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Not finding quite everything you need in QuickBooks Online? Here are some handy add-on apps available.

QuickBooks Online may work for you just fine as is. After all, it was designed to meet the needs of the millions of small businesses that want to manage and track their income and expenses, create records and transactions, and run reports to gauge their financial health.

QuickBooks Online was also designed to grow along with your business. But there’s no need for Intuit to add internal features to do so. In fact, that would make it too expensive and unwieldy for many companies.

Instead, Intuit has partnered with other small business websites to provide add-ons—applications that extend the usefulness of QuickBooks Online in one or more areas, like accounts receivable and payable, inventory, and expense-tracking. They integrate easily to share data and do the extra work you need. Here are some of them to consider.  Read More→

You Get What You Accept

Posted on March 6, 2017 by

If you ask my investors, private lenders, contractors, buyers, sellers, friends etc. to describe me, which I did, they will all tell you that I am easy to work with, a nice guy, dependable, hardworking and focused/ determined. These were the most common replies. To be honest I was a bit surprised. I expected the hardworking, dependable and focused, I was happy to hear nice guy but easy to work with was not on my radar.

Easy to work with was not something I would have used to describe myself so I decided to investigate. When I partner with other investors and/or private lenders I try to include in the agreement that I will be the final decision maker when it comes to renovations. Obviously, this does not always happen but I try. I do not do this to be controlling. I like it this way because everyone gives their opinions to me or the assigned person and that person makes a decision and executes. This keeps the project moving along smoothly. I’m also the person who actually reads through agreements and lender documents so if there is something that does not add up I make sure it is corrected and/or honored. There have been many instances where I have called the private lender to correct the documents his/her attorney sent that contained terms that were not agreed upon. I would have thought they would have said I was picky or a difficult partner or borrower but it was quite the contrary. They appreciated the fact that I was detailed and understood that I was simply making sure I got what was agreed. One person said that this actually made them even more comfortable with lending me money.  Read More→

“My system for staying young is to work a lot, to always have a project on the go.” ~ Carlos Fuentes

Before insurance companies started offering plug in cameras designed to improve your driving and lower your rates there was already an industry standard port. The ODB-II port is existing technology standard in most every car produced after 1996. Automatic uses this existing port, at first it would connect to a bluetooth device and was only good for reducing your gas waste habits. Hard stops and other things would be flagged and brought to your attention. The second iteration of Automatic Pro adds GPS to track your route if your smartphone is out of battery life. You will still need a smartphone and bluetooth to sync the data later.

The latest version is the third generation of Automatic Pro, which has been the one that made me interested in the app. It’s about $130 and it’s added the 3G network of cell service. A lot of the earlier features have been made obsolete with everyone carrying their smartphone with them. The new app works untethered to other devices. It doesn’t make a ping noise when you hard break, which can understandably become annoying. There is a completely separate app you can find in the Apple Store called Automatic Pro, for iOS 9 and later. It also runs on most Android devices too. The previous adapter is no longer for sale, but the app is free and there is a new adapter available if you want to go that route. Read More→

Let me ask you a question… Are you properly managing your prospects? Are you taking the time to follow up with the sellers who didn’t initially accept your offers, or the sellers you still need to make offers to? Did you know that you are leaving thousands of dollars in potential income behind if you aren’t following up with sellers? One of the easiest ways to make a fortune in the real estate business and gain the advantage over your competition is to take the time to follow up with motivated and semi-motivated sellers. You’ve already got the seller in your pipeline, you’ve already done the marketing and spent the money to find this person, and now all you need to do is to follow up with them until they either sell you their property or tell you to go away. How much simpler could it be?

There are two types of sellers we are going to follow up with, those we’ve already made offers to who haven’t accepted our offer and those who have not made any decision after our initial contact with them. Quite often, you will need to make multiple contacts with sellers before their situation changes and dictates that they sell their property to you. When you stay in touch with these sellers, you build credibility with them. When it comes time to sell their home they will contact you first, even if they have been contacted by someone else in the meantime.  Read More→

Decade after decade, it seems like real estate keeps coming through. While any asset class can have a down year – or even several down years in a row, as the real estate investment community saw between 2008 and 2010 – real estate remains a proven long term wealth generator year after year, decade after decade, and generation after generation.

That’s what makes real estate an ideal investment for your retirement portfolio – and even in a special kind of IRA, called a self-directed IRA.

Some people still believe the myth that IRAs don’t allow you to own real estate. This is because Wall Street companies that only sell stocks, bonds, funds, annuities and other kinds of paper assets. They aren’t compensated to sell real estate, and so they don’t pitch it, other than to sell real estate investment trusts, or REITs, which are still securities, rather than direct real estate assets themselves.

But it is very easy for you to own real estate assets of all kinds within a self-directed IRA – even direct ownership of rental properties.  Read More→

The Residential Market in Atlanta is HOT! This is evidenced by the rapid quantity of homes that are flying off the market in a matter of days, providing they are in proper condition and priced correctly. A Seller’s Market occurs when the number of properties available for sale divided by average monthly sales to calculate how long it would take to sell the current inventory if no other properties were listed – when that number equals 6 months or less, a Seller’s Market exists. Our metro Atlanta market became a Seller’s Market during 2012 resulting in several changes benefitting sellers, as illustrated here using the peak of the Buyer’s Market compared to where we were in 4Q 2016.  Read More→

“Blah, blah, blah!”

That’s what we hear when most people talk. And sometimes that’s what other people hear when WE talk, too.

Have you ever noticed that most people think of what they’re going to say, rather than listen to the person who is talking? But when it comes to negotiating, that can be a HUGE mistake! Here’s why…

Let’s say you’re talking to a seller about their house, and when you ask them to describe their situation, they just seem to go on & on about how wonderful the house is, the gossip about the neighbor, how their health is failing, etc.

A lot of people will be thinking how boring or irrelevant that is, and just want to get to the numbers, or instead – talk about themselves. Am I right??

But if you do that, you might just miss out on a very important detail you need when it’s time to negotiate a decent deal with them.  Read More→

Mon, Feb 20th @ 6:30 PM – Hudson Grille, Sandy Springs, GA
The Beginning Investors Group
Let’s Get This Party Started!
with Roger Blankenship on Mon, Feb 20th at Hudson Grille in Sandy Springs
Atlanta REIA Members Can Attend at No Charge.
Guests Pay $15 Online or $20 at the Door. RSVP Now!

Roger BlankenshipChoose your Strategy, Find the Money, Find a Deal, Get it Done, Repeat.

With hundreds of real estate investors in the Atlanta market, solid investment properties are getting harder and harder to find. But they are there — you just have know where, when, and how often to look for them.

Join us at the Beginning Investors Group on Monday, February 20th at 6:30PM at the Hudson Grille located at 6317 Roswell Rd in Sandy Springs, GA, where Roger Blankenship is going to tell you how you can prosper even in a challenging situation that is the current Atlanta market.

In this talk he is going to reveal secrets he usually only shares with his students and consulting clients. Whatever your situation — whether you have money, a little money, or no money, whether you have training or not, there is an opportunity waiting for you. Everyone’s circumstances are different. There’s no shame in admitting concerns or fears that have been holding you back.

Roger is going to address them and show you how to conquer them. You’ll hear on TV infomercials or radio ads about someone’s training or proven system or step by step method. Roger is going to show you that while systems and methods can certainly help you out, they are NOT the key. The key is YOU. The magic is not in the system. The magic is in YOU. And he’s going to give YOU both the strategy and the nudge you need.

This is why Roger is going to break it down for you. You’ll learn:

  • How to Select a Strategy that works for you
  • How to know when the best time is to find great deals on properties.
  • How to understand the different avenues available to you for real estate investment
  • Where to go to find the best properties
  • Steps to start marking money in the next 30 days
  • And answers to your questions and much more!

You will leave this event knowing what your next step(s) should be. Stop reading, studying, analyzing, and thinking — Get the Party Started!

RSVP Now!

Atlanta REIA Members Please RSVP on Meetup.com
Atlanta REIA Members Please RSVP on Meetup.com

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Wed, Feb 15th at 7PM in Buford, GA
The Property Protégé Group
Starts TONITE, Feb 15 at 7PM at
1960 Skylar Hill Dr, Ste D, Buford, GA
& On Facebook Live
Learn How to Invest in Real Estate with a Team of Like Minded Investors at PPG

Don DeRosaPPG Members, join Don DeRosa on TONITE, Wed, Feb 15h at 7PM at 1960 Skylar Hill Dr, Suite D in Buford, GA as we kick off our next Property Protégé Group (PPG) training series to jump start your real estate investing business in 2017. If you are unable to attend the meeting tonite in person, we are also streaming the meeting via Facebook Live for PPG Members only at our new PPG Facebook Group.

If you are NOT a PPG Member and are interested in becoming a better, more profitable investor, those of us in PPG are here to help. PPG was created for new investors or existing investors who want to take their investing to the next level. PPG is an annual paid private group coaching program that meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7PM. The first part of the meeting is educational and the second part is where we evaluate your deals and decide if they are a deal or no deal.

If NOT a PPG member and are interested in joining the PPG program, we invite you to attend our first meeting as our guest at no charge so you can check it out. NON-PPG Members, Please RSVP here to attend at no charge. We look forward to seeing you there!

At PPG, we will be coving topics such as:

  • How to locate properties and motivated sellers
  • How to pre-screen sellers and properties
  • How to analyze deals
  • How to determine repair costs
  • How to determine property value before and after repair
  • How to construct multiple offers
  • How to present and negotiate your offers
  • How to put properties under contract and complete the paperwork
  • Where to find the money to fund your deals
  • How to find buyers and sell houses fast
  • Wholesaling and how it works
  • Buying & selling pretty houses with creative terms
  • Finding deals with the most profit potential
  • How to avoid pitfalls and minimize risk
  • How to find leads on your mobile device
  • How to automate and systematize your business using mobile technology
  • And much more!

If you would like to take your investing business to the next level this year, don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of the Property Protégé Group!

See Atlanta REIA Events Calendar for More Events!
Tue, Feb 21st @ Noon in Kennesaw, GA
The Onsite Renovation Group
Hands-On Learning “Onsite” at Real Renovation Projects
Tuesday, February 21st at NOON
5990 Due West Rd NW, Kennesaw, GA

Onsite Property

Please join us on Tuesday, February 21st at NOON for the Atlanta REIA Onsite Renovation Group (ORG) to learn all about finding, funding, fixing, and flipping houses for big profits. This month’s meeting will be held at one of Don DeRosa’s renovation projects located at 5990 Due West Rd NW, Kennesaw, GA which is a very large estate that needs lots of work and updating. Come join us onsite this month, see how the how Don will large home and turn it into a profitable deal.

Onsite Renovation GroupThe Atlanta REIA Onsite Renovation Group (ORG) is an educational and networking group that focuses on the acquisition, renovation and retail resale (fix and flip) of single family residential homes. The purpose of the group is to allow both new and experienced rehabbers and investors to meet, network and share knowledge and experience with “hands on” access to real property.

The Onsite Renovation Group meets on the 3rd Tuesday each month at NOON at an active renovation site, build site or rental property which will vary from month to month. As always, there is no charge for Atlanta REIA members to attend. Guests & Non-Members can RSVP Online for Only $15 or pay $20 at the door.

RSVP Now!

See Atlanta REIA Events Calendar for More Events!
Tue, Feb 21st @ 6:30PM – Peachtree City, GA
Atlanta REIA EPIC Group
Surviving the Tenant Landlord Act in 2017! Don’t Let the Judge Throw the Book at You!
with Attorney James Clifton
February 21st, 6:30PM, Flat Creek Country Club
100 Flat Creek Rd, Peachtree City, GA 30290

Come Join Us for COMPLIMENTARY Appetizers!

Chris & Donna LittletonThe mission of the EPIC Group is to provide a platform for success in Real Estate Investing through Education, Properties, Income and a Community (EPIC) of like minded investors. EPIC is held on Tuesday, February 21st at 6:30PM (3rd Tuesday) at the Flat Creek Country Club located at 100 Flat Creek Rd, Peachtree City, GA.The EPIC Group is hosted by successful real estate entreprenuers Donna Littleton, Broker & Co-Owner of Solutions Realty Network, and her husband Chris Littleton. There is no charge for Atlanta REIA Members and currently no charge for non-members as well.

James CliftonThis month’s speaker is James Clifton, the founding member of The Clifton Law Firm, LLC. His areas of focus are real estate, landlord/tenant, foreclosure, probate, wills, trusts, and estates. In addition to his various state licenses in GA, FL, CA & TX, Mr. Clifton is a member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court.

He will be covering:

  • Reviewing the law & changes.
  • How the laws affect you.
  • Law requirements for the property.
  • Compliance issues for you.
  • Surviving move-in and move out of tenants.
  • And more including answers to all your questions!

“As an Attorney, I look forward to sharing my past experiences, which will help you work through major problems and issues with regards to landlords and tenants. I hope to see you there!” ~ James Clifton

EPIC groupYou are sure to meet some great individuals and make lasting connections that will help propel your business in the right direction. We look forward to seeing you there!

Meeting Agenda*

  • 6:30PM: Networking, Haves and Wants & Introductions
  • 7:00PM: Information, Upcoming Events & Market Update (Chris & Donna)
  • 7:20PM: Main Presentation with Special Guest Speaker
  • 8:30PM: Closing Comments & Last Minute Networking

Come Out on Tuesday, February 21st and every 3rd Tuesday of Each Month. You are sure to meet some great individuals and make lasting connections that will help propel your business in the right direction. We look forward to seeing you there!

Atlanta REIA Members Please RSVP on Meetup.com
Atlanta REIA Members & Guests, Please RSVP on Meetup.com

See Atlanta REIA Events Calendar for More Events!
Wed, February 22nd @ 7PM on GoToWebinar
Beginning Investors Group Online
How to Generate Leads Online & Invest Virtually
with Duncan Wierman on February 22nd @ 7PM on GoToWebinar

No Charge to Attend for Members or Guests
Who Attend Online via GoToWebinar.com!

Register Now!

PLEASE NOTE: This is a BRAND NEW Registration Link for Feb 2017. Even if you have registered for BIGO in the past, you must re-register using this NEW Registration Link for Feb 2017 or you won’t be able to attend any of the upcoming BIGO webinars.

Duncan WiermanDo you need more motivated buyer and seller leads in order to do more profitable deals? If so, be sure to join us at the Beginning Investors Group Online on Wednesday, February 22nd at 7:00PM ET where our special guest speaker, Duncan Wierman, also known as “Mr. Lead Generation”, who is one of the nation’s foremost Marketing Strategists for real estate investors will teach you “Extreme Online Lead Generation & Virtual Real Estate Investing”!

Duncan is a full time investor in Greenville, South Carolina. His business revolves around automated systems so he can do less work and make more money. He has used internet marketing and automated internet systems for attracting buyers, sellers, and investors have allowed him to do over 300 deals a year without leaving his desk!

After doing real estate investing the hard way, Duncan finally swore to himself that he’d had enough. He then invested serious time and money into using systems that would pay off in less aggravation, more time, and more profits! He became an expert in finding motivated sellers, hungry buyers, and private lenders through the Internet.

Forget investing the old fashioned way. Let technology do the heavy lifting! Duncan will show you how to make HUGE profits in today’s real estate market by combining real estate investing knowledge with the power of the internet and technology!

You will learn at BIG Online…

  • How to earn unlimited income by working just 3-5 hours each week
  • Have motivated sellers and hungry buyers coming to YOU instead of spending hours trying to reach them
  • Use the Internet as a tool that will do 93% of your work
  • Use the exclusive software that I’ve developed to effortlessly generate massive profits on every transaction
  • How to literally flip deals from seller to buyer in as little as 2 hours
  • Have hundreds of investor/buyers knocking on your door in as little as 2 weeks after you start using my system
  • How you can negotiate deals at home and in your spare time
  • How you can FLIP Foreclosures with no cred, no money down, and no risk to you or your personal finances
  • How you can flip a property ANYWHERE, even if that property is 2000 miles away
  • How you can run your entire business from your home computer VIRTUALLY!
  • And much, much more!

TO ATTEND ONLINE: 7:00PM Start Time. To attend the Beginning Investors Group Online via your PC, smart phone or tablet, Register Here for the Meeting on GoToWebinar.com and you will be emailed login instructions for the event.

Once you get your Webinar Confirmation Email, you can login on about 5-10 minutes prior to the 7PM start time to reserve a spot using your PC, Mac, Tablet or Smart Phone. You can download the GoToWebinar App here on iTunes App Store or the Google Play Store.

Register Now!

PLEASE NOTE: This is a BRAND NEW Registration Link for Feb 2017. Even if you have registered for BIGO in the past, you must re-register using this NEW Registration Link for Feb 2017 or you won’t be able to attend any of the upcoming BIGO webinars.

About the Beginning Investors Group Online (BIG O)

Beginning Investors Group Online (The BIG O)The Beginning Investors Group Online (The “Big O” or BIGO) is an new online educational group that currently meets on the 4th Wednesday for new investors who are just getting started in real estate investing as well as “new again” real estate investors who’ve taken a few years off and are looking to get back in the game.

Each month, we will be bringing in local and national real estate experts to teach new investors how to survive and thrive in our ever changing economy and real estate market. The entire purpose of this group is to help new investors get their first deal and help new again investors get their next deal.

See Atlanta REIA Events Calendar for More Events!
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