About This Course

Blog Style Instruction - Open House Labs

  • What To Look At

    Learn to pay attention to what's really important in an investment property. What things should you freak out about (and run)!?

  • Repair Costs

    Learn to evaluate repair costs. What's expensive and what's easy.

  • Make an Offer

    You'll know when to offer and your offer will be informed by the work that you already know needs to be done

Course curriculum

  • 1
  • 2
    Neighborhoods and Homes
    • What Characterizes a Neighborhood or Home as Lower, Middle or Upper Class?
    • Staging
    • What is "Design"?
    • Researching Homes
    • Evaluating Real Estate: Numbers vs Observation
    • Assignment 2: Preparing Your Spreadsheet
    • Assignment 3: Preparing Dropbox
  • 3
    Week 1: Structural - Interior and Exterior
    • Structural Stability
    • Flooring Types
    • Windows
    • Roofing
    • Gutters and Downspouts
    • Siding
    • Assignment 1: Structural Evaluation
    • Structural Evaluation Quiz 1
    • Structural Evaluation Quiz 2
  • 4
    Week 2. Dry Wall, Water and Plumbing
    • Rough Work vs Finish Work
    • Dry Wall
    • Water Damage
    • Plumbing
    • A Word on Mold
    • Assignment 2: Dry Wall, Water, Plumbing Evaluation
    • Dry Wall, Water, Plumbing Evaluation Quiz
  • 5
    Week 3. Exterior - Garage and Yard
    • Garage
    • Driveway and Walkways
    • Patio & Deck
    • Yard & Fence
    • Assignment 3: Garage & Yard Evaluation
    • Garage & Yard Evaluation Quiz
  • 6
    Glossary and FAQ
    • Glossary
    • FAQ

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  • Barry Hegrenes

    Barry Hegrenes


    Barry "Bear" Hegrenes has been an educator since graduation from college where he gained Bachelor's degrees in Psychology, English and Education and was licensed as a secondary (high school) educator for the Minnesota Public Schools with a minor in coaching. His entreprenurial spirit pulled him away from teaching high schoolers, though he remained active in athlectic coaching for many years, having been a multi-sport collegiate athlete himself. After an 18 year career in insurance claim and litigation management, Barry worked as the Risk Manager for one of the 40 largest cities in the US. While working the "day jobs," he focused like a laser on investments and retirement, achieving that goal at the age of 51 and quickly accelerating his net worth to over $1,000,000. Like many in real estate, Bear started with a basic residential rental property, then another and then a duplex. He survived the 2008 real estate crash because he was not leveraged in debt. He has since branched off into Deeds of Trust (lending) and property flipping (as an active lender/partner) in four (4) different states in the US. As Barry's experience and wealth grew, he has been a mentor to other real estate investors and is frequently asked to speak or be a presenter at investment conferences throughout the greater Phoenix Valley. Watch and learn from the Bear !!
  • Jennifer Flaa

    Jennifer Flaa


    Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker, Rock Vocalist Jennifer Flaa began her career testing space flight hardware at NASA. She was QA Manager at Symantec and several Bay Area startups before founding Vettanna. She has setup the QA department at companies like eBay, Project InVision International and Skybox Imaging. She’s written training curriculums for tech workers, executives and entrepreneurs and has trained people around the world including Dell, Microsoft and the US Air Force. She also consults with executives and entrepreneurs about media training, publicity and social media. Recently expanding into on camera training to help professionals and experts be themselves when the camera rolls for teleconferences and vlogs so they can avoid the mistakes that diminish viewer confidence drive away customers. She is the author of "The Happiness Handbook: Living Your Extraordinary Life" and is the vocalist, flutist and songwriter for her bands Urban Fiction and The Zippy Katz.