As real estate investors we often hear about how we need a “team”. You know, the contractors, lawyers, accountants, real estate agents etc. that we need to do this business.
How do you find good team members? The best way is referrals from other successful real estate investors. This is the age old problem of which comes first the chicken or the egg. The bigger your network the easier it is to find these people. The problem is when you are new, you don’t have a big network and you don’t know who to trust.
One important member of your team is a good CPA. It is key to get an accountant that understands real estate investing. This is one team member that I am very happy to recommend. My CPA is Jeffrey Stoller from Goodwich, Stoller and Associates. He has done a great job for me. He knows real estate and has many real estate clients. He understands, real estate investing, the strategies we use, and how to structure our businesses to minimize taxes.
If that was all he did, he would be a good accountant. But the reason I am writing this is the outstanding service I have gotten from him and his staff. In person he is always patient with my questions (and I ask a lot of questions!) and he responds quickly to my e-mails.
Recently I applied for an equity line on one of my properties. The bank wanted tax returns. I called Jeff’s office to get copies. The receptioninst Alice Reinhold got them out to me in 2 minutes via e-mail. As the bank kept asking for more info, this process was repeated three times over a period of days. The last time was on April 15th. With a smile in her voice, on the busiest day of the year, Alice got that e-mail out while I was still on the phone.
In Today’s world where poor service is the norm, I just had to give credit where it was due.
You can reach them online at Goodwich Stoller and Associates or (410) 747-3520
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