Realtor Key and MLS Access is Mine!

Scott Costello All, Blog, Probate Investing 18 Comments

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 …

I made an Offer

Scott Costello All, Blog, Probate Investing 12 Comments

As I said at the end of my post yesterday, I was going to call up Caller #1 and make an offer.  Having never done this before I was really unsure how to go about doing it, but after some deep thoughts I came up with a good strategy. First I wanted to sound like I was trying to get him the best price possible. I did this by apologizing for taking a few days to get back to him, but i …

Probate Monday #8 – Figuring Out Your Offer

Scott Costello All, Blog, Probate Investing 4 Comments

Before I get started with I just wanted to post about my appointment with the home owner who called from my mailer.  It went as well as I could have expected.  Since it was really only the second “sellers” house I’ve visited I don’t have much to compare it too.   I was an ass and forgot my camera so I only snapped one picture of the house with my phone.  I got there a few minutes early so I …

Has Fear Snuck Up On You?

Scott Costello All, Blog, Probate Investing 12 Comments

I never even realized it.  I’ve sent out letters before, even gotten calls.  There was no way I was afraid.  It’s been two weeks since I wrote about sending the probate letters to my lead list and I had yet to do it.  Why?  To me it seemed like I had good reasons… Needed to put up crown molding in the office Thanksgiving Family Didn’t have the envelopes Didn’t have stamps Dentist appointment These are valid reasons right?  I was …

How to Actually Network? Answered!

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This week has been a banner week for me in terms of networking.  I usually do most of my networking on the computer, which is fine and all but it really doesn’t have the same affect as shaking someone’s hand and sitting down with them for a few minutes to talk.  I am starting to realize this and will continue to work at getting out of my shell and literally talk with fellow investors. Recap of my Networking this week… …

Probate Monday #4 – Is Real Estate Involved?

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Probate Monday #3 – Update With the help of Jon Zorrer from REITvShow.com, who pointed me to a good friend of his, I was able to get my probate leads.  His friend mines all of New Jersey for probate leads and sells the in counties that he doesn’t invest in.  As luck would have it, he did not invest in Morris County and was happy to sell the leads to me for $97 a month.  A $3 savings from USProbateLeads.com. …

My Choice For Getting Probate Leads

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Probate Monday #3 – Update I did some thinking last night so I could weigh the benefits of going to the court house and pulling the probate leads versus buying them from a probate leads source.   It wasn’t an easy decision, but I remembered what a few of my fellow investor friends (J.P., Shae and Jason) told me…Just make a Decision and go for it! So that is what I did and chose to buy the leads from USProbateLeads.com for …

Probate Monday #2 – Finding the Public Notice Newspaper

Scott Costello All, Blog, Probate Investing 13 Comments

I’ve decided on which area I will be focusing on to find probate leads (Morris County) and now it’s time to do a little detective work and uncover which newspaper contains the public notices. Let me explain as to why we want to find the public notices.  A decadent (the deceased) still has bills and outstanding debts that must be paid.  These creditors must be notified of the persons passing in order to give them an opportunity to submit a …

30DC – Update – 200 Visitors

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Over this past weekend I passed the 200 visitor mark for my 30 Day Challenge blog, NewJerseyProbate.org.  Since the end of the challenge, about a month ago, I’ve continued to write an article a week and am at about 20 total so far. 12 of them on my blog and the other 8 spread out over different sites like EzineArticles, Scribd.com, hubpages.com and blogspot.com.  I’ve also taken those articles and submitted them to Traffic-Bug.com in order to increase the backlinks.  …

Probate Monday – Finding the Deceased – Part #1

Scott Costello All, Blog, Probate Investing 11 Comments

Welcome to the first installment of Probate Monday.   I am currently reading Ron Mead’s 31 days to Profits in Real Estate Probate. Every Monday until I have succeeded in finding a deal I will be posting a step I will be accomplishing that week.   I know Ingrid is working her way through the course as well and I’m sure we both wouldn’t mind some company to help each other along.  If you choose to take this challenge I’d love …

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 …

Broker Hunt Continues

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I was driving down Route 10 yesterday on my way home from work and I saw this really nice car driving by, a red Ferrari.  I don’t see those too often, but they are one awesome looking car!  When it got in front of me I got a look at the vanity license plate, it said PROBATE.  I had the urge to follow him to where ever he was going and see what the license plate was all about. Yesterday …

30DC – Update – Dropping!

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This past week has been a busy one for sure.  Spent the early parts studying for my RE license class exam which I passed.  When I took the test I like to put a mark next to any questions that I’m not 100% sure about.  I like to do that to help me remember, when we review the test during the next class, which ones I had trouble with.   Of all the questions I marked, I got about 80% of …