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Work Smart……Play Hard – Kathy Kennebrook’s Real Estate Investing Mantra

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By Kathy Kennebrook, The Marketing Magic Lady

I got into the real estate investing business to have more free time for myself and my family and to have the financial freedom to do whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. I wanted my life to be more worry free. I have spent a great deal of time accomplishing that goal and I want to share some of my insights with you as a real estate entrepreneur.

When you decide to become a Real Estate Investor, make sure you structure your business in such a way that it doesn’t become overwhelming, even more so than a full time job could be. It’s very easy to fall into that trap, especially if you work from home. You can also fall into the trap of trying to do everything yourself, and long-term, this just won’t work. Believe me when I tell you that most tasks in your business need to be delegated to others starting with your marketing, your bookkeeping and day to day management.

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In my particular case I like to work from home and most of the functions of our business are handled off sight and by Independent Contractors. One of the ways I solved the problem of getting overwhelmed with work was to determine what hours per day would be dedicated to my real estate investing business. At the end of the day the door to the office gets closed and the phones go to an answering service. Your family will appreciate you for this as well.

The other rule we abide by is that when the office door gets closed, conversations about our real estate business cease as well. You have to make a conscious effort to separate your business and your personal life, especially if you are working the business with your spouse or partner. Since real estate is an incredibly fun way to make a living, sometimes this is hard to do.

As you begin to attain success in your business and things become more automated for you, you will begin to have a lot more free time to do the things you enjoy doing. My husband and I like to kayak. We especially like white water kayaking and take several trips each year to enjoy the sport. I also enjoy traveling to places I have never seen before with my husband Jay. Our business at this point in time pretty much runs on auto-pilot. We have developed a dream team of key people we put in place who take care of the important tasks that make our business successful and run on auto-pilot even when we are away from the office.

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The marketing for our business is outsourced along with many of the other tasks associated with our business including getting our rehabs completed, property management, bookkeeping, closings, etc. Since a lot of the marketing we do for our business is targeted direct mail, this is all outsourced to a company who does all of that work for us. We provide them with the letters and the lists and they do everything else.

My husband and I still continue to work our business primarily from home and our key people are independent contractors who work from their homes or offices. Since Covid 19 happened, this has become even more important to the ongoing success of our business. Personally I still like making deals with sellers even before I get out of my pajamas in the morning. I also like having lots of time to spend with my cats and my grandchildren.

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Once your real estate investing business is running like a well oiled machine, take the time to pursue the things you love to do, after all, that’s why you got involved in the business in the first place, isn’t it? Make sure you spend time with your spouse and your family doing the things you love to do together. This is the best time to begin making good memories for your children if they are still young. Remember that you must continuously pay attention to the balance between your business life and your personal life. Otherwise, it can become easy to short change one or the other.

Putting good team players in place to take care of the details of your business will be important to building the ultimate financial freedom you are striving for so you have even more time for the things you love to do. So just remember to work smart….and play hard!!!


For more information on automating your real estate investing business and locating all the sellers and deals you could possibly need, be sure and visit Kathy Kennebrook’s website at www.marketingmagiclady.com While you are there be sure and sign up for our FREE monthly newsletter.

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Marketing Your Way To Millions

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When Kathy Kennebrook first started in the Real Estate Investing Business, she very quickly figured out that the best way to find good deals was to locate qualified motivated sellers. What is a qualified motivated seller? It’s someone who needs their property now, as opposed to someone who just wants to sell. This is the seller who has a problem they need to solve and they want you to solve it for them.

After Kathy had been in the Real Estate investing business for a little while, she developed some really effective marketing strategies including direct mail to locate highly motivated sellers. She then put together a system to create a machine that would bring her deal after deal after deal. Better yet, Kathy created a machine that was automated so she got someone else doing all the work for her so all she has to do is deal with the motivated sellers.

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Now you too can learn her special secrets to attracting motivated sellers!! Learn out how Kathy Kennebrook made a seven figure income in just 12 short months using her Unique Direct Mail Strategies to locate motivated sellers. Learn how you can do the same in your pajamas without licking a single stamp!

  • Learn how Kathy Kennebrook carved a unique niche market that other Real Estate Investors simply don’t know about, and how you can too.
  • Learn how to implement a “cookie cutter” system that works every time to get more motivated sellers contacting you than ever before.
  • Learn how to find the owners of vacant, abandoned houses even when they don’t want to be found.
  • Learn how to find and make incredible deals with out of state owners.
  • Learn how to start from scratch and complete your first deal within 30 days.
  • Learn how to implement a dummy proof, affordable and efficient Marketing System that will result in motivated, qualified sellers contacting you in droves practically begging you to take their property off their hands.
  • Turn small marketing dollars into BIG profits with minimal effort and HUGE results.
  • Learn how to automate the system so you can deal with the many sellers who will contact you, just like Kathy Kennebrook does.
  • Learn how to pick out the marketing gems that work best for you in your area and capitalize on them for maximum profits.
  • Learn how to use Kathy Kennebrook’s special response mechanism that gets motivated sellers contacting her quickly giving her the information she needs to make the deal.

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  • Learn how to find and make incredible deals with burned out landlords.
  • Learn how to follow up with prospective sellers so you buy their property when their circumstances dictate that they do so.
  • Learn how to use telephone scripts so you never have to wonder what to say to these motivated sellers.
  • Learn how Kathy Kennebrook locates motivated sellers who will simply deed her their homes in lovely neighborhoods.
  • Learn how to call on ads, what to say, who to call and how to get someone else doing all the work for you so all you have to do is deal with the sellers who really want to sell. Kathy Kennebrook even has all the telephone scripts for you to use so the sellers are pre-screened for you.
  • Learn how to use attorneys to find you great deals on distressed properties no one else knows about. This is an excellent lead generation tool you only have to market for one time. Kathy Kennebrook has used this tool to create relationships with attorneys who bring her deal after deal.
  • Learn how Kathy Kennebrook finds and works with owners of properties with no mortgages so she can get really creative financing on these beautiful properties in excellent neighborhoods.
  • Learn how to use wholesale buyers to bird dog for you, build your lead base and make even more money for you by buying the properties from you after you get them under contract. This is one of Kathy Kennebrook’s favorite techniques for making money quickly and easily in the Real Estate Investing business.

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  • Learn how to find your personal dream home in a lovely neighborhood with no cash out of pocket and no credit. Your family will love you for it!
  • Learn to recognize the difference between a motivated and a non-motivated seller and end the conversation quickly with a non-motivated seller so you don’t waste your time.
  • Learn how to make the deal on the phone before you ever go see the property. Kathy Kennebrook knows how important your time is.
  • Learn how to use 24 additional marketing techniques that are some of Kathy Kennebrook’s personal favorites to build your lead base and let even more motivated sellers know you buy and sell houses.

Kathy Kennebrook developed these strategies and systems as tools for her own Real Estate Investing business, and now Kathy Kennebrook is going to share them with you, the Real Estate Investor in order to help you grow your own business. Kathy Kennebrook explains to you step by step how to build your Marketing System, and how to track your mailings, your sellers and your deals to make the highest profit possible in your Real Estate Investing business.

For information on these amazing strategies, take a look at Kathy Kennebrook’s Marketing Magic System at her website- www.marketingmagiclady.com

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Where Do I Find the Best Direct Mail Lists?

By Kathy Kennebrook (The Marketing Magic Lady)

This is the big question that I get a lot! The true secret to success for a Real Estate Investor is finding sellers who really need to sell. I use several different targeted direct mail campaigns to locate different types of highly motivated sellers. Some examples of these types of mailings are out of state owners, estate and probate properties, quit-claim deeds, expired listings, burned out landlords, vacant properties, military transfers, inherited properties, for sale by owner, and pre-foreclosures, just to name a few.

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The key to success using direct mail is customizing your direct mail piece and your list to reach exactly the kinds of motivated sellers you want to deal with in order to create the kinds of deals you want for your Real Estate Investing business. The very best way to do this is to locate mailing lists from reputable companies, refining them to meet your individual criteria, then mailing to these potential sellers again and again.

Real Estate Investors often neglect to market to sellers in this way because they think the list is too difficult to get, or they only send the mailings once and quit. These are some of the easiest lists for you to obtain and it will be very profitable for you to do so. After having mailed thousands of letters and done hundreds of deals I can personally attest to the power of direct mail for finding all the motivated sellers you could want that none of your competitors know anything about.

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You can contact a list broker or your local property assessor’s office and ask them for these specific lists, or you can create some excellent lists to mail to yourself. It’s fairly easy to do. Here are just a few ideas for you. You can go to the courthouse and research divorce cases, death notices, liens and judgments, tax liens, marriage licenses, bankruptcies, eviction filings or Lis Pendens, which is the first step toward foreclosure in order to create mailing lists. Let me share a few pointers here.

  1. Do your homework when picking a list broker. How current is the list? Does it have all the information you need to create your direct mail campaign? Does it reach the audience you are targeting?
  2. Do a test mailing of 100 pieces to test any new list. How many responses did you get? How many letters came back with a bad address? How many deals did you create?
  3. Don’t waste your marketing dollars marketing to a bad list that won’t get you the result you want.
  4. Create continuity with your direct mail campaigns. You can mail a lot of letters or a few letters but you need to have a flow of mail going out at all times in order to create a continuous funnel of incoming leads.
  5. Never mail more pieces than you are comfortable getting responses to. If you do a huge mailing and you get tons of responses you can’t get to, you are wasting marketing dollars. Put systems in place to help you respond to the mailings and grow your business gradually.

Make sure that you do repetitive mailings. The more you repeat your mailings, the more deals you will create since you are taking the time to build a relationship with these sellers. When they are ready to sell, they will contact you first, even if they have been contacted by someone else in the meantime.

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Another way to find motivated sellers is to cultivate relationships with individuals who can help you find deals. One of the techniques we implemented was to create a specific direct mail campaign targeting specific types of attorneys who were much more likely to bring us deals and we let them know we are in the business of buying houses.

Once you develop relationships with these attorneys, they will call you first when they have a client who needs to sell a property quickly no matter what condition it’s in. This is just another way to build ongoing lead sources using direct mail. You only have to create this direct mail campaign once to create an ongoing source of leads for your Real Estate Investing business.

If you own any kind of business and you need certain types of leads, think about unique resources that can provide you with the leads you need and create a direct mail campaign targeting these resources. This can be really profitable. For example; if you own an alarm company or a lawn maintenance service it would behoove you to create a direct mail campaign targeting owners of properties in your area who live out of state. These are potential customers who need your services.

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The main reason that direct mail works so well is that you are reaching highly targeted leads. You become the potential seller’s first option when they need to sell. Even if you are on a limited budget, direct mail is an excellent source of leads for you since you can buy more houses from fewer leads, thus maximizing your marketing dollars. As your business grows, you can increase the number of mailings you do. You can also target specific neighborhoods or dominate certain parts of town. In doing so, you become a “property value expert” in those areas, which makes the offer-making process that much easier for you.

You end up creating an ongoing relationship with your target market, which makes it easy for you to follow up with formerly inflexible or unmotivated sellers. Since these mailings are so targeted and so residual, there is virtually no competition for these properties. It puts your lead generating system on “auto-pilot,” leaving you more time to make offers, do more deals, and make more money.

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Most importantly, be consistent in all your efforts. The successful Real Estate Investor has a network of people and strategies at their fingertips at all times. If you don’t develop continuity to your marketing campaigns, you’ll see your results begin to drop off immediately. This is true no matter what business you are using direct mail to target to.

When you implement multiple techniques and several different direct mail campaigns, you will have more opportunities than you’ll be able to handle and the possibilities become almost endless. Using direct mail to develop a “cookie cutter” system to accomplish this is one of the most affordable, reliable, and effective ways I know to build your lead base quickly and have all the business you will ever need.

Direct mail continues to provide our business with about seventy percent of the total deals we do. That’s a big number and an excellent result from simply taking the time to build a residual system to bring in new leads to our business every single day.


Be sure and check out my website at www.marketingmagiclady.com for all the marketing resources you need to grow your real estate investing business. While you are there be sure and sign up for our free monthly newsletter.


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Women Who Behave Never Get Rich!!

By Kathy Kennebrook (The Marketing Magic Lady)

I am often asked by women at events I speak at whether or not I think a woman can make a go of the real estate investing business on their own. My personal answer to this question is always a resounding-YES!

Actually, women have a distinct advantage over men in the real estate investing business. Sorry guys, it’s the truth! You see women are generally much more comfortable working with other women. That’s a given. So this makes the whole process go a lot more smoothly. And Men really like working with Women because it kind of levels the playing field. Women are seen as easier to work with. So Women end up doing really well in the real estate investing business even if they are working on their own.

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Women can definitely be very successful in the real estate investing business working on their own. I am living proof of this fact. Even though my husband and I work together in the business, I am usually the one creating the deals, especially when working with senior homeowners. Once again; they just seem to be more comfortable working with a woman. I don’t mean to sound chauvinistic here; it just seems to work out that way. There seems to be a greater trust when working with a woman investor.

It also seems to go over better when I am the one asking for the deed to a property I want to buy subject to the existing mortgage. The whole scenario just goes better when I am the one doing the asking whether working with male sellers, female sellers or couples. I just think women are seen as more nurturing, empathetic and easier to work with. So yes, ladies; you can definitely have a successful real estate investing business all by yourself!

positive-businesswoman-doing-paperwork-in-office-3756678 smallI could share several examples of deals I have done myself, even very recently to drive this point home. I recently did a deal with a lady who had just turned 40 and decided to sell her home so she could use the proceeds to travel the country before she was too old to do so. She had been contacted by Real Estate Investors who were men and she wouldn’t sell her home to them. Then she saw our ad in a shopper guide and called me. We met and she agreed to sell me her house. She was just much more comfortable working with another woman, and being a single woman living alone, she was nervous about letting a man into her home that she didn’t know.

Let me share another deal I did where a couple was being transferred out of state for business and needed to sell their home quickly. They had had another investor come out to see them before I showed up. He showed up in a suit and tie and they felt he was just too “slick” for them to be comfortable working with, so when I showed up in nice slacks and a blouse, empathized with their situation and showed them how I could help them solve their problem, they sold their home to me. I made a hefty profit on this deal! I also brought references with me so they could make sure I was really who I said I was and that I could really purchase their home.

I do have some advice for women working on their own based on my own experience. Here is some of the best advice I can give you. Ladies, if you are going to a property and you haven’t been there before and you don’t know the sellers, carry a cell phone with you and make sure someone knows where you are going to be. This is just common sense information to protect you. In my case, most of the time, the negotiations have been done on the phone before I ever go see any property.

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If you are going to a vacant ugly house I suggest taking someone else with you or making sure someone knows where you are, just in case. Just remember to use a little bit of common sense and caution in your dealings and you will be very successful in this business.


For more information on Kathy Kennebrook check out my website at www.marketingmagiclady.com While you are there be sure and sign up for my free monthly newsletter!

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Sales Process – Best Practices

By Dan Harkey

Do you ever think that for some reason you are not getting the results you want in your sales career? Do you have feelings that you try, but it is just not working? Maybe you need a minor tune-up, or perhaps a major overhaul.

Let us review the sales process:

Some people think that sales are concluded by what is verbalized in some learned word sequence, and how those words are used to convince a prospect to purchase products, goods, or services. Some may even think the correct method is for the salesperson to use slick language, ask questions that require a certain type of answer, handle objections, and a sequential closing interaction with the potential buyer. Granted, knowing your product, a good prospecting system, and training about the sales sequence is important. No doubt!

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I subscribe to a bit of a different philosophy. “You locate a buyer, rather than create a buyer.” If you have a large enough group of prospects and keep yourself in front of their conscientious thoughts, they will most likely think of you if they need your services. Also, you should constantly work on developing and nurturing a like-and-trust relationship.

The first requirement is to develop a thorough understanding of your products, goods, or services with which you are involved. Thorough explanation of the technical aspects and benefits is a must. Handling questions about the function, usability, quality, durability, and pricing is important. What are the benefits of owning the product or purchasing the service, or investment?

Success in the sales profession is a learned proposition. What I mean by that is I do not believe that there are natural born, predestined successful salespeople. Some may start earlier than others, even in childhood, by gaining the personal confidence and developing characteristics that are required to be a successful salesperson.

80/20 Rule:

eighty-706881_1280The 80/20 concept applies to almost all sales endeavors. 20% of the salespeople account for 80% of the total sales volume in industries. Correspondingly, 20% of the salespeople make 80% of the available income. The remaining 80% of the salespeople receive a meager portion of the remaining 20% of available income. The 80/20 rule also applies to the quality of your “active” prospects. You will create 80% of your new business transactions out of 20% of your “active” leads. The salesperson’s job is to focus on the 20% and to convert member(s) of the remaining 80% into the upper 20% referred to as “active.”

Marketing Strategies:

There are various marketing strategies used in solicitation including face-to-face networking in groups, interactive relationships in industry-related groups, direct mail, email, and direct calling. Direct calling may either be cold calling, repeat calling to maintain contact, or to follow active leads. All are within the scope of solicitation and are for starting and nurturing an ongoing relationships. What do you have to offer that might have significant benefits to the prospective purchaser? All methods consist of a strategy to convert prospects into an active relationship with you, including establishing business relationships and friendships. “Active” consists of a group that has communicated with you and expressed an interest in your product, goods, or services. Of course, “actives” can become friends and friends do business with friends! Business success, as well as life in general, functions much better with many friendships. This includes happiness, mental health, self-actualization, and monetary gain.

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Developing a large network of leads and personal relationships takes a lot of focused time and effort. Merely locating and purchasing a list does little. A list should be created and maintained constantly for a large subset group that may be interested in what you have to offer. The list will need to be appended, which means it is sent out to an email marketing vendor who can verify whether the address and email address are still correct. The list will need to be imported into a customer relations software system to begin efficient daily management of the data. The list needs to be worked daily to convert people from “cold” or “warm”, into “active.” What I mean by daily is not to call the same people but to work your list by calling each person periodically such as every 60 or 90 days. Excessively frequent calls could be considered pestering.

Information contained in the list will need to be constantly updated and expanded because people move jobs, companies go out of business, show disinterest or disrespect, habitually fail to return phone calls or email requests, retire, change names, change email addresses, change business locations, a change in life circumstances, etc. The “active” prospects in your network are the only ones that you may reliably count on in determining the size of your network or lead base. Also, even with a sizeable “active” lead base, you will lose 20% to 30% of them per year for all the reasons stated.

After much time of consistent follow up without real response or success, such as 24 months, you may elect to drop the prospects from your “active” list and cease active follow up. Dropped leads will be replaced with “warm” leads that become “active”, and new relationships. The other option is to only call or email them occasionally, such as twice a year. The fundamental aspect of the process is that it is a sequential daily action system.

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Here is a suggested action that you should take for someone who routinely or habitually does not respond to your request to communicate; send an email that states “Fred, I have tried to contact you a few times, without success. Would you prefer that I do not bother you?” If Fred wants to continue the relationship, he will respond. Fred may respond politely and say “no,” or just not respond at all. If Fred does not respond, then you may demote him back to “cold” and keep him in your database email marketing system for future interest and referrals. “Cold” leads do not get active personal follow up. If Fred is disrespectful or belligerent, just delete his record entirely. A poor strategy is to follow up with the same group of prospects, even when they show non-responsiveness or disinterest.

As the process becomes well lubricated through practice and experience, you can expect increasing momentum until you have so much business that you are forced to slow down marketing and personal contact follow-up in order to assimilate the additional new business, and/or new transactions.

Action Habits:

What size is your “universe of active possibilities.” Are there 10’s, 100’s, 1,000’s, or 10,000’s of prospects that you may be able to directly or indirectly follow up or market to? You have a current network size or number of “actives” and “prospects.”. Each person that you have in your follow-up system has a separate size of their own network. If you add the size of your network to the size of all the networks of each party that you market, you can establish a total, or “universe” of contacts. The question becomes, do you and each person that you follow up have a large enough network and a consistent daily action habit to develop a successful and sustainable career?

smartphone-1445489_1280Here are three different examples of persons that you may solicit in your “active” lead base. The distinction is whether both you and the person that you are following up with have their own separate and consistent daily action habit?

1) You have 10 “active” leads in your universe. Another person that you follow up with consistently has a total of 10 “active” leads in their network. If you communicated with your 10 each month or each quarter, and they in turn communicated with their 10 leads then the total universe of “active” possibilities would be 100.

2) You have medium-size networks such as 200 to 400 but fail to engage in a consistent daily action habit. Failure to engage may become your barrier. It will be necessary for you to change your action pattern. Calling, emailing and/or communicating consistently with at least 20 active prospects daily is a good start. 20 is not a magic number, but if you call and they enjoy talking to you, that may be all you can handle. Otherwise, you may be calling 20 to 30 “actives” per day including completed and non-answered calls and follow up with a polite “thank you” email.

3) You have 400 or more “active” leads in your network that you follow up each month or each quarter with a good action habit. The person you follow up also has 400 or more potential leads that they follow up consistently with a good action habit. 400 X 400= a total of 160,000 universes of possibilities.

The purpose of these examples is to serve as a reminder that if you want to be successful, then associate and follow up with other correspondingly successful people who also have large networks. Imagine having 1,000 different people who are receptive to taking a call from you, showing respect and enjoying the conversation, who also have a large network of their own. This, of course, is an example.

There will be a natural point that you will not be able to keep up with the pace, because you will have way too much business. You may need to hire an assistant to leverage your time and effectiveness. This assistant may be an employee or an independent contractor. The minute that you have spare time from handling all your new business, you will restart the process all over. The real magic will begin to occur when business acquaintances become friends. I have said this repeatedly, “friends do business with friends.”

Calling and emailing are not the only mediums of communication, but they are highly effective.

digitization-4813408_1280Remember that a prospect list can disintegrate over-night. In 2006 my company was primarily using direct mail, and we sent out about 1,000,000 letter form solicitations each month. Then by September 2007, the market crashed, and the lead base quality crashed with it. Hundreds of thousands of real estate agents, loan agents, investors, and builders/developers left the industry.

Over time when the dust and smoke cleared it was necessary to reconstruct a new list and start all over. Prepare for this event! If a crash in the quality of your lead base occurs consolidate down to your “actives” after verifying that they are still there. The entire process is a system that I refer to as a best practices action system.

Remember the concept “you locate a buyer; you do not create a buyer.”


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Dan Harkey
Business and Private Money Finance Consultant
Cell 949 533 8315
dan@danharkey.com

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Getting Prepared for After COVID-19

By David Mashian

Thankfully, we now see a light at the end of this tunnel. We all have been self-quarantining, and are eager to get back to “normal” life. It will be a new normal, and things will not be where you left them before the quarantine. Even now the people in China are cautiously and slowly peeking their heads out of their homes to see if all is OK, so there will be an adjustment period for us as well.

If you are in the sales business, like I am, we need to get tooled up to get back into action and start SELLING! You are going to Create or Find New Opportunity. This situation is an opportunity. Things change, they always change, and it is best to accept and adapt. Interestingly, in Chinese, the word for “Problem” and “Opportunity” are the same word. So, this is a new opportunity, and a possibility for a better life and a better you.

WHAT TO DO?

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1) Make a TO DO list for today, and at the end of the day, make a list for the next day.

2) What should be on this list? Sales Activity is #1 – We are going to make and / or find opportunities.

WHO TO MARKET TO?

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1) People you already know and have a relationship with. DON’T PRE-JUDGE – JUST CALL!

2) Call people in your cell phone contacts. Get personal with your calls to create the opportunity. People have time on their hands and are receptive.

a. Call people you have done transactions within the past, no matter how long ago.

b. Call colleagues in the business, and past colleagues in your life. You do not know where your business is going to come from, especially given the current circumstances.

c. Friends and Family.

Implement Marketing Program

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1) Make or clean up your email list.

2) Create or update your marketing, social media, website, meet-up group, bio, brochures, flyers.

3) Start marketing by doing email blasts, post articles on social media, hosting webinars.

4) Offer something of value. Create content of value – not a sales pitch. Become viewed as a leader in your industry. Offer newsletter, helpful website links and useful webinars.

WHAT TO DO PERSONALLY:

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• Eat healthy, cook at home.

• Meditate, pray, bring calm into your life.

• Exercise, go for walks, move your body.

• Sleep well and rest when it is time to rest.

• Play Music, Paint, Enjoy your hobby.

• Talk to positive people.

 


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David Mashian

David Mashian is the founder and CEO for MoneyMac Loans. David started MoneyMac because he personally experienced and realized that small businesses and entrepreneurs could not qualify for loans under the traditional bank lending standards. MoneyMac is a nationwide lender dedicated to providing investment real estate loans for residential 1-4, multi-family, mixed-use and commercial properties. David provides asset-based investment property loans give financing for tough to qualify borrowers, including W-2 employees, self-employed entrepreneurs and small business owners. MoneyMac focuses on the property’s value and the borrower’s credit, without using bank statements or tax returns.

David is a proven real estate industry leader, who has helped many companies transform their business goals to reality. He has a high degree of real estate experience and expertise spanning from real estate finance, brokerage, sales, leasing, brokerage management, and franchising of real estate brokerage companies. Using his wide base of connections to brokers, investors and industry leaders, David has put together many deals for joint ventures, debt & equity raises, acquisitions, and real estate sales. David graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, and teaches Real Estate Principles at the University of California, Irvine.

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Achieve Success With Your “Dream Team”

By Kathy Kennebrook
(Marketing Magic Lady)

I have been asked a lot lately by real estate investors about how to create a dream team for their business. Putting your “Dream Team” in place while establishing your real estate business is one of the key steps to developing a successful real estate investing business. Your dream team is going to consist of those people or vendors who can help you find deals, provide funding, get your deals closed, fixed up and then sold or leased quickly. Having your dream team in place and being able to close deals quickly will give you a distinct advantage over your competition by allowing you to complete deals they simply won’t be able to finish in a timely manner.

The first element you need to think about is your marketing team. Your marketing dream team will include the people who can help you locate good deals, such as “bird dogs”, Realtors, mortgage brokers, promotional companies who will supply your business cards, signage, t-shirts and whatever advertising materials you need, and people who will do your direct mail campaigns for you. You also need to add to the mix the account representatives who will handle your classified and display ads in your local newspaper and shopper guides. You also need to have someone who can help with placing signs, flyers and business cards around town for you. The more you can automate this part of your business, the more deals you’ll be able to do more quickly.

african-3402716 teamNext, your dream team needs to include a title agent and/or a real estate attorney. These people are going to insure your deals close smoothly and with a clear title. A real estate attorney can help you to solve a lot of problems that can arise during a closing, such as a title glitch, a survey problem, or estate and probate issues, just to name a few. As you develop a relationship with your title agent and/or real estate attorney, they will become a major asset to your business by being better able to work one-on-one with your sellers and you to make sure all your deals close as smoothly as possible. You also need to make sure that your title agent and/or real estate attorney are bi-lingual so they will be able to work with your Spanish speaking sellers as well. This part of your team is one of the most important. If any part of a deal is going to fall apart it is going to be during the process of closing. Make sure you choose the best in the industry to close your deals from the very beginning, even if it costs a little more!

Using the same “team” to close all your deals for you will give you credibility as a real estate investor both with the sellers you are dealing with and with other vendors you will count on to bring you deals, such as Realtors or mortgage brokers. When you use the same people to close deal after deal for you, they will be willing to go the extra mile to help you in any way they can to get the job done. In addition, they will be able to communicate with one another concerning problems without your having to get involved.

analyzing-3385076 teamSome of the other vendors you’ll need to have on your team include a surveyor, a pest control company (for those states that have termite inspections) private or hard money lenders, an insurance agent, an appraiser and a home inspection service. You will add to that list a mortgage broker, a Realtor and any other vendor that might be unique to the area you live in. These are all people you need to have in place to help you get your deals closed as efficiently as possible.

A friend of mine once told me, “Success is dealing with people as they really are, not what you would have them appear to be.” Know, beforehand, the strengths and weakness of your dream team. Establish a rapport and relationship first. Dream team success is greatly affected by lasting relationships. These do not happen overnight. Remember, success breeds success. Create your dream team from only successful people. The longer you work with the same vendors in your business, the more credibility you build along the way. Don’t keep switching vendors from deal to deal just because someone is a little cheaper.

handshake-3298455_1280Your ability to close quickly can make or break a deal for you. There have been many times where I was able to work with a seller instead of another investor because I was able to close within days instead of weeks. Sometimes a seller’s circumstances dictate that they need to close within days. If you can’t accommodate them, they will find someone who can.

Another reason you want to have your dream team in place is because they will work together for you without you having to be involved in any of the headaches of a closing. It’s rare that I’m ever involved in any of the details of a closing until the closing date. The way I handle my “dream team” is this: each member of my team knows who all my other vendors are and they have contact information for each of them. When a problem arises with a closing, they are able to work together to solve it without any involvement from me at all. This is a great way for your closings to be handled on “auto-pilot” almost, giving you more time to create more deals or do other things that you want to do.

teamwork-2188039 dreamteamYou’ll also want to have your dream team in place to help you to sell or lease properties rapidly. The members of this part of your team may include a Realtor, a sales person of your choosing, someone to handle marketing of the property, a mortgage broker to get buyers pre-qualified for you, and a good rehab crew to get your properties ready for sale or lease. You may also use a property management company to handle your leases for you on properties you choose to keep. Make sure that all of the members of this group are as creative as you are when it comes to getting things done and properties leased, sold and closed.

Other members of your team may also include wholesale buyers who will purchase properties from you without you having to do any of the repairs. This is a good way to make money quickly and easily in the real estate business.

sale-3701777_1280As soon as I put a property under contract to purchase, I know exactly what my exit strategy is going to be, so when I close we are ready to move onto the next phase, the rehabbing, the selling or leasing of the property. Having your dream team in place is an excellent way to streamline your business to enable you to do more deals faster and make more money.

Once you put your dream team in place, you’ll be able to close more deals more quickly and easily than you ever imagined.

For more information about Kathy Kennebrook’s products for the real estate investor be sure and visit her website at www.marketingmagiclady.com While you are there be sure and sign up for Kathy’s FREE monthly newsletter and receive an additional $149.00 in marketing tools absolutely free!!


kathykABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kathy Kennebrook is the ultimate success story. She spent over 20 years in the banking industry before discovering the world of real estate. After attending some real estate seminars this 4 foot 11″ mother of two got really excited and before you know it she’d bought and sold hundreds of properties using none of her own money or credit. Kathy holds a degree in finance and has co­authored the books­ The Venus Approach to Real Estate Investing, Walking With the Wise Real Estate Investor, and Walking With the Wise Entrepreneur which also includes real estate experts Donald Trump, Suze Orman, Robert Kiyosaki, and Dr. Wayne Dyer. She is the nation’s leading expert at finding highly qualified, motivated sellers, buyers and lenders using many types of direct mail marketing. She is known throughout the United States and Canada as the “Marketing Magic Lady”. She has put together a simple step­ by ­step system that anyone can follow to duplicate her success. Kathy has been speaking throughout the country and across Canada for over 14 years and has shared the stage with Ron LeGrand, Donald Trump, Dr. Phil, Dan Kennedy, Mark Victor Hansen, Ted Thomas and Suze Orman to name a few.

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Marketing Offline Helps Build Personal Relationships

By Gene Guarino

What is Offline Marketing?

Offline Marketing is having a brochure, flyers and business cards. They should look professional and be accurate and clear. You only get one chance to make a first impression. The brochures should match your website and your online presence. In addition to that, one of your biggest and probably the most important way to market your business is referrals. Getting the word out to other people who can bring business to you.

business-card-943997_1280How do you get referrals?

When somebody is thinking about Assisted Living, they’re going to ask someone they trust. who do you know? Where do you think I should go? If they have a friend that’s in a care home right now, they can invite them over for a visit to see for themselves. We need to create and maintain those relationships.

There are professional referral sources.

There are placement agents that refer seniors to homes. They went out and created the relationships. They typically get paid one month’s fee for those referrals. That’s expensive however if the bed was vacant last night you would have earned zero and you’ll never get that revenue back.

tie-690084_1280There are attorneys that specialize in working with seniors. Insurance agents that work with long-term care insurance. Financial planners that specialize in working with people’s estates as they get older. They’re the ones who are getting ask for a referral and they can direct those people to you.

Hospitals and doctors offices are your two other primary sources for referrals. People don’t go into a hospital for fun. They go there in an emergency or because they’re sick and they need to, not because they want to. The hospital has doctors, nurses, and orderlies that are potential referral sources for you. It could be something as simple as having your brochure in the waiting room or building a relationship with the nurses and staff.

You can build offline marketing relationships yourself!

chocolate-744337_1280Imagine if you just showed up once a week for a month where you just bring in a flat of coffee, a small box of chocolates and a handful of brochures. Everything I just described costs about $25 or $30. I suggest that you go there once a week at about 10 AM, when they need a little pick me up. Nobody’s ever going to turn down coffee and chocolate. You just say, “Hey, just wanted to stop by and say a quick hello.” Get to find out what their favorite coffee is. That’s about $100 per month. You’re going to get one, or two, or maybe many more referrals from that. Every one of them is worth thousands of dollars to you,

It doesn’t have to be you building those relationships either. It could be your manager or somebody that’s got the personality and is willing to get the word out and build those relationships. Set a budget, give them a business credit card or debit card for these types of expenses to help build those relationships.

Referral marketing is the best way to get new business in Assisted Living and Residential Assisted Living.

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Gene Guarino
Founder/CEO
Residential Assisted Living Academy™

Gene is the President, CEO & Founder of RALAcademy.com. Gene has over 30 years experience in real estate investing and business. Today, Gene is focused on just one thing… investing in the mega-trend of senior assisted housing. He has trained thousands of investors/entrepreneurs throughout the United States how to invest in and operate residential assisted living homes. For over 25 years he has been educating people on the strategies of successful investing, business and self-employment. He now specializes in helping others take advantage of this mega-trend opportunity.

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3 Proven Strategies for Small Business Owners to Increase Cash Flow

By Dr. Teresa R. Martin, Esq.

Is your small business struggling to make enough profit to pay the bills? Living paycheck to paycheck can be quite frustrating. Perhaps you started a small business so you could pursue your dream while earning money at the same time. If so, then you know that it isn’t always easy to get a small business to bring in the profits you’d like.

However, if you’re willing to work hard and have a good plan, there’s no limit to how far you can take your small business. Luckily, there are many ways to increase your current cash flow and free you from the threat of financial disaster.

Consider these strategies to increase your cash flow:

  1. Collect feedback. Many small business owners forget the importance of soliciting feedback from their clients. There are several effective ways to find out what your clients think about your products and services.

  • Ask the client to fill out a quick survey or questionnaire to rate various aspects of your business. These surveys can provide an excellent glimpse into your client’s point of view. There are many different websites that enable you to create simple surveys. Look online to find one that meets your needs.
  • Follow up with your clients with a phone-call or email asking for comments about your products or services. Inquire about which aspects they are satisfied with and which need some work.
  • Talk to your clients in person and ask them how they feel about their experiences with your business.

Remember, word of mouth is one of the best ways to advertise your business. If you have a bunch of satisfied customers, they’ll tell their friends and family about their positive experience and you’ll get more business.

  1. Get rid of products that don’t sell. It’s likely that you offer your customers a wide variety of products, but only a few of these products bring you maximum profit.
  • Sometimes a large inventory can work against your business. Customers often avoid buying altogether when they’re overwhelmed with options.

  • Instead of offering more products that likely won’t be sold, trash the unattractive products and offer more items or services related to your best-sellers. This is an excellent way to boost sales while reducing upkeep and inventory costs.
  1. Pursue unique marketing strategies. If your business is experiencing a steep drop in sales, there must be a reason. It could be that your marketing techniques are simply not as effective as you thought. Consider alternative marketing techniques.
  • Think about marketing your business online. It’s becoming easier with each passing day and more people are prone to search the internet for better deals. Businesses that have online order options are often much more successful. It’s a perfect way to increase cash flow.

  • Get the word out. Take advantage of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to promote your business.
  • Radio advertisements, commercials, billboards, and flyers all increase the visibility of your business. Sometimes, door-to-door marketing is just as effective.

By using these strategies you can boost sales and increase the revenue of your business. Once these strategies have been implemented, there will be no need to worry about how you’re going to pay the next bill. You’ll finally have the money to live the life that you’ve dreamed of.

It just requires determination, persistence, creativity, and an open mind to make your business successful. Test different strategies and stick to the ones that work best for you. Your efforts will be worth it once you see those increased profits.


Dr. Teresa R. Martin, Esq.

Dr. Teresa R. Martin, Esq. is the founder of Real Estate Investors Association of NYC (REIA NYC). REIA NYC (www.reianyc.org) is a premier real estate investment association serving the New York City marketplace. Its primary focus and mission is “helping our members build, preserve, and harvest multi-generational wealth” in the areas of real estate investments, business ownership and personal development.

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Working With Motivated Sellers in the Spanish Speaking Market – Even if You Don’t Speak Spanish

By Kathy Kennebrook “The Marketing Magic Lady”

One of the things I discovered early on in my business as a real estate investor is that there are many ways to reach all kinds of motivated sellers. The main technique I like to use to reach specific sellers in my market is by using a targeted approach, which for me is direct mail. We do add to the mix other types of marketing tools including business cards, signage, bus benches, ads, bird dogs and flyers to name a few.

I also discovered that there is another segment of the market in addition to English speaking sellers with folks who have homes they need to sell for all kinds of reasons. The market segment I am referring to is the Spanish speaking seller.

The obstacle I ran into was that many of these folks don’t speak any English and I don’t speak any Spanish. So I needed to develop a system to market to these folks effectively since they have the same problems every other seller has.

Many of my students were also contacting me to find out how they too could use direct mail and other types of marketing techniques to reach the Spanish speaking sellers in their areas. They are finding, as am I that these folks have homes they need to sell for a variety of reasons and no one is tapping into this market. Part of the reason for that is the difficulty caused by not speaking the language and not being able to be understood. I found the way to solve that problem for these sellers and for myself as the investor.

I had all of my marketing pieces including my direct mail campaigns for finding motivated sellers translated into Spanish. It was a huge undertaking but it was well worth the effort. The first thing I had to do was to address all of the dialect differences in the Spanish language.

I then sent these letters to the specific market areas where I wanted to buy houses. I sent them out written in English on one side and Spanish on the other. I also had all of my other marketing tools translated into Spanish as well such as signage, ads, lumpy mail pieces, business cards, and flyers which were also causing an influx of leads into our pipeline. Not only that, I even had my tenant referral program materials translated to Spanish since we have a lot of Spanish speaking tenants.

One of the things I discovered very quickly was that while I was getting a lot of response from the Spanish speaking market, I was unable to process the deals due to the language barrier. I solved this problem in two different ways. The first was to send the calls to a 24 hour recorded message which I had recorded in Spanish. I used a professional translator to do this for me so that the grammar, the dialect and the language are correct.

The second way I solved this dilemma was to use a Spanish answering service to take the calls and translate the responses into English so I could read them. We provided the telephone scripts for them to use. I have them both in English and in Spanish so I can provide these to the answering service in whatever format they want it.

You can do the same thing. You can take your own telephone script, give it a bi-lingual answering service, have them ask the questions in Spanish and then translate the responses for you in English so you can read them.  This gives the seller two different ways to contact us, depending on what was the most convenient and comfortable for them. I also provide these potential sellers with a response mechanism at the bottom of the letter I use so they can mail, e-mail or fax their responses to us as well.  The more ways you give a seller to contact you, the more of them are going to.

I then use an interpreter who meets with me and the seller so I can put the deals together. We meet at a location that works for all involved. The interpreters are very reasonable in their fees for their services and they are easy to locate. I found one in the yellow pages listed under “interpreters”. Do try to find someone who specializes in real estate. This makes the whole process a lot easier. By putting a system in place to deal with this market, we were able to do a lot of deals, make money and solve these seller’s problems.

The other method you can employ is to use a Spanish speaking Realtor to help you with your deals and act as an interpreter, and then pay them a fee for doing this for you. If you already have a Realtor on your team performing a variety of services for you, this shouldn’t be difficult to do. I would suggest paying the Realtor a fee separate from their Realtor commission. This is just another way to find a reliable person to act as an interpreter for you when you need to structure these deals.

If you are using hard money or private money to fund your deals, or you are getting the deed, you will be closing these properties with a title agent or real estate attorney. Almost every title agency in the country is bi-lingual. If yours isn’t find one that is. This is a very profitable part of the market that none of your competitors are going after because they simply don’t know how.

Once you get past the language barrier, there are lots of great deals to be made within this marketplace and with these sellers. Remember, these sellers have the same problems everyone else does when it comes to needing to sell a property. You can set up a system in your business that will bring you many deals from the Spanish speaking market.

In my system, Marketing Magic-Spanish Upgrade, I have all of my marketing pieces, both in English and in Spanish for you on CD Rom and I show you exactly how to set up an automated system to reach this marketplace and process these deals. I have basically done all the work for you so all you have to do is get busy and find some properties to purchase with no competition from anyone else.

Be sure and check out my website at www.marketingmagiclady.com for more information on how to find all the Spanish speaking sellers you need for your real estate investing business. While you are there be sure and sign up for my free monthly newsletter and receive an additional $149.00 in FREE marketing tools for your real estate investing business.


Kathy Kennebrook

Kathy Kennebrook is the ultimate success story. She spent over 20 years in the banking industry before discovering the world of real estate. After attending some real estate seminars this 4 foot 11 mother of two got really excited and before you know it she’d bought and sold hundreds of properties using none of her own money or credit.

Kathy holds a degree in finance and has co-authored the books- The Venus Approach to Real Estate Investing, Walking With the Wise Real Estate Investor, and Walking With the Wise Entrepreneur which also includes real estate experts Suze Orman, Robert Kiyosaki, and Dr. Wayne Dyer.

She is the nation’s leading expert at finding highly qualified, motivated sellers, buyers and lenders using many types of direct mail marketing. She is known throughout the United States and Canada as the Marketing Magic Lady. She has put together a simple step-by-step system that anyone can follow to duplicate her success.

Kathy has been speaking throughout the country and across Canada for over 14 years and has shared the stage with Ron LeGrand, Dr. Phil, Dan Kennedy, Mark Victor Hansen, Ted Thomas and Suze Orman to name a few.

Kathy is going to share with you how she generates a seven figure income by mailing a handful of letters throughout the year to highly selected targets by knowing exactly what to send them, who to send them to and exactly how to deliver her message. She will teach you the secrets of pre-screening and automating your marketing and follow up systems to put your entire Real Estate business on auto-pilot.