There were some posts on the flipping houses forums that were in the same vein as ‘you might be a redneck if’… I really enjoyed the posts and decided to post our own (Melissa is helping me come up with these) and ask for yours. Enjoy and please contribute in the comments.
You know you are a real estate investor when:
…you have a thousand keys and you have no idea which house they belong to.
…you buy every directional sign in stock at Home Depot, then go to another Home Depot and buy their stock.
…you are proud of your lockbox collection.
…when you just have to see the inside of that REO, don’t want to bother the agent, and decide that you and your wife need to crawl through a window, only to have 3 police cars swarm the front of the house within just 2 or 3 minutes.
…the top 5 called people on your phone (automatically marked ‘favorites’ on my old droid2) are your wife followed by nothing but contractors.
…when you can wear a Hawaiian shirt everyday. (I bought one to wear for when I went full-time, but just never ended up wearing it. :()
…when you can decide to buy a house within 5 minutes, but you struggle for days with what shoes to buy or what to eat for lunch.
…when you go to a company lunch and everyone leaves quickly and you are the last one sitting there because you don’t have to go back to work, but you are excited about taking phone calls at 10:00 at night.
…when your four year old daughter is on a first name basis with all of the people at the title company and they keep all of her favorite snacks stocked.
…your best friend is your real estate agent.
…your idea of a nice Sunday drive with the family is rolling through the hood looking for dilapidated properties.
…your kids tell you you are obsessed with houses (they actually used to say ‘assessed’ which made sense to me!)
…people are constantly asking you when you are going to get your own TV show.
…you have a habit of looking for slight imperfections in your friends and family’s houses.
…a romantic Friday night is watching ‘Flip Men’ with your wife and a glass of wine.
…you make an offer of $1,000 for a house and still worry that it is too much.
…you come across people that have pumped concrete underneath their pier and beam house to create a ‘slab’ foundation.
…you buy a house and think the smell is from dogs only to find out it was the smell of a decaying body.
…you wonder if everyone that sees you rolling through the hood is thinking that you are a drug dealer (or undercover cop).
…you really, fully experience a hoarding house first hand (the smell and sheer filthiness).
…everyone you know asks for references for contractors and you refuse to refer any.
We are looking forward to see what you all come up with. 🙂