Hard Money Q&A With Jeff Hensel

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This post is going to be a two part series about Hard Money. Today's guest, Jeff Hensel, is going to answer questions about Hard Money from the point of view of a Lender. Next week I will have an active investor, Craig Fuhr, answer the same questions from an investor's point of view. I'll be the first to admit that I know very little about hard money.  So when I was contacted by Jeff Hensel of North Coast Financial (www.northcoastfinancialinc.com) ...

Podio – Send Out Offer Letters with 1 Click

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I've been on the hunt for a good crm for my small business lately.  So my Podio experiment continues and this time I take on one of the scenarios that i mentioned in my post about creating custom Podio Apps.  One of my readers, Charles, asked if I could create a process that did the following... ...Automatically create and send an offer letter to my Real Estate Agent when I change the status of one of my leads to Make ...

Podio – Creating Apps and Automating with GlobiFlow and Zapier

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In my previous post I talked about my first impressions of Podio.  While I was a bit overwhelmed it was easy to see that Podio was a good option for managing your wholesale business. One of the big draws for using a system like Podio is how customizable it is. That is a great feature but it also can be a negative one if it creates to many complexities. After spending about 2 weeks figuring things out, I'm happy to say ...

My First Look at Podio (Day 1)

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This post is going to be a part of a series of posts as I get into the world of Podio. Sometimes the first impression says a lot about an application. Quite often the initial look at an application causes us to get that overwhelmed feeling in our guts and we turn around and never come back. I have found this to be even more true if the application is FREE like Podio is. Mostly because you have nothing invested …

What I Figured out About Organizing your Leads with Excel + Free Tool

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There are quite a few options when you are looking for wholesaling lead management software.  Probably one of the most popular lead tracking tools out there is simply Microsoft Excel.  I have seen countless forum posts on Bigger Pockets asking what CRMs other wholesalers use.  The one consistent answer that I see is to use Excel as a CRM.  It’s not necessarily the best, only that there is always a couple of people who swear buy it. In my efforts …

Direct Mail Campaign Tracking + Free Tool

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THIS TEMPLATE HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED AS CURRENT VERSION OF EXCEL HAVE CAUSED TO MANY ISSUES Thank you all for your interest! ————————————————————————————————————- Two weeks ago I wrote a blog post about What Lead Information you should keep track of.  In that post I broke down the minimum data points that you would benefit from keeping track of over the course of a leads life.  What I didn’t go over is how to keep track of your mailing campaigns. When I …

How to Organize Your Wholesaler Leads

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There are a few HAVE TO HAVES when it comes to being a real estate wholesaler as far as I’m concerned.  Relationships, Systems and Leads.  Everything else comes a distant second. They all work together as well to create a successful business. Having leads is must, but what is also very important is your ability to keep those leads organized. What leads do you need to mail to this month? Looking up a lead when they call Making sure you …

SI Lead Manager v7 is HERE!

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I am happy to announce that the latest version of SI Lead Manager has been released…v7!  This latest update to SI Lead Manager is the biggest update yet.  The entire software has been recreated from the ground up in order to take it to the next level. I’ve listened to the suggestions and have put all my efforts into making this one of the most user friendly lead management applications out there. There are 3 main areas that I wanted to …

SI Lead Manager v7 is almost here

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One thing I really enjoy doing is creating software.  One application that I’ve been developing over the years is a lead tracking tool called SI Lead Manager. You can get the current version beta 6 right now for free.  Since I released beta 6 last year, there have been over 700 people download and use the software.  That is just awesome to me!!. Over the past 18 months I have been working hard on the next version…Which I’m calling SI Lead Manager v7. …

Investor Carrot Review, Is It Right For Your Wholesaling Business?

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Over the past year I’ve been asked all kinds of questions about my experiences with Investor Carrot. When I first discovered them I had a lot of questions myself and found it hard to find the answers. At the time Investor Carrot had just launched the service so there was not a lot of information out there. I just had to take the plunge and hope for the best. I’ve had my website up for over a year now with ...

I Got Over One of My Fears Today

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My friend Sharon Vornholt from Louisville Gal’s Real Estate Blog started up a wonderful podcast earlier this year.  I really enjoy listening to it on my rides to work in the mornings.  Her guests are always hard working investors who are always willing to share what they know. What I love about Sharon’s podcast is that we have similar investing strategies so a lot of her content really resonates with me. So, about a month ago, Sharon asked me to …

You Never Know Who You Might Run Into…Funny Story

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Every day I am reminded that of the benefits of networking and building relationships.  Even though this story isn’t related to real estate investing it has everything to do with real estate investing. The other day I was coming home from the park with my son.   My wife was working  and it was getting late so I decided to stop by Boston Market to pick up some food.  This Boston Market has a drive through which was great because I …

Writing Content that Attracts Motivated Seller Leads

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Struggling Investor has been alive and kicking for 6 years now (since 2008). To this day the hardest part for me is to write content.   I’ve definitely improved my skills, but it’s still a chore. If you have ever started a blog you know what I mean.  Heck…and I’m talking about just my personal blog.  I do this for fun.  How about blogs/websites setup for your real estate business? Websites used for business purposes are tougher then personal blogs. …

18 Ways to Suck at Wholesaling Real Estate

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We all love GPS because it gives us the exact way to get someplace we want to go.  That is great and all but you really didn’t learn anything except that one way.  To truly learn something you need to know about what not to do and the consequences that come with it.  That is why I LOVE hearing about other people’s mistakes. With that in mind I wanted to write a different kind of post.  This post is all …

The Dark Side of Marketing

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Over the last few years I’ve gotten many calls from sellers. I would say that almost all of them have been pleasant conversations.  Sure there have been those where the caller has a skeptical or irritated tone.  All you can do is blame your partner for sending mail to them in error and cross them off your list. My lead generating websites have both my phone number and a contact form.  To be honest I prefer that the lead fills out …