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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 131 articles for The BiggerPockets Blog.


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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Real Estate Investing

Working with Probates: Overcoming the Challenges

by Sharon Vornholt October 29, 2013
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I love the niche of probates, but there are definitely some challenges when working with probates. I can tell you this; if you are willing to do the work to get the leads you will have a great source of business. Unlike some of the other niches and lead sources that tend to dry up […]

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Real Estate Investing

Why Procrastination Can Be a Good Thing for a Real Estate Investor

by Sharon Vornholt October 22, 2013
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We all know that procrastination is bad in most cases.  Procrastination has been one of the “evils” of business for just about as long as I can remember. You know the old saying, “Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today”. But are there ever times when it is good? I think there […]

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Real Estate Investing

How to Build an Extraordinary Real Estate Business in a Sea of Ordinary

by Sharon Vornholt October 15, 2013
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Take a look around. What do you see? Everywhere you look you see “ordinary”. If you look down the road a little bit, there is a very focused buy and hold landlord who only buys 3 bedroom brick ranches in one particular zip code. He never varies from this buying formula. Then there is the […]

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Business Management & Productivity

6 Critical Habits for Success You Need To Establish Today

by Sharon Vornholt October 8, 2013
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The business of real estate investing is no different than any other business. Our success (or failure) comes about because of our choices. Good or bad, we all have to take full responsibility for our choices. Each choice that you make implements a behavior that over time becomes a habit. And it is those habits […]

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Real Estate Investing

Five Simple Mistakes Many Newbie Real Estate Investors Make – and How to Avoid Them

by Sharon Vornholt October 1, 2013
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Does this sound familiar? You have scheduled your very first appointment to look at a property, and you are trying so hard not to look like you are a newbie real estate investor. You’ve done your homework; attended every local REIA meeting for the past 6 months, read numerous books (like these, the top 21 […]

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Real Estate Marketing

Marketing Your Real Estate Investing Business: 7 Steps for Perfect Planning

by Sharon Vornholt September 24, 2013
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All successful business owners know that you need a solid plan for marketing your real estate investing business. In fact, you will need more than one plan over time as your business grows and evolves. Everyone needs a plan when they are first getting started. If you skip this step, you will likely look up […]

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Real Estate Investing

How to Kick Your Business Up A Notch by Tapping Into “Baby Boomer Niche”

by Sharon Vornholt September 17, 2013
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If you are serious about taking your real estate business to the next level, you’d better be paying attention to the trends in this business. Those investors that do are always way ahead of the curve. They always seem to be the first ones at the party while everyone else is still trying to figure […]

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Real Estate Investing

How Will My End Buyer Know That My House Is a Good Deal?

by Sharon Vornholt September 10, 2013
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I saw a post on one of the forums here on BiggerPockets recently where someone asked: How will my end buyer know that my house is a good deal? My initial response was that this person was really asking, “How do I convince someone that my house is a good deal even though it may […]

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Real Estate Tips

Developing an Online Social Media Voice Through Automation

by Sharon Vornholt September 3, 2013
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In last week’s article I talked about “How to Develop an Online Social Media Voice People Want to Hang-Out With”. If you missed the first part you can read it here. Some of the things we went over were: How social media can help you get known as “Number One” in your industry Why you needed […]

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