A Personal Note from Seth Williams

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My goal with this page is to keep a running list of all the best tools, software, and resources I know about.

I have personally used all of the websites, products, services, and systems mentioned below and I hope these can be of assistance in your journey as well.

Note: While I’ve had a great experience with everything listed below, your experience may vary. Some of the links below are affiliate links and at no additional cost to you, REtipster will earn a commission if you purchase that particular tool or service. I recommend these resources because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions we will make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend your money on these things unless you feel they will help you achieve your goals.

Listing & Selling Properties

Facebook

Facebook is a website that needs no introduction. In addition to being the dominant player in social media today, it has also grown into a very active and effective place to buy and sell real estate. Whether you choose to post properties for sale in the Facebook Marketplace or in one of the local “For Sale” Facebook Groups in your area – this social platform offers a TON of opportunity to get more exposure.

Craigslist

CraigslistCraigslist is one of the highest-traffic websites in the world for buying and selling real estate. I’ve used Craigslist for almost every single property that I’ve sold over the past 6+ years. If you haven’t tapped into this resource yet, you need to. I would highly recommend it.

Zillow

zillow logoZillow has a For Sale By Owner platform that provides a solid way to create property listings and market them to a GIANT audience of buyers. This site will give you an easy (and free) medium to do reach thousands of people in a matter of minutes. It’s a great way to reach thousands of eyeballs very quickly. I still use Zillow for every property I sell because it’s free, easy-to-use, and can get some great results!

Funding

Fund & Grow

Fund & Grow helps real estate investors and entrepreneurs get access to 0% interest business credit lines. The company will negotiate with various banks on your behalf to help you get access to as much funding as possible.

To enlist their services, you pay them an annual fee of $3,997 (note: if you go through our affiliate link, you’ll get a $500 discount that will bring the price down to $3,497). This annual fee includes four rounds of applications, so if you continue working with them repeatedly, you’ll have to pay them again for each additional year you work with them.

This kind of short-term financing isn’t the right fit for every person and situation, but for an experienced real estate investor who knows how to manage debt and needs access to cash (rather than relying on funding partners or hard money lenders that are far more costly and restrictive) Fund & Grow could be a great option to consider.

For a comprehensive look at how the company works, see this blog post and listen to our conversation with Mike Banks, COO of the company in episode 35. You can start the prequalification process right here.

Direct Mail, Pulling Lists, Finding Deals

DataTree

DataTree is one of the most convenient (and cost-effective) data services online for download mailing lists. They offer a ton of additional services too that can help with due diligence, property research, title work, and a lot more. If you’re looking for a great combination of fast, easy, and inexpensive, I’ve found this to be a pretty solid option to work with. Note: If you want a substantial discount on their plans, be sure to sign up through our affiliate link.

Rocket Print & Mail

Rocket Print & Mail offers superior customer service and some of the best rates available anywhere for direct mail marketers who are sending out large quantities of mail. If you’re running a company that relies heavily on direct mail (as many real estate investors do), this is a company you need to know about!

REI Pebble

rei pebble logoREI Pebble is a system that can manage your entire acquisition and marketing process with an easy-to-use interface. It’s great for managing your direct mail campaigns, keeping track of your inbound leads, and staying organized as each deal progresses.

ITI Direct Mail

ITI Direct Mail is another awesome option for executing a direct mail campaign (especially when a mail merge is involved with your mail piece). They offer a lot more customization options and personal service to make sure your direct mail campaign is done right and on time.

DealMachine

DealMachine is a mobile app that can be extremely useful if you’re pursuing specific properties located near your physical proximity. It only does a couple of basic things (finds property owner information and sends them a tailored postcard message about their property), but it does them really well. Not the best fit for every investor, but a VERY good fit for some. To learn more about how it works, see this blog post.

Foreclosure.com

Foreclosure.com is a great one-stop-shop for finding MANY different types of motivated sellers and real estate deals. You’ll find everything from preforeclosures to short sales to sheriff sales to bankruptcies, and the list goes on. There are actually a lot of things to know about each of these listing types before you dive into the site, so be sure to get educated before you dive in (note: this blog post is a great starting point). If you want to sign up, be sure to do it through this link and you’ll get a nice discount on your subscription!

Mashvisor

mashvisor logoMashvisor is a website that helps investors and landlords find some of the best publicly-listed deals on the MLS. If you’re looking for good opportunities on a traditional or short-term rental property, this service can probably be a major help to you. See this blog post for my full review on the website. Note: If you use promo code RETIP25 at checkout, you’ll get a 25% discount on your first payment.

Websites & Online Marketing

Bluehost

730-3731-logoBluehost is one of the most cost-effective ways to build an entry-level website. Whether you’re looking to create a buying websiteselling website or a blog – this service can easily be the one-stop shop for your domain name, hosting plan and WordPress infrastructure.

REI Conversion

rei conversion logo REI Conversion has two of the best WordPress themes for real estate investors in the land business. REI Landlist is designed for creating a selling website and REI Landleads is designed for creating a buying website. Since I started using these themes, I’ve been amazed at how good they look and how remarkably easy they are to work with. I’m actually an advisor to the company (they’ve incorporated some of my ideas into the copy and design elements you’ll see in these themes) so obviously, it’s easy for me to recommend these to other land investors. 🙂

Investor Carrot

carrot logoInvestor Carrot is another solid, all-in-one solution that can make it much easier for real estate investors to build one or more websites. This service offers several different layouts and design options that will give you a great deal of flexibility, whether you’re trying to get properties sold, build a buyers list, attract new motivated sellers or simply establish your brand identity online. For a more detailed overview of how the system works, check out my video review in this blog post.

99Designs

99designs is a great service to work with if you need a company logo, product design, artwork, or other visual elements for your business. You’ll get A LOT of different options to review and tons of flexibility in choosing your final design (note: all of the REtipster logos have come from 99designs)! Check out this review and you’ll see what I mean, it’s a great way to get the job done.

Communication Tools

RingCentral

RingCentral is a great cloud-based phone and fax solution for real estate investors. Having a dedicated phone number for your business is very important. I’ve had a great experience using RingCentral and it hasn’t let me down. This service can be used to screen calls, take messages, send & receive faxes and set up toll-free 888 numbers. This can easily be your all-in-one solution. See this blog post for more info.

Traveling Mailbox

Traveling Mailbox is an incredibly convenient way to set up a physical mailing address and receive your mail digitally. That’s right! This service will not only receive physical mail at a dedicated, unique business address, but they’ll even scan the mail and send it to you digitally, so you can check it from your computer or phone and decide which items (if any) you want to have forwarded to you. It’s pretty great! Be sure to check out this blog post for more details on how it works.

PATLive

PATLive LogoPATLive is a virtual receptionist service that allows business owners to outsource the work of answering phone calls. PATLive will put an actual human being (not a voicemail message) on your phone lines, so your callers can speak to a real person, who can schedule appointments, take notes, process orders and pass along all the pertinent information so you can follow up if-and-when you decide to. See this blog post for a comprehensive review of the service.

DISCOUNT: If you sign up through our link (above) or call them at 800-861-4543, you can get a discount on the service!

BombBomb

BombBomb is a service that allows you to send video emails to your clients and prospects – which can be instrumental in helping you build trust and influence with your current and potential customers. Working your real estate business over the internet has its challenges… many people won’t trust a faceless name in an email or property listing, but that’s where BombBomb comes in. Most people respond very well to video emails, and this is the service I use to build instant credibility with my new prospects. Be sure to check out this blog post to learn more.

Rental Properties

DealCheck

dealcheck logoDealCheck is a deal calculator that can be used for more than just rental properties. It’s also a web-based mobile app, so you can run the numbers on your phone, when you’re on the road or away from your computer. It’s a similar concept to most of the deal calculators I’ve seen, but designed to be much more intuitive and user-friendly, with a cleaner look to it. If you spend a lot of time analyzing potential deals, this is a great tool to have at your disposal! Note: Use promo code “RETIPSTER” at checkout and you’ll get a 25% discount for the life of your subscription. For a full review on how the DealCheck app works, be sure to check out this blog post.

Stessa

stessa logoStessa is a free, easy-to-use software that allows real estate investors to track the performance of their rental property portfolio. It’s a great way to automatically track your finances and you can control everything from an app on your phone. I’m not sure why a rental property owner wouldn’t be using this! See our full review in this blog post.

TenantCloud

TenantCloud is a feature-rich property management software that helps landlords and property managers handle tenant screening, payment processing, and managing applications. It also has a messaging platform (similar to Facebook Messenger), a task management section for maintenance requests (similar to Trello), accounting integration with QuickBooks (save yourself a ton of headache at tax time) and it even has a dedicated mobile app. It’s a great all-around option for anyone in the rental property business.

Cozy

Cozy is a very simple, easy-to-use online software for “mom and pop” landlords. This cloud-based property management system is 100% free for landlords to use, and it can do everything from tenant screening to rental applications to property listings to payment processing. If you’re managing your own rental properties and you’re not already using this, you’re probably working a lot harder than you need to! Check out this blog post for a detailed overview of how it works.

Legal & Accounting

RocketLawyer

Rocket-Lawyer-LogoRocketLawyer is a website for people who need to draft their own legal documents. Of all the “do-it-yourself” legal websites I’ve seen online, none of them have made my life easier than this one. RocketLawyer has opened up a lot of doors for people in need of basic legal documents (like wills, deeds, trusts, promissory notesoperating agreements, and more). They have demystified the process by offering users easy-to-follow, interview-style documents that don’t include confusing legalese. This website is also one of the fastest, easiest, least expensive ways to equip your business with the legal protection of a corporation or LLC (as I explain in this blog post). It has become an extremely valuable resource to my business.

DocuSign

docusign logoDocuSign is an incredibly convenient and useful service that can be used to sign documents electronically. I use DocuSign all the time when I’m making offers and sending out purchase agreements to buy new properties. It’s a great way to speed up one of the slowest aspects of getting a deal closed. The service is pretty easy to use, but if you need a quick tutorial on how it works, be sure to check out this video.

USLegal

uslegal logoUSLegal is a website that has just about every form and contract imaginable for the real estate trade. If you’re starting out on a shoestring budget and you can’t afford to pay $400/hour for a real estate attorney, the forms on this website can accomplish many of the same tasks at a fraction of the price. I’ve bought several of my forms from USLegal and continue to use them to this day.

QuickBooks

quickbooks logoQuickBooks has been the industry standard accounting software for a long time, and it’s what I use to handle my accounting as well. This software can do pretty much every accounting function you’ll ever need as an entrepreneur. Many accounting firms use this software for their clients as well, which can be helpful when you need to share files and information with them.

Research and Organization

DataTree

DataTree is a service that will give you instant access to property information in the vast majority of counties around the U.S. This is an excellent resource for researching properties before you go through the trouble of visiting them in person. Note: If you decide to subscribe to this service, be sure to use use the REtipster affiliate link and you’ll get a substantial discount for the life of your subscription

Google Earth

Google Earth has long been one of the most useful tools I know about when it comes to finding accurate and reliable data on the topography, surroundings, elevations, street views and much more of the properties I’m researching. When you’re making a buying decision on any property (especially when its vacant land), this kind of perspective can be extremely useful – and the fact that it’s FREE doesn’t hurt either! For a quick overview on how I use Google Earth, be sure to check out this blog post.

MapRight

mapright logoMapRight is a convenient way for real estate investors to see a lot of useful information about a property in one place. Everything from parcel boundaries, wetlands, flood zones, owner information, school districts, topographical data, and a lot more. While the information isn’t always perfect, it’s an easy first-step solution that brings a lot of information into one place for you to see. See this video for an overview of how it works.

Parlay 2.0

Parlay 2.0 is a KMZ file plugin that works in conjunction with Google Earth to show parcel line overlays throughout most of the United States. It can also show you property ownership data and is very useful when you’re trying to determine exactly where a property is located (in the case of vacant land, for instance). To get a closer look at how it works, see this video.

Zillow

zillow logoZillow is a surprisingly helpful tool that can be used for property research – especially when it comes to land valuation and finding local realtors who can help get pictures, find comparable properties and even get your properties sold for you. Zillow is one of those priceless resources that I use all the time (and it doesn’t cost me a dime).

Dropbox

Dropbox is an amazing tool that you ought to be using if you aren’t already. This is pretty much the ultimate organization tool, because it allows me to sync files between multiple computers and even my iPhone. Check out this blog post for an in-depth look at you can put Dropbox to work in your business today (and at a price tag of FREE, it’s kind of hard to pass up).

TextExpander

TextExpander is a tool I’ve been using for a while now and I love it. This app allows you to type out “snippets” and generate pre-written lines of text of any length and complexity. Think about it… if there are ANY common strings of text you always find yourself typing out every day (e.g. – signatures, greetings, website URLs, repetitive sentences or full-length emails), this will save you GOBS of time. Once you’ve figured out which common phrases you type out again and again, this can be a truly life-changing tool. You can learn more about how it works in this blog post.

Outsourcing & Virtual Assistants

Outsource Accelerator

Outsource AcceleratorOutsource Accelerator is the company I’ve been using to find, screen, and hire full-time staff in the Philippines. This company fills in all the gaps that are normally present when hiring a team member overseas. I never realized how easy it could be until they ironed out the wrinkles for me. If you’re in need of good talent that can work remotely, I’ve had a great experience with them so far.

Upwork

static1.squarespaceUpwork is another awesome place to find help for just about anything. It can also a great place to find a long-term Virtual Assistant because you can hire someone for a small, one-time project (just to test them out) before bringing them onboard as a more permanent member of your team. The communication and payment platform for Upwork is also very easy to use. The freelancers on Upwork tend to be a bit higher priced than Fiverr, but the overall quality of work is directly in line with what you pay for. Be sure to check out my overview on how to use Upwork in this blog post.

Thumbtack

Thumbtack is a great place to find local professionals and contractors for all kinds of services. Mobile notaries, photographers, drone pilots, handymen, and a lot more. If you’re a virtual investor who needs help finding helpers in another market, this is a great resource to keep bookmarked in your browser!

Fiverr

Fiverr is a HUGE online marketplace that allows entrepreneurs to find freelance services that will fit within their budget and timeline. I’ve found varying levels of quality on Fiverr, but in terms of price, they’re pretty hard to beat. Whether you need help with web design, sorting through your lists, managing your social media profiles, or fill-in-the-blank, pretty much any feasible service is available here. Be sure to check out my overview on how Fiverr works in this blog post.

Courses & Training

Land Investing Masterclass

The Land Investing Masterclass is a paid membership website that offers access to a 12-module (80+ lesson) course on how to start, run and grow a land investing business (with all-inclusive access to the tools, videos, calculators, and downloads you’ll need as part of the price of admission). If you’re looking for an in-depth, step-by-step guide on how I managed to skyrocket my income on a part-time basis and quit my job through the power of land investing, this will show you how it’s done.

House Hacker University

house hacker university logoHouse Hacker University is a comprehensive course that will show you how to find, analyze, finance, and manage a 2-4 unit income-producing property to offset your mortgage (and even live for free)! If you’ve ever wanted to utilize your own home to generate enough income to cover most (if not all) of your monthly housing payment, this course is for you!

The Beginner's Deal Finding Guide

If you want to make money as a real estate investor, nothing is more important than your ability to find an endless supply of insanely profitable real estate deals. When you’ve got the right acquisition strategy, everything else in your business will get a lot easier.

The Beginner’s Deal Finding Guide will show you a detailed overview of all the most well-known (and some of the lesser-known) ways that successful real estate investors find their deals. If you’ve ever wanted to peek behind the curtain to get a glimpse of how the money is really made, the information in this course will help you tap into a limitless supply of free real estate equity.

Coaching

Are you looking for one-on-one help as you start, build, and improve your land investing business? For a limited time, we have coaching available.

Whether you need help getting your first deal done or scaling your already thriving business, Jaren Barnes is making room in his schedule to put together a tailored plan to help a select few individuals master the land business.

Over the next 90 days, Jaren will help create a game plan that fits your specific needs and unique situation. By the time you’re done, our aim is for you to have reached success on the individual goals you and Jaren set together at the beginning of the program.

If you’re interested, you can apply at the bottom of this page.

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