Real estate stories that show you how!

Let’s start to get you out of the pits. I mean, comfort zone! I’m going to slowly and methodically give you as many little sparks and insights as possible about the relatively simple ways everyday people are using real estate to achieve extraordinary results.

Stories are the best spark plugs. They allow you to observe casually from a safe, secure, and understandable perspective. I am going to write to answer most of the questions I think I would have if I read what you are about to read.

I want you to know something from the beginning of this report and something is this: I care about you and I mean it. I really want you to move into a new comfort zone, a pleasant and fearless zone. A place where you realize you have the power to achieve greater things than you can currently imagine.

You can begin to be more powerfully led, motivated, well-organized, and on your way to greater success. You will change and grow, slowly and steadily with every page you read. With every thought and insight you gain, your desire and courage will also grow.

Napoleon Hill wrote one of the best books of all time. It’s called “Think and Grow Rich”. The essence of this book, the secret it reveals again and again, is this: you must develop a burning desire.

Don’t leave this book thinking that the statement above is a cliché and you already know it! I just take you to my next point, the next point is: your desire needs a starting point. So to start developing desire, my secret is that you have to have a goal. Why do you want to get into real estate? I know what you’re thinking: making money, being safe, feeling useful, and looking successful. Good points. I agree that you can have all of that and more if that’s what you want.

Now, here’s something that comes before all those things you want. What is the purpose of all these things? Goal, goal, goal… you have to set the goal first before you get things. My goal, or so I thought early in my career, was to move to a nicer home and make my first home my first rental property. When I moved into the next one, I quickly realized that as soon as I rented it, I was somehow responsible for creating happiness and security in someone else’s life who had no no connection with me.

It soon dawned on me that the decisions I had made in choosing this first property would either help or hurt me in my quest to succeed in the real estate investing industry.

Everything is cumulative, everything you do and how you do it adds up. It gets worse and makes your life easier or more difficult. I will give you experiences that you can learn from and that will make your life easier; I’ll show you how. It’s my goal.

The book that unwittingly gave me the courage to take my first steps into real estate was a book called “How I Turned $1000 Into $3 Million In Real Estate In My Free Time” by William Nickerson. He was a masterful storyteller and by osmosis, after reading his book, I found myself gravitating towards the real estate classifieds section of my Sunday newspaper.

I ended up jumping and my life changed. It was an FHA foreclosure, two-bedroom, one-bath home with an in-ground, screened-in pool, with a hot tub and built-in sprinkler system. I bought it for $46,000 and used the HUD 203K rehab program to fix it. I spent $16,000 to upgrade and do some repairs. Then they gave me a loan for a total of $62,000. It took me three months to finish it and I was into it; I had done it!

My life changed, I learned, I took the leap. From there, I was confident. I had already had my first house but now I had two. Well, I was in the Coast Guard and you wouldn’t know it, three months later we moved. Uncle Sam picked me up from St. Petersburg, Florida and dropped me off in Kodiak, Alaska for my next tour of duty.

Well guess what? I was armed with ambition, courage, confidence and enough knowledge to be considered dangerous, so I bought a duplex as soon as I landed on Kodiak Island. I now had three residences and my relationships and responsibilities grew with my new tenants who relied on me to provide them with a clean, functional and pleasant environment to live in.