Hey everybody. I just wanted to report in that I have completed my first deal. So here is the story. The house is a HUD home, 4 bed/2 bath, .50 acres, I was going to submit a low offer and I was going to fund it using private funds do a little rehab and then show it to my buyers. My partner providing the funds backed out. My other business partner who was going to help me rehab it backed out because he is currently campaigning for city commisioner which is taking all of his time. AHH!!.... Frustrating!!... So I just started calling of my buyers to see if they were willing to do a finders fee agreement if I just found them a house. Apparently that was the right choice and the only other option for me at this time so I made it work. My buyer happened to be my real estate agent. The thing that made this house unique and not many people know about it is that you can only bid on it electronically and their are only 2 agents out of 40 in my home town that know how to do that. LOL. She happens to be one of them. She hasn't even closed on it yet but plans to live in it herself. She has already given me the check. I ended up making $1,000.00 with only 1 hour of my time into this. That's what I like to call NO RISK and NO MONEY DOWN!! I have another deal that I have located for an investor and if all goes through then I should make anywhere from 3k to 4k. Ill keep you all updated.

Until then, best of success to everyone in real estate investing!!! Godspeed

Josh Ogden



Great job Josh. If one thing doesn't work, find another solution. Good thinking.


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Way to go Josh!!! Congratulations and keep us posted on future deals.



Congrats on your deal no money no risk thats the way to go

Contgrats Josh!

Congrats on your first deal
you're on your way




thanks everyone!

Thanks for all the comments you guys. I can't wait to get that next deal done... If you haven't got your first one done yet, don't worry it will happen soon. keep pushing forward


congrats on deal #1 with #2 not far behind. Great reaction to a possible problem with your deal. That's thinking.......Jan

What percentage to charge??

My Question is how do you determine what percentage to change for finding the home?? do you go by the price of the home for Example do you change 1% 2% of the value or what??


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...Congratualtions on your first deal! That is great news. There is nothing like the feeling of getting a deal wrapped up! The first deal can sometimes be the most difficult. Keep up the good work! Wishing you continued success on all your future real estate deals! Believe and Achieve! Smiling - Joe


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Jan & no boundries

Jan thanks for the compliment. Im just happy the first deal went through Finally!! It pays off to keep pushing forward. No boundries I haven't really put a cap on what to charge them for a finders fee. This was my first so that would have been about 1%. It just depends on the deal really. For my next deal im working on, 3-4k is just a set amount that this group of investors is offering if they close on the student housing I have located. Im thinking I will start charging 2% of the selling amount. My understanding is that the average commision for a realtor is 3%-6% of the selling amount.


ok understand totally!! looking forward in hearing about ur next success!! God Bless


For thou, O God, has proved us thou hast tried us, as silver is tried. Thou broughtest us into the net, thou laidst affliction upon our loins. Thou has caused men to ride over our heads, we went through fire, and through water, but thou broughtest us out into a WEALTHY PLACE. Psalms 66:10-12


Great info!!Thank you I will remember that!!


For thou, O God, has proved us thou hast tried us, as silver is tried. Thou broughtest us into the net, thou laidst affliction upon our loins. Thou has caused men to ride over our heads, we went through fire, and through water, but thou broughtest us out into a WEALTHY PLACE. Psalms 66:10-12

Nicely Done!

Josh, you had a plan and an exit strategy and when the first didn't work out, you moved to plan B. Way to go. It is great to hear.


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Hey Josh

Congrats man! I c you joined two months before me, so my time should be approaching real soon. Good technique to a familiar strategy!


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...On your first deal, Jogden! Your perseverence paid off. You're an inspiration!

Much continued success!



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right on josh

Way to go. thats how I landed My first deal, teamed up with a money partner and sold my note for a discount no risk and NO MONEY DOWN! Way to go josh.


Keep your eye on the prize and you will thrive!

Congrats Josh

You like many others have proved that real estate investing is feasible, durable and can be acquired. It is all about taking action and never giving up. Congrats on a deal well done and another on the horizon. God Bless.



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Way to go Josh

Way to go Josh. Congratulations on your first deal. You did not give up when it got tough. You stuck with it and it paid off. Remember always have a back up plan.

Good Job!!!

Good job getting the deal! Even though it looks like you were running out of options you settled for a finders fee and still made 1000 bucks! Congrats.

I myself have two deals in the works hope it works out!

Here to your success and mine!!!

Best wishes and happy success!!

Adrian Marquez

Great job

If you want to stay in this business don't put all your eggs in one basket. That hole deal rested on one person giving you money. Now you need to find more people with money so if one backs out you have a back up plan. And then have a back up plan for your back up plan. You made money by selling to your buyers. Great job. And last but not least don't get made at your buddy. He didn't give you money today but that doesn't mean he wont give you money tomorrow. Don't burn bridges kept it positive. What you put out you will get back.

When I started in Real Estate my boss told me the best why to ever get back at someone in business is to make money and be sucessful. One day you will share the outcome of this deal to your buddy


Right On Josh

Its nice to hear of a success for the first timer. We ourselves are looking forward to that one as well. Keep us posted on you future progress.

Wishing you Happiness and Prosperity,

Rick & Peggy


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Quick Thinking Josh

Good job! That's how I started. My agent/partner bought my first two deals! Well........alot of deals!!!! We made lot's of money together. I have just found another agent that has the same motivation. Maybe you guys will team up. Way to go! Still a very good deal. You made something happen regardless. Quick thinking. Get ready for the next.Smiling


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DO something you've NEVER DONE.

Keep it up Josh!

Quick thinking and working to find a way to make the deal work! Keep it up!


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That is

That is SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nice job and congrats on the first check. Now that is reality hitting like a ton of bricks, only the brick is a sweet, soft, lovely, nice smelling, comforting check! Congrats again and let us know with the other deal what happens. Good luck.

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Thank you everyone

Thanks for all the comments and advice everyone. Its all very uplifting. You all have helped me get this deal done because of the information and supportive messages you have all posted on this site. Thanks again and Im looking forward to getting my next deal done soon. Keep pushing forward if you havent gotten your next one done. It WILL happen!!


deal number one

12:49 pm WEDNESDAY 5/12/10 GREENACRE Florida Congratulations
JOSH!! I'm working on two properties right now and hope to be in your shoues soon STUART

First deal!

Congratulations on your first and very creative deal. It sounds like you can think on your feet and get the job done when you needed it the most.
Here is to your next deal and beyond!
BMW Investment Properties LLC

You go Josh!

What a win-win situation you created. Much success on your future sales!

Peace and Blessings,


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hey thats great. Continue to

hey thats great. Continue to do more deals! I haven't done my first one yet. Is it true that it gets easier after the first deal?



That is so AWESOME Josh!! I am glad that you have proven once again that you can make money in Real Estate with no money and no risk!!

Great Job!!


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stuartjaykatz, laura51,wealthy blessings, prosperus1, and free indeed, thank you all for you kind comments and support. And to answer your question prosperus1, I do believe it does get easier. I feel like this huge weight was lifted off of my shoulders since I got the 1,000.00. I could have made more if I used hard money or private money to fund it but honestly it just wasn't feasible due to the situation I am in. The second deal I am waiting to hear back from my buyers. They are doing their due dilligence on the property. If all goes well, I could be making another 3 to 4,000.00 on this one. Woot. My fingers are crossed. Keep pushing forward and do what deans book tells you to do. Its worth it. Alot people have the materials and tools right in front of their faces but NEVER take action. Like Nike says "Just do it"


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