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Investor Interview with Jason Wiles

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Investing is for all types of people, from many backgrounds and schools of thought. You may find similarities among other investors, or learn something new!

Herewith tips and insight, is Jason Wiles, Investor

Q: Who was your first business mentor?  

A: Rich Hinson

 

Q: Who was your first mentor in real estate?  

A:  Don Morant and Justin Anderson

 

Q: What is your favorite book? 

A:  Think and Grow Rich and Richest Man in Babylon


Q: What is the best lesson you have learned in real estate? 

A: Do it right the first time, so you don't have to do it again.


Q: How many properties do you own? 

A: Not enough. 

 

Q: When did you start investing? 

A: Late 2012 - early 2013

 

Q: Why do you Invest?

A: For a better financial future for me and my family, and it is fun..


Q: What is the best advice you have received?  

A:  One house at a time!


Q: Do you have a favorite podcast?  

A:  I don't listen to podcasts. Can't focus on them.


Q: Any hobbies? 

A: Not really, have any suggestions?


Q: What is the best advice you could give someone else? 

A:  Don't be afraid to walk away, and know what you want from each deal.


Q: Is there a place for you where time slows down?  

A:  Oklahoma. It is where my family is and where I grew up. I can only stand to be there for about a week though.


Q: If you were a member of a music group, it would be _________?

A:  with Garth Brooks.


Q: I was introduced to Auben ______.

A: in early 2013. They managed my properties, and I still have all the tenants.


Q: If you weren't investing in real estate you would be_______.

A:  still in the Army.

 

Q: If you were to start over_______.

A: I wouldn't be afraid to ask for money earlier.


What kind of property management services do I need?

Monday, January 13, 2020

Maybe you got into real estate investment strategically. You planned to grow your personal wealth with a property (or multiple properties) that will provide a return on your investment for years to come. Or, perhaps you got into real estate investment on accident. You personally owned a great property that you no longer wanted yourself but also knew would be foolish to let go. 

No matter what kind of investor you are or how you got into the business, chances are you have seen the numerous day-to-day tasks that go into managing a property, whether it’s a simple duplex or a 40-unit building. And, those tasks can certainly be overwhelming and require help from a property management organization. But what kind of property management services do you truly need?

There is not a one-size-fits-all approach to property management. A good property management company assesses the individual needs of the investor and tailors their services to meet those needs. At the very least, management companies will work directly with tenants, saving you time and effort when marketing and leasing your property. They’ll also handle the day to day tasks like collecting rent and maintenance and repair issues.

We all know that time is valuable, which is perhaps the biggest advantage of using a property management service. The peace of mind that comes with having a professional, versed in the latest landlord-tenant laws and who knows your local market is also a huge bonus. 

When deciding what kind of property management services you might need for your investment, it’s important to consider the following: 

  • Do you have multiple properties or units? The investment in a good property management company will cost you far less than the time and stress of managing all of them yourself. 
  • Do you live far from your rental property? Not only will you not have to travel to handle emergencies and issues that arise with your property, a local team will know best how to market your property in that area. 
  • Is your time limited? Even if you may like handling the daily tasks of managing your property, imagine how you could spend that time further growing your investments if you had someone else handling it. You could be spending your daily time looking for your next investment or figuring out renovations for your current. 

Really, the best way to figure out what a property management company can do for you is to have a consultation. Everyone’s investment is unique, and some may benefit from full service while others may prefer leasing only services.

Auben Realty can handle everything from leasing-only services to full service property management. Get in touch with us so that we can discuss ways to help manage your investment. 


Investor Interview with Andrea Wardell

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Investing is for all types of people, from many backgrounds and schools of thought. You may find similarities among other investors, or learn something new!

Herewith tips and insight, is Andrea Wardell, Real Estate Broker & Investor

Q: Who was your first business mentor?  

A: Tyson Schuetze

 

Q: Who was your first mentor in real estate?  

A:  Elizabeth Berkley. She recruited me, and got me in to real estate at 22 years old. 

 

Q: What is your favorite book? 

A:  I don't read much anymore, but growing up I loved Nancy Drew.


Q: What is the best lesson you have learned in real estate? 

A: If you are hard working and have integrity there is no such thing as one deal. All clients are repeat if the process works. Procrastination and avoiding things do not make them go away. There is always a solution it's a matter of finding it. If you don't answer the phone someone else will.


Q: How many properties do you own? 

A: Three. 

 

Q: When did you start investing? 

A: When I got my real estate sales license in1993.

 

Q: Why do you Invest?

A: It's my business model, therefore I believe in it. To build wealth through real estate and to challenge myself.


Q: What is the best advice you have received?  

A:  Nothing is a crisis.


Q: Do you have a favorite podcast?  

A:  I do not listen to podcasts.


Q: Any hobbies? 

A: Traveling, music, hot pepper-eating, karaoke, Big Buck Hunter, playing cards, and partaking in libations


Q: What is the best advice you could give someone else? 

A:  Tomorrow is a new day.


Q: Is there a place for you where time slows down?  

A:  Nothing slows down.


Q: If you were a member of a music group, it would be _________?

A:  Jim Morrison and the Doors...minus the dead part. As for a musician that is alive, probably Cardi B.


Q: I was introduced to Auben ______.

A: Five years ago in Kansas City, and I've maintained a mentoring relationship where I have grown both personally and professionally since our alliance. Betsey Davis is the most fun "Jam Up," and Tyson Schuetze is a mentor and guru.


Q: If you weren't investing in real estate you would be_______.

A:  in Costa Rica.

 

Q: If you were to start over_______.

A: This all would have been a lot of work. Each year I keep at it, the confidence and success builds. Therefore I wouldn't.


Investor Interview with Bernard Barbour

Friday, December 13, 2019

Investing is for all types of people, from many backgrounds and schools of thought. You may find similarities among other investors, or learn something new!

Herewith tips and insight, is Bernard Barbour, Investor & World Traveler

Q: Who was your first business mentor?  

A: My first business mentor was my platoon sergeant while stationed at Fort Gordon. I noticed, he’d show up for work--first formation, he’d be gone all day, and then return. When I asked what he was up to, he told me he was selling, buying and fixing houses. It was going to be his full time job when he retired in six months, because he didn’t want to work for anyone. That got the ball rolling for me. I bought my first house from him. He showed me the ropes on fixer uppers, how to build equity, and buying and holding rentals. Not long after, I got my real estate license and we worked many projects.

 

Q: Who was your first mentor in real estate?  

A:  I met Donald Morant as I was buying houses from the court house: HUD homes and VA properties. I found out he was one of my top competitors. We then decided to collaborate and start a real estate investing club--sharing information about leasing, contractors, attorneys, and so forth. Thus, the Augusta Real Estate Investors Association was born. 

 

Q: What is the best lesson you have learned in real estate? 

A: There are infinite ways to make money in real estate: partnerships, owner financing, buy & hold, flipping, etc. Joining a real estate club or starting one was, and has been a blessing for gathering and sharing resources.


Q: How many properties do you own? 

A: Currently one. I prefer traveling at the moment, but that number can go from zero to three any time. I used to own 15 or more at a time, but now I keep it simple. 

 

Q: When did you start investing? 

A: When I got my real estate sales license in1993.

 

Q: Why do you Invest?

A: My old adage is “OPM” (other people’s money.) Real estate investing has put my kids through school, paid my bills and allowed me to build wealth, and live a comfortable lifestyle.


Q: What is the best advice you have received?  

A:  Look at every situation very objectively, but don’t over analyze it. Make a decision and move on it. Seek advice and do it. Real estate is time sensitive.


Q: Do you have a favorite podcast?  

A:  Bigger Pockets.


Q: Any hobbies? 

A: Photography, traveling, fitness, history, flea markets, trade shows, cars, antiques, volunteering, scuba, skydiving, hiking


Q: What is the best advice you could give someone else? 

A:  Don’t go it alone, join a club...or form one!


Q: Is there a place for you where time slows down?  

A:  Minca, Colombia or the Sierra Nevada mountains. I currently volunteer and help out with indigenous communities. It's something I’ve always wanted to do.


Q: If you were a member of a music group, it would be _________?

A:  It would be great to have a family band. My sister and I have been talking about this for years!


Q: I was introduced to Auben ______.

A: Early 2000’s, not sure of the exact year. That was life changing.


Q: If you weren't investing in real estate you would be_______.

A:  traveling the world; exploring different cultures, places, people and things. Or I might have stayed in the military beyond 20 years. As a journalist for the Army, I was privileged to travel and do many interesting things.

 

Q: If you were to start over_______.

A: More multi-family projects would have been in the works--new construction for sure. I would have bought more duplexes, apartment buildings and storage facilities.


Investor Interview with Ashton Parker

Friday, December 6, 2019

Investing is for all types of people, from many backgrounds and schools of thought. You may find similarities among other investors, or learn something new!

Herewith tips and insight, is Ashton Parker, Operations Manager at Plant Vogtle Nuclear Plant

Q: Who was your first business mentor?  

A: Warren Buffet – the man that helped me understand the basic concepts of ROI.  If you choose to spend a dollar vs. invest a dollar, that dollar is not working for you.  Gotta put money to work…


Q: Who was your first mentor in real estate?  

A: Tyson Schuetze

 

Q: What is the best lesson you have learned in real estate? 

A: That it takes money to make money. Five percent on $1000 is 50 bucks.  Five percent on $1M is $50k….right?


Q: How many properties do you own? 

A: 40 units

 

Q: When did you start investing? 

A: I bought my first rental unit in 2013.

 

Q: Why do you Invest?

A: Retirement & options


Q: What is the best advice you have received?  

A:  Fix it and fix it right on the front end, and you will come out better in the end.


Q: Do you have a favorite podcast?  

A:  Hmmm...I'm a little behind on the podcast movement. Send me recommendations.


Q: Any hobbies? 

A: Marathon running and biking usually keep me occupied enough.


Q: What is the best advice you could give someone else? 

A:  In addition to fixing what's broken, re-invest funds into the business to allow for expansion. Those re-invested funds will then start earning you ROI.


Q: Is there a place for you where time slows down?  

A:  Anywhere on the water, out running, and Savannah--a fun & exciting place to travel.


Q: If you were a member of a music group, it would be _________?

A:  The Rolling Stones. That would've been a fun tour in the 70's!


Q: I was introduced to Auben ______.

A:  through an introduction to Tyson by my good friend, Gould Hagler, at French Market Grille in 2013.


Q: If you weren't investing in real estate you would be_______.

A:  teaching college math, probably.


Q: If you were to start over_______.

A: I would have been more aggressive on loading up on real estate in the beginning so that funds would be re-invested. 


Investor Interview with Scott Smith

Friday, November 15, 2019

Investing is for all types of people, from many backgrounds and schools of thought. You may find similarities among other investors, or learn something new!

Herewith tips and insight, is Scott SmithInvestor & Attorney

Q: Who was your first business mentor?  

A: My Dad, Dr. Edward H. Smith.  Best work ethic I’ve seen.


Q: Who was your first mentor in real estate?  

A: Jim Hull and Barry Storey formerly Hull/Storey Development, LLC

 

Q: What is your favorite book? 

A:  "Where is Joe Merchant?" by Jimmy Buffett


Q: What is the best lesson you have learned in real estate? 

A: When interviewing a prospective residential tenant, look at their car both inside and out, because that is how they are going to treat your property.  

  

Q: How many properties do you own? 

A: Three with one pending.

 

Q: When did you start investing? 

A: 2002

 

Q: Why do you Invest?

A: I invest in property because I don’t like seeing my money sit in a savings account or money market account. I don’t know the stock market. I do know real estate.  That being said I do let my stockbroker buddy handle my wife’s and mine retirement planning.


Q: What is the best advice you have received?  

A:  Never “ASSUME,” because it make an ASS out of U and ME.  Richard Dunstan, Esq.  circa 1999.

 

Q: Do you have a favorite podcast?  

A:  When I can flip cast my lure underneath a dock.


Q: Any hobbies? 

A: Driving my kids around to their various sports and activities and spending money on same.  When not doing that it's golf, tennis, hunting and fishing.


Q: What is the best advice you could give someone else? 

A:  Wash your face before your ass.


Q: Is there a place for you where time slows down?  

A:  Hunting club by far.  Golf course second.


Q: If you were a member of a music group, it would be _________?

A:  The Cult 


Q: I was introduced to Auben ______.

A:  Through Tyson back in 2009 when he was buying HUD homes and we had to deal with the O’Brien law firm out of Ohio.


Q: If you weren't investing in real estate you would be_______.

A:  freezing warts (see below).  I guess playing the stock market not knowing what I’m doing and losing money.


Q: If you were to start over_______.

A: I’d have gone to medical school and taken over my dad’s Dermatology practice.  Economy goes bad?  Doesn’t matter.  People still get sick.

Investor Interview with Jefferson Morris

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Investing is for all types of people, from many backgrounds and schools of thought. You may find similarities among other investors, or learn something new!

Herewith tips and insight, is Jefferson Morris, Investor & Entrepreneur

Q: Who was your first business mentor?  

A: My father.  He had such a strong business acumen, and was passionate about sharing his knowledge.


Q: Who was your first mentor in real estate?  

A: My brother.  He coached me through the process of buying my first house and has a wealth of knowledge in all things real estate.

 

Q: What is your favorite book? 

A:  I've always thought Jim Collins' 'Good To Great' is a fantastic read.


Q: What is the best lesson you have learned in real estate? 

A: If a vendor/contractor cannot give you a price before work begins, find a new vendor/contractor.  

  

Q: How many properties do you own? 

A: 16

 

Q: When did you start investing? 

A: I began actively investing in 2005.

 

Q: Why do you Invest?

A: Not only is it good for the community, it can provide financial stability when done properly.


Q: What is the best advice you have received?  

A:  Make your contracts bulletproof.  Be as specific as possible.  Doing so will save a lot of headaches, confrontation, and money.

 

Q: Do you have a favorite podcast?  

A:  Stuff You Should Know or 99% Invisible


Q: Any hobbies? 

A: I love all things outdoors: snow skiing, hiking, urban exploring, boating, biking, etc. 


Q: What is the best advice you could give someone else? 

A:  When having any roof work, schedule the last draw to be paid after it rains, not after the work is complete.


Q: Is there a place for you where time slows down?  

A:  Any island in the tropics.


Q: If you were a member of a music group, it would be _________?

A:  The Beach Boys. 


Q: I was introduced to Auben ______.

A:  In 2009 when I decided it was time to find a management company for my growing portfolio.


Q: If you weren't investing in real estate you would be_______.

A:  doing what I am doing now, but missing out on some amazing opportunities.


Q: If you were to start over_______.

A: I would have better leveraged the myriad of tax benefits from investing in real estate.


Investor Interview with Jaime Guerry

Friday, October 25, 2019

Investing is for all types of people, from many backgrounds and schools of thought. You may find similarities among other investors, or learn something new!

Herewith tips and insight, is Jaime Guerry, Realtor & Investor

Q: Who was your first business mentor?  

A: My dad


Q: Who was your first mentor in real estate?  

A: Tyson, the owner of Auben Realty

 

Q: What is your favorite book? 

A:  "Rich Dad Poor Dad" by Robert Kiyosaki


Q: What is the best lesson you have learned in real estate? 

A: Don't make big decisions while in an emotional state. Also, every problem is solvable, so there is no use stressing about it.

  

Q: How many properties do you own? 

A: Six. One is a duplex, so seven units total.

 

Q: When did you start investing? 

A: I bought my first foreclosure at age 22, and flipped it with my husband.

 

Q: Why do you Invest?

A: To make money and gain financial freedom. I would like to be self-employed sooner rather than later. 


Q: What is the best advice you have received?  

A:  Anyone can invest in real estate, but most people won't. The best advice I got was to just take action by buying my first home. 

 

Q: Do you have a favorite podcast?  

A:  Crime Documentaries: Dirty John and Serial


Q: Any hobbies? 

A: Investing in real estate is my hobby (unfortunately!)


Q: What is the best advice you could give someone else? 

A:  Stop waiting around and looking for the perfect home to invest in.There is no perfect property. I have had a lot of people ask for real estate advice, but most never end up investing because it "isn't a good time" or "they can't find the right investment."


Q: Is there a place for you where time slows down?  

A:  http://www.solitudepointe.com/


Q: If you were a member of a music group, it would be _________?

A:  with Beyonce. 

 

Q: If you weren't investing in real estate you would be_______.

A:  homeless on the streets somewhere. This hobby keeps me grounded!


Q: If you were to start over_______.

A: I would buy more properties in low income areas. Trump's opportunity zones have driven up the prices like crazy. 


Investor Interview with Richard Early

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Investing is for all types of people, from many backgrounds and schools of thought. You may find similarities among other investors, or learn something new!

Herewith tips and insight, is Richard Early, Realtor & Investor

Q: Who was your first business mentor?  

A: My dad


Q: Who was your first mentor in real estate?  

A: Betsey Davis

 

Q: What is your favorite book? 

A:  For business: "The Book of Rental Property Investing" For pleasure: "The Godfather"


Q: What is the best lesson you have learned in real estate? 

A: When it comes to maintaining your property, don't procrastinate. Small repairs will turn into big repairs if left unchecked.

  

Q: How many properties do you own? 

A: One, but working to acquire a second

 

Q: When did you start investing? 

A: March 2019

 

 Q: Why do you Invest?

A: So that I can retire early and spend more time with my family, and less time working.


Q: What is the best advice you have received?  

A:  Under promise, over deliver.

 

Q: Do you have a favorite podcast?  

A:  Bigger Pockets


Q: Any hobbies? 

A: Golf, running, hiking, visiting the beach


Q: What is the best advice you could give someone else? 

A:  I'm still new to it; but for anyone who is thinking about investing that hasn't officially started yet, thinking won't get you anywhere, be a doer.


Q: Is there a place for you where time slows down?  

A:  On a country road driving with the windows down.


Q: If you were a member of a music group, it would be _________?

A:  The Rolling Stones 

 

Q: Who first introduced you to Auben?

A:  I interviewed to work there in November 2018.


Q: If you weren't investing in real estate you would be_______.

A: saving up money to start a brewery


Q: If you were to start over_______.

A: I would have started investing sooner!


Investor Interview with Chad Williams

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Investing is for all types of people, from many backgrounds and schools of thought. You may find similarities among other investors, or learn something new!

Herewith tips and insight, is Chad Williams, Investor

Q: Who was your first business mentor?  

A: My grandfather, Edward Williams.  He built a successful construction business from the ground up, and ran it for over 50 years.  He believed that by helping others to achieve their potential one could achieve their own highest potential.  He built a strong reputation through honesty and executing quality work at a very high level.  I was always amazed by his ability to simplify a complicated situation.


Q: Who was your first mentor in real estate?  

A: David Caballero, a real estate investor and business owner in Baton Rouge, LA.  David owned a loan servicing company and invested heavily in the distressed housing market during the downturn.  I learned a lot from David in terms of property acquisition and just the general hustle of real estate investing.

 

Q: What is your favorite book? 

A:  My favorite book right now is “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg.  It's very well written, and relatable to just about any personal or professional challenge you may be working to overcome or improve.


Q: What is the best lesson you have learned in real estate? 

A: It's really pretty simple…  Buy it right and have multiple exit strategies.

  

Q: How many properties do you own? 

A: I currently own 3 properties.  I also flip 7 to 10 properties annually.

 

Q: When did you start investing? 

A: I started investing in real estate over 9 years ago by partnering with friends, and flipping a house or two.  From there I ventured out on my own to wholesaling.  I moved to acquiring rental properties about 3 years ago through the advice of Tyson Schuetze.

 

 Q: Why do you Invest?

A: Honestly, I was first drawn to real estate investing as way to make extra money--putting my money to work on making money.  I fell in love with it because of the diversity, challenges and ever-evolving nature of the business. I’ve never been good at doing the same thing day in and day out.  You certainly don’t have to worry about that with investing!


Q: What is the best advice you have received?  

A: “Sustainable, long-term success is derived from consistent short-term growth.”  Break your larger goals down into smaller goals.

 

Q: Do you have any hobbies?  

A:  I love spending time outdoors with friends and family: Hanging by a body of water, fishing, skiing, hiking or playing any sport that involves competition.  I am especially fond of golf and basketball.  


Q: What is the best advice you could give someone else? 

A:  I often get asked about finding money for deals--especially from new investors.  The best advice I can give would probably be to “find the deal and you will find the money.”


Q: Is there a place for you where time slows down?  

A: Time really slows down for me when I am surrounded by nature.  It just seems easier to appreciate the current moment, and really enjoy the natural state of this beautiful place we get to live.  


Q: If you were a member of a music group, you would be _________?

A:  a part of Steely Dan.  I've always been a big fan of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, and enjoy the eclectic, intelligent, clean sounds of their music. 

 

Q: Who first introduced you to Auben?

A:  A mutual acquaintance, Jim Hadden, four years ago. I've really enjoyed working with such a talented, progressive group.   


Q: If you weren't investing in real estate you would be_______.

A: the owner of a contracting or construction business.  I grew up working in the construction world and love the challenges it brings.  It’s also very rewarding to be able to visually appreciate the fruits of your labor.


Q: If you were to start over_______.

A: I would have purchased more rental properties when I first started.  Housing prices were low, and inventory was high. If I only knew how easy it was to get the funding and financing at the time.  Buying rentals is definitely a great long-term strategy for growing your business and growing wealth.


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