Have a REI Blog? Get the Word Out

Scott Costello All, Blog, Top Blogs 18 Comments

I had this thought last night while I couldn’t sleep.  I’m not sure if this will work out the way I hope it does but it’s worth a shot. I invite everyone who has a real estate related blog to advertise it below in the comments.  If the blog is brand new or you’ve been typing out quality content for years, I want to know about it and add you to my RSS feed. Here are the benefits for doing …

Probate Monday: New Month, New List

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The coming of the new month brings a fresh probate lead list from my supplier.   So far I can not complain one bit about the leads that I’ve been getting and the supplier has been right on time each and every month.  For those that have forgotten, I spend about $100 a month for the list.  On average, each list has come with 80 names so doing a little math that works out to about $1.25 per.  I can’t really …

A Book About Me??

Scott Costello All, Blog, Probate Investing 4 Comments

Well not really.  I have been asked though to be a part of the creation process of a book about developing an internet business while working a 9 to 5 job.  I will be one of 5 to 6 people who will work through the process of developing that internet business.  The experience of the participants will act as case studies for the book. This is something of great interest to me and I would have bought the book even …

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 …

Giveaway #5: T Harv Eker’s Millionaire Mind Seminar

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If you have ever read the book T Harv Eker’s Millionaire Mind you’ll know how great this guys material is.  What you may not know is he also holds seminars to talk and teach about the same principles he lays out in the books.  Kelly Miller recently attended one of these events and had nothing but good things to say about them.  She is donating the 16 CD set from the seminar and it’s loaded with great information.  Here is …

Giveaway #4: Autographed Copy of the Go-Giver by Bob Burg

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The Go-Giver tells the story of an ambitious young man named Joe who yearns for success. Joe is a true go-getter, though sometimes he feels as if the harder and faster he works, the further away his goals seem to be. And so one day, desperate to land a key sale at the end of a bad quarter, he seeks advice from the enigmatic Pindar, a legendary consultant referred to by his many devotees simply as the Chairman. Over the …

Giveaway #3: Flip This REO eBook by Stephani Davis

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Steph is the owner operator of FlipThisWholesaler.net and this past fall, introduced an awesome eBook.  Even if you don’t win this eBook, you should go and buy it if you have any interest in wholesaling REOs.  Heck it’s only $47!  Steph put in every effort to make sure she covered all the questions that someone might have when flipping an REO property.  This is how she describes the ebook… Flip This REO! is an eBook specifically written for beginning wholesalers who …

Probate Monday #8 – Figuring Out Your Offer

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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 …

Giveaway #1: Book: Rich Dad Poor Dad

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Even though I’ve got some great stuff to give away I wanted to start off with what started me off into real estate investing.  I read this book on my Honeymoon two and a half years ago and I’ve been sold on REI ever since.  This is a must read for new investors, old investors or just anyone wanting to change their lives.  It won’t give you a step by step on how to invest, but it will change the …

Holiday GiveAway Week

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This is the first annual Struggling Investor Holiday GiveAway Week!  Well it’s actually the second as last year I gave away a copy of Steve Cook’s Wholesaling for Quick Cash to Ingrid.  This year however, I have so much more to give away and that is in large part to some very generous people. The reason for me giving this stuff away is that I hope to help someone start off the new year with a bang.   I have …

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 …

Probate Monday #7 – Got the Meeting, now what?

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Before I start week 7, I need to admit that I fell behind and have yet to mail out my letters.  I’m one mouse click away from printing them out, but ran out of time this weekend to pick up the envelopes and stamps.  I’m terrible at working something new into my schedule and over the past week I have not been focused and let a few distractions get in the way.   Honestly?  how hard is it to go to …

The Secret to Small Successes

Scott Costello All, Blog, Probate Investing 13 Comments

One important lesson I have learned from reading blogs from people like Steph Davis (FlipThisWholesaler.net), Shae Bynes (GoodfaithInvesting.com), Kelly (KellyFlippinCali) ,Nick Johnson (Subject2.com) and many many others (I think I’m going to write a post about all the blogs I read one day soon), is that small successes are essential to every accomplishment. These successful steps forward aren’t always obvious at first and sometimes even need to be pointed out by a friend.  The best way I can explain this is …

Probate Monday #6 – What to say when they call?

Scott Costello All, Blog, Probate Investing 10 Comments

For me the scariest thing about sending out marketing material is what to actually say when a lead calls.  When I was sending out pre-foreclosure mailings last year, there were many times I would hear my phone ringing and just freeze when I saw the number wasn’t one I recognized.  It pissed me off to no end that I was wasting my money and time by not answering the damn phone! This is a huge step for me, as I’m …

Probate List is in Hand

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I just wanted to put up a quick update before the Thanksgiving holiday.  Yesterday I got the probate list from my source and it’s looking pretty decent, he even took the time to check the tax records for each lead to see if there was property involved in the estate.  Pretty cool! So far I’ve gone down the list anyway and have checked the tax records as well as the public records just so I can get more familiar with …