Technology changes fast, and that’s a great thing for everyone involved with real estate.Web resources and mobile apps make it so much easier for real estate investors to connect with motivated sellers, operate more efficiently, and do more deals.
Here are the top 10 resources you’ll want to use.
1. Online Tax Records
Over the past few years many cities and counties have greatly improved the property information on their websites.
Users can now use this free service to search property sales by price, sales date, name, and other key information. With a little ingenuity, you can put the tax records to work to help you find potential packages of houses owned by “burned out landlords” and potential probate deals.
You can also see exactly where investors in your market are buying the most houses.
2. Google Voice
Google Voice is a free service that you should incorporate into your real estate business.
You can grab a local phone number and have it forwarded to your cell or office phone. This keeps your personal phone numbers private. With Google Voice, you can talk or text just like you do with a cell, and when someone leaves you a voice mail the service transcribes it and emails and/or texts to you for preview.
This is a great way to communicate with tenants, sellers, and even buyers in your real estate business.
ListSource is an excellent service for building your lists. You can pull lists in a zip code, radius, or even every house in a subdivision.
You can narrow down your list to sellers with equity, sellers behind in payments, non-owner occupants and more. You can also dial in the type of house you are looking for: size, numbers of beds and baths, and more.
Buildium is a tremendous resource for Landlords. It will give you an online portal for your tenants to pay rent and request maintenance. Also, future tenants can complete rental applications online and provide you with excellent screening resources to pull credit and do criminal background checks.
Buildium also makes it very easy for complete general ledger accounting, tracking outstanding balances and late fees, along with monthly reporting.
5. Investor websites
Check out http://oncarrot.com, and you can quickly and easily develop your local “We Buy Houses” website and start to connect with motivated sellers in your area.
You can also use this service to build your buyers list. It is a “done for you” service that builds on the WordPress platform and is user configurable to customize to your local area.
YouTube.com has exploded over the past several years and that has created incredible opportunities for real estate marketing.
Users can quickly create a specialized channel to reach out to motivated sellers, sell your wholesale deals or fix and flips, and reach a huge audience of people.
Craigslist.com continues to be the investors’ mecca of opportunity. It’s a great place to find tenants for your rentals, buyers for your wholesale deals, build a team of bird dogs, find motivated sellers, and find people to place your bandit signs.
Imagine all that opportunity on one single site, and you’ll see why this site is the investor’s best friend!
8. Bandit Sign Management
Check out this app at SimpleCrew No need to put out your own bandit signs. Instead, just hire some help from CraigsList and manage the entire process with this awesome app for your smart phone.
The installer will take a picture of the sign, and the app will confirm on a map exactly where it was placed! This app helps you work smart and not work hard when placing bandit signs in your area.
9. Direct Mail Secrets with Yellow Letters
Direct mail is like black magic! You need the secret decoder ring to unlock the secrets of direct mail, and this site will help you do it.
Postcards get a low response rate of 1-2%, but “yellow letters” get a response rate of 8-10%.
Why? Because the letter looks very personal when received, so it gets a huge open rate when done correctly.
10. Investor Training, Mentoring, and Coaching
The entire investor process starts with the commitment to invest in yourself to learn how to invest in real estate. Many investors get stuck figuring out how to get started and which strategies to go after.
The good news is that there is an incredible resource for you that is very affordable. It helps new investors get started and seasoned investors get to the next level.
Eliminate the fear and confusion, so you are prepared to capitalize on the best investing market of our generation. You can learn to wholesale, fix and flip, buy houses without cash or credit, and build long-term cash flow and equity. And so much more…
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stacy tircuit on January 21, 2015 at 12:28 pm
Sound really good because I’m stuck on how to wholesale
Jim Ingersoll on January 22, 2015 at 3:18 am
What part are you stuck on right now?
Brandon on January 25, 2015 at 4:49 pm
I have a small list of properties I have compiled through driving for dollars.My problem is I dint know what questions to ask when I contact the sellers to find out if they are motivated. What should I say before I make an offer?
Trevor Mauch on January 28, 2015 at 11:55 pm
Awesome list Jim!
I appreciate the shout out for InvestorCarrot!
One quick note, it looks like there’s a typo in the URL for our service, there’s an extra “t” in there at the end of it so it’s going to an error page 🙂
The URL should be http://oncarrot.com
Great list and I appreciate being a part of this awesome list!
Creonline is an amazing resource. I remember when I was first getting started in real estate in 2003-2004 going to my college library and reading creonline and printing out the articles for hours and hours. I probably read every article a couple times and was a big time lurker on the forums until I took action and bought my first property. Haven’t looked back since!
Honored to be mentioned on the site that gave me my start to my own REI education a decade ago 🙂
Jeanne Ekhaml on January 29, 2015 at 7:42 pm
Why do I recognize your name? Did we publish your Success Story here on CRE Online:
Thanks for the kind words. I fixed the URL typo.
To your continued success!
steve parton on February 10, 2015 at 5:57 pm
I’m trying to find something to make a little money like $2000.00 to pay off some payday loans in the only spouse that works I live from paycheck to paycheck.when i pay these loans there is o left,I have been listen to some webinars and at the end they want you to buy something I can’t afford to do this in so confused I want to do this so bad and get out debt im lost Steve p
James Bischoff on February 12, 2015 at 11:15 am
Hi Iam doing wholesaling deals to start out, I need to find good deals to do that and find cash buyers, Iam limited on funds so whats the very best way to get started?I have had some good deals in the past and did some teamups with a couple of investors who were some what new but not as much as me, I got the deals and they were going to bring in the buyers for a 50/50 split but the buyer or buyers for what ever reason didnt go well with the sellers and the deals fell through, I have put in alot of time in this and want to see some completion results, please advise, sincerely, Jim
arif on November 6, 2015 at 9:36 am
some good sites already use a few of them but other will try out