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Good afternoon BP,

I am reaching out to you because i found your podcasts very informative and with great advise. I have been a realtor for 9 years (not full time) so i have done several RE transactions and i have also completed some rehabs. My goal is to learn as much as i can about marketing and sales so that i can become a great wholesaler as well as an investor. What do you recomend be the next step? Thank you in advance.

Thanks for taking the time to introduce yourself. I think a great way to begin using BP is to read the Bigger Pockets Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Real Estate Investing as Josh and Brandon did a great job with it. And now that you're here we'd love to see you be an active member of the BP community so be sure to set up Keywords Alerts for your local area such as "Los Alamitos" or "California" if you're looking to find potential opportunities for investing, education in a subject, or other members in your area. Use the Find Members area to network with other members who are local to you or are in an area you're wanting to invest in. Podcasts come out weekly and are great way to learn on the move. I find there's always a gold nuggets of information in each one and I go back to listen to a number of them multiple times.

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And lastly I highly recommend becoming a Plus or Pro member of the site and take advantage of all that BP has to offer you. It's like getting the keys to the kingdom. It will be one of the best investments you'll make when it comes your real estate investing.

Again welcome to Bigger Pockets!

Hi Ed, My next door neighbor as a kid was an English war bride, she had been a professor of English at Oxford. Every time she heard my country english she would sit me down with a nice cookie and give me an english lesson, She finally caught on after while that many of my errors occurred just shortly after she had baked some treat and then she would reward me with a treat if she hadn't heard any horrible farm boy english. 

I once lost a deal as a Broker because I used advise when it should have been advice in a letter. Again a english professor. So for all of you out there like me, you receive advice, and you give advice or advise. So on this forum you are receiving or getting advice or you are advising someone. Not the English police, but I have listened to others who say they  too lost business because of slips like these, especially when I started dealing with properties at the top of the market, apparently a lot of these second wives were former secretaries. Lucky for me my wife is an English whiz, and proof reads my outgoing mail I want checked. 

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