It’s Raining Where It’s Not Suppose To!

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So we just got about 15 inches of snow spanning Sunday through mid day on Monday, and I will say it was fun to spend that time just hanging out with my wife indoors.  We own a condo and have lived in it for just over three years now.  We’ve never had any problems with heavy snow, rain or leaking for that matter.  Not surprising since the place is a new construction condo complex and only 3 years old itself. …

Probate Monday: Going Through The Motions Is A Good Thing

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With Christmas only a few days away and New Years right after that, I’ve halted my mailings until January 3rd.  However I’m still going through the motions of putting my mail pieces together so they can be ready to be mailed out when the time is right. Staying active is a benefit on two fronts.  First it keeps me active and thinking about real estate investing during this slow down period.  I’ve always found that once a break a routine, …

Tips for 9-to-5ers: TV, Learning, Organization and more

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Over the next few months, I’m going to be asking some of my readers and other people in real estate to share some tips about working a 9-to-5 job while investing in real estate.  For those of us currently in this situation it can be extremely hard to manage time between work, life, health and investing.  Hopefully these great tips can help make life a little easier, or at least run more smoothly. Sharon Vornholt’s Tips for 9 to 5ers: …

Joint Venture Contract Between Friends

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Today my mastermind group had an impromptu meeting in order to get one in before Christmas and New Years hit.  It has been a while since the last meeting so I was looking forward to it despite being very tired from a long day at work.  I actually took a quick 30 minute power nap in my car cause I got to the meeting early.  It was freezing outside, but the heated seats in my car made for a comfy …

Program Update – 1.3.1.0

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Updated Version – v 1.3.1.0 (12/18/2010) Download: version 1.3.1.0 Feature Updates Custom Fields (tutorial video) Filter Leads using ‘Not’ (!) syntax Import Leads into Existing List Calendar displays mailing information on tooltip Program update notification Other minor cosmetic updates Bug Fixes Calendar button now opens calender Other minor bug fixes

Probate Monday: What to do with all those business cards

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Over the past week I’ve been trying to get out all the mailers I can before the holidays.  I’m pretty much going to stop mailing after tomorrow because I don’t want my probate letters getting received just in time for Christmas.   Outside of being a bit tacky, most people are going to ignore those kinds of mail pieces during this time of year anyway.  I’ll get the most bang for my buck after the new year I believe.  However …

Dave Alexander Shows up at our REI Meeting

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Jon Zorrer is a good person to know for many reason, but one of them is that he is friendly with a lot of very successful real estate investors.   Dave Alexander is a good friend of Jon’s and actual flew in from Texas to come to our small rei meetup group yesterday. Not shocking the group saw it’s largest turn out to date, about 50 people.  I’ve know of Dave for quite some years as he is a regular …

How Many Calls Do 14 Bandit Signs Bring?

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As most of you know about two weeks ago I put some bandit signs, 14 to be exact.  I have heard over and over again that these signs bring in calls and I believed the hype but was always reluctant to let the gangster out.  Sometime this weekend I think I’m going to drive the route and see how many of my signs are left up.  I know there are some because I’m still getting calls! How many calls you …

Probate Monday: A Pre-Christmas Note

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Last week I spent a good bit of my free time putting together mailers to out of state owners, as well as my new probate list.  To do about two hundred mailers takes me a total of 3 hours or so.  About 2 evenings worth.  I probably could go quicker if I was able to put a stack of envelopes into the printer and leave it.  But I have to sit by and keep putting stacks of 10 into the …

SI Lead Manager – Beta 3 is ready!

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Just wanted to make a quick announcement.  I’ve finally released Beta 3 of my lead management software.  I’ve also been working on creating a landing page for it where you can get more information.  You can find that by clicking on the link at the top of my blog called Free Lead Software I have also been trying to put up tutorials about each section over on support forums as well.  You can find that over at SIForums. Last and …

My Custom Font Looks Pretty Good!

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I recently remembered that I had created a custom font using my own hand writing.  I must have done this over the summer or last spring and I vaguely remember writing a post about it.  I decided to try it out on the envelopes and I really like the results.  I think it really looks like my hand writing and will definitely stick out to sellers looking at my letters, here is an example Well I just wanted to share this with everyone. …

Probate Monday: Struggling Through the Holidays

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I usually do a great job of keeping my emotions very even keeled.  For the most part I never get to high or to low and that has helped me maintain my momentum going after my real estate investing dreams.   However this past week really took the steam on of me for some reason. I don’t really know why, but I’m feeling a bit burnt out right now.   It might be because I’m being pulled in many directions right …

Less Reading and More Doing

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For all those people like Shae, Steph, Carry, Jason, Esi and everyone else who’s blog that I regularly read I want to apologize for not stopping by much over the past month.  It’s not the I lost interest in your blogs, the opposite is actually the case.  I enjoyed reading them so much that it was starting to take away from my time a little to much. As the days got shorter, as they tend to do this time of year, I …

Probate Monday: Getting My Gangster On

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As Justin McClelland likes to call it, I got my gangster on this past weekend and put out some of my bandit signs.  Instead of going out late at night, we ended up waking up before the ass crack of dawn and got out there with about 1 hour and 30 minutes left of darkness.  It was great because there is absolutely nobody out at that god forsaken time of the morning.  I want to thank Lance for waking up …

My Made Up Out Of State Owners Letter

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As I had mentioned in a post earlier this week, I am going to be sending some letters to out of state owners.  It’s a way for me to get a few more letters out there in hopes that I get more calls.   I managed to go through my coaches How To and pull out about 120 names and addresses.  Those are from 4 towns in my surrounding area. Unfortunately I do not have a letter to send these …