I’m thrilled you’re here—because we’re a lot alike, you and me. We’re both trying to make a little extra out of opportunities we see around us.
Which means neither of us can avoid one dreaded concept… putting our families at risk. As someone who sees prospects for a better life and making some extra money, I bet you know firsthand how stressful it could be making a mistake in this process.
Buying foreclosures is about seeing opportunities where others don’t.
I grew up in a very middle class home; my dad was a minister who then started his own business as a teacher of religious seminars and my mother was a homemaker my whole life. The number-one lesson my dad taught me was to find a way, any way, to become my own boss and start my own thing.
When you’re able to make some extra money and get in front of your budget, you start to feel the freedom it brings—and when you know the right process, no one can put a cap on what you make. Dad taught me that kind of freedom from the time I was a little girl. And when you have some extra money you can use it in any way you want.
As was the fact that my dad loved what he did. I mean, crazy loved it. He died in 2015 and at his memorial service so many people came up to me and told me house dad had helped them when they were in need; he paid for semesters of college, he bought people cars, he gave them cash for a first month’s rent on an apartment, he was a mentor and guide. He did all this because he loved what he did and used his extra money to make a difference in people’s lives.
So I wasn’t perfect growing up and got kicked out of religious boarding school…twice!
After that I went to St. John’s college in Annapolis where I studied in a great books program and got a BArts degree and then went to Paris as an au pair for a year. Dad was always encouraging me to have experiences and live a full life. When I got back I went to UIC Chicago for Architecture school and then moved to New Bern, NC in 1999.
Eastern North Carolina is a beautiful place but I wasn’t making a ton of money working as an architect for someone else and wanted some extra cash to do some fun things like sailing and traveling and more necessary things like saving for retirement. I always loved houses and buildings and started looking around for opportunities to buy an inexpensive house and flip it. I’d always heard this could be really profitable but I didn’t know where to start.
I started looking around and just watching different properties and just started paying more attention to houses that looked like they were going into foreclosure. I called up a Realtor friend of mine and he spent quite a bit of time with me showing how you could do research. He showed me how to look for properties going for sale at the courthouse and other websites that showed upcoming deals. I was hooked! I loved it.
My first foreclosure purchase was back in 2004 and I’ve been hooked ever since. I just love the chase, the find, and getting a GREAT deal. There is nothing more satisfying than buying something and you know is a good deal and THEN making money on the sell!
This process I’ve learned over the years and I’ve made great money on some project and have bought properties I wish I’d never laid eyes on and were the biggest pain in the butt you could ever imagine! Let me share with you what I’ve learned so you avoid the mistakes I’ve made and learn how to make money at the courthouse steps!
Start by downloading the list of trustee websites where you can start to look for properties on your own!
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