Is it a bad idea to put up Signs in the Snow?

Scott Costello All, Blog, Lead Tracker, Probate Investing 5 Comments

Snow Snow Snow Lance and I were planning on putting out some bandit signs tomorrow morning.   Well that is not going to happen now because we are getting a snow storm of about 3 to 6 inches.  On top of that my wife told me we are going to be getting a Nor-Easter on Tuesday that is going to dump some serious snow on us as well.  So we decided to postpone the early morning gangster action until next …

$1800 and some Books to Give Away

Scott Costello All, Blog, Probate Investing 12 Comments

How was everyone’s Christmas and New Years?  I’m coming to you live from my Dell Mini 9 with a screen so small I can’t really e everything I am typing so forgive me if I have more typos then usual.  I do bring some good news on my laptop front.  The home owners insurance agent came out to the house today and gave us a check for $3500.  That money covers the depreciated values of my laptop computer and the …

Probate Monday: Going Through The Motions Is A Good Thing

Scott Costello All, Blog, Lead Tracker, Probate Investing 5 Comments

With Christmas only a few days away and New Years right after that, I’ve halted my mailings until January 3rd.  However I’m still going through the motions of putting my mail pieces together so they can be ready to be mailed out when the time is right. Staying active is a benefit on two fronts.  First it keeps me active and thinking about real estate investing during this slow down period.  I’ve always found that once a break a routine, …

Probate Monday: Getting My Gangster On

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As Justin McClelland likes to call it, I got my gangster on this past weekend and put out some of my bandit signs.  Instead of going out late at night, we ended up waking up before the ass crack of dawn and got out there with about 1 hour and 30 minutes left of darkness.  It was great because there is absolutely nobody out at that god forsaken time of the morning.  I want to thank Lance for waking up …

Probate Monday: Using A Greeting Card Envelope

Scott Costello All, Blog, Probate Investing 5 Comments

Today I put my November probate mailers into the mailbox for delivery.  This mailing is the first of my test run using greeting card envelopes.   My goal is to try and get more people to open them up and improve on my 4% response rate so far.   With the holidays coming I am in a big push to get as many mailers out right now because in my coaches experience the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years don’t get …

Repair Cost Summary

Scott Costello All, Blog, Probate Investing 9 Comments

This weekend was a productive weekend as I went out to visit the Tall Timber house with Lance (a fellow student of Jon Zorrer’s).  Lance is pretty good with spotting what needs to be repaired and together we came up with a repair cost for this house.  With our estimates, it turned out it was going to cost more then my initial guesstimate of 50,000 k.  Here is the break down of the figures… Repair Item Cost Estimate Paint 9 …