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 …

5 Things I Must Improve On as an Investor

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A post by Carey over at Goin’ Flippin’ Crazy inspired me to analyze where I stand right now as an investor and what has been holding me back.  Taking a close look at yourself is never easy and takes practice before you can really step back and honestly evaluate. What is helpful for me is to compare myself to someone more successful and then do a comparison of what has made them a success and what I have done in …

Question: Can You Over Do Goal Setting?

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I was reading my good friend Shae’s blog and she had a great post about how she is creating her 100 days left goals.  Shae definitely knows what she is doing and if you get the chance you should head on over there and read it (94 Days of Focus to Finish 2009 Strong). Her post got me thinking… Is planning out to many goals or being too detailed  a bad thing?  And if so where do you draw the …

Did I Pass?

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I sure did! Managed to get an 83 on the federal section and a 77 on the NJ specific section.  I’m not sure what I got wrong just yet as we will be reviewing the test on Thursday. I used the 80/20 method of studying for this test.   Since I only needed a 70% I figured why kill myself studying anything that was going to be complicated or take too long to learn.  I sured up the info that I …

Real Estate License Practice Exam

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I took my real estate license practice exam yesterday and needless to say I’m going to have to study.  Because I knew this was only a practice test, I didn’t study over the labor day weekend and instead chose to spend that time with my family. The exam is broken up into two parts between New Jersey laws and regulations and then Federal laws and regs.  You need to score a 70% or better on each part to pass.  I …

Back to School Jitters

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For some reason today I woke up feeling a bit overwhelmed and anxious.  Maybe it’s because I’m going back to work after another holiday and I don’t want to, or because the summer is over and I feel like I’m starting school…haha I get this feeling from time to time and I like to share it because I know other newbie investors get it as well and I wanted to say it’s normal.  What I’ve learned to do is just …

30DC – Day 1

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Last night I started my thirty day challenge! I got through all the preseason modules  yesterday afternoon.  The preseason consists of introducing you to the tools (google analytics, google reader, twitter, facebook, firefox, youtube, Market Samurai, etc..) in order to get you setup and ready to start the challenge.  Most of the tools are free forever while some like market samurai are free for 30+ days.  None of the tools are necessary to go through the thirty days, they just …

Hard, Smart and Consistent

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I never realized how much real estate investing related things I do on a daily basis, that is until I came back from vacation.  It is very hard to catch back up.  I read blogs… FlipthisWholesaler.Net 123flip.com goodfaithinvesting.com 100buckschallange.com bloggertips.com sahmrealestateinvestor.blogspot.com KellyFlippinCali.blogspot.com and more! I also spend a good deal of time on forums reading up on the latest news, getting great tips about investing and marketing as well as asking any questions I have.  These forums are a daily/weekly …

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 …

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!  …

Few more articles to go

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Because of the hacking, I had to rebuild my local blog as I didn’t have that one backed up.  Luckily the 4 articles that were written, I stored on google docs so I just had to copy them over. I’m back in business! Yesterday I wrote three more articles, Avoiding Foreclosure Scams, What to do if you owe more then your house is worth and Selling a Probated house. I really had to do some research on the Probate process …

Where did the week go?

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Last week was crazy as I tried working around my new schedule. With the real estate license class on Tuesday and Thursday I was scrambling around. Shockingly to me I’m actually finding the class quite interesting. If I took this class about 10 years ago I probably would have been passed out on the desk, but I guess with my increased age and interest in real estate investing this class gets me thinking. There was a discussion on one of …

Investing Goals for week 7/13 to 7/20

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Alright I’m back on track with my goals. I completed them all this week so lets review… Rework my short term goals – DONE, I accomplished this by setting up my new schedule for every week. It usually takes me a few weeks before I have the routine down as I’m a forget full person and a creature of habit so I’ll do my best. If you want to see my new schedule go here Find another house to make …