Archive for July, 2012

Tampa REIA Mobile Website“Where were you when the Mobile Internet Boom occurred?” “How did your business grow and benefit from the greatest internet explosion since the original Internet Boom of the 90’s?” These are questions you will be asking yourself in the next few years, once this latest boom has already come to pass. Will you take advantage of the initial Mobile Internet Wave or will you let it pass you by?

Did you know, according to Google, that the Mobile Marketing Revolution is growing 8 times faster than the original Internet Boom?!?  Did you also know that nearly 50% of people viewing your business’s marketing material are doing so from their mobile ready device such as smart phones and tablets? If you are not “mobile ready”, then you need to “get ready” or sit back and watch your competition pass you buy in a hurry.

If you don’t want to be left behind and want to surround yourself with other like-minded real estate investors and entrepreneurs who “get it” and would like to take full advantage of the latest and greatest real estate tools, tips, technologies and strategies, please join us at our next Tampa REIA Main Meeting on Thursday, August 9th at 6:00 PM at the Doubletree Suites Tampa Bay located at 3050 North Rocky Point Dr West in Tampa, FL just off the Causeway. RSVP to attend this meeting for FREE!

Eventbrite - Tampa REIA August Monthly Meeting with Mike Barnes on Mobile Media Marketing

Mike BarnesOur special guest speaker for August will be mobile media marketing expert, Mike Barnes, who will introduce you to some of the major Mobile Media Marketing Tools that you need to consider adding to your marketing arsenal to build your customer list, reach your list more effectively, generate more traffic and dramatically increase your sales and profits!

Starting with the basics, Mike will help you understand:

  • The staggering statistics of the Mobile Internet Boom
  • The tools you need to ride the Mobile Internet Wave
  • The importance of having a mobile friendly website
  • How a truly mobile friendly website looks and behaves
  • Strategies  to entice mobile customers to take action immediately
  • Mobile list building strategies to build your lists quickly
  • Using forms to build lists and capture customer data
  • How and why to use customer coupons effectively
  • How and why to drive customers  to your very own VIP Club
  • How and why you should be using QR codes to your mobile site
  • Using Text Messaging to get your messages opened within 5 minutes
  • And much, much more!

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Mike Barnes

Posted on July 24, 2012 by

Mike BarnesMike Barnes, founder of SEO Alien, and co-founder of Mobile Ready Marketing has become recognized through his innovations in Social Media Optimization using Social Media. Mike has also been invited to speak nationally, sharing his knowledge and expertise on several subjects such as Search Engine Optimization, Social Media Marketing, Social Media Management and Mobile Marketing.

He is dedicated to help his customers reach the highest in optimization. With over 16 years of online marketing experience, Mike has the expertise and the sales knowledge to help his customers succeed.

Always taking advantage of the Internet marketing possibilities, Mike’s sales career flourished when he became one of the top sales people in the USA for one of the most recognized car brands in the world. His online techniques helped him rise to the top. Today, Mike uses Mobile marketing in combination with Social Media such as Facebook, Twitter and many others.

Mike has trained in sales, motivation, and positive thinking. His professional sports career, sales achievements and passion have showed him how to be competitive in this ever-changing Internet world.

Do You Want Killer Real Estate Deals?
Deals as Low as 10 Cents on the Dollar?

Robert WoodruffIf so, join us on Thursday, July 19th at 7PM for our next Training Opportunity Webcast with real estate expert and President of Charleston REIA, Robert Woodruff, who is going to going to teach you 5 of The Best, Easiest, Cheapest and Safest Ways to market your real estate investing business.

Some marketing strategies work for some businesses, some strategies work for ALL businesses. Some strategies cost $5,000 to $10,000 every month and provide little results. Knowing which strategies work and which strategies waste your small business’s limited resources is extremely valuable knowledge. This specialized knowledge is vital to the success of your marketing efforts as an investor and small business owner and the lack thereof can be detrimental to acquiring massive wealth in real estate.

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On this special Training Opportunity Webcast, Robert will teach you…

  • The Best Ways – Strategies to get response rates so high from your marketing that professional marketers simply won’t believe you.
  • The Easiest Ways – Strategies so easy, a kid can do it… literally. How to use middle and high school kids to do some of your most profitable marketing strategies.
  • The Cheapest Ways – Strategies that cost less than a dollar and will make your phone ring off the hook.
  • The Safest Ways – Strategies to keep your marketing legal, compliant and make your business invisible to code enforcement.

Don’t waste your time and money on marketing strategies that don’t work when you can join us on the webcast and learn how to save thousands of dollars on your advertising costs. After investing more money than most people make a year on advertising, Robert quickly learned the most cost effective approaches to marketing. Now, on Thursday, July 19th at 7 PM, Robert is going to teach you how to find the best deals from motivated sellers, in any market, at any time, for mere pennies-on-the-dollar. Join us online and don’t miss out!

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Robyn ThompsonPlease join us on July 26th at 7 PM ET for a very special Evening with a Real Estate Expert Webcast with Robyn Thompson, “The Queen of Rehab”. On this webcast, Robyn will share her story on how she got started investing in real estate as a broke waitress back in the 90’s and has since bought, fixed and sold 320+ homes with price ranges as low as $8,000 to as high as $4,000,000. She has rehabbed as many as 51 houses in one year. Robyn has since relocated to Ocala, FL where she still buys, renovates and sells houses to this very day. She treats her business as a serious cash machine and not just a hobby. Join us on the webcast and she will tell you how you can too! Register for this Webcast Now!

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Stefan KasianPOSTPONED: Will Reschedule ASAP – On Tuesday, July 24th at 7PM we have an exciting webinar for you that will spill the beans on a done-for-you killer tactic to turn the tables on any bank and convert a mortgage mess into a pile of cash.

Hi, my name is Stefan Kasian and I am an ex-Wall Street insider – turned real estate investor with nearly 2 decades of real-world in-the-trenches real estate and deal making experience that I will share with you on how you can put the latest dirt on the banking scandals that keep hitting the news daily—to work for you.

Its starting to catch on: many homeowners and investors around the country are fighting back at the banks for their abuses. Maybe the mortgage broker or bank screwed you, and your interest rate isn’t what they promised.

Maybe the bank promised you a loan mod but not you are facing foreclosure. Or maybe you are still current but the market moved against you or someone you know and now you are saddled with debt but you want to do the right thing.

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In this rare once-only webinar on Tuesday, July 24th at 7PM, I will have a very special friend who will teach you a revolutionary secret that is silently changing the real estate world forever.

  • This process works on any types of properties, residential or commercial, current or past due.
  • A simple “litmus-test” to see if your property qualifies based on common banking violations. Hint: it’s not the violations you think—often these are behind the scenes but we show you how to find out anyway.
  • This killer strategies Can work on investment properties or residences, or if you are an investor, it can work on your seller’s property too.
  • Why most “forensic loan audits” are a waste of your money unless you have this “missing step”.
  • Stop foreclosure for 36+ months and counting…and keep your home…it’s done for you—real live testimonial proves how its done.
  • Imagine the boost in your cash flow when you settle your mortgages for pennies, at a fraction of interest rate you are paying. No loan mods, no refis, no credit checks.
  • How folks just like you went from a mortgage mess of a property to a bona fide “FREE AND CLEAR” house: the hype, the risks, and true facts.

And this is not risky, pie-in-the-sky stuff. This is a solid lawful process done every day behind the scenes, special deals being made with banks you won’t hear on the news. It’s just starting to hit the investor world—be among the privileged few who will have the know how to turn deals other investors snub into amazing cash cows.

And best of all, there is no upfront charge to get started.

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Please click here to Register for this FREE Webcast! Be sure to plug in this date, Tuesday, July 24th at 7PM, into your calendar and dial in a little early since we only have a limited number of lines. The first 17 who join us will get a special gift valued at $600.00. Join us to make your 2012 financial dreams come true! Your economic survival and prosperity depends on this call.


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Robyn Thompson

Posted on July 17, 2012 by

Robyn ThompsonRobyn Thompson is the nation’s leading expert on buying, renovating and selling homes for huge chunks of cash and is known throughout the United States and Canada as “The Queen of Rehab”.

After spending 9 years working a dead end corporate job, Robyn realized that her hard work and dedication for IBM was not going to provided financial independence. She walked away from her secure paycheck and never looked back.

Over the past 13 years since Robyn left IBM, she has bought, fixed and sold 300+ homes with price ranges as low as $8,000 to as high as $4,000,000. She has spent as much as $2,100,000 in labor and materials in one year to renovate properties with more than 22 contractors working full time to take the ugly homes she bought and turn them into little castles at lightening speed. Read More→

Stefan Kasian

Posted on July 17, 2012 by

Stefan KasianAfter a brief Wall Street stint in 1996, Kasian set sail on a journey into prosperity he never looked back from. He bought his first home for only $100.00 down, took over a non-qualifying loan, and the owner wrote him a thank you letter! Nationally renowned real estate “gurus” personally handpicked him to teach seminars featuring hundreds at a time. He co-authored the book Auction Fever: Winning Strategies to Buy, Sell, and Rent Real Estate with New York Times bestselling author and international real estate mogul Dr. Dolf de Roos. He has personally participated in and assisted his students with hundreds of profitable transactions. Drawing upon his world-class insider contacts, he actively writes, host teleseminars, and mentors others with proven, profitable strategies you can put to use immediately during these changing times. Read More→

Thursday, July 12th @ 6:00 PM in Tampa, FL
Tampa REIA Meeting on July 12th
with Special Guest, Robert Woodruff

Robert WoodruffWould you realistically like to retire and live off of your investments in the next 24 months? Does this sound too good to be true? Well, it’s not because Robert Woodruff has a 2 year retirement plan for you that he is going to share with us on July 12th!

Robert Woodruff, President of Charleston REIA, is a real estate investing expert who teaches his members and students how to make money by showing them how to quickly and easily identify opportunities in the real estate, personal property, & small business markets.

His personal goal in sharing his specialized knowledge is to help his members and students retire early by teaching them to buy, sell, rent and flip real estate, personal property and small businesses in a manner that is beneficial for all parties involved.

Robert will be out guest speaker at our first Tampa REIA Meeting on Thursday, July 12th at 6:00 PM at the Doubletree Suites Tampa Bay located at 3050 North Rocky Point Dr West in Tampa, FL. There is NO CHARGE for our friends, followers and guests to attend this meeting. Everyone can attend for FREE!

There will be Late Nite Networking at the “meeting after the meeting” starting after 9:30 PM at Whiskey Joe’s Bar & Grill located at 7720 W Courtney Campbell Causeway in Tampa immediately after the Main Meeting.

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On Thursday, Robert will teach you how to:

  • Invest in low-risk assets
  • Utilize creative financing to buy and sell
  • Managing the “risk factors”
  • How to analyze the numbers
  • Achieve Infinite Returns
  • Employ Massive Leverage to Easily Achieve your Dreams
  • Achieve financial freedom and early retirement in record speed

If you are serious about your investing success and ready to leave the 9-5 rat race behind once and for all or you are tired of working your “full time” investing job, join us at Tampa REIA on July 12th to discover a way out!

Saturday, July 14th @ 9:00 AM in Tampa, FL
51 Ways to Find Motivated Sellers
A Tampa REIA Workshop with Robert Woodruff
On Saturday, July 14th in Tampa, FL

Robert WoodruffIf you want to know how real estate investors find the best deals, this is your chance. At this live event in Atlanta, Tampa or Charleston, Robert Woodruff will teach you how to find the absolute best deals on Real Estate Investments. Robert has been investing for over 15 years and has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars testing out different marketing strategies promoted by the best in real estate. After years of trial and error, he has created an event for investors to learn the top 51 ways to find motivated sellers.

Robert is the President of the Charleston Real Estate Investors Association, national speaker and author of “How to Find Killer Deals” and “The Keys to Cash Flow”, member of the National Real Estate Investors Association and the Global Information Network. Robert’s specialty is teaching investors how to find single family houses, commercial buildings, mobile homes, and mobile home parks and acquire these properties with little to no money or credit.

The Tampa Workshop will take place on Saturday, July 14th at 9:00 AM at the Doubletree Tampa Bay located at 3050 North Rocky Point Dr West in Tampa, FL. At this one day live event, Robert will show you 51 Ways to find motivated sellers and share with you successful and unsuccessful marketing that he used to build his real estate empire.

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Click here for more info on how to Join Tampa REIA for only $100/year
& attend the 51 Ways Workshop for FREE!

You Will learn…

  • How to locate and identify motivated sellers
  • Marketing strategies that cost pennies on the dollar and guaranteed to make your phone ring off the hook
  • How to talk to a motivated seller and find out what information you need from them
  • Where to find distressed properties, determine how to deal with any issues and how to discover whether this property is right for you
  • Negotiate a lower purchase price, over the phone, without ever seeing the property
  • Scripting needed to talk to a motivated seller and how to get the information you need out of them

This one day live event will reveal real estate investing secrets that have proven, over and over again, to be successful in finding, funding and increasing your real estate portfolio. Remove barriers to your success now… Invent a new mindset for financial security and prosperity for your future. Learn how to plant seeds today and start reaping success tomorrow!

Robert WoodruffDoes this sound too good to be true? Well, it’s not because Robert Woodruff has a 2 year retirement plan for you!

Robert Woodruff, President of Charleston REIA, is a real estate investing expert who teaches his members and students how to make money by showing them how to quickly and easily identify opportunities in the real estate, personal property, & small business markets.

His personal goal in sharing his specialized knowledge is to help his members and students retire early by teaching them to buy, sell, rent and flip real estate, personal property and small businesses in a manner that is beneficial for all parties involved.

Robert will be out guest speaker at our first Tampa REIA Meeting on Thursday, July 12th at 6:00 PM at the Doubletree Tampa Bay located at 3050 North Rocky Point Dr West in Tampa, FL.

On Thursday, Robert will teach you how to:

  • Invest in low-risk assets
  • Utilize creative financing to buy and sell
  • Managing the “risk factors”
  • How to analyze the numbers
  • Achieve Infinite Returns
  • Employ Massive Leverage to Easily Achieve your Dreams
  • Achieve financial freedom and early retirement in record speed

If you are serious about your investing success and ready to leave the 9-5 rat race behind once and for all or you are tired of working your “full time” investing job, join us at Tampa REIA on July 12th to discover a way out!

Tampa Real Estate Investors Alliance (Tampa REIA)The Tampa Real Estate Investors Alliance (aka “Tampa REIA”) is a new Tampa Bay real estate investors association for new and experienced real estate investors, real estate entrepreneurs and other real estate professionals who invest and do business in the real estate industry.

Tampa REIA’s purpose is to help promote our members’ real estate investing and business success by providing extremely affordable, high quality, relevant real estate investing information and education, as well as frequent, fun and rewarding real estate networking opportunities. Our goal is to be the premier educational and networking organization for real estate professionals in the Tampa Bay area.

We will achieve these goals through our meetings, special interest groups, networking events, seminars, webcasts, workshops, retreats, bus tours, charity workdays and other member benefits such as big discounts from suppliers such as Lowe’s, Sun Belt Tool Rentals, Sherwin Williams, Sears Commercial, Sprint, Nextel, Rent Fast, Build a Sign, Super Smart and our business members and industry partners.

The Profit - The Official Newsletter of Tampa REIAWe will also be publishing our brand new newsletter, The Profit, which will be delivered each month a week or so prior to the Tampa REIA Main Monthly Meeting. The purpose of The Profit is to help keep you and our members, friends and followers updated on all the ups and downs of the real estate market; changing laws, rules and regulations; the latest real estate investing techniques, strategies and so much more.

The Profit is also designed to keep you and our other subscribers updated and informed of all the events and happenings going on at Tampa REIA each month as well as exposing you to a wide variety of speakers, trainers, mentors, experts, vendors and suppliers serving the real estate industry. Read More→

Tony PearlHello, my name is Tony Pearl. I’m a successful veteran real estate investor who has done a lot of deals but got bored with it all a few years ago and started ‘playing around’ with marketing on the internet.

Translation: When the crap hit the fan and real estate started sucking in 2008, I had to do something else to put food on the table, and I chose the internet.

It is my pleasure to bring you the ‘inside scoop’ on how things are progressing for me and other real estate investors who are successfully going online to get buyers, sellers, private lenders, and almost anyone or anything else you can think of to use in our businesses… and how you can do the same! That’s what this column, “Pearls of Wisdom,” is all about.

So unless you’ve been living like a cave man these past few years, you’re surely aware of how almost everybody is online now. Think about this: Who do you know who DOESN’T have at least the minimum requirements of an email account or Facebook profile? It would probably take you a minute to come up with a name, am I right? Exactly. Read More→

Rental Properties in Your IRA

Jim HittFor legions of investors frustrated with puny yields on savings and bonds, slow growth retarding stock market returns, and the usual substantial risk involved in security investing (any given stock or bond can potentially become worthless overnight), we have good news: The combination of declining real estate prices and steady or increasing rents have opened up a window of opportunity in real estate for income-oriented investors. In fact, years after the “smart money” was selling off real estate ahead of the bubble collapse, we are seeing signs that smart money is getting back in the real estate market. Indeed, up to 20 percent of residential real estate now sold is sold to investors – and not just to “play and pray” amateur property flippers, but to value-oriented investors as well, who are seeking to generate immediate positive cash flow.

Advantage for IRA Owners

This is a big development for IRA investors, because generating cash flow sufficient to maintain properties is important for IRA owners. Because you are restricted to $5,000 in new contributions to IRAs every year ($6,000 for those over age 50), you have to pay for any needed repairs or renovations to properties either with cash in the IRA, bringing on a partner, non-recourse debt financing, or other retirement assets you can roll over into the account. When you can realize immediate positive cash flow from a property, however, net of financing costs and taxes, that takes a lot of the pressure off, and makes owning real estate in an IRA much simpler. Read More→

Robert WoodruffEver wondered how millionaire investors find the most profitable deals? Satisfy your curiosity and save yourself time, effort, and loads of cash by consuming these five fundamentals that millionaire marketers use to gain massive wealth & prestige.

1. Don’t get caught up in the “BIG PICTURE”

Stay focused on your marketing. One of the biggest mistakes professionals make is they start to believe that they’re only a doctor or lawyer or mechanic. They forget that their number-one responsibility is marketing. Without marketing, there are no patients to see, clients to advise, or cars to work on. Smart business owners know how to market their product or service and are successful at doing it. You must constantly market your business if you wish to be successful. Constant marketing of your business is how you find the best deals.

To begin marketing you must first identify all the various methods to market in your area, how much they cost, and whether they even work. Learning what methods not only work, but are most cost effective can cost you thousands and even hundreds of thousands of dollars through trial and error. Read More→

Bob MasseyThe Mortgage Electronic Registration System is just that—an electronic registration system. MERS came into being after the GSEs produced a white paper in 1993 stating the case for an electronic registration system to track mortgage assignments. It was officially launched in 1997.

From the point of view of the mortgage industry MERS made it possible to transfer mortgages or merge lender acquisitions efficiently without triggering local transfer taxes and other recording fees. It changes what has always been a public documentation process to a private one. The industry claims the MERS system allows the industry to have a central repository for mortgage assignment information in order to keep a more accurate picture of ownership.

Courts have not been unanimous about the legitimacy of MERS and many courts have ruled that MERS muddies the waters in the recorded chain of title and cheats counties out of much needed revenue. In fact, county recorders in several states have sued the MERS system for loss of documentation fees. On the other hand, the MERS website lists cases it has won in at least 22 states since the beginning of 2011. There is clearly a window of opportunity to fight MERS’ legitimacy as an owner of record in many foreclosure cases. Read More→

“We should not only use the brains we have, but all that we can borrow.”
Thomas Woodrow Wilson

Don DeRosaOne of the scariest things for new – and even experienced – investors is estimating the cost of repairs on a prospective investment property. If you’re off by even a little, it can cost you thousands in profits. If you’re off by a LOT, well, instead of walking away from the closing with a check for thousands, you might be bringing money to the table.

Finding a reliable contractor is a good first step. (Hint: go to your REIA meetings and network. Ask for recommendations. Interview several.) But the best way to know that you’ve got a good estimate is to become familiar with determining what repairs are needed and how much they cost.

Home Builder Pro Calcs AppSo where do you start? One of the best apps I’ve seen to guide you through this process is the Home Builder Pro Calcs app. (At press time, this app costs $4.99 on the App Store and can be used on the iPhone and iPad.) Read More→

  1. Russ HinerOvercoming Fear. When I first got started in the real estate business I had a tremendous amount of fear. There was the fear that prevented me from placing the ads, the fear that prevented me from making offers, and the fear that paralyzed me to the point that I was not able to move forward in a real estate investing career.
  2. Knowing The Numbers And Exit Strategies. After I made my first 50 offers I overcame that fear. After I got an agreement accepted I had the fear of not knowing what I was going to do with the property and whether or not it was going to be profitable. The exit strategy is the plan. The exit strategy defines what your profit is and how much profit there will be. Once I was able to get a handle on the exit strategies and refine the numbers my career started to take off. Read More→

“They may say, “Come and join us … let’s ambush the innocent! Think of the great things we’ll get! We’ll fill our houses with all the stuff we take. Come, throw in your lot with us; we’ll all share the loot.” My child, don’t go along with them! Stay far away from their paths.” (Proverbs 1:11-15)

Erven KimbleWe have all faced the question; “Is this a good business opportunity for me?” The answer to this question may come from your professional training on how to evaluate a deal. Sometimes, we find ourselves enrolled in the school of “Hard Knocks” taking the freshmen class of “Trial and Error.” But, if you are an entrepreneur, there may be is a more critical question that has to be answered and your answer to this question may not be quite as forgiving.

That question is; “Who am I doing business with?” Have you ever found yourself challenged to do business with someone who operates with a fundamentally different set of values and moral practices than yourself? Have you ever been asked to participate in a venture or business proposition that just didn’t sit right in your heart? Sometimes, at first glance, it may seem to be quite attractive and a potentially profitable proposition. But after some careful thought and discussion, you begin to feel uncomfortable about the person or the proposition. Read More→


Posted on July 3, 2012 by

Kathy Kennebrook“If you were arrested for being a real estate investor would there be enough evidence to convict you?” I was once asked!   I wholeheartedly responded with a resounding, “YES!”  You must be able to do that which makes you stand out from your competition.  As you begin your campaigns as part of your overall marketing strategy and goal, continue to diligently test and track results as you go.  You MUST be able to determine what marketing tools work best for you in your market place in order to draw the highest number of motivated sellers to your real estate investing business.

People often ask me, “What is the best way to find motivated sellers and buyers?”  My response is to do that which your competition will not and do a lot of it. Dare to be different in your approach to locating motivated sellers. Analyze, discover and continue to rediscover the best combination of marketing methods that will generate the highest number of motivated sellers for your business. Develop three to five marketing techniques that give the very best lead-generating leverage possible and devote your resources to those marketing techniques which net the very best results.  As simple as it may sound—don’t spend time on something that is not productive. Read More→

Larry HarboltHave you noticed a declining number of people attending real estate meetings lately? Because I’ve run a weekly real estate meeting myself for over 13 years, I’ve seen my own group attendance diminish from an average of 200 people each week to approximately 50 over the past couple of years. I realize many investors are confused, scared and have lost faith in the real estate investing business and who can blame them? You can’t open a newspaper or turn on the television without hearing anything but negative news about the real estate market. All we hear about is the declining sales prices, lower number of sales, almost no building starts and of course the record number of Foreclosures nationwide. Who can blame investors for shying away from buying houses in this market? Many investors are waiting for the market to bottom out before they are going to get back in the business. There is no better time to be buying houses than NOW, yet many investors are finding it impossible to fund their deals while other investors believe doing Short Sales is their only chance to make money today. This is not true! That kind of thinking is simply crazy! Read More→

The Chaos of Foreclosure Morning

Posted on July 3, 2012 by

Bartow County CourthouseMost mornings I’m at my desk and working by 4:30 a.m. This is especially true on the first Tuesday of each month – this is the day Georgia’s foreclosure properties are auctioned off.

If you’ve seen Kim and me at the auction in Bartow County, we usually look calm, cool and collected…everything under control. Just wish you could see us a few hours before the auction starts – the picture is VERY different!

Foreclosure morning is chaos around here. Papers are flying around, computer keyboards click furiously, our foreclosure book is flipped through continuously, and the phone rings incessantly! It truly is something to behold.

As an example, let’s look at what happened the morning of last month’s foreclosure auction. Read More→