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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 140 articles for The BiggerPockets Blog.


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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Real Estate Investing

Probate Investing: The Basics and Tips for Success

by Sharon Vornholt February 4, 2014
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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 […]

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Real Estate Investing

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

by Sharon Vornholt January 28, 2014
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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 […]

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Real Estate Investing

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

by Sharon Vornholt January 14, 2014
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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 […]

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Real Estate Marketing

Tips for Marketing to Motivated Sellers

by Sharon Vornholt January 7, 2014
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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 […]

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Real Estate Tips

Avoiding Burnout: Goals are Great But …

by Sharon Vornholt December 31, 2013
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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 […]

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Real Estate Investing

Tips for Achieving Your Goals in 2014

by Sharon Vornholt December 25, 2013
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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 […]

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Real Estate Tips

16 Tips to Ensure Your Property Is Ready for Cold Weather

by Sharon Vornholt December 17, 2013
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Landlords are always looking for ways to save money, and to put more cash in their pockets. One way to do that is to make it a point to follow a few simple procedures every year to help prevent problems in your rental property before they begin. Your tenants will also thank you when their […]

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Real Estate Interviews

How the Dodd Frank Act Will Impact Your Real Estate Business

by Sharon Vornholt December 10, 2013
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Most real estate investors are somewhat familiar with the Dodd Frank Act that goes into effect at the first of the year.  One thing that I know for sure is that a whole lot of folks aren’t taking it seriously. The most frequent comment that I hear is, “The government will never enforce this Act”.  […]

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Rental Properties

Safety Tips for Landlords and Tenants for the Holidays

by Sharon Vornholt December 3, 2013
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We have now officially headed into the holiday season with Thanksgiving last week. Traditionally many people will also begin decorating their homes for Christmas this week. I thought it was a perfect time to talk about how property owners can keep their property and their tenants safe. Real estate investors are always concerned about safety […]

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Real Estate Tips

Putting “The Compound Effect” into Action in Your Real Estate Business

by Sharon Vornholt November 19, 2013
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I read a terrific book recently called the Compound Effect written by Darren Hardy the editor of Success Magazine. I love his wisdom. The premise of this book summed up in one short paragraph would be, “Success is often built by taking small consistent steps over time. While these steps in the moment don’t feel […]

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Real Estate Investing

Need Cash Buyers? Here’s Where to Find Them

by Sharon Vornholt November 12, 2013
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If you’re a wholesaler and you have been in this business for any length of time, you probably know that there are times when you need to look outside of your regular buyers list to sell a property. Did you ever have a deal that for whatever reason you just can’t sell to your regular […]

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Real Estate Tips

5 Crucial Steps for Successful Real Estate Negotiations

by Sharon Vornholt November 5, 2013
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I read a great article a while back in Inc. Magazine. The title of the article was “The Art of Conversation”. This article was written by George Stephanopoulos who certainly knows a lot about this subject. After reading this article, I began to think about just how much this applies to real estate investing. When […]

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