Probate Monday: Some weeks just don’t go your way

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Probate Investing MondayLast week was one of those highly unproductive weeks, probably the least I’ve accomplished in quite some time, maybe my body just needed.   For those people who work a full time job and then come home and do all your Rei tasks after 6pm you’ve probably had similar weeks.  I was just beat!  I couldn’t concentrate and ended up taking naps when I got home from work on most nights and went to bed early as well.

So here is the list of things I tried to do…

Goal #1: Come up with a criteria to look up houses on the mls.  I did manage to squeeze this in before my malaise set in, so I was off to a good start last Monday.  My criteria was focused on starter homes in a few towns around where I live that has had some recent investor activity.  My research into which areas have had investor activity came from one of the Yahoo Groups for a local REIA group I’m still apart of.  Actually I’m not a member any more but they never took me off their Yahoo Group so I still see all the activity going through.

My Criteria

  • Start Home
  • 3 beds
  • 2 baths
  • $275k to $350k
  • Handyman special type home
  • Towns: Dover, Boonton, Jefferson Twp, Mine Hill, Florham Park, Madison, Parsippany

Goal #2: Search the MLS and pull 10 houses that meet my criteria.  This was my Tuesday task and I’m sad to say I never got this far.  I really have no excuses other then I was just burnt out last week, so I will carry this goal into this week and to help me keep going I will post about my progress every day.

Goal #3: Make one offer.  Obviously I didn’t make an offer since I failed to accomplish goal #2

Other Things

Book Reading:  I didn’t want last week to be a complete waste so I attempted to start reading my next book called Tribes by Seth Godin.  It must have been hilarious to watch me try and read, my head was bobbing up and down.  I’d go 2 or 3 pages and realize I have no idea what I just read or just completely black out and wake up a few minutes later with my mouth wide open and my dog licking my face.

Returning Phone Calls: I actually got a few more phone calls last week from my March list.  Only one person left a message and I must call them back on Wednesday.

This Weeks Goals

  1. Get 10 Houses off the MLS that meet my criteria
  2. Make 1 offer on Friday
  3. Print Letters and Envelopes for next mailing

Motivational Audio CDs

Can anyone recommend a good Tony Robbins or similar inspiring audio CD that I could listen to on the way to work in the mornings?   I find that I get more done if I get inspired in the mornings.

Scott Costello
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Comments 16

  1. Scott,
    A small suggestion to keep from being overwhelmed. Do your search criteria and if it comes back with 170 homes, then search for all homes with a price change within the last 7 days. Should narrow the field down and give you sellers with some motivation. Good luck.


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  3. I also like Get the egde by Tony Robbins. Sometimes taking a few days to a week off is good especially if you don't feel like getting things done as long as you come back stronger than before and ready to get back to work.

  4. Hey Scotty, I agree with Esi…sometimes you really do have to give yourself a break. That being said…since you're up and at 'em this week….if you're going to get 10 offer off the MLS that meet your criteria this week, why will you only make an offer on 1 of them? If you're getting one offer written out, you can definitely do a few more at the same time.

    Oh, and I totally haven't forgotten about your lead system. Going to try it with this next mail campaign!

    Have a great week this week!

  5. You are probably right, to bad I couldn't have made it till next week when I'm on vacation down at the shore.

  6. I definitely feel more motivated, but I'm not sure if it's because I have more energy now or because I feel like a lost some valuable time and want to make up for it.

  7. I figured to just get the ball rolling with 1 offer. Making offers is a fear and if I have to make just 1 then it won't seem to frightening. know what I mean?

    Don't worry about testing out the Lead system with the version you have just yet (unless you already started). I've got the 2nd Beta, that fixes a lot of bugs and adds some of the left out features, coming out pretty soon.

  8. Ok, I'll wait and test out the 2nd beta. Sorry for the delay, pal!

    Go get that offer in! (BTW, I have no idea why making an offer is a fear for you still….you've already made offers before…you know you can do it and that deals don't come without the offers so build on that momentum and go get 'em! We're cheering you on!)

  9. The fear is not so much of making the offer. It's an uneasy feeling dealing with other people. Don't know why I get it, but I definitely have some level of social anxiety that I routinely have to get over. Even when I call up a friend on the phone I get uneasy, that sounds crazy but it's true. Just a way of life for me. If I'm consistently dealing with people that anxiety goes down a lot though.

  10. Hey Scott,

    Now that I have a fulltime job I can tell you that I 100% know what you mean when you talk about some weeks just not going your way. Actually, even when there are nights when you work until 9pm (I work 2 nights a week until 9pm) well then it's really a challenge to come home and do something productive.

    The worst is like tonite I worked until 9pm, drove home…got home at 10pm and I have to be at work at 8am tomorrow. 🙂 Not much time to get anything done tonite and I'll be beat tomorrow…but I did decide to do some blogging tonite no matter what.

    Off to bed now tho………..

  11. Another down side is that you can never really do “A Lot” in any given night, you are pretty much relegated to doing things in small increments cause you only have 1 to 3 hours of time each night. I've gotten pretty good at breaking up tasks into smaller chunks to help me be productive and not get overwhelmed

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