Probate Business, Probate Investing

Flipping Cars is Like Flipping Houses

The other day we talked about that houses we buy are filled with stuff that can be worth a lot of money.Michael, one of my students, emailed me back to tell me about a property he bought that had three junk cars that the homeowner didn’t want. After he bought the house, he was just

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Probate Business, Probate Investing, Real Estate Investing

I Bought a Home From a Volcano

Two weeks ago I was in Utah at a mastermind for real estate investors. I absolutely LOVE masterminds. It’s such an effective way to figure out how to get past personal and professional hurdles, catapult your business lightyears ahead, and make giant strides to achieve your lifestyle goals. Don’t worry, I’m not going to try

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Probate Investing

I Don’t Know How This Guy Sleeps at Night

I was scrolling through my newsfeed this morning and this headline stopped me dead in my tracks: “Italian Artist Salvatore Garau Has Just Sold an Invisible Sculpture for $18,000 USD” Are you kidding me?!? Garau goes on to try to justify the price of the “sculpture” using a bunch of mumbo jumbo about physics, energy,

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Negotiations, Probate Investing

Make ‘Em Pay Cash or Hit the Road Jack

Recently every single property that hits the market has multiple offers and typically every one of these properties goes into escrow way above asking price. I am getting call after call from my students and Probate Leads subscribers all telling me the same thing: they received 20k, 30k, 40k (or even 80k in one instance)

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Probate Investing, Probate Property, Real Estate Investing

A Catholic, A Mormon, and a Protestant walking a bar…

My son has grown up rehabbing houses that even his friends have gotten to jump in on the action. My kids have grown up rehabbing houses right alongside me. Kathy and I homeschool our kids so we’ve always been able to shift our schedules around so we can at time work as a family. And

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Probate Investing, Real Estate Investing

My Sod Guy Came Up Short This Week

Have you ever had grass hold up the sale of one of your properties? I have a property that is about to go to market but we hit a snag. It had nothing to do with permits or price. Our problem is the grass. Our delivery company dropped off the sod and my hard working

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Probate Business, Probate Investing

I Just Found a 15 Million Dollar Property

It sure sounded like a great deal, but I knew that this property’s highest and best use would be to develop it into an ultra high-end beach house and I knew just the man for the job. I called a developer friend of mine whose niche is in the development of exactly this type of

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Probate Business, Probate Investing

Why is there a Fast Lane banner at my local elementary school?

My wife Kathy and I were on our morning walk today. With four kids in the house and most of California still mostly locked down, we’ve had to get creative to find ways to go on “dates”. Halfway through our date, we found ourselves in front of a local elementary school scratching our heads. They

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Probate Investing, Real Estate Investing

Peekaboo- My Ring Doorbell Can See You

I’m finishing up a rehab project that has been a bit of a challenge. I think I’ve told you about it before. This is the house that I not only had to replace all of the laterals (which ran all the way from the back of the house to the front right UNDER the entire

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Probate Investing

William Hearst, Albert Einstein, and Ernie Vargas?

Did you know there is an unfinished castle in California? The Hearst Castle, located on the central coast of California in San Simeon, was built by the notorious turn-of-the-century media magnate William Randolph Hearst in 1919. Well, that’s not entirely true. Construction started in 1919, but continued for 28 years with the castle never being

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Probate Investing, Real Estate Investing

I Spent Some Time in Prison This Weekend

A rapper by the name of DMX just passed away this weekend. DMX, unfortunately, lived with a big drug addiction problem and spent years in and out of prison. This news touched me because I have dedicated the last 10 years of my life to helping people within the prison system. I volunteer my time

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Probate Business, Probate Investing, Real Estate Investing

Altercation at the Dog Park

I was out taking my Hawaiian whipador Kalea (she’s half Whippet and half Labrador) on a walk to our neighborhood dog park yesterday. I do this just about every day so we can both get a little exercise.It’s usually business as usual with me coming home with a plastic baggie full of dog doo and

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