Re: CS Coaching Program - Posted by JJ
Posted by JJ on July 25, 2001 at 20:06:48:
It might just be your budget. If you’re goal is to find these properties and pay coach a non-refundable $350+ an hour to help you, then you might want to look at your realistic time and expense budget. I was advised to walk away, and they kept the money, but I probably should have stayed with my goal, my own commitment, and tightened my budget and made a written plan. I would try to identify where the problem or conflict is, and try to fix it. It might just take a little tweaking, like forming a much tighter money budget to keep working at real estate, or deciding on what hours to do the work. I did think it was going to be a lot easier than it was, because old Carleton is a good enough salesman to make it look that easy. In my area, these properties are not exactly on every street corner, if they even exist at all, but I didn’t think it through very well from the start. That’s why I suggest to people to go out there and try to find these properties first, before spending any money on these courses. I’m re-reading Robert Allen’s book Nothing Down and it has a lot of pertinent information, free at libraries, or cheap at bookstores. When coach said befriend an agent, I would make local calls and keep a list of results and time spent for the next meeting. When coach said look for For Sale By Owner, I would ride my bicycle or moped around the locality and keep results. I would also go to the library and look at classifieds. When I complained and they assigned a second coach and he resorted to personal attacks, “Are you willing? Are you just looking for the easy way?..”, I would probably say yes, I’m willing, and have the attitude of finding a property. When coach said “I admit it’s going to be very difficult…”, I probably wouldn’t say anything because, no excuse, the goal and agreement is to get at least one property even if it takes ten years and coach makes $3.50 an hour, but if they weren’t fulfilling agreement, I would keep records, maybe even tapings, of all coach-client meetings, and I would contact an attorney or BBB or news agency. I will never do business with Sheets again, personally. To keep people’s money even when they don’t finish is the worst of business ethics in my opinion. But since you’re in the program, I suggest try to make it work for you somehow whatever it takes, or you can just walk away and lose your money, because scream and yell and plead and call and write as I did, they probably won’t give it back. For example, the budget issue again. If you can’t really afford to spend any money at all aside from the $2500 you paid for the coaching, then find a way to stay with the program and keep your “commitment”. Good luck.