September 28

A Mouse Riding a Cat Riding a Dog In Florida


Well, I’m in Orlando waiting to board my plane so I can escape Hurricane Ian here in Florida. They are shutting the entire airport down in a couple of hours, but luckily, my plane will be taking off in about 15 minutes.

Thank God! But getting out of Florida hasn’t been easy.

Trying to coordinate my escape plan and get business done was a bit of a challenge.

First, I had to try to change my flight to get out before they shut that airport down. But I had some probate business to take care of before leaving so that left me in a pickle.

Every flight was completely booked out of Tampa so I had to get creative and find another way out. Time for plan “B” – I booked a flight out of Orlando for Wednesday morning.

On my way out of Tampa, I was talking with my Uber driver about what people did years ago before the advent of meteorology and instant communication.

He joked that when people saw a mouse riding a cat riding a dog to higher ground, that’s when they knew they had to find shelter. We all had a good laugh about that one, but it got me thinking.

Reading the signs is important. A hundred years ago, if people didn’t pay attention to and react to the actions of the animals, they could have been swept away by the winds and storm surges.

But signs that can give you a glimpse into the future aren’t just in nature – they are everywhere including real estate. And if you react to those signs, you will not only save your hide but profit while everyone else is coming up dry. And I’m not just talking about getting by in rough times, I’m talking about striking gold.

The feds keep hiking interest rates to try to fight soaring inflation. House sales are stalling while prices are dropping making margins slimmer and slimmer. GDP has dropped in multiple successive quarters.

It’s not a mouse riding on top of a cat riding on top of a dog, but these are some of the loudest and biggest signs the market can give you.

Are you listening? How should you react?

Fighting my way out of Florida hasn’t been easy. But I figured out a plan and followed through. If all goes well, I’ll be on a plane in a couple of minutes and back home in L.A. later today.

What you need to do in real estate is choose a niche that:

1. Has a consistent and predictable deal flow regardless of the craziness of the markets.
2. Has huge margins and is crazy profitable – so you can make way more without having to put in insane hours or work yourself to death.
3. Is easy to get into but takes some insider knowledge to master – so you can dominate it while everyone else is scratching their heads trying to figure out why they can’t close any deals.

Where oh where can you find such an amazing niche in real estate?

Yup, you’ve guessed it – it’s all right here in probate.

Now pay attention to the signs and make a decision on what you’re gonna do next. If you do decide to choose probate as your niche, I’m here to help. Let me know when you’re ready and let’s get started!

By the way, I forgot to mention that the first flight change they made had me going from Orlando to Fort Lauderdale to L.A. When I got to the hotel in the Orlando airport they told me they were shutting the airport down at 10:30am on Wednesday and that Fort Lauderdale would likely be next.

That got me worried that my flight from Fort Lauderdale to L.A. would get canceled, so I got on the phone and thankfully found this flight that was leaving early enough to avoid the Orlando airport shutdown and was heading to Texas instead of Fort Lauderdale.

What an interesting 24 hours this has been! Can’t wait to get back home to Kathy and the kids!

To your success,
Ernie “Signs Of The Times” Vargas | The Probate Fox


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