotiation tips. Every real estate negotiation consists of two components: the purchase terms and the financing terms. One is the nominal cost that you pay for the house. It’s the round number that everyone talks about at the dinner table. Ex. We paid $500,000.00 for this property. The other is the financing portion of the transaction. This is the amount that you will actually pay to a lender over the course of the loan. For example, if you take out a 30-year loan on 80% of the purchase price above at 3.5% interest, you will actually end up paying about $685,000. for the property.…

  • Old caulk
    RVing

    How to glue your Winnebago roof back down

    As I previously mentioned, the roof on our 12 year old Itasca Sunrise almost blew off. We’ve owned this rv for a year. We did have it inspected before we bought it from a private seller, but clearly this was missed. I do distinctly remember our inspector telling us that the roof was extremely well sealed, that “typically, you see this dinky amount of caulk, but there was just– so much of it up there. Gobs.” There ARE gobs of caulk over all the rooftop fittings, but it is almost completely worn away along the sidewall seam, where the thin fiberglass roof is glued to the gutters. Which explains why…

  • Airbnb bed in Washington, DC
    Real Estate

    5 SuperHost Tips for Staying at Your First Airbnb

    My very first Airbnb experience was five years ago, in 2013, when I stayed at this amazing mid-century modern house on a lake with the most charming and welcoming host, Chuck Taylor. We booked the house for a weekend getaway from DC. It was a unique house, architecturally. Dog-friendly. And it had a hot tub! One of our favorite parts, however, was just getting to know Chuck. We watched his HGTV episode together. He even hung out with our dog while we went whale-watching. I was hooked on Airbnb. I was a big fan of staying at AirBnb listings before I ever became a host. There are so many reasons…

  • RVing

    That time our roof almost blew off

    We woke up on a wind farm in West Texas. We were finally heading into the Southwest, after spending all winter and early spring in the Southeast. Spirits were high. We hit the road. Shortly thereafter, our TPMS went off. Nosediving pressure in the tow dolly tire. We pulled over on the side of the two lane highway. Almost out of Texas. Almost. “Yep, it’s a flat,” I told Eugene. “Oh, so it’s going to be one of THOSE days,” he said. Without too much drama, we unloaded the Bug, chased to the nearest gas station about 20 miles away, and changed the tire. “That could’ve been a LOT worse,”…

  • Finances

    “Did you just spend $100,000 on an education to get a $40,000 a year job?”

    So this meme/ad is currently making the rounds. The idea is that a college education is a terrible investment. That we’ll justify spending absurd amounts of money on college even if we know that the promised land of high-paying entry-level jobs is gone. The Value of an Education The ad revolves around a simple assumption. We should be able to measure the value of an education, specifically a college education by measuring what we put into it financially and then measuring what we pulled out of it financially. It should add up in dollars and cents. Not just that. We should be able to measure dollars to dollars, inputs versus starting…