Newbie from Metro Atlanta, Georgia :)

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Hey everyone! I'm originally from Fort Lauderdale, FL, went to college in Washington DC, now living in Metro Atlanta for past 20 years. Husband Lamont and I are here to not only receive real estate investing wisdom and be active in the Biggerpockets community, but hope to add value with our knowledge of landscaping tips from our current biz and be a resource for investors looking for deals as we gather our own. Let's connect as colleagues!

Welcome to BP! If you and your husband haven't done so already check out the local REIA meetings and you can make some wonderful contacts. If you need any help with anything don't hesitate to ask. Good luck in your investment journey!

Thanks for the welcome @Marlon Wilson! Been reading tons of great info today on BP...ready to implement wholesaling in the next 2-3 weeks. Don't want the analysis paralysis to set in :)

@Dorothy Griggs

Welcome. Atlanta is in the top 10 US markets for student housing see below.  Fill in the foundation below.

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Locate and attend 3 different local REIA club meetings great place to meet people gather resources and info. Here you will meet wholesalers who provide deals and rehabbers (cash buyers). You can Google to locate them and go to meetup.com

Two Great reads, I bought both J. Scott The Book on Flipping Houses, The Book on Estimating ReHab Costs http://www.biggerpockets.com/flippingbook

Consider checking out HUD homes for small multi's owner occupied gets first crack.

You might consider Niche or Specialized Housing like student housing. Rents can be 2-4 times more. Remember you don't have to own a property to control it.

Download BP's newest book here some good due diligence and step by step what happens at a REIA meeting in Chapter 10. Real Estate Rewind Starting over

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Good Luck

Paul 

Welcome @Dorothy Griggs!  I've learned a lot from the bigger pockets blog.  Good landscaping can definitely give a property a boost.  Do you have any suggestions for simple tools to use to create a landscaping plan?

Thanks so much @Paul Timmins for the welcome and the great info! I think sometimes we overthink things because when you mentioned student housing, I quickly remembered that several of our best clients in the landscaping biz are landlords for those niche areas.  They're out of town landlords so we use Square Register in our monthly or seasonal billing for them.

I've started yesterday with the BP Ultimate Beginner's Guide and couldn't stop reading. Super-simple info and instructions that's not intimidating at all.  I wrote down some of the Podcast topics from the Guide that I'll start with today :)

A few of my colleagues here at BP have mentioned a couple of REIA meetings that I plan to register for today. Focused on concise, disciplined action that will get me from point A to point B most efficiently and effectively, and you've definitely confirmed what I had already been planning.

I train our youngest daughter and son in track and field events so I remind them that running all over their lane removes precious seconds from their time. Gotta apply that to myself now...no time to waste, only investing it.

Best!

Dorothy

Greetings to you @Toure Lee ! I concur with the learning...it's top notch here. 

Some easy DIY to use in your landscaping plan: Applying the best organic weed/feed treatment for your area during this spring season to encourage a lush lawn, mow every 10-21 days (depending on rainfall and growth rate), use an edger along the hard surfaces of your lawn (along the driveways, sidewalks, porches, etc. which gives your lawn a more defined look), trim hedges and trim limbs back from property (discourages insects and birds from trying to find entries into the property), replace and put down fresh mulch/pinestraw around trees, flower beds, bushes, and shrubs.

Please let me know if that helps.

Best to you!

Dorothy

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