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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 138 articles for The BiggerPockets Blog.


General Real Estate

4 Reasons You Shouldn’t Blindly Take Advice from a Realtor

by Sharon Vornholt July 22, 2014
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Don’t be fooled by the title. Let me start out by saying I love working with Realtors in my business; that is certain Realtors.  What do I mean by that?   I like working with those agents that have also done some investing themselves. Before you take advice from a Realtor in your investing business, you […]

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Real Estate Marketing

The 5 Biggest Marketing Mistakes Real Estate Investors Make

by Sharon Vornholt July 8, 2014
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The following are the biggest mistakes real estate investors tend to make when it comes to marketing. Marketing is one of the most crucial aspects of a successful business and it’s not something you want to screw up. So, let’s get into it! 1. Inconsistent Marketing Marketing is the “secret sauce” for your real estate investing […]

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General Real Estate

Probate Investing: Bust Your Self Limiting Beliefs – RIGHT Now!

by Sharon Vornholt June 24, 2014
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Probate investing is one of the best, most lucrative niches to invest in. What other niche has folks that want to sell their property almost 100% of the time? Yet when I talk to folks that don’t invest in this niche, they have a whole lot of reasons why probate investing isn’t right for them. […]

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General Real Estate

Americans Have Once Again Fallen In Love with Real Estate Investing

by Sharon Vornholt June 10, 2014
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No one will dispute that the pendulum has finally swung the other way. Americans have once again fallen in love with real estate investing. As the market continues to rebound, real estate investors that were sitting on the sidelines are getting back in the game. According to Bloomberg, millionaires view real estate as the top […]

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Real Estate Tips

Death By Procrastination: How to Defeat The Enemy of Your Success In Real Estate

by Sharon Vornholt May 20, 2014
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In this business of real estate investing, there are so many things we need to do on a daily basis that it’s easy to put of projects and postpone the implementation of those big ideas we have in the back of our minds. Procrastination can become such a habit we no longer recognize it. Have […]

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Real Estate Investing

How to Use Your Tax Assessor’s Site to Research Your Potential Real Estate Deals

by Sharon Vornholt May 6, 2014
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When a motivated seller calls me, the first thing I do is pull up a couple of online tools while I have them on the phone. I got in the habit of doing this a long time ago, and it really helps when I am speaking to someone for the first time. I also believe […]

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Real Estate Marketing

7 Ways Probate Investors Can Help Settle Estates

by Sharon Vornholt April 22, 2014
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Settling an estate can be an overwhelming job for those left behind. The vast majority of the people involved in the probate process have to deal with all of this in what is undoubtedly a very emotional time their lives. They can be confused about the actual probate process and all of the tasks involved […]

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Real Estate Investing

That Terrifying Moment When Newbies Talk to A Motivated Seller

by Sharon Vornholt April 8, 2014
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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. […]

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Real Estate Investing

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

by Sharon Vornholt April 1, 2014
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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. […]

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Real Estate

Real Estate Marketing: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

by Sharon Vornholt March 18, 2014
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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 […]

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Real Estate Investing

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

by Sharon Vornholt March 11, 2014
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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, […]

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Real Estate

5 Tips for Managing Your Online Reputation

by Sharon Vornholt March 4, 2014
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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 […]

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Real Estate Tips

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

by Sharon Vornholt February 25, 2014
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 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 […]

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Real Estate Tips

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

by Sharon Vornholt February 18, 2014
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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 […]

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Real Estate Investing

Avoiding Rookie Mistakes When Making Offers on Real Estate

by Sharon Vornholt February 12, 2014
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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 […]

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