Creating a Schedule is Not Easy

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Over the past two days I’ve been trying to come up with a schedule that is rigid but with a little flexibility thrown in.  Let me tell you, it’s not easy.  I’m taking this very seriously because I want to be as productive as possible.  Some of you may be thinking I’m wasting time thinking about what to do instead of doing.  Even though that is partly true, I work best with a plan.  If I can put in the …

Lessons Learned: Get More Out of your Day With Daily Deadlines

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After last weeks lesson about doing The Wrong Kind of Busy I started really analyzing how I spend my weekday nights (my real estate investing time).  It was a very good exercise to try and identify what are the money making activities and which are not and cross those off my list.  Then I thought to myself “Self, how can I be more productive?” To answer this question I have to really think about the situations in my life where …

Probate Monday: Finding Comps With MLS Access

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I’m feeling pretty good about things these last few days about my probate hunt. I’ve been able to get a handful of calls this past week and one Bruce and I made an offer on for $120k but the owner got another offer for $150k so he is going to take that one obviously. I just got another call today from a guy who had hung onto my letter from my first ever mailing back in December. He got my …

Top Blogs: 7 Must Read Rei Information Blogs

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To continue my Top Blogs series, today I will be bringing to your attention 7 Real Estate Investing blogs that I call Information Blogs. These blogs are run by outstanding people who invest, but choose to provide high quality investing tips and other information needed by today’s investors. Best of all, these people provide the information gratis, free for all.  Sure these blogs will offer products for sale that they have created or other products that they fully endorse but …

Better Your Productivity: To-Do Lists – Part 1

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The last few weeks I’ve really gotten a lot done, so much more then I have in the past.  I owe my increased productivity to a little iPhone app I downloaded called ToodleDo.  I have always heard that the best way to get things accomplished is to create a To-Do List and I couldn’t agree more. When my wife and I write down our weekend “things to get done” list, it’s amazing how quickly and easily we move through the …

Probate Monday: How else to bring in calls

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I sent out my mailers last week and have only gotten two calls.  One was a guy calling to tell me I sent the letter to a retirement community.  He was wondering what I was trying to accomplish.  For one it’s not trying to buy into a retirement community full of condos, haha.  The guy was nice and was just trying to help me out by letting me know that pretty much any street named after a president in Rockaway …

Lessons Learned: The Wrong Kind of Busy

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In last week’s Lessons Learned I talked about how important it is to stop hiding behind technology and actually use the phone to communicate with people.  For some using the phone is natural but for others like myself it is going to be a challenge because we have to overcome habit and fear. This past week was a pretty busy week for myself, I rarely watched TV and was contently doing something that was Real Estate Investing related.  Let me …

How To: Mail Merge Your Probate List and Letter

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One of the lessons in life that I’ve learned over the years is not to assume people know how to do certain simple tasks.  Up until last December I’ve never mail merged anything before, and I’m a computer programmer and a self proclaimed computer geek.  I just never had a need for it.  With that being said, I’m sure there are people who are reading my blog who have never mail merged and are looking to know how.  So I …

Video or How Too Ideas

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I want to start creating some video content for my blog, but as of right now I’m having a hard time trying to think of a good topic to cover.  Since my mind is blank today I’m going to ask you good people to help out.  One of the following types of videos would be doable for me Instructional Type video that I can walk you through a process Me answering a question on video Me doing something stupid in …

Probate Monday: Letters Sent

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There are new challenges when you can’t leave the house without help.  I don’t know how people survive sans the services of a car.  Take for example mailing out probate letters.  I had them all printed, stuffed and envelopes labeled and realized I only had 40 of the 80 stamps needed.  Let’s go hop in the car and get some…Nope!  No driving for me for another 2 weeks.  So I have to arrange for my wife, mom, brother or friend …

Book Review: The Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle

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As part of the Flip This Book Club we were required to read Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle (affiliate link) by Jim Rohn.  I ordered this book from amazon.com on Jan 13th and it finally got to me on Feb 5th.  It is a very short book, 128 pages in all, which allowed me and my snail like reading pace to actually finish the book in a weekend.  Just in time to participate in our book club meeting …

Lessons Learned: What I did Wrong This Week

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One of the best ways to improve habits and continuing on a positive path is to look back and analyze your actions.  I’m going to start a new post series called Failure Friday Lessons Learned that I will attempt to identify something I did wrong or could have done better over the past week.  The infraction may be something big or it may be something tiny, but if not corrected I will be destined to repeat that same mistake over …

25 things you didn’t know about me

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Most Real Estate blogs I find don’t really have a personal element to them, it’s all Real Estate all the time.  The same can be said for real estate investing courses or how to books.  The very best books and blogs seem to get  you emotionally involved in some way shape or form.  For me, those authors who put a little of themselves out there in the open and intertwine personal experiences into their content are the books and blogs …

Have a REI Blog? Get the Word Out

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I had this thought last night while I couldn’t sleep.  I’m not sure if this will work out the way I hope it does but it’s worth a shot. I invite everyone who has a real estate related blog to advertise it below in the comments.  If the blog is brand new or you’ve been typing out quality content for years, I want to know about it and add you to my RSS feed. Here are the benefits for doing …

Getting Better Responses from Direct Mail

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With it being time to send out my probate mailers again I was brain storming to try and come up with alternate types of direct mail pieces.  I really started to think about this when Greg Harris over at 1st Round Knockout R.E.I. Blog created a post about split testing letters, postcards and a third kind of mailer (he didn’t say on his blog, but I know what it is). Then today Nick Johnson wrote a post about using those …