Follow Us on Social Media

email icon rss icon linked.in icon google plus icon twitter icon facebook icon

Archive of Sharon Vornholt

Sharon has been investing in real estate since 1998. She owned and operated a successful home inspection company for 17 years. In January of 2008 she took the leap of closing her business to become a full time real estate investor.

Sharon has written 131 articles for The BiggerPockets Blog.


Real Estate Investing

That Terrifying Moment When Newbies Talk to A Motivated Seller

by Sharon Vornholt April 8, 2014
Thumbnail image for That Terrifying Moment When Newbies Talk to A Motivated Seller

One of the scariest and most dreaded parts of this business for brand new real estate investors is taking phone calls; specifically what to say when a motivated seller calls. Some real estate investors just have the gift of gab and can “wing it,” but others find it more difficult to find the right words. […]

22 Read the full article →
Real Estate Investing

Creating Your REI Story: How to Be “The One” the Motivated Seller Chooses

by Sharon Vornholt April 1, 2014
Thumbnail image for Creating Your REI Story: How to Be “The One” the Motivated Seller Chooses

We are real estate investors. As a group, there is not much to differentiate us. • We buy houses • We sell houses • We rehab houses • We have rentals Everyone is competing for the same thing; attention. We are trying to stand out in a crowded field; trying to rise above the clutter. […]

6 Read the full article →
Real Estate

Real Estate Marketing: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

by Sharon Vornholt March 18, 2014
Thumbnail image for Real Estate Marketing: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

If there is one topic that is always on the top of every real estate investor’s mind, it has to be marketing. Without a steady stream of leads we are, quite simply, out of business. Marketing is also a topic that is debated frequently here on BiggerPockets. One of the major things discussed is, “What […]

22 Read the full article →
Real Estate Investing

7 Tips for Starting Your Real Estate Business Off On the Right Foot

by Sharon Vornholt March 11, 2014
Thumbnail image for 7 Tips for Starting Your Real Estate Business Off On the Right Foot

I got a question this week from someone that is trying to get started in real estate investing. This woman has decided to start with absentee owners and her question to me was: I have managed to get the names of a few absentee owners. Now, what do I mail to them? In her mind, […]

21 Read the full article →
Real Estate

5 Tips for Managing Your Online Reputation

by Sharon Vornholt March 4, 2014
Thumbnail image for 5 Tips for Managing Your Online Reputation

I have a question to ask you: How Is Your Online Reputation? There was a time when if you had a little bad PR or a glitch in your customer service the only people that knew about it were your customer and the 12 people they were supposedly going to tell about the incident. That […]

12 Read the full article →
Real Estate Tips

4 Ways to Stay Optimistic About the Future of Your Real Estate Investing Business

by Sharon Vornholt February 25, 2014
Thumbnail image for 4 Ways to Stay Optimistic About the Future of Your Real Estate Investing Business

 Real estate investing is no different than any other start up business. It’s not easy, it always takes longer to turn a consistent profit than you thought it would, and you will spend a lot of time facing that demon known as “fear.”  There will be a lot of times when all you want to […]

25 Read the full article →
Real Estate Tips

18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction and Get The Right Things Done (Book Review)

by Sharon Vornholt February 18, 2014
Thumbnail image for 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction and Get The Right Things Done (Book Review)

I read a great book a while back called “18 Minutes” by Peter Bregman. As the tile says, this book is about how to find your focus, master distraction and get the right things done. I believe that this is a daily challenge for almost all entrepreneurs. By nature, we are thinkers and creators. The […]

10 Read the full article →
Real Estate Investing

Avoiding Rookie Mistakes When Making Offers on Real Estate

by Sharon Vornholt February 12, 2014
Thumbnail image for Avoiding Rookie Mistakes When Making Offers on Real Estate

Some weeks are just full of lessons that lead to blog posts, and this past week was one of them. I had about a half dozen people that sent me an email that involved making offers. They weren’t asking for advice in most cases; they skipped that part. Some of them didn’t have a question […]

27 Read the full article →
Real Estate Investing

Probate Investing: The Basics and Tips for Success

by Sharon Vornholt February 4, 2014
Thumbnail image for Probate Investing: The Basics and Tips for Success

I’m not really sure why, but probate investing remains a bit mystery for so many real estate investors. Maybe it is that fact that these properties become available because someone has passed away. While this is a sad time for folks, it is also a time when those left behind have to “take care of […]

31 Read the full article →
Real Estate Investing

Is There an “Easy Button” in Real Estate Investing?

by Sharon Vornholt January 28, 2014
Thumbnail image for Is There an “Easy Button” in Real Estate Investing?

I had someone ask me a question recently about getting started in real estate. She was losing her job and wanted to know which course to buy so she could replace her income quickly. Getting another job just wasn’t something she wanted to do.  She was definitely looking for the “Easy Button”. This particular question […]

30 Read the full article →
Real Estate Investing

Learning to Go with the Flow When Things Go Wrong in Real Estate

by Sharon Vornholt January 14, 2014
Thumbnail image for Learning to Go with the Flow When Things Go Wrong in Real Estate

Somewhere along the line, we got the idea that life was supposed to be perfect. When things are anything less than perfect, we all moan and groan. I’ve had a revelation this year where that is concerned and in the process, I have learned that when you just take a deep breath and learn to […]

18 Read the full article →
Real Estate Marketing

Tips for Marketing to Motivated Sellers

by Sharon Vornholt January 7, 2014
Thumbnail image for Tips for Marketing to Motivated Sellers

I have considered myself to be a pretty good marketer for 20+ years. I can actually remember the time when all marketing was done face to face, by using direct mail or with ads in places like TV, radio, and newspaper (before the internet).That was the way marketing was done. It was all about repetition […]

18 Read the full article →
Real Estate Tips

Avoiding Burnout: Goals are Great But …

by Sharon Vornholt December 31, 2013
Thumbnail image for Avoiding Burnout: Goals are Great But …

This is the time of year when everyone thinks about goals and what they want to achieve in the upcoming year. I am one of those folks that have written a lot about the importance of setting goals and the implementation of those goals. But I think there is another subject that is important to […]

14 Read the full article →
Real Estate Investing

Tips for Achieving Your Goals in 2014

by Sharon Vornholt December 25, 2013
Thumbnail image for Tips for Achieving Your Goals in 2014

This is the time of year when most people start talking about their goals for the upcoming year. I am a big believer in setting goals, but only if you have a plan to achieve them. Most folks are good at writing down what they want to achieve. It’s the implementation part that they don’t […]

18 Read the full article →