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Old posts being added

I don’t know if you can tell but I’ve started adding my old blog posts from my FlippingHomes.com blog. There’s a lot there. I’m about tired of adding them today but I’ll get them all up to date eventually. I think there are some good posts there so I wanted to make sure they were all included eventually for folks to read.

If you decide to check some of the posts out just be warned, I’m not about bullshit, I tell it like it is and I tell you how I feel…REALLY 😉 Of course, it’s not all limited to just real estate. You’ll find posts about my other passive income streams (websites, including a dating site,) posts about gay rights, posts about politics, posts about all kinds of things……and of course lots and lots of posts about real estate and deals that I had going on.

I promise to eventually have them all in and categorized so they’ll be easier to disect though.

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Challenge yourself (and your kids!)

First I want to say GREAT JOB JOE!!!!

This is a little post about a 7 yr. old boy named Joe. This is Kathy’s youngest son. Now he takes Karate lessons and they were going to have a kick-a-thon to help support a charity for kids. Joe asked me if I’d sponsor him and the recommended sponsorship was to pay per kick. So I told him that I’d pay him 5 cents per kick. He was cool with that (that’s what the norm was, besides a flat rate to give him.)

I asked Joe how many kicks he got in practice…he said 140. I said great. So he goes on to say about how that’s how many kicks he’s gonna get…..140. I said well hang on there….you already KNOW you can do 140, right? He said yeah. I said well I will give you .05 per kick on one condition..he said what? I said I want you to at least TRY to get 150 kicks. If you don’t make it that’s fine, but I want you to at least try, because we both already know you can do 140. Ok? He said that was a deal.

So today was the kick-a-thon. Joe was leaving to go with his mom (I couldn’t go because I had to take Brandon, the 17 yr. old his meds that he forgot) and I said so how many kicks you gonna get? He said 300! I said really? He said nah, 200? I said no really, how many kicks are you gonna try for? He said, 140. I said oh no…remember, you have to at least TRY to get 150 kicks, remember? He said oh yeah…ok. Then I wished him good luck and they were out the door.

About 15 minutes later I get a text from Kathy saying this: “U should challenge joe more often lol he did 300 kicks.” 🙂

And that was exactly the point of the challenge…..to make him realize that once you know you can do something to try to challenge yourself to do just a lil more….you’d be amazed at what you can accomplish if you did that. Don’t just settle for what you KNOW you can do. Try to do just a lil more.

Now, technically I owe Joe $15 for his charity and I will give him that but I’m gonna give him a lil bonus for himself personally to put in his jars (remember the book, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind?)

I think this is a cute lil story for us to remember and reflect on. Let’s not forget to challenge ourselves and our kids. I honestly believe that a lot of kids are lazy as hell nowadays and most of it I blame on the parents. Let’s get back to challenging our kids, holding them accountable for their actions and inactions and also rewarding them for challenging themselves, etc.

Kathy and I come from 2 different schools when it comes to parenting..grant it, they are HER kids and they are just my step-kids (I know we’re not married, but we would be if it was legal, so trust me, these boys have 2 moms 😉 ) She’s more of the “I’m their mom I want to do EVERYTHING for them and take care of them forever because they need me for everything” side of things and I’m more of the “They can do it themselves……they need to learn to do things on their own someday and they can do it now if you just LET THEM!” (Especially the 17 yr. old….he’s gonna be 18 in January and he’s helpless without his mom, so he’s taking the most work right now lol from BOTH of us.)

It’s amazing the things that go on in a kids head when you show him that he can make his own peanut butter and jelly sandwich! Or he can sleep in his own bed! Or that they can make something called passive income where you don’t have to go to work 40 hrs. a week for your money! Btw, the 9 yr. old gets this concept wayyy better than the 17 yr. old. And I let him know too….I think it challenges him to listen more and pay more attention when we talk about money and investing. hehehe

The challenge with us, is that every other week Joe goes to his dad’s house. And at dear old dad’s house he has zero discipline, zero challenge, and he gets told that all of our ideas and rules are dumb. Like passive income and the no video game Thursday rule. So that’s our challenge….luckily it doesn’t take the kid long to adjust to this world when he leaves la-la land with dad.

As for Brandon, he lives with us full-time now….he refuses to go to his dad’s house (if you read my flippinghomes.com blog before you’ll know that I mentioned there that it was just a matter of time before Brandon came to us and said he didn’t want to go to his dads house anymore.) He’s making progress with the whole discipline thing, just not so much with the money thing….but I think he may start listening more because he’s got a girlfriend now and he’s learning that they can be expensive lol

Sooo I’ll stop rambling and just ask you all, myself included, to continue to challenge yourself and your kids.

Flippin’ Carey

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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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Take me off of your list!

Ahhhh so it’s the day after xmas. I had a great couple of days with family and friends (not to mention I spent all day with Andrew today and most of Christmas Eve too hehehe Have I mentioned I love that kid? lol)

Well I promised myself that for 8 hours tomorrow I would do NOTHING BUT REAL ESTATE since I’ve been slacking so much lately.

I’ll work on some more postcards and signs. Oh and my babydoll did buy me a sign stapler for christmas…well it was signed from Brandon and Joe (her 2 sons) and Riley, Spencer and Blade (my 3 cats) but none of those 5 guys has a job so I’m fairly certain Kathy bought it lmao It still hasn’t arrived yet, it’s in the mail…so can’t put out any kinds of those signs tomorrow.

OH and hey guess what? I got a response from one of my postcards. This was the message I got: “We sold our house already, please take us off of your mailing list. Thanks.” Hey at least SOMEONE is reading my postcards huh? I’m definitely gonna try out Eileen’s letters. Maybe I’ll send them out tomorrow……..(btw, thanks again Eileen for sending them to me!)

Oh and one more person called me today about a house for sale, but he lives in Maryland. I keep a couple of Maryland calls because Oxford, where Kathy lives and where I put a bunch of signs up, is right on the Maryland border………so I’ll give the guy a yell to see what’s up with his place.

Plus, someone wanted to show my Sub2 property today……I’ll give him a call tomorrow to see how that went….I sooo wish someone would buy that thing YESTERDAY. I’m paying a 3% commission with a $1000 selling bonus for a full price offer that settles by 1/31/08.

I don’t drink much at ALL (seriously, I’m not even kidding) but I think I’m going to go get a glass of wine…..all of this holiday stuff and screaming kid stuff…well I need it. lol Don’t get me wrong though, I had an AWESOME past few days…….seriously….but a glass of wine once in a while does me good. And my wine, well if you are a REAL wine drinker you soooo would not like my wine, it tastes almost like grape juice lol It’s by Clover Hill and it’s called Concord. (I think it’s only up this way where I live though….but that’s ok by me…just didn’t want ya’ll going out looking for this grape juice tasting wine lol)

Ok signing off……I’m gonna try to work this Oxford deal this week/next week and to also try to get a new deal signed up for next month! Wooohooo!

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More bandit signs, lying seller and xmas.

So friday night Kathy went out with me and we put up 10 bandit signs after we did a lil xmas shopping. It felt good to get out there and put some signs up again.

I did get a call friday afternoon from a guy who saw one of my signs somewhere before but ummm honestly I couldn’t understand a word he was saying to me. He asked “do you have a bad connection? you can’t hear me?” And I said “no I can’t hear you…must be my connection I’ll call you back.” But the truth of the matter was he had such a THICK, HEAVY spanish accent that I couldn’t understand any word that he was saying. I don’t know how I’m going to communicate with him, seriously.

I spoke to the Shillington people and told them that I couldn’t do a deal with them. They were the folks with the 20k they owed to bankruptcy, etc. The way the guy explained things to me it just didn’t make sense….I told him that if he’d like I’d be more than happy to talk to his bk attorney, but right now I don’t think anything is going to pan out. He said “but we agreed on $197k for my house?” Btw, the house is worth about 199k…so I’m sure ya’ll can guess that I agreed to NO SUCH THING lol Anyway, I told him that I would have never agreed to that price, I’d be out of business quick if I did, I told him I agreed to potentially do a shortsale with his 2nd, etc. Anyway…bottomline is I think he’s pissed at me now…but I really didn’t want to waste time on that deal…..It would have just frustrated me and thanks Cory for helping me to really see that I shouldn’t waste my time with that deal either.

So I bought Kathy a pair of pink camouflage pants tonight lol don’t ask….but she’s been wanting the stupid things forever..I swear she is like the hardest person to buy for…it’s cuz she gives ZERO clues throughout the year (well except for the silly pink camouflage pants lol) We had a small budget for each other this year…$250…..and I spent most of it on a white gold and tanzanite necklace (hmmm I hope she doesn’t know about this darn blog.) Anyway, I think neck year we aren’t gonna really do the xmas gift exchange thing…instead we’re gonna save our money for weekend getaways and vacations, etc. A friend of ours and her husband do that and we thought it was a great idea!

Anyway…off to bed and then wrapping some presents in the morning and then heading to a family xmas function tomorrow evening

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Postcards, bandit signs and Christmas, oh my!

Alrighty moving right along. Sent out 43 postcards yesterday. Sending another 40 today and I’ll be putting out 10 bandit signs tonight (haven’t done them in FOREVERRRRRR.) But I’ll be putting them out up the significant others way tho..she’s on my butt to get a house up there…..she thinks sub2 would be a good way to go lol hey…at least she listens to my real estate ramblings sometimes and knows what the heck a sub2 is right? lol

I’m wondering Eileen….what kind of letter are you sending out? My postcards usually get the same dismal 1% return rate, but that ain’t helping me make any money. Grrrrr (NOTE: Eileen is from the flippinghomes.com community.)

Oxford people told me that I have to meet with the wife after xmas to get things notarized. Unless I email the stuff to him last night before he left for texas. I had a reminder in my phone but was in the midst of xmas shopping and well needless to say I remembered at 1am that I had to friggin email him! Duh!

Xmas shopping is almost complete…but I think I’m declaring xmas officially a CHILDREN’S HOLIDAY FROM NOW ON AND THAT IS IT!!! I’m wondering if anyone else has the same problems as I have getting stuff for like let’s say your aunts family or grandparents or whatever. And it’s always like for instancce you give them a $25 gift card for whatever and they give you a $25 gift card for whatever…umm why not we both just say Merry Christmas and just keep our own 25 bucks???? Seriously. I know you’re probably thinking that’s not what Christmas is all about yada yada but to me NOT getting presents and just spending the time with your family and loved ones is more important!

I’d rather just do the gift exchange with Kathy, my parents and my siblings and that’s it. Plus, of course Andrew (ummmm I spent a lot of money on him this year and I know his 2 moms are gonna be mad at me…cuz they told me not to spend too much. But oh well, he only will ever have his 1st Christmas…once!) And you know I don’t have any problem giving gifts to a good cause; you know like maybe a child in the hospital or even maybe spending time with an older person who has no one come to visit them….that I’d even like to do. But this whole $25 never-ending back and forth gift card thing has got to end. Can you tell I didn’t have any fun shopping yesterday except when it was for Andrew?

Ok I’m done with my Holiday rant. Gonna go put my bandit signs together and then head to lil Andrews house…I’m on a mission…….I have to find a pic of Donna, my best friend, and her mom on her computer and a good one of Benny, her cat that just passed away……Kathy and I are making her a present from them. Donna’s mom passed away this past June and her kitty cat that she’s had FOREVER did as well recently. So she’s been pretty upset during this holiday season as you can imagine.

Off to hopefully do something productive to make me some money.

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Real estate schedule

Well I didn’t finish off any of those deals that I spoke about. Thursday I was suppose to meet up with the Oxford wife but I got a text early in the morning saying that the roads were icy and to be careful cuz it was suppose to snow too later. And me? Well i’m a HUGEEE baby when it comes to driving in the ice and snow, so I canceled that appointment and we will most likely reschedule for early next week. I see the husband called me today but he didn’t leave a message so I’ll call him back.

I was suppose to meet the Reading husband and wife today at 4pm but he’s stuck in Harrisburg so we will touch base mid-next week and probably meet end of the week or something.

And I finally came up with somewhat of a plan for msyelf. I need to get back into the swing of things to make money but I don’t know if this happens to any of you who do this full-time but does it ever seem like your wife, husband, girlfriend, boyfriend, partner, significant other whatever you want to call them…kinda ALWAYS thinks you’re available to help them out because well “you don’t have a real job.” That happened to me Wednesday into Thursday and I was FURIOUS. But I kept it inside and then I shared it with my best friend and we talked about it and she helped me work through my furiousness lol and to come up with a plan.

So here it is: My OFFICE days are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday…and when I say office, I don’t necessarily mean that I’m actually in the office all day. I just mean that those are the days that I do NOTHING BUT REAL ESTATE. No lunch meetings with my baby, no christmas shopping, no taking Brandon to therapy, nothing BUT real estate. And if anyone, mostly Kathy tho, needs me to help out with Brandons therapy or anything else or even just lunch then they can happen on either Tuesday or Friday as long as I don’t have a scheduled appointment. Because even tho my office days are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday I still could potentially set up appointments on Tuesdays and Fridays, but I will try to still with my office days if at all possible.

My best friend, Donna, made a good point she said “you know and I know that you won’t ever work a 40-hour week….so just pick 3 days to work and those are your office days and that’s all you do is work.”

I thought it was a good idea. So that’s what I’m doing.

We are going away for the weekend to Atlantic City to play in a poker tournament tomorrow. So we’re both excited about that. I think it will definitely be good for Kathy…for the first time since October 20th, the boys’ father will have them BOTH. Their custody arrangment is going to resort back to every other week even though Brandon still isn’t perfect. But he’ll be just fine. Kathy is a lil worried about him going with his father because she doesn’t think he’ll take care of him the way he needs to be taken care of (and that’s a whole other blog, but I understand why she feels that way) but in reality I said that Brandon will be fine…if anything isn’t done properly or whatever he’ll just call or text you (or me.) lol So that made her feel a lil better.

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Kidney stones, deals and marketing

Ok so can things get any more crazy for me? Just as I promise myself that I’m going to start sticking to my real estate guns so to speak because I’ve been totally out of the loop for like 3 months now guess what happens? I’ll give ya a minute to think…….

Times up. Friday afternoon evening, Kathy, Brandon (her 15 yr. old,) Joe (her 7 yr. old,) and I were out shopping and going to see Santa and all of that stuff. Well from 3pm on I had this horrible pain in my lower back and my side. I, honestly thought it was gas. It was pretty uncomfortable…..I mean I wasn’t much company for anyone to be honest with you. Later in the night after the kids are in bed Kathy tells me she thinks it’s kidney stones and that we should go to the hospital. I’m like nahhhh, it hurts but I think it would hurt even MORE if it was that. So, all night I’m in pain, nothing helped…standing, no, sitting, no, laying down, no. heating pad, no. Nothing. Midnight she suggests the hospital again and I say no way…it’s probably just really painful gas and I’ll be embarrassed. Finally, Saturday morning at 3am Kathy wakes up to find me curled up on the couch in pain, crying like a lil baby. She says “that’s it, I’m getting Joe and we are going to the hospital NOW!” (Brandon didn’t want to go…lol he was smart and kept sleeping….the 7 yr. old doesn’t have a choice but to go with mom tho lol)

Anyway…as it turned out yep….I had kidney stones. They first said it looked like 2 that needed to pass and 1 just hanging out in my kidney. But after reading my preliminary radiology report to my family doctor and my new urologist….it turns out only 1 needed to pass and the other one is hanging out in my kidney. (I passed it Saturday afternoon, btw.) But I’ve been taking my pain meds ever since cuz I was told there were 2 that needed to pass…..and I’ve gotten NOTHING down. I’ve just slept. I’m a light weight and just about any kind of drug makes me sleepy…so every 6 hrs. I was taking pain meds and sleeppppppppppppping. Now I’ve stopped the meds and on to real estate again (urology appointment is Jan. 3rd to find out about the stone, etc.)

Sooo real estate wise, what is up with me? Well still gotta get in touch with a supervisor for that deal whose sheriffs sale was postponed 30 days. I think I’ll get on the phone with them tomorrow and STAY on the phone until I get someone.

And the guy from Oxford returned my call today so I’m meeting his wife 1:15pm Thursday to get our paperwork notarized. Friday or the weekend I’ll probably head over and take pics, etc.

The numbers for this are really confusing. I mean this market is just all over the place. It’s kinda driving me nuts.

ARV: somewhere between $160k and $200k (seriously….but I’m leaning more towards the $160k mark for NOW.)

Repairs: 10k to 20k (mostly updating, etc.)

My offer: I think it was $95k lol I forget. I don’t have the paperwork in front of me.

They owe about $160k but that’s a first AND a second. The thing that confuses me about this short stuff amount and the percentages they say they’ll generally take of the bpo, etc. Is this: it’s the percentage WHO will take? Sure if it’s a first that’s a no brainer…but how does all of that 82% of bpo etc. work out when there is a first and a 2nd??

Then Friday afternoon I’ll be meeting a husband and wife who have a beautiful house in Berks County (Shillington.) It hasn’t sold for like 3 to 4 months now (on MLS) and they get nothing but positive feedback. Again, prices all over the place but the house was priced at what others have sold for…so I’m confused.

ARV: $199k I guess…..I mean it’s not selling over 200k now anyway…..

Repairs: $0

First of $117k

2nd of $59k

Bankruptcy of $20k

He told me everything has to go by his bk attorney first so it gets approved. And the bk attorney said as long as the price pays off the bk and all of the liens on the house it’ll be fine. However, ain’t no way that is happening.

I was thinking along the lines of like $145k to $147k. Pay off the first, pay off the bk and give the 2nd like 10k. If anyone is reading this, what do you think? Will that even fly? I have no idea.

The seller worked out an arrangement, temporary, with Countrywide, they have the 1st, but they are 1 month behind on the 2nd….and well Countrywide wants them to start paying $2300 a month jsut for the first! Plus a $500 2nd, plus $750 a month to the bk. So needless to say, they can’t do that……I don’t know how this one is gonna pan out, but I’ll see. Any thoughts would be GREATLY appreciated As I need to make a buck…slacking off for 3 months does NOT pay the bills. Ok I was only half slacking and the other half I had “LIFE” things to tend to but still…it don’t pay the bills.

On another good note, I sent out 8 postcards lol last thursday, 6 postcards yesterday, and 14 today. I have a headache now..putting things into perspective makes my head hurt.

But this lil guy can always make me feel better:

andrew in bathtub

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