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.
I show investors like you how to build profitable probate investing businesses, create marketing plans that will generate a steady stream of leads month after month, and how to build a brand that will make your competition irrelevant.
I've been in this business for more than two decades, and probates have always been my number one source of leads. Marketing and branding are the foundation of a successful business no matter what your real estate investing strategy is. Always remember:
Marketing is how you get leads; branding is why they choose YOU.
I am a full-time investor, a blogger, a coach, course creator, beach lover, and I host a podcast called “Let's Talk Real Estate Investing”.
I have also created a course called “Probate Investing Simplified” that will make you an expert in probate investing in just 6 short weeks.
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. I have written for numerous other national 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 of “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 an “I love pretty new construction” type of girl. Since she is a college student, I'm not too worried about that (yet). She definitely already has an entrepreneurial mind.
How I Got Started
Like most other people, I was doing something else when I discovered real estate.
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, 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. I love the niche of probates, because (sadly) you will never run out of leads. Once you master this strategy you can have a steady stream of off-market leads. This means you'll have a whole lot less competition.
Why I think Wholesaling is a Great Strategy
Wholesaling is a business that anyone can learn that generates “chunks of cash” no matter what your main investing strategy is. 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 their 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 lifelong 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 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. You can check those out by clicking here.
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 Zoom 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 grab the “freebies” on 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.
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