The Most Underrated Part of Being An Investor

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One of my best friends is in the process of buying a house and he currently is in need of a structural engineer to analyze a 250 year old barn that is on the property. Who the hell knows a structural engineer?  I work for an engineering company that builds power plants and I still don’t know a structural engineer.  Asking around, I think my company only has 1 of them right now but he doesn’t do houses.   I …

Why am I getting Homework?

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What a busy week this has been!  I had barely any time to rest and relax between working my full time job, having to put my mailers together (106 this time), going to real estate meetings on Wednesday and Thursday and with school starting up and traffic season commencing, it took me forever to get home from work and to the REI meetings.  I dislike this time of year on so many levels…. End of Summer School Starts (I know …

Does Networking Really Pay Off?

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By reading the title  you probably thought that I had a deal come my way through my networking channels.  Unfortunately that is not the direction this post is going to take.  What I’m getting at is that I can officially say I have a coach. Over the summer I’ve continually offered up my website development “skills” at my real estate meetings in order to help myself build relationships with other successful investors.  Almost immediate Jon Zorrer (the organizer of the …

How am I doing? 2nd Quarter Progress Report

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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 …

Solving One Problem at a Time

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This past week I made some positive strides which should help me out greatly in the long run.  What helped me most was when i took a few minutes early in the week to identify a few problem areas that have been hindering my progress and then came up with a “solution” for these problems. Just like Alcohol Anonymous and their 12 step program, the first step to solving a problem is admitting to yourself that you have a one.  …

First Meeting of the NNJREIG

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Not sure if there is an official name for it yet, but last night Bruce and I joined about 10 other real estate investors in the back room of a diner to meet, network and talk about REI.  I’m going to dub this the Northern New Jersey Real Estate Investors Group…Sound good? It was good to see Bruce again, as we have only really talked on the phone since meeting about 2 years ago at the flippinghomes.com forums.   I …