So I’ve covered alot of ground since Tuesday’s post.? I met with my Realtor on Wednesday and we went over my plans for making MLS offers.? The majority of our meeting was spent going over the Champaign County Association of Realtors contract.? I don’t know why, but I was expecting that contract to be more complex than it turned out to be.? That thing is only 4 pages long and very easy to understand.? I now have it saved in PDF form and since I have Adobe Acrobat, I can manipulate it so that I can do everything electronically, even my signatures.? You know I’m all about using technology for sake of efficiency so it’s on now!? To supplement each offer, he suggested that I enclose a letter explaining who I am and why I want to buy the seller’s house and also a bank pre-approval letter.? The bank pre-approval letter is going to be a mini-hurdle.? I have a 700 credit score and a decent income, but my debt to income ratio is through the roof (I finance a lot of my business on credit cards)!? I’m pretty sure that is a deal breaker.? I mean it’s not like I’m going to close on any of these houses, I just need the letter.? This is a classic, “It’s not what you know but who you know” situation.? I’ll figure it out.
I blogged yesterday at BiggerPockets.com and gave a very descriptive tutorial regarding the use of Yahoo Pipes and Hootsuite to automate some of your activities on Twitter.? Check it out:
Also, a while back I mentioned that CallFire interviewed me for a case-study.? They noticed the blog post at BiggerPockets.com I made about the use of the CallFire VoiceBroadcast service for Real Estate.? Check it out:
And speaking of VoiceBroadcasting; the other day I logged in to my MOHELA student loan account to check out how much I had left to pay and such.? I rarely log-in and check my account, I just send them my payment every month.? When I logged in I received a notice that said:
Required Profile Update:
The following items need to be updated on your profile.
Our records indicate we have a mobile phone on file for you. The following applies to mobile phones:
I authorize the school, the lender, the guarantor, the Department, and their respective agents and contractors to contact me regarding my loan request(s) or my loan(s), including repayment of my loan(s), at the current or any future number that I provide for my cellular telephone or other wireless device using automated telephone dialing equipment or artificial or prerecorded voice or text messages.
If you do not wish to give us consent to call you on your mobile phone, please update your profile.
Since I happen to be “in the know”, I knew exactly what this message was all about.? And this knowledge was obtained from researching the laws and regulations behind voice-broadcasting.? The FTC changed the rules on September 1, 2009, where every company now must obtain written consent from their clients to call them in an automated fashion with an recording.? This new law changed the game a bit for my marketing strategy, but I have another trick up my sleeve.
Today is the big day, well second biggest.? I’m going to pick up my 900 stamps from the post office.? Maybe they’ll let me get a couple of those bins to borrow to bring all of the stamped envelopes back in.? And check this out.? So I already mentioned that on Wednesday I had a meeting with my Realtor.? I was telling him about my Yellow-Letter technique and what my plans were and how I still needed to find a receptionist.? And he volunteered to take the calls!? This should be good because he is also an investor, he has the added edge of being a Realtor as well, so he should be great at taking all of the pertinent information and answering any real-estate-specific questions on the fly.? All I have to do is forward my phone to his and I’ll be all set.? I’m still thinking of getting another person to take calls in addition to him though.? He’s very responsive, but I’m expecting alot of calls and I don’t want any going to voicemail.? I can setup another receptionist and forward my number to that person as well.? The beauty of my Vonage line is that I can forward to as many numbers as I want.? Whomever answers the phone first receives the call. And I can track all of the calls online.? Gotta love VoIP!
Welp, that’s a wrap.