Whoa whoa whoa those Wildwood days

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A few last things before I head down to Wildwood Crest, NJ for a week long vacation on the beach and boardwalk.  I’ll be eating a lot of ice cream, Curly’s Fries and hamburgers! Real Estate Licensing Class We have officially reached the half way point!  Yesterday I learned about types of leases and the laws concerning them. Net Lease – A lease wherein payments to the lessor do not include insurance and maintenance, which are paid separately by the …

More Marketing

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I’m not quite getting the results I was hoping for with the craigslist and backpage marketing. On average I’ve been getting about 2 hits per day from craigslist and 0 from backpage. In fact I’ve yet to get 1 single View on backpage so go figure. Here are the current stats Craigslist Backpage Ad Type Views Clicks C/V Views Clicks C/V Picture 85 0 0% 1 0 0% Article 99 4 4% 1 0 0% Extended 6 5 83% 1 …

Internet Marketing – Facebook

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Internet marketing these days means Social Media!  Where else can you instantly get the word out to thousands of targeted people about your real estate services?  The key to social media is building up followers that would most likely be interested in your service.  These people are said to be your “targeted audience.” Facebook is the mecca of social media (although twitter is coming on quickly).  If you haven’t already done so you should jump on the band wagon and …

Finding it hard to find time

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I first want to thank Jerry Dalglish for writing a great guest article about Staying Focused.  It really pinpoints what the key is to being successful in this business.   Here is a preview… When you are focused you are productive.  When you are productive you tend to get things done.  That may sound kind of trite, but I mean it seriously.  For what seemed like an eternity I struggled with a lack of specific focus other than the idea …

Staying Focused

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When you are focused you are productive.  When you are productive you tend to get things done.  That may sound kind of trite, but I mean it seriously.  For what seemed like an eternity I struggled with a lack of specific focus other than the idea that I wanted to be successful.  I knew that in one way I was already successful–namely that I wanted something better for my life and was working towards it–but in reality I needed to make some …

Click to View Ratio

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Class yesterday went pretty quickly.  We covered the types of contracts you can sign with a seller in order to list their property. Open Contract: Who ever brings in a buyer gets the commission Exclusive Agency: Only agents of the signing broker can sell the house.  You yourself can also find a buyer, and if that happens you don’t pay the brokerage a commission. Exclusive Rights: This is the most common type of agreement and states that during the contract …

How To: Get MLS Access Without Your License

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Many new investors find it hard to believe that you can get MLS access without having your license.  You can search the forums at flippinghomes.com or reiclub.com for the way and inevitably you will come to the answer…“Just Ask”. Of course it isn’t really that simple.  Yes you have to ask for it, but it’s how you ask that will determine you success or failure.  A friend of mine and fellow investor Kelly, from Kelly Flippin Cali recently wrote an …

I feel lighter

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With August just starting it’s time to report on my monthly improvement plan.  The idea was to pick one thing per month that you’d like to improve upon and concentrate on that one thing only.   Since I’m also reading the Total Money Makeover I chose to eliminate my debt, which obviously is going to take more then 1 month but that is what I’m working on. I am happy to report that we just paid off our student loans today!  …

IM – Quick Update

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Quick Update… I created the 4 ads and placed them on craigslist.  Actually I could only place 3 ads as craigslist said the Straight Link Ad and the picture ad were too similar and wouldn’t post both.  Since I posted the Straight Link Ad first that was the one that I’ll use. I’m debating if I should post these ads on backpage as well.  It might mess up my ability to analyze the results though, so I’ll have to deeper …

Ready to Advertise

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After what seemed like way to long and a few change of directions, I’ve finally written the 10 articles about foreclosures.  I will start advertising the artiles tomorrow on craigslist to see how well different advertisements work.   I will post 4 different types of ads over a 2 week period and use google analytics to track which produced the most hits. Types of Ads A ad that just has the link to my site A picture ad ad advertising some …

Audio: What Investing Strategy is Right for You?

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If you saw my first ever blog post, I had so many unaswered questions running through my head that it really caused me to put off real estate investing.   I’m sure there are plenty of you who are experiencing the same uncertainty. You can’t possibly answer all the questions before getting started or you’ll never get anywhere and soon you will just give up. The first step is to identify the truly important questions.  Those questions will be almost identical …

Over 1 year of posting

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I didn’t realize it until today but I’ve been posting to this blog for just over a year now!    Looking back at my original blogger blog, I started this in July 2008.   I think I’ve come a long way, but I still have a VERY long way to go.   I’ve met some great people who I’m happy to call friends and look to meet many more.   It’s been a slow process for me though and I’ve had …

Licensing Class Day 4 and Internet Marketing

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The 4th day of my real estate class dealt mostly with types of ownerships (Tenants in common, Joint Tenants, tenancy in severalty, Tenants in Entirety) and encumbrances (liens, easements).  I can see this information coming in handy when trying to work out proper ownership of a property and to understand what types of encumbrances can be on a property.     Time for a little teaching for those that don’t know the above terms… Tenancy in severalty: ownership of property by …

Licensing Class Day 4 and Internet Marketing

Scott CostelloAll, Blog 8 Comments

The 4th day of my real estate class dealt mostly with types of ownerships (Tenants in common, Joint Tenants, tenancy in severalty, Tenants in Entirety) and encumbrances (liens, easements).  I can see this information coming in handy when trying to work out proper ownership of a property and to understand what types of encumbrances can be on a property.     Time for a little teaching for those that don’t know the above terms… Tenancy in severalty: ownership of property by …