Life Tasting Kind of Sour Lately?

196HPerhaps these questions will help you figure out how to make it taste sweeter! 

1. Are you listening to your instincts?

Has something been bothering you lately? Maybe something in your life just feels a little off. That could be your sixth sense, or intuition trying to tell you something important about your life. Maybe it’s time to listen.

2. Where do you get relief and relaxation in your life?

Successful People Are Intentional

awesomeI enjoy encouraging others even though I’m not what you might consider a motivational speaker. I realize that life can get tough and sometimes discouragement can set in – that’s why I want to take a moment to encourage you, Clever Investors.

Be Intentional

When I’m in the gym in the morning, I like to plan my week and my day in my head. I do that as a matter of habit. I know where I’m going; I know what I want to accomplish and I go after it. I’m intentional about what I do.

Winners are intentional; successful people are intentional.

I’m well aware that not everyone lives life in this way. And that thought led me to want to share my heart with all of you in hopes you would take this message and apply it to your life.

How Do I Find a Local REIA Club and Why Should I Go?

meetingFrom Tom Nardone, Millionaire Mailman…  

I get the question about REIAs all the time from students…

Well, REIA clubs have been around since the late 1980s. If you’ve never been to a local REIA club (Real Estate Investment Association) in your area, you should go. It can be a valuable place to network with others and build your Power Team. 

Where do you find one?

Start by going to the National REIA website. Look up a club in your local area, and even if it’s a 2-hour drive for you to attend (assuming you live out in the boonies) - it’s usually worth the drive.

How to Avoid Repeating the Same Mistakes Over and Over Again

mistakeFrom Darlene Root…

Human behavior and self-improvement have always been interesting subjects to me. I have always been fascinated by “what makes people tick.” As a mentor, I have had students who get so caught up in why something won’t work, and they spiral down thinking things like: “I have always been this way,” “It’s just a bad habit that I can’t break,” or “Every time I try to do something I sabotage it.”

Habits are created over time, and oftentimes, they are instilled and repeated without anyone knowing the origin or the behavior. Worse yet, most people follow the behaviors of others blindly, which will reinforce and maintain their limiting belief.

The 5 Monkeys Experiment

An experimenter puts 5 monkeys in a large cage. High up at the top of the cage, well beyond the reach of the monkeys, is a bunch of bananas. Underneath the bananas is a ladder.

5 Simple Steps to a Close

closedIf you want bigger wallets, you need to master the art of getting a motivated seller to say YES.

It’s not about bells and whistles or about getting all artsy fartsy. Save the creative thinking for your marketing. And it’s definitely not about scamming or trying to pull the wool over a seller’s eyes to get the deal. No matter how badly you want to close the deal (and I know you want it badly), always negotiate and communicate honestly with genuine intentions and with the seller’s needs at heart.

With that said, getting your seller to close is a simple and strategic process that takes but 5 steps.

And it goes something like this…

How to Get the “Yes” in 5 Steps

The Case for Mentors: How a Trio of Newbie Investors Did Their First Deal

mentosHey investors, Cody here with an awesome real-life success story from some of our Clever students.

You probably know that I'm a solid believer in having a mentor in the real estate investing industry. Actually, I'm gonna go as far as to say - don't even think about jumping into REI without one.

Having been in this game a while now, I am a mentor myself and offer tons of advice, helpful courses and, of course, blogs like this with loads of REI info. I love being able to help people do deals and find success. Nothing makes me happier! And, I definitely love sharing in my students' successes when they close deals. That feeling is awesome.

As it turns out, a group of my students recently did just that - closed their first wholesale deal. And they know they couldn't have done it without mentors. Period, end of story.

Pleasant Persistence Breaks Down Resistance

persistenceFrom Tom Nardone, Millionaire Mailman … 

Back in January of 2015, I dropped a simple mailing of postcard 10A in the Clever Marketing Center and had Go Big Printing mail it out. I only mailed about 1,900 postcards to an absentee owner’s list that I bought from ListAbility.

I got a pretty good response rate, which was about 75 calls. About 20 of the sellers from the postcards left voice mail messages. The rest were hang-ups.

But I had not even one seller who wanted me to run out to the house and sign a contract at that moment to get the deal tied up!

A Guide To Reach The Top Spot On The Buyer List Of Your Wholesaler

spotsFrom Darlene Root…

In one of my previous bog posts, I talked about how to spot a fake investor buyer for your wholesale deals. This time, I’m going to talk about how to reach the top spot on a wholesaler list. This is really important for those investors who are looking for rehab deals.

I have found local investor meetups to be a learning opportunity. Especially the interactive sessions. You get to hear about other people’s experiences, successes and losses in the market. It helps you learn and be better at your art.

With all the local meetups I have attended so far, I have learned that buyers are somewhat always complaining about the wholesaler. There are many reservations like, “I got scammed” or “I get spammed by my wholesaler for information regarding crappy properties.”

As a wholesaler and rehabber, I can tell you that cultivating solid relationships with cash buyers is vital to a wholesaler’s business. Though, there are always a select few who tend to get the special treatment.

Now you may be wondering, who are these “chosen ones?” Well, anyone can get the special treatment, if they have certain qualities. So, let me give you a few tips on how to get the #1 spot in a wholesaler’s buyers list.

Wholesaling Basics: How to Flip a House with Little or No Money Down – Part 3

saintThey say three is a charm, and man oh man are they right! (Who is that, anyway?)

Welcome back to the series, Wholesaling Basics: How to Flip a House with Little or No Money Down. Today, I bring you the third and final segment. It’s short, it’s sweet, and it’s oh so insightful.

In Part 1, I blew your mind (insert explosive sound and hand gesture) by introducing the concept of wholesaling with little or no cash. We talked about effective marketing, contracting and even scripting. Then in Part 2, we covered the stimulating world of escrow and paperwork, and you powered through it with both eyes open. Hats off to you! (If you haven’t read those informative posts, do that so you’re all caught up for today’s final post in this series.)

So today, is all about finding those who have the money and turning contracts into cash.

Let’s break it down, shall we?

Your Life in Inches

From Dave Victor, Real Estate Rockstar…

I really don’t watch sports. I mean, I would rather watch farming than baseball. I would rather watch paint dry than football. You get the point.

So, for a guy who isn’t really into watching sports, I really do love watching movies about characters who happen to be athletes. They truly have some of the best motivational speeches ever penned. I was watching one of my favorite speeches from a movie with Al Pacino, Any Given Sunday, where he states:

“You find out life’s a game of inches, so is football…The inches we need are everywhere around us. They're in every break of the game, every minute, every second… We claw with our fingernails for that inch. Because we know when add up all those inches, that's gonna make the difference between winning and losing! Between living and dying! I'll tell you this, in any fight it's the guy who’s willing to die who’s gonna win that inch. And I know, if I'm gonna have any life anymore, it's because I'm still willing to fight and die for that inch, because that's what living is, the six inches in front of your face.”

Man, if you haven’t seen it, YouTube that scene. The whole movie, actually, is worth the price of admission.

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