Probate Monday #5 – Make Money From Your Leads

Scott Costello All, Blog, Probate Investing 14 Comments

Since this is a short week thanks to the Thanksgiving holiday, I figured it would be the logical spot to review what we have done so far.  I will also give everyone a great tip I got from Nick Johnson. Another reason why I’m not moving forward just yet is my probate list is scheduled to arrive until the end of this week.  My source is currently gathering the information from the court house.  In my county the information is …

How to Actually Network? Answered!

Scott Costello All, Blog 15 Comments

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… …

4 Important keys to a Probate Letter

Scott Costello All, Blog, Probate Investing 13 Comments

Before I get started explaining how I am going to construct the letter (if i wasn’t using the one in Ron Mead’s course) I want to touch on a specific situation you’ll come across when looking through the probate files.  When one of the surviving heirs is a wife, husband or someone who has the same address as the deceased.  Here is a situation that I have run into… Spouse dies and the Personal Representative lives at the same address …

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. …

Lead List? Get it Yourself!

Scott Costello All, Blog, Probate Investing 15 Comments

I think someone is punishing me for trying to better myself by making a quick decision.  I got an email from USProbateLeads.com a few minutes ago saying that I was getting a refund for my purchase of Morris County Probate Leads because someone had bought the Exclusivity rights to Morris County. This does not make me happy at all, as now I have to figure out another way to get the leads.  I’m going to look at USLeadLists.com now, but …

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 …

Probate Monday #3 – Creating Your Lead List

Scott Costello All, Blog, Probate Investing 4 Comments

Update for Week #2 – Finding the Public Notice Newspaper First I wanted to update my status for week #2, Finding the Public Notice newspaper for my county.  I got a lot of evidence pointing me towards the Daily Record and found a great website that allowed me to search all the public records in Morris County *for participating newspapers.   This lead me to to call the Morris County Surrogate’s office last Friday in order to get a more definitive …

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 …

Probate Monday – Week #1 Update – Ron Mead

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I did a little research and decided that I’m going to concentrate on one county, Morris County.  Below are the following stats that I got from Quickfacts.Senses.gov.  I wanted to make sure the population numbers could provide me with enough probate leads and it definitely can.  Take a look at the below stats… Morris County Stats Population: 487,548 Persons 65+: 12.9% Housing Units: 184,618 Home Ownership: 76% Median Household Income: $94,556 Person’s Below Poverty: 4.1% Persons per square mile: 1002.6 …

30DC – Update – 200 Visitors

Scott Costello All, Blog, Internet Marketing 17 Comments

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.  …

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 …

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 …

Investor’s First Look at the MLS

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My first few days with MLS access have been fun!  I’m like a kid in a candy store in many ways, one of which is that I’m having trouble figuring out exactly what I want.  For those that are just getting daily emails from an agent or who are getting some sort of “buyer” access, you are missing out on great features.  Over the next few weeks as I learn how to properly use them I will post about their …

Broker Interview Week

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Happy Monday morning everyone!  Ugh, I really tried to sound chipper and up beat there,  how did I do?   The feeling of dread always seems to build up in my stomach as I sit in traffic on my way to my J.O.B. every Monday morning.   Now that there is major sun glare or crappy weather, it’s a maddening stop and go affair that usually lasts about 45 minutes. It’s not all bad however, as that awesomeness really gets me …

One Broker Down and Maybe Two

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Bruce gave me a call last night to let me know that his broker wasn’t interested in holding any new part time agents at this time.  That’s to bad cause it was sounding like a great situation for myself and exactly what I was looking for.  The good news is that Bruce and I are going to stay in touch and help each other out.  I’m going to give him some help on internet marketing if he needs it and …