This First post is going to have a lot of things not having to do with real estate, the beginning is more how I got into real estate. Go to December 18, 2009 for the actual real estate stuff.
May 8, 2009
I was up really late watching tv and saw Dean's show. After watching about 5 minutes of it, I picked up the phone and ordered both of his books. Please understand that I have NEVER in my life ordered something off the television so his show was pretty convincing for me to order something.
May 9, 2009 - September 26, 2009
After recieving the books, I started working for PennDot full-time and between that and friends, I had no time to read his books and they laid beside my bed untouched.
September 27, 2009
It was really early that Sunday morning and I was thinking about my future, what I wanted to do with my life, and what I wanted out of life. Since I was little, I wanted to be a Civil Engineer, so I was going to Penn College in which my major was Civil Engineering. At this time I was working full-time for PennDot and part-time for Reading Crane and Engineering, both companies already want me to work for them after college so basically, I don't need to worry about finding a job after college. Though you would think I was happy, I really wasn't I wanted to become Civil Engineering because I wanted the freedom to design my own structures, and watch them come to life. After working a about 6 months at PennDot, I found out that Civil Engineers usually don't have the freedom to do that. They basically just look at charts and tables and the building plans are basically already made up. There isn't really any thinking involved in the job at all.
So after 19 years, I find out my dream job wasn't near as exciting as I thought it would be. I wanted something more, I just didn't know what. I wanted a job that I would enjoy, I wanted a job that made me think, and I wanted a job that would let me be creative (let me be me), which is one of my best attributes.
I was on my bed thinking about this for awhile and then Dean's tv show miraculously started. I watched the whole show and opened up My Be a Real Estate Millionaire, I read how Dean went from having literally nothing to having anything he wants because he had the determination and desire for a better life. After reading that, and seeing all the similarities between Dean and I (both our situation and desire for a better life), I knew real estate was my calling.
September 28, 2009
I made the decision that real estate was my number 2 priority. Number 1 was my grades in school. Since I worked two jobs and was a full-time student, I really didn't have much time to learn about real estate. I sat down and looked at what I spent time doing everyday. Like most people my age, I realized I spent all my spare time watching tv, on Facebook, on Myspace, on Aim, and texting. So to make time for my real estate, I eliminated all of these. I took the tv out of my room so it would no longer be a distraction to me, I changed the passwords on all my computer accounts so I could no longer log into them. I basically blocked myself away from as many people as possible, because I realized that most the people I talked to were just holding me back from my dreams and goals I want to accomplish.
September 29, 2009 - December 18, 2009
I read and re-read Deans books and did research on google. I also made DG.com my homepage and was on there a lot looking at contracts and such. I ordered Empowering Conversations as soon as they were availible to order. During October and the beginning of Novermber, I tried to learn as much information as possible but there was so much that I began to become discouraged. As November wore on, I began to lose my motivation to learn about real estate. I once again started hanging out with friends and went to parties on the weekends. By December 18, I was only learning about real estate a couple hours a week at max.
December 19, 2009
After staying up till 2am with two of best friends at my campsite, I once again began thinking about how much of a waste partying is. Think about it. What exactly do you get out of partying?? Absolutely nothing, at least thats how it is with me. Partying just gets me into trouble. So on the fourwheeler ride back to my house I said to myself that i'm not making anymore excuses, if I want a future of financial freedom and success then it is up to me and me alone to accomplish it. So that Saturday morning I began reading forum after forum on DG.com. I knew the first thing I needed to do was create a buyers list. So I got on my college website and looked at the off-campus housing page and wrote down all the names, numbers and email addresses of the owners (around 38). I then composed a professional email to them stating that I am a new investor and I have techinques to find properties up to 60% off FMV. I asked them if they would like me to contact them when I great investing properties, and if so, what kind of properties they were interested in and in what area. I also posted two craigslist ads up asking for investors to contact me if they are currently looking to ad to their current assets. Thats all I did today