Many of you have heard me tell the story of what Creative Real Estate Investing was like when I started, 15 years ago. It was very much an underground, unheard of business practice. So much so that it invited a lot of scams and unethical practices.
It should be no surprise, then, that Wikepedia, still today, defines Creative Real Estate Investing in the following way:
“Creative real estate investing is any non-traditional method of buying and selling real estate. Confidence tricks and pyramid schemes … have embraced the term, leading contemporary usage of the term to be synonymous with unscrupulous practices.”
To find out this is how the general public really thinks, we did our own survey. When asked what you think of when you hear the word “creative real estate investor” or see an “I Buy Houses” advertisement… the top answers that emerged were “Fraud”, “Scam”, “Greedy”, “Unprofessional” and “Uncaring”.
I have one question for all of you reading this blog… Is that how YOU want to be thought of?
So how do we change the public image of Creative Real Estate Investors?
That is our goal! And we do that by bringing Creative Real Estate Investing into the mainstream; so that we can show the world that we help homeowners instead of scamming them!
That’s why StepStone Realty demands a high-level of integrity and honesty. That’s why we want investors to get licensed and act responsibly. And that’s also why we teamed-up with Pryme Homes, who upholds those same values, to host our annual Golf Tournament, The Black Sheep Open!
The Black Sheep Open is our chance to show the world that creative real estate investors are not underground, not scammers and are NOT trying to take advantage of people. But rather, we are professionals, grounded in a high level of integrity and honesty that helps the community.
Day to day, we help the community by saving homeowners from foreclosure, bringing back the quality of neighborhoods and enriching all Americans by bringing up home values. But we can do it in a big way, one day a year, by coming together for a GREAT CAUSE!
Because that is what normal, mainstream, honest businesses do. We not only work to better our community through our work, but through our volunteer time and charitable nature.
Homes for our Troops (HFOTusa.org) has the following mission:
To build and donate specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post-9/11 Veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives.
By participating in the Black Sheep Open, as a volunteer, a sponsor or as a player, you are showing the world that we are an honest group of professionals, willing to give our time to help those who sacrificed for all of us… severely wounded veterans.
Not only are you giving your time to a great cause, but you are giving your time to help bring Creative Real Estate Investing into the mainstream! So let’s get together on September 22 and show the world who Creative Real Estate Investors really are!
(Sign up as a team, an individual player, or a volunteer at BlackSheepOpen.com)