Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Free Corvette With Purchase ( Sub2 Deal )

Finding treasure is fun! Finding antique bottles lying around in an abandoned house is a joy for me.

My friend Chip and I used to scrounge in abandoned railway stations and old warehouses in Kansas City and find the most fun stuff ever. We scavenged the old dispatcher’s office that had been empty since the 1970’s. I found a hand-made note paper roller that was nailed loosely to the wall. I still have it as a reminder of good times spent scavenging with my friend Chip.

Speaking of Chip, he led me to this secluded little dump outside Olathe, Kansas where we found a rotted box of old, colored glass insulators. I was in heaven. Chip could care less. I still have those insulators. They’re pretty to me. Violet, blue, aqua, pink, brown and white. It’s like Christmas looking at those things. I imagine the history each of those pieces of early artwork disguised as electrical hardware.

The reason I mention all this is that finding treasure is the spice of life. Everyone loves to do it. It’s addictive behavior. Why else would people scour beaches with metal detectors for necklaces and coins...on beaches!!!

Well, Barney Zick wrote once that leaving treasures behind in homes we want to sell will compel buyers subconsciously to buy our houses. They may not even have liked our house the best, but the thought of getting something for free just makes some buyers irrational buyers. We’re talking about leaving pianos, sewing machines, bicycles, rockers and what not. Buyers love free stuff.

My friend John told me once that a week before Christmas one year he had sold three or four houses, but the last one was not selling. So he went to his used car dealer friend and asked if he had any “sexy cars” on the lot. His friend had an old Corvette available. So John bought the Corvette, put it in the garage of the house that wasn’t selling, raised the down payment by a little more than the cost of the car, and had the house sold in two days. He advertised “Free Corvette With Purchase of Home.”

John says he likes to include freebies with his house to make them more attractive. I have always loved this concept. I’ve left antique bicycles and appliances behind before. I’ve also left bedroom sets. It really helps sell a house, when the buyer believes he’s getting something for free.

So, think about what you can “accidentally” leave behind in the next house you try to sell, and see if your days on market are shortened up substantially.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

"Why Sub2 Investors Give Up..."

The real estate business is always making room for those who are not afraid to work. The fact is the harder one "works" in real estate, the more one learns, the more distinctions one makes, and eventually ...the more money one makes. It's just the law.

Of course, we see the pros make this business look like a walk in the park. And all the gurus tell us that if we just follow their prescription that we'll be just like the big boys in no time. Well, that's true that gurus do offer meaningful short cuts and systems that help us get traction very fast. However, just because somebody has the gold mine, doesn't mean they're committed to mining it.

I've witnessed students buy my Sub2 course, which is specifically geared to bypass as much wheel-spinning and frustration as possible, and then do practically nothing with it. Here they've got a tool that could help them buy their own dream house, or dream car, and instead they put the tool on the shelf "until they can get around to using it." How long do they want to wait to live prosperously, I ask myself.

Other students, have turned terrible situations around for themselves. They didn't wait around for the stars to line up, to get cracking.

Last month a student contacted me about his investing objectives. He wanted some help getting organized and putting a system together to buy some income property. When I found out what his deadline was, I was practically gulping air, it was so ambitious.

I'm not sure whether it was out of desperation, vision, or what, but his goal was short-fused. It's inspiring an fun to help someone reach an important, if not difficult goal. So, what was the deadline? March 1. So we got cracking! He took the steps necessary to familiarize himself with data sheets, and started making calls on properties. Now he's advertising for sellers and I am excited about helping him reach this goal...

At the same time, this was happening, I had just about had it listening to other newbies complain, "there's no deals," "I can't find anything to buy," "agents are jerks," "sellers want too much," and blahdy blah, and "I want to give up", because they can't find low hanging fruit like the gurus all promised will happen if they fork over $5,000.00 for their boot camp. Of course I don't promise "low hanging fruit," but I do promise the ability to recognize it! There's a difference.

Well, "Reality Knocking! Hello!" It's takes effort to do real estate profitably. That's what my new student is learning, too. I told him that he needed to complete 50 analysis sheets on 50 different properties so that he could learn to instantly recognize a deal. Slowly and painstaking we plowed through a couple income property data sheets so he could get acquainted with the process (and I relearned some important assumptions at the same time). Did you know that sellers will lie about their numbers to gather interest? Anywhoo...

Well, to really drive this point home about the work involved in finding deals, I received a call from a car salesman who wanted to lease purchase a house for himself. I told him that I had nothing in his area, but I would help him find something that he could negotiate on his own (after all he's a professional negotiator). I told him that he would have to put in some hours on the phone, and pointed him to the most likely prospects.

The next day he called me to let me know he found four potential deals ....after about 8 hours of cold calling. After he told me the terms he was throwing out, I could only sit in awe at what the sellers said they were interested in doing with this guy. Of course the next thing out of his mouth was that he wanted to bird dog for me. Of course I said, "nah, I work my own deals, thanks, but no thanks." NOT! Of course, I took him up on his offer as soon as I could get the word "Fantastic!" out of my mouth.

Well, I've got a student digging for income property gems and learning to recognize deals on the spot, and a used car salesman looking in just the right places for deals for himself (and me) and neither of them are complaining about the hard work involved so far.

So, forget about finding the low hanging fruit, and start digging for buried treasure in your own gold mine, and dig out the juicy deals that nobody else knows exists, like my students and bird dogs are willing to do. Then in no time, you'll reach your goals and somebody will assume it's just as easy as the gurus say it is!