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You aren’t goin’ to believe this!

So first, Kathy and I left the hotel at 12:30am Tuesday morning to get to the plane (we had to drive from San Francisco to Ontario, California. Poor planning on our part, but oh well.) We left to catch our plane. Was a 5:30 hour drive.

Then when we were about an hour or 2 from the airport there were all of the warnings on the radio and on the roads that the highway that we were on was CLOSED due to…are you ready for this? Snow and Ice!!! Who friggin knew it snowed in California????

We then had to re-route and drive along the coastline to get to the airport because this main road was closed. This took another 4 to 5 hours!!!! So by the time our trip started at 12:30am, we finally arrived at the airport 11 frickin’ hours later!!! We both missed our flights.

Ohhhh but wait, there’s more. It gets better.

So I’m waiting for my next flight. The plane gets there a lil late. No biggie. We board. We are sitting there for a whileeeee then the captain comes on and says we’ll be leaving shortly as they are looking into some “maintenance” issue. Now it’s an hour later! Mind you, I am now for certain missing my connecting flight!!! They had taxied us out to the runway to take off but then the captain comes on again and says “they are checking some figures and will take off shortly.” Thennnn he comes back on and says we have to go back to the gate. This is way over an hour now. We’re all like WTF???

We get back to the gate and then, you ready? This gets soo much better. Our plane is now surrounded by cops and K9 units!!! Yes, my plane was surrounded by cops and K9 units!!! Talk about shitting yourself. Then a cop boards the plane.

The flight attendant gets on and says “will muhammad ackabakar and abdul balbhalk and ackamha sahama and bubkam madrima please step to the front of the plane and bring all of your belongs with you!” Btw, those weren’t their real names. They were Arab type names tho.

Then the airline people started taking a few bags from under the plane off the plane!

Soooo the interesting part was 2 of them were in the seats right behind me in the very front of the plane. 1 was on the left side of the plane sitting by himself and the other was on the right side of the plane sitting by himself. Then the other 2 were at the very rear of the plane. Again 1 sitting on the left side and one sitting by himself on the right side!!! Prior to them having to get off the flight attendant went to the guys behind me and said “where did your friends go?” You see they were all together at the beginning. The one guy said they went to the back. The flight attendant then said “ohhh you want me to go get them and see if they want to come up and sit with you 2. There is plenty of room.” So the guy says sure.

She then comes back and says “they didn’t want to. The one guy said he was all stretched out on the seat and going to sleep.”

I think THAT is what sent up red flags to her. She must have told the captain.

Anyway, shortly after the captain comes on and says “for security reasons we’re going to ask everyone to get off of the plane with all of your luggage and personal belongings! The cops are sending in a K9 unit to search the plane.” I was thrilled because I was like I do not want to fly on the this plane. They need to check it out.

So we get off and of course I missed my connecting flight. But American Airlines was awesome. They gave me 2 choices: Wait til the plane is done be searched and head to Dallas and spend a free nite there and leave in the morning. Or stay in Cali for free and leave tomorrow morning. I did NOT want to go on that plane again so I opted to spend another nite in Cali. Btw, I had nothing to use personally, i.e. toothbrush, deodorant, etc. The only thing I had was my laptop. Kathy had all of the luggage and she was already in the air on a different plane. Luckily, the hotel gave me all of the necessary things I needed for free. Plus, they fed me.

UNBELIEVABLE, right? I just wanted to let you all know that I will no longer complain about being “momma” Carey for the next couple months. Cuz the truth is I’d rather be momma Carey instead of dead Carey cuz I was splattered all over the world cuz my plane was blown up by terrorists! Know what I mean? I get in at 5:15 this evening and Kathy texted me telling me that I had to take Joe to Karate and that afterwards he wanted to go to boy scouts so I had to take him there….I was like NO PROBLEM!

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I survived Career Day!

Woohoooo! So yesterday I got up at 6:30am! Yeahhh I really got up that early. And boy was I grumpy 🙂 Actually, I was nervous too. I’m ok talking in front of a group of adults but ummm I never really talked in front of a bunch of 8th graders before.

Anyway, it went pretty well. Kathy came with me and was my assistant with the power point presentation. There were 4 classes and in each class was anywhere between 7 to 20 kids.

I talked about wholesaling, rental real estate and passive income (cuz I was talking about rentals, etc.) Then I had a jeopardy type game for them to participate in to win the prize. Btw, they loveeeeeed the nasty pictures of the houses and that got them to pay attention and the thing that really got their attention was the checks that I showed them from some wholesale deals. You should have seen their little eyes bug out! lmao

I also talked to them about how real estate investing helps a lot of people and I spoke to them about mindset. I explained to them that a lot of people will tell them they can’t do it and it will never work, yada yada but if they get the knowledge and take action then they will prove to themselves that it can be done and sooner or later the nay sayers will be asking them if they could teach them.

I also let them know that Knowledge is nothing…..without ACTION! I also emphasized passive income……I said if you don’t listen to anything else I say today, please listen to this…….and I explained it. They all really liked the idea of receiving money and not really doing anything for it.

But out of everyone….there was one kid I felt that really, really got it and was paying attention to every single word I said and he actually wrote down every word I said (I was so happy he won the game and got a book!) What I did was gave the 4 winners a mini version of Rich Dad, Poor Dad for Teens. It was a pocket version.

Then I donated the full version to the school library and told ALL of the kids that they could go down there to learn more about passive income, investing and other things that you won’t learn in school.

Oh I also had a handful of kids raise their hands saying they wanted to learn more about real estate investing. I told them all to copy the websites that I had up on a slide. I told them all of the info was free and sent them to flippinghomes.com, creonline.com and biggerpockets.com I hope we get a post from some 8th grader someday soon. 😉

Well……I have to go and dry the house. Yes you read that correctly. Kathy, I and Joe (the 9 yr. old) decided to have a water fight in our house for some reason!!! Seriously….the house is soaked. Our clothes are soaked. Our hair is soaked. The walls are soaked. The carpet is soaked. Our bed is soaked. Our couch is soaked. 🙂 But I can tell ya it was a fun time.

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Looking for some ideas for Career Day?

Ok so I agreed to speak at Career Day at our local middle school. My neighbor is a guidance counselor there and was looking for help….so me being the great neighbor that I am, volunteered. (Her and her hubby are the best. I couldn’t ask for better neighbors myself!)

So my talk is on real estate investing 🙂 Here are my ideas so far and I’m looking for more. Mind you, I have to keep 7th and 8th graders entertained for 30 minutes. I’m doing 4, 30 minute sessions.

Idea #1– I’m going to let them know first and foremost that they need to pay attention because whoever pays attention, participates the most and genuinely shows the most interest will win a FREE prize that could potentially change the rest of their lives. By the way, the prize is a copy of Rich Dad, Poor Dad for Teens: The Secrets About Money–that You Don’t Learn in School! So I’m going to give 4 of those away. Because as we all know…they don’t teach that shit in school.

Idea #2– I’m going to start the presentation with a picture of a crappy, beat up, rundown, disgusting, nasty looking house. And ask them all: What do you see? I’ll get all of their answers of whatever they say….and then when they are done, I’ll tell them that what I see is: OPPORTUNITY. An opportunity to make a boatload of money. I’ll then go into that I’m a real estate investor and what I do. I’m debating on whether to get specific about me wholesaling, or if I should go over all different types of investing; wholesaling, rehabbing, rentals, etc. Just the major ones that I think they could grasp….Not gonna talk about sub 2 and shit like that. But I thought of a good everyday example to hopefully make them understand wholesaling. Ya know shopping at Walmart and what you pay for an item, is not what Walmart pays for it, etc. etc. (I had to explain this a few months ago to Brandon….and he’s fuckin 17! *sigh*)

Idea #3
– Now if they are like most kids, they like money and they want money, right? Ya know to buy video games with or skateboarding stuff, etc. So I was thinking of having a handful of my deals printed out with the picture of the house and at the bottom of the page a picture of the check that I made off of such house. Then I’ll go into each deal a little bit. Hours invested, etc.

What do ya’ll think? Can you think of some more ideas? Better ideas? Do you like my ideas thus far? Please help…..so much pressure. Oh…here are the tips the school gave me for my presentation:

Students:
+ Love to help
+ Like to be included
+ Like visuals, graphics and handouts
+ Are bored with statistics
+ Love to hear personal stories
+ Need varied activities
+ Want to know all about you

Hmmm I just checked and I think I have powerpoint on my computer. That may be worth putting everything on that, what do you think? I have to figure out real quick how to work it tho. The presentation is Friday morning.

Ohhh yeah and I also wanted to let them know that they could start making money in real estate RIGHT NOW if they wanted to and they don’t need any money or need to know anything crucial yet. And I’ll go into bird dogging and tell them to keep their eyes peeled and perhaps show some pics of what a good property to tell me about is. What you think of that?

Flippin’ Carey

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Challenge yourself (and your kids!)

First I want to say GREAT JOB JOE!!!!

This is a little post about a 7 yr. old boy named Joe. This is Kathy’s youngest son. Now he takes Karate lessons and they were going to have a kick-a-thon to help support a charity for kids. Joe asked me if I’d sponsor him and the recommended sponsorship was to pay per kick. So I told him that I’d pay him 5 cents per kick. He was cool with that (that’s what the norm was, besides a flat rate to give him.)

I asked Joe how many kicks he got in practice…he said 140. I said great. So he goes on to say about how that’s how many kicks he’s gonna get…..140. I said well hang on there….you already KNOW you can do 140, right? He said yeah. I said well I will give you .05 per kick on one condition..he said what? I said I want you to at least TRY to get 150 kicks. If you don’t make it that’s fine, but I want you to at least try, because we both already know you can do 140. Ok? He said that was a deal.

So today was the kick-a-thon. Joe was leaving to go with his mom (I couldn’t go because I had to take Brandon, the 17 yr. old his meds that he forgot) and I said so how many kicks you gonna get? He said 300! I said really? He said nah, 200? I said no really, how many kicks are you gonna try for? He said, 140. I said oh no…remember, you have to at least TRY to get 150 kicks, remember? He said oh yeah…ok. Then I wished him good luck and they were out the door.

About 15 minutes later I get a text from Kathy saying this: “U should challenge joe more often lol he did 300 kicks.” 🙂

And that was exactly the point of the challenge…..to make him realize that once you know you can do something to try to challenge yourself to do just a lil more….you’d be amazed at what you can accomplish if you did that. Don’t just settle for what you KNOW you can do. Try to do just a lil more.

Now, technically I owe Joe $15 for his charity and I will give him that but I’m gonna give him a lil bonus for himself personally to put in his jars (remember the book, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind?)

I think this is a cute lil story for us to remember and reflect on. Let’s not forget to challenge ourselves and our kids. I honestly believe that a lot of kids are lazy as hell nowadays and most of it I blame on the parents. Let’s get back to challenging our kids, holding them accountable for their actions and inactions and also rewarding them for challenging themselves, etc.

Kathy and I come from 2 different schools when it comes to parenting..grant it, they are HER kids and they are just my step-kids (I know we’re not married, but we would be if it was legal, so trust me, these boys have 2 moms 😉 ) She’s more of the “I’m their mom I want to do EVERYTHING for them and take care of them forever because they need me for everything” side of things and I’m more of the “They can do it themselves……they need to learn to do things on their own someday and they can do it now if you just LET THEM!” (Especially the 17 yr. old….he’s gonna be 18 in January and he’s helpless without his mom, so he’s taking the most work right now lol from BOTH of us.)

It’s amazing the things that go on in a kids head when you show him that he can make his own peanut butter and jelly sandwich! Or he can sleep in his own bed! Or that they can make something called passive income where you don’t have to go to work 40 hrs. a week for your money! Btw, the 9 yr. old gets this concept wayyy better than the 17 yr. old. And I let him know too….I think it challenges him to listen more and pay more attention when we talk about money and investing. hehehe

The challenge with us, is that every other week Joe goes to his dad’s house. And at dear old dad’s house he has zero discipline, zero challenge, and he gets told that all of our ideas and rules are dumb. Like passive income and the no video game Thursday rule. So that’s our challenge….luckily it doesn’t take the kid long to adjust to this world when he leaves la-la land with dad.

As for Brandon, he lives with us full-time now….he refuses to go to his dad’s house (if you read my flippinghomes.com blog before you’ll know that I mentioned there that it was just a matter of time before Brandon came to us and said he didn’t want to go to his dads house anymore.) He’s making progress with the whole discipline thing, just not so much with the money thing….but I think he may start listening more because he’s got a girlfriend now and he’s learning that they can be expensive lol

Sooo I’ll stop rambling and just ask you all, myself included, to continue to challenge yourself and your kids.

Flippin’ Carey

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Real estate schedule

Well I didn’t finish off any of those deals that I spoke about. Thursday I was suppose to meet up with the Oxford wife but I got a text early in the morning saying that the roads were icy and to be careful cuz it was suppose to snow too later. And me? Well i’m a HUGEEE baby when it comes to driving in the ice and snow, so I canceled that appointment and we will most likely reschedule for early next week. I see the husband called me today but he didn’t leave a message so I’ll call him back.

I was suppose to meet the Reading husband and wife today at 4pm but he’s stuck in Harrisburg so we will touch base mid-next week and probably meet end of the week or something.

And I finally came up with somewhat of a plan for msyelf. I need to get back into the swing of things to make money but I don’t know if this happens to any of you who do this full-time but does it ever seem like your wife, husband, girlfriend, boyfriend, partner, significant other whatever you want to call them…kinda ALWAYS thinks you’re available to help them out because well “you don’t have a real job.” That happened to me Wednesday into Thursday and I was FURIOUS. But I kept it inside and then I shared it with my best friend and we talked about it and she helped me work through my furiousness lol and to come up with a plan.

So here it is: My OFFICE days are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday…and when I say office, I don’t necessarily mean that I’m actually in the office all day. I just mean that those are the days that I do NOTHING BUT REAL ESTATE. No lunch meetings with my baby, no christmas shopping, no taking Brandon to therapy, nothing BUT real estate. And if anyone, mostly Kathy tho, needs me to help out with Brandons therapy or anything else or even just lunch then they can happen on either Tuesday or Friday as long as I don’t have a scheduled appointment. Because even tho my office days are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday I still could potentially set up appointments on Tuesdays and Fridays, but I will try to still with my office days if at all possible.

My best friend, Donna, made a good point she said “you know and I know that you won’t ever work a 40-hour week….so just pick 3 days to work and those are your office days and that’s all you do is work.”

I thought it was a good idea. So that’s what I’m doing.

We are going away for the weekend to Atlantic City to play in a poker tournament tomorrow. So we’re both excited about that. I think it will definitely be good for Kathy…for the first time since October 20th, the boys’ father will have them BOTH. Their custody arrangment is going to resort back to every other week even though Brandon still isn’t perfect. But he’ll be just fine. Kathy is a lil worried about him going with his father because she doesn’t think he’ll take care of him the way he needs to be taken care of (and that’s a whole other blog, but I understand why she feels that way) but in reality I said that Brandon will be fine…if anything isn’t done properly or whatever he’ll just call or text you (or me.) lol So that made her feel a lil better.

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Short sales and kids and hospitals, oh my

Woohoo! GOOD NEWS to report to myself (and you all) today!

First, the property that I was describing that goes to sheriff’s sale tomorrow? Well the first mortgage called me this morning and said that it’s been postponed until January. Her and I chatted a bit and we both don’t understand what the 2nd is thinking at all! But I’ll keep trying to give them some facts to make them listen to reason. Still haven’t had luck getting in touch with a supervisor per Cory’s advice.

On a personal note: Brandon was released from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia yesterday. He still has an awesome sense of humor…he texted me asking if I was gonna have dinner waiting for at home when he and his mom (Kathy, my significant other) got there. Then he said he was only kidding cuz he knows I’m a horrible cook. (I’m not THAT bad though.)

They still don’t know what his therapy sessions are going to look like yet, but he still is not allowed to go to school yet. Oh and he’s in full force with his texts asking for songs. (Since he’s been in the hospital I’ve been downloading him songs and making cd’s for him.) So, we’re currently working on a new one for him.

Ok so, I have to work on getting in touch with Loss Mit. Supervisor for the Exeter township house. I also REALLLLLLY need to get my sub2 property sold (that I bought on 9/28.) I’ve been getting a lot of headaches lately and Kathy thinks it’s because I don’t have that property sold (I tend to believe her about medical stuff since she’s a registered nurse although now she does drug studies for cancer medications.)

Also, I had a guy that I spoke to months ago call me today for help. I honestly think I may be able to help him KEEP his house, but I’ll know more after I talk to him in greater detail today. I don’t know what has happened over the last couple of months.

And, the deal that I have 1/2 going on in Oxford?? Well I got the agreement of sale signed but nothing else really. The lady had to go back to work so didn’t have time to get docs notarized. I keep calling the husband but he hasn’t called me back. Well he did call me back once to tell me that the key to the house will be in the mailbox waiting for me and all of the docs I need from them (tax returns, etc.) will be in the kitchen. But I told him I still need to meet with the wife to get stuff notarized and I haven’t heard a peep. Maybe it’s cuz of the holidays???

Anyway, gotta get going now as I’m going to watch Andrew today. Andrew is my best friend Donna and her partner, Colleens adopted lil baby boy. They brought him home from Guatemala on October 11th 2007 and ever since I met him I’ve been hopelessly in love with him. Seriously, I would love to spend all of my time with him. He’s awesome. And he’s made me do a lot of soulsearching actually. I REALLY need to get my shit together with this real estate investing because one day when I have a kid I want to be able to be home with him/her every day. I don’t want to have to dread getting up and kissing my kid good bye so I can go to work at my JOB for 8 hours. Nope, I don’t want to do it. And I have to ENSURE that it never happens!

Oh and Andrew, he turned 1 yesterday hehehehe….God I love that kid. I really have never felt this way about a kid before….I mean I get along with ALL kids. Always have, always will. But I’ve never been a big “lil” kid kinda person, if you know what I mean? But I’m definitely a HUGE “lil” kid Andrew kinda person. I’d seriously do anything for that lil guy.

andrew at christmas 2007

Adorable ain’t he? That’s one of his xmas pics for 2007. Sigh…..guess it’s not a good idea to steal the kid of your best friend huh? lmao Btw, I’m just JOKING (well not really…ok ok yes I am, I am.)

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