New Land Investor Topics Live Tonight (CFFL 403)

New Land Investor Topics Live Tonight

Recording Location: 33.840103, – 118.391379

Jack Butala:                       Jack Butala and Jill DeWit.

Jill DeWit:                           Hello.

Jack Butala:                       Welcome to our show today. In this episode …

Jill DeWit:                           [crosstalk 00:00:05]. Sorry.

Jack Butala:                       In this episode, Jill and I talk about our land investor topics for our live meetup tonight in Los Angeles, South Bay, really, of Los Angeles.

Jill DeWit:                           Exactly. I have something funny about South Bay I’ll say in a minute, too.

Jack Butala:                       Before we get into it, though, let’s take a question from one of our callers.

Jill DeWit:                           Cool.

Jack Butala:                       On the community.

Jill DeWit:                           Exactly.

Jack Butala:                       It’s free.

Jill DeWit:                           All right. Jordan asked this question, “I noticed the latest recording date link next to the menu from which you choose a county in RealQuest Pro. It seems like most counties have very new data, but a few are a little older. How bad is it if the date is significantly, say over a year, in the past?”

Jack Butala:                       This is a great question and it’s actually a bigger picture. Actually, I sat down and wrote half of a blog on this exact topic.

Jill DeWit:                           Did you? Good.

Jack Butala:                       Called, “How to Pick a County.” There’s a simple three-step process that we use to pick a county from a demographic standpoint, like where we really think this will logically work. But what you also have to take into consideration is the quality of the data that you’re pulling and how much information you might have about once somebody does sign your offer and send it back, you know, can you actually do the research? There’s a few more semi-advanced ways to look at these counties to make sure that you can actually pull off doing a real estate deal.

Let me give you a couple of examples. In east Texas and west Texas and some parts of northern, let’s say, New Mexico, and there’s several other counties in northern Michigan for some reason, they just don’t participate in the RealQuest Pro program and they don’t, let’s say, have … There’s some counties in Arizona, you know, it’s hit or miss all over the country, really. There’s no rhyme or reason, east or west, north or south. They just don’t participate in it or they don’t have a GIS site. It’s not a high priority. Once you get a little further into this, you know, no one wants to get stumped. I’ve never heard of anyone sending a mailer out and getting completely and totally stumped and not buying one property if you do it right. But you want to look into these things. Does the county have a GIS site? Do they have working hours that … Do they work more than one day a week? Some counties, they’re so small that everybody’s got another job. They only work one day a week. It’s hard to get stuff recorded.

Jill DeWit:                           That’s true.

Jack Butala:                       You want to look into that. I guess Jordan’s question here is, “If it’s older data, how bad is it?” The answer, quite honestly, with this product type is it’s not that bad. Okay? These rural, vacant properties don’t change hands very much, but if you listen to yesterday’s show, Jill and I talked about turning some very large ranch-type transactions that are in the million dollar range in southern California. Those properties change a lot more frequently so you want to have fresh data. If you’re just starting out and you’re going to send out a 2,000-unit mailer, check into these things and just apply common sense. Make it easy on yourself. If the data’s more than, I’m going to say, a year old … And I don’t think that anything in RealQuest is more than a year old …

Jill DeWit:                           I know.

Jack Butala:                       If it is, I’d love to know about it. I’ve never run into it. Then I would maybe consider moving on to a different county, but in the end it’s going to be okay.

Jill DeWit:                           You know what’s interesting is that … because we are in constant communication with these guys about the data and the …

Jack Butala:                       At RealQuest.

Jill DeWit:                           At RealQuest.

Jack Butala:                       CoreLogic.

Jill DeWit:                           It’s so interesting to me because I asked this question, I’m like, “What do you guys do for those counties that are so darn rural that they don’t even have a computer system?” They say, “You know what? We actually have extractors that really go out there and sit with their laptop and flip pages. They actually get the recorded and they’re flipping the book and they’re flipping the pages and they’re manually adding it in.” That really does happen. It’s stuff you can’t get.

Jack Butala:                       Some counties fax in, literally, fax in to RealQuest in … Are they in Irvine? Where’s RealQuest?

Jill DeWit:                           Oh, RealQuest?

Jack Butala:                       Yeah.

Jill DeWit:                           Oh, CoreLogic? Yes, they’re over in Irvine.

Jack Butala:                       They fax the tax rolls in like it’s 1979.

Jill DeWit:                           Exactly. I had someone the other day ask me to fax something. I’m like, “How about if I just scan it and email it to you?”

Jack Butala:                       Yeah, what did they say?

Jill DeWit:                           Oh my gosh. It was the funniest thing. It was an insurance person and like, “Do you have a fax?” I’m like, “Do you have a fax?” You know? It was hilarious. Are we really talking about a fax?

Jack Butala:                       I know.

Jill DeWit:                           So, anyway. It is funny.

Jack Butala:                       It’s hilarious. If you have a question or you want to be on the show, reach out to either one of us on Today’s topic, and this is the meat of the show, new land investor topics for our meetup tonight.

Jill DeWit:                           All right.

Jack Butala:                       I’m a little nervous. I’ve got to be honest.

Jill DeWit:                           Oh, you are not.

Jack Butala:                       I am.

Jill DeWit:                           Are you? Why are you nervous? How are you nervous?

Jack Butala:                       No. Not really.

Jill DeWit:                           Okay. I never see you nervous. I’m like, “That’s the weirdest thing I’ve ever heard you say.”

Jack Butala:                       Have you ever spoken to a stadium full of people live?

Jill DeWit:                           Let me think. Not a stadium.

Jack Butala:                       I haven’t either.

Jill DeWit:                           I’m trying to think what’s the biggest group I’ve been in front of? There’s been, over the years, there’s high school stuff.

Jack Butala:                       Yeah, a couple thousand people [crosstalk 00:05:11].

Jill DeWit:                           Maybe college stuff and getting up in front. You remember, you and I … We haven’t done it in a long time because we’re not in Arizona … But remember we would show up and do impromptu teaching at that …

Jack Butala:                       Oh yeah, yeah, the college class.

Jill DeWit:                           … the college class and so … But you know what I find? As long as you talk about what you really know, then it all comes easy. If you find yourself in front of a group and you’re winging it and you’re kind of guessing, oh, you will fail, I think. You shouldn’t be up there talking about something, by the way, that you really don’t know inside and out.

Jack Butala:                       If I did a course or a seminar on how to lose money, I wouldn’t know what I was talking about.

Jill DeWit:                           If I did a course or a seminar on how not to get a second date, I wouldn’t know what I’m talking about. Just kidding.

Jack Butala:                       Or if you did a course or a seminar on how to not look good, that wouldn’t work.

Jill DeWit:                           Aw, thank you very much. I appreciate that.

Jack Butala:                       If I did a course or a seminar …

Jill DeWit:                           Thanks, Jack.

Jack Butala:                       You’re welcome. If I did a course or a seminar on how to raise kids, that wouldn’t work at all.

Jill DeWit:                           Oh, boy. If I did a course or a seminar on safety on a snowmobile …

Jack Butala:                       Oh, my God. You’re right.

Jill DeWit:                           … or an ATV, I wouldn’t know what I’m talking about.

Jack Butala:                       If you did a course on how to fly a plane, you could do it.

Jill DeWit:                           I could do that.

Jack Butala:                       I couldn’t.

Jill DeWit:                           That’s true. This is a fun game. All right. Back to our show.

Jack Butala:                       Oh, yeah. What’s the show about?

Jill DeWit:                           Yeah, the show.

Jack Butala:                       What are the topics tonight?

Jill DeWit:                           Here are the topics that we’re talking about.

Jack Butala:                       More importantly, what do I have to speak about? Because I honestly don’t know.

Jill DeWit:                           I’m glad you asked. I will tell you. Here’s what we’re talking about tonight. You’ll know now before you see it on the PowerPoint presentation behind you.

Jack Butala:                       Okay. That’s good.

Jill DeWit:                           That’s always helpful. All right. The topics are, one, the four traits that you and I … Now we are going on … We’re two years into LandAcademy and well over two years of teaching this to people. Over these many, many years we have identified the top traits on what people have to be successful to do this.

Jack Butala:                       Oh, yeah. That’s good.

Jill DeWit:                           That’s one of the things we’re going to talk about. And you don’t have to have all four. If you have one, preferably one or two, it’s kind of like the four A’s.

Jack Butala:                       Three would be good.

Jill DeWit:                           You need to have a few of these, too. We’re going to talk about that.

Jack Butala:                       One of them is not money. One of them is not have a ton of money.

Jill DeWit:                           One of them is not? Well, you do need to have some funds.

Jack Butala:                       Yeah, but we’ll get into it tonight.

Jill DeWit:                           Okay, exactly. Yeah, you don’t want to come in with nothing and you don’t want to come in saying, “I’m just going to max out my credit cards.” That’s not what you want to do.

Jack Butala:                       Right.

Jill DeWit:                           You’re not going to be taking out mortgages. That’s not what you’re going to do. But we’ll talk about that. We’re also going to cover the tools, which is really your expertise.

Jack Butala:                       That’s the key to this.

Jill DeWit:                           The few key tools that you have to have as a land investor, or any kind of investor, to be successful and to source the deals. We’re going to talk about … You want to elaborate on that for a second or do you want me to keep going?

Jack Butala:                       It’s just I answered a very detailed question a couple days ago on BiggerPockets about … Because somebody literally, they asked this question, “There’s a bunch of data sources out there now” … Which I don’t understand because there aren’t, but …

Jill DeWit:                           Right.

Jack Butala:                       “How do I choose which one? Is RealQuest okay?” They asked about a couple other ones. In the end, the answer is if you’re serious about this in any way …

Jill DeWit:                           Right.

Jack Butala:                       … you need RealQuest.

Jill DeWit:                           You’ve got to have the best. Don’t buy a list.

Jack Butala:                       And you need some instruction on how to use it.

Jill DeWit:                           Yeah, you can’t do that.

Jack Butala:                       We’re going to talk about that in detail.

Jill DeWit:                           Right. That’ll be really good. We’re going to also cover …

Jack Butala:                       We’re going to make this easy for yourself, not hard.

Jill DeWit:                           That’s the whole point. Isn’t that funny? You know what I think happens? Sidebar. You know how there’s people that walk around that say, “I spent 80 hours on that and … ” Like they’re going to get a medal for it. That’s not how we roll.

Jack Butala:                       Yeah, they’re probably from the Midwest.

Jill DeWit:                           Maybe.

Jack Butala:                       Because there’s an unwritten contest. Because I’m from Michigan, I can say this stuff.

Jill DeWit:                           Yes.

Jack Butala:                       It’s whoever suffers gets … For some reason, if you suffer more you get an award or you get …

Jill DeWit:                           Exactly.

Jack Butala:                       You ever hear somebody just say, “Oh, yeah, well it used to be I had to go through the snow and go to work that way.”

Jill DeWit:                           Right, uphill both ways.

Jack Butala:                       Congratulations. You suffered the most.

Jill DeWit:                           Right. That’s not what this is about.

Jack Butala:                       Just move to California and have fun and turn deals, if you want.

Jill DeWit:                           Exactly.

Jack Butala:                       “No, then I wouldn’t suffer if I did that.”

Jill DeWit:                           It’s like [inaudible 00:09:28].

Jack Butala:                       Good. Stay in Michigan, then.

Jill DeWit:                           There you go. There you go. All right. Two more topics we have … Well, there’s three parts or five parts to this so that’s the first and second. The traits were identified. Second is Jack’s tools. The third thing we’re going to cover tonight is the 45-day start to finish. I’m going to outline that, because you and I did a show on it. Everybody loved it. Everybody keeps asking for a calendar. They want to know, “How fast can I really do this? How much time do I need to spend on it? How quickly can I get a deal and test this, if you will? Or even just see if I’m good at it or if I can get the same results like you do?”

Jack Butala:                       Right.

Jill DeWit:                           We went into a really slow, methodical … kind of like the guy on Monday’s show this week, Kyler Dawson, covered. There’s times Kyler did two to three hours a week. There’s times he did no time at all a week, and he was successful. We’re going to go into our little 45-day outline of start to finish buying, sourcing, finding, buying, recording, advertising, posting, selling it, all the way to completion, a deal. We’re going to cover that.

Jack Butala:                       45 days is if you really take your time and if you have a job.

Jill DeWit:                           Yup.

Jack Butala:                       Hey, by the way, she’s talking about Kyler Dawson, who’s a member of ours. He was nice enough to grant us an interview on Monday.

Jill DeWit:                           On Monday.

Jack Butala:                       It aired on Monday. It’s an audio-only podcast, because by definition, that’s what a podcast is.

Jill DeWit:                           Correct.

Jack Butala:                       We’re breaking the rules, here. You’ve got to catch it. If you haven’t listened to it go back. It’s really worth listening to. It’s actually amazing. It’s just amazing.

Jill DeWit:                           It’s so fun.

Jack Butala:                       I’m so proud of him.

Jill DeWit:                           You know what I love, too?

Jack Butala:                       Kyler, you rock, by the way.

Jill DeWit:                           Yes. When we do these podcasts with our members, it’s really just a random … We just throw it out there, “Hey, anybody want to be on the show?” It’s like a “yeah”. We don’t even talk about it. There’s no coaching. There’s no …

Jack Butala:                       We didn’t pay him.

Jill DeWit:                           … no paying.

Jack Butala:                       It sounds like we paid him.

Jill DeWit:                           It does.

Jack Butala:                       That’s how positive he was.

Jill DeWit:                           I know.

Jack Butala:                       I was looking for something wrong.

Jill DeWit:                           It’s just kind of like, bring it. Good, bad, or otherwise, we want to know what’s your experience and tell us how you’re doing. It’s been like, wow. Good stuff. The 45-day outline, that’s the third thing. The fourth thing we’re going to cover tonight is the mistakes that we see. We’re going to cover …

Jack Butala:                       There’s actually some content tonight.

Jill DeWit:                           There really is. Some things that we’ve seen people slip up on and how we’ve helped them and things we’ve identified so we can save more people from making those same mistakes. The last thing is going to be Q and A. I think that’s everybody’s favorite.

Jack Butala:                       Yeah. Right.

Jill DeWit:                           It’s kind of like our member call but in person.

Jack Butala:                       Can we ice out about eight minutes where I talk about the people that I had to kick out of the group so far?

Jill DeWit:                           Oh, right now?

Jack Butala:                       No, tonight.

Jill DeWit:                           It’s going to be a positive event.

Jack Butala:                       I always try to just trip you up, Jill.

Jill DeWit:                           I know.

Jack Butala:                       You always have to be so positive. What the heck?

Jill DeWit:                           No, it’s a positive event.

Jack Butala:                       We’ve got to talk about some bad stuff. It’s not all peaches and cream.

Jill DeWit:                           You know what? I’m going to leave that to everybody. Here’s what’s going to happen. Here’s what’s going to happen. Tonight is going to be like everything else that we do, where it’s going to be completely honest. Someone’s going to say, “I have no money. What do I do?” We’re going to be honest and go, “Well, you maybe need to wait.”

Jack Butala:                       The potential stuff. Okay, so it just works itself out that way.

Jill DeWit:                           Oh, yeah.

Jack Butala:                       All right. Fair enough.

Jill DeWit:                           I’m not going to sugarcoat anything tonight. I want to be like we always do. We’re going to be honest.

Jack Butala:                       Yeah. It’s just us.

Jill DeWit:                           Good, bad, or otherwise, we’re going to tell you the truth.

Jack Butala:                       That’s right.

Jill DeWit:                           You know what? People ask us all the time about times that we’ve failed, like when the market took a big turn in 2008, 2009, 2010, and how we recovered. We talk about it. We talk about, “Yeah, we screwed up.” Which is true. We did some things that weren’t right and we figured it and now we’re saving everybody else.

Jack Butala:                       If we have time tonight, I’m going to spend five … I’m going to spend the time that a TED Talk takes, which I think, is what?

Jill DeWit:                           18 minutes.

Jack Butala:                       Right. How long is this whole thing tonight?

Jill DeWit:                           Oh, it’s technically 90 minutes. 6:30 to 7 is kind of a sign in and get settled. You and I talk from 7 to 8 and then 8 to 8:30 is Q and A.

Jack Butala:                       All right.

Jill DeWit:                           And then 9:00 is beer time. 9:00 is cocktail hour.

Jack Butala:                       We’re going to have cocktails?

Jill DeWit:                           I don’t know. We’ll see.

Jack Butala:                       Yeah, we are.

Jill DeWit:                           It depends on the group. We’ll see.

Jack Butala:                       Okay.

Jill DeWit:                           Well, you and I will be having cocktails. I don’t know if we’ll invite anybody.

Jack Butala:                       In a very animated and fun way, if we have time tonight and if it’s appropriate, I’m going to tell my story from start to finish.

Jill DeWit:                           Uh oh.

Jack Butala:                       I’m going to tell my story from sitting at a coffee table in 1999, turning that first deal. I’m from Pennsylvania, turning the first deal in Arizona, and then til, let’s say, today or tomorrow.

Jill DeWit:                           How much time do you need?

Jack Butala:                       I can do that in eight minutes, eight to ten minute. We could make it a Q and A thing where that’s the Q and A, like, “Stop right there, man. Hold on. What do you mean you turned a deal from Pennsylvania.” That kind of … I can hear people saying this now. I get this question weekly. “It’s over.” What do you mean? “Well, that was 1999. That was 2004. There’s no more land to flip.”

Jill DeWit:                           Right.

Jack Butala:                       Which is the silliest thing I’ve ever heard.

Jill DeWit:                           Exactly.

Jack Butala:                       In fact, now more than ever, if you know a little bit about computers, it’s better and easier and way more profitable. Maybe that specific $100 an acre model may or may not … Well, I mean, it hasn’t waned for us.

Jill DeWit:                           Right.

Jack Butala:                       Maybe that model has changed a little bit, but it’s not any different.

Jill DeWit:                           Right.

Jack Butala:                       I’ll tell you what, there’s never been, never been more opportunity for a bunch of reasons, most of them are because of the tools we provide and the amount of data that we can collect in one spot. There’s never been more opportunity for taking [inaudible 00:15:15] lots or larger, equity-type deals, more expensive deals, buying them for 20 or 30 or 40 percent of what they’re worth, and selling them for way more. You want to talk about your 45-day thing? I mean, do one of those deals and make $100,000.

Jill DeWit:                           I know. That’s what I’m talking about.

Jack Butala:                       I wouldn’t recommend it as your first deal, but we’ll talk about that tonight.

Jill DeWit:                           That was me exhaling, that big sigh before Jack went into that ten-minute rant.

Jack Butala:                       Was it that long?

Jill DeWit:                           It was a while. I kept trying to …

Jack Butala:                       Oh, I’m sorry.

Jill DeWit:                           It’s okay. I’m just teasing you. No, I was going to explain that sigh was my exhale of relief, which is true about …

Jack Butala:                       That I’m going to go tonight?

Jill DeWit:                           We’re just going to talk non-stop. Just kidding. No, no, no, no. No, my exhale about what you said about how much easier this is. We are still … We launched LandAcademy two years ago, almost two years ago, and even from then until now, the tools, the engineering things that we have at our fingertips …

Jack Butala:                       Oh, my gosh. Night and day.

Jill DeWit:                           … the stuff that we’re bringing to the table with and your Parcel Fact and County Wise and these great sites and things that we’ve got coming up. I mean, we didn’t even have that two years ago and I’m so excited. I know it’s even going to get better.

Jack Butala:                       County Wise, Parcel Fact, JillLive, Land Crowdfund. All those dotcoms, they’re rapidly being developed. I’m putting my RIT staff … Hey, IT staff, if you guys watch  this, I’m sorry. They worked all through the weekend this weekend. I’m calling it … I’m Steve Jobs-ing this thing, because … I’m probably not the most pleasant person to be around, but we’ve got to get these products out.

Jill DeWit:                           I know.

Jack Butala:                       And like you said, they just rock. It’s the stuff that we use.

Jill DeWit:                           Exactly.

Jack Butala:                       We’re just dressing it up and cleaning it up so that you don’t have to go through it like an aerospace engineer.

Jill DeWit:                           Exactly.

Jack Butala:                       It’s usable.

Jill DeWit:                           Yeah. Let me wrap it up with this. If you’re driving around right now and you’re listening to this and you find your car all of a sudden detouring and heading to Hermosa Beach, come on in. We’ll figure it out. If we have to do a standing room only, we’ll figure it out.

Jack Butala:                       Oh, yeah, yeah. Exactly.

Jill DeWit:                           We’d love to have you.

Jack Butala:                       Excellent.

Jill DeWit:                           It’s totally free. Thank you.

Jack Butala:                       Join us in another episode where Jack and Jill discuss information, that’s me …

Jill DeWit:                           … and inspiration, that’s me …

Jack Butala:                       … to get just about anything you want.

Jill DeWit:                           We use it every day to get property for half of what it’s worth and sell it immediately.

Jack Butala:                       You’re not alone in your real estate ambition.

Jill DeWit:                           It’ll be fun tonight.

Jack Butala:                       Yeah. I can’t wait.

Jill DeWit:                           Me, too.

Jack Butala:                       I can’t believe you made me wear this scarf.

Jill DeWit:                           I know. I thought it would be cute because we’re doing some video stuff here, so I’m changing it up a little bit.

Jack Butala:                       No, it’s not cute at all.

Jill DeWit:                           You look a little like Snoopy and I like it.

Jack Butala:                       Mm-hmm (affirmative). I look like a girl.

Jill DeWit:                           You do not. You’re like a hippy, here. I’m adjusting your scarf to make it cute. It’s all good. You look handsome.

Jack Butala:                       Thank you. Information and inspiration to buy undervalued property.


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