My Story

Welcome! And thanks for stopping by my site.

My name is Sharon Vornholt and I have been investing in real estate right here in Louisville, KY since 1998.  I am passionate about real estate investing. I also love teaching others how to succeed in this business.

In addition to being a full time investor I am a blogger, a coach and I host a podcast called “Let's Talk Real Estate Investing”

Entrepreneurship is the path to building a lifestyle business that supports your dreams and your goals. This real estate investing blog is dedicated to providing quality content that will help you do just that; build the business and the lifestyle of your dreams.

In addition to writing for my site, I  have written for numerous other real estate sites and publications. I am a regular contributor to REI Wealth Magazine, and I have written almost 150 articles for BiggerPockets Blog. 

 

A Little About Me

Growing up, my parents were entrepreneurs and owned small businesses.  My mom and dad were also  both pilots of small aircraft (which was a little unusual especially for a woman at that time).

My dad was a general contractor. When I was young he used to take me with him on job sites.  I learned to love everything about construction; the smell of the wood, the half finished projects; all of it.  He did both residential and commercial projects.  I had the opportunity to see a wide range or “works in progress”. I guess this explains why I love new construction and the whole process of rehabbing so much.

When I got the opportunity to “tag along” with my dad, that was typically in the summer when school was out. In addition to going to job sites, one of my favorite parts of the day involved going to lunch with him at a local cafeteria. As a child I remember getting to walk through the line and pick anything I wanted. This was something we didn't do every day so it was a special treat for both of us.

My mom was always an entrepreneur at heart too. She owned several businesses during her life.

When I was young she decided to buy a beauty salon.  Now “hair” wasn't something she was trained to do but that didn't matter.  All that mattered was that she had figured out a way for her to make money while she did “something else” which was her regular line of work.  She had discovered passive income even though I'm sure she didn't know that term.

 

That Was Then

Today, I have two grown daughters who both work in real estate related fields. One of them works as a property manager for a corporation that has large apartment communities, and the other one works for an investor that has a large portfolio of single family homes, apartments, and all types of commercial property.  I guess you should say we are a real estate family.

I also have a granddaughter that so far does not share my passion for “ugly, smelly” houses. She's more of a “I love pretty new construction” type of girl. Since she has just started high school I'm not too worried about that (yet). She definitely already has an entrepreneurial mind.

 

Getting Started

My first venture into real estate investing began in 1998 while I owned and operated a successful home inspection business. I was a part-time investor for about 10 years.  In 2008 I took the huge step of becoming a full time real estate investor.

It was a scary step to go “all in”, but it is one that I have never regretted!  Over the years I have done rehabs and owned rental properties.  In 2008 when the market crashed, I became an “accidental wholesaler”.

If you think back on that time (you will definitely remember it if you were an investor then), it was a great time to buy property if you had access to cash.  Everything was on sale.  It was also a really hard time to sell properties if you were a rehabber and needed to sell quickly.  During that period of time, it took much longer than usual to sell your rehabs simply because it was so hard to get financing. My desire to avoid those long holding times for my rehabs was the whole reason I started wholesaling, and I'm so glad I did.

 

Today

Today in addition to wholesaling I do a lot of blogging, podcasting and coaching.  I also host several small group live events each year.  I teach other folks how to get more leads, do more deals and make more money.

 

Why I Love Wholesaling

Wholesaling is a business that anyone can learn that generates “chunks of cash”.

If you are just starting out you don't need cash or good credit to get started. I believe that everyone should learn to wholesale properties regardless of your primary real estate investing strategy. If you are a buy and hold investor, you can use these “chunks of cash” to pay down your properties. If you are a person that likes to fix up a property and then sell it, it is nice to have a little nest egg for emergencies that tend to crop up during the rehab process.

 

What I Learned Along the Way

What I learned along the way is that your success ultimately hinges on your commitment to being a life long learner. There just isn't any way around this. You have to invest in yourself.

Ever since I first began investing in real estate, I have invested in my education.

I have attended a 3 day events,  “boot camps”, conferences, seminars; just about anything you can think of.  To this day, I never miss an opportunity to learn.  I continue to devote time and money to my education.

There is something else that goes hand in hand with learning, and that is implementation.  You have to implement what you learn.

 

Work With Me

I have a number of different coaching programs so check with me for openings.  We can explore what will work best for you.

I have a group “Mastermind and Accountability Program” that meets bi-monthly via Skype. This is a small group program that doesn't often have openings so check with me for availability.  The cost is $97 a month.

Quick Start Marketing Plan. Do you need a marketing plan? This is is the one for you. Get your own customized Marketing Plan; one that is designed just for you? The cost is $297. This is one of the best investments you will ever make in yourself.  Learn more here at Quick Start Marketing Plan.

If you are interested in Hourly 1 on 1 Coaching I do a lot of that. Quick start calls are $297 an hour.  No commitments; you decide when you need help with a particular problem.

Get one full year of coaching for an unbelievable price of  a one time fee of $997.  Contact me to see if this program is right for you.

My most requested 1 on 1 program for jump-starting your success is my “Marketing Mastery VIP Day”.  This 1 day intensive program includes a full year of follow-up coaching, accountability, and monthly Skype calls.  I am your “implementation partner” for a whole year.

This is by far the fastest path to success. If this is something you would be interested in be sure let me know and we will schedule a phone or Skype strategy session to see if this program is a fit.

As I said, I'm happy to jump on the phone for a quick call to see how we can work together and which one of my coaching programs would be the perfect fit for you at this stage of your business.  You can reach me at Sharon@SharonVornholt.com.

 

Come Along for the Ride

Don't forget to “subscribe” to the blog so you will be notified each time I post something new.  Look for articles, videos, podcasts, early notice of events, workshops and more.

I am striving to lead a joyful, stress free life on my way to building a business that will provide not only financial freedom for me, but the personal freedom that comes from escaping a 9 to 5 job.

Want to come along?

I invite you to come along for the ride as I share with you the joys (and the challenges) along the way to building this business that I love. (And yes  there will be challenges!)

Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to your comments and suggestions.

 

Contact Me the Easy Way

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have at Sharon@Sharonvornholt.com.

 

Contact Me the Hard Way

If you prefer to use snail mail, feel free to send correspondence to:

Sharon Vornholt c/0 Innovative Property Solutions, LLC
9462 Brownsboro Rd.
Suite #144
Louisville, KY 40241 USA
 

 

 

Disclosures

From time to time I will recommend a product on our site.  These will be products that I have found have value for my business.  If you choose to purchase one of these products after clicking on the affiliate link, I will receive a commission.  I only recommend products and services that I believe in and are from people and companies that I trust.

Aside from anyone's recommendation, you should always perform due diligence before buying goods or services from anyone via the internet or offline.

15 thoughts on “My Story

  1. Ed Bancroft says:

    What one or two books and seminars have you found to be the most helpful in your real estate career?

    • Anonymous says:

      Hi Ed – You know, there are just so many.

      I learned so much about buying properties and rehabbing from Robyn Thompson the “rehab queen”. Her bootcamp is exceptional. You can find her online.

      I have a (local) mentor, Mike Butler, who is phenominal. Mike puts on a bootcamp that is called “Make your first million without quitting your job” that is hands down one of the best I have ever attended. Mike is a speaker, author, educator and a brilliant businessman. You can find him at MikeButler.com.

      I just finished reading Mitch Stephen’s “My Live & 1000 Houses” and I highly recommend this book. Mitch tells his story; the good times and the struggles. Every real estate investor should pick up a copy of this book. You can find it on Amazon.

      I don’t think there is any “magic bullit”. I believe that the secret to success is to just keep feeding your mind, and to network with like-minded folks.

  2. Mike Butler says:

    awesome blog Sharon… WOW…    got a tip for you… you might consider allowing comments on your posts. thanks for the atta-boys! Mike Butler

    • Hey Mike-

      I’m glad you like it. You have been such a help and inspiration to me. I have actually referenced you in several of my posts, but I wasn’t the best at keywords at the very beginning you you are “hidden in the posts”. I am slowly going back and fixing that. I recently did an updated post on the SAFE Act, and I did get your link in there and also a link to the video you and Harry did.

      I actually do have a comments section but it only shows a tab at the bottom. If you click on a post (so that only that one shows), then you see the box. I use Discus and since I can’t figure out how to fix this problem, I am looking for another comments system. Any suggestions? I get a fair amount of comments and reposts on facebook, but I’m sure it would be better with a different system.

      I have been planning to ask you if you would consider doing a guest post for me. Any interest? Also, I have pulled out your book for my next book review if that’s ok. I didn’t think you would mind, but I wanted to ask. Would you like a link back to your site or to Amazon?

      I was recently asked to be a regular contributor to the BiggerPockets Blog at BiggerPockets.com which I’m sure you know is a national blog. I will be doing articles for them as well as the REIAbrain.I think BiggerPockets has over 70,000 members.

      One last thing, I mentioned to someone in KREIA a while back that Mitch Stephen would be a great speaker for the club. He is from San Antonia and he wrote a book called “My Life and 1000 Houses”. It’s a terrific book which is sold on Amazon as well as his site. I did both a book review and an audio interview with him which are both on my blog. I have his contact information if you want it.

      Mitch is a real life investor that has had quite an interesting journey.

      Thanks for stopping by Mike.

  3. jessie says:

    hello,
    i am interested in becoming a wholesaler. I have wholesaled 3 or 4 properties over the years but rehabbing was my keepsake until a divorce four years ago. With the credit situation and the condition of the market I feel more comfortable not using my money and no one wants my credit(lol!). Is lolita sheriow’s mentorship a good value! Have you heard of joe crump in indianapolis, indiana?
    I need a website for buying, selling, building a buyer’s list and finding private money. Do you have suggestions.

    Thanks,

    • Jessie – Lo’s coaching is a great program. I would certainly recommend it. I will be posting an interview about that in the next day or two. so stay tuned. Connected investors has some free sites you can take advantage of when starting out. I like wordpress sites like this one. Hosting is less than $10.00 per month.

  4. Nicole Gentry says:

    Greetings Sharon!

  5. Nicole Gentry says:

    Greetings Sharon!

    I am enjoying your blog. A NICE CONTRIBUTION!

    I currently work a 9 to 5. I AM going to leave that world behind me, with proper planning of course. Could you share with me some important action steps involved in making such a decision a reality?!

    Thanks,
    Nicole Gentry

    • Hey Nicole-

      I have something even better for you. Look under categories (on the front page), choose video’s and “Escaping the 9 to 5”. There are about a dozen videos. Watch them soon because they will be a paid program soon. I also have some good interviews under “Amazing Entrepreneurs” too.

      I have some good things under the getting started section.

      Let me know how you like the videos. They are all folks that have done that.

      Sharon

  6. Love the information you have provided! Im looking to get started soon and this appears to be a greag source of information. Keep up the good work!

  7. Eve says:

    Hi Sharon,

    Enjoy your website!

    I have a full time job which I enjoy every much. I invest RE part time which is also my passion.

    I went to Mike Butler’s website, can’t find camp/book named: Make your first million without quitting your job. Maybe he is not doing it anymore?

    • Eve – Thanks so much. I’m glad you like it. Most of us started out part-time. Mike certainly did.

      The “Make Your First Million…” is actually a boot-camp. I went to it a long time ago, and it was great.

      I would send Mike an email and ask about it if you can’t find it on his site. You should be able to send him an email there but if you can’t, I believe his email address is Mike@Mikebutler.com. He can fill you in.

      Thanks for reading!
      Sharon

  8. ED Gibson says:

    Great Posting Sharon something everyone needs these days. How to Hire the Perfect Virtual Assistant for Your Business

    • Hey Ed -Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments. I got so many questions and comments about this topic when I wrote an article on VA’s for for BigerPockets.com a while back, that I decided to do sort of a “mini-series” on VA’s. The hardest part is just getting started. I love my VA. I think that she has worked out so well becuase I chose the right person from the beginning, and I also put together “task packets” for her to have as a reference for doing each job I gave her. I wanted her to be trained properly to make it easier for me in the long run. Next week I will be talking about the training your VA end of things. I’m glad you found the info useful.

      Sharon