Johnpaul Moses, Author at Awesome REI

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Mental Magic: “You Should Probably List Your House with a Realtor Instead”

Honest questions worth answering:

  • Do you have to be a licensed Realtor or broker to wholesale real estate?
  • Do laws in one state apply to you—even if you live in some other state?
  • Is there ever a “right time” to sell a motivated seller they should list their property with a Realtor instead of going with a real estate investor like you?!
  • Why do they put Braille dots on drive-up ATM keypads?

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Wholesalers: Solid Advice on Building a Cash Buyers List Quickly

Question: Do you have the handy list of cash buyers ‘on tap’ that your real estate wholesaling operation needs?

I mean an in-house group of fellow-real estate investors (rehabbers, landlords, house hustlers, etc.) with liquid capital on-hand, just waiting to hear from you about the next property you’re willing to wholesale?

If not, then today’s your day. Time to level-up your wholesaling houses game.

Cash buyers lists: Why so important?

Well, obviously if you’re actively selling any kind of real estate, then you need buyers. (Duh.)

And for wholesalers, it’s preferably experienced, serial buyers with their own source of money on hand, right?

And so, you can either:

  1. Do it the longer, harder way: Take multiple steps advertising and selling each property…
  2. Or the faster, easier way: Curate/cultivate a list of your own, solid cash buyers—people ‘on tap’ who know your name, respect your game, and you can reach with a simple email, text or call.

Hint: Savvy wholesalers prefer option “B”

Advice from some fellow house hustlers…

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Is Wholesaling Real Estate Illegal in Illinois?

Is wholesaling real estate illegal in Illinois now? Hmmmm…

Ever thought that doing a real estate deal—simply flipping a property—could ever be labeled a criminal activity?

“What?! What kind of melodramatic hooey is this? Balderdash! Fairy tales! Things that go ‘bump’ in the night!”

Or, is it?

What the what?!

Illinois recently passed a crazy, new law that has real estate investors nationwide in a frenzy trying to understand it. Tucked into this new, state law are some pesky, legal constraints for unlicensed people who routinely wholesale properties (buy and sell houses for quick cash) without a real estate license.

Essentially, it seems the clear aim is to bring this sordid activity squarely under the “only by licensed real estate agents” umbrella, and no longer the questionable domain of seedy real estate investors who nefariously aim to profit from a real estate transaction—for shame!

⇊ “I hurt you because I love you.” ⇊

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Real Estate is for FAILURES

This might hurt a little. And yes, you read it right. I’m calling out a harsh reality…

You. Will. FAIL.

Oh, and also, you weren’t likely credible to start with.

And that’s… (deep breathe here)… OKAY.

The simple fact of the matter is, the sooner you embrace this reality, the easier—and possibly even faster—success will come to you.

I know that sounds weird, so let me explain it.

And btw: This is strongly recommended reading for anyone who feels constantly stymied by the possibly high cost of making mistakes or even an embarrassing failure in your real estate endeavors. And also (especially) for anyone who’s shy about your credibility in real estate investing in the first place—whether because you’re still in a learning curve, or maybe haven’t done many (or any) deals yet.

If this in any way seem possibly familiar, then this bud’s for you. 🍺

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Announcing: “Your First BNB” by Brian Page

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Introducing Your First BNB by Brian Page, an incredible new training series that shows you exactly how to make terrific(!) money hosting short-term rentals.

July 2019 (eRelease) – AwesomeREI.com is thrilled to announce an amazing new short-term rental program: Your First BNB by Brian Page. This training program is the perfect step-by-step guide for how to land your first BNB, even without even owning any real estate if you want to.

In these training modules, Brian Page actually offers up three different strategies for how you can make great money with short-term rentals (like Airbnb) and does an excellent job laying them out step-by-step for anyone wondering about how to land your first BNB with as little money or trial-and-error learning curve as possible. Keep reading, you’re doing awesome…

Zillow Buys Houses Now?! Here’s How We’re Buying Houses from Zillow…

Maybe you’ve heard of a little website called Zillow?

Yes, the real estate selling, buying and data giant that makes most Realtors kinda roll their eyes, most real estate investors pretty much overlook, and most appraisers cringe as homeowners increasingly insist on using their “Zestimate” value, no matter what their dang appraisal says!

Love ‘em or don’t, Zillow’s the 8008,000 pound real estate gorilla on the internet that just can’t be discounted anymore.

In their mission to swallow the whole real estate world, you may have also heard rumors that Zillow is now getting into the business of actually buying and selling houses. Well, it’s a fact, and it’ll be interesting to see how that goes.

Personally I’m not so sure how that could work out well, and apparently I’m not the only one who thinks so. But that’s a whole ‘nother conversation really.

Let’s talk about REI + Zillow

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Announcing: “The Z-Code” by Joe McCall

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Introducing The Z-Code by Joe McCall, an awesome new system that walks real estate investors step-by-step through exactly how to earn income using Zillow, without owning any real estate.

April 2019 (eRelease) – AwesomeREI.com is thrilled to announce an incredible new real estate investing program: The Z-Code by Joe McCall. This highly effective training program teaches new and seasoned investors how to systematically harvest leads from Zillow.

In typical Joe McCall form, the entire training orbits around a comprehensive mind map with related documents and helpful checklists included. All 4 training modules are broken down into easy-to-follow videos demonstrating the entire process—from setting a solid foundation of important core values and principles, to the exact steps needed to target and find sellers, to gathering critical intel, using an Excel calculator for fast and easy ARV calculations, how to contact the sellers and how to keep track of all your work.

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2 Simple Real Estate Contracts —Investor Friendly & Free :)

Need a motivated seller voicemail script?
JP MosesGot something sweet for you today: 

If you’re looking for a simple real estate contract that’s (1) real estate investor friendly, (2) super simple, and (3) costs $0, then you’re in for a double dose of awesome.

That’s right—let’s ring the opening bell for another Awesome REI Swipe & Deploy!

Over the years we’ve enjoyed sharing assets from our own internal arsenal of contracts, checklists and marketing templates—things we’ve been using in our own real estate investing operations for years, which you can just swipe from us, and then deploy them in your own real estate game as you see fit.

We’ve handed you goodies like our simple option agreement, a proven letter of intent template, 47 MLS Keywords for REI, a motivated seller phone script & voicemail script, and even some marketing goodies like our favorite motivated seller postcard and even our burned house letter.

Today’s tasty treat?
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The Bandit Sign Sneak Attack!

Hey, JP here and I want to share with you a simple ‘hack’ I discovered for bandit sign marketing you can use to boost the motivated seller leads flowing into your real estate investing business.

Seriously.

I call it my “Bandit Sign Sneak Attack” strategy. It’s an unorthodox approach to regular “bandit sign” marketing that really takes it to a different level.

In fact, with my little twist here, this may just turn out to be one of the better deal-getting tricks in your arsenal. Keep reading, you’re doing awesome…

Driving for Dollars App 2.0—Cool Stuff Coming :-)

A few months ago, I was invited to test-drive and review an app called the Drive Buy REI app, and I was impressed.

To me, it take a time-tested  deal-getting method, and makes it simpler, easier and awesomer to do.

Back when I first started my real estate investing endeavors (golly, back in 2000) I did a lot of driving for dollars the old-school way:

  • Just driving neighborhoods looking for possibly distressed properties.
  • Writing addresses on a big, yellow legal pad.
  • Looking up tax records for all of them when I got home.
  • Then printing & mailing one-off letters to all of them.

It was a time-consuming process, but the ROI was definitely there.

With an array of leading edge way investors are landing deals today—SEO, Facebook, PPC, etc.—the old tried and true driving for dollars might seem outpaced. But the truth is, it still works and works quite well—but in the age of iphones, Androids , social media and push-button ease, it’s not getting any love anymore.

Until the Drive Buy REI app, that is.

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Here’s My Motivated Seller VOICEMAIL Script

Need a motivated seller voicemail script?

Time to give stuff away again! And golly, you guys just can’t get enough, can you? 🙂
So far we’ve let you steal:

And now here we are, piles of raving comments later, and you still want more!

No problemo.

I totally get it… I’ve been there, and always appreciate finding an “easy button” or shortcut myself. If it’ll save me (i) time, (ii) pain or (iii) the trial-and-error of making or finding it myself, then I’m in.

Which brings me to—an interesting (and kinda hilarious) question from Tim D. I saw recently in response to one of my “Swipe & Deploy” shares. Choose whichever flavor you like…  Keep reading, you’re doing awesome…

Property Scouts—Viable for Leads in ‘White Hot’ Markets?

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Hey guys, JP here.

We’re hearing more and more from people in stronger real estate arenas finding it tougher to find solid deals. And if you’re in a market that’s white hot, it can feel kinda like the wild west out there sometimes.

I recently got a call from Jeff in Seattle, wondering if the Property Scout Pipeline is a viable approach that can actually work in a “white hot” market like his… and if so, how?

Solid question, Jeff—super glad you asked. 🙂

The Quick Scoop on Scouts

In case you don’t already know…  Keep reading, you’re doing awesome…

How I Wholesale Houses Not Under Contract (This May Surprise You)

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Hey, JP here…

My honest answer to a pretty common wholesaling question recently seems to be throwing some people off-kilter. I guess it sounds somewhat controversial to some?

I dunno, you tell me. Here’s the question, which came from Kenneth:

“Help! I came across a property I think is a good deal and put the deal to a couple investors. One replied for the address. I don’t have it under contract. Will the investor be able to cut me out? The asking price includes my profit. Any help would be appreciated. This would by first deal.”

Another juicy (larger) question came up in our answer to Kenneth—which led to my honest answer that some are finding surprising:

Can you try to wholesale a property even before you have a contract on it?

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Finding Killer Real Estate Markets Just Got Awesomer

Hey, got some exciting news to share! Anyone looking to find the awesomest, most profitable areas  for your real estate deals, heads up on this. 🙂

Target Market Finder: Original Recipe…

If there’s one thing that can really make my day, it’s finding some nifty little something (a system, app or software tool) that makes my real estate operations easier and awesomer. Yeah, call me an REI-nerd, the glove definitely fits. 😎

Sometimes you just stumble on things like that, sometimes you get struck with the idea to just make it yourself.

That was me and Patrick when we first imagined Target Market Finder—a snappy, little in-house tool that would help us easily zero right in on perfect target real estate markets for our deals in no-time flat.

Once it became reality (yay!) we didn’t keep it to ourselves, but invited a few others to ‘beta test’ it with us… to play around with it, kick the tires, and help us make it better.  Keep reading, you’re doing awesome…

Announcing: “Abandoned Profits” for Real Estate Investors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Introducing a cache of expert training & ‘smart tools’ to help real estate investors find abandoned profits 

August 2017 (eRelease) – AwesomeREI.com is thrilled to announce Abandoned Profits for real estate investors, marrying (i) a leading-edge training program showing investors exactly how to find and profit from ‘off-market hidden gems’ with (ii) exclusive, in-house ‘smart tools’ to simplify and accelerate market research, deal funding, cash buyers and more.

In 2016, the acclaimed Abandoned House Secrets training program was first released, in partnership with 17-year Florida real estate investors Sean and Tracey Flanagan—a comprehensive, step-by-step ‘blueprint’ of unique tactics and strategies for systematically taking down high-profit abandoned properties. Their full clever-yet-simple system was carefully detailed and shared with real estate investors interested in learning how to duplicate their business and tap into abandoned properties as a consistent source of profits.

To further amplify this remarkable training, it’s now being offered in rare combination with a series of innovative ‘smart tools’ to help people quickly solve many of the most common problems associated with actively buying and selling abandoned properties, including:

  1. How do I find the best target markets to focus on? (locally or nationally)
  2. How do I quickly find cash buyers for abandoned properties I want to quick-flip?
  3. How do I find private lenders (or hard money lenders) for abandoned houses I want to close on?

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6 Ways to Find Awesome Fixer Upper Contractors

Hey Guys, JP here—One commonly recurring question we’ve heard over the years how to find awesome fixer upper contractors for your fix-and-flip deals. Or even to handle the renovations for your rental properties.

Where are those contractors hiding?

While Patrick and I typically prefer wholesale deals (quick nickels) over fixer uppers (slow dimes), truth be told we’ve each had our fair share of rehab experiences. Guess that’s what happens after 24+ years (combined) in the real estate game. And when you’re in this business, it’s just always going to come up from time to time—you’ll need to hire a contractor.

Well, today I want to share with you 6 quick, but solid shortcuts for…  Keep reading, you’re doing awesome…

My New Letter of Intent

Hooray for you – we’re giving away another freebie today! Not only will you get to swipe a goodie from us, but I’ve also got an awesome video for you that comprehensively covers what we’re giving away.

Look, there are lots of letters of intent available out there. You could even create one for yourself and consult with your attorney before using it.

But why reinvent the wheel?

We’ve already done all the heavy lifting for you. (You’re welcome!) I still suggest you cover your butt and run this document by your attorney before using it, but it’s our letter of intent of choice – and it’s worked for us for years.

It’s simple, matter-of-fact and to the point. And, you’ll notice it’s only 1 page. That’s intentional. That way sellers can quickly understand exactly what we’re offering them.

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4 Key Traits SUPER Investors Possess

You probably dreamed of being a superhero when you were a kid, right? I mean who didn’t, right?

So while I’m still around waiting for some X-ray vision and maybe an invisibility cloak (admit it, you’d love these too), the current reality is that I’m still just me, JP Moses, Director of Awesome here at Awesome REI.

But here’s something cool: I may not be a superhero yet, but as an adult (most of the time) and seasoned real estate investor (now 17+ years), I know just what it takes to be a Super Investor, which is maybe, kinda the next best thing?

So let’s talk about that for a sec…

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Here’s My ‘Burned House’ Letter

I have a question for you…

Have you ever driven by a burned-out house and wondered about it? Wondered how you might approach that owner, acquire the property and fix it up?

Well, you’re in the right place at the right time… because today, I’m going to share what I like to call my “burned house” letter. And not only am I going to show you the letter and explain how to use it, you get to download a copy for free.

JP Moses here, and I’ve used this letter for years quite successfully, and now it’s yours to use as well.

Uh, you’re welcome, my friend!

Now this is important…

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Here’s My Script for Seller Calls

Heeeeeeeey guys, it’s time for another exciting episode of “Swipe and Deploy our stuff!” Lol.

So based on the kudos aplenty, I clearly struck a chord in recently sharing one of my favorite, top performing postcards for motivated sellers. That’s awesome, I love it.

Today I want to go a step further and let you take a gander at our exact script for calling back motivated sellers from our postcard campaigns.

Here’s the deal:

No matter what flavor investor you are or what type of deal happens to be your proverbial cup of tea, that first call with the seller is absolutely mission critical—a crucial hinge point really for your whole deal.

It also happens to be one of the most nerve-racking and precarious nuts to crack for many people. I’ve seen it literally hundreds of times now, these seller calls can be murder for some people—and I get it.

Seriously. Been there, done that… Yes, nearly a third of my life ago now, but I still remember all too well skittishly calling sellers back, feeling uncertain of what to say, which questions to ask or how to ask them, or even how to just not make it weirdKeep reading, you’re doing awesome…

Download My Option Agreement…

Man, you guys sure love to swipe our stuff!

I mean, based on the gratitude galore we got from sharing one of our favorite motivated seller postcards recently, it seems pretty clear that the old “Swipe and Deploy” is something we should keep rolling with.

So let’s do another one…

Today’s handy-dandy resource is one of the core essentials every investor should have in your tool-belt–the Option to Purchase Agreement, or “option contract” as it’s often called.

But I gots to tell ya — just having this form in your bag of tricks isn’t enough… You’ve got to understand it’s purpose and how to effectively wield it. Which is exactly why I made you this little video about it.  Keep reading, you’re doing awesome…

One of Our Favorite Real Estate Investor Postcards

JP Moses

Hey guys, I’ve got something pretty sweet I want to share with you today: It’s one of our favorite real estate investor postcards, and you can officially swipe-and-deploy in your own real estate investing operations any time you want.

So here’s the deal…

As any capable, card-carrying real estate investor who’s actively doing deals will tell you, the only fuel that keeps your real estate money machine cranking is quality leads coming in like clockwork.

For wholesalers like me, that means a steady stream of motivated sellers with properties they sorely need to sell, plus ravenous cash buyers, hungry to devour the deals we serve up on a silver platter. For fix-and-flippers, it’s distressed property leads and retail buyers. And landlords of course need solid investment properties and quality tenants.

The list goes on… but regardless of your real estate flavor of choice, it’s pretty clear-cut: leads are the lifeblood of your business, and one way or another it all seems to start with the distressed seller. Keep reading, you’re doing awesome…

Announcing: “Abandoned House Secrets” for Real Estate Investors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Introducing awesome new training for real estate investors on how to routinely turn abandoned houses into money in the bank in any market.

(eRelease) – AwesomeREI.com is thrilled to introduce a groundbreaking, new training program that teaches real estate investors how to systematically find and profit big from abandoned houses, regardless of location, experience or market conditions.

Abandoned House Secrets was developed in partnership with 16-year Florida real estate investors Sean and Tracey Flanagan, and serves as a comprehensive, step-by-step ‘blueprint’ of all the unique tactics and strategies they’ve been using to systematically take down high-profit abandoned house deals for more than a decade now. Their entire creative-yet-simple system has been carefully documented, recorded and served up on a silver platter for any real estate investors who want to follow in their footsteps and crush it with abandoned houses.

Abandoned House Secrets includes: Keep reading, you’re doing awesome…

The 47 Awesomest MLS Keywords for Real Estate Investors

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n today’s Knowledge Bomb we’ve got some tasty distressed property leads in the oven, and we’re just about to serve up a ‘swipe & deploy’ system for getting you more of them, and doing it easier and awesomer.

Basically I’m handing you a simple but potent recipe for routinely extracting qualified distressed sellers from your active MLS listings – or as I like to call it, MLS Awesome Sauce.

How do you make this spicy MLS goodness?

Well like any good recipe, it all starts with selecting the highest quality ingredients.

Keep reading, you’re doing awesome…