Choose What You Want To Learn in Real Estate

We, at Shepherd Real Estate LLC, are offering a few FREE classes this fall.

Our class-room style lectures are structured around real estate investing. The Shepherd Team consists of professionals in Lancaster, PA with experience in real estate. We are investors ourselves and want to help you succeed in your endeavors. The Shepherd Team has a wealth of knowledge to share. In house we have an attorney, a CPA and Realtors all ready to help you.

 We need your help in deciding which classes to offer. Our goal is to give you what is of most value to you. We are conducting a survey to choose to the topics.

Please click through to the survey to make your choice.

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Your response will help us pick the best topics.

Here is a breakdown of the options:

  • Investment Analysis

Crunching the numbers

  • Building your Power Team

Realtor, attorney, insurance agent, consultant, property manager

  • Assets Protection

Entities, insurance

  • Improving Cashflow

Proper management for better cashflow

  • Taxation of Real Property

Structuring your investments to avoid excess taxes

Click here to take the survey.

Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey.

Email me if you want to be notified when we schedule these FREE classes. They will be held at a location to be announced in the Lancaster PA area.


Lazy Politicians or Just Weaklings?

by Dave Miller

Are politicians weak or just lazy?

Barry Goldwater said: “To my mind the power possessed and exercised by the bureaucrats in Washington represents the most dangerous situation in America.  If the wrong man should come along and be elected president, we could see a dictatorship erected almost overnight, and it would stem from Congress’ failure to live up to its responsibilities.  Because the power held in these bureaucratic agencies is power given to them by the Congress which — and I must tell it like it is — was just too damned lazy to take on the job itself.

Barry calls it lazy. I was calling it weak, the lack of a backbone. But I think Barry is right. Which came first, laziness or weakness? I’d say laziness.

If you are too lazy to work out your muscles will become weak. Laziness promotes weakness.

The same goes for mental weakness. People are choosing the easy way with social benefit programs. As the choice is made to take the easy way the mind deteriorates. Each lazy choice weakens it.

Barry also said: “I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size.  I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom.  My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them.  It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden.  I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is ‘needed’ before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible.”

He’s saying reducing legislation will extend freedom. It is either consolidated power or freedom for the people. The more power surrendered the more freedom to the people. The transfer from Congress to the people, us, makes a nation healthy.

My question to congress, “Do you want a fat, lazy and weak nation?” The scary part, I’m afraid the answer would be yes. Lazy people are so much more easily controlled.

Related post: O Big Brother Thou Art.

We Need More Christian Billionaires

by Dave Miller

  “We need more Christian billionaires, let’s be Christian billionaires.” my friend said. At first I brushed the comment off without any farther thought. But a day later the comment was still ringing in my head. Was there more to that line than I was giving it credit for? Was there a deeper truth I was ignoring?

  I started asking additional questions. How would society benefit by having more Christian billionaires? How many exist?

  The more I looked at it I realized once again it was not the money that made the man. The wisdom and experience would outweigh the money. In order for a person to gain that amount of financial savvy he must immerse himself in knowledge and good judgments. 

  What are deeper ways to benefit society?

  • Philanthropic efforts – This is first thing that most people think of. Even though I think it’s deeper than that, this is still a way to impact people. As always it is risky, because finding avenues that contribute to society in a healthy way is tough. So often money or food is given to poor people and it encourages that society to expect a handout. Nevertheless with a little research good missions can be found.
  • Political clout – People with money have influence. In 1776 this was the case and our foundation was built. Just as the left does damage with its money to expand its agenda, so can a Christian.
  • Betterment to society with experience – We are better off if we can learn from experience, our own or others. Who better to learn from than a Christian? A person with the fortitude to make a billion dollars could contribute to society in incalculable ways.
  • Jobs that have a healthy atmosphere – The work place has a huge impact on people’s lives. If that area can have a Christian vibe to it then it will filter into their personal lives.
  • Wealth building through job creation through efficiency – Better work ethics, which I think Christians (especially of Protestant descent, create better efficiency which equals more competitive prices. This means more business coming your way, and then you hire more employees creating more jobs, thus equaling more wealth. Wealth building is more than having a job, its learning to do a good job.
  • R&D – Research on solar, wind, gas, ethanol or other energy, should not be subsidized by the government. When a private enterprise does the R&D it is usually viable. And if it’s viable, well, then it’s worth doing. If the government gets involved they attempt to create a market in areas that are not viable. They subsidize it and this puts supply and demand out of balance. A mess is created. Again, ethanol is a prime example. Let the private enterprises do the R&D.
  • Educational advancement – When people have money, they like to put it to use in a way that satisfies their worldview. Education is an example on this. A lot of money has been spent on education in the last 150 years. The worldview of these advancements has devastated our educational system. By having money and a good worldview this decline could be reversed.

  Far greater than having a Christian with a billion dollars is the influence and contribution he can make to society. The means of getting there, the knowledge retained, and the intellectual value far outweigh the money in the end.

Lists To Build Confidence – Master Plan – Part Three

by Dave Miller

It’s amazing to me the amount of confidence I gained in the past weeks. All from putting a little effort into making task lists.

In building my master plan I started to implement some of the tactics. In long-term planning you need to break down what you want to accomplish in the next few years. Then you look at what needs to be done monthly. Then weekly. Next, look at what needs to be finished today to accomplish the weekly goal.

As I work my daily task list it amazes me at the results. Things get done faster and more efficiently.
I feel a sense of satisfaction looking at the things crossed off. The more I accomplish the more I want to do.

I used to feel as if I didn’t get anything important done in a day. It seemed I was just running around putting out fires that kept flaring up. Because I now prioritize, I know the things that really matter are taken care of. I don’t need to spend the last half hour scrambling in vain do something actually important.

I started writing for 30 minutes before I go to work. My goal is to write 200 words. Sometimes I get to that, sometimes I don’t. Some mornings I just edit something. The important thing is that I spend 30 minutes. Last week I was within ten minutes of posting a blog when I needed to go to work. In the past I would have thought I need to finish it right away and be late for work, or the blog wouldn’t get posted for a few days. That morning it felt good to set it down knowing tomorrow morning it would happen.

I am amazed at the results and the enjoyment with it. I posted three blogs in seven days. Prior to this I was doing well if I got three posted in three weeks.

Having this on my list consistently has opened my eyes. After giving a speech on delegation and how Nehemiah built the walls in 52 days I was asked if I would consider giving this speech at a business. Then as we traveled home Curvin Horning told me to write a book on it. With my confidence growing I was able to calculate the project. In nine weeks of writing two hours a day I could have a 50 page how-to book.

Will I? I don’t know. More importantly I have the confidence to tackle a project that size. So maybe one day I’ll write – Delegation for Dummies – with a subtitle of – Read your bible dummy.

As I discussed the topic of lists with my brother Allen, he shared his experience. When he gets sidetracked he will add the things he did to the list and cross them off. At the end of the day he can review what he did. Rather than seeing four items crossed off he sees all the things he did, giving him a boost in confidence for the next day.

Give it a try. Put three things on your list. List them in importance. Do number one first. Make every effort to finish it without distractions. But if the phone does ring and you need to answer it, do so, and then write it on your list. Now get back and finish the task you started.

Let me know how it works for you.

Related Posts:
The Transition- Master Plan, part one
Stupid Excuses to Avoid Action, Master Plan, part two

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Stupid Excuses to Avoid Action – Building My Master Plan, Part Two

by Dave Miller

Work sucks. Don’t tell me what to do me. I’m Lazy. These are a few of the excuses I unconsciously use to negate my desires to improve. I know plans are important, they work, and I’m a better person through them, yet I find excuses.

As I think through my Master Plan (for part one click here) I realize I want the result, but not the work. Classic ambivalence. Why is this? What is going on inside?

Many times the desire to plan is squashed by opposing emotions. Summarized here are a few emotions that love obliterating a plan.

  • Disciplinary fears – The love to be wild and free. Uninhibited. We want to be our own man. By making a plan we feel as if our spirit would be tamed with a schedule. Little do we look at the exuberance created by having a well thought out goal in mind.
  • Work sucks – We are stuck in a dead-end job. The desire to excel is lacking when you’re in a job you don’t really enjoy.
  • Nothing is easier to do than something – Since The Fall we are looking for the easy way out. The snooze button allows us to push-off the inevitable a little longer. One must work against one’s sinful nature to overcome the sin of laziness.
  • Feelings – We don’t feel like it. Today’s society wants to base life on how they feel. Everyone is focusing on “How do I feel about that.” If I lived on feelings I would not have gotten out of bed this morning.
  • Inadequate plan – Planning is good but I must also conquer the over-planning syndrome. Action is the key.

A task list helps you triumph over these emotions that are hindering you. Goals help you to know why the tasks on your to-do list exist. Dreams are in a sense goals without a plan.

“Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

The key is to find the proper balance between planning, preparing and action. In too many cases the emphasis is placed on the planning and preparing stages while forgoing the action. Michael Masterson summarized it well from his book “Ready, Fire, Aim”.

The idea, in a nutshell, is this:

  • Action is the most important thing. Careers and projects are killed much more often by the reluctance to act than by acting too soon.
  • Still, some planning and preparation is helpful.
  • Get it roughly right as soon as you can, and then start. You can work out the kinks later.

  Thus, Ready, Fire, Aim.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt

The Next Bubble – College Tuition

College tuition has increased at double the rate of inflation. It continues to surge forward without anyone questioning it.

College costs continue to rise and the part that is of the most concern is the new costs are most always borrowed.

Read this interesting article on 8 reasons college tuition is the next bubble:

A dedicated individual can cut costs dramadically and do it in half the time. Meanwhile working to pay the incuring costs. All said, one can end with no debt and be two years ahead of schedule. Now that is a head start.

Kick in the Buttocks

by Dave Miller

 Every now and again my motivation wanes. Slowly the energy saps from my body. Booster cables are needed but I fail to assemble them. It happens ever so slowly, barely allowing the change to be noticed.

Sometimes you’re up
Sometimes you’re down
Sometimes fate can kick you around…..Life is a Corduroy Road
 – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

 This tends to happen in many areas. I go to work, possibly a few minutes late, and the motivation never rebounds. If I allow the writing urge to pass, it does. When I see my unfinished reading material lying there and I don’t pick it up, it soon ends on my pile with hundreds of other unread books. My blog fails to write itself. Being a father and husband requires time and energy. Real estate doesn’t fall into my lap until I am on the lookout for new deals.

Life continues. Whether I enjoy it or not, the elapsing moments do not cease.

The choice is mine; do I get motivated and enjoy life to the fullest? Or do I watch life pass with a blasé attitude?

Life without enjoyment isn’t really life, is it?

I choose life.

I will kick myself in the butt and change my attitude. The most important thing is whether this new motivation will stick. I have found one of the best ways to efficiently use my time and energy is to utilize lists. Another successful method is the verbalization of or making public the goal. I will start this morning by doing both.

Typically my Fridays are a catch-up and clean-up day. I’ll shuffle some paper work but never really finish it. I tell myself I’ll do a few important things that never seem to materialize. 

Today I will make a list. I will accomplish one important task and one semi-important one by lunch and then do the same in the afternoon. Also I will list two additional items of moderate significance. If time allows I will work on them.

The key will be to remember that the most important item stays the number one goal. Do not go down any bunny trails. Stay the course. 

List of forenoon tasks:

  1. Eat breakfast with my family.
  2. Write 300 words for my next blog.
  3. Finish and start a new mold.

After lunch list:

  1. Spend 1 hour with my speed reading course.
  2. Network with at least five real estate contacts

Additional tasks of moderate importance.

  • Compile a report for my banker; P&L, 2010 tax returns, etc.
  • Make a list of tasks for next week.

I have one task from each category on this list. By completing one task in each area my motivation will grow.

  • Family/Father/Husband
  • Work
  • Blog
  • Real Estate
  • Reading

 I truly believe the accomplishment of these five tasks will result in a bigger desire. By focusing on the important tasks I will not only complete them, I will feel good about the accomplishment.

Enthusiasm is mine. My spirit renewed.

Now this is life!

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