Posted by Jim IL on January 15, 2001 at 21:38:41:
First, thank you for the compliment.
I truly wish I could attend the convention this year.
There are plenty of people I will miss from years past, plus the experience of meeting more new friends.
Trust me, if anything changes, I will attend.
As far as your questions about bandit signs, I don’t pay that much for mine.
I make my own.
I did use some corruplast ones some time ago, but they seemed to get ripped down a lot.
Since these “Bandit signs” are illegal in most places, they get torn down by cities all the time, or the weather tears them up, I decided to go the cheap route.
I buy 8.5 x 11 card stock at WalMart, in packs of 100 pieces with 4 different bright colors.
I then just print up signs saying, “I Buy Houses xxx-xxx-xxxx” on them with my inkjet printer and water proof ink.
I place these signs on phone poles all over the area, and on stakes where there are no phone poles.
Place them at major intersections, and streets leading in and out of neighborhoods and subdivisions.
I put up a few every couple of weeks, since they disappear often.
I can put up 100 signs for less then $30, IF I get the ink cartridge on sale.
For stakes, just goto a Home improvement warehouse and buy “contractor” stakes.
You can get them in bundles of 50 for under $10.
Just take the stake and pound it into the ground, before placing the signs on them.
IF you don’t the pounding will make the signs come loose.
After the stake is in the ground, just staple gun two signs on either side of the stake.
These signs are cheap, but the work.
Make sure the signs are close to the road, and close enough to where cars stop, because they are small and hard to see from very far away.
I’d say that now, fully 90% of my deals come from my signs.
You may also consider getting some magnetic signs for your vehicle that say, “I Buy Houses xxx-xxx-xxxx”.
You can get a set of two for approx. $60 from any sign maker, and sometimes for less.
Then whereever you are driving, you are marketing as well.
I have them on my vehicles, and a few relatives cars as well.
Good luck to you, I hope this helps,