Save Money and the Planet
Given present day realities, including but not limited to the economic and environmental challenges we all face, perhaps more to the point would be the question, “Why Not Go Green?” Thankfully, with changes in the housing market and the rise of affordable energy wise building practices and technologies, today’s the perfect time to raise up an army of Green Building Residential House Flippers.
The mission of GreenEarthEquities is to help make the decision easy, by providing training and resources enabling Renovators, Investors and Buyers the knowledge and the tools needed to Go Green while making some Green $…
Secret to Investing in Energy Wise Residential Remodeling
Nice Remodeling (The Wow! Package) combines with attention to all details (The Done Package) and the Energy Package to present a compelling final product to the HomeBuyer.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. The famous words of Charles Dickens were never more true than now for the real estate professional who is willing to think outside the box. After 33 years in Real Estate and Construction which included stints as a Real Estate Agent, a Broker, but mainly a General Contractor, my wife and I “retired” last year and looked around for new careers to land in.
We both found areas that were a passion for us, that Common Wisdom (and our friends) said, “Oh that’s not a good choice in this Economy.” She has become a top selling Travel Agency and I have become an Energy-Wise House Flipper. And we’re both having more fun than ever before.
About a year ago I realized the “Perfect Storm” of Opportunity for me to jump back into real estate investing. Foreclosures were at an all time high, Interest rates are down, Rents are staying up, Banks are desperate to get rid of REO inventory. It seemed a great time to buy foreclosures and install all the energy saving items and the remodeling that I had sold as a contractor for 3 decades.
My Realtor and Contractor friends said, “But Dave, you wont be able to sell your houses if you put that much into them.” Well, now that the first 5 are sold at a profit, I am convinced that whether it is the best of times or worst of times has little to do with the times and all to do with how we play the cards that life deals us.
Those first 5 Flips helped develop and clarify the “Three Package System” of Renovation that is working well in today’s economy. I realized that I was having so much fun and this was such a great opportunity that I wanted to share what was working for me in the hopes of helping someone who needed a new career or just a boost in what they were already doing. So I started teaching classes on Energy-Wise House Flipping every Tuesday on free conference calls as well as classes for our Utility Company and Trade Association. (PG&E & CBPCA)
Each week I send out a series of Power Point pdf’s by email to all who are interested. Then during the conference call, each person can self navigate through the slides and at the end of the call, keep the slides for reference. Here is a sample of the training on Energy-Wise House Flipping ( Click Here). Every Tuesday at 6 PM Pacific I host a free conference call on Energy Wise House Flipping. The Call-In number is 605 475 4800. The Access Code is 795323# If any of this about a new career or an addition to what you are doing, makes sense to you, you are welcome to join us. I hope to see you on the call. Email me first and I will send you the slides ahead of time. (DJR5650@MAC.com)
I am amazed at the people who jump on board this train in these best of times and worst of times. And who doesn’t jump on. One of my best students is a boat canvass seamstress! And many building scientists and real estate professionals haven’t seen their way out of the status quo to grasp this golden opportunity.
We call it PlanetSavers Universtiy because we really are “Saving The Planet, One (foreclosed) House At A Time.” Our teaching at PlanetSavers is unique. It is more than just House Flipping, more than just Wow! Remodeling & more than just smart buying and selling of real estate.
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Buy and Hold Running the Numbers Tonight I'll be reviewing the process of locating and assessing 2 different and affordable properties each with some perks. We'll run the numbers from walk through repair estimates for a Phase 1 Buy and Hold remodel to likely return on investment (ROI). 4877 East McKenzie Ave Fresno, CA 93727 List $125,000, 4 days on market, built 1977 5 bedroom 2 bath, 1,684 sqft, lot 8,580 sqft 2 car garage, large pool RentoMeter.com rent estimate: $1,400 plus 4944 East Illinois Ave Fresno CA 93727 4944 East Illinois Ave Fresno CA 93727 List $128,500, 15 days on market, built 1956 3 bedroom 1.5 bath, 1,700 sqft, lot...Continue Reading!
Investment Plan Home Performance Phase 1, 2 and 3 Tonight we will work on an important tool that we all can use in communicating our message to our investor partners. Since we have moved from a flipping market to a buy and hold market, and have developed a preference (at GEE at least) for working with private investors rather than conventional lenders... we haven't communicated clearly enough how we expect to forward our mission of energy efficiency and at the same time maintain a profitable investment structure. We have spoken of "phasing the three packages," Energy, Wow! & Done. And we have been...Continue Reading!
Get in the Real Estate Game Wholesaler Interview on Buy and Hold Greetings PlanetSavers, Last week Ron Roberts shared his testimony about putting together enough passive income to enjoy his retirement and doing it all with foreclosure renovation in the last 3 years. If you missed it, check it out in the archives. Several people commented that they were inspired to get out there and get going! Tonight we will follow up with more motivation to "Get in the Game" as I interview Sam Okenyi. Sam is the wholesaler that we purchased our Norris avenue property through. He has some clear observations about the...Continue Reading!
Foreclosure Investing Planning and Preparation Greetings PlanetSavers, Tonight we have a Foreclosure Renovating Expert who has "Been There & Done That." Ron Roberts and I have worked together for many years in various capacities and then 3 years ago I got inspired about the opportunity presented by the Foreclosure Mess. Ron was one of the first people I shared my excitement with and he took off running full speed with the goal of building a retirement income from his foreclosure renovation investments. In three short years, he's met his objectives. He's completed about the same number of projects that I have (15) and has...Continue Reading!
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3/22-23/12 PG&E Classes Presentation Slides and Materials An a recognized expert in Energy Wise Residential Remodeling Dave Robinson is a frequent seminar spokesman for PG&E as well as other industry partners. The following links are to slides and materials presented in Northern CA for PG&E sponsored classes on Energy Wise House Flipping and Mini Split heating and cooling systems. The following are DropBox Public Folder links to view and/or download any or all the materials presented: Foreclosures 3/12/12 Part 1 (pdf) click here Foreclosures 3/12/12 Part 2 (pdf) click here Foreclosures 3/12/12 Part 3 (pdf) click here Manual J Load Calc Worksheet (excel) click here Manual J Load Calc...Continue Reading!
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Two Property Wrap Up 440 N. Homsy & 1207 E. San Madele About the Photo: My nieces got politically incorrect and put this still life statement together with some friends. The police called... the paper and it was on the front of the San Diego Union. Way to go girls! I'm back in Fresno, getting ready for family reunion over New Years. I'm going to tour two of our recently finished homes, including our Department of Energy test house located at 440 Homsy. From there I'll meet with Jennifer to evaluate the San Madelle property. I'll have new photos and comments about...Continue Reading!
Diversifying Foreclosure Renovation Buy & Hold and Management Strategies The real estate market has changed over the last year. This has caused some to get out and some to get in. For us, it has been an opportunity to change and add some elements to our business plan to "drown-proof" our operation and keep on renovating and stay on mission... Saving The Planet, One House At A Time. We'll look at some of the diversification that we are doing here at GreenEarthEquities. We'll cover: Beyond Flipping: When and How to Rent. The benefits of positive cash flow. Investor Relations: With CD and savings rates in...Continue Reading!
Budget Options Possible Cut Backs Dave is in Budapest Hungary celebrating his wife Luelle's accomplishment of being one of, if not the world's leading, Old World River Cruise travel agent for a second year in a row! We expect Dave back at the helm next Tuesday. Tonight we'll continue looking at energy wise remodeling budgets with an eye to flipping or an increasingly attractive buy and hold strategy. Rogelio Covarrubias, GEE's project manager, we'll be continuing our in-depth look at a couple of line by line budget options for the property located 1417 Beverly Court in 93611. Those wishing to review last weeks overview...Continue Reading!