Thirty Day Challenge Results. Can I Get a Do-Over?

Sooooo, how did everyone do on their 30 day challenge?

I know I’m supposed to be setting a good example here, but I have to be honest and tell you that I failed miserably.  My challenge was to run 4 miles every day during the week, and also to make 100 offers.

So, yeah.  Not so much.

The running part was out of my control, though.  My back has been messed up since the beginning of the month, and it’s still not back to normal (no pun intended), so I didn’t really have a choice unless I wanted to torture myself, which I actually tried to do last week and was only able to run for 3 minutes before I had to stop.

As far as the offer-making part of the challenge goes- I ended up only making 24, which is pretty pathetic.  This was mostly due to me just having too much other stuff going on, and then there was a little bit of laziness sprinkled in for good measure…I’m not gonna lie.

So how did the rest of you guys do?

I heard from Matt and Art and Steph already, and they seem to be calling for a do-over….

Screen shot 2010-09-01 at 7.37.56 PMI guess I wasn’t the only one who had an off month. :(

I think a do-over is a good idea, what do you say?  A chance to redeem ourselves….

My challenge for the next 30 days is to be up at 6am and swim 20 laps every morning (since running is temporarily out of the question), make 30 offers on MLS properties (I’m being more realistic this time around), and to come up with an outline for a new eBook/course that I’ve been putting off writing for about 6 months now.

If you want to participate in the do-over, just write a comment below and let us all know what you plan to accomplish in the next 30 days (and also, if you were a part of the last challenge, let us know how you did!).

We’ll all meet back here on the 1st of October to talk about how much ass we kicked….

Later Alligators!


Speaking of kicking ass, did you guys see the unfreakingbelievable shot that my boyfriend R-Fed made at the U.S. Open Monday?

He’s such a bad ass.

No, that was not his wife in the stands.
Shut up.

I had an awesome time on my road trip and I took a bunch of pictures that I want to show you, but WordPress is being very difficult right now and I’m about to tear my hair out of my head, so I’ll have to post them at a later date.

  1. On September 01, 2010 at 8:42pm, Jerry said...

    Stay relentless!

    • On September 01, 2010 at 9:07pm, Stephani said...

      I will Jerry.

      Sorry about the list. I seriously think I broke it- it wouldn’t work all day. I’ll try again tomorrow morning and if it doesn’t work we may have to come up with a plan B.


  2. On September 01, 2010 at 9:27pm, Matt said...

    In. 3 offers today. More to come tomorrow. 2 of them if I get accepted (or at least countered :pray:) are fully rented 3-units well below value…offered very close to asking. Owner’s dumping ‘em.

    • On September 02, 2010 at 5:21am, Stephani said...


      Let’s us know how it works out!

  3. On September 02, 2010 at 4:57am, andy said...

    Yeah Steph, let’s have a do-over. This month sucked. i’m still trying to find cash for my first REO EMD….

    So, my goal is to run 2 miles a day, training for my first 5k. I want to send out at least 15 mailers a week and make my first REO offer. Sounds pretty do-able.

    • On September 02, 2010 at 5:23am, Stephani said...

      That definitely sounds doable, Andy.

      Have you thought about contacting active wholesalers in your area and asking if you can help sell some of their deals? That would be a quick way to raise the $$$ you need for the EMD. Plus you’ll be building your buyers list and learning your market at the same time.

      Just a thought…

  4. On September 02, 2010 at 5:31am, andy said...

    see… insightful…..that’s why u rock!
    Thanks Steph!

    when’s the next challenge begin? Hope ur backs gettin better!

  5. On September 02, 2010 at 5:32am, andy said...

    and, apparently my reading skills are lacking this early….it’s on!!

    • On September 02, 2010 at 5:35am, Stephani said...


  6. On September 02, 2010 at 5:40am, Scott Costello said...

    umm yea I’ll sign up for the do-over…

    I failed miserably as well and I thought mine was so simple. To be honest I even forgot how many offers I was going to make on the mls. It must have only been 2 because that all I managed to get out.
    .-= Scott Costello´s last blog ..Does Networking Really Pay Off =-.

    • On September 02, 2010 at 5:43am, Stephani said...

      Well, 2 is better than none, Scott.

      So, what’s the # for this month? How about 5?

  7. On September 02, 2010 at 6:19am, Greg Wilson said...

    I’m completely committed to closing at least 2 deals by the end of the month. I just found out that my last 3 Short Sales are pretty much fizzling out into nothingness. So here I am at Starbucks waiting for the sun to come up. I need to get 8 more on the “offers” board and we’ll be juggling 20 offers on houses for a while. I got an awesome Realtor that is making things a lot more efficient. I’m driving neighborhoods, like Steph suggested, filling my notebook full of “For Rent” phone numbers to call later and getting addresses of shabby REO’s to make offers on.

    • On September 02, 2010 at 6:34am, Stephani said...

      Awesome, Greg- sounds like you’ve got the ball moving in the right direction!

      Keep it up! :)

  8. On September 02, 2010 at 6:27am, mikepa said...

    My month was a mixed bag….I crushed the running part….I only made 30 or so offers, but sent out over 100 probate letters, put out 25 signs and resurrected my accounting business…3 things which really weren’t on my list….but yea, I want a “do-over” too….

    • On September 02, 2010 at 6:32pm, Stephani said...

      Hey Mike,

      It doesn’t sound like you did too bad. You got me beat, anyway. :)

      Are you going to be doing the accounting again full time, or just on the side?

      • On September 02, 2010 at 7:23pm, mikepa said...

        Hey Steph!!! Yeah, not too bad but not what I wanted, September already is starting out stronger….the accounting is going to be along side my investing…i’m focusing totally on other real estate investors, so it’s not too much of a stretch from what I’m already doing…plus it makes my mom feel good that she didn’t waste all that money on college… ;-)
        .-= mikepa´s last blog ..DEAL UPDATE!!!!!! =-.

        • On September 02, 2010 at 7:33pm, Stephani said...

          That’s cool, Mike.

          It’s always nice to have an additional income stream (or two) coming in, since real estate tends to have it’s dry spells.

  9. On September 02, 2010 at 6:31am, Kelly Miller said...

    Hi Steph,

    An offer a day or 5 per week minimum. Complete my rehab in 2 weeks. Do visualizations once per day. Learn more about wholesaling with California LLC. Read Steph’s EBook again. (I printed it out.)

    • On September 02, 2010 at 6:40am, Greg Wilson said...

      Visualizations are awesome. Don’t forget to “anchor” them to good feelings of past successes.

    • On September 02, 2010 at 6:42am, Stephani said...

      Hey Kelly,

      I’ve been doing the visualizations on and off for awhile ever since I heard that audio that Bob Norton did about goal setting. I have to say I’m not consistent with it, but it’s definitely something I’m working on because I know how important it is.

      Let me know what you find out about the CA LLC thing- I have a lot of people from that area who ask me about it..

      Thanks for stopping by!

  10. On September 02, 2010 at 7:15am, Shae said...

    I’m on for a do-over. I didn’t find my 2 additional money lenders in August so I’m keeping that one on the list for this month. I have a number of things on the September list, but here’s a few:
    * working out at least 3x a week (like Andy, I’m also doing a 5K this fall in November)
    * getting contract on 1 property to close on in October (exit strategy: lease option or buy & hold)
    * getting contract on at least 1 property to wholesale
    .-= Shae´s last blog ..Time Blocking and Prioritizing =-.

    • On September 02, 2010 at 6:43pm, Stephani said...

      Well, heck. Maybe I’ll do a 5k too and join you guys! Stupid question here, but how far is a 5k? 3 miles, right?

      • On September 03, 2010 at 5:45am, Jodi Quinn said...

        Isn’t it 5 thousand miles…?

        • On September 03, 2010 at 12:46pm, Stephani said...

          Crap, I hope not.

          I might need a little more training time if so. Like infinity.

      • On September 03, 2010 at 11:36am, Karen said...

        Yup, 3.1. I’ve done them in the past, and I’ve been thinking about getting back into running outside once the temp gets below the 90-ridiculousness.

        By the way, Steph, I got that Brazilian keritan treatment. I like it but I’m not sure it’s worth going through the 3 days of not being able to wash my hair. That was torture!

        • On September 03, 2010 at 12:49pm, Stephani said...

          I totally forgot about your keratin treatment! Is it really straight?

          I could handle the 3 days w/out washing my hair. My worry is how long I’d have to sit there. How long did it take from beginning to end?

          Also, how much was it?

          • On September 04, 2010 at 8:45am, Karen said...

            It’s quite a bit straighter and the cool thing is how fast drying and styling is. It’s super easy! And my hair is impervious to humidity. I don’t know about you, but the humidity would instantly give me a bad hair day, no matter what my hair looked like when I left the house.

            But keep in mind that during the three days that you can’t wash it, you also can not put it back or wear a hat or anything. It was so hard for me because my hair starts getting greasy after just one day, so by day 3, it was just disgusting, greasy stringiness and you have to just let it hang there. But, that is just for 3 days and then the treatment lasts for 3-5 months.

            It does take quite a long time to put in. It took about 3 hours total. My salon was having a special, $50 off, so it was $200.

        • On September 04, 2010 at 12:01pm, Stephani said...

          $200 isn’t bad, especially is it lasts 3-5 months. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to not have to straighten my hair every day. It’s such a pain in the ass.

          I think I might go for it.

      • On September 03, 2010 at 5:29pm, Julie Broad said...

        It warms my little Canadian heart to hear you guys talking in kilometers.
        Steph – good news for you – 5k is shorter than 5m … It about 3 miles.
        .-= Julie Broad´s last blog ..The Spooky Science of Real Estate Investing =-.

  11. On September 02, 2010 at 10:16am, candace said...

    Well as everyone knows, health comes first! This week i have had alot of health problems as a 25yr old mother of one three year old it gets fustrating. This month i will work on my health as opposed to studying real estate investing. This month i plan on performing more excercise routines and purchasing this real estate tax liens certificate course thats down the street from me. lets all pray for each other as opposed to health&happieness. -God Bless..

    • On September 02, 2010 at 6:40pm, Stephani said...

      Sorry to hear about your health problems, Candace. The real estate stuff will still be there waiting for you once you are well, so I’d say you are making a wise decision of making that your priority right now.

      Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you’re feeling well soon.

  12. On September 02, 2010 at 3:33pm, mat said...

    I actually almost avoided this due to the fact that I got completely side tracked and I killed it my first week and then went ka-plewey and failed miserably as well on my 30 day. So at least I’m in good company. Regroup, reset and reload. Ready to go again.

    • On September 02, 2010 at 6:37pm, Stephani said...

      It’s all good Mat. We’ve got a brand new month ahead of us…


  13. On September 02, 2010 at 4:53pm, Bill Lassiter said...

    Steph we all know you’ll come back strong. I was able to reach my goal of sending out over 1000 marketing pieces and as added bonus got two deals from it. The goal for Sept is to replicate last months success. Like I say in my blog, I can use a whole bunch of excuses for not following through but getting those checks felt good and my longterm goal is to quit that day job. Like Jerry said, I encourage everyone to stay relentless. I look forward to hearing about your success!
    .-= Bill Lassiter´s last blog ..Making it happen =-.

    • On September 02, 2010 at 6:36pm, Stephani said...

      Woohoo Bill!

      It looks like you were the lone soldier out there kicking butt in August! Congrats again on your deals- I know how hard you’ve been working. Looking forward to hearing about another stellar month from you. :)

  14. On September 02, 2010 at 5:11pm, Will said...

    Hey Steph
    Would you be interested in contracting my pre-screened leads and getting buyers for the properties?
    I need to get more info about your area and what you can move and/or have buyers for…
    Let me know and your site is AWESOME!!
    Will Denker

    • On September 02, 2010 at 7:30pm, Stephani said...

      Hi Will,

      I’m not sure what you mean by contracting your pre-screened leads. Can you explain?


  15. On September 03, 2010 at 2:59pm, AnotherSteph said...

    Hey Steph,

    Thanks for the do-over…sounds like most of us needed it! :-)

    Hope you’re feeling better!
    .-= AnotherSteph´s last blog ..REO Offer Update =-.

  16. On September 03, 2010 at 5:27pm, Julie Broad said...

    1. Thank you for not calling WordPress a dirty whore :) I know it’s often difficult to you but still … I am so grateful to have WordPress and not have to learn a bunch of scary code.
    2. I don’t need a do – over on the challenge. This month is already chaos and it’s only the 3rd of the month. My goal is to read 5 fiction books – the trashier the better – to unwind while on my road trip and then to destress while bringing a house out of the 70’s era it is stuck in. :)
    .-= Julie Broad´s last blog ..The Spooky Science of Real Estate Investing =-.

    • On September 04, 2010 at 12:08pm, Stephani said...

      Hehehehe- I got you to say dirty whore! I’m going to do a screenshot of it and add it to my next post. I actually had something worse written, but then I thought of you and I went back and changed it. :)

      It’s funny that you mention trashy fiction books… the other day I was thinking to myself that it’s been FOREVER since I’ve read any fiction, so I went to Walgreen’s and bought one. I’m halfway through it now, and it’s been a really great escape from work and real estate and serious stuff! I’m going to start reading them more often.

      Road trips are awesome- where are you going?

      • On September 04, 2010 at 12:21pm, Julie Broad said...

        OMG! My face turned red just thinking about being quoted as using those words. I will be WAY more careful what I write on your blog now. Especially since it seems I have helped you clean up your act and then I go ahead and just do what I have called you out for doing!! My Grandma would be so disappointed in me!! haha!

        I will bring a bag of my read novels down to Florida with me in November – only the good ones of course – and you can read away. It’s chocolate for the brain. Maybe help you kick that Ben and Jerry’s habit you’re getting?? ;)

        We’re off to Alberta for a wedding … it’s about a 12 hour drive … so we’re stopping along the way at a City where we have a couple of properties (woohoo partial road trip tax write off!!), then at another to visit another investor we know, then at a place famous for it’s Dinosaur bones and then finally in Edmonton for the wedding. :) Should be great. Only bad part is we’ve decided to leave Bram with my parents so he isn’t subjected to long car rides and boring afternoons in a hotel room.
        .-= Julie Broad´s last blog ..The Spooky Science of Real Estate Investing =-.

        • On September 04, 2010 at 8:00pm, Stephani said...

          Julie, I was just kidding about taking a screenshot of you cursing. :)

          Hey- we should do a book swap when you come down in Nov! We can all bring a stash and then trade! Although I don’t think any amount of trashy novels is going to curb my Ben and Jerry’s addiction…

          Have fun on your road trip, and make sure to take some pics of the dinosaur bones!

    • On September 04, 2010 at 12:16pm, Shae said...

      LOL! I haven’t read a trashy fiction novel since college…however, my sis has me checking out some suspense thriller novels (e.g. authors Mary Higgins Clark, Dean Koontz…). Enjoy your trip Julie!
      .-= Shae´s last blog ..Mr No Monkey Offers Strikes Back =-.

      • On September 04, 2010 at 7:56pm, Stephani said...

        Those are the ones that I like, too. Especially murder mysteries. I could read them all day. The one I got at Walgreens is Total Control, by David Baldacci. It’s really good so far…

  17. On September 03, 2010 at 5:30pm, Julie Broad said...

    I had to add another comment because I forgot to check the stupid box that says notify me of f/u comments. So this comment is just for that. Oh and to wish everyone a wonderful long weekend.
    .-= Julie Broad´s last blog ..The Spooky Science of Real Estate Investing =-.

    • On September 04, 2010 at 12:09pm, Stephani said...

      Same to you, Julie- and to everyone else!


  18. On September 04, 2010 at 9:19am, Tasha Kanuha said...

    On Sept. 1st I started a new thing called, Empowering a new habit for 21 days. If you do a certain habit for 21 days straight, by the 21st day you will have gained a new habit. My empowering habit that I picked was “Be more Motivated”! Try it, it seems to be working. It’s now day 4 and I have been more motivated then I use to be! I will keep you guys posted on my progress!

    • On September 04, 2010 at 7:54pm, Stephani said...

      Looking forward to hearing of your progress, Tasha.

      Thanks for stopping by!


  19. On September 07, 2010 at 9:02pm, Carey_PA said...

    OMG thanks so much for the Do-Over Steph! Appreciate that.

    I have started working out more, but not as much as I said I would. Gonna get back on the ball with that (I even just brought a new pair of sneakers, small weights, a workout pad and a pull-up bar.) It’s on baby!

    Plus, I didn’t finish the “Power of Focus” as I had to return it back to the library. But I think it’s good enough to buy and I will do that, but I did get some really good things from if that I started implementing.

    Also, I didn’t sit down with my mom yet to figure out what she can do to help out and how I can help her.

    But, on the good side, I did finish an outline for my ATM ebook…that was, of course, courtesy of Shae pushing me lol (Thanks Shae!) Oh and I also came up with a deadline for the ATM ebook….again courtesy of Shae….I mentioned 12/31, but I’m revising that here because folks will be too side tracked with New Years and everything so I’m going to say the launch is: January 4th, 2010.
    .-= Carey_PA´s last blog ..Offers on 2 multi-units and an eviction =-.

    • On September 07, 2010 at 9:28pm, Shae said...

      Way to go, Carey!
      .-= Shae´s last blog ..Mr No Monkey Offers Strikes Back =-.

    • On September 08, 2010 at 11:47am, Stephani said...

      That’s great news about the eBook, Carey! Looking forward to reading it once it’s finished.

      Not that you have Shae on the case, you better get your butt in gear- she’s relentless (in a good way). :)

  20. On September 07, 2010 at 9:03pm, Carey_PA said...

    errrr January 4th, 2011. (I’d like to see me get it done by January 4th, 2010! That’d be cool and I’m thinking impossible!)
    .-= Carey_PA´s last blog ..Offers on 2 multi-units and an eviction =-.

  21. On September 23, 2010 at 4:38pm, nthagame said...

    Hi Steph, I just purchased your E-book this morning and just finished it this evening. Steph, all I can say is WOW.. Your course provides all the information and examples a begginer needs to succssfully wholesale REO’s in any market. After reading your E-book, I’m much better prepared to make offers with confidence. Thank you for such a great product.

    • On September 28, 2010 at 5:14pm, Stephani said...

      You’re very welcome- glad you enjoyed it! :)

  22. On September 28, 2010 at 9:31am, Sam said...

    Hi Steph,
    I just discovered your blog. I am seriously considering wholesaling real estate, and your method is the first I’ve come across that wholesales REOs. Can your techniques also be used to wholesale non-REO properties (private properties sold by motivated sellers)? Why did you choose to wholesale REOs versus privately owned properties. What are the advantages versus disadvantages?


    • On September 28, 2010 at 5:17pm, Stephani said...

      Hi Sam,

      Yes, you can also wholesale non-bank owned properties. The paperwork is a little different, but the process is the same.

      I chose REOs because there are a ton of them on the market in my city, and also because I don’t have to spend any money on marketing. The spreads are generally smaller when dealing with REOs as compared to private sellers, but I’m OK with that.


  23. On October 15, 2010 at 1:09pm, AnotherSteph said...

    Ok, I admit it…none of my offers got accepted in Sept. I need a do-over on the do-over! :-)

    Steph, how did Sept go for you? Has the suspension of foreclosures hurt you?

    .-= AnotherSteph´s last blog ..Offer Update and Time Management Help Needed =-.

    • On October 15, 2010 at 1:56pm, Stephani said...

      Hey Steph,

      September kind of got away from me as far as the offer-making is concerned. I have a few other things going on and kind of got distracted. Again.

      The foreclosure suspension hasn’t really had any effect on the MLS inventory yet, but I’m pretty sure it’s going to. I have several friends who buy at the auction and they said there are a ton of sales getting cancelled. Also had lunch with my buddy the REO Rockstar today and he told me 3 of his deals that were under contract and ready to close were cancelled because the bank pulled out of the sale.

      Not sure how long it will take to get the whole mess straightened out, but there will most likely be a reduction in inventory in the coming months.

      Hope all is well with you!

      • On October 16, 2010 at 7:29am, AnotherSteph said...

        Thanks…although it seems like Sept was a tough month for many of us! :-)

        I appreciate your input on the foreclosure suspension. I’ve seen a lot of speculation as to how it will impact investors. Glad it’s not hitting you hard yet. I look forward to hearing more from you on this as the weeks progress.

        Hope all is well with you, too! Have a great weekend,
        .-= AnotherSteph´s last blog ..Offer Update and Time Management Help Needed =-.