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6 Steps To Flipping Apartment Buildings

6 Steps To Flipping Apartment Buildings

There’s a lot of talk about flipping single family houses, but what about flipping apartment buildings?

First things first….when it comes to flipping apartment buildings you have to realize that doing so is not a passive income stream. Because once you flip the apartment building you are done with it, it’s not going to bring you in any income….you’ll have to get more apartment buildings and flip them as well.

So, holding apartment buildings for rental income is passive income but flipping apartment buildings is not. Make sense?

Is flipping apartment buildings something that is possible, though? Of course it is.

And the process is the same as flipping single family properties.

1) Get together a list of investors that buy apartment buildings in the area where you will be flipping apartment buildings.

2) Reach out to them to find out what their criteria is for apartment buildings they are interested in owning.

3) Go out and find those types of apartment buildings.

4) Get them under contract for less money than the current value OR you can get them under contract for the value of the property as long as there are things that can be done to the property to increase it’s value (under market rents, deferred maintenance, etc.)

5) Reach out to your investors in step #1 when their criteria in step #2 meet what you have available with your apartment building under contract.

6) Now….flip your contract to this investor. By the way, when flipping apartment buildings you can do so with a contract or option.

And that’s the gist of flipping apartment buildings. Now, even though flipping apartment buildings isn’t passive income it can be an awesome way to build up cash so that you can then invest that cash into passive income streams like owning apartment buildings or owning ATMs, etc.

If you’d like to get more information on flipping apartment buildings there is a great training program out there from my friend Susan Lassiter-Lyons called Master Lease Options. It’s top notch material and you can use it to hold apartment buildings or to begin flipping apartment buildings. Check it out and let me know what you think about flipping apartment buildings or if you’ve ever actually flipped apartment buildings before.

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Business Mistakes

Business Mistakes

I just wanted to talk in general about business mistakes. For this post, it really
doesn’t matter if you’re in the real estate business, ATM business, online marketing
business, or any other business under the sun.

This post is in general about all business mistakes.

I don’t know what sparked me to write this today, perhaps it’s people that email
me that are interested in starting their own ATM business or interested in investing
in real estate but they are afraid.

Afraid of making business mistakes.

Here’s the deally-o though….you WILL make business mistakes when you get into
business. I get that you want to start a business and not make any mistakes at all…I really do
get that thought process. But I think you’re just putting a little too much pressure on yourself.

Remember back when you first learned to walk? ride a bike? drive a car? had a child? You made
mistakes with all of those things in the beginning, right? (Heck raising a child is probably a
never-ending learning process lol)

But my point is you didn’t start doing anything perfectly. You made mistakes and learned from them.
Well, hopefully you learned from them.

So, just accept that you will make business mistakes when you first get into business, but make sure
you don’t ever make the same mistake twice. I remember when I started my real estate investing business
back in 1999. I made a mistake on every single deal I did for yearssssssss. But guess what? I never
made the same business mistakes twice. I learned from my mistakes.

When I started my ATM business in 2009, guess what? I made business mistakes with that too (and I had
someone “teaching” me the business. lol Unfortunately, he was one of my biggest mistakes!)

I made tons of business mistakes in my online marketing business too. From hiring a worthless coach to
wanting to do everything on my own (and screwing things up and taking longer then necessary to get things
accomplished.)

Business mistakes are normal; they will happen. I’m not telling you to get all excited about them and
say “bring on the business mistakes!” But I’m saying just know that they are a normal part of the bigger
picture with your business, embrace them, learn from them and move on.

Generally, to cut down on business mistakes you make it helps to have some type of course, education,
seminar or coach to guide you through your business. Like my ATM Business Blueprint Success System if
you are interested in the ATM business or my friend Susan Lassiter-Lyons Master Lease Option course if
you are interested in creating income with apartment buildings.

Notice I said cut down…..I didn’t say eliminate. That’s because once you learn what to do from the
programs that you enroll in you may start to go off on your own and do your own thing that may not have
been recommended in your course or maybe it’s something more advanced and it’s not in your course, right?

The overall point here is please don’t be afraid of starting your own business because you are afraid
that you’ll make business mistakes. You will make business mistakes, so don’t let that stop you from
pursuing your dreams! Just remember to always learn from those business mistakes and to never, ever
make the same business mistake twice!

Have you made any business mistakes when starting your new business? What were they?

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How to Find Apartment Buildings for Sale

How to Find Apartment Buildings for Sale

If you’re going to want to add apartment buildings to your passive income toolbox then
you’re going to have learn how to find apartment buildings for sale.

In this post I’ll share with you some great ways on how to find apartment buildings for
sale.

How to Find Apartment Buildings for Sale – Method #1

Drive for Dollars – Driving for dollars isn’t just for single family
homes you know? If you are near an area where you’d like to invest then you can
just drive to the apartment buildings and chat with the manager or owner if on
site. (Also, write down the address of the building, so you can send some direct
mail later 😉

How to Find Apartment Buildings for Sale – Method #2

Courthouse – Where you find apartment buildings you
find tenants not paying rent. And where you find tenants not paying rent
you find eviction filings. Check out the eviction filings for your area and
reach out to those landlords. You never know when they have reached their
last straw with non-paying tenants.

How to Find Apartment Buildings for Sale – Method #3

Commercial Broker – One of the best ways on how to find
apartment buildings for sale is through commercial brokers. Build a good relationship
with one or two and they will send you apartment buildings for sale when they
come on the market (and of course, ones that are already on the market.)

How to Find Apartment Buildings for Sale – Method #4

Loopnet – A lot of commercial brokers will list their apartment
buildings for sale on loopnet. (Hint: this is a great way to find some commercial
brokers to work with.) You can set up your own searches on loopnet so that you
get automatically emailed when apartment buildings meet your criteria.

Loopnet is usually the first thing people will mention when asked how to find
apartment buildings for sale
. Keep in mind that Loopnet is an awesome way to find
apartment buildings for sale and you can either contact the broker directly or do your
research and put the apartment building on your direct mail campaign list.

How to Find Apartment Buildings for Sale – Method #5

MLS – Normally, the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) is mostly
recommended for residential properties, but keep in mind that you will find
apartment buildings for sale here as well. Plus, sometimes you are dealing with
residential agents/brokers so a lot of times they won’t price the properties
properly. Don’t forget about the expired listings here for apartment buildings.

You could also use the public records portion of the MLS for your direct mail
campaign.

How to Find Apartment Buildings for Sale – Method #6

Direct Mail Campaign – I already mentioned a few ways that
you can add properties to your direct mail campaign list, but after you get this
list of apartments for sale (or perhaps not for sale yet) you will have to mail
to them on a regular basis as you never know when they will be ready to
sell. Be consistent with your mailings. Mail at least every month.

Read this post for ideas on direct marketing to apartment owners.

I hope that you liked this list of how to find apartment buildings for sale.

Here’s a bonus one that I just thought of:

How to Find Apartment Buildings for Sale – Method #7

Craigslist – You can do some searching around
Craigslist under the commercial real estate for sale section of the
real estate for sale section. Also, use the search feature for words
that may give you what you’re looking for: multi-family, seller financing,
etc. Things like that.

How to Find Apartment Buildings for Sale – Method #8

Property Managers –Ok so I’m on a roll lol One more for you
that can help you to find apartment buildings for sale are property management companies.

They are usually a good source of knowing when an owner may consider
selling the property. You will have to build a relationship with them and let
them know that you will still let them manage the property should you purchase
it.

Post below other ideas that you have for how to find apartment buildings for
sale and other methods that you have used to find apartment buildings for sale.

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Direct Marketing To Apartment Owners

Direct Marketing To Apartment Owners

I know a lot of folks are interested in apartment buildings as a passive income stream.

Once that’s their interest now they have questions about sending direct marketing to
apartment owners
.

I’ve sent all kinds of direct marketing to apartment owners. I’m going to share with
you a couple of direct marketing ideas here and you may use them yourself or
perhaps you have your own direct marketing idea for apartment owners that
you’d like to share in the comment section.

Idea #1 for Direct Marketing to Apartment Owners

Send a letter directly to them. Include a bold headline. Quick
text about how you’d like to buy their apartment building.
Sign it with your name, I wouldn’t really use a company name.
And don’t forget to add a P.S. (that’s the most read part of
a letter, you know.)

Place this letter in an envelope and handwrite the address and
your return address on it and use a stamp, not a bulk mailing
permit. (And yes, you can pay someone else to do this for you.)

When you handwrite the information and put a real stamp
on the envelope, this will increase the chances of your envelope
actually being opened!.

I’ve also placed an extra piece of paper in the envelope with
the letter that is a form that they can fill out and fax back to
me (just in case they don’t want to talk on the phone right away.)

In general though: DON’T FORGET YOUR CONTACT INFO!

Idea #2 for Direct Marketing to Apartment Owners

Send them a postcard. Believe it or not, it doesn’t have to be
a fancy postcard. You can just get right to the point in your
postcard.

I want to buy your apartment building! That pretty much
will do the trick. The cool thing about postcards is that
they don’t have to actually open an envelope to read it!

Test out using a fancy postcard that is very professional vs.
a non-so fancy postcard that is more personal.

In general though: DON’T FORGET YOUR CONTACT INFO!

Idea #3 for Direct Marketing to Apartment Owners

Get creative! Don’t just send a normal letter in an envelope. And
don’t just send a normal postcard. Do something crazy, something
outrageous! Something that is guaranteed to get your attention.

Keep in mind this method will cost you a little more money but in the
long run; you will get more attention.

You could send a Gigantic While You Were Out message or you could
send them a pile of fake money (you determine the nomination and
message on the bills.)

These ideas will get you noticed because I promise you; no one else
in your area is using them. (They are sending letters and postcards!)

Head over to my buddy Jeff’s site to check out these attention
getting ideas for direct marketing to apartment owners and you’ll see some other cool ideas that Jeff has.

In general though: DON’T FORGET YOUR CONTACT INFO!

These are a couple of ideas to get you going with your direct marketing
to apartment owners. What direct marketing ideas have been successful
for you when marketing to apartment owners directly?

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Passive Income Streams are a must

Passive Income Streams are a must

First, I want you to notice that I did say passive income streams…with an s. As in plural. As in not just one passive income stream.

Just wanted to make sure I pointed that out.

Ok so here’s the deal. I’ve spent my entire life growing up and knowing I was different. Knowing that I wanted EVERY DAY to feel like the weekend. That thought led me into the entrepreneurial world of side hustles.

Basically, I kept starting businesses until I found one that worked. In 1999, I realized that real estate investing was going to work.

As I progressed in the real estate world I decided I was more interested in PASSIVE INCOME STREAMS then in active income streams.

You see for me? I wanted to enjoy life NOW. While I was younger, healthier, etc. I didn’t want to have to wait until I was 60, 70, 80 etc. when it was time to retire.

I finally realized that having a j-o-b wasn’t going to get me to where I wanted. Also, working actively in real estate as a flipper, rehabber, wholesaler, etc. wasn’t going to get me there either. Why? Because I always had to be WORKING in order to make money.

I read this quote by T. Harv Eker, author of “Secrets of the Millionaire Mind”, and he said “You become financially free when your passive income exceeds your expenses.”

WOW! That was me. My world shifted after I read that. I stopped wholesaling, stopped flipping, stopped it all. Was only interested in passive income streams. Got set into only wanting rental properties (I had 1 single family rental at the time) but wanted to expand into apartment buildings.

Also, I discovered the world of owning ATM machines. (Yes I know saying machines after ATM is redundant, but it just sounds better that way lol)

The passive income streams that I started to acquire in my life really made a difference in my personal time freedom and in my bank account.

I was blown away by the passive income that came from owning ATM machines. The cool thing was they were a lot like real estate investing. So, it was comfortable for me to really get into the ATM business and accumulating passive income from them. I sometimes can be heard calling my ATM machines my “mini” rental properties without the tenants and toilet hassles! hehehe

I’d like to list for you now all of my passive income streams that I have at this point in my life. Keep in mind they don’t all make a lot of money. Most of them just have money trickle in…..but the 1st one on the list is where I make real decent passive income. The next 2 are decent…the remaining……money trickles in, but it still comes in.

Here is the list of my passive income streams:

1) Passive Income from the ATM Business. I own ATM machines. This business accounts for about 90 to 95% of my passive income.

2) Passive Income from Rental Real Estate. I currently own 1 single family residence. I have it sold on a lease/option basis and when it’s officially gone I will probably never own a single family rental again….just apartment buildings.

3) Passive Income from Online Marketing. I suppose I could really break online marketing down into so many categories but for now I’m going to leave this passive income stream as just online marketing. I own websites like this one and Gay Marriage Guide and ATM Business Blueprint, etc. etc.

I also sell my own products online like my ATM Business Blueprint Success System and my Automatic ATM Profits ebook.

4) Passive Income from Affiliate/Referral Partner Marketing. This could have been put in the online marketing category but I figured I’d leave my own personal sites and others stuff separate. So, I get paid for referring other peoples products or for putting google adsense on my websites or for selling amazon products, etc.

Just a note though: I’m not like a lot of affiliate marketers. What I mean by that is I’ll only refer an affiliates product if I have used it personally or have at least seen it and feel comfortable that it will do what it says it will.

Here’s a site that is mine that I’m a referral partner with: BBW for Dating.

5) Passive Income from Network Marketing. I am involved with Starion Energy. The reason I love them so much and feel they are the best energy company for me to work with is because they have something called a Utility Advocate program. This is a program that allows me to help any business owner that I put my ATM in their location (or any business owner in general all across the U.S.) Basically, as a utility advocate, we (they lol) will go over the business owners utility bills for the past 4 years (for FREE); water, sewer, phone, merchant services, electricity, gas, etc. And if any mistakes were made we will cut the business owner a check. Plus, we’ll keep an eye on their utilities for the next 3 years (and cut them a check every month if they are being over charged.) It’s a good deal. Makes me look good whether I put my ATM in a location or not. And it’s passive income.

6) Passive Income from Profit Sharing. I use to be a Realtor with Keller Williams Realty. I brought quite a few folks into the organization and when I left I was vested in their profit sharing program. So, now one of my passive income streams comes from Keller Williams paying me every month. Pretty cool, huh?

7) Passive Income from being a Private Money Lender. I am also a private money lender. Which means that I have money that I lend out for a certain rate for investments that I’m interested in. I generally use my Self-Directed IRA account to do this. I also, get private money for my ATM business from other folks looking for passive income as a private money lender. (Pretty cool, eh?)

8 ) Passive Income from Miscellaneous. I just put this here just in case I missed any lol Sometimes, I lose track of my passive income streams. Now, I don’t spend much time on all of these passive income streams. It’s really just the first 3 that I concentrate on. But the rest…still keeps coming.

Hope this gives you some ideas about passive income streams and let’s you finally realize that you can choose how to spend your time in your life when you own enough passive income streams.

If you’re interested in the ATM business then go here for some free information so you too can add it to your list of passive income streams in your life.

What are some of your favorite passive income streams that you currently have?

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How To Find Apartment Building Owners List

How To Find Apartment Building Owners List

Since moving from single family to apartment buildings I always find it interesting to figure
out how to find apartment building owners list.

I mean as a single family real estate investor you can get all kinds of lists, right? Expired
listings, foreclosures, pre-foreclosures, divorce, probates, etc.

But what exactly do you look for to find apartment building owners lists? So, I’m going to
list a few that I’ve been trying out so far. You can share any ways that you may know to find
apartment building owners lists too, ok?

1) Expired listings
If you have access to the MLS, that’s the first place I would start. There should be a multi-family
section and you can check all of the expired and withdrawn listings. If you are not a real estate
agent then borrow a real estate agent so that you can borrow their MLS access. (Please don’t expect
to go up to a complete stranger who is a real estate agent and ask them if you can use their MLS
so that you can find apartment building owners! You have to build a relationship first!)

2) Drive-bys
This is how I found the first apartment owner that I ever made a MLO LOI to. (Master Lease Option and Letter Of Intent.) What I did was I drove around my area
and looked for apartment buildings. I would jot down the address and I would pay special attention to
ones that had “for rent” signs up or that appeared to need a little “love.”

When you get home cross reference the address on your public records or MLS and get the owners
name and address. Then mail them or call them. That’s a really cheap and easy way to find apartment
building owners. Of course, it takes some time.

Plus, it is still worthwhile and preferred that you find apartment building owners that may be motivated.
And if they have a “for rent” sign out they would probably be more motivated then if they did not have
a “for rent” sign out. Same concept if their apartment building appears to need some “love.”

3. Buy A List
A quick and notso free way to find apartment building owners is to buy a list of them from
a list company. There are companies like ListSource.com, REISource.come and others.

They will cost you a few bucks but you don’t have to leave the comfort of your house
to find apartment building owners and you don’t have to do a lot of investigating. Just
plug in the details of the types of apartment buildings you are looking for and voila!

4. Other Ways To Find Apartment Building Owners
Ok, so have you checked out my other post on this blog about finding
apartment building owners
that are MOTIVATED?

Check it out. But don’t just read the article. Read the comments. Some of the GoinFlippinCrazy.com blog reads
had left some pretty awesome ideas in the comments section.

Now, you have quite a few ways, a lot of which are no cost to you, to find apartment building owners.

Do you have any certain way that you use to find apartment building owners? I (we all) would love to hear about it…….

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Court Date and Security Guard Run-in



Well my court date for my eviction is scheduled for Wednesday morning at 11:15am. I’m seriously thinking of selling the place if it’s in decent shape, which I have a feeling it will be. Even though I’m pissed at my tenants for not paying, they always kept the place immaculate and even added “home” touches to it.

Starting October 1st, Kathy and I are going to go through a major shift in our finances…..we are going on a major budget to pay off of debt. Speaking of which, did you read this post by Shae that will help you get out of the rat race? Shae is the one who helped me with the actions that Kathy and I will be taking come October 1st. (P.S. Shae, I hope it was ok to say that lol)

My thinking for selling goes like this: Do I want to have a crap load of debt and collect $300 a month positive cashflow from this place? or Do I want to sell it and get rid of 1 huge debt and possibly another big one? And then work on bigger and better streams of positive cashflow? (Btw, that $300 goes right out the window when you have to evict a tenant 1 time.)



So the jury is still out with the rental property. But funny story, last night Kathy and I went to fill the strip club. Well it was Race Weekend and the place was PACKED. And I mean PACKED! There were guys all over the place and security guards all over the place. Some guy stopped us walking in and asked “Have you been in there?” And I said “Tonight? No. Why?” And he says “two women unattended…it’s probably not safe.” I lol’d and said “we come here all the time, we’ll be fine.” I should have said “I know the owners, all the girls, the manager and the tallest, badest security guard in there.” But I didn’t….

Now this was the first time we went there where there were more security guards there than their normal guy. The first security guard stopped us to try to make us pay, until the BIG GUY that we know pushed him away and said “they’re the atm people, let them go.”

Then we walked right over to the atm, right passed a gigantic security guard (one who was never there before.) We noticed the machine was unplugged (i.e. it was out of money so the owners unplugged it.) Well Kathy leaned down to plug it back in and little did we know but the gigantic security guard was following us and at this point he went for Kathy (it seemed) and said “leave it plugged in.”

Well all I could do was react, thinking this big guy was going to grab her or something, and I stepped in and put my hand around his HUGE arm (ladies and gentlemen I couldn’t even get my entire hand around his arm lol) and I squeezed realllll hard and said “BACK UP…it’s our machine.” Kathy looked at me and looked at him and he just said ok and backed up and went back to his station lol

After that split second I thought to myself “holy shit his arms were huge and he could have crushed me like a bug!” But of course, we don’t think of that stuff when we’re trying to protect our loved ones do we? Anyway, as we walked out the security guard came up to me and said “sorry about that.” I told him no problem.

Then Kathy and I thought and said to each other “hey, at least they are watching our machine!” lmao So I have to say that once again, I’m happy to be alive and so glad that mr. bad ass security guard didn’t crush me like a bug. hehehe

Kathy and I went and saw that 4 unit that I seen already….we will be making an offer on that cock-roach infested place tomorrow. If it gets accepted…the private money hunt will be on. We’re actually going to be making like a $35k offer, I’m thinking…place needs some work tho….plus 3 tenants aren’t paying so we’re going to have to account for evicting them and only getting 1 months rent while we work on the places to get better tenants in. Wish us luck!

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Offers on 2 multi-units and an eviction



Do you remember my last post where I talked about finding a motivated apartment owner by reading the paper at work?

Well I read the paper again and found another gentleman who was willing to hold some financing. Sooo in the past week I’ve looked at 4 multi-unit properties. A duplex, a triplex, a quad and a 6-unit.




Quite frankly I’m not interested in the duplex at all. It just wasn’t in an area that I’d like to invest in. Not a war zone or anything but definitely drug-ville I can see. Now the triplex was ok but it’s a triplex that should be 3 residential units but apparently the boro wouldn’t let him make it 3 residential units and one of the units is for a business. It just doesn’t fit the property…..I guess I could check with the boro to see if they’d change that, but I dunno.

The 4-unit I really liked. Keep in mind that the duplex, triplex and quad were all owned by an Amish gentleman.

amish multi-family unit owner

I gotta tell you that I pulled up to the property and I was looking for his horse and buggy

I mean there wasn’t any transportation near the property and you definitely needed it to get there (of course I was assuming he lived on a farm or something.) I even asked him “how did you get here?” He said his “assistant” lives around the corner and dropped him off.

I gotta tell you folks he was filthy. I mean his hands were nasty….soo dirty. And folks will tell you well it’s because the Amish are hard workers and you know what I’m not going to deny that they are hard workers on the farm, but he definitely is not a hard worker when it comes to his rental properties. They had TONS of deferred maintenance. Don’t get me wrong he was the nicest man….really nice, calm, well-mannered, etc. but when he asked me for a ride to his other properties I kinda didn’t want to give it to him because he smelled reallllly bad. I’m not even kidding. But I gave him a ride.

So I have to do the numbers on his triplex and quad, cuz I’m not interested in the duplex. Then today I looked at a 6 unit. Veryyyy well kept property in an area that is completely new to me (actually so was the Amish dudes properties.) The 6 unit is the guy willing to hold some financing. He claims he has someone else interested in it as well…but as we all know, “being interested” and making and offer and actually going to settlement are 2 different things, right?

I’m going to do the numbers and make him an offer too. Where will we get the money for any of these properties? Hey…maybe a private money lender who wants to earn a decent rate of return on their investment. Ever since I got private money for my last 2 atms (which are doing very well, by the way) I’ve been casually talking to folks about private money.

On to my current rental property….tomorrow I will be posting a Demand for Rent notice on the property and I’m 99.99999% sure I’m evicting this tenant this month. I’m not even going to tell you his excuses because I really didn’t listen as I didn’t care. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a very nice landlord, but I’m very firm as well. And I stick to my guns and start the process when you don’t pay (and especially when you don’t call and give me a heads up as to why you haven’t paid…not that I care to hear your excuse, but it’s just a courtesy thang with me I guess……ya know?)

Anyway, I really like these tenants and apparently the hubby is asking if his dad will bail him out (mind you, the tenant is a grown man, in his late 40’s or early 50’s.) I told him that if his dad or brother bails him out this time that I would be willing to sit down with him and his wife and go over their finances with them and help them come up with a budget. Basically, the guy has a spending problem….he buys crap and then has no money for the bills.

Btw, he called me and said “Thank God I got your message before Maggie.” His wife has no idea what’s going on with their finances…he started whispering to me and said “I gotta go outside, Mags just got home.” Soooo, I told him that he needs to tell his wife what is going on and that she perhaps may even be the better person to handle the finances since he can’t do it…..I said she’s gonna know tomorrow when I put your notice on the door.

Soooo I hope that his dad can bail them out and I hope that they “fix” themselves but I’m fairly confident it’s not going to happen. I was chatting with my father tonite and he said “don’t worry, you won’t have any problem renting that place in this market.” Sooo I hope he’s right because I just did my personal budget with Kathy and paying my rental property mortgage is NOT in the budget lol

More on that in my next post. Btw, my hours are changing at the BMW job. I just asked the General Manager if I could work 9 to 6 on my early days and 10 to 7 on my late days. Reason being is that school started and I need to be here in the morning to get Joe off to school when Kathy is traveling, plus I want to get home at a relatively decent time to go over his homework with him and get him to bed at a decent time. The GM was fine with it.

P.S. I’m doing ok with my diet and exercise routine. Well I don’t want to call it a diet, it’s more of a lifestyle change where I start eating better………and I’m doing better on that aspect moreso than the exercise routine, but it’s cuz I’ve been so tired from working my tail off (work work and then atm’s.) This week will be better hopefully.

P.P.S. And yes, I’ve been losing weight. hehehehe

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Found a Motivated Multi-Family Seller & Half Empty Nester



Well I think I found a Motivated Multi-Family Seller….more on that in a moment. So Kathy and I are officially “half empty nesters” lol

Friday we both helped Brandon move out of the house and move into his new home….Immaculata University. Every other week now Kathy and I will be all alone at the house (unless she’s traveling for work of course.) As you know, Joe is at is dad’s one week and our house 1 week…..so we’ll have him every other week at least.

I gotta tell you guys…I was really excited that Brandon was moving out. Him and I haven’t been seeing eye to eye lately….I won’t get into why, but his last week here in the house I was really impressed with all of his initiative that he took and I think he found a new maturity and sense of responsibility that last week. (I think a part of him was doing it to say to his mom “I’ll be ok, don’t worry about me.”)

Anyway, I gotta tell you….Kathy is away now and I’m home with the kitty cats and it is Q-U-I-E-T around here. I mean seriously. It’s crazy….I mean Brandon and I may not have gotten along a lot lately but darn at least we were both here to talk to one another lol This is definitely gonna take some getting use to for sure. He stopped by today and I was all excited to see him lmao He didn’t stay long tho but that’s ok….he’s having fun. He starts school tomorrow.

Oh and on a Joe note….I drove Joe and Kathy to the airport Friday nite and I kept saying how I was tired. Joe was psyched to get on a plane (he’s 10, remember?) Anyway, Saturday morning Kathy tells me that Joe was worried about me last night (friday when I dropped them off) and I asked her well how do you know he was worried about me?

Kathy said Joe just started crying and Kathy’s looking at him like wtf? lol And she asked him what was wrong and he said “I’m worried about Carey. I”m worried about her driving home, she said she was tired. And I wanted her to come with us.” So Kathy told him not to worry that I’d be ok and that she told me to text her when I got home. He said “ok, well make sure you let me know when she texts you she’s home.” lol Cute kid, huh?

Ok now on to the Motivated Multi-Family Seller…..when I get to work I’m there an hour before the sales guys get there so I read all of the papers that we have delivered to us. Well I found an ad where a few places were listed for sale. I called and they have single family houses and smaller multi’s for sale….duplexes up to a quad.




And I was talking to the seller and after he tells me his prices….I’m quiet and just waiting for him to talk more. He said “but uhhhh ummmm that’s just the asking price, I would take less. You can make me any offer you want, ok?” 🙂 (Yes, ok. Thanks!)

Anyway, I got an appointment to check out 3 of his buildings tomorrow after work. Hey maybe we’ll have another “What would YOU Do” post.

On the eating and drinking end…..I just made a smoothie with Kale, Collard Greens, Spinach, Banana, Grapes, Blueberries, Raspberries and Almond Milk in it….and let me tell you it looked like shit, but it tasted absolutely AMAZING. Yummmmmmmy.

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Blade and I are baaaaack…..



Woohooo!!!! Blade and I are back on track folks and we’re ready to get things going in the right direction again!

Blade ended up spending 6 nights and 7 days in the ER Vet. He was getting IV fluids and IV nutrients, along with antibiotics, pain meds, pepcid, etc. etc. He’s been home since Monday afternoon and he’s doing wonderful. (Below is Blade chilling in a baby crib lol pre-ER visit.)

Blade in a crib

He’s drinking water like a champ, he’s eating wayyyyyyyyyyy better now (for the most part he eats the “required amount” a day, even tho he still won’t eat his wet food yet. Grrrrr! But hey, I’ll take what I can get, ya know?) And he’s already “chasing” birds through the deck window lol

At this moment he’s laying next to me purring up a storm. (that’s definite music to my ears.) I try to sleep at least 2 days a week with him (we have 4 cats and he has to be separated from the others cuz Mr. Bladeypants is actually a bully lol) So 2 nights I sleep with him and let the other kittys chill.

So now that Blade is home safe and sound and he’s working towards 100% and I’m not working all day or all night and then traveling back and forth to the ER vet to visit my baby (and yes, I went to see him every day or night after work to spend time with him and to check on him. Sometimes I had to try to see if he’d eat for me cuz he wouldn’t eat for the vet and other times it was well that’s what we parents do….whether you got real kids or furry kids, you know!) And on Saturday and Sunday I’d go twice to see him! Needless to say the week he was in the hospital I was worthless as I was B-E-A-T.

Now it’s back into high gear. I’m getting use to the work schedule again and we’re gonna make it happen….soon. I feel it.

Oh and on an atm note….we just got a cash only ice cream place tell us they want a machine in both of their locations 🙂 (one of the locations is near that slamming cash only restaurant we have in a college town. Actually, the owner of that store referred this ice cream store guy…they are good friends.) So Kathy and I are putting our heads together to try to figure out how in the hell we are gonna pay for not just one but two Atm’s!!!

Uhhh remember I was saying I’m gonna have to wholesale a house to pay Blade’s vet bill? Well maybe I’ll have to wholesale 2 houses so I can pay Blade’s bill and buy 2 atm’s! lol




Thursday I’m meeting an Atm guy about leasing machines. Also, I want to start putting a “high gear” plan into place with Kathy so we can get our asses into gear because I’m tired of this 2 hour commute a day (the job itself is easy peasy, but I hate the drive) and I’m tired (and so is Kathy) of her constant friggin traveling for work!

Besides that I made 2 promises. 1 to Blade when I was driving him to the vet the Tuesday night I took him to the ER and I told him that I’d get on the ball so I can be home most of the time and therefore I would have been able to know sooner that there was something wrong with him (as I didn’t get home until 10pm that evening) and then of course also, so I could spend all day hanging and playing with him and the other kitty’s.

And then I made a promise to Joe. He was upset one morning because I had to take him to the neighbors house so she could watch him and he wanted to know why he had to go. Unfortunately, I had to tell the kid that I had to go to work to take care of some things right now but that his mom and I are working on building passive income so neither one of us has to work and he can always stay here instead of going to a babysitters. He was thrilled…so he made me promise that we’d work real hard at buying apartment buildings so he wouldn’t have to go to the neighbors so much. (And Joe is actively looking for a location to put an atm that HE wants to partner with his mom and I on.)

So….if I was serious before, well I’m more serious now…I made a big promise to one of my cats (well all of them in a sense) and to a 10 yr. old. That’s serious stuff folks…can’t let them down!

This week I’m gonna start analyzing some deals that have been in my inbox for a few weeks now. And making some more calls to brokers and management companies. Plus, I’m going to try to get in touch with a friend from high schools father, who has $$$$ and try to set up an appointment with him next month. Things are looking up and I’m feeling good about my situation.

I love that saying that Dave Lindahl says that I’m sure he got from someone else but it goes like this:

“If you do for 3 to 5 years what most people won’t do; then you can do for the rest of your life what most people can’t do.”

I think I’m gonna print that out and hang it on my bathroom mirror (I’m sure Kathy will be thrilled to read that every morning hehehehe)

Btw, thanks again for all of the support with Blade. I, well we, really appreciated it. When one of my kids is sick the world pretty much stops for me. I’m a big worry wart and I’m not right until they are home and doing well. Blade is doing wonderfully. He’s on 3 meds right now; an antibiotic, pepcid and another antibiotic but 2 of his meds are almost done……and trust me, we BOTH can’t wait for that day. Medicine time is the worst part of the day for both Blade and I lol If you have pets, especially cats, and have had to give them a couple of medicines well then I’m sure you can relate lol

Lastly, I got the book “The Power of Focus” by Jack Canfield (affiliate link) as recommended by Shae from Good faith investing in her article “Living Life on My Terms.” I’m super excited to get cracking on that book…so thanks Shae for the good recommendation.

Well folks I’m off to bed as I want to get up bright and early so I can work out, fill an atm and get some reading in and make a couple of calls.

Btw, I’ll be blogging again sooner rather than later………peace out g money’s!

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