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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 143 articles for The BiggerPockets Blog.


General Real Estate

22 Innovative Apps to Streamline Your Business (and Life)

by Sharon Vornholt September 30, 2014
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It wasn’t that long ago that the word “app” wasn’t even a word. Now we not only have apps on our smart phones and computers, but we “need apps.” The idea of using essential apps to streamline everything we do means that those apps need to be easy to use. They should solve a problem or […]

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General Real Estate

Did Someone Die in This House? The Answer Could Save You Thousands

by Sharon Vornholt September 16, 2014
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Just when you think you’ve seen everything, you realize you haven’t. I came across a website the other day that lets you find out if there has been a death in a property you are planning to buy. This information would be valuable to both homeowners and real estate investors. The site is called DiedInHouse, […]

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Real Estate Investing

How to Talk to Motivated Sellers With Confidence

by Sharon Vornholt September 2, 2014
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I get questions all the time about how to talk to motivated sellers. They ask things like… What do I say when they call? What if they yell at me? What if they ask me a question I’m not expecting? Let me reassure you that just about every new real estate investor has the same […]

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Real Estate Investing

The Importance of Knowing Your Numbers in Real Estate

by Sharon Vornholt August 19, 2014
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I have been noticing a theme on several of the forums lately. Some real estate investors are worried about “offending the seller” with their low offer.   What?  There is only one thing we should be doing and that is making solid offers based on the numbers. There is a saying that goes something like this; […]

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Real Estate Tips

11 Steps to Creating a Happy and Productive Work Place in Your REI Business

by Sharon Vornholt August 5, 2014
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I read an article recently in Success Magazine that said the number 1 reason people quit their jobs is that they feel unappreciated. The article went on to list 11 steps every business owner should take to create a happy work environment.  These steps can be applied to any business, but they are certainly relevant […]

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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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