Another Friday night posted at my favorite spot; On the couch, with my laptop on a TV-dinner table. I fell asleep, after going for a long-run (7 miles and could’ve ran more, I still got it!) after work at around 10pm and now I’m up at 3:43am. Don’t know what that’s all about. I’m trying to decide if I should go back to sleep or start Saturday now. Either way, I’m blogging in the meantime.
I just checked out my Thursday post and found that I forgot to post again providing details of the past 8 days. Well you see that I received a follow-up mailing from the city of Champaign about the bandit signs. I thought that was amusing, especially the detective work required to find my home address and such to mail to. The Champaign zoning administrator probably RSS’s this blog for all I know. Sometimes, I feel like I disclose way too much. But I really don’t care. That’s what makes this blog different. I’m keeping it real 100% and sometimes “keeping it real goes wrong”. But it’s all in fun to me, life is not that serious.
The video I made about using Mozenda to screen-scrape got noticed by Mozenda, so I thought that was pretty cool. After finding my YouTube video, the company interviewed me and I am featured in an article about their software. Which reminds me, maybe I’ll make a video tonight about the data obtained using Mozenda for my direct mailings. Actually, first I need to find out why my damn audio gets out of sync with my video when I do recordings.
I’ve got the key to a commercial property in town. The owner, who is in Chicago, wants to get rid of it and gave me a call. I told him that I don’t normally invest commercial, however that I’d check it out. I have a buyer who buys both residential and commercial. The owner has the property listed, but also has the option to sell it FSBO (executive-agency listing). Communication between me and the buyer was lovely prior to receiving the key in the mail, but now that I have it, I can’t get in touch with the guy. He said that he wanted to view the property, perhaps I’ll drop the key off at his office. Yeah, I just thought of that right now. Why do I need to tag along anyway? He can check out the property and then tell me what he would want to buy at. I can then go from there and compose an offer. I wonder if I need to look into different contract forms, since it’s not a residential property offer?
I’ve been active on CraigsList. I posted an ad looking for an investor-friendly Realtor , I also posted an ad looking for a phone receptionist to take my incoming calls. I’ve received one call from a Realtor who seems pretty legit, perhaps we’ll be able to establish a lasting business relationship. I hope he doesn’t fall off into the abyss like so many other Realtors, I’ve come across. You communicate with them for a few days and then they just stop responding to you. Just unprofessional as shit! As far as the phone receptionist, I’ve received quite a few replies about this job and have yet to start screening candidates. But this should be a great alternative to PATlive and easier on the budget.
I’ve decided to start a Web Development Company. I used to freelance web design on the side of my nine to five, I’m now finding that my time is much better spent dedicated towards real estate. However, I still receive prospective client leads and requests for bids on projects. While I don’t have the will or the time to spend time designing and programming, I’m going to leverage my connections and sub-contract the development work. I realized that I should be doing this after spending entirely too much time on web projects and also having to turn a few projects down. I’m in talks with a few prospective sub-contractors currently regarding this joint-venture. This will be very hands-off for me and all I would have to do is act as a liason between the client and development team. Easy money, don’t know why I’m just now thinking of this. Not too early to start diversifying my investment portfolio right?
That’s all for now. Have much more to write about, so perhaps I’ll post again later today.