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Bandit Signs

So I’ve been doing pretty well with writing down a few goals to do a day and actually getting them done. Seriously, I recommend you try that instead of a long laundry list of things to do. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to accomplish the most important, effective items.

Anyway, now it’s time for me to put out bandit signs. I’ve been putting out 10 a nite, but I think I’m gonna go put out 20. I ran out of signs that have the vertical fluting in ’em so I’m just putting ones out to hang on poles, etc.

Btw, this is not my favorite thing to do but I have to tell you, it’s one of the ways that I’ve made the most money in real estate. Ya know I think they 20% of the things you do will make you 80% of your money or something like that lol anyway I figured out that the only things that have made me money in real estate have been bandit signs, vinyl lettering on the back of my car and deals from the mls so that’s where I’m focusing most of my time and energy.

I did check out the sold properties in the past month or so that were sold for cash. Got 13…sooo I’ll check them out probably tomorrow or the weekend. Who says people ain’t buying properties? Pffft!

Had a friend from high school tell me that she’d let me use her bank statements to submit offers….waiting for updated copies from her (still haven’t heard back from my uncle….I’ll have to call him again.)

But also, I have 2 guys that I’m going to set up meetings with that I think could be VERY good possibilities to be private lenders. 1 is the father of another girl that I went to high school with and 1 is a guy that Kathy sold a Rainbow to (that’s what we sell as independent distributors on the side.) He’s a friend of her brothers and he already asked us about investing in real estate cuz he has money so I just gotta get my spiel together and come at him from the private lender aspect.

I wanted to say one more thing but I completely forget what it was…..damn it, I hate that. Ohhhh I did check out a house today cuz I got a call from one of my bandit signs the other day. It was a mobile home on a rented lot but I figured I’d check it out just to get in practice again of meeting with sellers, etc. The place is listed but I may tell the guy I’d be interested in a 30 day option??? Can’t hurt, I mean he’s leaving the end of this month no matter what.

Ohhhh I do remember what I wanted to say….I’m switching real estate offices. I gotta figure out how to do shit in the right order but I’m moving from Keller Williams to a very small, local company near my house. Reason being…well the fees are wayyyy less, I mean BIG TIME…and he’s got a lot of investor connections, reo connections and private money connections….plus he told me that he’d give me all of the addresses of the bpo’s that his wife does every month (about 20 to 30 per week) so that I can see if I can do a deal with folks while they are still in pre-foreclosure.

Soooo I’m working on all of this at the same time with trying to pump my business back up. I figured he was the right step for me in going in the investing direction and for me right now, if I wanted to go in the real estate agent direction then Keller Williams would have remained the best step. Btw, not that there is anything wrong with KW….I think they are a wonderful company and they are very investor friendly and I can’t complain one bit about their profit sharing lol (I get a check every month no matter what and I will continue to since I’ve been with the company more than 3 years….6 to be exact.)

Anyway…..exciting things happening.

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 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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