One of the 6,127 reasons that I’m single is because I can’t stand high maintenance women (this one’s voluntary, so two out of 6,127 ain’t bad…I’ll get to the second voluntary reason in a minute). Anyways, right now I’m working on a pretty house wholesale deal (wholesaling a house subject-to) and the seller is crazy high maintenance. This guy calls me multiple times a day… “Hi Jason, this is Mr. Seller, its 5:00, just wondering if you’ve found a buyer…Hi Jason it’s 5:05, just wondering, Hi, Jason it’s 5:07…” This guy is also a talker which is why I have my assistant return the calls and handle almost everything. If you don’t have an assistant I would get one ASAP. I got my first assistant before I could even afford one and it was well worth it. And when I say assistant, I mean virtual assistant. My latest assistant lives in Wisconsin and has been with me for almost two years. I have her make all my calls and she handles almost everything for me. Remember, us investors need to focus on high dollar activities, not making phone calls. (By the way, I found a buyer for this wholesale sub-2, and at closing I will be getting a nice $9,997 pay day).
Okay, the second reason I’m single is because I’m cheap. I just got back from a week in Florida. As I was packing for my trip, I stuffed all of my clothes in my old suitcase and I destroyed the zipper trying to get everything to fit (but I did get it closed). Then when I tried to unpack, I couldn’t get the zipper open. Being that I’m such a patient guy, I ended up “teaching the bag a lesson”, which means it ended up in a dumpster after I tore the zipper off and it was totally unusable. So, I needed a new piece of luggage and asked my friend to show me the closest Goodwill store. I ended up getting a beauty of a suitcase for $2.13. It’s a Samsonite hard shell. I’ve always wanted one of those hard shell pieces and $2.13 is right up my alley. I love Goodwill and the Salvation Army stores.
Alright folks, if you’ve been reading my posts you know that I’m going through a lease option deal from A-Z. Last week was the paperwork needed between you and the seller and this week I am going over the checklist you need to follow after you have the paperwork signed. Here it is:
- Make copies of all of the paperwork and either mail it to the seller or scan and email a copy to the seller.
- Make copies of all keys (so you have a key and so you can also put a key in the lock box on the house).
- Fax or mail the lender notification to the mortgage company so they send all of the coupons and mortgage info to your address.
- Run a credit check on the seller. Since lease options are more risky, you need to make sure the seller is not in a dangerous financial situation (if they are, do a subject-to).
- Fax the authorization to release form to the mortgage company and check the mortgage balance and the monthly payment amounts.
- Send a thank you gift and card to the seller. (I usually send a gift certificate to a restaurant).
- Go to the courthouse and record the option agreement. This should cost between $20.00-$50.00.
- Start marketing the property to find a tenant buyer. Place a sign in the front yard, run classified ads in the local paper and post ads on Craigslist.
- Set up your Excel spreadsheets, Word documents and folders for this property.
There you have it, my million dollar checklist. Next week, I will go over the paperwork for a tenant/buyer. I certainly hope that you are writing down all this information on lease options, because you are getting no B.S. info that took me thousands of dollars to perfect. Have a great week and remember to do at least one marketing activity every single day!