Inching Closer To Our First Deal

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First I want to apologize for not putting out a  Marketing Monday post earlier this week.  I wanted to write up a post about how my mailers have been doing but just never got a chance to do so.  The phones have been ringing off the hook this week after I sent out 200+ letters and we’ll at get a chance to view some more houses soon. On to the good news… MLS Access Resolution I finally got my MLS access activated …

More Confusion with my Real Estate License

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In my post last week (Real Estate License Stuck in Limbo) I figured out why my mls account was suspended and was told by the NCJAR that I needed to get my transfer forms filled out and signed by my “New” broker and include a $15 check.  Well there seems to be more to the story then just that… I called up my broker and explained the situation to the nice lady at Realty Executives.  I figured I’d be told …

6 Steps to Building a Quick Buyers List Through the MLS

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At a real estate meeting last week a local real estate investor, Jon Zorrer, gave us all a great tip on how to build a buyers list through the MLS. Step #1: Get MLS Access For new Investors this part is going to be a challenge.  I had a tough myself and ended up just getting my license.  Many experienced investors tell you to get MLS access like you can pick it up at the corner grocery store.  They forget …

Lessons Learned: Bye Bye Broker

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Last summer, after being tired of trying to find a Real Estate Agent to work with,  I decided to just get my own license.  Which I accomplished by September and then signed on with a very small broker.  For those not aware, in order to do anything as a RE Agent you have to hang your license with a broker.   If you don’t hang your license you can not have any of the benefits of being a Sales Agent like …

Realtor Key and MLS Access is Mine!

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Wow!  It only took me 3 months from graduating real estate agent class to officially get signed up with the NCJAR and get my MLS access and my realtor digital key.  For those thinking that is crazy, I have to admit that some of it was my fault… Working a 9 to 5 job made getting to the RE Commission’s office between 10am and 3pm a mite difficult Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years made me lazy Plain stupidity But alas …

They Messed Up and Let Me Into The Club

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The Real Estate Commission has approved me as a Sales Agent.  All in all it took a little over a month of waiting.   So Tiara, to answer your question, it takes about 6 to 8 weeks to get access after signing up with a broker.  At least in my case it did.  Your experience might be different if you sign up with one of the big brokerages like Weichert or Exit Realty. This is not going to throw me …

Final Broker Choice

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I’ve met with all the potential brokers and I think I’ve made my decision on which one to hang my license with.  I was looking for a broker that would allow me to be free to do as I wish (to a point).   The most important factors in making my decision were… Not have to work as a salesperson for the broker unless I volunteered to No desk time No monthly fees No class requirements, but they offered training if …

MLS Access at Last!

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My long search for a broker continues to go on, but I some how managed to get access to the MLS!  A friend of mine who is an agent recently got up and running on the gsmls (my friend previously only had access to the njmls) and offered to let me use until I got my own access.   Even though I’ll only need it for a week, it’ll be great to finally be able to see behind the curtain. I …

Thinking of Probate Ideas

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Not to much to report over the last day or so.  I’ve been working on getting more articles up on my probate site although I’ll admit that my ideas are running very low at the moment.   Right now I’m throwing some words down on paper for an article about forcing a new executor to be named.  Outside of that one article I spent about an hour last night just pondering my next move.   I’d like to make the site a …

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 …

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 …

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 …