When the holidays come around (at least where I live), it seems like most real estate investors hunker down and take about a month off. I had two closings just before Christmas, which left me with two more houses to sell. Now that’s a good problem! One house is in a popular area not too far from downtown that young couples love. The other house is one that I call the really ugly yellow siding house.
As we headed into the holidays, I sent emails to my regular buyers list. It was difficult to even get anyone to drive out to the houses to look at them. They had a lot of excuses such as I have too many houses, all my money is tied up, my dog needs to go to the groomer, grandma is in town and she is sick, etc, etc, etc. I also listed the houses on Craig’s List. I got some calls but really not too many. Since I was not having any luck driving traffic to the houses, I decided to go back to the tried and true; bandit signs.
Well, I did it again! I got my phone ringing off the hook by putting out handwritten bandit signs in the areas where my two houses are located. I want to thank Steph Davis once again for that tip. I hired an older teenager to put out about 35 signs in one area about a week ago. Then I bought a friend lunch one day and got her to help me put out about 10 signs in one particular area. Not only is she a good friend, but she is tall which was quite helpful for putting up signs. I wanted to put these out personally, because this area is within the city limits and is more prone to having problems with the code officials. By choosing carefully where I put them, they are still out 1 week later. Typically I get my signs online. But this time I called around and found the signs locally for $1.25 a sign.
I still have folks calling me daily about the houses. Read the rest of this entry →