Hi friends! Lee and I have been in Houston for the past few days, at one of those FortuneBuilders Boot Camps we have been attending since before we formed our business. Why do we do these things? Why do we attend classes we already took? Good questions, all, so let me explain.
Why We Go
A simple answer to why we go to these events is that we paid a lot of money to join this educational group, and we want to get our money’s worth. But, there’s more to it than that.
First, it’s important to always keep learning about any business that you are in. I also go to conferences about my technical writing career! Things change, new technologies are available, and there are always new tips and tricks.
In fact, we just finished the Rental Property Intensive course, which we took earlier on, as well. Now it is a two-day class, and there was a LOT more information on determining a property’s suitability as a passive income property, evaluating locations to buy property in, and lots more. They told us in the class that they are soon expanding it to three days, so I guess we’ll head to one of these next year!
Another reason we go, and what I feel is the most important one, is networking and meeting new people. The reason we chose to go to the Houston bootcamp is that we knew we’d be able to meet a lot of people with experience in our area, potential partners in rehabs, and potential private money lenders/borrowers.
Third is we get to see old friends. Some of the folks who work for the companies affiliated with FortuneBuilders we’ve now known for quite a while, like Joey Z from Grand Coast Capital. Much hugging ensues.
What We’ve Done
I already mentioned that we went to the Rental Property course. I was happy to see it was less of a commercial for the companies they work with to buy houses in various markets and not manage them yourselves (which are fine for a lot of people), but lots of stuff about doing your own rental properties without it taking time away from your rehab business.
Of course we also networked! We’ve been hanging around with our friends Larry, Vern, and Stephanie. They are folks we’ve done partnerships with in our Hermits’ Rest Enterprises business. Larry’s our Cameron office mate, and Vern’s up in Waco. And we’ve been meeting so many interesting people. Everyone you talk to at these things has an interesting story, different reasons for getting into the real estate redevelopment business, and new ideas.
Thanks to hanging out with Larry, the consummate networker, we’ve met a couple of new contacts. We went to dinner with them last night, and we learned so much about each other. Through all the laughs and discussions of our favorite car ever (we all like cars), we got ideas for new businesses, ways to help others, and let me tell you, blog material galore.
And that’s just the first class! Lee is now attending the Commercial Academy and I’m in the Rehab Boot Camp (my favorite).
We’ve had some great food already (and one weird hot dog). We were charmed to find out that the restaurant at the Royal Sonesta Hotel (which is apparently very recently renovated) features beef from good old Cameron! Yep, I had me a 44 Farms filet the first night we were here. And it was soooo good. (I’m sure our Wild Type cattle would make a good one, too, but that’s not a cut I’ve had from them.)
We had Greek food for lunch yesterday, and well, it was way better than any I ever had in Austin! I could eat at that place every day.
Weird thing: There are more service dogs at this event than I’ve ever seen, which is a surprise to me. Most are quiet, unassuming mutts. One is a Pomeranian who is dressed like a human. Has a shirt, pants and tiny little tennis shoes. Huh.
By the way, Houston is looking pretty good, at least where we are. But the television commercials are both heartbreaking and heart warming. So much footage of damaged homes and businesses. But so many businesses offering assistance to people who’ve lost their furniture, homes, or cars. That reminds me people are good. We need that these days.
For your amusement, here’s a bonus video update I posted to Facebook. I wish I knew how to make it smaller. That is a giant wrinkled me face. Oh well. People like videos. But, I put it at the end so you can skip it!
Sue Ann has an update!
Posted by Hermit Haus Redevelopment, LLC on Friday, October 6, 2017