Behind the Shine 4/3/24

    Join Lindsey Iskierka, the DGT, and me in Anaheim on April 20th. I’ll discuss strategies to maximize your portfolio and get the most out of your RE in 2024. These are unprecedented tough times, and it’s more important than ever to stay ahead of where the markets are heading! It will be a great time of learning, networking, pictures, and fun. You can get your tickets through Eventbrite.

    You’ve likely heard the stories of squatters on the news, for me, these stories almost became a reality. Last week when visiting one of my rent by the room properties I noticed a whole bunch of moving boxes, mattresses, and personal items in the back of my property. Looking into it a little further, I found an older gentleman organizing everything. He claimed his sister in law had purchased the property and he was helping her move. I talked to his sister, and his sister in law, and they claimed they had purchased the property for 1.9 million in cash but “their realtor couldn’t find the key”. Police were called and told them to leave, unfortunately, they left all their crap on my porch (and backyard) and now I have to pay someone to haul it off.

    It looked pretty obvious to me they saw a vacant house and wanted to get in it. This squatter issue is only getting worse. If you have vacant property, now is the time to double down on having someone check on it. I’ve got the local PD stopping by to check on the house each week, they’ve been great. We also have new solar powered cameras being installed for my property managers to watch.

    If you’re concerned about issues like this, as well as the myriad of other changes going on in the world of RE today, click this link to register for a free webinar I’ll be putting together

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    ABC news recently reported that two suspected squatters have been taken into custody for questioning after they allegedly killed a woman who walked in on them living in her mother’s New York City apartment, police sources told ABC News. The victim, Nadia Vitel, a 52-year-old woman from Spain, came to the U.S. to prepare her mother’s Manhattan apartment for a family friend, sources said. The Kips Bay apartment had been vacant for the last few months after Vitel’s mother died, sources said.

    When Vitel went inside, she found a man and a woman living there, the sources said. A struggle ensued, and it appears Vitel was thrown into a sheetrock wall, sources said. The two suspects then allegedly stole Vitel’s Lexus and drove to New Jersey and then Pennsylvania, where they crashed near Harrisburg, sources said.

    They were taken into custody on Friday in York, Pennsylvania, sources said.

    Scary stuff folks. Now is a great time to recognize changes are happening in the economy and country and it’s wise to stay abreast of developing conditions, laws, and environmental changes. If you want to join a group that takes a proactive approach to preventing and adapting to these problems, send me an email with your concerns at

    Last week Spartan League heard about one of our members managing her first eviction and gave support and ideas for how to make the process easier and faster. We also had a special guest speaker on to discuss how to manage property managers to ensure efficiency in your portfolio.

    Spartan League is an RE university meant for those with five properties or less who want to increase their confidence, learn more about investing, and build a financial fortress that stands the test of time. Members get a Spartan League starter package with tons of cool swag, access to an exclusive online community, discounts on my other offerings, five live calls a week (we record them to watch later), budgeting software, and more.

    We cover multiple markets across the country and have a strong female component to the community, and the price will be rising soon. If you want to get in early (and cheaper) email me about joining a free call and seeing what you’ll be experiencing if you become a spartan at

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