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Old March 8, 2002, 03:40 PM
Rick Smith
 
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Default Re: Should you reveal your success, or hide it...?

Tim wrote -

> I am a landlord and I would not dare go over
> to my tenants house in a nice car. That
> would only enrage them and make them think
> how I made my living off THEIR backs. It
> doesn't matter that I skrimped and saved to
> buy my rentals and that I spent a many
> weekends working on them. I slipped and fell
> on the sidewalk that I(the tenant) was
> supposed to shovel. Tim has a nice car lets
> sue him. I'm not done.

> Lets move onto the other landlords. Look at
> that Tim with his ad in the newspaper, bench
> signs, news releases, flashy business cards,
> that he places all over the place. He must
> really be ripping off some poor old lady to
> get a properties so cheap. I think it is
> terrible what he does, he gives the rest of
> us HONEST landlords a bad name. You know
> what, I think I saw some trash on his
> property, I think I'll call the city. You
> know I'm not sure that he should be putting
> that bench sign (totally legal mind you)
> where he does, I'm going to complain. Also,
> let me complain to the newspaper because of
> his creative thinking, he is always the
> first ad in the Homes for Sale section. I
> don't like the fact that at our monthly
> landlord meetings, he places his "I BUY
> HOMES" business cards on the desks.
> That is not right. Who cares that he has
> paid his yearly dues to be at the meetings.
> He is not playing fair. Translation: I am
> mad at Tim because he is just plain more
> successful and/or creative then I am.
> Instead of trying to be more
> creative/successful myself, I'll try and
> make it hard on him. I will try and knock
> him down.

I don't know how many of you realize this and I know Tim would never say this himself, but Tim knows what he's talking about. Tim is well respected over on Creative Real Estate Online, http://www.creonline.com. Many of you have asked if creative real estate techniques work. Well, Tim Jensen is a living, breathing example of someone who is making it work. In fact, it was some of Tim's posts among others that got me started thinking about bandit signs as a way to market my up and coming real estate business. Further, I was out on some errands today. While I was out, sure enough I noticed some bandit signs. Because of what I'd read, I wrote down the phone number and URL from the sign.

So... take a page out of Tim Jensen's playbook.

Rick Smith, "The Net Guerrilla"


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