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Highly Recommended Reading for Entrepreneurs

For the past 10 years plus I’ve been reading, studying and devouring awesome books, courses, etc. that had to deal with real estate, money, business and self-help. There are a handful of books that I HIGHLY recommend and I figured I’d include them here. If you have some that you think should be added, please make a comment with your suggestion and why you think it’s such an awesome book.

Also, if you’re read any of the ones that are on my list, by all means make a comment about why you liked (or didn’t like the book.) (Note: The links below are all affiliate links. So, if you think a book or 2 sounds interesting and you want to go ahead and buy it, please use the affiliate link if you feel that I helped you with your decision to purchase the book. It really helps to pay for this blog! Thanks!)

  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki– simply one of the best books ever written, imo. It will completely change your way of thinking about money, wealth, investing and well life in general. This is #1 on my list for a reason. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve read this book.
  • Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker– Wow. That’s what I thought after reading this book. I will warn ya tho…it’s slow to start, but trust me when I tell you to stick with it. If you’ve always wondered why you get stuck in the same ‘ole money ruts then this book is your answer. You will be absolutely amazed at the things you learn about yourself while reading this book. But remember, give it a chance, it’s slow in the beginning but you will eventually have one of those “aha” moments like I had and be hooked. I finished this book in 1 day both times that I read it. And I’ve also listened to it on cd’s twice! That’s how good this book is. You’ll take something different from it everytime you read it (or listen to it.) I promise.
  • The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferris– have you ever thought that you worked TOO much? Yeah me too. This book is the perfect read that will give you tips on saving time and getting what you need to get done quicker. Remember I mentioned this book in my post about a marketing schedule? You’ll learn how to do what’s important in life and eliminate the fluff from your life making for a more productive day and business. A+ read.
  • Emerging Real Estate Markets: How to Find and Profit from Up-and-Coming Areas by David Lindahl– this is an excellent book regardless of which area of real estate investing you are in to. Seriously, if you’re a residential or commercial investor or if you’re into land development or just any area of real estate investing in general you should definitely read this book. You’ll learn how and why certain areas will skyrocket with appreciate even while the national market or your local market in fact may be stagnant or declining. Awesome book filled with incredible information and it walks you through where and how to get this information.
  • Multi-Family Millions: How Anyone Can Reposition Apartments for Big Profits by David Lindahl– another excellent book by Dave. His books are really loaded with useful information, grant it, throughout and in the end he may try to sell you on his courses or coaching, but overall his material is always A+ in my opinion. This book has to do with repositioning apartment complexes. It’s a way to make a boatload of money if you’re willing to take on the challenge of a repositioning. He recommends that not more than 30% of your portfolio be in repositions. Check it out and let me know what you think of it! I think you’ll agree with my assessment!
  • People Are Idiots and I Can Prove It!: The 10 Ways You Are Sabotaging Yourself and How You Can Overcome Them by Larry Winget- This guy is just abrasive, hard core, in your face and to the point. It’s time to start taking personal responsibility for your life and for your screw ups. If you need warm and fuzzy, Larry ain’t your man, but if you can handle the truth, then this is a MUST READ. It’s very effective for you to do the exercises throughout the book as well. You can check out My Plan for My Life list from this book and My Give Up list. Pick this up the next time you’re feeling like life sucks and nothing is going your way 😉 or if you just need a little pick me up. And yes I’m being serious.
  • You’re Broke Because You Want to Be: How to Stop Getting By and Start Getting Ahead by Larry Winget– another in your face book that helps you take personal responsibility. Well I don’t wanna say helps you but throws it in your face that you have to. It ain’t nobody else’s fault but yours so start taking control of your life and start getting ahead. Great exercises to do in this book as well. Not for the people who need sweet and nice. You should have somewhat of a thick skin to read any of Larry’s books.
  • The Art of the Deal by Donald Trump– well if you don’t know who Donald Trump is well you probably live in a hole somewhere (and if that’s truly the case then I’m impressed that your hole has internet access!) Anyway, this is a very interesting read. The thing that I think makes it the most interesting is that Donald Trump does what we do day in and day out but on a LARGER scale. Options, rehabs, you name it. It’s in the book.
  • The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom by Suze Orman– I use to work as a production coordinator backstage at QVC way back in the day and that’s how I got this book. Suze was a guest and I was in charge of her show and we got to talking and she gave me this book. Boy was I glad she did. Most of us don’t want to invest in real estate so we can invest forever and constantly work on deals, right? Well this book will lead you through the steps you need to take to be financially free one day. It’s worth the read.
  • You’ve Earned It Don’t Lose It by Suze Orman– here’s another great read by Suze. So we work for 10, 20, 30, 40 years, etc. to make money to pay the bills and to live and enjoy life but do we really end up “losing” most of our money? Most folks sadly enough do. Learn how to earn your money and not lose it.
  • Unlimited Power by Anthony Robbins– we have so much that we stop ourselves from doing in life. If you don’t know it yet, our mind is a very, very powerful thing……Anthony Robbins book and audio helped me to take action in my life big time. I can’t say enough about this book but I want to tell you that if you have the funds available that I really suggest you get his Personal Power Cd set. I think I had Personal Power II. But it was truly an amazing experience going through all of the steps in the cd set. If funds are limited tho, then you can’t go wrong with this book.
  • The Secret– a simply awesome book about the Laws of Attraction. Must read or see for everyone. I think most of these books should be REQUIRED reading in school but definitely this one should. If you’re not much of a reader than check out the dvd. It’s mind blowing. Hint: DO THE EXERCISES!
  • Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill– here’s a must read classic. What’s the first word of the title? Yep, THINK. Are we seeing a pattern here……your head and mind is soooo powerful. Learn how to use it in your favor. You’ll see what Hill learned when he interviewed many successful people to write this book.
  • The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey– if you got some debts and some money worries than this is the book for you. If you’re like me and you’re not into religious type of stuff, etc. then you’ll just have to ignore those parts of the book. Take what you want and need from the book and you’ll be astounded at how you get your financial plan into shape. Remember tho, ain’t nothing gonna change in your financial life just because you read this book…you MUST take action and implement the concepts you learn. I still use Dave’s concepts to this day in regards to money (I use Dave’s, Suze’s from 9 Steps and T. Harv Eker’s from Secrets of the Millionaire Mind to help with my financial plans.)
  • Heartburn No More by Jeff Martin– ok grant it I know that this isn’t really about real estate or investing but it does have it’s place. Believe me. I, personally, have suffered from acid reflux/gern/heartburn for over 5 years and I’ve been on medicine for it for over 5 years. My G.I. doctor recently told me that he wanted me off of the medication so I had to start taking it every other day. Well that other day was very painful so I decided to look for a holistic approach to getting rid of heartburn and I found this ebook. Desperate with such bad heartburn that it brought tears to my eye I bought the ebook. It was hands down the best 47 bucks I ever spend in my life. I started the program in the beginning of September 2009 and this entire month I’ve been without heartburn. It’s friggin amazing. If you or someone you know has acid reflux, gerd or heartburn might I please recommend you buying this for them for their birthday or as a just because gift.

    Btw, I don’t know if you know this but stress is a big factor in heartburn. If you have any type of heartburn symptoms and if you’re anything like me and you get stressed out by your real estate deals “will I find a wholesale buyer quick enough” “will my rehab be done in time” “will my simultaneous close go smoothly” etc. etc. then this is a MUST HAVE E-BOOK. No questions asked. It will save you from much pain. If you’d like any more details of my experience with the book and it’s entire program then please feel free to contact me here.

  • Well I have many more books that I’ll think about putting on here but this is a good start for now. If you guys and girls can think of anymore, let us hear about ’em!

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    Real Estate Investing Marketing Schedule

    Ok so I’m one of those people that need a schedule. Not only do I need one but I find that I’m wayyy more productive when I write stuff down even if I have to do it everyday. I think I learned that writing the stuff down each day worked best for me after reading The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferris. Awesome book which I highly, highly recommend.

    Now through the years of investing (10 to be exact) I’ve figured out which methods work for me and actually got me deals and made me money and which methods didn’t do squat. So, of course, I’m only concentrating on the methods that have made me money in the past.

    Also, please keep in mind that this is a general schedule and I may change the days around as I have other things that may come up (cause I’m not only involved in investing but I have other things going on.) Oh and also….I am on this cleanse/juice fasting thing for the next week so I’m not sure how my body will react and some of the things that involve leaving my house may have to wait until the following week. (I’m taking a holistic approach to getting rid of my acid reflux/heartburn/gerd…hence the cleanse/juice fast. I may post about that in the future just in case any of you suffer from that. It’s going awesome…haven’t had to take my heartburn medicine this entire month!) Anyway….enough of that….on to the schedule:

    Mondays- Put out 10 Bandit Signs.
    9am – 10:15am: Get probate listings from courthouse (I haven’t gotten a deal this way yet, but I get my phone ringing and have made offers.)

    11:15am – 1:15pm: Go visit cash-only solds from the MLS to add to my buyers list. (I kinda searched for them before like that but after watching Steph’s video about it I really think I’ll take it more seriously and make it a part of my weekly/monthly routine.)

    2:15pm – 4:30pm: Search MLS for reo’s to make offers on and owner-occupant fixer uppers/motivated to send mailings to.

    4:30pm – 5:30pm: Send out probate letters.

    Tuesdays- Put out 10 Bandit Signs.
    11:15am – 1:15pm: Visit the MLS reo’s from yesterday, if necessary.

    2:15pm – 3:15pm: Make offers on every property visited.

    Wednesdays- Put out 10 Bandit Signs.

    Thursdays- Put out 10 Bandit Signs.

    Anything that I may not have gotten accomplished on Monday, I will take care of on Thursday. Plus,

    9am – 11:15am: I may go to the courthouse to check out pre-foreclosures. I refuse to send postcards to these people because over 10 yrs. it’s been the biggest waste of money for ME, personally. I am seriously contemplating coming at them from a real estate agent point of view to see if that can get me in the door and that way I can throw 2 options at them: I can either buy your house from you or list it for you. This will mostly be door-knocking though. If I get no answers then I will send a nice letter, which I got from my father. I’ll revise it a wee bit, but overall I like it. (My father is a Realtor and has a lot of success with getting listings from pre-foreclosures.) Keep in mind, I’m not in this for listings, I want the deals, of course, but I’m not going throw away any easy money that’s for sure.

    1:15pm – 3:15pm: Door knock the leads that I get from the courthouse that day.

    4:15pm – 5:15pm: Send out letters to the folks on my lead list that weren’t home when I door knocked.

    Fridays- Put out 10 Bandit Signs.

    Saturdays- Put out 10 Bandit Signs.

    Sundays- Put out 10 Bandit Signs.

    Notice that I’m leaving the evenings open for potential appointments with folks or they can be stuck in slots on days that I have open, including weekends.

    Everyday I’d like to put out bandit signs as they have been my biggest money maker for deals (along with the vinyl lettering on the back of my car and the MLS.)

    There ya have it. That’s my tentative schedule for now. I may have to tweak it, but we’ll see how it goes. This week may be a bit hairy because of the cleanse I’m doing, I should know more tomorrow. Honestly tho, I may just do only home type stuff this week because I have this whole schedule going on with what I’m suppose to do with this cleanse each day (it ends on Friday.)

    Flippin’ Carey

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    Can real estate listings please be easy all of the time?

    Geez so that short sale that I’m working on that’s a listing of mine….remember? Well I get a call from the wife last nite who informs me that the husband has been signing her name to all of the documents and she hasn’t signed anything since the beginning when we first met in person. She told me that he just ran out the house with a bunch of papers to go and stay at his moms house because they are fighting and the only paper she could see was a hardship letter dated for today.

    She then goes on to inform me that her lawyer and the mortgage company told her not to worry about anything and not to sign anything because her name isn’t on the mortgage. I had to remind her that it IS on the deed, however, so she still needs to sign off on the agreement of sale. She said she just wants to know what’s going on. I told her that I wanted to call my broker just to check on some things and that I’d call her back. She said ok. Btw, she was VERY nice to me….she just told me a bunch of shit about how her husband didn’t think she would live this long and that he’s been hoping to collect her insurance money and that he’s been having an affair for the past 3 months.

    I kinda think she’s telling me the truth because I think I mentioned that whenever we had paperwork he would ask me to drop it off at the vacant house so he could pick it up and have him and his wife sign it and then he’d leave it at the vacant house for me to pick up. It’s all adding up now. I use to think the wife was wacky but she was very coherent on the phone last night and made complete sense in everything she said….she sounded like she had her shit together in other words.

    My broker gave me some advice on dealing with the lady because I already know the lady doesn’t want to sell the house, she’d rather it go to foreclosure (probably to go on her cheatin’ hubby’s credit) and I already know she doesn’t want to sign anything. *sigh* My broker told me to go after the angle of the people who made an offer on the house and are excited about living there and starting their lives, etc. and that THEY would be the only ones who were really disappointed and let down in the entire situation.

    I think that’s the approach I’m gonna take cuz I can’t make her want to do something for her husband cuz she doesn’t care. Btw, she hasn’t called me back since I left a message last nite and the husband I left 2 messages for today and he still hasn’t called me back. I just had to break the news to the other agent about what was going on…she’s confident tho that I’ll get it resolved lol Let’s hope so!

    Flippin’ Carey

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    Short sale listings can never be easy, can they?

    So I dropped the aos off yesterday for the sellers of the property that I have listed that is a short sale. As I was leaving the husband shows up (to pick up the paperwork. The house is vacant, they live elsewhere.)

    We chatted for a little bit and I told him to have it back to me tomorrow. And if he or his wife had any questions to give me a call. He said his wife is not doing to good and that she’s been in a “mood” and that she told him she wasn’t signing shit! 🙂 Lucky me.

    He told me not to worry and he’s use to dealing with her and that he’ll have her sign it by tomorrow. We’ll see how that goes.

    I feel bad for the lady as she was in a horrible car accident as a passenger, completely not her fault, so she’s very bitter and angry and emotional nowadays but geez, sell your house. She told me at one point she’d rather the bank take the house back rather then her not make a penny on it. Mind you, I been telling them from the start they ain’t gonna make a penny on it! At least I got the hubby on my side.

    I was working on my schedule this morning while laying in bed and I should have it up later on today. Tarheel Ed, I got your request and I will shoot you an email later. Thanks for the welcome back, btw. 😉

    I’m off to shower as Kathy and I have to go fill one of our atm’s that’s up the street as soon as she and Joe (her 9 yr. old) get back from church.

    Flippin’ Carey

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    Short sale going on…

    Ok so when I was a lil slow on the trigger with getting deals because I didn’t want to disappoint anymore sellers I decided to go with the OPTION side of life. So what I did was I got this nice 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath newer home in Parkesburg, PA. tied up with an option contract. Wasn’t all too much wrong with it so I decided I’d try to flip my option to someone in 30 days and if I couldn’t do it than I was at least upfront and honest with the folks and I could always list it if they wanted me too (for those that are just learning about me now, I’m also a licensed Pennsylvania real estate agent.)

    Well 30 days goes by and I couldn’t whoelsale it to an investor, which I knew I wasn’t going to anyway, this was totally an owner-occupant type deal. I also, unfortunately, couldn’t flip my option contact to an owner-occupant. So, I advised the sellers what was up and that I, personally, did not want their house and that I could list it if they’d like. They did.

    The house as been on the market foreverrrrr but we finally got an offer yesterday on it. We’re countering, but regardless, it’ll be a short sale. I’m sure buyer and seller will agree on price and then we’ll have to go through the process to get the bank to agree to it 🙂 (Wanna learn how to do short sales? Check this out short sale course out!)

    The first is with Wells Fargo and the 2nd is with Wells Fargo’s Home Equity division. So, I’m on my way to drop the agreement of sale off to the sellers so they can initial the changes they want to make and sign the contract. The reason these folks are actually going into foreclosure in the first place is because the wife was in a major car accident and is on permanent disability (with no benefits) and there ya have it. The husband called me today and said he’d have to pick up the contract and then get her to sign it later because he’s taking her to the emergency room for some problems she’s having (he took her late last nite as well.) This one was very emotional and is a TRUE hardship situation.

    Oh and in the meantime, I get a call from a guy who saw that this house was for sale. We start chatting and it turns out that he’s an investor. We had a pretty decent conversation and I added him to my wholesalers list hehehe Funny how things happen, ain’t it? That Law of Attraction stuff really does work………..

    Already, off to take care of this. Later I’ll post my new schedule and plan for coming up with deals. I already gave myself a 10/31/09 deadline for my first newly “not m.i.a. anymore” deal.

    Flippin’ Carey

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    Hello Everyone!! Missed me? I’ve missed you!

    Anyone who knows me or who has read my other blog before knows that I’ve been M.I.A. for some time now. I’ll get to why in a second but for now just know that I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack. 🙂

    So I’ve been out of the real estate investing scene for a while…gosh it may have been a year?? Not too sure. Anyway, I’d like to share with you why and I hope that someone can take from it and learn from it and not let the same thing happen to them. For those that don’t know me, I’ve been investing in real estate since 1999. Not exactly a newbie, we’ll say.

    I got all of my knowledge from forums like Creative Real Estate Online and Flipping Homes. I bought courses, spent time with folks in the biz (I spent a few days in Baltimore with Steve Cook back in the day…remember that Steve?) But the key finally with it all was that I TOOK action (eventually lol)

    In 1999 I started investing in Mobile Homes via Lonnie Deals. In 2001 after an amazing talk from my step-father I started investing in single family homes. Then I think it was in 2007?? that I decided to do my first wholesale deal. Why it took me so long to do one is beyond me because it is by far the EASIEST way to make money in real estate, imho. (Plus, I had Steve Cook’s very first edition of his Wholesaling course foreverrrr and just never implemented it until 2007.)

    Fast forward…..I was doing some wholesale deals here and there loving life and loving real estate then it happened. I got a house under contract that I couldn’t wholesale. I felt kinda obligated to help the sellers out of their bad situation because after all I told them I would help them, right? (And I think being a girl doesn’t help….we get more involved than we should at times.) Anyway, after talking to a few friends I finally REALLY looked at the numbers of the house and realized it wouldn’t make sense for even me to purchase it so I walked away from the house. After that I just spiraled downwards where real estate is concerned. I couldn’t deal with the failure of myself but more importantly of disappointing someone that I told I could help. I’m one of those people where I value my words and I mean what I say so to have it happen where I didn’t follow through on a promise really was a tough pill for me to swallow. I stopped the whole real estate thang completely (well I still had a rental tho) but as far as actively seeking out deals. I mean I’d talk to a seller here or there and look at the MLS every so often but I didn’t really ever commit to doing anything.

    I talked to a few folks to try to get myself over this hump, if you will, and they all made sense. Thanks Steph and Sandy and we all knew the reason I stopped investing and we all knew that not being able to wholesale a deal has happened before to investors so it’s not that big of a deal but I just couldn’t get passed it. The mind is an amazingly powerful thing, ya know?

    Now, I’m ready to rock and roll again. I’ve been involved in a lot lately, including some passive income streams, and I’ve has a lot of wonderful things happen over the past year but I miss real estate and I think I’ve got a handle on my mind. I think that’s enough for now, don’t you? You guys and gals know how I can ramble….I could go on for a million more words lol

    Finally, I just wanted to welcome everyone back into my life….I’ve been keeping an eye on a couple of you throughout this whole time tho and I just want to give a HUGE shout out to Steph (TampaSteph) and tell her that I think she’s been doing a fantabulous job with her blog and I think it looks amazing. You go girl! Speaking of her….make sure you buy her ebook about flipping Reo’s…I’ve learned many a things from Steph and you’ll love the knowledge that she can share with you……check it out here:
    flip this reo ebook

    Talk to ya’s soon,

    Flippin’ Carey

    P.S. Bare with me while I get this lil blog here cleaned up a bit. 😉

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    Postcards and Political rant

    Happy New Year everyone!!!! Ok well I just got done reading Eileen’s blog….and I guess I kinda took the last 2 weeks off too with the holidays and all….well maybe last week…….but I started a diet last wednesday (I don’t think I need to lose much weight, I’m doing it more because I don’t have any energy and I’m sleepy alot.) So I started a new diet..well I’ll call it a lifestyle change 🙂

    I started the Fat Smash Diet (from celebrity fit club on vh-1) and with that I have to exercise for 30 minutes 5 days out of the week. I’ve been doing AWESOME on it so far. When I’m at Kathy’s (she’s on it too,) I do the treadmill for 30 minutes and when I’m at my house I do Tae-Bo (and I’m also going to throw in stair climbing.) I’m way out of shape so this last week has been killing me with the workouts, but I gotta admit after I exercise I feel soooo much better. I’m hoping in time with exercise and a proper diet that I’ll get my energy back and won’t feel so sleepy all of the time. Oh and I went to the urologist (for that kidney stone) last week and he told me I gotta drink 3 quarts a water a day, every day, forever now. Pffft! I can manage 2 quarts (which I’ve been doing) but 3 is pushing it lol (besides it’s a pain in the ass getting up in the middle of the night constantly to go to the bathroom…talk about a sucky nights sleep.) And I have some diet changes to make at the urologists request as well…..funny lil story with that…he was telling me that I can’t have any chocolate (cuz of something called oxalate or something in it) and then he proceeded to tell me about the 2nd column in the chart that he gave me and that I can have maybe 2 cheats from there. I said to him “just so you know, I will be cheating by eating a chocolate bar!” He laughed and said “ok tell ya what…how bout you cheat by eating a couple of hershey kisses instead?” I said, “deal!” lol I can’t give up my chocolate. So all of this diet stuff is kinda confusing because I’m trying to eat better but then the kidney stone diet tells me what I can and can’t have…and I have acid reflux so I have a diet plan for that too…..so trying to figure out what I can and can’t have in regards to everything is a pain in the behind. But I’ll manage.

    Oh and Brandon went back to school on 1/2/08. He goes to school for 3 days a week and therapy 2 days. They are still feeling him out to see how he is “learning,” etc. But he’s very happy to be back in school, that’s for sure.

    On to real estate…..I just wrote up 27 postcards, I’ve been working on my website off on and over the past week, and I’ve added articles to my blog (not this one) and worked on S.E.O. I haven’t worked on my gay marriage or my bbw site as of yet….but a poker buddy recently sent me an article about New Hampshire and them allowing civil unions, etc. so that will be my first update I make.

    Speaking of New Hampshire..boy I really would love it if Dennis Kucinich got the presidential nominee but of course I know he doesn’t have a chance in hell right now soooo I must say GO JOHN EDWARDS!

    Just for the record; if Mike Huckabee becomes president..I will be moving to Canada (ok not really but STILL.) That man just doesn’t know the meaning of Separation of church and state. It’s quite annoying if you ask me. I have no problems whatsoever with ANYONES religion but when you are running for the president of the united states of america or if you are the president of the united states of america you should not let your religion dictate your decisions (someone didn’t inform Mr. Huckabee that the entire U.S.A. isn’t made up of white, straight, southern baptists!)

    Btw, I have been spending a lot of time talking to friends and acquaintances about the election. And I dont’ say “hey you should vote for such and such or don’t vote for such and such” but I merely talk about the facts (all of which are on every candidates website) but they may be facts that folks don’t really look at (because it doesn’t pertain to them) but I point them out……..and they have to do with human rights and religion, etc.

    I have a very good poker friend who is very, very religious, but she said point blank that she doesn’t want a President who can’t separate his religion from his job……i.e. separation of church and state. Anyway, my thing is…why would you want a president who doesn’t want ALL humans in the U.S. to have the same rights? Yes, all humans who pay taxes, who work every day, who pay their bills, who breathe, who are productive in the world…why would you discriminate against some of them? I don’t know how any person could willfully walk into the poll booth and VOTE for a man or woman who is for DENYING certain human beings rights.

    Sure, you have concerns about abortion, children, the war in Iraq, etc. but while you are sitting there th inking about abortion, or about how you can help children or about how you can get your child out of Iraq, etc. you are sitting there pondering these things as a HUMAN. We all are humans and we all deserves the same rights………and I would love for Mike Huckabee or anyone else in the world to tell me why he and his partner or you and your partner deserve rights that me and my partner don’t? We ALL live and breathe the same way, we all look out for our families, we all pay taxes, we all need healthcare, we all need to eat, we all need water, we all put our pants on one leg at a time, we all fill our cars up with gas when it’s getting close to E, we all mow our grass (or have someone do it for us) when it gets too high, we all want to live happily ever after with the person we love, we all even argue with our partners about the same things i.e. money, bills, time, kids, etc. So again, please…tell me why YOU are a better human or person if you will, then ME? You can’t. It’s that simple.

    I know this isn’t about real estate right now and for that I apologize but you know what everyone, like Aaron, can post all of the religious things they want on the forum so I can say whatever I want on MY BLOG. I must say that what really appeals to me about John Edwards is that he is very upfront. He comes with no bullshit, he doesn’t tell you what you want to hear, he just tells you honestly how he feels about something. For the record, John Edwards is NOT for gay marriage, but I would vote for him in a heartbeat. Why? Because he tells you straight up how he feels……he said that he believes all people deserve the same rights, even gay people and he feels that gay couples should have the same exact rights as heterosexual couples…but his problem right now is with the word marriage. But he goes on to say that the reason he has a problem with the word marriage is because of his RELIGION but that isn’t right…he said his religion shouldn’t effect how he treats people or how he runs the country……but admits, he is still dealing with the “WORD.” I can respect a man like that and I can certainly vote for a man like that. (Btw, I paraphrased everything because I don’t remember his exact words.) And just for the record…I, personally, don’t give a shit what you call IT now….just give me the same rights as you and your wife have Mr. President (or you and your husband have Ms. President.)

    Ok I’m done with my rant…I’m sorry. My sign stapler is in….so after Kathy and I go to bowling tonite she’ll give it to me and I can get to work on some signs too (not this evening I don’t think because I’m trying to start going to bed early too.)

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    Good start to real estate plan and New Years Eve

    Ok so I’m off to a good start with my plan even tho it’s not suppose to kick in until the new year. But I worked on my R.E. website for about an hour last night and then for a few hours today. Doing a blog, posting some articles and just changing some things around. Made me feel really good, that’s for sure.

    Tomorrow I’ll be watching Andrew until about 2pm hehehe I’m sooo excited, but Kathy will be with me…I’m a baby, I like to hog him all by myself lol and then we’ll be going to Longwood Gardens for New Years Eve….pretty low key new years and I’ll probably try to talk Kathy into stopping by Donna and Colleens house so I can see Andrew. I got it bad for that kid for real……I’m pretty pathetic, but I can admit it.

    Oh and another thing that I’m starting in the new year that I have to fit into my daily plan……Kathy and I are going to start dieting, well not really dieting per se, but eating better and also exercising. I have such low energy and my butt is always dragging that I think this will really help.

    We did the South Beach Diet before when I needed to eat better because of my acid reflux issues and high cholesterol issues and that worked really well (even with weight loss) but honestly the first phase of the SB diet killed me! I really thought it was the end lol After the first phase it’s cake….but I don’t think we’re going to go that route this time……so we’ll see how it goes…I am not huge by any means but I still can afford to lose some poundage but really I need to eat better for my acid reflux reasons mostly and I need to do that along with exercising to help with my low energy.

    Signing off and super excited about the new year!

    OH and one last thing..thanks to Steve(ATL) I now can officially do my mail merge stuff properly. I put the formula he told me about on the forum into my excel document and did exactly what he said step by step and now everything works and looks perfectly.

    Steve(ATL) rocks…btw, if you are having any excel issues I highly recommend Steve(ATL)’s ebook on it…it’s only $9.95 lol just kiddin by the way…but Steve, if ya had one, I’d give ya a testimonial babe!

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    Real Estate marketing, BBW dating, Gay Marriage Guide

    I’m really psyched right now. For a couple reasons. First, I sent out my letters and I was being a bit sneaky lol nooo nothing bad so don’t get to thinking bad things. But I went looking for green or red envelopes to send out my letters and couldn’t find any…so then I figured I’d have to improvise and right when I was thinking of that I looked up and saw colored envelopes for GREETING CARDS….ya know for a normal sized greeting card and right on the box it says: Will fit a letter-sized sheet of paper folded in half. So I think: bingo, that’s what I’ll use.

    For now I’m trying these to see how it goes…..but in actuality I got a decent response rate before with just a normal envelope so I hope these get me the same if not better.

    Second reason I’m psyched is because I met a very good friend for lunch today. And we usually meet throughout the year for lunch and at the end of the year to talk about our goals for next year and how we can accomplish them. Well I worked out a plan….and I need a plan for everyday…..because I’m a very easy-going, free spirited type person and if I don’t have a set game plan well then I always feel like I never know what to do first! It sucks. (again it’s all stuff I, myself, should be able to fix….but PLANS are my way of taking first steps to fix them.)

    Anyway, real estate is my main form of making money but I have other websites out there…one that makes me money every month…it’s a dating site called BBW for Dating and honestly, I put zero effort into this site and I get a check every month like clock work from it…..so Tuesdays and Fridays I will spend at least 1 hour a day on marketing this site…with just FREE marketing…just press releases and articles, etc. The only thing I pay for this site is like $9 / year for the domain name. Period. And I definitely make more then that in just one month, but it’s kinda like a side thing so that’s why I just want my marketing to be free stuff. (Btw, just in case anyone is interested lol it’s not a gay dating site…it’s for everyone, but most of the members are straight, and that’s who I try to target with my marketing 😉

    And I have another website….this is the one that I’m very passionate about but it’s VERY, VERY time consuming. As a matter of fact it’s soooo time consuming to put it together that well I stopped doing it. This one is called: Gay Marriage Guide.

    I still get leads coming in from this site for lawyers, etc. So far that’s the only form I really have on the site….and every time I get a lead I try to contact a lawyer for a referral fee, but haven’t had success yet. Then my buddy Sue says “why don’t you just try to get a lawyer for every state to just advertise on your site for a small fee per month.” And honestly, I thought of that before but I figured that I’d do the referral fee per lead method first…..but now that I think about it…that may be the way to go….because honestly the dating and gay marriage sites are kinda like part time things and my real money is suppose to come from real estate….so if I could just put their ads up there it would be less work and less time consuming then me trying to track down and negotiate a referral fee for each lead.

    Plus, when I was a full-time agent…..I did the same thing for my personal website….I had home inspectors, carpet cleaners, etc. etc. all kinds of people, mortgage people, etc. paying me monthly to advertise on my site…and I was getting the traffic too so they would want to pay me. So I know I can do it. I just need to get back to putting the effort into the gay marriage site like I did in the beginning….cuz in the beginning I would get LOTS OF TRAFFIC to my site……I’m sure it’s dwindled down now….but I know how to get it all back and it should take a few months to 6 months….and then if I just got say1 law firm/attorney from all 50 states to place an ad on my site for say like $50 a month….well that’s $30k a year! Just from ads on the site. Now that would pay my bills, plus the bbw membership fees coming in….so I could be stress free and totally and completely concentrate on Real Estate.

    So, the gay marriage site will get worked on for an hour a day too on Thursdays and Fridays. I’ll add more content, do the link and directory thing….and eventually traffic will go up and then I can contact all of the lawyers and attorneys to see if they want to advertise. I, of course, can do that with any category I want also, but for now, I’m gonna focus on the lawyers/attorneys thing because I know that’s a huge deal for gay and lesbian folks (especially when of course getting married or adopting children.)

    And then on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays I do nothing but real estate. Mailings, bandit signs, door knocking, Blogging, press releases, search engine optimization, directory and link activities, etc. Plus, my mailings should get easier since I got the mail merge figured out! THANKS STEVE (ATL.) MUAH, you rock!

    Ok now that I’m all psyched and ready to do some work I have to stop and get ready. Kathy and I are having a date night tonight and going to dinner and to Longwood Gardens to see the xmas display…..so I gotta get ready.

    But seriously…I am ready to go! Oh and Sue and I, are going to try to hold each other accountable so we MUST send daily emails to one another of everything we accomplished for each day. She’s an attorney, but her real passion is dealing with global warming and here is her site for that: http://www.climateactionnow.org/ plus she’s really big with building website businesses too. She’s the reason I got my bbw dating site going! We figured that holding each other accountable would be the best way to go…because she’s got a husband but he’s honestly not into all of the stuff I just mentioned that she is passionate about so he could careless to hold her accountable and I have my partner, Kathy, but for some reason I just don’t want her to hold me accountable….for me, if would be like she’s trying to be that “BOSS” figure in a job..ya know? And trust me, that would be good for our relationship lol so it’s better that it’s someone like Sue. So we thought it was a good idea…we’ll see how it goes.

    Have a great weekend everyone! And a very happy, and safe New Years!

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    Post card response and colored envelopes

    Well I just got a phone call from a fella who said he got one of my postcards (woohooo!) I don’t know that it’s gonna be much of a deal. Btw, he was an expired listing. We had a very nice conversation tho. Turns out he’s a retired Realtor and he’s 67 yrs. old and does about 1 or 2 rehabs a year. He pretty much does all of the work himself except plumbing, roofing and electrical. He’s also a handyman for hire. I tried to sell him my sub2 place lol but it’s out of his area. Anyway, he did give me an idea for my home bathroom that I didn’t think of so I’m gonna have to check it out.

    I’ll do the comps on his place and worse comes to worse I’ll just offer to take over his payments if it seems feasible otherwise, perhaps I’ll offer to list it and market it for him. We built a pretty good phone rapport.

    Oh and I think before I send out these letters that I’m going to run to Staples real quick…I want to get colored envelopes…red or green hehehe sneaky eh? I heard or read that one from William……people will think it’s a Christmas card or something in there….hopefully anyway and they will OPEN IT!

    Also, just had someone fill out a form on my website. She’s not near me but still, I like when I get some activity going…it helps to keep me motivated. Which is something I’ve had some issues with as of late.

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