September 2017

Gary Wilson

My Investment Services

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Flipping for Millions? You Bet!

Check out this deal from the Bay Area (article below). It just goes to show you that you can always find a deal when you are persistent. We have colleagues flipping houses in the Bay area for 2 to 3 Million dollars! Use the tools you have available to you on the Silver Level Membership section, in the members area of, to help you identify these opportunities. And while you're there you can get your FREE copy of any of the following books:
  • "Flipping For Profits Without The Risk"
  • "Rental Profits Without The Pain"
  • "Turning Rental Problems Into Real Estate Profits"
  • "Wholesaling so Everybody Wins"

San Fransisco Street Sells for 90K

These days, the price of a San Francisco home can easily top a million dollars. But one savvy investor has bought up a whole street in the city's most exclusive neighborhood for a mere $90,000.

Trouble is, some of the extremely wealthy residents of Presidio Terrace were not aware their street was up for sale and are not pleased it has been sold.

Thanks to a city auction stemming from an unpaid tax bill, Bay Area real estate investor Michael Cheng, and his wife Tina Lam, bought the street and now own the sidewalks, the street itself and other areas of "common ground" in the private development that, the San Francisco Chronicle reported, has been managed by the homeowners association since at least 1905.

Win a Free $10 Coffee Card!

It's easy to win! Look for this month's quiz question down towards the bottom of this newsletter, then email me your answer.
  • Last month’s question: How much dirt is in a 3-foot square hole?
  • Answer: None. By definition, a hole is an empty space (trick question).
Congratulations to Last Month's Winner!
Dennis Machlica from Denver 

Gary, Successful Meetup!

Hi Gary...Last night's investor meetup was a success! We had 9 RSVPs, some brought guest and a few past clients showed up for a grand total of 19's growing (even in 110+ degree weather!). Everyone had positive comments and participated in the discussion. 

All are veterans... One husband and wife is ready to fix and flip. Another is a mechanical engineer and wants to quick his job in the next year and do real estate investing full time... wholesaling? Fix and flip?
A third wants buy and hold, has a few single family rentals now that he acquired when his Mom died; he also had a few of his own where's he's the financier (ie seller carry back).

A forth wants to wholesale, bird dog to pay down debt.  Thank you do much for your help! I'm very excited!
~ Natasha Tomilinson

All Those Password Rules from the Past Two Decades? N3v$rM1^d!

In 2003 Bill Burr, a manager at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), wrote an 8-page password guide that advised people to invent awkward words full of characters, capitals and numbers—and to change them often. (I’ve even repeated tips from that guide in my newsletter!)

That became the go-to guide for agencies, universities and large companies around the world looking for password-setting rules to follow.
The problem is, according to Mr. Burr, now 72, the advice of the past decade and a half is incorrect.

In June this year, NIST Special Publication 800-63 was re-written with new password guidelines. Drop the password-expiration advice and the requirement for special characters. Use long, easy-to-remember phrases over crazy characters, and change passwords only if there is a sign of compromise.

Academics who have studied passwords say using a series of four words can be harder for hackers to crack than a shorter mix of strange characters—since having a large number of letters makes things harder than a smaller number of letters, characters, and numbers.

In a popular piece, cartoonist Randall Munroe calculated it would take 550 years to crack the password “correct horse battery staple,” all written as one word. The password Tr0ub4dor&3— a typical example of password using Mr. Burr’s old rules—could be cracked in three days, according to Munroe’s calculations, which have been verified by computer specialists.

~ Adapted from The Wall Street Journal

Welcome New Friends!

Thank you to all who've trusted me to help them, and a warm welcome to all our new members who joined last month:
Rachel Rogen, Shanda Harris, David Colbeth, Celeste Paul, Jeff Woolums, Randy Park, Courteney Satko, Johnny Champa, Kerri Jo Talburt, Zak Greenawalt, Michael Spachman, Dawn Rae, John Hatch, Cheryl Clemans, Brian Gettmann, Deborah Mendez, Heidi Spiker, Doug Williams, Cari Franklin, Christine Benton, Chuck Harper, Brandy Stevens, Cheryl Hilbert, Ryan Allie, Kathleen Wilcox, Elizabeth Blazina, Richard Puffert, Timothy Tilbury, Sharon Rueckert, Andrew Loys, Rolando Mendez, Jodi Satko, Tanya Smith, Chris McCune, Cavan Helps, Janice Brown, Tina Kraft, Angela Haney, Devin Nagel, Fay Ainsworth, Tanya Stromaier, Debbie Moon-Davis, John Mast, Christopher Lewis, Kay Pethoud

Monthly Market Report

Catch Up on the State of the Market

Stay tuned into the real estate marketplace by logging in and absorbing this month's market report. Impress your leads and clients with your in-depth knowledge. Go there now!

10 Unique Financial Tips for Millennials

Not your usual money tips, these are specially thought-out for kids in their late teens and early 20’s who are starting out in life. Give a copy to someone you know with college age kids. While you’re at it, see how you stack up against this advice, too.
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Just for Fun: We’re All Experts In Something

A farmer was tending a flock of sheep in a field when a man in a sleek sports car screeched to a stop on the road nearby. The driver, a young man in expensive designer clothes and sunglasses, leaned out of the window. “If I tell you exactly how many sheep you have here, can I take one?”

He looked the young man up and down and answered, “Sure, why not?”

The young man stepped out of his car holding a state-of-the-art laptop computer. Using all the resources of the internet, including GPS and satellite imaging, he came up with a number: “You have exactly 800 sheep, including six rams and 184 lambs.”

“That’s right,” said the farmer. “I guess you get to take one of my sheep.” The young man chose and led the animal to the back seat of his car. But before the man could drive off, the farmer said, “Hey, if I can tell what you do for a living, will you give that back to me?”

“Sure,” the young man said, feeling confident.

Without hesitation the farmer said, “You’re a business consultant, aren’t you?”

“How did you guess that?”

“I didn’t guess anything,” the farmer replied.

“You showed up here without being asked, you took a fee for an answer I already knew to a question I never asked, and you don’t know anything about my business. Now give me back my dog.”

Vacationing in the USA

Hello South Dakota!

What an awesome place. I have traveled to all 48 of the lower 48 states and am glad that one of them is South Dakota. I'm providing a link to the Black Hills and Badlands area. There is so much there, including Mt. Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Memorial, Badlands National Park, Custer State Park and a WHOLE lot more. Plan a trip. I really enjoyed it there and I know you will too! Here is the link:

September Quiz Question

The word September comes from the Latin root for what number?
Click here to send your answer now!

An Easy Breakfast Makes Everyone Happy

Want to make your family Oh-So-Happy in the morning? Make them pancakes! Don't worry, you don't have to stand there flipping flapjacks while watching the clock. Instead you can make pancakes into muffins.

It's the perfect breakfast food...they taste like pancakes, but are done at the same time, they're portable, and no waiting, flipping, and pouring!
  • There's just one secret. You take your favorite usual pancake mix and add an extra egg or two, depending on how fluffy you want them. That's it!
  • Spray a muffin tin pan with nonstick spray, or use liners. Fill 2/3 to the top. Just before putting them in the oven, add extras: chocolate chips, dried fruit, chopped nuts, cinnamon and sugar, or fresh fruit mixed into the batter (you'll want to test this)
  • Pop them in the oven at 350 and they're ready in 15 minutes. Test them with a toothpick. Serve as-is, or with butter and syrup.

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