Real Estate Lead Tracker: Progress Report

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I’ve been working hard on the Lead Tracking program over the past two weeks and I am really starting to get excited about it.  It took me a while to settle on an interface that would be user friendly and easy to work with as well as expandable to include future modules/functions.  I tried 4 or 5 different setups and finally settled on this… It’s a very simple design.  All you do is click on a function on the bottom …

Probate Monday: Forcing Yourself Out of The Comfort Zone

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My next wave of mailings is ramping up so I expect to be getting some calls this week sometime.  I’ve got 85 letters out in the mail and another 80 postcards that just went out last night.  It’s going to be a busy memorial day weekend week because my summer hours started for work which meant that I now work 9 hours each day Monday to Thursday and then only work 4 hours on Friday.  I’m really able to get …

Great Tip if You are Anything Like Me

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One of my biggest annoyances when sending out mailers is making sure I have all the needed supplies.  I always run out of stamps, envelopes or even the paper that I’m using.  When I run out of these things it means a 40 minute round trip to the nearest office supply store to pick these things up.   This doesn’t work out to well when you only have a certain amount of time to put the mailers together.   At the end …

Book Review: Start With Why by Simon Sinek

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Maren Kate from Escapingthe9to5.com recommended the book Start with Why by Simon Sinek on her site about a month ago and I’ll pretty much read anything she gives a good word to so I went out a bought it. I’m really starting to enjoy books that are based on human psychology.  Being able to understand why people do what they do is mind blowing because in the normal scheme of the world people’s choices make no sense.  I mean, why …

Probate Monday: Plenty of Time to Think

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This past weekend was a very busy one.  On Friday after work my wife and I drove five plus hours down to Virginia.  To say it was a pleasant drive would have been an outright lie.  Here is a brief list of what we ran into… – Bumper to Bumper traffic as soon as we got started (it was rush hour) – Monsoon rains – Marble sized hail stones pelting our car – construction upon construction – DC Beltway – …

Probate: What Exactly Does It Mean?

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Last week I came across a great post from Rachel over at mobilehomegurl.com where she took a commonly used word in the Mobile Home world and defined and explained what exactly it was.  I thought that was a splendid idea and I’m going to steal…err…borrow it (hope you don’t mind Rachel).   Just to throw a little more love her way, her latest Terminology Tuesday post was about the term “Deck”.  It’s another excellent post, so go read it! Terminology Tuesday …

Probate Monday: Lead Tracker

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As I mentioned last week in Solving One Problem at a Time, I am in the process of creating a program that will help me track my probate leads, mailings and contacts.  It’s going to be an interesting project to say the least.  A ton of ideas are popping into my head all the time and my biggest challenge is going to be keeping it simple. So far here are the items that I will be including in the first …

Solving One Problem at a Time

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This past week I made some positive strides which should help me out greatly in the long run.  What helped me most was when i took a few minutes early in the week to identify a few problem areas that have been hindering my progress and then came up with a “solution” for these problems. Just like Alcohol Anonymous and their 12 step program, the first step to solving a problem is admitting to yourself that you have a one.  …

Have you read these 6 blog posts?

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I wanted to try something a little different with a post a see how people like it.  Every day I read tons of other blogs that pump out great information and I like to share what I’m reading  on my twitter page as well as at the bottom of my blogs homepage under the title Google Reader Shared Articles. One good practice to have when you are blogging is to call attention to other blogs that have helped you in …

Probate Monday: When Times Are Slow

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I apologize for the lack of any real updates on how my probate investing has been going.  I’ve continued to send out my mailers and have been getting calls, but non have been motivated or really willing to sell at this time.  Instead of writing the same old thing every week about sending out mailers and talking about non motivated callers I’ve been trying to break down every single aspect of what I’ve been going through (talking with callers, keeping …

Lessons Learned: Bye Bye Broker

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Last summer, after being tired of trying to find a Real Estate Agent to work with,  I decided to just get my own license.  Which I accomplished by September and then signed on with a very small broker.  For those not aware, in order to do anything as a RE Agent you have to hang your license with a broker.   If you don’t hang your license you can not have any of the benefits of being a Sales Agent like …

Mexican Riviera Cruise

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Have you ever been on a cruise before?  If not it’s something everyone should experience at least once.    This was my 4th cruise overall and the 3rd with my wife in the 6 years we’ve been together.  We enjoy them because there is always something to do, but you can do nothing at all and still have fun. This particular cruise was 10 days along the Mexican Riviera on Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas.  Very large ship for sure!  …

Probate Monday: Are they ready to sell yet?

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Remember all that momentum that I had going before vacation?  It’s G.O.N.E.!   I thought I was doing pretty good when I got back but it all slowly ground to a halt.  The 12 days off or so really got me back into the lazy, TV watching mode which I’m going to strive to break again.  It’s amazing how easy it is to fall into old habits, which is not fair considering how hard it is to break them.  One good …

Book Review: Switch, How to Change Things When Change is Hard

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I’m off to a great start this year with my goal of reading one book per month.  I’ve actually just finished reading my 5th book so I am one ahead of the game.  It has been much easier then I could have expected, as I’m really enjoying shutting off the TV and popping open a book. The book I just finished is called Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard (affiliate link) by Chip Heath and Dan Heath.  …

Flip This Success Story – Probate

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If you don’t follow Steph Davis’ blog, FlipThisWholesaler.net, she does success story interviews every so often and her current episode is about Greg Ward.  Greg’s first successful wholesaling deal just happened to be from a Probate property! This really interested me of course so I wanted to share This is a good story, so have a listen… Greg’s Probate Success Story