Probate Monday #3 – Update
I did some thinking last night so I could weigh the benefits of going to the court house and pulling the probate leads versus buying them from a probate leads source. It wasn’t an easy decision, but I remembered what a few of my fellow investor friends (J.P., Shae and Jason) told me…Just make a Decision and go for it!
So that is what I did and chose to buy the leads from USProbateLeads.com for my county. Just for comparison’s sake, let me break down the advantages/disadvantages of each.
- Won’t cost me a penny (outside of gas)
- I can get as many leads as I want
- I can go back in time as far as I want
- I would learn the process of pulling the leads so I can train someone else to do it later
- Would take up valuable time
- Because of my work schedule and the courthouse hours I would have only 1 hour, right after work, per week to actually pull the records. (until I could train someone else)
Buying Leads (from UsProbateLeads.com)
- Get the leads delivered to my email
- Will save valuable time
- List will be in CSV format so I can merge it directly into mail merge program (MS Word)
- Costing me $100 a month
- Not sure of the quality of the leads just yet
After listing the pros and cons of each, it was pretty simple for me to pick actually. I just didn’t have the time to go to the court house. I get out of work at 4:30pm and the records office closes at 6:30pm on wednesday (4:30pm all other days). It would take me 1 hour to get there from work, not including traffic. After an hour of road rage, I’d be bursting into the records office all sweaty and disheveled. Probably not make any friends with the fine employees that work there. Plus I’d be pushing for every second I could, inevitably earning me the nickname “the asshole who makes us stay late”. So in reality, my only choice at this time was to pay for the leads. What do you think?
Anyway….I have off of work the Friday after Thanksgiving (hopefully the records office is open) and I’ll take that opportunity to go down to the court house and compare the list of leads to what is in the courthouse records. This will help me accomplish two things…
- Check the validity of the bought list
- See exactly how the probate files work and where the information is pulled from to create a list
So how is everyone else getting there list?
Here is how the information will look like from UsProbateLeads.com