Probate Monday – Week #1 Update – Ron Mead

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I did a little research and decided that I’m going to concentrate on one county, Morris County.  Below are the following stats that I got from Quickfacts.Senses.gov.  I wanted to make sure the population numbers could provide me with enough probate leads and it definitely can.  Take a look at the below stats… Morris County Stats Population: 487,548 Persons 65+: 12.9% Housing Units: 184,618 Home Ownership: 76% Median Household Income: $94,556 Person’s Below Poverty: 4.1% Persons per square mile: 1002.6 …

30DC – Update – 200 Visitors

Scott CostelloAll, Blog, Internet Marketing 17 Comments

Over this past weekend I passed the 200 visitor mark for my 30 Day Challenge blog, NewJerseyProbate.org.  Since the end of the challenge, about a month ago, I’ve continued to write an article a week and am at about 20 total so far. 12 of them on my blog and the other 8 spread out over different sites like EzineArticles, Scribd.com, hubpages.com and blogspot.com.  I’ve also taken those articles and submitted them to Traffic-Bug.com in order to increase the backlinks.  …

Final Broker Choice

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I’ve met with all the potential brokers and I think I’ve made my decision on which one to hang my license with.  I was looking for a broker that would allow me to be free to do as I wish (to a point).   The most important factors in making my decision were… Not have to work as a salesperson for the broker unless I volunteered to No desk time No monthly fees No class requirements, but they offered training if …

Probate Monday – Finding the Deceased – Part #1

Scott CostelloAll, Blog, Probate Investing 11 Comments

Welcome to the first installment of Probate Monday.   I am currently reading Ron Mead’s 31 days to Profits in Real Estate Probate. Every Monday until I have succeeded in finding a deal I will be posting a step I will be accomplishing that week.   I know Ingrid is working her way through the course as well and I’m sure we both wouldn’t mind some company to help each other along.  If you choose to take this challenge I’d love …

Investor’s First Look at the MLS

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My first few days with MLS access have been fun!  I’m like a kid in a candy store in many ways, one of which is that I’m having trouble figuring out exactly what I want.  For those that are just getting daily emails from an agent or who are getting some sort of “buyer” access, you are missing out on great features.  Over the next few weeks as I learn how to properly use them I will post about their …

MLS Access at Last!

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My long search for a broker continues to go on, but I some how managed to get access to the MLS!  A friend of mine who is an agent recently got up and running on the gsmls (my friend previously only had access to the njmls) and offered to let me use until I got my own access.   Even though I’ll only need it for a week, it’ll be great to finally be able to see behind the curtain. I …

Broker Interview Week

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Happy Monday morning everyone!  Ugh, I really tried to sound chipper and up beat there,  how did I do?   The feeling of dread always seems to build up in my stomach as I sit in traffic on my way to my J.O.B. every Monday morning.   Now that there is major sun glare or crappy weather, it’s a maddening stop and go affair that usually lasts about 45 minutes. It’s not all bad however, as that awesomeness really gets me …

One Broker Down and Maybe Two

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Bruce gave me a call last night to let me know that his broker wasn’t interested in holding any new part time agents at this time.  That’s to bad cause it was sounding like a great situation for myself and exactly what I was looking for.  The good news is that Bruce and I are going to stay in touch and help each other out.  I’m going to give him some help on internet marketing if he needs it and …

Thinking of Probate Ideas

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Not to much to report over the last day or so.  I’ve been working on getting more articles up on my probate site although I’ll admit that my ideas are running very low at the moment.   Right now I’m throwing some words down on paper for an article about forcing a new executor to be named.  Outside of that one article I spent about an hour last night just pondering my next move.   I’d like to make the site a …

Broker Hunt Continues

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I was driving down Route 10 yesterday on my way home from work and I saw this really nice car driving by, a red Ferrari.  I don’t see those too often, but they are one awesome looking car!  When it got in front of me I got a look at the vanity license plate, it said PROBATE.  I had the urge to follow him to where ever he was going and see what the license plate was all about. Yesterday …

Hunt For A Broker

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Now that I have my license I need to find an investor friendly broker.  As an investor I don’t really want to be bogged down by being required to do Real Estate Agent jobs just to appease a broker.   Granted, why would a broker take on someone if it wasn’t beneficial to them?  My response is that I will be bringing them listings and listing my properties through them.  Is this fair? I went to see the broker at Exit …

First Lead

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Over the last few days I’ve been writing some new articles for my site and trying to just make it a more valuable resource for people to find information regarding probate in New Jersey.   I created a page that listed all the county surrogate websites and I will also be creating a section for lawyers as well.  I plan on using the lawyers section as a possible “I scratch your back, you scratch mine” type of deal with probate lawyers …

30DC – Final Statistics

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Here is my 30 day update for my 30 day challenge.  I’ve yet to receive any leads to this point, but they will come in do time.  I’ve broken the update down into a few sections (adwords, analytics, keywords) and tried to explain some of the stats and their importance.  Hopefully this will help anyone who is struggling to figure all of this out. Adwords Overall 1707 impressions (total times ad has been shown) 20 click throughs 1.17% CTR (click …

30DC – Day 30 – Wrap Up

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What now?  The final days of the 30 day (day 30 and 31) challenge wrapped everything up and went over where we should go from here.  The lesson really focused on going back and analyzing everything you have done to this point, and this is a key step before moving on and expanding your blog and affiliate marketing.  Ed breaks down the past 30 days into 4 main parts… Market Research Having a solid base is they key to marketing.  …

Brokers and feeling like a criminal

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I sent an email off to the broker at Exit Realty Gold late last week to try and re-establish communication with them and to setup another meeting to talk about hanging my brand new license.  I was a little worried I wouldn’t hear back from him because back in august I sent an email just to keep in touch and heard nothing.  Well, apparently I had nothing to worry about as an email arrived on Saturday from the broker saying… …