real estate investing with a 9 to 5 job

Tips for 9-to-5ers: Easy Access

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Having a full time job and trying to start up a real estate investing business is not an easy thing.  Lack of time is a huge problem for sure, but with enough dedication and time juggling skills you can make it work.  It’s sort of like a jig-saw puzzle that contains multiple pieces that fit into the same spot.  If say on Wednesday night you usually go to a real estate meeting and it was cancelled, what do you do? …

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Marketing Monday: Concentrate Those Bandit Signs

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Bandit signs are not my favorite form of marketing for a couple of reasons.  Having to get up early in the morning or doing them late at night doesn’t appeal sync with my body clock to well.  Also I don’t like the constant fear of being fined by the town.  With those things being said I still hang signs because it has been proven to work. All Over The Place For the most part, my partner and I tried to …

My Success Story Is Live!

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As I mentioned late last week, I did a phone interview with Steph Davis about my first wholesale deal.  It went down Friday afternoon and after some editing to make me sound good, Steph officially posted it up on her blog.  Here is the link…. I would like to say that I couldn’t have gotten my first deal with out my partner.  The negotiations fell squarely in his lap on this one.  Job well done my friend!    

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Long Term Contact Advice

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My partner and I are looking for some advice to take on this peculiar situation.  If you have ever dealt with something like this I’d love to hear how you handled it.  As of right now we aren’t sure what to do, but for sure we want to keep in touch with this motivated lead.   So with out further explanation, here are the details… I spoke with a potential seller today. He is definitely motivated, but not in a position to …

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Marketing Monday: Referrals

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Last week my partner got a call from a lady who mentioned that she got our number from “a friend”.  The call was a strange one because the lady did not want to give us any information about who she got our number from, only that she heard we are buying houses up in Trenton.  I like a few things about this call, one of which is not the reluctance of the person to give us any information about who …

FlipThisWholesaler.net Success Story….Me?

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Have you ever read the blog Flip This Wholesaler?  It’s authored by Steph Davis who is a successful investor down in Tampa Florida.  I’ve mentioned her blog on here many times and even met her in person a few years ago at a Steve Cook investing workshop.  Needless to say if you are a wanna be investor, you need to follow her and learn from her experiences. Steph has a blog series called Success Stories.  These posts focus on new investors …

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Marketing Monday: Are You Doing This Simple Thing?

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When I first started sending out direct mail I got a terrible return.  If I broke 1% that was a lot.  Partly to blame for my poor success was that I was sending to pre-foreclosures which historically has a lot of competition and at best gets a 4% response rate.  What I consider my biggest mistake was that I didn’t make my envelope stand out. Mistake #1 I first sent letters using click2mail service because it was easy.  Upload your …

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Are you a finisher?

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I am one of those people who gets excited about something new and can’t wait to get started.  That excitement can carry me a long way into finishing that project.  Over the years though I’ve found that I’m not very good at finishing things.  I get about 80% done and my momentum and excitement go way down.  This inevitably opens the door for me to get distracted by another project. As you all could probably tell from my 101 Goals, …

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Catch up Week: Resources, Stamps, Leads and More

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I have decided that I needed some time every month to catch-up on things that I’ve been putting off because they were less important (I.E. non-money making activities).  These tasks are important to my overall goals, but didn’t need to be done right away.  The only problem is that over time these items stack up and I have to relegate some time for them. So this is my catch-up week and I’ve been working on some of the following items… Resource Pages Over …

I Bet You Have The Strengths

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I am a man with little free time, but that could be said for anyone who is trying to break free from their day job.   The only time we have is the evenings and weekends.  That time is even further dwindled when you think about making time to eat, sleep, spend time with family and friends and emergencies.  At most I’ve got 3 hours a night during the week and a couple hours on the weekend to get done all …

I Bet You Have The Strengths

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I am a man with little free time, but that could be said for anyone who is trying to break free from their day job.   The only time we have is the evenings and weekends.  That time is even further dwindled when you think about making time to eat, sleep, spend time with family and friends and emergencies.  At most I’ve got 3 hours a night during the week and a couple hours on the weekend to get done all …

I Bet You Have The Strengths

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I am a man with little free time, but that could be said for anyone who is trying to break free from their day job.   The only time we have is the evenings and weekends.  That time is even further dwindled when you think about making time to eat, sleep, spend time with family and friends and emergencies.  At most I’ve got 3 hours a night during the week and a couple hours on the weekend to get done all …