Probate Monday: Offering Options

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The past couple weeks have been pretty slow with calls, in fact I just got my first 3 calls in the last 2 weeks today.  Unfortunately two of the calls told me to take them off the list as they either did not own the house or did not want to sell the house.  The other caller wanted to know how I knew the house was for sale since they just inherited it.  I will call this person back tomorrow …

The Power of Helping Others

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It is widely believed that if you are giving of yourself, that you shall receive back many times more then you have given.  Call it karma, kismet or what have you, I believe this 100%.  There is nothing complex about why giving works, it’s as simple as developing relationships and good will amongst your peers. I’m not a religious person at all, the last three times I’ve been to a church were for my wedding, confirmation and CCD graduation.  I …

Back from Vacation? How to Handle the Backlog of Work

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Did anyone miss me  or did anyone really notice I wasn’t around?  I actually just got back from a 10 day Mexican Riviera cruise.  My wife and I really enjoy cruising and had a wonderful time eating, sleeping in, going to shows and pretty much just doing what ever we wanted.  If anyone is interested we went on Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas. I chose not to publicize that I wasn’t going to be home for 12 days because …

How to Pick the Right Real Estate Investor Course

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You heard real estate investing is a great way to make money, millions of dollars even. You are tired of working your boring 9 to 5 job, dealing with pompous bosses, and making other people rich.  So what are you going to do about to change your life?  As luck would have it, you over heard one of your blabbering coworkers, in the cubical next to yours, talking about this real estate investors club meeting he is going to tomorrow …

Lesson Learned: My Secret to Debt Reduction

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Debt to me is the ultimate four letter word and I hate it with a passion.  I always used to admire the people who could purchase a car or even a house with all cash and then be done with it.  Growing up, my parents financed every car, mortgaged their house and never thought twice before plopping down a credit card to pay for something.  It was a way of life for me growing up, and I’m sure many of …

Probate Monday: How to Handle Missed Calls

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It’s very frustrating for me to be at work and get a phone call from my probate marketing.  I can hear the money going down the drain.  There are a few ways I can counter act this such as getting an answering service from a company like Patlive.  This past mailing seemed worse then others with the day time callings.  I counted 3 missed calls, although I will say I enjoyed the fact that I missed the angry fella who …

My Real Estate Quarter Year Progress Report

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Probate Goals Back in January I posted about my one and only goal I’m focusing on this year, Getting my first probate deal.  If you’ve been following my blog you’ll know that I did not succeed in accomplishing that goal which had a target date of March 1st.  This goal is still however at the forefront of my efforts and it will happen sooner then later.  Over the past couple months I have made some very good progress and have, …

Update on My REI Scheduled Evenings

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A few weeks ago I came up with a schedule for myself to follow during the evenings.  It was a slotting system of  topics such as Probate Investing, Short Sales, Blog work, etc.  If you missed the post you can see it here Creating a Schedule is Not Easy. I’ve been working it for the past couple weeks and I’ve had mixed results.  It wasn’t for a lack of effort, but more because things took longer then expected or the …

How to Rock Socks and Sell Stuff

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In my recent post about the Top 12 Non-Real Estate Blogs, I mentioned a blog by Maren Kate called EscapingThe9to5.  I didn’t think it was enough to just mention her blog, I thought it would be great to invite her to our community as a guest poster..  She graciously accepted and after reading what she came up with, I’m sure you will be hooked on her writing as I am.   If all goes well, maybe we can have her back …

Lessons Learned: Presentation

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Over the past several weeks I’ve been attempting to network with Realtors who have short sale listings so an investor I know can make offers on them.  I haven’t had any problems finding such Sales Agents, but I have been running into road blocks each and every time. It’s a numbers game right? From talking with other investors, I know this method of finding leads works.  What am I doing wrong here? Everyone always says it’s a numbers game, so …

Top Blogs: 12 Incredible non Real Estate Blogs

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If you haven’t noticed I’ve become a big fan of blogging, internet marketing and all things that help lead me to a better and more fulfilling life.  Real estate is a big part of that, but in order to succeed I must be in the right frame of mind as well as have the underlining skills to best take advantage. Below are a list of 12 blogs that have nothing to do with real estate investing but are a must …

Probate Monday: Inching Closer and Closer

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New Probate Leads In Hand Last week was a pretty good week.  I got my new list of probate leads from my source and was even able to talk with the owner on the phone for about 45 minutes.  He gave me some great advice for marketing to probate leads and is an overall good guy.  Some of his tips he mentioned to me he said he had never told anyone else before.  So in honor of that I’ll keep …

Book Review: Get of Your “BUT”! by Sean Stephenson

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Have you ever heard of Sean Stephenson before?  I wasn’t really sure who he was when I first heard Julie Broad (from RevNyou.com) talk about reading his book and seeing him at a conference involving the Dali lama.    I then had one of those “Wait a sec” moments when I remembered seeing a TLC show featuring this short fella who was bound to a wheelchair.    He was going out on a date with this very attractive woman and I couldn’t …

What Motivation is the Key to Success in Real Estate?

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A blog post by Nick Johnson a few weeks ago (Nick if you read this could you help me find it?) spurred me into thinking about what is my motivation for wanting to become a real estate investor.   Nick talked about his life and the hardships he had gone through which motivated him to make a change.   For me, my life has been easy compared to most and I freely admit that.  My parents are great, my brothers and I …

Probate Monday: Passive Income Goals and General Update

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Sorry I have been a  MIA this past week, I was in Breckenridge, CO for my best friends bachelor party.   Shockingly my doctor gave me the go ahead to ski if I felt up to it and you better believe if I’m going to be in Colorado in the winter I’m going to be skiing.  This was the first time I’ve been skiing in 10 years and combine that with my total inactivity over the past 7 weeks plus being …