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 …

Scheduling Your Mailings The Easy Way

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As promised,  here is a quick video demonstrating the new and improved Mailing Scheduler in SI Lead Manager. This version of SI Lead Manager is do out in the coming days.  If you sign up for the software in the upper right side of my blog you’ll get the current Beta 2 and also be put on a mailing list that will notify you when I’ve released Beta 3.  Beta 3 will be the final beta before I officially release …

Probate Monday: Using A Greeting Card Envelope

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Today I put my November probate mailers into the mailbox for delivery.  This mailing is the first of my test run using greeting card envelopes.   My goal is to try and get more people to open them up and improve on my 4% response rate so far.   With the holidays coming I am in a big push to get as many mailers out right now because in my coaches experience the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years don’t get …

Estimating Repairs: Electrical Panels

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Over the next few months I’m going to be putting out a series or posts on what to look for when walking a house to help estimate repairs.  The goal isn’t to make you an expert, but to help you know when something needs fixing.  As a wholesaler you just need to come up with an rough estimate (most likely conservative until you gain enough experience).  Being able to spot some roof problems, or know what to look for when …

Do You Have What It Takes To Be Financially Free?

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Not everyone has what it takes to get to the point where we have no debt (mortgage included) and have multiple passive income streams that easily pay for any and all of our expenses.  I’m slowly working my way towards that as my wife and I only have a car loan, that will be paid off by March and our mortgage.   I still need help in figuring out the next steps to take in order to achieve my ultimate …

I’m not used to houses like these

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I first wanted to say thank you to all those people who wished me a Happy Birthday this past weekend.  It was incredible to see the 40+ wishes on Facebook that I got, considering I only got a handful last year.  I must have been a nicer person this time around..haha!  Thanks everyone, you made my day. On Saturday I woke up early and met Jon (my coach) in Linden to take a look at some houses in order for …

Estimating Repairs: Windows

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Over the next few months I’m going to be putting out a series or posts on what to look for when walking a house to help estimate repairs.  The goal isn’t to make you an expert, but to help you know when something needs fixing.  As a wholesaler you just need to come up with an rough estimate (most likely conservative until you gain enough experience).  Being able to spot some roof problems, or know what to look for when …

Money Making Activities vs Non Money Making Activities

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One of the most difficult parts of becoming a real estate investor is making sure you are always limiting your activities to those that will make you money.  Many times I get caught up with things such as working on my blog or wasting to much time trying to come up with the perfect probate letter.  It’s very easy to trick yourself into thinking you are being productive when in fact you are just doing busy work. I tend to …

How Many Bandit Signs Can Two People Put Up In 2 Hours?

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Bandit signs are a proven marketing technique for getting your phone to ring.  Sometimes you’ll get angry people who will complain about uglifying (i just made that up!) their neighborhood, code enforcement threatening fines unless you take them down, but mostly you’ll get people needing to sell their house.  I have never put out a bandit sign before because I’m simply afraid of getting fined the first couple of times.  The funds are low as is, and getting fined will …