How to Get What You Really Want From Real Estate Investing

Scott Costello All, Blog, Featured, Goals, Guest Writers 46 Comments

It was exhilarating when I first got the thought in my brain that I wanted to try real estate investing. I didn't know about wholesaling or the many other types such as lease options or even probate. What got me excited was the thought of Money and Freedom. The other day I got an email from Todd Heitner. He has been reading my blog for a while and wanted to offer his words of wisdom on how he has achieved ...

What Do You Do When You Are Out of Marketing Money?

Scott Costello All, Blog, Featured 5 Comments

In my last post (Is wholesaling the Answer?) I talked about how I thought things needed to change because my current strategy of just wholesaling wasn’t advancing me towards my goals.  This past week i come to find out that my partner would not be able to put any money into marketing for a while.  This pretty much shuts down the direct mail operations completely.  If you all remember, back in July, my wife lost her job so I needed …

Goals With Flaws and Finding My Free Time

Scott Costello All, Blog, Featured 4 Comments

I can’t believe Ben is 6 weeks old already!  We are adjusting fairly well to him and how he works.  From him eating every 4 hours, to not wondering what ever little grunt or noise he makes means.  In the end I knew he would be taking up pretty much all of my non 9to5 time, but I’m having a very hard time finding time to do any real estate investing tasks. What has saved my ass, and kept the …

Real Estate Investing Marketing Monday

Marketing Monday: Recharging The Batteries

Scott Costello All, Blog, Marketing 4 Comments

Sorry for the lack of a post last week, I was gone on vacation down in North Carolina with the family.  I had a nice relaxing time on the beach hanging out with the people closest to me.   We stayed at my Uncles house in Emerald Isle.  The house is right on the beach, we literally just had to walk out the back porch and the water was 100 feet away.  Scotty Liked! I’ve discussed this before for sure, …

Must Read Blog Posts & 36 Days Down

Scott Costello All, Blog, P90x, Top Blogs 2 Comments

I am actually having a little bit of writer’s block today so I decided to link to some of the best blog posts I’ve read the last few weeks.  One of the best ways I know of at getting your mind focused and thinking outside of the box is to read other people’s thoughts.   If you get the chance, read some of the posts below and tell me what you think. Great Blog Posts That I’ve Read This Week …

Must Read Blog Posts & 36 Days Down

All, Blog, Top Blogs 2 Comments

I am actually having a little bit of writer’s block today so I decided to link to some of the best blog posts I’ve read the last few weeks.  One of the best ways I know of at getting your mind focused and thinking outside of the box is to read other people’s thoughts.   If you get the chance, read some of the posts below and tell me what you think. Great Blog Posts That I’ve Read This Week …

P90x: Week #1 in the books

Scott Costello All, Blog 7 Comments

Just wanted to keep my self accountable and anyone interested updated on my progress with P90x.  I started the program last Wednesday (March 9th) and at the time I wasn’t sure what to expect.   I was hoping I wouldn’t be disappointed in the workouts because I’m in decent shape from playing basketball every week and going to the gym 3 to 4 times a week. Brief Overview P90x is a 12 week (or 90 day) training program.  The package …

Probate Monday: Mid Month Slow Down

Scott Costello All, Probate Investing 3 Comments

Before I get started, I want to wish my beautiful bride a very happy 30th birthday today.  She is the love of my life and with out a doubt my best friend as well.  Can’t beat that combo!  In our family we like to celebrate birthdays over a week period, not just on the date itself. We get together with family, have a party with friends and do things throughout the week to make it a really special time. With …

Probate Monday: Some weeks just don’t go your way

Scott Costello All, Blog 16 Comments

Last week was one of those highly unproductive weeks, probably the least I’ve accomplished in quite some time, maybe my body just needed.   For those people who work a full time job and then come home and do all your Rei tasks after 6pm you’ve probably had similar weeks.  I was just beat!  I couldn’t concentrate and ended up taking naps when I got home from work on most nights and went to bed early as well. So here is …

Probate Monday: Offer Under Consideration

Scott Costello All, Blog, Probate Investing 9 Comments

How was everyone’s weekend?  Mine was pretty busy with family stuff but I managed to work in a few REI activities as well.  My father had back surgery to fix a herniated disc last week so I got a bit side tracked and did not realize I hadn’t updated my blog the entire week.   Hopefully everyone else was too busy getting deals to noticed. Last week I set three goals which are designed to get me closer to my first …

Probate Monday: Persistence

Scott Costello All, Blog, Probate Investing 7 Comments

As a software developer for the past 9 years I’ve learned some valuable lessons about myself and what it takes to accomplish what I’ve set out to do.  Many times over the years I’ve had to figure out complicated programming tools, languages and specifications in order to achieve the final product.  For me a program that I had to struggling to make, curse at because it just wouldn’t work and want to just delete out of pure frustration is the …

How am I doing? 2nd Quarter Progress Report

Scott Costello All, Blog 16 Comments

Every 3 months or so I like to go back and take a look at what I’ve accomplished.  It’s a good way to see how I have progressed in my quest at becoming a successful, full time investor.  This exercise really helps me figure out if I’ve been spending my time on tasks that will lead to my goal or if I am wasting my time.   I’m going to run a two part review, one for my real estate related …

Probate Monday: Goals and other thoughts

Scott Costello All, Blog, Probate Investing 10 Comments

It’s funny how things sneak up on you and you don’t realize it until you take a step back. What I’m talking about is Summer and all the little, non rei related, things that come up and slow down any resemblance of momentum.  The sad part is, during this part of the year, my subconscious mind seems to make all the decision of what I should be doing without consulting the rational part. If you’ve read the book Switch by …

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

Scott Costello All, Blog, Books 3 Comments

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.  …

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, …