Re: I need callers NOW - Posted by eric-fl
Posted by eric-fl on March 21, 2002 at 08:27:58:
It will be tough to find and close a deal in ten days starting from scratch, without any marketing already in the pipeline, so to speak. Yes, the gurus have done it, ala Robert Allen’s “Challenge”, etc., but those are the gurus who’ve done it a hundred times before. IMO, this should really be looked on as a business, which, like any other business, will take time to develop.
Having said all that, if you’ve just got to get a deal in the next 10 days, probably the two things I would do would be to make up some bandit signs, either with a marker and some corruplast from the craft store, or some laminated 8X11 on bright cardstock, or both. Put up as many as you can. You probably can’t get a business card order done soon enough, but if you have a computer with an inkjet printer, you could make up some “We Buy Houses” business cards from the business card stock available at the local office supply store. Leave those cards everywhere, in the bathroom at the restaurant, on top of payphones, on the counter at the bank, on the board at the mailboxes etc. and at the barber shop. You also probably cannot get flyers proofed and printed professionally and distributed all in ten days, but you could maybe do one on the computer, print it off, make 500 copies at the Kinko’s and distribute them yourself.
The second thing I’d do is buy a paper and start calling FSBO’S to inquire about sandwich l/o type deals, putting on my best “aw shucks” persona and asking people if I could rent the house out for a couple of years and then buy it once I got my money together, could that work out for them? And, here’s a hint, concentrate on condo’s and townhomes when calling, they are easier to buy, I’ve seen people come into my city for a weekend and pick up a couple of condo’s on l/o. Of course, they were experienced, but it can be done. Also, these are harder to resell, if at all via l/o, so the sellers get NO MONEY, it’s a true “nothing down” deal, or nothing at all. Still, if you can get them for just the monthly payment, chances are you could even just straight rent them out and maybe make a positive cash flow.